More than 50 workers at Faith Covenant Church of God in Scottsboro are gearing up for this year’s ‘Kids Crusade,’ a fun and familiar event for area children of all ages.
The ‘Marvel-Us Avengers’ will be Friday-Sunday, July 24-26, 2015.
“This year,” said Pastor Brett Hogland, “we sat down and thought about what is popular with kids. The new ‘Avengers,’ movie and anything to do with Marvel Comics is something they are very interested in. We know there is nothing more marvelous than God.
“He can ‘marvel us’ with His grace, His goodness, His power and purpose for kids’ lives, so the crusade is based on the superhero movie.
“It’s designed to talk about how Christ is the ultimate superhero and how kids can be all they be for the kingdom of God,” he said.
Each year, the children’s ministry, led by Children’s Pastor Leshia Smith, goes all out to present the gospel of Jesus Christ on a level where children can understand it.
“I think that is vital,” said Hogland. “In this day and time, everything else is vying for their attention, especially movies and games. I think children are hungry for something more meaningful. Anything that brings God to their level is so important, and the people of this church really get behind the idea and support it with their whole hearts.”
Putting God on the level the kids understand is something the staff and members of Faith Covenant have a lot of fun with during the crusade.
There are games, prizes, food and plenty of fun and music.
“We will also have visits from four superheroes this year,” said Hogland. “Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk will all be here to sign autographs for the kids. It’s going to be a great event.”
About 100 children attended last year’s event, and 20 kids made a commitment to Christ. Hogland hopes that number will be even bigger this year.
“We simply want to provide an exciting connection point for kids to experience the transforming power of Jesus Christ,” he said. “The Marvel Avengers series is widely known, but we believe there is a greater hero than Ironman or Incredible Hulk. There is a real hero who saves us from darkness and releases us to be heroes in the faith. That ultimate hero is Jesus Christ. In a world of chaos and trouble, there is still a great hero who can change our lives forever. Jesus Christ conquered the grave and can conquer anything that kids or adults may face. At Faith Covenant we believe in ‘heroes,’ because we believe ‘He-Rose.’”
The crusade is free, and every child in the community is welcome to come and parents are encouraged to stay and enjoy the crusade with them.
Hogland’s son, Drake, 11, is looking forward to the event.
“I help out sometimes,” he said. “We play a lot of games, and we are going to do a drama. It’s a lot of fun.”
Registration begins each night at 6 p.m., and services are 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Wendy Hogland has been busy at the church decorating with the colorful, character-filled theme alongside the staff and volunteers and is looking forward to what God has in store.
“We have so many things planned for the kids this year,” she said. “There will be prizes and snacks each night, but the most important thing about the crusade is the children will experience the love of God and the love of our church reaching out to them.”
At the end of the crusade, a grand prize for a boy and one for a girl will be given.
“Children will get their names placed into a drawing for a $250 back-to-school shopping spree each night they attend the crusade,” Brett Hogland said. “There will be one for a boy and one for a girl. On Sunday at the final service, we will draw the names and announce the winners.”
For more information about the ‘Marvel-Us’ Avengers Kids Crusade, contact the church at 256-574-4111.
“We hope to see everyone there,” said Pastor Hogland. “Our church doors are open to every family, and you are most certainly welcome to join us.”