Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Greatest Returns

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Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me…for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14
The Barna Research Group have shown that the majority of people give their lives to Christ before the age of 18, but this recent study is the first that has shown the probabilities at various ages.  It also has shown that the evangelistic impact is getting younger.  
The study points out that children and adolescents are most impacted evangelistically by family members, peers and their churches activities like Sunday school, Kids Church, VBS, etc .  In fact, the years prior to age 12 are when a majority of children make their decision as to whether or not they will follow Christ.
This is why we at Celebration Community Church concentrate so much of our time and resources on Children, Youth and College ministries.  We invest in programs like our school, Victory Christian Academy, our G0-FISH children’s ministry which puts on a summer camp June 4-6, Vacation Bible School July 20-23rd and KIDFEST Aug 16. SO many kids get connected and grow in their faith through these events.
Even though the Barna study says that only 4% of teens have a likelihood of trusting in Christ we at C3 believe it is a good investment to pour a tremendous amount of time and money into a relevant youth and college ministry. Our CrossCurrent student ministries goes on mission trips, puts on summer camps for Middle School and High School including the upcoming non-camp, July 7-13 . This summer also makes our 12th Annual Youth Conference June 26-27 that attracts hundreds of Middle and High School students to a weekend of great music and challenging messages.
Our Encounter College Ministry has in the last year been reaching around 300 FHSU students every week and continues to operate throughout the summer since returning 59 students from a Haiti mission trip.
There is no summer slow down when it comes to doing whatever we can to reach  young people for the Lord at C3. Thank you to all of you who support these ministries  through your ongoing tithes and offerings.
Your pastor and partner in ministry,

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Members of the Chance, Haines and Melvin families get ready to take off for an adult mission trip to support “Open Hands 4 the Fatherless” Orphanage 3 hours north of Port Au Prince in the jungles of Haiti. Please pray for their protection and progress.

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