Over the last year, I’ve heard a common refrain from Phil Corriveau and Steph Hobold, who respectively lead Boys and Girls groups focused on mentoring tweens and teens primarily from Burlington’s Old North End and Winooski: we want to engage their families with the gospel. As they’ve led their teams of volunteers to invest in these at-risk students, they’ve persistently prayed that God will make Isaiah 61:4 a reality: They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
With several people from our Home Fellowship involved in the Boys and Girls Groups and most of our group involved with ministry in the Old North End, we’ve been praying about what God would have us do to engage these families and help change the trajectory of the community. We had a simple idea: host a Christmas dinner for the students, their families, and the leaders of the Boys and Girls Groups. Our hope and prayer was that this would be a significant step in…
- Friendships with the families of boys and girls: between parents, boys & girls group leaders, and other Christian adults.
- Forming a stronger partnership between our Home Fellowship and the boys & girls groups.
- Building relational bridges that will eventually lead to launching Home Fellowships that engage these families and others in the Old North End and Winooski.