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. Bible Hour: Reach. Teach. Instill.
Think back to when you were young (it has been longer for some of us than for others!). How did you learn how to act in Church? Were you taught? Did you observe others? Or, were you perhaps not completely aware of what you should be doing? Is it important for children to understand how to act in Church and to learn the meaning and importance of fellowship and attending Church? These are all great points to consider, and we have a way to address them: Bible Hour.
What is Bible Hour? To some, Bible Hour is what they think of as a children’s Church service. The purpose of Bible Hour is to teach our youth, ages 6 to 12 (though this may also include younger children), the principles of God's word on a level that they can understand. We also teach them how to worship and the importance of worshiping God. Bible Hour is held in the resource center at the same time as the morning worship service.
How can we teach young children what Church is? Do they really understand where they are taken each week? Bible Hour provides a pathway for youth as they begin to understand how to act in Church as they grow into their teenage years. We often wonder if it is reasonable to expect kids to know how to act in certain circumstances, and we tend to make assumptions that they will know how to act. Bible Hour provides a way, using a spiritual approach, to let kids be kids, while also providing them with activities, games and bible-based lessons.
During Bible Hour, there is a lot of movement, activity, and high energy. Lessons are geared toward children’s needs and attention spans. Activity sheets and games are also included, to provide various ways of teaching important biblical principles. Sometimes, our teenagers attend to act as chaperones, as do parents who want to understand how they can become more involved in Bible Hour.
One of the positive aspects for Church leaders is that Bible Hour allows leaders to really get to know the kids. When leaders see the kids outside of Bible Hour, they have a more personal connection, and the kids begin to see the leaders as mentors. As they get older (ages 13 to 19), they continue to build on what they experienced during Bible Hour. This includes forming relationships and getting to know each other, and sitting together during bible classes (sessions) and worship services.
Ultimately, Bible Hour is beneficial for long-term personal growth and sustainability, as it is through these early sessions that the youth have experiences with spiritual leaders and mentors to assist them as they continue to grow during their Christian journey.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 "16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (Source: Bible – New International Version (NIV))
Ministry: Bible Hour. Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Rajamail Davis, Portia Davis. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org