“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 18:3).
Spirituality. Quiet. Worship. Sacred. Contemplation. These are not words normally associated with trying to teach children about God. But they embody the spirit of the new Godly Play curriculum that we are using in our Children’s Ministry program.
Bridgehaven’s mission of “empowering choices for life through Christ-centered education and support” is not just meant for parents. It is also our desire to share the truth and love of God with our client’s children. Godly Play teaches children to listen for God and to make authentic and creative responses to God’s call in their lives. We are working on incorporating this curriculum into our Children’s Ministry program for those 3 years and above.
On Tuesday, March 29, Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is holding an Open House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the public to tour its remodeled building at 701 Center Point Road NE in Cedar Rapids. The remodeled space will be ceremonially opened with a ribbon cutting by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance at 4 p.m.
The remodel of Bridgehaven’s building was undertaken to utilize the 1,925 square foot area left vacant when the Treasures Quality Resale Shoppe moved out of the building to its new location at 405 8th Avenue SE.
Noemi moved to Cedar Rapids in 2012 to be near her sister. At the time, Noemi was a single mother with two children, struggling to make ends meet. While looking on the internet for community resources to help, she found Bridgehaven and signed up to take classes through the Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program.
EWYL is designed to provide parents with emotional, material, social and spiritual support. Classes covering a variety of life topics are available to men and women who are pregnant or parenting a child under 18. While attending classes, parents earn ongoing assistance of food, clothing, diapers, and formula to help alleviate financial pressures.
I came to Bridgehaven in the summer of 2013. A week prior, I had arrived home from a long-term mission trip in South America. To the surprise of hundreds of people awaiting my homecoming, I was 18 weeks pregnant. I had been raised in the church, and this was a very shameful situation. I was extremely broken when I walked through Bridgehaven’s doors; thinking I had already screwed up so much, I was unsure what I wanted to do with the pregnancy. Instead of judgement, I was met with such grace. Until then, I had felt like I needed to explain myself and make it make sense to everyone around me.
Bridgehaven asked me how I was doing, what I felt about the situation, and how this was impacting me in different areas of my life. The session with a Client Advocate and her praying with me was one of the most pivotal moments. I was given a free ultrasound in which I saw my child for the first time and found out I was carrying a girl. I was completely empowered to make my choice for life. Bridgehaven allowed Jesus to use them and their resources in my restoration. They supported me spiritually more than anything. Now, after celebrating my daughter Hope’s 2nd birthday, I am extremely thankful for their services and reflection of Christ’s love to every client, even me!
Former Bridgehaven client