Loving Our Kids

The closer we get to our fall Preview Worship Gatherings, the more I’m thinking about how Second Mile Church can most effectively minister to our kids. I’ve got a two-year old of my own and my desires for her church experience really shape what I want for our children’s ministry. I think children’s ministry needs to be primarily about three things:

  1. Safety – It is essential that kids are protected and secure.
  2. Fun – I want my daughter to love gathering on Sundays to be with God’s people.
  3. Jesus – Kids need to learn something, particularly about Jesus. They need to grow to admire and adore him.

What else? What are the other things that you think matter to parents or matter to you personally? (Leave your comments below)

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  1. #1 by Kristie on September 23, 2008 - 4:48 pm

    I love it when the teach the kids how to serve and help others. Like when a class will take on a project of some kind.

  2. #2 by Jason on September 29, 2008 - 2:40 pm

    I would definitely like to see children’s ministry be built from the ground up with special needs kids in mind. With disability incidence rates climbing, this is something that churches are going to need to embrace in order to effectively love their community.

  3. #3 by Mark S on October 7, 2008 - 5:45 pm

    The idea of service for kids is so very incredible and important. Helping answer questions, running messages or greeting are ways kids can love to come and help not to mention in with the younger classes (for some).

    The other area to teach little ones is prayer. To pray for them as they fall, for comfort, for Jesus to comfort those fussing about being left during service, etc. If you don’t regularly pray immediately for your kids and with them over the various small elements of their life why do you think they will regard prayer when they are old?

    Once we noticed we had prayed for one of ours when they had fallen and were crying…we prayed a patronizing prayer of some sort that really didn’t expect anything of God except to notify Him f events. We later repented of giving our kids a false view of prayer and of God. We should always pray with expectation and hopefulness, that God will come and be with them and comfort them and heal them. when you do, you will notice that they comfort down so much quicker and have happier hearts and are more sensitive to each other and wanting to pray for them versus ignoring the crying or telling them to stop.

    We desperately need to teach our kids to pray, or pray with them, or demonstrate praying for others. After all, they keep our prayers honest and encourage us to always pray at all times for all things and trust that if we ask, according to His will, He will do it!

    Now, everytime we hear an ambulance or siren, the kids expect to pray for those in the accident or in need of help!

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