In his September message to the Synod, President Harrison emphasizes how vital it is for the church to help families keep their children in the faith.
One Response to “‘Bringing Children to Know Jesus’”
President Harrison, I just clicked on the link to your message. As a DCE who serves as Director of Child Ministry at Bethany in Overland Park, Kansas, your message was a wonderful word of encouragement for me. Thank you for your prayers. Of course, God is hearing and answering – so I just wanted to share a little of our wonderful Sunday yesterday when we presented the new Faith Alive Bibles to the Third Graders in our congregation and invited the parents and kids to a “Bible Blast Off” event during their Sunday School hour. Our Third Grade Sunday School teacher spoke about the purposes of God’s Word (yup, it’s about Jesus from cover to cover) and also included practical tips like how to look up Bible passages. I had a chance to share specific things parents can do to bring their children to know Jesus. AND the kids were challenged to complete a “Bible Scavenger Hunt” that explores their new Bible from cover to cover! The parents also wrote words of blessing in the cover and placed labels that had words of blessing from grandparents, sponsors, and significant adults. What was so wonderful was to see God’s Spirit at work in parents and kids as they cradled the Bible, sat with heads together over God’s Holy Word, and were so full of joy to have the blessing of this Bible. One of my favorite parts is that my faithful Sunday School teacher has her son in class this year and got to share this moment with her husband and their own child – as she has blessed so many kids and families over the year. She called me this morning to wanting to share her son’s engagement with his Bible and what he was learning about Jesus in it – it just made my heart so glad! Again, thank you for your encouraging words! They mean a lot!
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