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A Bible lesson with a dash of games and a whole lot of fun are the perfect ingredients for South Campbellsville Baptist Church's new recipe for children's ministry.
Each Sunday night, children ranging from pre-school through elementary age are given the opportunity to worship in their own way through Bible lessons, games relevant to the study and, often times, a craft or project.
"I think this is a great way to get more children involved in church activities," said Karen McMaken, one of the leaders of the Sunday night ministry. "We've been trying to implement new games and studies recently, and it really seems to be a lot of fun for the kids."
In addition to the Sunday night ministries, children and pre-schoolers are also active on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. A dinner is planned before the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday evenings will use the AWANA - Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed - program, a fun and exciting ministry where children learn to memorize scripture, sing songs, play games and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ each week.
"It is an awesome time for grades 1-6 to learn about Jesus and how to become leaders and servants," said Dana Caudill, leader of the AWANA program.
Children receive awards for scripture memory, which Caudill says gives them incentive and excitement about reaching their goals.
AWANA bases its name on the verse in 2 Timothy 2:15, which states, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
A new children's worship has also been implemented for the Sunday morning services and the church says it hopes that more children and their families will become involved and see what God can do through the community.
"The most important thing we can do for children is present them with the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ so they can grow up knowing him," said Pastor Shaun Caudill.
"I can't think of any better way to help our children than to tell them about Jesus Christ and the sacrifice he made for us all so they may use that in their young lives all the way through adulthood."
South Campbellsville Baptist Church is located at 601 S. Central Ave. in Campbellsville and is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Sunday worship services begin at 11 a.m. with Sunday school beginning at 9:45 a.m. Evening worship begins at 6 on Sunday and at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The community is welcome.