Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Getting to Know Springfield

Time for Wednesday's Joyful News on Ministry.

This week we salute Covenant Presbyterian Church of Springfield, Ohio!

They have a Kids and Community outreach program. The program provides inexpensive field trips so students in the city schools can learn about Springfield and its history. The church provides transportation and incidental costs as well as volunteers to serve as tour guides! Here is a news story in Tuesday's
Springfield News-Sun:

Local government and history is a part of the third grade content standards set by the state of Ohio, said Bisher, a teacher at Lagonda Elementary.

"We don't have, obviously, anything in our books about local history," he said. "One of our standards is local government and history and so this is the coolest way to do it."

....For many of the children, it's the first time they've been downtown and the guides enjoy telling them about Springfield's old nicknames — Champion City and Rose City — or about A.B. Graham's and the 4-H organization's homegrown roots.

"It also gives the children the experience just to be in a downtown setting," said Henry, adding that the old-fashioned revolving doors are always a big hit. (Read More)

Covenant Presbyterian Church members, the Simpson Family, lead students on a tour of Abbey Road in downtown Springfield.

Great job Covenant Presbys!

Jesus is dancing in Springfield!

John Shuck is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee and he blogs at Shuck and Jive. Contact him with your joyful news at this E-mail.

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