Today was “photo day” for the SMM group of girls that meets at Jefferson Elementary School in Winona Lake, Indiana, right across the street from the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor). (double-click on photo to enlarge)
Women from the church conduct the voluntary after-school program every Thursday. Each week the program includes games, crafts, a Bible lesson, refreshments, and more. For many of the girls and their families, this is the “first touch” with people from the church.
WLGBC enjoys an excellent relationship with the school. Church members read with children at the lunch hour, and a number of women are involved as mentors with moms from the school, particularly some who are Hispanics. Later this year, when the school will lose some of its facilities because of a remodeling project, WLGBC will host regular classes from the school until the remodeling is completed.