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What's happening this month in Children's Ministry
This is a monthly resource to help parents make the most of all that our Children’s Ministry has to offer your family. We have broken it down into four sections to give you everything from big picture inspiration to a detailed overview of what we’re teaching in our Children’s environments. Sign up at the bottom of your screen to receive the Parent Newsletter email each month!
The Big Picture
Teaching Kids to Navigate Their Faith
Following Jesus is a journey, and as parents, it’s our job to make sure our kids are fully prepared for the path ahead.
It’s a dangerous thing to go on a trail without the right equipment. If you wander off your path or get injured, you can run into serious trouble without appropriate food, water or warm clothing.
According to a recent article in NationalGeographic.com, most people who got lost in U.S. National Parks from 2004-2014 were day hikers. Not hard-core campers or overnight backpackers, just the folks who were out for a casual walk in the woods. These are the ones who ended up needing saved by search and rescue teams.
Why? They weren’t prepared. They didn’t have the tools to deal with the elements they faced, and, because of that, one wrong turn led to disaster.
As our kids grow up, they will face many challenges to their faith. They will be put in situations where it’s not convenient or popular to believe in Jesus and may be ridiculed for believing that the Bible is true. People will ask them hard questions about God, and they may feel awkward or embarrassed if they don’t have an answer. Worse yet, they may begin to doubt if what they were raised to believe is even real.
But as parents who love Jesus, we’re not going to let that happen. We’re going to teach them that faith isn’t a warm, fuzzy feeling, but rock-solid confidence in the evidence that Jesus really is the Son of God, the Bible is true and the universe is covered with the fingerprints of God. We’re going to teach them how to think critically and talk about the good reasons we have to believe.
Not sure how to do that? Thankfully there are a ton of resources to make these conversations easy for parents. This month we’re giving away two of my favorite ones, Keeping Your Kids On God’s Side and Talking to Your Kids About God, both by Natasha Crain. She specializes in teaching parents how to talk to kids about the evidence for faith and answering tough questions about God, Jesus, and the Bible.
Make resources like these a priority, and help your kids be fully prepared to not just survive but thrive on the path of following Christ in a world where that’s not always easy.
If you’d like to register to win a free copy of one of these books, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “free book” in the subject line.
Congratulations to last month’s Orange Leaf gift card winners: Shannon Cravens, Mindy Groff, and Amy Bowen.
Evidence for Faith
If you would like a fun way to help your kids think about the evidence for faith, check out the Case-Makers Academy series by J. Warner Wallace. Wallace, a former cold-case detective, teaches kids to think like detectives and apply those investigative skills towards the case for Christ in Cold-Case Christianity for Kids and intelligent design in God’s Crime Scene for Kids. The third book in the series, Forensic Faith for Kids, also teaches how to talk to others about their relationship with God and share the good reasons we have to believe.
We all want our children to grow up knowing that they can be brave because God is with them. How awesome would it be if kids began thinking, ‘God can help me be brave,’ when they are afraid to walk in to the dentist office or talk to a new friend at school. Rather than shy away, they can go for it! And, they don’t even need a cape or a mask.
Throughout our lives, God may ask us to take risks or do something we may not feel prepared to do. But God will also give us the courage we need to face that challenge. We see this as Jesus faced death on the cross. He chose to be brave and follow through on God’s plan.
Did you know that on average we have 2,500 kids from birth through the 5th-grade walk through the doors of the Big Picture Show every Sunday morning? That’s a lot of kids! More importantly, that’s how many lives we get to impact each week by teaching them about God’s love.
Our ministry is all about kids and teaching them Biblical truths in a fun and exciting way. In order to do that effectively, we prepare months in advance by writing curriculum, ordering props, gathering supplies, copying, counting and sorting so every child at every campus will have the supplies they need for the lessons prepared. It takes an army of volunteers to help us invest in the next generation, but not all of those volunteers serve on weekends.
Preparing each weekend for 2,500 kids takes lots of props and supplies. In fact, we have thousands upon thousands of supplies that we inventory to use and reuse on the weekends. It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, a mom, or a grandma. If you can count, sort, or copy, we have a place for you to serve His greatest blessings from behind-the-scenes.
1 Peter 4:10 says, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
Ready to join us and have some fun? There are two ways to get involved. First, our ministry has started a small group for big kids (that’s you) called Gather, Give, Grow. This group meets Friday mornings at the Nicholasville campus to fellowship, serve all campus children’s ministries and grow together in His word. If this sounds like you or you want more information, email Brittany Thore at email@example.com.
There are other behind-the-scenes opportunities that vary from campus to campus. If you would like to find out how to serve Children’s ministry in other ways during the week email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping us invest in the next generation.