where love is alive 

How many of you remember the secular song Greatest Love of All that was sung by Whitney Houston?  I’m pretty sure if you are close to my age you remember it!  The lyrics begin with the words, “I believe the children are our future.  Teach them well and let them lead the way.”  Although I was in high school when that song was released, as the years passed and I began my teaching career those first two lines would often come to mind.  In addition to reading, writing and math, I felt it was also my job to prepare these little ones with life lessons for future success.  Lessons such as hard work, being honest, treating others kindly, and respect for property and authority were very important for children to learn to be productive and successful in adulthood.  However, just trying to teach the children about these important life lessons was simply not enough.  I needed to model these behaviors as well to make the most impact.

I recently read a blog written by a Children’s Pastor from Texas named John Alexander.  The title, Parents, 5 Things I Want You to Know About Serving in Kid’s Ministry, caught my eye so I decided to give it a look.  His second and third points are as follows:

  1. It does an amazing work in the life of your child, for them to see you serve.
  2. It does an amazing work in the life of other children, for them to see you serve.

Notice it doesn’t say “for them to be taught about serving,” but it says when they “SEE you serve.”  Study after study shows that children model the behavior of parents and other influential adults in their lives.  That means we as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and adults in general have a huge responsibility to model for the children in our church how to serve others.  Just as we try to prepare our children for their future academic and professional careers, we must also think about preparing them to find where they will fit into the future life of the church.

Many of you know how full our Preschool classes have become, mainly the babies through four-year-old classes.  We praise God for so many precious little ones to teach and love!  I have put out a call for extra hands to help during the Sunday school hour and the 11:00 services.  I would like to thank those who already volunteer on a regular basis and to those who have currently signed up to begin volunteering!  You are modeling servanthood and making a tremendous impact in the lives of these children.  If you are interested in helping in our preschool and children’s departments, please let me know.  I will be happy to help you find your place in this important ministry.  Just by comforting a baby, singing Jesus Loves Me with a toddler, or reading a book to a three-year-old you are showing the love of Jesus to a precious child.

 

Love in Christ,

Holly

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