Pioneer Girls is a discipleship ministry where girls learn that God’s word is the light that guides us in our walk with Jesus. Our theme verse is Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Our desire is to challenge the girls of our church and community to grow in their faith and serve their Heavenly Father in the Body of Christ.
Pioneer Girls helps our girls apply Bible stories and principles to their everyday lives (“I love to collect rocks, but what does that have to do with Jesus?”). Girls in grades 1-8 are busy with crafts and games, Bible lessons, and Scripture memory. By completing specific requirements the girls earn badges or pins, much like a Christian version of Girl Scouts.
Update for the 2020-2021 Ministry Year
While Pioneer Girls may look a little different this year, the heart of the ministry is still the same. The group will meet once a month in person and once a month via Zoom. In-person events may include a hike, a bonfire, and other outdoor activities. Each month they will also gather with their age group via Zoom to study God’s Word together and talk about what it looks like to walk in faith. The theme verse for this year is Psalm 62:2: “He alone is my rock and my salvation; He alone is my fortress. I will never be shaken.” In the midst of so many uncertainties this year, what a comfort to know that God is a fortress that cannot be shaken. The program will not meet in person in December or January since the weather is too unpredictable for meeting outdoors.
Regular Program Overview
Although we have some club-wide outings such as the annual Christmas party, Mother/Daughter Tea, Missions Night, and the Closing Ceremony, most club nights the girls are divided into four separate groups pursuing activities and Bible instruction at an age-appropriate level. The four groups are:
- Voyagers (1st & 2nd grades)
- Pathfinders (3rd & 4th grades)
- Trailblazers (5th & 6th grades
- Challengers (7th & 8th grades).
The adult leaders use Pioneer Club materials and handbooks, but our leaders also have the freedom to tailor their individual club’s program to match their own strengths and interests as well as the needs and delights of the girls in their group. What a wonderful time we have on Wednesday evenings!
We have a lot of fun in Pioneer Girls, so this has become a great outreach ministry for the girls. Friends from school or the neighborhood who may not have ever heard about God learn what it means to follow Jesus Christ.
Because there is no lack of enthusiasm from the girls, and seeing them apply Christ to their daily lives is such a wonderful joy to us, we pray that God would continue to equip this ministry of discipleship with mentors and leaders who have fresh vision, and hearts for the girls both in and beyond CPC’s front door. Please pray for the leadership of this ministry and for each of the young women who are participating in it. Thank you!
If you have questions or need more information about Pioneer Girls at CPC, contact Emily Brown at 443-535-7498.