By Kara Harvey
Thus Sunday, October 21, is a special and exciting day in the life of our third-grade children. Ten of our third graders will be receiving their very own Bibles during Awakening, Spark, and the 11am traditional service. Each year at Christ Church, our third graders are presented with a Bible with their name on it and are encouraged to dive deeper into reading God’s Word on their own. This important milestone encourages our children to begin developing their personal practice of Bible reading.
To help guide these children as they develop their own Bible reading practices, each third grader is paired with a “Bible Buddy.” These Bible Buddies are special mentors and encouragers who share their own love for God’s Word with our children. We are thankful for our Bible Buddies: Peggy Brown, Lynn Hargrove, Andee Morford, Gwen Worthington, Paula Hargrove, Morgan Hargrove, Andrew Long, Mitch Camp, Donna Camp, and Caroline Camp. If you be interested in being a Bible Buddy in the future, please contact Kara Harvey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lynn Long (email@example.com).
This year, we are especially grateful to a group of special donors who have provided our third graders with Bibles. These donors wished to memorialize the late Betty Williams in a way that paid homage to her incredible legacy. Betty Williams was a dedicated Children’s Sunday School teacher and a champion for all children at Christ Church. The funding for this year’s Bibles has been donated by the following donors in memory of Betty Williams: Martha Walton, Rebecca Pritchard, Gloria Jordan, Sarah Hamilton, Denise Wells, Mazie Atkinson, Judie Wright, Kathie Barker, Mary Ellen Williams, Ellen Taft, Carolyn McKinney, Pat Bisher, Circle 6, and The United Methodist Women. We are incredibly thankful for these generous gifts that honor the legacy of Betty Williams
This Sunday, as we encourage our third graders to make a personal commitment to spending time in God’s word, let us all renew our commitment to making time each day to walk with God through Scripture daily. I encourage you to include our third graders in your prayers this week. The third graders receiving Bibles are Grace Kerr, Landry Simpson, Molly Rafeek, Ava Trakas, William Searls, Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Abernathy, Molly Shade, MaKayla Hall, and Zoe Phillips.