February 28- March 5
Dublin First Baptist Church
This was our first time at Dublin First Baptist, and our team absolutely loved our time here at this church. On Sunday morning, we held two different services. The first service was an outdoor service. It was definitely a unique service in that we were outside on the porch of the church while the people in attendance were in their cars. In fact, instead of hearing a hearty “Amen,” you would hear those horns honk!
For the rest of the week, we held regular services Sunday-Tuesday. Before the services, we held teen pre-sessions which challenged them spiritually and also encouraged them to invite friends out for the Cola War on Wednesday night. Wednesday was a unique night in that we held both a Cola War and a regular service. We had a great turnout and were thankful for the guests who came!
The adults, teens, and kids brought visitors to the services throughout the week. In fact, one of the visitors in the kids’ program accepted Christ as his Savior! It was such a sweet thing to see the people in the church celebrate!
Our team really enjoyed connecting with the people before and after the service. Lots of good conversations were happening throughout the week, and we were encouraged by the fellowship. One day during the week, the pastor and assistant pastor took some of the team to go shooting with a church member who was a sheriff. On our off day, the staff took us adults out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant and we enjoyed more conversations with each other. It was a sweet way to end a sweet week with this church.
Yates Thagard Baptist Church
After our time in Dublin, NC, we drove over to Carthage to be with the people of Yates Thagard Baptist Church. We held regular meetings with the church Sunday-Tuesday that week. We loved connecting with people both before and after the services. Before the services, we had presessions with the adults, teens, and kids. It was actually the first time this year that we had the opportunity to do kids presessions. On a given night, you would find one of the team girls doing an object lesson with the kids that would coincide with the lesson that would be taught later in the kids program.
The kids program this week was definitely dynamic. This week definitely stands out as one of the most energetic and involved kids programs! We brought in a special guest to aid in the skit, Ryan McCarty (a former team member who was with us the last time we were here). It was a special treat for the kids who had been there a couple years before and recognized Ryan. The last night was definitely fun when the kids brought signs to represent who they wanted to win the week!
On Wednesday night we did an Irish concert. It was especially fun when some of the kids and teens in the church brought their bluegrass instruments to play along with us after the concert!
Friday was special in that we had the opportunity to minister to the senior saints. They held a luncheon which we provided music for. We provided music for the program part of it and Stephanie (Wright) and Mike shared ways that God has been working in their lives. Friday night was a Cola War with the teens, and it was another great connecting point with them.
This church was so sweet in how they tangibly served us. We enjoyed getting to partner with Yates-Thagard Baptist Church for the sake of the Gospel.
Morningside Baptist Church
Before parting ways for our spring break, our team was able to serve at Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC all day on Sunday. On Sunday morning, we did the music in the main service. Then afterwards during Sunday school, our team split and went to various classes. A few of us lead the singing in the college class, and then Mike shared a testimony.
That afternoon, the guys on team met with the pastors and a ministry-mentoring class to discuss various aspects of ministry including what Aaron does in the summer with Spread the Word in Detroit.
That evening we held an Irish concert. Many family members and friends of team members were able to make it along with people that were invited from the community. It was definitely a sweet way to end the day right before we split for our spring break.