“Our goal is to not only grow their spiritual relationship, or develop their spiritual relationship, but also to teach them how to connect with other people,” said Renter.
Encouraging young people to be a part of their community is also important, Renter said. He also noted that children, and their parents, have been a part of fund-raising efforts to build water wells in Africa, as well as helping bring food to children in Haiti.
On Wednesday nights, it's not all about giving children in different age groups spiritual opportunities. Renter noted that many parents are involved in their adult Bible study, which takes place at the same time as the children's activities. Adults and children are able to build upon what what taught at that Sunday's service on Wednesday nights, added Renter.
So, why is it important to offer activities and opportunities to people of all ages beyond the traditional Sunday morning service?
Renter said the teachings offered at Sunday morning service and Wednesday evening can build off of one another in order to promote social and spiritual growth. It gives children something that can perhaps help them from that time period in the middle of the week until the next Sunday morning, he said.
“I believe if you took most of the churches' Wednesday night activities out, the kids would just wander the streets — have nothing to do, nothing to be involved in,” said Renter. “It gives them something to look forward to, to be involved in.”
To learn more about Wednesday evening activities at First Assembly of God Church, visit www.oskyag.com.
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