F.R.E.E. Class Visits Burnett Avenue Baptist Church
On July 15th, The F.R.E.E. (Faith Reaching Every Edge) Sunday School class visited Burnett Avenue Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American Church on Hurstbourne Ave. The pastor from Burnett Avenue, Rev. Corrie Shull, led a book study on Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. We received a very warm welcome. The focus was on fear and how it prevents us from living an abundant life. Rev. Shull shared many personal situations where fear created a barrier in his life, as did many in the congregation. In visiting with him after the study, we discussed the applications in our own lives. I immediately thought of my students and how I interact with them, and how it is important not to manage them by using power to create fear. I also thought of the fear that many of my students, mostly coming from the West End, deal with every day. The opening lines from the chapter captures it perfectly, “Fear is one of the persistent hounds of hell that dog the footsteps of the poor, the dispossessed, the disinherited.” We left after a long talk inspired and with hopes of building relationships with the young people there.
~ Cassie Lyles
Creative Arts Camp
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Creative Arts Camp at Broadway Baptist this year. Our church has a remarkable number of talented musicians and artists, and there are a number of opportunities to expose our children to the arts. My daughter, Beatrice, came home from camp daily excited about the new things she had learned and made that day.
It is such a blessing for our children to interact with the arts in a church setting - thank you for creating this opportunity for our family.