Report from Jane Smith on VZG Elementary:
The 2014-2015 school year has begun at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary, Broadway's adopted school. As of September 4th, there were 338 students. There’s no longer talk of closing it down. It’s a growing school. In fact, they are crowded! They are using 2 portables and are on the list for 2 more. Art is being held in the library and music on the stage.
The after-school program, funded by FWISD, is up and running and full. The 87 students who stay from 3-5:30 p.m. receive help with homework plus snacks and a dinner meal at 5:00 They may also choose from other activities: dance, art, poetry writing, sport skills, marching, checkers (and later chess), and fun math activities. There are also students on the waiting list.
Several activities have also occurred during September. Grandparents Day was celebrated on September 8th and College Night on September 16th. Work has also begun on the gardens, where each grade level has its own spot. College is a daily topic as students are encouraged to do their best in each subject so that someday they will be ready for college.
The teachers and support staff spend each school day helping the children to prepare for the rest of their lives. Please keep them in your prayers and keep an eye out for ministry opportunities to help the children of VZG this Fall and Winter.
Weekly banquet for the community. Broadway hosts about 175 guests each Thursday with volunteer table hosts and servers for each table of seven guests. The meal is served Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.; tickets are available starting at 4:00 p.m. in the Baptist Center Breezway (west side of church on May St.) until all gone.Ideally volunteers should arrive by 5:30 p.m. for duty assignments (host, server, etc.) and enter through the Main Entrance on St. Louis St.
Adult Clothing Ministry
Men's and women's clothing is provided to persons in need. This ministry serves the first 30 persons arriving each Tuesday & Thursday beginning 9:00 a.m. In cooperation with First United Methodist Mission, more than 1,000 winter coats are distributed seasonally.
Children's Clothing Ministry
Provides clothing to children. Up to 75 children are served each Monday from 9:00 a.m.-Noon. School uniforms are provided to more than 750 children attending local elementary schools.
Family Pathfinder Mentoring Teams
In cooperation with Family Pathfinders of Tarrant County, a team of 5-8 volunteer mentors are matched for 18 months with a family striving to attain self-sufficiency and discontinue reliance on Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (public welfare payments). Broadway currently hosts two mentoring teams.
International Friends Ministry
Weekly ministry providing English as second language, sewing, crafts, and other socialization activities for spouses of students and professionals from other countries who are living in the United States. They meet Tuesday 9:00-11:45 a.m., except during summer months.
May Street Market
Formerly the food pantry ministry, this corner grocery store is offered at no charge to neighbors in need who reside in the 76104 zip code area, west of Interstate 35. Broadway partners with the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Families are served on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 a.m.-Noon, and Wednesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Place Apartments Ministries
Support and encouragement are provided to families, children and adults living in Pennsylvania Place Apartments. Activities have included providing Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, Christmas gifts for seniors and disabled, and other ministries.
Room in the Inn
Emergency sheltering in small groups of 5-15 homeless persons during the most inclement seasons of the year. Ministry is offered in cooperation with other local congregations and the Day Resource Center for the Homeless. Broadway provides shelter on Monday evenings July-August and December-February.
Sack Lunch Ministry
Sack lunches are provided to 100-200 homeless persons and day laborers on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday. This is a cooperative ministry with First United Methodist Mission which provides lunches on Monday and Wednesday.
Volunteers provide character building activities and prayer with youth at the Bridge Youth Emergency Shelter in All Church Homes for Children. This is Tarrant County’s only youth emergency shelter. Classes are provided on Tuesday evenings.
Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary Adopt-a-School Ministries
Broadway Baptist Church serves as partner to Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School, providing: mentoring opportunities, funding for class trips, test preparation training, and other services.
Van Zandt-Guinn Holiday Store
Through good behavior and school participation, children at Van Zandt-Guinn Elementary School earn the privilege of shopping for Christmas gifts for their parents and loved ones. Dozens of volunteers display items, help students shop, wrap gifts, and make this a memorable experience for the children.