youth ministry


The Sunshine Band is an auxiliary of the Women's Department of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. It was organized by the founder Bishop Charles H. Mason in 1911 for the purpose of ministering to and nurturing our children ages 12 and under. The first International Sunshine Band President was Mrs. Lydia E. Hinsley. Upon her death the torch was passed to her granddaughter, Dr. Lytia R. Howard who is the current president.

The Sunshine Band currently has chapters across denominational lines is located throughout the United States.

The Sunshine Band is a children's ministry that encompasses ages up to 12 years old. We have three levels of sun shiners: Sunbeams (ages 1-5), Sunrays (ages 6-8) and Illuminators (ages 9-12). Each age group have their own special needs and its our endeavor to meet those needs.

Our Purpose: Our primary focus is to teach and save our children by keeping them involved in meaningful and wholesome activities. We also try to build a partnership between the home and the church to provide a spiritual foundation for each child. THE MOTTO and THEME SONG National Sunshine Band Motto

(For Children) "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 - KJV

Theme Song for Children "Let Your Light So Shine" National Sunshine Band Motto (Adult Presidents)

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 - KJV

National Theme Song for Adults

"Bring Them In"

What we do Through Bible Study, Arts and Crafts, Music, Drama and Field Trips, the Sunshine Band accomplishes the following:



Biblical Principles and Scriptures

Appropriate Behavior

Leadership Behavior

Church History, Doctrine and Decorum


Self-Esteem and Personal Care

Respect for Others








Spiritual Development

Healthy Relationships

Talent and Presentation Skills

Spiritual Growth

Academic Success









Leadership Skills





Youth Activities and Groups

Worship Services


Trips/ Field Trips

Health and Safety Fairs

Ministry for Children