NOLANVILLE — Children ranging in age from 3 to 12 gathered Sunday evening to learn more about the Bible during the Master Club program at North Side Baptist Church in Nolanville.

The program divides the children into classes based on age, Each class has its own curriculum, which includes scripture memorization, playing games, and working on specific badge requirements.

Ten-year-old Victoria Kimball of Nolanville has been in the Master Club for five years.

“I like learning about God,” she said.

Dale Cowan, Master Club director, said the programs are in more than 550 Baptist churches in North American, South America, Africa and Great Britain. The program started at the Nolanville church in 1993 and now has 63 children.

“Most everything done during class is centered around the word of God or to teach children how to become better servants of God,” Cowan said.

But its not all class work. Outside of the classrooms, children enjoy hiking, camping, a bicycle rodeo, a Pinewood Car Derby and a jamboree for the older kids to compete against other churches in the area.

Cowan said one of the purposes of the Master Club is to “teach children God’s holy word, carefully, both in lesson, memory, and in lifestyle.”

Each Sunday evening begins with a word of prayer, then pledges to the American and Christian flags as well as the Bible. A puppet show, centered around a theme from the word of God, performs before the children go to their individual classes. The children can earn certificates, ribbons, badges and plaques for the activities they complete.

Caleb Clark, 12, of Belton has been in the program for three years. “I really enjoy the time in class,” he said. Clark received the Ambassador Award, the highest award available in Master Club.

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