Twenty Years in Ministry
This month I will celebrate twenty years in ministry. Over the years I have tried to really study, research and observe what I believe church should be for children. Some of the questions I have asked myself are: what is the value of church for children? What should children be learning? How does it help them in their everyday lives? and What lasting impact does it have?
The Bible speaks of Jesus’ feelings about children in Luke:
People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Jesus certainly believed that children were of significant value. He wanted them to hear, see and believe the message He was delivering. WE too must follow these instructions and teach our youngest about the Bible and help direct them toward a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ. Many people believe that children are the church of future, but I believe they are the church of today.
They are part of our church family today and because of that we want to make sure they are given every opportunity to fulfill their lives’ calling to serve Christ.
In September the children’s ministry will be partnering with children’s choirs on Wednesday nights for Faith Family Night “Kidz Edition”. Each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 pm your children will have an opportunity to use their gifts by worshipping in music and praise and then having a Bible study time to help create relationships, foundations and application opportunities.
This time will be unique and special and has been designed to reach children with all learning styles. We will focus on a few stories from the Bible, beginning with creation and help kids learn some history, context and relevant application for their lives.
I pray you will consider making Wednesday evenings a priority for your family and I promise to help you as parents be able to answer the questions that were stated at the beginning of this article. Together we can make sure that what they learn at church does impact them for the rest of their lives and for eternity.