They’re all about imbuing young ladies with a Christian character.
They’re the South Gastonia Church of God Girls’ Clubs, and it all starts with a prayer mother banquet for moms and daughters at the church on Friday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. According to church spokesman Bill Ward of Stanley, you’ll want to enroll your daughters in the group for an unforgettable and edifying experience. On Thursday, Ward told The Herald that the clubs’ official kick-off follows at the church that Saturday, Aug. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Co-ordinating the clubs’ efforts and girls’ ministry is church member Vickie Boyd. She has been a counselor in award-winning clubs since the mid-1990’s.
“Looking for an environment that is safe, where character is taught, where your daughter will be taught how to grow to become a strong woman and all of this being taught through the direction of God’s Word?” Boyd rhetorically asked. “You have found us! There are no joining fees or costs to any child. So bring your girls!”
Boyd elaborated further about the clubs.
“Church of God Girls’ Clubs is a ministry which is an outreach of the Church of God Department of Youth and Discipleship, to assist a local church and teaching our girls victorious living,” she said. “There are four clubs. First: the Little Sweethearts; these are the girls ages 3 to 5. Pre-school girls learn Who Jesus is and how special they are to Him. They also learn how they can share His love through Bible stories, hands-on activities and merit badge studies as part of the three-year achievement series. Our next club is the Bluebelles Club. It is for girls in first, second and third grades. Primary girls are provided exciting learning experiences through a three-year achievement program, merit badge studies and group studies. The next group is the Joybelles: a club for girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grade. Junior girls are provided group activities in an exciting three-year achievement program and merit badge studies.”
Once the girls turn 12, they move into the church’s youth program, as Boyd informed.
“The girls’ clubs began as a result of prayer and vision from the international department of Women’s Ministries,” she continued. “In 1969, the department was seeking to minister and to train young women in Christian graces and lifestyle. This vision was prompted by the desire to obey the scriptural admonition that exhorts older women to teach younger women.”
She cited the words of St. Paul, as found in his Epistle to St. Titus, which details the duties of elders and bishops in the early Church. In Chapter II, verses three through five, the Apostle writes:
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good and obedient to their husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.”
South Gastonia Church of God is located at 310 Carolina Ave. in Gastonia. To learn more about the girls’ clubs, call the church at (704) 867-1731.