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Presbytery of Western Colorado

Schoolchildren Hear the Good News through Award-winning Ministry


myb-may9May 9, 2016

Every year the Presbytery of Western Colorado presents the Al Ruth Award for Evangelism and Church Development. The award is funded through the permanent Alfred E. Ruth Jr. Memorial Fund, and it amounts to the interest earned during the year. In 2015, it was presented to the Good News Club, a ministry of Monument Presbyterian Church. The Good News Club is hosted by Wingate Elementary School in Grand Junction, Colorado, and meets after regular school hours. Wingate Elementary is a public school that welcomed this opportunity for families that desire to have their children learn about the good news through a Bible story, songs, games and a specific Bible verse, which is discussed at “table time” with a “shepherd.” Monument Presbyterian Church provides a snack and time to build relationships and pray together.

The Good News Club is under the umbrella of Child Evangelism Fellowship, which has Good News Clubs in over 165 countries. I would encourage any church that is looking for a community outreach to go to the Child Evangelism Fellowship website and explore how to start your own Good News Club in a public school near you!

As we explore how to be more missional both near and far, this provides a powerful opportunity to reach young children who may not hear the word or experience the love of Christ in any other setting.

Jan Gammill, Good News Club Leader at Wingate Elementary School, Grand Junction, Colorado

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff:

Jan Gammill, Good News Club Leader
Jeff Harmeling, Retired Pastor, Bible Story Leader
Beth Gilleece, Communications Administrator

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Kelly Riley, BOP
James Rissler, PILP
Lisa Robbins, PMA

Let us pray

Dear Lord of love,
We pray today that the good news may be heard throughout the world. May young children have the opportunity to know of your love, hear the stories from the Bible and treasure each Bible verse that leads them closer to you.
May our hearts be open to taking risks when sharing our love of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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