"We have a program called LOGOS ("the word;" a biblical translation from the Gospel of John) that we hold Wednesday nights," said Sarah Gengler, Christian Education and Youth Director for the church. "We have worship time, eat a meal together, learn about the Bible and make a craft all in two hours and twenty minutes. It's amazing."
What's amazing is the popularity of the Wednesday night program within the community. Children from the Cherokee school district that are not members of the church still attend in numbers.
"We have about a dozen kids who come every Wednesday for our program that I don't get to see on Sunday because they attend another church," Gengler said. "But I also get to see adults and spend time getting to know them that I don't see or get to talk to in church on Sunday."
"What I really like about the LOGOS program is that is gets more adults involved, working with our youth," said Pastor Ethan Saylor. "The program creates a need for more people to step up and volunteer."
LOGOS is run entirely on volunteers which is no small feat considering the number of activities taking place that need helpers.
"Total, we have about 30 helpers every night," Gengler said. "Between adults to sit with the children while they eat, the staff who prepares the meals, the teachers who spend time telling the Bible stories, making crafts and playing with the kids, we are very blessed with volunteers."
The program is in its second year of functioning at Memorial Presbyterian Church and at a cost that almost anyone can afford. There is a $30 registration fee for the year for the first child in a family, the second child in the same family is $15 and the rest of the children in a family of more than two are free. The small amount that is charged covers a child for an entire school year for all of their meals, crafts and activities they do.
Each week the program has a different theme the children can dress up for and most meals are prepared in the same fashion. The most popular evening for the group is 'Bring a friend' night when every child that is registered is allowed to bring one friend for the evening for free.
Rylie DeWitt, a third grader in LOGOS, had her first taste of the program back in October during a friend's night.
"Rylie attended LOGOS with Kylee Knipper," said Rylie's mom Shannon DeWitt. "She had a lot of fun and said she wanted to go every week. Each week she comes home either singing or saying her verse. She really has a good time."
For Pastor Sayler, that's exactly what he wants to see and hear.
"The goal of our mid-week program is to reach out to the children of our community with the love of Christ, and build good relationships with them," he said.
For more information about the LOGOS program or to find out other information about Memorial Presbyterian Church, please contact the church at 225-2637.