let your Light shine....
Sunday mornings (9:00 - 10:15) Sanctuary/Heritage Hall
Music and Prayer in the Sanctuary with our church family before heading to Heritage Hall for games, crafts, Bible stories and Big Ideas.
Sunday mornings (10:30 -11:45) Upstairs Youth Room
Youth gathering with breakout groups that include Bible study and prayer, student praise band practice, and open game room.
Available during both services on Sunday mornings. Located across the courtyard from the Sanctuary. Children are also welcome to remain with their parents in the service. Activity pages and crayons are available at the resource table next to the middle doors.
The Hearts of Parents and their Children
When it comes to successful parenting, the Old Testament (Malachi 4:6) leaves off where the New Testament begins (Luke 1:17), with the hearts of parents turning to their children and the hearts of children to their parents. To be sure, God has entrusted parents with the most noble of tasks: the spiritual development of their children. And when it comes to children living an abundantly happy and secure life, Scripture is not secretive: parents must impress upon their children to love God with all their hearts and souls and strength (read Deuteronomy 6:5-9).
Stepping out on the mission field is the same for parents as walking through their front door; the truth is that a house where Jesus is Lord is a home where children can secure their eternity. The more experiences a family shares together – worshipping together, reading Scripture together, praying together, participating in church together, serving others together, listening to music that uplifts the name of Jesus together – the closer they become as a family. As parents and children turn their hearts toward each other, they are fulfilling God’s plan for his creation.
Much like God’s example to us, such parenting is sacrificial. It comes with great difficulty, with much sweat and tears and unceasing prayer. But since it is God that has given parents the leadership role of introducing their children to him and helping them grow up in him, he is faithful to provide them with everything they need to fulfill their sacred responsibility. In fact, the church is called to help equip believing parents for such a tremendous obligation, while at the same time reaching out to unbelieving parents and children with the life-changing Gospel that can save and revolutionize anyone and everyone.
If you are a parent and feel overwhelmed, you’re not alone. But don’t panic. The tools you need to be successful are available. The fact that you are longing for your children to turn their hearts toward you and you are willing to turn your heart toward them can only mean that God is at work within you! If you’re ready for the next step, here are some basic principles that every home should practice:
1) Have a family devotion time every day. Read the Bible out loud together, read family devotionals out loud together, pray out loud together. 2) Participate in church together. Witness each other worshipping, praying, singing, listening, responding, and be sure to discuss it afterwards as a family. 3) Enjoy each other and serve those around you. Eat together, play together, and read together. Most importantly, serve others together – whether it’s at church, a local food bank, or in and around your neighborhood. These memories will last forever. 4) Bless each other. Speak words of encouragement and hope to each other every chance you get. Discuss family issues and come to an agreement that you will overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of your family. 5) Let the Spirit of God do the rest. He is on your side. Listen when he calls and follow where he leads. Please know this: your family can do all things through Christ who gives you strength!
May your family experience his goodness and delight as you draw closer to Jesus and each other. And don’t hesitate to reach out to us for resources, guidance, or prayer. Remember, the Lord is great and he is ready to bless you and your family!