Guest post by Brad Bogue, Senior Director of Family Ministry
It is not enough to simply tell children to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor as themselves. Children learn best by being actively involved and emotionally stimulated by something. The responsibility to help our children discover what Jesus’ Greatest Commandments look and feel like falls directly upon us parents. To do so, Deuteronomy 6:5-7 calls us parents to make worship and service part of the basic rhythms of our family life:
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.“
To embrace something, children need to see it modeled and then be given the opportunity to do it themselves. They learn to worship by seeing their parents lovingly engaged in worship and by having the opportunity to worship alongside them. In the same way, kids also learn to serve by seeing their parents faithfully serving–both inside and outside the church–and by having the opportunity to serve alongside them there too. FamilyServe provides periodic opportunities for elementary-aged children and their families to serve others in our church, in our city and around the world.
You might have already participated or seen information about our previous FamilyServe events. For Halloween, FamilyServe encouraged families to sponsor a trunk at the East Ministry Center’s Trunk-or-Treat. At Christmas, we invited families to participate in a shopping day for the BDC Christmas Store. At the end of January, many of our children and youth participated in the Hamp Bowl, family-friendly football games sponsored by several organizations in the Binghampton neighborhood and Christ Church.
Here are the FamilyServe opportunities coming your family’s way:
Fifth Sunday FamilyServe
March 29 | All Sunday Services
On this special Fifth Sunday, we are asking for our families to serve in all of our hospitality roles. Families will meet 20 minutes prior to the service for their assignments and a quick training. Children’s Sunday school will still meet as scheduled following your serving time. Get details & register
Play-Doh Drive for Le Bonheur
During Lent, we are collecting new packages of Play-Doh for donation to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Drop off your donation at one of our Welcome Desks in Children’s Ministry.
Life Choices Life Walk
Saturday, April 25 | 10 a.m.-Noon
Join Christ Church’s team at the 2020 Life Walk presented by Life Choices. Registration is $30 for all fundraising walkers ages 12 and up and $15 for children ages 2-11. Registration covers admission to the zoo, brunch and a Life Walk T-shirt. Get details & register
Throughout the Bible, God uses some young people like Samuel, David, Josiah and Mary to transform the world around them. It is our prayer that the kids of Christ Church discover that no matter how young or small they are, they have an important place and role in the Kingdom of God!