As the summer winds down, churches start their weekly Sunday school programs. again. With so many distractions during the school week, Sunday school offers a chance for the younger believers to receive the spiritual knowledge needed to continue on God’s path. Each church has its own version, but all of the programs offer plenty of fun, faith based lessons and entertainment.
Sunday school runs from September to May at First Presbyterian Church. Children ages kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to join the class on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. The class is taught by Pastor Suzanne and is located in the “Upper Room” above the pastor’s office in Fellowship Hall. As the kids arrive, they remove their shoes before they enter the holy place. The kids sit in a circle in the middle of the room for gathering time and light the Christ candle, to remind students that God is always with them. Pastor Suzanne then reads the Bible passage. Children are then allowed to work at different stations on various projects before coming back together to finish the lesson and sing a song.
The next Noisy Offering, held the third Sunday of every month, will take place on Sunday, Aug. 19. Children of the church collect coins in tin cans for a mission project. This year, the group is collecting money for the Heifer Project.
The First Sunday Collection takes place the first Sunday of the month (Sept. 2), collecting various items including food, personal care, baby items and money for local organizations like the Lord’s Cupboard, Southern Iowa Economic Development Association and Angel’s Hands.
On Monday, Aug. 20, Faith United Methodist will offer a free meal from 5 – 6 p.m.
Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church AWANA club will begin meeting on Sept. 5 at the church beginning at 6:10 p.m. AWANA, which means Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, meets every Wednesday, September through April. The mission of the club is to reach boys and girls (ages 3 to high school) with the gospel of Christ and train them to serve him. For more information, contact the church at 856-2797.
The monthly Centerville Community Blood Drive will be held on Sept. 4 at the Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church from noon to 5 p.m. Contact Rose Cunningham at 856-8220.