Many Oskaloosa area churches offer Wednesday evening activities and First Assembly of God Church is no exception.
The Rev. Troy Renter, student ministries pastor at First Assembly of God Church, said there's a wide variety of activities that take place each Wednesday night through his church.
The church offers spiritual and social enrichment for all age groups beginning with pre-school children all the way up to adults.
Renter explained that each age level of class for children builds upon one another and have a common theme each week.
When children reach junior high age, they can join the church's youth group for that age of students, which is part of Fist Assembly of God's “Wednesday Night Live,” explained Renter. This youth group meets at the old Whittier School that the church owns, also known as “Straight House.” The goal with this group is to grow and develop the youth, Renter noted.
“It's a lot of high-energy, live worship,” explained Renter. “They play some crazy games. We build what we call, 'connection groups.' We break them down into smaller groups to discuss the topic for that night and then we have a relevant message for them for their age bracket and what they're dealing with now.”
Although it's held on Sunday night, as opposed to Wednesday, the First Assembly of God Church has a senior high group that meets at the Straight House. A church flyer notes that this group “is a great opportunity for Senior High students to experience life together in a real and relevant way.” It also notes that the group provides an “opportunity to connect with each other, to be encouraged and grown in their faith journey with Jesus.”
Renter said all children learn differently. He noted that children involved in his church's activities learn social and spiritual skills.