How do we see our children’s ministry? Is it a place for us to drop off our kids so we can listen to the sermon uninterrupted? Or is it somewhere for our kids to socialize and make Christian friends?
Children’s ministry is so much more than these things, especially from what I’ve personally experienced as a leader. The children in our church are bright, well aware, and very intelligent, and just like us ‘grown ups’, these children need to know and feel what God’s unconditional love is.
“We will not hide these truths from our children, we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.”
As a ministry leader, I only get to spend one day out of seven in a week with these kids, and as much as I can tell them of God’s love for us, I don’t know their backgrounds or even what happens in their lives the six out of seven days that I don’t see them. But I’ve learned to make the most out of the hour I spend with these children by emphasizing the Gospel to them.
Learning of God’s unconditional love and His amazing plan for us has no age limit and all the more we should teach it to our younger generations. By showing them these truths, we equip our children with the right tools to navigate this fallen world as they grow closer and closer to God in the coming years. Children are truly a gift from God, and as a leader in the children’s ministry, every week, I get to see just how big of a blessing they are and how pure and loving they can be. From my own perspective, I see children’s ministry as one of the most important building blocks in a church, one that often times is overlooked. The children of today are the now generation and they are also the future leaders and disciples of our church, which is why it’s just as important to share God’s truths with them.
I’ve had the privilege of growing up in Sunday School, with my mom also being a Sunday School teacher. She would always reiterate Proverbs 22:6 to me, which says “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”, and now, as a Sunday School teacher myself, I realize just how important this verse is and how it is even more important to proactively minister to these children while their minds are still open to the Word.
Don’t forget to register your kids and invite their friends for our annual Vacation Bible School, this Saturday, July 14th at WIMO North York Centre.