Has your church ever had 180 visitors on a single Sunday morning? Well, it happens every June at Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown when children and parents are invited to Good News Club Appreciation Sunday! Children and their families from the five Good News Clubs hosted by Colonial Baptist Church at local elementary schools are invited to the Sunday service and to a special luncheon and awards ceremony. During the service short testimonies from a Good News Clubber, a parent, the assistant principal and others are shared with the congregation. What a blessing to hear about how these clubs with over 250 enrolled are impacting the lives of children and changing the environment of the schools.
Colonial Baptist Church has caught the vision of the 4/14 Window! Volunteers were enlisted, trained, and screened. The church first adopted one local elementary school five years ago and began an After School Good News Club. Almost 70 children were initially enrolled and in one month, 30 students said they received Jesus as their personal Savior. Each week in the club program the Gospel is clearly presented and saved children are being discipled in God’s Word. Church members became so excited about this fruitful outreach ministry that another team of volunteers adopted yet another school! Over 50 children are enrolled in that club! Each week they were taking Sunday school to the public school! Now the outreach has expanded to five schools with a sixth one beginning in April, 2019! Pastor Anderson, says that a healthy church has lots of children! He’s looking for ways to keep Colonial healthy and flourishing!
What about your church? There are hundreds of elementary schools yet to be adopted. Children are waiting to hear the Gospel message. The harvest is truly plentiful in the elementary schools of our state. If every Bible-believing church would follow the lead of Colonial Baptist Church, bold and unashamed to roll up their sleeves and participate in the harvest field among children, what a change would take place in our state and in our nation! Yes. . . the fields are black, white, brown, red and yellow with harvest! May we harvest with urgency so that our children cannot say, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20)