Together we can help your child grow in their faith and help them
mature into more of the image of Jesus Christ.
After much prayer, Embark is a word that God has inspired for the new theme for our Children’s Ministries. We want kids to embark on their relationship with Jesus Christ by learning about those who have gone before them. Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the “Hall of Fame” passage in the Bible. It lists key people in the Bible who have put their faith in action. In Hebrews 12, the writer challenges us by saying, “Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Fixing our eyes on Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).”
We are learning the foundations of the Bible. Stories about normal people; people who have had problems, setbacks, and everyday challenges. Our hope is as children learn these stories, they will find confidence in themselves as they embark on their journey as a follower of Christ.
When children leave this ministry, there are some key questions we hope they can begin to answer:
● Who is God?
● What is in the Bible and how do I read it?
● How do I begin and sustain a relationship with Jesus Christ?
Please reach out to Sami with any questions you have about this ministry vision. We ask that you keep this ministry in prayer as we Embark on a new journey together!
AN Update of Our Children's Ministry:
As we prepare to return to in person worship, I wanted to share some information with you regarding our children’s ministry. The changes described below are based on current CDC guidelines, conference recommendations, school guidelines, and personal prayer.
· If you choose to come to in-person worship at 9:30, children are asked to stay with their family and remain with them during the entire service. As you enter the church, there is a box labeled Children’s Activity Bags. The bags are plastic Ziploc Bags. They are created for each week and contain activities for that Sunday. Please take the entire plastic activity bag home with you when you leave the service. My goal with the activity bags is to engage our children in worship rather than occupy them. If possible, please bring your own crayons and pencils. Crayons will be available in smaller plastic bags, but it would be great if you could bring some from home. I am working to create activities that go along with Pastor Gene’s sermon. We both value our kids being in the service and will continue to work together to ensure their engagement and learning. As we read in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is the Christ” (12:12). Paul continues on describing what the body would be like if it did not have a leg, an ear, an eye. Our children play an important role in the body of Christ. What would our church be like without children?
· We will continue to have a Children’s Chat with Sami and the Barnyard Bunch during the service; however, children must remain with their parents during this time instead of coming to the first pew.
· The Nursery will be closed until further notice.
· Sunday School videos will be available for our children to watch on Sunday morning or any time throughout the week!
I am so excited by this opportunity to worship together in one service! My prayer is that by fall we will be in a more comfortable position to have children meet together. This time requires us to be flexible and adapt to what feels like quickly changing guidelines. I will continue to closely monitor the guidelines and provide updates via the newsletter and email. I ask for your continued prayers and grace as I continue to navigate these interesting times.