For the past 12 years, Four Square Gospel Church, located at 224 E. Court, has offered its Wednesday night program, KidZone, to community kids ages 3 years through sixth grade.
The free program started as an outreach to kids in the community.
“We wanted to show the love of Jesus to the kids,” says Rebecca Hornback, current administrator of the program. Hornback’s husband, Andrew, is the associate pastor at the church. She helps with all of the programs in the church for children of all ages including Sunday school. Hornback is assisted by Stacy Woods.
Kids spend the first half an hour eating dinner, which is most often prepared by volunteers from the church. The kids then spend their time divided in age groups doing activities, playing games and singing songs. This year the program will be featuring a video series called “Flipped.” This series teaches the kids how Jesus can flip their life around. KidZone ends at 7:30 p.m.
After KidZone ends, a follow-up program called KiK begins for the older kids who wish to learn a bit more or “kick it up a notch.”
“This program gives the older kids a chance to apply even more of what they learn during the first hour,” says Hornback. The programs have approximately 40 kids participating throughout the year.
“We are blessed to have so many willing volunteers to help us by bringing food or giving of their time,” she says.
During the year, the kids attending KidZone and KiK have the opportunity to participate in other community service activities locally and beyond. Operation Christmas Child is a well-known program they like to participate in outside of our community. They also enjoy visiting local own nursing homes to do crafts and caroling with the residents. The kids will put on their annual Christmas program on a Sunday during church services.
The church also offers a group called U-turn, to older students in the church and community.
KidZone and KiK held their kick-off event Sept. 3. They meet September through April beginning at 6 p.m. For more information call the church office at 462-4215 or 515-419-3812. Four Square Gospel Church is pastored by Bob and Ann Epperson.