We are very excited about the launch of Hope Ballet. The season started in September with 44 girls participating from Hope for Augusta, Heritage Academy and our own church family. Recently, the Augusta Chronicle published a news story about Hope Ballet. Read the article:
First Presbyterian Church inspires tiny dancers through Hope Ballet
The stated mission of Hope for Augusta, a First Pres Augusta sponsored ministry, is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to children of our city by loving families and helping them to create a flourishing neighborhood. We count it a joy and privilege to volunteer in public schools, to teach art to children, to provide gospel-centered mentoring to children and teens. Hope Ballet is another expression that allows us to invest our time and energies into actions that bring about long-term change. Launching these three ballet classes in conjunction with Ron and Kathleen Jones (Columbia County Ballet) allows us to partner with exceptionally talented and experienced like-minded community members to help us love the children and families of our city.
After a recent visit to a class, Interim Senior Pastor Mike Hearon said, “I saw Harmony Hall and our Ebenezer Children’s Ministry Building in a new way as I envisioned how this building sits at the eastern-most position toward our neighborhood as a beacon of light and a welcoming invitation for building gospel community. I envisioned and embraced again the call God has given our church to love and serve our city, and experienced the joy and anticipation for what God has planned for us. This moment was truly one of the most worshipful experiences of my life over the last 30 years here in Augusta.”
Some unanticipated blessings have come from the launch of Hope Ballet through the mothers of the dancers. Rev. Hearon said, “Being able to see the hope and joy in the eyes of these children and their moms created unspeakable joy in my heart as I saw again not only the vision God has for the children of our neighborhood, but also the vision God has for us to experience life, light, and love in gospel-centered ministry. Seeing our First Pres moms befriending and getting to know these neighborhood moms was thrilling. I was touched to hear from one member how she talked to some moms of Heritage Academy students about carpooling and arranging rides and how she heard one mom say through tears ‘This is a dream come true for me to give this gift to my daughter. I longed for this opportunity as a child and it never presented itself.'”
Through the gifts of First Presbyterian members and others we were able to provide each non-church member an entire outfit for ballet. As the semester goes on and some of the girls outgrow their attire, we are looking for any gently used or new tights, leotards, ballet skirts, or ballet slippers that could be used for Hope Ballet. Contact Luke Niday to donate.
Join us in thanking God for the privilege and joy of serving our community by offering Christ-centered, community-building, soul-shaping, artistic excellence.