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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
Are You Qualified to Be a Parent?
Have you ever had one of those parenting moments where you think, “I am not qualified to do this”? Whether you’re dealing with potty training, discipline issues or friend drama at school, sometimes raising kids can be overwhelming.
Every child is wired differently and faces their own unique challenges. The strategies you used on older siblings don’t always work on younger brothers or sisters, and if you have more than one child, your parenting time is divided.
On top of all this, the spiritual responsibilities of parenting can make us feel like we’re in over our heads. We love Jesus and want our kids to love and follow Him too, but that’s easier said than done. Just look at some of the obstacles we may face shepherding our kids:
Whew! Just thinking about those challenges, and so many others we face can make us feel unqualified for the job.
Yet here’s the good news. God is in the business of qualifying the unqualified to lead others to faith. The apostle Paul, the man responsible for the spread of the early church, said this about himself, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT
C’mon, if Paul felt unqualified to lead people to Jesus, it’s no wonder we sometimes feel unqualified in our own homes to help our kids know God. But the fact is God gave us the spiritual responsibility for the children in our lives so He is going to give us everything we need to help them grow in their faith.
However, we can’t do it on our own. Paul always surrounded himself with a community of believers who were on mission together, and we need that same community for ourselves.
In the book Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, the authors write, “Your present family will never be enough for your children. Even the best parenting in the best family will never alone be enough to develop relationally, emotionally and spiritually healthy children.”
That truth pushes us to reach out to other parents who we can walk with on this parenting journey and who will encourage, challenge and help us as we do the same for them. That’s why we hope every Big Picture Show parent would consider being a part of a Southland Group. Whether it’s a group you attend with your spouse or one that you join on your own, being a part of a group can help you to lead your kids beyond where you can take them on your own.
The summer semester of Southland Groups will be starting in June, and if you’d like more information about joining a group or leading a group, check out the Groups’ page online.
As always, here in Children’s Ministry we are also here to partner with you and cheer your family on, so this month we are giving away a free copy of Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof to encourage you in your parenting journey.
Email us at email@example.com by noon on Monday, April 15th, to enter for a chance to win a free copy. Just put “free book” in the subject line.
Congratulations to Jamie Knight for winning last month’s giveaway of the spiritual growth Phase Guides.
New Believer Devotions for Kids
Imagine showing up to run a marathon completely unprepared.You’re wearing clunky boots instead of running shoes and have no clue where the course goes or what kind of weather to expect. You’ve never studied running techniques or how to pace yourself for the long haul. Basically, you have no idea what you’re doing.
A race like that would be a disaster, wouldn’t it? No serious runner would ever show up to the starting line with such little preparation. Yet, sometimes we treat our kids’ faith the same way.
As parents, it’s easy to forget that our child’s baptism isn’t a finish line. It’s a starting line. It’s the beginning of a life-long journey of following Jesus. That’s why we need to do everything we can to equip our kids to run this race of faith.
Here in the Big Picture Show, we have created a tool to make that job a little bit easier. It’s an online devotional for elementary kids called The Adventure Begins.
In this devotional kids will discover basic faith skills like how to pray, navigate the Bible, resist temptation, and live on mission. They will also learn what to do when following Jesus isn’t so much fun, like those times when they mess up and sin, when they face trials and tragedy, or when they just don’t feel like God loves them.
The Adventure Begins is especially helpful right after a child is baptized because it helps them establish a personal devotion time and lets them know what they can expect in their new adventure with Jesus, but this resource can be used at any point to help kids learn what it looks like to live a life of faith.
Check out The Adventure Begins to help your child to be as prepared as possible to run an amazing race as they follow Jesus in the days ahead.
God created us to be in a relationship with Him and in relationships with people here on earth. He wants us to have friends, and He wants us to be a good friend. This month, we will learn that Jesus is not only our friend but the best friend we will ever have.
Life is filled with dark days and bright days, ups and downs, highs and lows. Many times, things happen that are out of our control. For followers of Jesus, there’s always hope even on the darkest days. This month we’re going to discover that with Jesus there’s always a BRIGHT SIDE.
Creating the Environment for Life Change
Every Sunday in Children’s Ministry a small group of unsung heroes play a special part in helping your kids get to know Jesus better.
They're not on stages teaching a lesson or on the floor leading small groups. They’re not at doors greeting families or leading worship in front of the room. They’re completely behind-the-scenes, and if they do their job right, you never even notice they are there.
They are the Tech Leaders in the Big Picture Show, student volunteers who work hard to create an atmosphere where kids can encounter God.
Have you ever been in a movie theater when the projector goes down? How about a concert when they have sound issues? It’s distracting, isn’t it? You’re caught up in a powerful story or a song you love, then one tech issue brings the whole experience to a grinding halt. As frustrating as that can be when you’re out for a night of entertainment, it’s nothing compared to a Sunday morning in Children’s Ministry.
It’s up to our Tech Leaders to cue teaching graphics and videos that support the storyteller’s lesson and song videos that worship leaders use to lead kids into God’s presence. The Tech Leader’s job is to create smooth transitions that help kids seamlessly move from one element of the program to the next. One wrong mouse click and the moment could be ruined, and we would lose the attention of every kid in the room.
That’s a lot of responsibility for a Middle School or High School student. Yet, it’s a responsibility our student leaders take very seriously.
So the next time you see one of our Big Picture Show Tech Leaders make sure you say thanks for how they serve your kids. Also if you have a responsible Middle School or High School student interested in leading behind-the-scenes, let your campus Children’s Pastor know and they can give you a next step to helping them serve.