THAYER -- Children and grandchildren age 12 and over are invited to something like a Promise Keepers meeting for kids. They'll meet with kids from Bible based churches of Thayer and Mammoth Spring for nine Friday nights of Christian music, small group studies, food and prizes. This is all at no charge and no offering will be taken.
According to Jesus Jam organizers, the children will be taught how to resist peer pressure and become disciples who can stand for Christ with Christian children from many churches. The 10 weeks will end just before they go back to school in September so they will feel comfortable presenting positive peer pressure for Christ with other public Christians.
Patrick McIntyre, the event coordinator, says the secret to getting the children to act like Christians is a combination of personal devotion to God and positive peer pressure.
"The churches do a good job of providing the former, but when children are at school, the peer pressure is mostly negative. We are trying to turn that around by exposing kids from all Bible-based churches to 10 nights of faith-building music and activities where Christian kids will share their faith with kids from other churches. We hope when they all go back to school in the fall, they will be less likely to fall into the worldly attitudes and behavior because they will be surrounded by many Christian friends they prayed with all summer," he said.
Jesus Jam 2004 will be held every Friday night untill September at the New Life Church. New Life officials have donated their facility for the multi church effort. It is located at Highways 63 ad 19.
McIntyre said free rides and information is available at 1-800-582-1554 or go to www.jesusjam.info.