Charlotte church finds success in children’s summer literacy program

Freedom School Partners are making a difference for those in need by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Literacy skills, character strengths and a community that believes in success. Those are the three fundamental components behind the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Program, a summer literacy initiative with a focus on children who need, but cannot… Read more »

Church partnership leads to successful tutoring program in Kentucky community

Presbyterian Church invests in Educate a Child initiative By Rick Jones Compassion, Peace and Justice Communications Yvonne and José moved with their parents to Shelbyville, Ky., from Central America when they were second graders.  Their parents were looking for work in the agricultural and horse industry but wanted to ensure their children received a quality… Read more »

North Carolina church transforming the lives of resettled families

Education is the focus of 20-year initiative By Rick Jones Compassion, Peace and Justice Communications Editor’s note: Since this story was published, Rev. John Odom accepted a call to serve as the Presbyter for Community Life for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.  For two decades the Starmount Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, N.C., has been actively ministering to families resettling… Read more »

Presbyterians share ideas and vision for educating children

Big Tent 2015 workshop focused on national Educate a Child initiative by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Around the corner and around the world, young people can benefit from the power of education. That was the resounding message from leaders of the “Educate a Child” national initiative, during a session at Big Tent last… Read more »

Celebrating a century of teaching, preaching and healing in the Philippines

Silliman University continues tradition of leadership development   By Juan Sarmiento Presbyterian World Mission international evangelism catalyst The recent dedication of a Presbyterian Mission Garden containing three large rocks marked the centennial of Silliman University Church (1906-2016) in Dumaguete City in the Philippines. The rocks represent teaching, preaching and healing as the basic components of mission… Read more »

Presbyterian Pastor Provides 100 Essential Topics Every Child Should Learn About in New Book

Presbyterian pastor and teacher Rebecca Kirkpatrick has written a new book that guides leaders and parents through the key topics children growing up in the church should be taught. In 100 Things Every Child Should Know before Confirmation, Kirkpatrick provides an overview of one hundred essential topics with suggestions for how educators and parents can explore… Read more »

Presbyterian funded community school partnership in Illinois gets rave reviews

Project is a ‘DREAAM’ Come True for African-American Boys at Risk by Rick Jones | Presbyterian News Service Louisville, January 1, 2016—“Let’s rock the DREAAM House, Rock the DREAAM House.” Those are the words coming from 10 excited five-year-old boys participating in the DREAAM Summer Pre-K Academy. The DREAAM House is a new community-school partnership significantly funded… Read more »

Pennsylvania church celebrates half a century of helping children succeed

By Rick Jones For more than 50 years, the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church has helped local children succeed in school through its own in-house tutoring program. But the Pennsylvania church traces its interest in education back to the late 1800’s. Elder Margaret Bailey Speer is credited with launching the current tutoring program after approaching the Session… Read more »