Lantana resident Jennifer Pender is founding the first Bible study program for children in kindergarten through fifth grades using the A.S.K. program from Community Bible Study, an international program.
A.S.K. is a Bible study geared for elementary school youngsters, helping them learn about God and the Bible through play, songs, building friendships and learning about the Bible.
Lessons are specifically designed for each age in the 10-week program slated for Monday afternoons. Each group is separated by age and gender, Jennifer explains.
“The whole point is making a connection with the kids,” Jennifer says.
She first learned of the study group concept while living in the Midland-Odessa area. After moving to Lantana, she started a prayer group last April and brought the subject up to fellow moms.
Soon, three leaders were identified and traveled to Colorado Springs to undergo training in the A.S.K. program.
From 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the weekly class at Argyle United Methodist Church begins with a snack time, followed by a large group session including music, prayer, talk and videos. The group is then divided into smaller groups for prayer and a lesson.
“It’s like a mini-Vacation Bible School,” Jennifer says.
Community Bible Study is an inter-denominational Bible study ministry which began in 1975 and is worldwide.
A.S.K. is a shepherding ministry because each child is cared for in a small, adult-led group called a Care Group, which provides fellowship, discussion, encouragement and growth. Care Leaders guide the kids in small group discussions and keep in touch with them weekly. Students do a short homework lesson weekly using their Bible.
The cost is $25 per child for the 10-week session. For information about the program, contact Jennifer Pender at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 432-416-0058. Additional information is also available at www.studentcbs.org.