The Victory Chapel religious services staff hosts Wednesday night programs weekly from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There are multiple programs for adults and children, as well as childcare for those 5-years-old and younger."The one that has drawn the greatest attention, interest and attendance is (Hometown Heroes), led by a lady named April Griffin," said William Townsend, Director of Religion Education.Hometown Heroes is based around relationships, Townsend said. There is food, games and devotionals mixed in with spouse interaction and encouragement."Homefront Heroes is our deployment ministry," said April Griffin, wife of Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jerimiah Griffin, 73rd Military Police Detachment, 97th Military Police Battalion. "Our goal is to reach women who are in all stages of a deployment, so pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration."The group is in place to give military spouses a sense of community, she said. It helps them to find their own battle buddies to help them through deployment and to give them a sense of belonging.
Homefront Heroes is not a bible study, but is faith based, she said. Women will come, play games, eat food and listen to an encouraging message from the Bible. Most of the time is spent meeting other spouses and connecting with them."I think it's a great group to meet with people," said Darlene Long, wife of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Long, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. "I've been here for six months and I don't know anybody … so it's a great place to meet new people."Another adult group they offer is The Navigators, Townsend said."The Navigators is a para-church, it's a ministry that comes alongside a church or already functioning group," he said. "Navigators are very active at most military bases."The Colorado Springs-based group, led by James and Monica Carter, is an intensive Bible study group, Townsend said. In addition, the group will come together outside of Wednesday night programs for events such as game night, camp outs and other small church group activities.Children older than 5 attend one of the two Boy Scout groups, Townsend said, depending on their age."It's a God and country series that has been put out by the Scouts to earn their merit badge in that area," he said. "Soon the Scouts are ending this series and moving to a new series."Townsend said the church is looking to expand on their children's Wednesday night activities.
"We have the opportunity to blow the roof off (of this)," he said. "We're probably going to add an older kids group within the next couple of weeks. We don't want to put them into a childcare situation, we want to put them in a learning situation."Townsend said they plan on introducing the kids to a light-hearted video driven series, with the addition of activities such as puzzles, drama and puppets."We're doing this because it's a calling," he said. "It's our mission. It's our fulfillment of providing support. It supports the chaplains on post as they reach out to Soldiers, Soldiers needs and so many areas of spiritual growth (and) spiritual resiliency. We just want them to know this is another outlet."