Dear Church Family,
I was listening to a podcast the other day and heard the presenter say something that stuck with me. He was talking about children’s ministry and he said, “If you reach the children then you’ll reach the city.” I thought that was a very bold statement. But as I began to think about my conversations with parents and grandparents, in most if not all of them they say one of the main reasons they attend a specific church is because of the children’s ministry. In other words, if a church doesn’t have a safe, inviting, biblically-based children’s ministry then most families will not stick around. As a parent, I understand the importance of belonging to a church that prioritizes ministering to the next generation.
Listen to the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:13-14…
Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We want to be a church that helps children come to Jesus. One of the new ways we’re seeking to do this is by launching the Awana program on Wednesday evenings. AWANA will meet every Wednesday evening at 6:30pm beginning September 6, 2023. Our AWANA club will focus on Cubbies, Sparks, and Truth & Training, from preschool (3 years old) through 5th grade. AWANA uses Bible-centered handbooks and special activities to help children gain a solid understanding of the basics of Christianity. This will be a great opportunity for children to learn about Jesus!
I want to challenge you to invite every family you know to participate in this great opportunity. You can invite people by sharing the Facebook event on your page, handing a family an invite card, or inviting someone in person. My prayer is that our church will be known for reaching out to the next generation and helping them come to Jesus!