Serve!?

Looking for a fun way to get involved at church?

Serving in Children’s Ministry offers opportunities to pour into the kids, meet new people, and have lots of fun!

Throughout the Bible, we are reminded that each of us has unique gifts and talents given us by God.  God invites us to use these to bring Him glory and to build up the body of Christ.  Most Christians make a decision to follow Christ between the ages of 4 and 14.  The statistical likelihood of becoming a Christian beyond those ages decreases greatly.  So, let us commit to training up the next generation leaders to become God-empowered, bold believers equipped to live out a victorious life in Christ.

 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” -1 Peter 4:10

“…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…” – Ephesians 4:12

*We would love for you to join the team and serve in this very important ministry this coming fall.  Contact Katy at katy@cfthonline.com

 

A 12 Year Old’s Perspective on Africa

“When I first got there I expected sad kids, who had no shoes, were screaming to try to get help for the pain of starvation, and bitterness towards God.I got the total opposite. In fact their love for God was so strong….“I don’t understand how Africa can be in so much pain, and worship God so strongly, but I also don’t understand how America can be so luxurious, and ignore God’s gifts to us.” Then another member said, “Africa is in physical poverty, but America is in spiritual poverty….. God in America is the same God in Africa.”

Click here to read the rest of Elijah’s experience and reactions to his time spent on a mission trip to Africa.  Children can catch the heart of God for people everywhere.

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young.  Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Celebrate Children

Young men and young women really do want the same things; to know they are important, to know they matter, to know they can impact the world, to know they are wanted and so on. Of course, these desires are expressed in different ways, but children of both sexes gain early on a confidence that they are on the earth for a reason and not as a mistake. And they don’t learn this from a book, not even from the Bible. The idea we matter is more important to learn in childhood than in any other stage. And they learn from adults, from whether or not they get off the phone, make eye contact, get mad too quickly, love them enough to stay married to their mom, love them enough to protect them from danger, even from themselves. The message God wants to communicate to children is entrusted to you, to the way you look at them or celebrate them when they walk into a room. If they get that message, the Bible will confirm it for the rest of their lives. And if they don’t, they’ll struggle to believe the overwhelming obviousness of God’s love.

The acclaimed poet Maya Angelou, when asked how she had become such a great poet, responded by saying she’d become a great poet because when she was a little girl, her father’s eyes lit up when she walked into the room.

Love your sons. Love your daughters. Teach them what’s already true; that they are delightful.”

From Donald Miller