I hope that today you have taken the chance to see God in some aspect of His Creation. My personal devotional today gave the example of the giant Redwood Trees and how their roots interconnect with one another to form a community that helps these trees grow so big and strong. These majestic trees on the West coast are a picture of what God designed the church to be --- a community that stands together, and together encourages the believer, disciples the believer, and is strengthened to take the good news of Jesus to the world.
Speaking of teachable moments, when I think about what I will miss, specifically in our Children’s Ministry, many things come to mind, but one keeps ringing true. I love that your kids are their true selves at church. I’ve loved experiencing their quirks, their strengths, their interests, and their sins they struggle with. Getting to deal with your real kids tells me that the Children’s Ministry has been a safe place for them where we are able to deal with real issues, have real conversations, and ask real questions. I want to challenge you to be intentional in starting or strengthening your homes to be a spiritual safe place for your children.
Your child having a place where they can ask spiritual questions is vital. It is not wrong for your child to ask why about spiritual things. In the same way your kids ask why about everything else in life, their faith is no different. Embrace the why and go to scripture together. When I have why questions or is this really a biblical idea, I love the wrestling with it, because it pushes me to go to God’s Word to search and seek His face for answers. Starting this practice with your kids will give them a foundation to their faith that christian cliques will not. Being rooted in Scripture as a family will help your child to have more than a superficial faith and, when the tough times in life come, they will have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ.
It’s okay to be honest and say I don’t know. I certainly have said that and then done the research and come back with an answer for your kids. The good news is like the community I referred to earlier: you do not have to handle your kids questions alone. There are Sunday School teachers, Awana leaders, Children’s Church small group leaders, and other Church leaders who want to continue to help push your kids to love Jesus!
So, welcome the questions! Encourage the conversations about spiritual things! We talk about what we love and Jesus is meant to be talked about outside of the walls of the church. I am praying for you as you raise your children to love and know the Lord! God is so good. He has a big plan and we are incredibly blessed to get to be a part of His story!
Your first Children’s Minister,