Young At Heart
The Young At Heart (YAH) groups’ Mission is to keep senior members involved in the Lord’s work. They are a group of seniors aged 60 years and older but young at heart that enjoy life, love worshipping, lover serving, and love God. They ultimately want to glorify God, follow in the perfect steps of Jesus, and share the gospel with everyone. The group is involved in several activities including gathering for meals and games, singing songs, having prayers of thanksgiving, and conducting devotionals. They also regularly send out greeting cards, conduct benevolence outreach, prepare food for the sick, and conduct visitations. They want to encourage all to use their Time, Talent, and Treasure to further God’s kingdom.
The Care Groups mission is to encourage, serve, and care for the members. Each Care Group meets monthly to fellowship and discuss any needs within the group that may require attention. The Care Groups send cards, make calls, and visits to encourage members. When surgery, sickness, or death falls upon a member, the Care Group is here to comfort and support the family by providing meals.
The college group seeks to provide fun opportunities and activities for Christian fellowship amongst our college-aged members. Our goal is to help each other grow stronger in Christ and cope with the stresses and struggles that often come during the college-age years. The college group regularly comes together at each others’ houses for meals, TV nights, and other fellowship activities. Past group outings have included haunted houses, zip-line courses, Six Flags, white-water rafting, & walking/running events. There is also a college-age bible class that meets regularly. The college group has a great time together and cherishes Christian fellowship at a time in life when that is often hard to find.
Bible Bowl is a ministry available to all of our children in 3rd through 12th grade. Each year we focus on a certain book or group of books to study in depth.
2018 – 2019: Study of the book of Exodus
2017 – 2018: Study of the books of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians.
2016 – 2017: Study of the books of Esther, Ruth, and Job
2015 – 2016: Study of the book of Matthew
2014 -2015: Study of the books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.
The students participating in Bible Bowl have the opportunity to participate in study sessions, fellowship activities, and competitive events. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 and study one chapter. We use review questions at the end of each study session to reinforce the parts of the chapter we want to emphasize. The children complete these questions in groups or pairs and we go over the answers before we leave. In addition to the review questions, the students complete fill in the blank pages taken directly from the scripture (NKJV) and multiple choice questions at home, and practice with an online study tool. Our online study tool has unlimited users and thus is available to our entire congregation. When we complete our study of a book, we have a celebration fellowship activity with dinner provided. We also challenge the adults in the congregation to compete against the students. During these challenges, everyone completes a 15 question quiz individually, and
then the adults and children work together in teams to answer questions orally.
We have several students who participate in the Tennessee Valley Bible Bowl competitions. There, the students answer 50 multiple choice questions by holding up cards marked with A, B, C, or D. A scorekeeper is the only one to see the responses, so no one is singled out during this portion of the competitions. The scores are calculated for each team and for individuals and awards are presented in each age division. At the end of each competition, the top scoring individuals from the first half are able to compete in a buzzer round where they sit in front of the audience and can buzz in to answer questions. We typically take 6-7 teams to each competition and have had students bring home ribbons in each division.
Another option for our Bible Bowl students is to compete at the Lads to Leaders convention in Nashville. This competition has two parts. The first is a 100 question multiple choice test that will be taken before we go to Nashville. The top scorers on this test will be given trophies at the convention in April. The second part is done at the convention and is conducted like the Tennessee Valley Bible Bowl (TVBB) Competitions with the winning teams receiving trophies.
Some of our students only come to the study sessions, some compete at the Tennessee Valley Bible Bowl (TVBB), and some will go to Lads to Leaders in the spring. No matter how the children choose to participate, they are learning God’s Word and should be commended for their efforts. If you would like more information about Bible Bowl or how to create an online account for the study tool, please contact Kyle Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Bible School (WBS) is a nonprofit ministry that provides free Bible study courses worldwide. For 40 years, WBS has offered foundational Bible lessons to help people come to know God, understand the Bible, and live a life of faith. We have local Study Helpers to assist students who enroll by web, email, or postal.
For more information or to enroll, go to The Way to Life.
World Video Bible School (WVBS) is a nonprofit ministry that provides a web-based Bible course consisting of a short introductory lesson and five easy lessons, all less than one hour each. The lessons teach students the basics of becoming a Christian and living a faithful life. Go to WVBS. You can also correspond with local teachers if you have any questions about the lessons. Email us with your questions or comments at email@example.com.
Gaupiles, Costa Rica
Guapiles, Costa Rica is a township of about 20,000 people located on the Caribbean coastal plain in the province of Limon. The economy is based in agriculture (pineapples, plantains, and bananas). The church at Meridianville helped start this congregation in 2002 with a handful of members meeting in a carport. Since then, the congregation has grown to about 80 members. In 2006, we assisted the Guapiles congregation in purchasing a permanent meeting place in the heart of the city. The minister supported at the Guapiles congregation is Evans Campbell and was hired in 2015. Evans has over 30 years of preaching experience.
Each summer a group from our congregation travels to Guapiles to assist in the local campaign planned and coordinated by the church at Guapiles. This work includes one-on-one bible studies, nightly VBS, leadership workshops for the youth, the men, or ladies, visitation, and door knocking. Their growth and maturity can be seen through the efforts they started on their own. In 2009, a prison ministry was started, fulfilling a need for the Gospel to be brought to those incarcerated, of which several have obeyed. In 2008, the members helped to start a new congregation in Cariari, another rural community close to Guapiles. The preacher hired at Cariari was an original member of the Guapiles congregation.
