When you think about the YMCA, you think of kids playing basketball, seniors doing water exercise in the pool and people working out in the fitness area. You may not know that the “C” in YMCA stands for Young Men’s “Christian” Association. The “C” gives us clarity of purpose and a foundation for building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
At the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA we started a Christian Emphasis Committee last year to help ensure that we are following our mission to put Christian principles into practice focusing on the healthy spirit part of the mission. We want to make a difference in the lives of our members and our community. Some of the things the committee has been involved include the following. While our members have enjoyed picking up a scripture for the day when they check in at the front desk area for many years, we are now displaying encouraging scripture on the walls above the water fountains. We also have a place for prayer requests that our Thursday Bible study group, “We Care,” prays over each week. Our Summer Day Camp themes last summer and this coming summer are based on Bible stories. On the National Day of Prayer we had a sign up for members and guests to take 10-15 minutes to spend in prayer that covered a span of 12 hours and were able to offer suggested prayer topics. The committee also planned our first Thanksgiving service where we offered a morning devotion and an evening devotion to give more options for those who wanted to attend. That idea led into a Christmas service where the Stills Family Band came and share Christmas songs and a few bluegrass selections. We have also started prayer before our Youth Volleyball games and are looking to expand to other youth sports. In an effort to thank our local Pastors, we had a Pastor Appreciation Breakfast in January just to show our how thankful we are for what they do for our community.
Our next event will be the second Good Friday Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 14. This is free and open to the community. We will host multiple pastors who will give a short devotion on the quarter hour, each hour, from 7:15am and continuing through 11:15am. Breakfast refreshments will be served after each devotion.
This committee is compiled of staff, members, and local pastors. We are always looking for other areas to minister to the community. If you have other suggestions that you would like to share with us please contact Kathryn Simpson at the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA at (336) 625-1976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.