Calvary Baptist Church
Our first church we ministered in this semester was Calvary Baptist Church in Burlington, IA, right along the Mississippi River! We loved meeting Pastor Simeon and his family and enjoying dinner & fellowship.
We jumped right into our music ministry at Calvary as we had our first Irish Concert on Sunday night. God was gracious in allowing the church to have a great turnout of both church members and friends from the community, as well as good weather as we were able to perform the concert outside!
Throughout the week before services, we met with the teens for pre-sessions. During this time, we played a short game with the teens, and Hudson gave a challenge to encourage them in their relationship with God. We all enjoyed getting to know the teens through the course of the week, and even though many of them had scheduling conflicts for the Cola Wars on Friday night, we still had a good turnout and we had a good time playing games and connecting with all the teens.
Please pray for the teens that we talked to that the Spirit would continue to work in their hearts and help them realize their need for a Savior.
In the evenings, while Aaron preached, the rest of the team helped out in our kids program! It is such a special time and opportunity for us to be able to have conversations about Jesus with children. We had such enthusiastic kiddos with a willingness to listen and participate! We started a new program this year called Holiday Extravaganza, where we use a different holiday each night to explain the Gospel, such as July 4th and our freedom in Christ, or our birthday and being born again. We’ve really enjoyed the program and putting it together for the kids.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Calvary Baptist, and loved ministering through music and other various ways throughout the week. Definitely a fun first week for us on the road!