Math Night at Buchanan

In March, Christ Church had the privledge of working at Buchanan Elementary School as a part of their Math Night.

Math Night is a great event where kids at Buchanan Elementary School and their parents come back in the evening for food, games and learning exercises all geared towards strenghtening their math skills. Christ Church brought over 20 volunteers to help show the kids and their families that we care for them.

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Our volunteers helped revive the world by playing math games, working through problems together, serving food, checking kids and their families in, and so much more.

After the event, Christ Church received many thank-you notes and cards from teachers and students.

Check out the pictures on our Flickr page.

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

Click on either of the pictures above to see the whole album on our Flickr page. 

One EGG-stra Special Event

Bunnies, eggs, and candy galore, this year’s Community Easter Egg Hunt brought many families out to enjoy a morning of fun prior to Easter weekend. On March 28, 23 volunteers and around 46 families gathered at Christ Church for a family-friendly event featuring more than just a big egg hunt. Kids could travel to a variety of different stations including two different crafts, egg dyeing, face painting, cookie decorating, storybook reading, bingo, relay races, games, and pictures with the Easter bunny. Needless to say, kids stayed busy as different groups headed out to the side yard to hunt eggs. Thanks to the support of the congregation, we were able to hide 2,700 eggs out for the children to find. There was certainly no shortage of chocolate!

I cannot say “thank-you” enough for all of the help and support that everyone provided in making this fun event possible. From sorting and filling eggs, to donating juice and cookie dough, to showing up early Saturday morning to serve, it was definitely a team effort! Through this event we were able to reach many children and families both within and outside of our congregation. We provided a safe environment for them to have fun in and were able to hand out many informational packets about our church along the way. I’d say that’s pretty egg-straordinary!

**Photos can be found online at on our Flickr page.

All those Extra Hands: National Volunteer Appreciation Week

While help received at Christ Church is always appreciated, April brought an opportunity to bring a bit of extra recognition to those who assist in making our programs run and all those who are putting in extra hours both on the church grounds and out in the community. April 12-18 was National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and speaking as someone who relies on the assistance of volunteers on a regular basis, let me tell you, you’re more than appreciated!

Around 30 volunteers, from youth to older adults, help run our nursery, Kid Start children’s programming, and Endeavor youth group. That’s a whole lot of extra hands! Extra hands that show up early and leave late; that put out crackers and pour drinks; that pick up crayons from the floor, change dirty diapers, and build towering skyscrapers out of tiny lego blocks. Extra hands that are present and ready to assist however they may be needed. I appreciate all these extra hands helping me, and I certainly could not do what I do without all that extra help!

However, I know that for all of the volunteers that I get to witness in action during children and youth programming, there are many others who go unseen. Whether it be picking up trash outside or serving meals at a local shelter, I know it takes many to help our community remain the vibrant place that it is! So whether seen or unseen, know that your help is significant and your “extra hands” hold great worth!

On Sunday, April 12, I hope that most of your “extra hands” got a chance to dig into the special cake we shared at church, but if not, take a moment now to reach up behind yourselfself a big pat on the back because let me tell you, your extra hands are much appreciated!

Reflections: Salvation Army Adopt-A-Shelter July 2013

When I came to Christ Church the first person who asked me to consider a Revive the World opportunity for our Adult Discipleship ministry was Steve Garrington.

Steve took me to meet the good people of the Salvation Army and that day I heard about an "Adopt-A-Shelter" program they had started. The apartments at the Family Service Center in Davenport had not seen renovation in over 20 years. The Adopt-a-Shelter program would seek businesses and churches to take on fixing the whole shelter one apartment at a time.

The idea of Adopt-A-Shelter excited me because I realized that almost everyone in our church body could be involved in serving the Lord through such a large project. Because the project would require a special offering and several were already planned that year, the Finance Committee requested that we wait until 2014, though they fully supported the endeavor. "Full support" is exactly what the church body provided also! An overwhelming offering of $8000 surpassed the $5000 requested by the Salvation Army. Many in our midst did the physical work of remodeling the home, plus others provided donations that furnished the place for the incoming family of four - a single mom with three girls.

The Adopt-A-Shelter project was a HUGE deal for Christ Church. The local news featured a story on our service and best of all... the Lord Jesus was glorified through it all.

What big Revive the World opportunity will you bring to your church? When you've got an idea let me know. I'm confident our church can handle the task. There's much love at Christ Church and these pictures are just a glimpse of it. - Jon

Reflections: Vacation Bible School June 2013

When we at Christ Church held our Vacation Bible School this past summer little did I realize the lasting memories!

The theme was "Kingdom Rock"! The church was full of children from our congregation and even more from our surrounding community to learn about God's love for them.

Their excitement and enthusiasm brought the church to life! Those serving enjoyed the fellowship while working together. We learned daily how to "Stand Strong" for God. We ended our VBS week with special performances by the children of one of our VBS theme songs for their families and our congregation during our Sunday worship services. What a blessing is was to be a part of this memorable week with the kids.

May these pictures inspire you to be a part of this annual Kid Start Revive the World ministry next year! - Jon