BCM/D churches minister to the young and the young at heart!
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10 NIV).
Captivate Church, Towson, leads services at Pickersgill Retirement Center every month with music, preaching and sharing communion. Ray Lichty, an elder of the church, and his wife, Judy, coordinate and lead the services.
Captivate Church Pastor Tally Wilgis shares a devotional.
“Mr. Ray and Mrs. Judy had the heart to start this ministry seven years ago. About seven years back they asked me to ‘fill in,’ and I’ve been there ever since. It’s been great,” said Wilgis. In fact, Wilgis’ whole family helps out.
Many seniors have been attending and Wilgis said the rooms have been filled with folks overflowing into the hallway.
“They sing like they believe the lyrics, and they receive sermons like heaven is near! It’s pretty inspiring to the rest of us,” Wilgis said.
Severna Park Baptist Church has chartered two new scouting type programs—“American Heritage Girls” and a “Trail Life USA” for boys—and excitement is building.
Darrin and Stacey Benning, members of SPBC, are leaders of the groups. Both have been involved in scouting for years. Darrin, and their son, DJ, are both Eagle Scouts. They’ve enjoyed the fun, challenge, service, and lifetime friendships scouting provides. The couple homeschooled DJ during his junior and senior high school years, and Stacey said the hands-on learning and the studying required to earn badges was a great asset to their homeschooling program.
Stacey said parents immediately began contacting them as soon as the charter was announced. People want the alternative, she said.
Describing the two new groups, Stacey said, “They’re very similar to scouting, but they emphasize the idea of godly girls growing up to be godly women, and godly boys growing up to be godly men.”
They work on badges, earn awards, go camping, and are involved in many service projects. This year, as a group, they’ll partner with Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child.
Stacey said since they’re a small church, the groups will meet at the same time. They’ll stay together for opening ceremonies, work in their individual groups for 45 minutes, then return for closing.
There will be registration and information meetings at the church on Aug. 25 and on Sept. 8 from 2 to 4 pm and an open house and registration at 6:30 on Sept. 25. Weekly meetings will begin on Oct. 2.
To register, call the church office, (410) 647-0765 and provide your email. A registration link will be forwarded.
Read more online about American Heritage Girls or Trail Life USA for boys.
Long Green Baptist Church will have activities for the whole family on Wednesdays this fall starting at 6 pm on Sept. 19, including family dinners, missions education for the children, prayer time for adults and a ladies Bible study.
Several ladies of the church have volunteered to provide the main dishes for the meals on a rotational basis and others will bring side dishes.