by Brad Bogue, Senior Director of Family Ministry

One of our children’s ministry volunteers, Jennifer Parris, had a unique idea for the most recent elementary mission project. She suggested that our kids have a play-doh drive. 

Jennifer, who works in the marketing and communications department at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, explained that their patients go through about 50 containers of play-doh each week for play, therapy and education. Collecting play-doh for the children’s hospital would be a meaningful, concrete way for our kids to serve other children here in Memphis.

Over the past six weeks, Christ Church kids donated 471 containers of play-doh, enough to last the hospital 9 ½ weeks. In addition to play-doh, children who attend The Journey on Wednesday nights at the East Ministry Center created heart necklaces for Le Bonheur’s nurses. Other kids created cards for patients and cookies were donated by black.eyed Sue’s Bakery.

On Sunday, March 4, I had the pleasure of joining members of seven other church families to deliver our gifts to Le Bonheur and to take a special tour of the facility. Jennifer, along with Cathy Wilson, another children’s ministry volunteer and a member of LeBonheur’s family council, conducted the tour.

Highlights of the tour included:

  • Viewing the beautiful variety of child-inspired art
  • Adding our own prayers to Le Bonheur’s prayer wall
  • Learning about Le Bonheur’s Bunny Trail, where children choose a new toy prior to surgery
  • Praying together for the hospital’s staff, patients and families

Those of us on the tour were touched by the ways that Le Bonheur shares Jesus’ love with the children and families of our community. We look forward to finding more ways for our kids to support the ministry of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in the future.

The next elementary mission project will be revealed after Easter. Get excited – it’s going to be cool!




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