They've got some good news for boys and girls alike.
Much like many churches, the Good News Chapel on South H Street provides area young people with Wednesday night activities.
Sheryl Woods, head counselor at Good News Chapel, said young people start arriving at the church right around 7 p.m. each Wednesday. From there, they open with devotions, which are closely related to their theme this year, “God is Greater than I,” explained Woods.
Young people who attend the church's Wednesday night activities three weeks in a row while wearing their group shirt, and carrying their bag and Bible, get a prize for their attendance, noted Woods.
The children then sing a song and dismiss to their classes.
The girls group, called GEMS, meet at Good News Chapel on Wednesdays, while the boys group meets at a nearby home owned by the church, Woods said. GEMS stands for Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior, noted Woods.
There are GEMS groups meeting way beyond Oskaloosa's borders.
“It's worldwide, actually,” said Woods of the GEMS group.
GEMS get to show what they've done in the group through patches, which they earn that are sewn on to their own individual banner. The patches are each related to the girls' study of a particular portion of the Bible, for example.
“We've got some down there that are just all full,” said Woods of the number of patches some banners display.
Having a Wednesday night activity opportunity is good for young people at Good News Chapel because some children are unable to make it to Sunday school, said Woods.
“So, by having it in the middle of the week, we can offer, you know, the extra learning of the Bible lessons and the crafts that we do,” Woods. “They just really, really enjoy the learning.”