Guest post by Brad Bogue, Director of Family Ministries
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, NIV)
About 15 years ago, George Barna published a study regarding children’s spiritual growth. One of his findings that surprised me was that people are more than five times more likely to invite Jesus to be their Lord and Savior between the ages of 5 to 12 than at any other point in their lives. Another was that by the early age of 9, most children have cemented their worldview regarding God, their own life and the world. After this age, these understandings become exponentially more difficult to change as children move toward adulthood. We parents, as the primary spiritual guides of our children, need to make the most of this narrow window of childhood.
This motivates my wife and me to lead our children with greater spiritual intentionality, to embrace the directions in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and to live a life that points unashamedly to Jesus. But I know that we can’t do it alone—we are called to lean upon our church family as we all walk on this journey together to love and be loved by God.
The Children’s Ministry at Christ Church wants to join your family on this journey. Here are three ways we can support your children’s spiritual development:
Sunday school: During each service, we provide Sunday school for children (birth through 5th grade). Here, your children learn what it means to follow Jesus with their lives through biblically sound instruction, worship and fun, age-appropriate activities.
School of the Rock: This free-to-the-public arts camp is open to all JK-5th grade students on Wednesday nights during the school year from 6-7:30 p.m. At School of the Rock, your children explore how to use art, drama, technology and athletics to tell their story and their part in God’s bigger story.
The Journey: Every Wednesday night throughout the year from 6-7:30 p.m., children (birth through 5th grade) are invited to attend The Journey at the East Ministry Center in Germantown. During this time, children study and discuss the Bible and work on art, science and mission projects together.
I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities for Children’s Ministry and our amazing volunteers to join you in leading your children to love Jesus and love like Jesus!