Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief. Glow and Glowing Ministries: Relationships are Key - Mentor, Foster, and Never Forsake.
What if young girls had access to a never-ending relationship base throughout their Christian journey? How do you think they would use it? Would they use it only in times of need, or would they use it in good times as well?
"Be a light for all to see." Glow is a FWCOC ministry focused on girls from 8 to 12 years old. The emphasis of this ministry is on a mentoring program to encourage and guide these youngsters spiritually.
The program’s purpose is for adult women of God to build relationships with girls in order to support them along their Christian journey and to help them to grow spiritually and emotionally into mature Christians (young ladies of God.) Different activities range from making prayer boxes to having lunches or going on outings. For some events, each girl can bring a friend for encouragement and to enable the girl to be a light to non-members.
Glowing is a ministry that focuses on helping teenaged girls and young ladies to build relationships with older women who can share their experiences and teach the young ladies. Establishing these relationships and strengthening these bonds helps the young ladies grow and gives them trusted people they can call upon when they go to college and beyond. Glowing also fills in the gaps for elements that may not be optimal in certain situations. From sleepovers and confidential conversations to back-to-school events, the main emphasis of this ministry is on supporting young ladies in and out of school and providing them with good Christians for them to contact in times of need who will give them valuable Christian advice. This type of personal hotline support also provides an alternative for young women when talking to a parent may not be their best option, whether it’s because they don’t feel comfortable discussing a particular topic with their parents, or for any other reason.
When the mentors in our program follow up with the young ladies, it gives them a way to stay in contact with them during their journey towards adulthood. They can communicate with each other through good times, disappointments, or unexpected consequences, and the younger women can be reassured that things do get better and that they should not let challenges take them out of the game. Yes, they may be going through something difficult at that particular time; however the sun does eventually shine, and we will continue to support them throughout their Christian journey.
What do girls think about these ministries? "Get to meet new people." "Very refreshing." "We can talk about real things and not sugarcoat it, but it is all Christ-like." "They are not going to criticize—they are going to talk to us and listen to help guide us along." "When I first came to Fifth Ward, I was wondering how I could get involved. As a millennial, being involved with Glowing was very beneficial to my growth."
Thus, overall, building relationships between the younger and older women in the congregation is the key to strengthening everyone’s Christian journey.
Matthew 5:16 "16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Source: Bible – New International Version (NIV))
Ministry: Glow and Glowing. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Glow - Montra Adams, Yolanda Bailey, Nicole Frazier. Glowing - Tanya Patche, Felicia Pichon.
Ministry In-Brief Administrator: Karl Spencer. Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Family Life Center.
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Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Some services require pre-registration or accompaniment by a member. Space is limited. Call or email us for additional information. Tel: 713-672-2654, Email: email@example.com