Power Castle Ministries
Sidewalk Sunday School
Sidewalk Sunday School programs are held as an after school outreach of Power Castle Ministries. This is an effective strategy for reaching needy children and youth by putting the Gospel of Jesus Christ on wheels and taking it to where large numbers of children live. With the combined efforts of multiple outreach teams, Power Castle reaches approximately 300-400 children each month at 8 different apartment sites in the city of Beaumont, TX. This program has been expanded further to reach more children and youth on a weekly basis. Sidewalk Sunday School involves teaching basic biblical principles through motion songs, object lessons, memory verse contests, puppets, dramas and prayer. Sidewalk Sunday School reaches children on the streets who may normally not get the opportunity to attend a church service.
Jesus said, "let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 NIV
In order to follow up on the children & their families that we reach through our outreach efforts, a visitation program has been implemented into our effort. Visitation teams are dispatched to visit primarily the homes of the children who attend our Sidewalk Sunday School and bus ministry program. Visitation provides the opportunity to not only promote the next ministry session, but to also develop a closer relationship with each child and his or her family. Many visits also result in the identification of specific needs of each family & how to best minister to them. As a result of this aspect of Power Castle, both children and parents have responded in a greater way to our outreach.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock..." - Revelation 3:20
As the Power Castle Ministry Team has ministered in low-income areas of our city, we have identified the physical needs of the children and families we reach. One very evident need has been that of an after-school feeding program. After each Sidewalk Sunday School Program, a sack lunch is provided for each child and anyone else who needs a meal. This program began by faith and with little resources, but has grown into providing thousands of meals each year to needy children and families.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." - Matthew 25:35 NIV
Another effective outreach of Power Castle Ministries is our bus ministry. Many of the children who live in the neighborhoods we reach are more isolated from youth programs and outdoor activities. Special field trips are planned for the children who attend our sidewalk programs. Children are bused to places such as city parks for activities that include picnics, relay races and kids worship. Our long term goal is to expand this outreach by obtaining acreage in the area to develop a children's day camp. The purpose of the day camp would be to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can further grow in their faith.
"Go out into the highways and hedges, land compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." - Luke 14:23 NIV