How has Jesus Club encouraged a member’s family?
It is lovely to see the joy that we bring to our members. Noelle's father has told me that Jesus Club is the highlight of her fortnight. Her sister in law, when visiting from the UK, made a point of thanking Jesus Club Leaders for all the joy we bring Noelle. Apparently Noelle tells her sister in law all about JC over Skype.
How has Jesus Club impacted a member’s life outside of program time
I take Noelle out for coffee each school holiday. She talks about it for weeks before hand, telling the other leaders we are going out. Our next coffee catch up was due after Christmas. I also ring Noelle once a week at a set time. I spoke to her the Friday before Christmas and she told me she couldn't wait until Monday. I quickly came back with, "But, Noelle Christmas Day is Sunday!" To which she replied, "No, I mean going to Gloria Jean's". Two days out from Christmas and she was more excited with a coffee date which she presumed would take place on Boxing Day!
At our young adults service we can have up to 7 Jesus Club members plus four of our leaders attending this service. We usually sit in the same general area. The members are excited to see each other and a sense of community is developing.
How has Jesus Club helped a member grow in their knowledge of Christ
When JC started Susan a 55 year old member of our church who has Down Syndrome was telling people "There's something for me, there's something for me!" She was so excited in the lead up to Jesus Club, for the first time in her life there was a group at church especially for her.