Five years ago our church, Wyoming Park Bible Fellowship, started a program called “Attic After School,” an After School program for Middle and High School students in Grandville and Wyoming. We provide a safe place for kids to hang out, play games, form relationships and, most importantly, hear about and experience the love of God.
Shortly after starting Attic After School we decided to make the program its own DBA (Doing Business As) in order to broaden the scope of the ministry. We wanted to make it easier for people not directly affiliated with our church to participate – financially or as a volunteer – with the ministry. Today, about one-third of the Attic After School budget comes directly from the church and the rest from outside sources. In addition, while our church body makes up the core of our volunteers we have participation from volunteers associated with other churches. We hope to continue to expand our partnerships with other churches and believers for the common goal of giving teenagers a safe, fun, and inviting place hang out and hear the gospel.
It’s been my joy to work both as a volunteer with Attic After School and on the Executive Committee for the past five years. God’s doing some great things in the lives of the students who come and in us who get to hang out with those awesome kids.