Jesus Party announces April activities

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LEWISTON — The Jesus Party Pentecostal Kids’ Church has announced April events. The ministry is a domestic, nonprofit, faith-based organization and there are no fees for services.

Children must be 5-years-old and up to attend, and rides are available on the Holy Roller Express. All events will take place at 6 p.m. at Jesus Party headquarters, 291 Bates St.

Friday, April 2: Good Friday Service, the sermon will be entitled, “What’s so good about Good Friday?” An Easter movie “Beyond the Manger,” will be shown. Children will all receive special Easter eggs and have an opportunity to win holiday treats.

Friday, April 9: National Child Abuse Prevention Month will be observed. Traditional blue ribbons representing solidarity will be given to children. Ministry director, Sonia Taylor, will share the song, “The Broken Ones.” Prayer will be offered for all victims of abuse.

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Friday, April 16: Alcoholism Awareness Month will be recognized. Ministry director, the Rev. Doug Taylor, will share his adolescent battle with substance abuse and his journey from homeless missions, jail and alcohol rehabilitation centers. Assistant Pastor, the Rev. James Span, will also share his testimony of a life of alcohol and drug abuse and how God brought him from a jailhouse to the church house.

Monday, April 19: The ministry will host a God and Country Night with Patriotic mentor, Jerry DerBoghosian, who will acknowledge Patriots’ Day, commemorating the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord. The first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War were fought on April 19, 1775. The group will sing patriotic songs and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Tuesday, April 20: A candlelight prayer service will be held in remembrance of the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre. An age appropriate 27-minute documentary entitled “Game Over in Littleton” will be shown.

Wednesday, April 21: Police Officers Who Gave Their Lives in the Line of Duty Week will be observed. The ministry will pass out police action figures as a reminder to the children to pray for the protection of local police. A moment of silence, followed by a prayer and song will be offered in memory of all fallen police officers nationwide.

Thursday, April 22: The 40th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated. The children will be encouraged and inspired to spread awareness and appreciation for the Earth and environment. Children will view an animated movie on creation.

Friday, April 23: School vacation movie night will feature a VeggieTales production of “Pistachio, the Little Boy that Woodn’t,” a twist on the story of Pinocchio. Pizza, popcorn and soda will be served.

Friday, April 30: Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be observed. The ministry will reinforce the teachings of elementary schools across the nation of “good and bad touches,” and will show a video entitled “Staying Safe: Strangers, Cyberspace & More.” Children will be encouraged to pray for all victims of abuse.

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