“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” —Proverbs 22:6
When we Baptize children in our Church we make a verbal commitment to do all in our power to help raise them in Christian love. Best outcomes for children happen when families and churches join together to share the love, grace, mercy, and peace of our living God. Spiritual formation for children does not happen overnight. It is a process.
Here at Christ Church we value the spiritual development of all of our children. We introduce them to the stories of our sacred text in Sunday school and in Bible studies, we present them with their very own Bibles, we give them opportunities to develop faithful friendships, and we help them apply what they have learned through serving and loving others. Christ Church has many beautiful traditions that give children opportunities to grow in their knowledge and understanding of God, from Breakfast with Mary and Joseph to Vacation Bible School and so much more. Each week, children have the opportunity to learn and grow in Sunday school and in our Wednesday programs, Preschool Pray & Play and Elementary LoveGrowServe. Older children get to go to Camp Tekoa, and participate in retreats and lock-ins.
As the Body of Christ, we all share in the responsibility of raising the next generation in faith. Perhaps you have volunteered with Children’s Ministry for many years, or perhaps you haven’t yet had the opportunity. No matter what your age or stage in life, there is something that you can do to be in ministry with the children of Christ United Methodist Church. Perhaps you’d like to be a part of a leadership team for a specific age group, or maybe you’d like to help with the planning of a special event. You might be able to make a long-term commitment, or need to only make a short-term commitment—and that is just fine. There is something that everyone can do to be involved in raising our next generation in faith.
If you feel like God might be nudging you to get involved in serving in the Children’s Ministry, we’d be thrilled to have you. If you’d like to be involved, or would like to learn about opportunities to serve please contact Kara Harvey, Director of Children’s Discipleship (firstname.lastname@example.org, 336-398-1317).