LIVE FREE is a program designed to reach low-income, at-risk, elementary age children for Jesus Christ in small church communities. For the small church, this is an excellent way to reach out to local children and their families.
This program meets 1-day per week for 5-weeks from June 18 to July 20. It is free to children, and reaches out to the community in a way that enriches the lives of children through enhancing their academic skills, includes creative and performing arts, fitness and nutritional activities, as well as providing meals and stories of hope and change. Many churches choose to partner with a local Ohio Department of Education’s Summer Food Program participant, so that the children receive lunch and snack at no cost to the church.
The curriculum and literacy materials are provided by Live Free. The program will also provide each church with a team of four young adults who have been trained to offer the components of the Live Free program.
Church volunteers are encouraged to assist with Live Free through a variety of activities. These activities differ by church, but may include: assisting with class supervision, providing supervision for safe sanctuary, registration and check in, preparation and serving meals, etc. Individual churches are encouraged to arrange for field trips or special events such as a visit by the Fire or Police Department or walking to the local Library.
Live Free started in the Ohio River Valley District in 2012 with four churches and expanded to the Miami Valley district in 2014. This summer the Miami Valley District has a goal to have 10 churches on board by April 15th.
If God is calling you to reach out to the families in your community, then this is one way to start the process -- by helping children increase their reading skills, learn how to live healthy and grow spiritually.
For more information about the Live Free Program in the Miami Valley District please contact Pastor Maggie Sykes at 937-216-0850 (call or text) or email her at bethelcasstownchurch [at] gmail.com or you may contact Pastor Jordan McKenzie at jlmckenzie [at] gmail.com. In Ohio River Valley or other districts, please contact Rev. Dawn Trapp at 513-846-3925 or by email at servant2ministry [at] gmail.com.