LEWISTON – The Jesus Party children’s urban outreach recognizes January as “National Reaching Your Potential Month.” The ministry will focus its efforts on encouraging children to aim high, never give up and to make their dreams a reality.

Children ages 5 and up will learn of the accomplishments of famous people to reinforce the month-long character-building theme. The gatherings will take place at 6 p.m. nightly at the Jesus Party Headquarters, 291 Bates St.

Friday, Jan. 7, will be “New Year’s Resolution Night,” with strong emphasis on goal setting. Each participant will receive an eraser to illustrate the reality of starting over when making mistakes along life’s way.

On Tuesday, Jan. 11, Amelia Earhart Day, a video biography depicting her legacy of achieving what no woman of her time could have ever dreamt of accomplishing, will be viewed and dinner will be served.

Friday, Jan. 14, Benjamin Franklin Night, children will be inspired by his life as an inventor, scientist, statesman, printer, librarian, musician, philosopher and economist.

On Monday, Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Observance. there will be an opportunity to learn the history of the civil rights leader. All will be encouraged to embrace King’s dream of equality and will receive a bag of M & Ms and Oreo cookies as a symbol of racial unity.

Friday, Jan. 21, children will celebrate the Presidential Inauguration, honoring President George W. Bush. Patriotic mentor Jerry DerBoghosian will lead prayer and patriotic hymns. A 23-minute, aged-appropriate video, “U.S. Songs and Poems,” will be shown.

Saturday, Jan. 22, will be “Just For Girls.” The ministry will hold a “Celebration of Life Gathering,” a pro-life event commemorating the 32nd anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision.

Jesus Party director Sonia Taylor is encouraging girls to bring their baby dolls and they will be taught how to feed, change, wash, dress and hold an infant. The setting will be that of a baby shower and each girl will receive a carnation and a chance to win a baby doll stroller and participate in a baby food taste contest.

Friday, Jan. 28, Christa McAuliffe (1948-1986) Day, the children will learn of the 1986 Challenger explosion and learn the importance of living out dreams. A video on space exploration will be shown.

The Jesus Party is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that has been encouraging area youth to reach their potential since 1994. For more information on the events or for transportation of a child, call 786-5568.


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