Check out these pictures from Family Church, Event Hope, and Club Hope at the Hope for Kids Den this month!
March was a great month at Hope for Kids!
Over the past month, we have hosted eleven events at the Hope for Kids Den! Many children from all over the city came to Club Hope, Event Hope, and Hope for Kids Family Church. Every time they came in, they were welcomed by our volunteers, given a hot meal, and taught about God’s love for them! Thank you so much to the many volunteers who staffed our events, provided delicious meals, and showed up for these kids as the hands and feet of Jesus. We’re in this together!
Check out this month’s recap video to see HFK in action this month!
February brought even more children and families into our ministry, and God continues to be so faithful! This month's recap video will update you on all that's been going on this month at Family Church, Event Hope and Club Hope! If you've volunteered at the Den this month, you can probably find yourself in this video!
This month, we hosted our first newly-formatted Event Hope at the Den! If you attended our volunteer meeting at our last event, you’ll remember that Event Hope is changing this year. Instead of meeting once a month at Evangelical Covenant Church, we are trying out a bimonthly program for children from specific, strategic areas of Springfield! Events will still take place on Saturdays! We are hosting kids at the Hope for Kids Den (40 Front Street in Indian Orchard) for a pancake breakfast, Bible lesson, games and relationship-building small group time. We have tested out this 2-hour program model through our Tuesday night Club Hope program and it has been amazing!
Thank you so much to our amazing volunteers for welcoming our first wave of kids from the North End to our very first Event Hope at the Den, making an amazing breakfast, and being the hands and feet of Jesus to these children this weekend. The event was a huge success and the kids all loved it so much! See you on January 26 for our second event with kids from another area of Springfield!
What an AMAZING event this weekend! We had 68 children come hang out with us after a long summer season and it was so good to see them again!
This month was our Fall Festival at Event Hope! Our older groups played minute-to-win-it games to earn prizes during game time. This game was pretty crazy—the kids had to get a banana to look like corn on the cob using candy corn in under a minute 😂🌽
We met so many new friends this weekend! Three of our new kids made a decision to give their lives to Jesus ❤️
Caleb did a great job leading game time!
This guy told me he would give me his coolest smile. 😎
THANK YOU so much to every volunteer who prayed over Saturday or came out to help at this event! We could not have made this day happen without your prayers and support. God provided for so many details behind the scenes and all glory goes to Him!
Our first six-week cycle of Mentor Hope classes kicked off on Thursday! We had an amazing dinner made by one of our awesome volunteers, a character class from Mrs. Currier, and tutoring, arts and crafts, cooking, and first aid class! Our new Thursday night after-school program is off to a great start. To learn more about the new Mentor Hope program, visit the Mentor Hope page, and sign up to volunteer at Volunteer Central!
Here are some pictures from this awesome night!
Week Four of Impact Clubs was incredible. Our team reached another location very close to the Hope for Kids Den. We met so many new families that will be in walking distance of our building throughout the school year, allowing them to easily be a part of all the exciting new programming that our ministry will be starting this fall! We had more than ten salvations this week and we are so thankful. All glory goes to God! The real HOPE of His love and salvation reached Springfield this summer in amazing ways.
Check out photos from this week below!
Week Three of Impact Clubs was a very strategic week of Clubs for Hope for Kids as our location is right across the street from the Hope for Kids Den! Most of the families we met this week will have the chance to walk to HFK Church on Sundays and attend programs throughout the school year, because their close proximity to our building takes away the major issue of finding transportation. On Sunday after this week of clubs we had two new families join us! God is doing some amazing things in Indian Orchard!
Check out the daily photo galleries and recaps below!
We had 23 kids come out to join us and SEVEN salvations--we are praising God for what He is doing in this neighborhood! Our team did a great job telling the story of Joseph, and most importantly, clearly presenting the Gospel. Many of these kids heard about Jesus for the first time on Monday.
After Clubs were cancelled on Tuesday due to thunderstorms and heavy rain, we were so excited to get back into action with DAY TWO on Wednesday! We had a LOT of new kids come out to Club! We are reaching a park this week which means kids from all over the area come out to play and see us on the parachute. We had two more salvations yesterday and we are so thankful to God!
Another awesome day of Impact Clubs! It's been a little complicated to keep kids' attention at this week's park, but our Bible lesson was definitely the highlight of this club! Even if some of the kids had wandered away during the beginning of club, when they saw our team getting ready to act out the story, they all flooded to the parachute! One little girl was taking notes during Club and wrote down all the names of the leaders so she could remember us...these kids are just as excited to get to know us as we are to get to know them! Basketball is another highlight of this week of Clubs--Team HFK has been doing great!
The last day of Impact Clubs Week Three was awesome! We can’t wait to get to know the kids in this area even better through Hope for Kids Family Church—several families are planning on joining us on Sundays! Thank you for all of your prayers over this week. 💚
Another incredible week of Impact Clubs! Thank you for all your prayers over this week. We're in this together! This weekend, please be praying for our upcoming week of clubs--this will be our first strategic outreach into the Indian Orchard area near our new building and every family we connect with will likely be brand new to Hope for Kids. God has so much in store for our team and our ministry and we can't wait to see what He will do next week!
Check out this week's photo galleries and daily recaps below.
We had an amazing time reconnecting with a lot of kids we know at this location and meeting some new families. Our team did a great job leading this club despite many distractions and a couple technical difficulties and we are so proud of them! One little girl gave her life to Jesus and all the kids who attended heard about how much God loves them.
Fourteen kids came to hang out with us during club and even more showed up to play basketball and jump rope! This location is another place we have been for several years and yesterday we got to talk to a few parents we've met over the years. These clubs are one of the best ways for Hope for Kids to build credibility with the families as we show up right in their community and show God's love to their children!
Your prayers were answered and there were a lot fewer distractions at this club--although at one point in our club there were firecrackers being set off on one side of the neighborhood and a metal trashcan being hit with a hammer on the other side! 😂We're working with a lot of younger kids at these clubs and their attention spans tend to be a lot shorter, but we serve an awesome God who can work out all the details for the truth of His Word to sink into their little hearts!
Our Day Three club was quite chaotic, but amongst all the distractions, we are praising God for two salvations yesterday, and many more children who heard the Gospel!
So many children came out to our club on Day Four--there were about 30 children and parents listening during the Bible lesson and Gospel presentation! God answered our prayers, removing a few of the distractions and drawing so many kids to hear about Him. Our friendships with these sweet kids are continuing to grow and we are so thankful for all God has done.
The final day of Week Two was awesome! This week was definitely a little tougher than the first week for a lot of different reasons, but God is working in this neighborhood. We met so many new kids who can't wait to get connected to Hope for Kids through our weekly church service and our school year programs!