Most churches focus some of their mission on outreach. One Copperas Cove church chooses to do some of its outreach by caring for the city’s children.
Faith Trinity Worship Center at 1802 M.L. King Drive opened its doors in 1978 with founder and current pastor Kirby Lack.
“At the time, there were no nondenominational churches in the area,” Lack said. “Most churches teach you how to be good based on denominations. We teach you how to be a good Christian. Christians can lose sight of following Jesus and get wrapped up in the denomination thing.”
The church has about 150 in its congregation with the average age ranging from 21 to 45.
Lack was clear to point out the church is “biker friendly” and the services are presented in a casual environment.
He said the church is “in the business of healing.” A healing service is held the first Sunday of every month.
It also operates a child care center named Stepping Stones Day Care, which cares for an average of 73 children in its full-day and after-school programs.
“It’s a way for us to reach out to the community to help kids who would otherwise be left home or left with a babysitter,” Lack said. “We provide care in a Christian atmosphere.”
Lack said the child care center is located on a corner lot “with tons of traffic” passing by.
The center, which opened in 1993, created 14 jobs and meets all state regulations. All the caregivers are CPR-certified and complete 20 hours of instruction annually.
The center currently picks up children from two different schools, Mae Stevens and Clements/Parsons Elementary Schools.
“We have raised 1,000 kids or more in that time,” Lack said. “Most of our workers are hired from within the church. We offer them training in high school and then we hire them.”
Garon Russell oversees the workers and directs the lesson plans for Stepping Stones.
“Sometimes, I feel like the old lady in the shoe,” Russell laughed, referring to the nursery rhyme. “We ensure the children are in a safe environment and provide various activities for them.”
She said there is a Christian component provided in the instruction and care the children receive.
“We try to model good morals and say grace before our meals and snacks. Just being in our presence, the children sense and feel the spirit loving them and comforting them,” Russell said.
She said the center hopes to expand to pick up children from at least two more schools in 2014 and that child care openings are available in the center.
“We are not at maximum capacity and are constantly enrolling children, especially with military families,” Russell said. “We welcome all that come.”