Our Purpose

To lead underprivileged children and teenagers to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through offering free afterschool and summer time services, activities and programs which will lead them in becoming successful, contributing citizens of their communities and God's Kingdom.

Friendship House of Jesus offers a multifaceted out-of-school time program combining academic, physical, biblical and arts education, serving children between the ages of 5 and 17 years old. There are 8 individual classes for each age group of which are separated by boys and girls. We have 8 part time staff and 3 full time directors that consists of women that work with the girls and men that work with the boys. We believe girls need women to become women and boys need men to become men. The facility operates after school throughout the school year and half days in the summer. All participants receive services at no charge.

 

Teach children the way they should go and they will follow it all their lives.
— Proverbs 22:6

Our Locations

Bainbridge, GA
P.O. Box 513                       220 North Russ Street
Bainbridge, GA 39817
229-243-1298
Director: Johnny Payne

Donalsonville, GA
P.O. Box 1012                      800 Moore Street
Donalsonville, GA 39845
229-416-5920
Director: Justin Gravlee


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Our Activities

A typical day in the after-school or summer program consists of the following:

Transportation

We transport children to and from daily programming with our 3 fifteen-passenger vans.

Academic Tutoring

Volunteers and staff assist students with daily homework and other school class projects.

Snacks

A group of volunteers coordinate the needed supplies and donate snacks for the children to receive daily.

Organized Recreation

Between basketball, volleyball, kickball, football and a two- story playground our youth have plenty of organized outdoor activities.

Bible Study

The highlight of our program and the primary purpose of Friendship House is Bible study. We use a Bible curriculum called www.visualstorybible.org of which each class studies one Bible lesson per week along with memorizing a lesson specific Bible scripture.

Big Room

Each day ends with an event that is like no other. All student classes come together in our 4,000 sqft auditorium to participate in worship, dance, Bible skits, object lessons and games.

Art & Crafts

Each class has opportunity for art projects that pertain to weekly Bible lessons.

Children's Choir

Led by our Music Director, Johnny Payne our 30 child traveling choir is ready to minister to your civic or church group. Schedule a visit for our children's choir to visit your group today!

Dance

A volunteer group from Lucretia's School of Dance comes to work with our girls through out the after-school and summer time programs.

Extra Activities

Occasionally we get to do a little more with the kids than our usual on campus activities. These extra activities include camping trips, swimming, fishing, garden projects, boating, and bowling. 


Special Programs

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Photography

The mission of this program is to build a sense of community among youth while also providing them with a creative outlet for their emotions and ideas. The weekly class provides each child with tools to create their own artwork, all the while giving them the opportunity to be productive, use their imaginations, collaborate with others and build a foundation of confidence and self worth.

 
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Beach Trips

During our June and July summer program, we transport nearly 150 students, over 8 separate overnight field trips to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

 
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Music

We have noticed the influence that music has on our young people and have made it one of our program highlights, which includes an in-house, recording studio. Each week a Bible verse is put to music for the children to memorize. I have hidden your word in my heart Psalm 119:11