Thurman After-School Ministry

Jesus is your BFF (Best Friend Forever). That’s the message kids hear from the people of the Thurman United Methodist Church at their after-school program.

Preschool children through 6th graders come to the BFF After School Club for snacks, worship, Bible lessons, meal preparation, prayer, and sharing a meal with the adult volunteers. The full meaning of BFF in their ministry title stands for “Be Filled Forever with Jesus, your Best Friend Forever.”

Joni Hickey, a member of the Thurman congregation, says, “Positive relationships are in the making!” At the end of April, for example, the children invited their parents to a “Be Our Guest” banquet. The kids made table decorations, prepared the food, and served their families. After the meal, the children cleared the tables and presented a brief program with music and a picture video that was shared with the guests. The BFF Club even had an entry in the Tabor Farmers Merchants Picnic Parade at the end of June.

A Matthew 25 grant from the Southwest District, which is made possible through apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa, helps to support this ministry.

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