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The Sturgeon Alliance Church is starting an evening Youth program during the summer, and hopes to expand its Coffee&Chaos program when it resumes in the fall.
"We're having Youth Drop In on Friday, June 26, and are hoping to have it throughout the summer and into the fall," said executive pastor Jason Roffey. Youth night will give young people a safe place to hang out and play games such as pool, air hockey or fooze ball or to sit and watch TV.
Coffee&Chaos (C&C) began in March, and its first few months were so successful organizers are looking to expand it. "We're looking forward to getting it going in the fall," Roffey said.
C&C grew out of the pre-school programs run for three and four year old children. Their parents, usually with other children in the family, would sit and visit while the one child attended the program.
"It's a chance for them (parents) to get out of their home and connect with others," said Roffey.
One of the participants is a senior fondly known as 'grandma Julie' who comes in to read to children.
Having a Grandma is great for some kids who don't have nearby grandparents," Roffey said.
With that in mind, he has applied for a $15,000 New Horizons federal grant to expand C&C. The grant application was formally supported by the Town of Gibbons council. The grant is geared to community and leadership with a focus on Seniors.
"We looked at that grant and this program and thought, yeah, that fits," said Roffey. "There's a pretty significant Seniors population in town. We're looking to engage some folks that way."
The grant will enable the program to expand to include a greater multi-generational component. With the fund C&C can increase leadership opportunities, the chance to build relationships with others in the community and inter-active play. Grant funds will cover the purchase of a high quality coffee machine, removable walls, interactive play toys and promotion of the program.
C&C is primarily run by Kelly Kozak and her ministry team. They welcome everyone to just show up for a cup of coffee and the chance to spend time in the chaotic atmosphere of playing children. C&C ran from 9:30 to 11:30 am in the spring, and is expected to have the same time slot in the fall.
Both the Youth program and C&C are held in the bright, wide open expansion of the Sturgeon Alliance Church facility.
We have exciting news! This fall we will be starting our first academic year! We have a significant number of people that are considering becoming students in pastoral preparation programs. We have seven students studying Greek this spring. We have an agreement with Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta, to supply accredited coursework for our students in addition to the courses taught by our own faculty. This assures the steady supply and variety of classes necessary to support a robust curriculum. We have what we need to start training pastors. We are ready to do the work for which the ILT came into being: to prepare effective pastoral leaders who will serve congregations where God is honored according to His Word in Scripture and according to the tradition of the Lutheran Confessions.