Sunday, May 23, 2010

Attendance Contest

This semester Bryan & I are doing something new on our Sidewalk Sunday School site. We are having attendance contest for the kids. We made a board with their names on it and every time they come they get a sticker. But not just that. They also get a sticker every time they learn a memory verse by heart or bring a friend who's never been to Sunday School before. We print out homework for them to take home that has activities from the lesson that we teach. Their goal is to collect as many stickers as they possibly can. At the end of this semester of Sunday School we will be taking the kids with most stickers on their card to Dave and Buster's in Times Square and raffling out some prizes for the rest of the kids.

It will cost us $25 per child to go to Dave and Busters. We would like to take as many kids as possible.

Would you prayerfully consider sponsoring one of our kids for this trip? You can easily donate towards the trip using our PayPal button in the right column (note that this is not a tax-deductible donation). If you choose to do so - please write us a quick email or message us on Facebook so we know what that money is for. We need to receive the money by June 15th so we know how many children we can pick.

I am so thrilled to see some of these kids come every week and grow in God despite their environment. Please keep praying for them.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

This is why

It's been a tough week. We have learned about two violent crimes that our Sunday School kids were involved in. One happened earlier in the week in Sheepshead Bay (read story here). Another just yesterday in the Bronx (read story here). Both of these girls had attended Sunday School.

This is why we are here.

You are not guaranteed tomorrow - so make the most of today!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Welcome to Shrek's Swamp

Just a quick slideshow to share with you all the fun we had during Shrek week at our Sidewalk Sunday School sites:

Oceans of kids

There is a celebration happening at the Sweeney home!
A birthday? - NO
An anniversary? - NO
Promotion? - NO
Having a baby? - NO

We're celebrating because of the amazing things God is doing on our sidewalk team this year.
There is an weekly attendance goal set for every Sidewalk Sunday School team of 1000. In years past we have struggled to hit even 800 in attendance but this semester we have so far broken the 1000 threshold 3 the times! In fact our attendance has improved every single week this semester. Are you ready for our most recent number?

Are You?

Wait for it

can you guess?

Give up


That's right 1270 children, teenagers, and adults heard the message of Jesus Christ this week.

But they're not just coming to Sidewalk Sunday School. Our attendance for Revolution (our youth service) has also been multiplying. Helen and I have had half a dozen young people ride the bus to Revolution every week. Also, due to a lack of drivers, one of our vans can no longer pick up for that service. We told the teens if they take the train there we will take them home. Thinking that was the end of those teenagers Revolution experience we have been pleased to see 4-6 teenagers show up at Revolution ON THEIR OWN.

We are extremely excited to see what other mighty things God has in store. Keep praying and stay tuned for updates.

Monday, May 3, 2010

When Mother's Day Is Difficult...

As Mother's Day approaches I honor women in my life who have become a mother figure to me, guiding me along the way. Some I was related to, others were bound to me by Christ's love.

Yet I know many women who have mixed feelings about Mother's Day. If you need a word of comfort and encouragement this Mother's Day - you can read this article by Holley here.
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