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Centenary Methodist Offers ‘Funday School’ Incentives

Nina Culver Correspondent

Sunday school classes at Centenary United Methodist Church, 1012 S. Freya, have taken a new twist.

The classes have the same Christian education content, but an effort has been made to make the classes more fun for the children, says Associate Pastor Brenda Tudor.

Children will be rewarded for attendance, memorizing prayers or Scriptures, and bringing food to donate to the Spokane Food Bank. Children may redeem points they accumulate for prizes in the church’s “General Store.”

The church hopes the changes and renaming the program “Funday School” will add excitement and attract more children. Postcards will be sent if children miss a Sunday to let them know that they matter and are missed when absent, says Tudor.

Funday School meets from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday.

The new program complements the Kids’ Club program that has been running at Centenary for several years. The free, outreach program is open to children from age 4 to the fourth grade.

The children meet every Wednesday from 3:45 to 5 p.m. for snacks, games, stories and songs.

For more information, call the church office at 534-0881.

Family evenings scheduled

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th, has scheduled Lenten family evenings each Wednesday during Lent.

The evening services begin with a worship service at 6 p.m., followed by a potluck supper at 7 p.m. Classes for adults and children follow the potluck.

For more information, call the church office at 838-4277.

Retreat offers prayer days

The Immaculate Heart Retreat Center is hosting a Friday Lenten day-of-prayer series following the theme “Focusing on our Personal Renewal as We Walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus into the Millennium.”

The series begins Friday, and all meetings will be from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. at the retreat center, 6910 S. Ben Burr Road.

Each prayer meeting is $15 per person, which includes lunch. Financial assistance is available.

For more information or to register, call the retreat center at 448-1224.

Book sale will benefit mission work

First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar, is hosting a book sale Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit various mission programs.

The church will also host a Sweetheart Dessert Feb. 21 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Featured speakers will be Bill and Bonnie Robinson. He is president of Whitworth College.

The cost of the evening is $10, and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call the church, 747-1058.

Children’s choir forming

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, 411 S. Washington, is forming a choir for children ages 6 through 12.

Practices are each Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m., beginning tonight. For more information, call the church office at 624-1366.

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