Bible Lunch Tuesday offers area kids lunch, messages of faith
From left to right, Daniel Ericson, Jake Atkins and Alex Long grab their lunch on the way into Bible Lunch Tuesday Aug. 20 at First Southern Baptist Church, Junction City. Photo by: Jessica Healey, POST.
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Youth from Junction City High School had the opportunity to attend Bible Lunch Tuesday Aug. 20 at First Southern Baptist Church.
BLT offers free lunches and a positive faith-based message for students.
"It's really about building the Christian community within our youth," said Don Ericson, director, Religious Education Services.
JCHS is an open campus, so students can leave for lunch. The First Southern Baptist Church is located right next to the school, making it easy for students to attend, since lunch only lasts about 30 minutes.
Six different church youth groups take turns providing food for the event each week. Fort Riley's youth group, currently called Club Beyond, soon-to-be renamed Crossroad, is one of those youth groups.
"Come and get free food. The cost is that you have to listen to a three- to five-minute message. Free food is also fellowship, though, and, hopefully, kids that come here will be positively impacted," said Rick Hernandez, community director, Club Beyond and pastor, New Life Baptist Church, Wamego.
BLT is a safe, positive environment for teens to come ask questions and discuss issues, he said. They don't have to worry about threats or judgments at BLT, Hernandez added.
BLT has been offered every Tuesday during the school year for 15 years and has seen as many as about 200 students attend.
Throughout the years, BLT has helped facilitate the emergence of two Christian groups at the JCHS campus that are student led: Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Club 121.
"It's awesome. They serve good food and give good information," said Alex Long, 17, JCHS.
"Everyone is friendly," said Jake Atkins, 17, JCHS.
The event is set for every Tuesday during the school year. Messages and teachings are based on submitted topics of interest from the first meeting of the year.
Volunteers are always appreciated, Ericson said.
For more information about BLT, Club Beyond or to volunteer, contact Don Ericson at Donald.firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-239-0979.