Children learn in different ways, and it is always important to take this into account when trying to keep their attention long enough to teach them something.
First Christian Church realizes this and stays away from things that tend to bore the young such as memorizing Bible verses through worksheets. Their EDGE youth group meets every Wednesday night from 5 – 7 p.m. when they learn through discussion, crafts, songs and other hands-on activities. Each week they share a meal as well as learn a lesson about the Bible.
First Christian Church isn’t the only place finding alternative ways to engage members. Crossroads Church of Perry is putting on a free concert on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Country music artist Steve Richard is coming all the way from his home in St. Louis, Mo., to sing to the congregation. Richard has performed with well-known rock stars such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Dickey Betts and country stars Dierks Bentley, Montgomery Gentry and Craig Morgan.
The concert isn’t the only thing happening on April 13. That morning, starting at 8 a.m., Crossroads will open up its auditorium for Garage Free. It’s just like a garage sale, but everything’s free. People are welcome to come in and pick out items they need for their home.
Everyone is welcome to donate items. Garage Free has had anything from clothing to household items but it’s never had food. This is the eighth year, and it has become a popular event with people waiting in line before 8 a.m. Crowds of a few hundred people come to clear everything out by 2 p.m.
Mt. Olivet Lutheran is looking to help those in need. They have a shopping cart located in the church at all times where people can bring food items for the Perry Food Pantry. Anyone is more than welcome to stop by and drop off items, which are collected and delivered during the last week of each month. Or, people can give to Mt. Olivet’s Bluejay Nook. This is a place for college-bound students to get items they need such as food, school supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies. Most needed items include pastas, peanut butter, easy-fix meal items and toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo and soap.