Berean Memorial Church

Dear Parents:

The Stockade Leaders of the Berean Youth Clubs would like to encourage your son's participating in this program. Stockade is for boys, grades 3 through 6. We meet in the Berean Gym every Monday night that there is school, starting on September 10th. The meeting time is from 6:45PM to 8:30PM. It is helpful if you bring your son no earlier than 6:30PM and pick him up at 8:30PM, sharp. We endeavor to start and end the meetings on time.

Our Stockade club is an affiliate member of the national youth organization, Christian Service Brigade , head-quartered in Wheaton, IL. The weekly meetings consist of formations, games, crafts, skill development, achievement, and a formal Bible study. In addition, there are periodic campouts and special events such as the Dyno Rock climbing gym, ice skating, the march Shape-N-Race and the two annual achievement incentive outings. The structure and focus of the Stockade program provides a means to help boys mature into men who will serve Christ. It also helps each boy develop a positive concept of Christian masculinity.

Most of our campouts are the culmination of several previous meetings that focus on various aspects of the outing. These include safety issues, instructional content and preparations for that particular event. It is very important that your son attend all of these meetings. any meetings missed may require make-up assignments for the boy to be able to attend the campout.

A very important step in our program is the annual registration of members. This membership is valuable as a sign of identification with other boys in the Stockade Club and with CSB. We ask your help in getting every boy registered as soon as possible, the fee is $15.00 again this year and is due by Sept. 24.

Every boy is required to have a Stockade handbook for use in our weekly meetings and at home. These books have a variety of exciting achievement areas such as: "Sports Action," "Exploring God's Word," "In the Workshop," and "Strong and Fit." The books cover a two-year period and cost $12 each. Also, uniform shirts are available from out local stock. Sizes 8 through 18 are $28 each and adult sizes are $30 each (includes basic patches). This shirt optional. Our experience shows it greatly enriches your son's time in Stockade and provides a means to display his earned awards.

Each week, they boys are strongly encouraged to bring $1 as their 'shares' to help pay for the club's operating expenses. Each ministry of Berean Church is structured to pay its own way and these shares do help us greatly. Just as important, this helps Stockade members develop a Biblical attitude of grace giving to the Lord's work. We believe the best way for the boys to benefit is to have your son bring his $1 each week rather than the parent paying it directly.

We hope you will not view this ministry as a 'baby-sitting service' or something special for your son to attend when he does not have anything else to do. Our adult leaders have spent a lot of time and energy preparing for Stockade meetings and outings; therefore, we consider this ministry anything but trivial. It is our belief that you will be delighted with the influence it can have on your son's life. If you have any questions, please contact the Church office for more information on the Stockade program.

In His Service,

Howard Gitchell
Chief Ranger