April 18, 2018
Lesson: The Good Shepherd
Scripture: John 10:11-18
Theme: Tie Dye Night
Menu: Hamburgers, chips, fresh veggies, fruit fresh, salad bar, s’mores
The MIX is our exciting mid-week program, in which our church buildings burst with the energy and laughter of children and teenagers.
Jesus’ ministry focused on teaching people what the Kingdom of God was like: non-competitive, inclusive, sharing, and life-affirming. The MIX is a metaphor for that Kingdom and is an alternative for children who are being reared in an image-based culture that’s driven by competition, individualism, and consumerism. Based on a nation-wide proven church program called “LOGOS,” we began our MIX with an in-depth training for adult leaders. After much prayer and preparation, we kicked things off in September 2011, and quickly doubled in size from what we had hoped for!
Throughout the school year, on most Wednesday evenings, children aged 4 through high school gather for age-based Bible study, recreation, and worship skills, such as choir, handbells, and drama. The fourth component and the centerpiece of the night is “Family Time,” a sit-down dinner, complete with table parents and a special weekly theme carried out in decorations and table activities.
Relationships have bloomed at The MIX; children, youth and adults are spending time together sharing tons of fun. A program of this size takes a large team of committed adults; our adult/child ratio on Wednesday MIX nights is nearly equal when we factor in adults who set the tables and kitchen teams who do the meal preparation and clean-up.
Any child is welcome to attend The MIX; families do not have to be church members in order to participate. We have found The MIX to be an excellent way to learn about Christianity, play together, get to know each other more deeply, and bridge the time in between Sundays. Email our MIX coordinator, Heather Young, for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the MIX, families with young children plan occasional get-togethers and the teenagers of the church enjoy special events such as overnights, pool parties, and lunches out.