We Are Family
Here are my top 5 favorite things about children’s ministry:
#5…I love being on the receiving end of a child’s smile.
#4…Being a recipient of their hugs is even better.
#3…It’s a lot of fun being on the bottom of one of their group-hug pile-ons.
#2…The pure, sweet voice of a child’s prayer, their heart, and their faith gets me every time.
#1…Bringing children to Christ and witnessing His works in action through them is awesome!
Y’all, hearing children profess their faith and sharing their testimony is humbling for me, and it truly turns up the fire and passion in me. At the close of this summer’s vacation Bible school, I collected wonderful moments like these up in my heart and praised God for His love and works here among us. I felt very honored when two young friends who attend our VBS from another church invited me to witness their baptism that weekend and handed me directions on where to meet them.
My husband and I drove out to the indicated lake after church that Sunday. My friends arrived a little later than we did; so, we visited with people from their church while we waited. The boys jumped from their vehicle and hit the ground running to hug my husband and me when they saw us waiting for them. Then, they went through the crowd of people and found other children’s ministry workers they had invited from another church and repeated the process until we were all sitting together on the shore and enjoying the day together.
The other children’s ministry leaders and I discussed children and programs and enjoyed our connection and the two young boys who’d brought us together for the afternoon. They were running around and enjoying every moment while we waited for their baptism. They would jump into the water and then run back to make sure we were watching and enjoying our time together. We’d already known each other, but we’d never really joined together in fellowship before. That afternoon, we witnessed 10 brothers and sisters proclaim God as their Lord and Savior and be submersed in the ceremonial waters of baptism, and our young friends were the youngest two.
The boys’ mother made sure we all understood that we were there as a part of their family, and that was the point of that afternoon. None of us were representing the church we attend services in and serve in. We were all representing THE CHURCH. We are family – one family in Jesus Christ. I praise God for the wisdom gained from the little children just as Jesus did: At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what You were pleased to do.” Luke 10:21
God, my mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of Your saving acts all day long – though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim Your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim Your righteous deeds, Yours alone. Since my youth, God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. May this always be the song of my young friends. Amen.