Realizing that the children and youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow, Flint Hill UMC in Alexander City (Southeast District) has begun some new programs aimed at reaching children and youth. The Children’s program, under the direction of Mrs. Cindi Blair, has undergone a complete “face lift.”
Describing the new program called “The Bible Zone” Mrs. Blair says, “Children today are used to changing tasks quickly, receiving information quickly, and being entertained. With this in mind, we decided to use a modified rotation model on Sunday mornings. This basically means that each month a Biblical topic will be taught in a variety of ways. Leveled groups of students will rotate each Sunday to a different room. In each room, the topic will be taught using different senses. On any given Sunday, the child may experience the lesson through storytelling, drama, music, crafts, cooking science labs and movies. By the end of the month, the child would have heard the same Biblical story presented in six to eight different ways.”
The Bible Zone meets each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. The church also offers a Wednesday night program for children called “Pathways” which meets at 5:15 pm. This program also teaches Biblical stories and allows for fellowship and fun.
Rev. Dee Dowdy, pastor of Flint Hill, says "I think this new program is a great way for kids of today to learn about the Bible in a fun and exciting way. I am proud of Cindi and all the volunteers who have helped pull this together.”
In light of the congregation's commitment to the youth of the area, Flint Hill UMC has remodeled part of its facility, allowing for a youth room where the young people come to learn and fellowship. The church then hired Kim and Kelly Scott as youth directors.
Rev. Dee Dowdy says, “Kim and Kelly have done a great job with our young people. They have grown the group from five or six youth to more than twenty students. They have inspired the kids to get excited for the Lord.” The youth program, called the “Flint Hill Flintstones” includes not only learning about God’s will but also opens doors for new Christian friendships to be birthed.
The youth group has also begun a new ministry that they have carried to other churches. This ministry involves a backlight skit that teaches others about the love of Christ. One of the youth, Starr Catrett, felt led by the Lord that the group should try it. It has gone over well.
Also, the church leadership has decided to allow the youth to lead the worship service on Fifth Sundays. On March 28, five of the youth made a profession of faith and were received into church memebership. All of these youth were new the the church 7 months ago but have now made the decision to follow Christ