Today we will discuss Kidology. Kids are an important part of our church. As a church we want to focus on our kids and create an environment where they can grow to become fully devoted followers of Christ in a fun and interactive way. We want to come alongside of parents and equip them to disciple their children.
JESUS LOVES KIDS
One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
I love this picture of Jesus. It seems like the children were seen as a nuisance. The disciples are “shooing” the kids away. But instead of being bothered by the kids, he welcomes them. He makes time to bless and pray for them.
I think we live in a day and age where children are viewed more as a nuisance than anything. People would rather have a dog or a cat than have a child. And the truth is that children are a huge responsibility. The truth is that they can be noisy, disruptive, and uncontrollable at times.
But Jesus’ response, I think, is something to admire. He makes time for the children. And I think this is a good place to start for us as a church. Look at the attitude of Jesus in this passage. As a church, how will we respond in a Christlike manner to the children God would entrust in our care?
LEAVING A LEGACY
Something that is so wonderful about what we are doing as we go about planting a new life giving, gospel centered church in Bushwick, is that we are able to show our children something great. We are able to show them that God can use ordinary people like you and me to have an impact in our community. Our children will be able to see that God loves Bushwick. God has a heart for the people in Brooklyn. God wants to do something in and through us.
Can you imagine the faith we will spark in our children’s lives? These are the future pastors, leaders, church planters, missionaries, singers, life group leaders, etc. We invest in our children because we want to leave a legacy that will go way beyond our lifetime.
SWERVE KIDS CURRICULUM
As a Network Church, we will be using some phenomenal kids curriculum for our Swerve kids. Life.Church has material for kids ages Pre-K to Middle School.
The material they have for kids is really top notch! Churches all around the US and around the world use their curriculum. LC is super generous providing all their material absolutely free.
As a Network Church, we are especially blessed having access to different resources and trainings to help us use the material well. Some of you will be interested in serving as kids leaders and teachers. We will be able to equip you to use the curriculum and to serve on a Sunday with our kids. You can have a hands on opportunity to lead our children to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Part of what we want to do as well is to be able to equip parents to be able to lead their children to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
In this passage, the big idea is that parent are to pass on the commandments from God to their children. Parents are to love God with heart, soul, and strength and pass on that very same passion to their children.
As the church, our job is to put resources into the hands of the parents in order to equip them to do just that. This would include a summary of what was taught that Sunday at Swerve Kids. On there, parents will find activities they can do with their children such as practice the memory verse, rehearse the big idea, along with other helpful activities and prayers, etc.
In the future, as we become more established as a church, we would also love to equip parents through a regular email, blog, or other online resource. All so that as a church we can lead our children to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Our kids are everything! Can you imagine how many children there are in Bushwick? Can you imagine the massive opportunity to lead children to become fully devoted followers of Christ? Can you imagine the number of families we can impact and influence towards becoming fully devoted followers of Christ?
Let me paint you a picture. All throughout Bushwick there are single moms with several children and no father in the picture. All throughout Bushwick there are dads that are physically present with their families but are emotionally distant. All over Bushwick there are families that have no connection to a church, no connection to the gospel, no sense of community and purpose. There are parents addicted to drugs and alcohol. There are children that are confused, lost, and lacking purpose.
As the church we can come in with the powerful and life transforming message of the gospel and change our community one family at a time.
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