Those who take the trip to Costa Rica are eyewitnesses to what an investment in the mission field can become. We have many members at the Meridianville congregation who have been involved with the Guapiles work over the years, both from home and on the ground in Guapiles. Many souls have heard the Gospel because of investments we have made in Guapiles, Costa Rica.
Cariari, Costa Rica
Cariari, Costa Rica is a very rural community in on the Carribean coastal plain in the province of Limon. This congregation was started in 2009, by members of the Lord’s church at Guapiles. Each January, a mission team travels to Cariari to assist in a local campaign coordinated by the members at Cariari. The preacher at Cariari, Mesidor Ismith, was an orginal member at the Guapiles congregation and we are currently financially supporting him in this work.
A majority of our time during the campaign in Cariari, Costa Rica is spent conducting Bible studies, which have been set up by Ismith. We assist in visitation, VBS, and Bible class for new converts as well. Transportation issues and much more harsh conditions make the work in Cariari a bit more challenging. However, through the support from the Meridianville congregation, the church at Cariari has a full time minister and a place to meet. May the Lord continue to bless this work and brothers and sisters at Cariari.
Updates: November 2018
Thank you so very much for the donations you continue to supply us with! You are such a generous congregation. We have been able to supply all of our needs for the hospital bags, the comfort bags for cancer patients, and have even been able to help Corley begin a drawstring backpack program for people who come to the church building seeking benevolence. We haven't asked for specific items lately because you have continued to supply us with the usual things we use and we actually have a surplus of some materials. As we get low on items, we will let you know. Thanks to those of you who choose to donate supplies on a regular basis.
We also have several people who choose to give monetary donations on a regular basis. We have been able to use the donations lately to purchase 4 sewing machines! Until now, several of us have been lugging our personal machines back and forth to workdays. This has put a lot of extra wear and tear on our personal machines and we also end up not having enough machines for everyone to keep busy. We are very excited about our new machines and will use them to glorify God as we comfort others.
We had our first sewing class this fall with three students in attendance. All of them learned so quickly and are already using their new skills to help us make quilts for the hospital bags. We plan to offer the class again in the near future. If you would like to participate, let Christie, Bettinna, or Shirley know and we will save you a seat.
The Remind App is now being run by AJ and Danielle Wilkerson. If you have an urgent prayer request or need to request a bag to be taken, just call the church office and the secretaries will get in touch with the Wilkersons to have them text it out. AJ is also taking over our technology needs. We have a hospital ministry facebook page and will be making a newsletter available quarterly to keep everyone up to date on our activities. You can access the facebook page by looking at the top of our church facebook page and clicking the recommended page - The Hospital Ministry.
Sign up for the Remind Prayer Group by texting to 81010 the message @hmprayer
Sign up for the Remind Hospital Group by texting to 81010 the message @hospitalm
If you would like to take a bag to a family member or friend, you can now find a couple of hospital bags and a couple of comfort bags for cancer patients in the fellowship hall on the brown rolling table located under our bulletin boards. Just please remember to sign the bag out so we can try to keep from taking two bags to the same person. We also like to keep a record of how many bags are being delivered.
We are interested in starting a follow-up team to check back on people who receive bags. If you would like to help with this endeavor, please see Kyle Franklin.
Shut In Minsitry
Our Shut-In Ministry is a ministry that meets the needs of our shut-in members and also strives to help those members to still feel engaged with the church family. This ministry is based off of our Hospital Ministry and provides the following on a regular basis: phone calls, cards, visits, meals, care packages, shopping services, lawn care, and any other needs of each shut-in.
Our Youth Ministry is divided into four groups: 0 to 5 years, Kindergarten through 5th grade, 6th-8th grade (Junior High), and 9th-12th grade (Senior High). Some events are for all the age groups, and some are for only selected groups. But every child has many opportunities to be together with children their age on a consistent basis.
There is so much in our world that seeks to bring our young people down, and to pull them away from the Lord. Our youth program here at Meridianville seeks to bring young people closer to the Lord, and closer to each other.
There are four main ways we accomplish this: worship, education, service, and fellowship.
Besides the regular weekly worship services, our young people meet regularly outside of the main assembly to worship together. Devotionals are held in various places, from living rooms to back yards to forests. Through prayer and praise we come before our Heavenly Father.
“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The Lord has said that His religion is a religion that is taught. We know we must teach each generation those spiritual truths that they must base their lives on. This teaching is done in weekly Bible classes (on Sunday and Wednesday), in devotionals (held three times per month), at multiple weeks of Bible camp, and in special youth events (i.e. Challenge Youth Conference, Exposure Youth Camp, Evangelism University, etc.).
“And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Each month we undertake at least one service project to serve others. We serve locally, and elsewhere. We serve those who are Christians, and those who aren’t. We do our best to teach the young people that the greatest path to walk in life is the path of service; that they will never be closer to God than when they are serving His children.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58
Our young people love spending time with each other. If it is before or after worship services, at a local sporting event, or on a trip, our young people love to be together and enjoy each others company. And not only do we focus on fellowshipping with other Christian young people, but we fellowship with the body of Christ as a whole.
We understand that the youth program is not a “church within a church”, but is part of the overall body of Christ. Thus our youth program is fully integrated into the body of Christ here at Meridianville.
“For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 12:12-13
The objective of the Visitation Ministry is two fold.
First, we want visitors to feel appreciated, loved, and welcomed. Second, and most important, we want them to have the desire to work with us to broaden the borders of the Kingdom of God.