PromiseLand Metro, downtown Owensboro is on the move. We had our first service just last week, including children’s church. I have to admit getting back into children’s ministry has awakened my spirit again playing with the children. They have so much energy and we have to have so much patience. Since we have no teachers, little material and three empty rooms we are starting from scratch. It brings back memories of the early years, using creativity and limited resources, you have to teach with excitement. The age range is mostly 8 and 9 year olds but I also have ages 4-12 in the same room. This limits on narrowing it down to a particular age so large group activities is quite challenging.
This spring I went to C3 Children’s Conference that Ed Young hosts. His church in Texas was so amazing in the children’s area, even I wanted to go there. He has another one in Orlando in October, in which I highly recommend in going if you want some creative ideas for children’s ministry.
The stats on children attending church with or without their parents has an everlasting impact on children, however will decrease if left to attend with one parent or attend alone.
- increase the average life expectancy of your children by 8 years
- significantly reduce your child’s use and risk from Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs
- dramatically lower their risk of suicide
- help them rebound from depression 70% faster
- dramatically reduce their risk for committing a crime
- improve their attitude at school and increase their school participation
- reduce their risk for rebelliousness
- reduce the likelihood that they would binge drink in college
- improve their odds for a “very happy” life
- provide them with a life-long moral compass
- provide children with a caring extended family
- get them to wear their seatbelts more often
and will also statistically improve the odds that they will lead an active church life in their adults years…. if they attend and get involved in church at an early age.
It’s time for the Christians to once again speak loudly about church attendance especially to the parents. Karate classes, travel soccer, baseball, racing, and getting good grades, while wonderful in their own right, are poor substitutes for their children’s need for extended family and holy living.
Prayer: Lord I pray that parents and grandparents realize the importance of children attending worship and learning Sunday School experiences. I pray that children will grasp your spirit, hold on to it tight and never let go to reach everything you want for them. In Jesus name. Amen.
New International Version (©1984) Hebrews 10:25
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.