The Sequim Church in Sequim, Washington, recently launched a combo ministry night to better engage with young families in the community. The events feature a kids’ night out and parent date night.
Once a month, 14 teens with adult mentors lead an action-packed, hands-on Vacation Bible School-like program for community children. The Rocky Railway program features a kid-friendly meal, songs, stories, active games, crafts and model railroading. Parents aren’t left out either in this Saturday night package. They receive a free $10 restaurant voucher to use during their three-hour date night.
In keeping with the railway theme, the teens help community kids operate a HO scale model railway. Children younger than six operate a wooden Brio train and watch the older children operate the electric railway. Each teen is assigned an adult mentor to be in the room and available for feedback and direction as they gain skills in leading younger children.
Family Nights began in November 2021 and will continue through April 2022. The events resonating with the community and participation continues to grow.