Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists

Churches Intentionally Reach Children Through Health

Story by Valerie Morikone

A Children’s Health Expo is an avenue to gain access to children in the community. While sometimes it may be difficult to speak about Jesus, church members can portray Christ living in and through them to children and staff in public schools.

The Parkersburg Panthers Pathfinder Club (W.Va.) conducted an expo at the Franklin Elementary School in Parkersburg, and the Grafton (W.Va.) church members and friends conducted two expos—one at the Flemington Elementary School (W.Va.) earlier this year and the other at the Anna Jarvis Elementary School in Grafton last year. Principals in all three schools were impressed with the program and organization. Jeanne Gren, principal of Flemington, states, “Our students really enjoyed the activities."
The Moorefield (W.Va.) church will soon be conducting a health expo, and the Glenville (W.Va.) church recently incorporated health expo material into their VBS Program.
“Training is available for any group or church who would be interested in hosting an expo in their community or local school,” says Diane Gregg, Children’s Ministries director.

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