Children are learning to ''weave'' Jesus into their lives through different activities and lessons as part of a new youth program at Howland United Methodist Church.
The winter session of Friend Weavers for children in kindergarten to sixth grades is held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays through March 24.
''We want to share with the children that Jesus is your friend and the importance of weaving him into your life,'' Karen France, program director and coordinator, said.
The children start with an opening celebration preparing them for that day's lesson before they go to different centers.
Topics recently have included the story of Moses and the Israelites, the golden calf and the Ten Commandments.
''They have learned how God took care of Moses and his people, just as he will take care of them,'' she said.
Children go from different centers over two weeks experiencing ''Music and Memory,'' games, crafts, and a surprise station which is different each week. Each night also includes a kid-friendly dinner with time for the journal page reflecting on what was learned before heading to the sanctuary for a closing celebration that ends at 6:15 p.m.
France said children write in journals on topics that were covered that day and reflect on how it affects their life.
The Rev. Ronald Spore, church minister, said the response to the program has been amazing with many children who are not even members of the church attending.
The program gives children a break after school, he said.
France said the program started out of the former LOGOS youth program, which was reorganized.
Ralph Blair, 9, of Howland, said he enjoys the games, which are fun while teaching lessons. He said Moses was ''cool'' when he was able to make water come out of a rock.
Natalie Taylor, 7, of Howland, said she likes the music and getting to sing.
Her mother, Susan, said her daughter is excited each week to attend for the crafts, and often talks about what was learned.
Room is available for more student participants. A registration form needs to be filled out by a parent or guardian. For more information or to preregister, call the church office at 330-856-3463.