Karate for Little Kids

serpents-doves-rpgLuminary’s Serpents and Doves karate program has added a new class for younger children.

The Li’l Kids class, designed for children ages 4 to 8, meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday nights. To begin, children simply need to wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for exercise. Parents are encouraged to stay and watch the class.

“Like our class for older children and adults, we will try to maintain a Christian atmosphere and teach Christian principles,” said Chuck Griffin, Luminary’s pastor and head instructor for the program. The “Serpents and Doves” class name comes from Matthew 10:16. Jesus told his disciples as he sent them into the world:

See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

“We want to be equipping our students at every age to live as shrewd Christians in what can be a difficult world,” Pastor Griffin said.

All Serpents and Doves classes are $15 a month, or free for students active at Luminary UMC. Special arrangements can be made for families who might struggle with the expense.

“We never want money to interfere with a child’s ability to learn,” Griffin said.

The class for older children and adults meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The Wednesday program is followed by a community dinner and youth and choir activities.

Luminary is located at 3401 River Road in Ten Mile.