The 2012 Yearly Meeting Christian Education Board’s dinner featured Mary Sonke, who has headed the Christian Life Club (CLC) at Homedale Friends Community Church for more than 25 years. She showed with words and a video how about 15 workers from different churches cooperate in reaching up to 100 elementary children from Christian and non-church homes. The curriculum is provided by Child Evangelism Fellowship, but the organization that includes Bible lessons, activities, music, and snacks is all local.
When CLC began, the Homedale church was near the elementary school, so there was concern when the new church was built a distance away. Greenleaf Academy offered a school bus for $500, and permission slips were given to the school so students could ride to the new church each Wednesday after school.
Besides the regular Wednesday CLC meetings, the staff and students roller skate in Nampa once a month. Before Christmas the entire group goes caroling around the area, ending at the church with a chili supper, to which everyone is invited. The school year ends with a swimming party at the YMCA.
The school administration has no problem with the kids wearing their CLC shirts to school, and they can often be heard inviting other children. Wearing their CLC shirts, bringing Bibles or a friend, knowing the memory verse, etc., builds up points with which they can buy special items.
There is a small fee to help pay for tee shirts and materials, but all are welcomed, and no one is required to pay. For additional income Mary and a crew of helpers have a hamburger booth at the County Fourth of July celebration and Demolition Derby.
For information about the CLC program, contact Mary Sonke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christian Education Board invites suggestions for programs to be honored at their 2013 dinner.
Contributed by Myrna Tuning, Homedale Friends. Myrna is a member of Homedale Friends Community Church in Idaho. She is on the Yearly Meeting Board of Communications and sometimes also writes for the Board of Christian Education, of which her husband, Frank, is a member.