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A Pilot Worth Pursuing

It really was an extraordinarily full weekend at Good Shepherd with a Friday evening event for rising 6th graders, a Saturday Serve Day at the Charlotte Rescue Mission as well as a Russian-tinged banquet with our Moscow missionaries, Jon & Sonnet Barr, and then culminating on Sunday evening with the launch of BigHouse, ClubHouse, and fall LifeGroups.  Whew!

Yet tucked in between those higher profile events was a pilot project that I believe has some staying power:  a Home Based K-Club.

For months, a number of us have wondered what it would be like to extend Good Shepherd’s children’s ministry beyond the doors of the church and into the neighborhoods of Steele Creek, Lake Wylie, and Fort Mill.

So we located a pair of high impact volunteers who offered up their homes for an after-school, neighborhood-based bible study (K-Club), resourced them to throw a fabulous kid-friendly party to which they invited the whole subdivision (with the hope that the party would spur sign ups for the subsequent K-Club), and then sat back and watched God do his work.

So we gave the hosts a one-of-a-kind yard sign:

They invited the neighborhood, kids and adults:

And what’s a party without a jumping bubble?

The results were, frankly, staggering:  55 people showed up including adults, most of them not connected to Good Shepherd, and 22 children signed up for the ensuing & ongoing Home K-Club.

And that’s just piloting in one subdivision.

Seems like a good way to relocate kids and adults into the Body Of Christ.

You can always find out more at www.facebook.com/goodshepherdkids

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