This July, Central Baptist Church hosted our first ever Child Evangelism Fellowship Five Day Club summer outreach. Because we did our VBS in early June, we decided this summer would be the perfect opportunity to invite Dave Howe and a team of young people to come help us conduct another event to reach our community for Christ.
The process started when I met with Dave at last year’s MPACT Montana. I invited him to present the outreach opportunity to Central Baptist Church. He visited the church to introduce the program. We set a date for the Clubs and asked him to come back to train our children’s workers on CEF’s method of sharing Christ with Children and to share with our teens the opportunity to serve as summer missionaries with CEF. Dave conducted both of these events at no charge to our church. The training was excellent and the mission opportunity was well received.
Our responsibility during the Five Day Clubs included hosting the volunteers in homes and securing two parks or open space public areas where we could conduct the clubs. We also canvassed the nearby neighborhoods a few days before the event, inviting all kids to come. They also require that the local church provide some volunteers from their church family to assist so that they are able to connect with the kids and do follow-up.
The clubs were held for five days, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Dave brought a well-trained team of four students to help lead the clubs. They did an awesome job. We had 35 kids registered, ages 5-12. The clubs last for 90 minutes and are fast moving, including some great games, songs, memory verses, Bible lessons and always a clear presentation of, and invitation to, the gospel. The clubs are provided free to all families. On Friday, we hosted a family night rally where we held a 30-minute program and again shared the gospel, followed by a meal and some fun. I strongly encourage churches looking for an inexpensive and effective way to reach families in your community to contact Dave Howe at 406-595-1038 or go to www.cefonline.com for more information.