Churches around the community recently provided scriptural, academic, social and athletic development for children through summer camps and Vacation Bible School. The theme surrounding Mount Moriah Church’s Joy Program with Pastor Edward Searcy II, involved CASF: Christian, Academic, Social, and Fitness Development to children of the community for individuality of self. New Life Church brought “High Impact” with Pastor Greg Smith, to its children ministry including scriptures, games, experiments, math and gardening. Henderson Temple brought activities to their children ministry with the theme, “You can do all things through Christ” with Deacon Searcy and his wife.
Silvertown Baptist Church brought a group from Birmingham, “New Wind” to teach their children ministry to “Help Clean the Community” without always expecting payment. Do things from the kindness of your heart is what the group shows with faith within their projects. Greater Mt. Zion showed appreciation as well and recently took a trip to Selma, Alabama within their ministry.
We cannot leave out Stonewell, Macedonia, St. Mary, East Thomaston, First Assembly, New Bethel, Fellowship, Friendship, First Baptist, First Presbyterian and others showing their appreciation to children ministries throughout Thomaston. Faith Clinic always provides childrens ministry through camp and brings talents from professional basketball players to the community.
The love we experience through such great children’s church ministry cannot be explained, only shown. The community needs to consistently get involved to create an atmosphere of love, which is needed within the hearts of our children. We should continue to push them towards learning more about the church and less about the negative things in life. Parents have a responsibility which will show great positive effects within the life of some child that will listen. I mentioned about the church learning as I did not specify which church. Each person is entitled to their own beliefs in life and to teach the children their prestigious values as they were taught. Believe it or not, the child will go the way they believe is correct in their life, but with a foundation of biblical principles. So we must continue to strive towards positive thinking in all aspects in life.
As we continue to experience debates here about beautifying Thomaston, we need to keep in mind of what is best for generations to come. The church is vital to the community and we need to respect its effort to try to continue to bridge the children with the word of God. Let us not fight among ourselves, but show respect when it comes to churches getting involved with raising the children the correct way. It is vital for summer ministry camps in this community to allow the children some differences in their life and showing them there is more to the game.
I am in no way condemning parents, as we know from past experiences that we can only do what we could in the past and continue to strive forward. The road to success is not looking at past mistakes, but to learn from them and be a testimony to others coming up in the same direction. Absolutely no one knows what another person have experienced or what another person goes through in raising their children. No one in this world can pass judgement, but our children are the first priority in safety. Let us keep in mind that our children are carrying loads from past generations. It will take years to remove hurt and pain unless you do not give it to someone that can carry that load. His name is “JESUS!”
Shirley Russell can be contacted at or at email@example.com