Four rooms are being readied for a new program at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bridge City. For the first time, they will offer a mothers’ day out program for 18 months to 4 years old, two days a week. “We have plans to expand the program,” said the Rev. Brad Morgan.

The decision to offer the classes came not only because of the excellent facility St. Paul offered, but also because the demographics have changed. “We had 26 older members that did not return after the storm,” said Morgan. But, new families with young children continue to move in.

“This is a miracle church,” said Morgan.

St Paul only had the slab poured when Hurricane Ike hit Sept. 13, 2008, so they didn’t suffer any damage, but building of the church slowed due to the massive destruction of the town. The question if Bridge City would survive after the storm was on many residents lips.

Morgan said one man remarked that with each beam raised on the church, it increased hope for the town’s recovery.

Morgan became pastor to the church about the same time the building was completed, just over a year ago.

At the time, Morgan said there were only seven or eight children at services. Now there are 50 or more. The church gained 80 new members recently, bringing service attendance average to 263.

Samantha Henshall, one of the two-year-old teachers just recently moved to Nederland from Houston. She’s very excited to start classes next week. She has taught in other day care centers and churches. “It’s great to be in on the start.”

Her assistant, long time Bridge City resident Angie Meeks, was helping Henshall get the room ready for “Meet the Teachers,” which was scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1.
Glenna Landry, director of children’s ministries says the younger children’s class is called ‘Rock a bye: toddlers and twos.’ “The curriculum for the 3-year-old and 4-year-old classes is ‘Wonder-filled Weekdays’ by Cokesbury.”

Landry is a three year member of St. Paul, but is new to the director position this year.
They were all very proud of the playground. “The hippopotamus speaks English, Spanish, French and Braille!” said Henshall.

They also wanted to let people know that the playground is open to the public during daylight hours.

There is still time to sign up; cost for the classes are $100 a month for the first child, $75 for the second child in a family and $50 for each child after that. If you can’t afford the program, Morgan said they will work with parents on a case by case situation. He also wants parents to know that all employees that will be working at the church during times the children are there have had extensive training and background checks and are also certified in pediatric CPR.

Classes begin Wednesday, Sept. 8. They will meet 9 a.m.-2 p.m., each Monday and Wednesday.

For more information contact the church at (409) 735-5546 or e-mail Landry at The church is located at 1155 West Roundbunch Road.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.