After a long and exciting summer, we are thrilled to be back with our regular programs for children, teenagers and parents! NIA has even started some additional programs this school year: We will have a second Kids Bible study on Monday night in addition to our Tuesday night Bible study. NIA will also continue its guitar class on Tuesday afternoons and its Friday night cooking class hosted byboth Port Houston volunteers and volunteers from other parts of the city.
The teenagers will continue with their Bible study on Wednesday night, and have also started to get together on Thursday nights for service projects at Star of Hope, as well as movie nights and fellowship time. The group also serves at the Houston Food Bank once a month, and has started to join the First Methodist Youth Group for worship on Sunday mornings and for retreats. At the same time, NIA is continuing its computer class for adults twice a week for 3 hours each. One of our highlights is the Moms Small Group, where we get together on Monday mornings to sing songs of worship, share about our faith and read the Bible together.
On October 11, Neighbors in Action took 70 children plus their parents to the Children's Museum. "Oohs" and "ahhhs" could be heard from every corner as the children explored the various exhibits, experienced games, competed in quizzes, and scoured every nook and cranny of the museum in a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Many thanks to the Children's Museum for their collaboration with Neighbors in Action, making our organization an Open Door Partner which allowed free entry to the museum for all our participants. A special thanks also goes to Jim Adler and Associates for sponsoring bus transportation and buying lunch for everyone. Through their generosity, the rich learning experience of the Children's Museum has been made available to the young people of Port Houston.
In August, a group of Port Houston students joined the First Methodist Youth Group on their lake retreat in Livingston, TX. The teenagers stayed in a lake house of a First Methodist church member, and had a blast with all the different outdoor activities. Everybody enjoyed worshipping and sharing in small groups. Thanks to everybody who made this retreat possible!
In July and August, Neighbors in Action hosted four weeks of VBS in the community park. The kids enjoyed crafts, games, Bible lessons, bounce castles, and food, and, most importantly, learned about God's love for them and their community. We ended the summer with a pool party at Quillian Center! Neighbors in Action would like to thank everybody who made our Port Houston Vacation Bible School possible: The First Methodist Children's and Students' Ministries from both campuses, West University UMC Students' Ministry, Peter's UMC Student Ministries, and First Methodist Hispanic Ministry for organizing and hosting all activities; as well as everybody who donated lunches, snacks, and sponsored the Quillian Pool Party!A special thanks goes to Kroger for sponsoring one week of VBS!
Since the beginning of this school year, Neighbors in Action has hosted a new program called HIPPY - Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters - at our community center. HIPPY is a school-readiness program offered by HISD that helps parents prepare their preschool child for academic success via home visits. The goal is to empower parents of preschoolers to assume their role as being the primary educators of their children and to foster parent involvement in school and community life. HIPPY serves as a means to maximize the chances of successful early school experiences for our children. Classes are being held at NIA several days a week.
On November 13, Kendra Scott at the City Centre is hosting a Give Back Party benefiting Neighbors in Action! Please come between 5-8 p.m.to shop for Christmas gifts, birthdays, or "just because." During these three hours, 20% of EVERY purchase will be donated to Neighbors in Action. Enjoy shopping and snacking on special treats provided by Kendra Scott. The address is Kendra Scott - City Center, 816 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 131, Houston, TX 77024.
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