You Can Learn a Lot from Our Kids

Did you know that the Children’s Ministry has a program for children in elementary school, Jr. Disciples? We meet on Wednesday evenings for dinner, songs, games, and conversations about our faith, God’s love for us and sharing that love with others. This Fall we have been focused on being Missionaries and answering God’s call for each of us into mission. We figured something out early on – it’s not always easy to do! How do we live out the life of a missionary in our own lives, answering God’s call to each of us to service and mission? Well here are a few of the things we have learned so far.

God does not expect us to be perfect, rather perfect for the work he is calling us to do. We learned this when we talked about Saul and how God had a different plan for his life than Saul had. God got Saul’s attention on the road to Emmaus! God changed Saul to Paul and changed his future in the process; now Paul was listening to God and open to the many ways that God was calling him to service.

God does not expect us to do it alone. We talked about Paul and Silas traveling together, sharing the work and supporting each other when times were hard.  Paul and Philip remind us that we can get more work done if we share the load – two people can spread the message of God’s love to more people. Paul, Silas, Philip, and others all worked together to get the job done.

We all need to have people to encourage us to continue the work.

The size of the mission doesn’t matter. We are not all going to be called to be Missionaries in places like Africa or South America; some of us will be called to be missionaries where we live and worship. Some of the missions that God is calling us to do are short term “projects” others take a long time, even years to complete.

We all need encouragers! Each of us, large and small, young and old, has been given the same call and living out that call is hard.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And, surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.      Matthew 28:18-20

Jr Disciple’s mission is right here at home. We have planted a garden in the courtyard so that we can offer fresh produce to the congregation for donations. We spent a long time discussing where we felt called to share our donations before we settled on the churches Nickle a Meal program that helps feed our neighbors. On Sunday October 29 not only did they offer our donations, but the children also placed their own money in the offering plate – a nickel for each meal that they ate – and led by example for all those around them. We have baked cookies for a church program and are making gifts for our homebound. Each thing we do is discussed as a way of sharing God’s love with those around us and those that are in need. We encourage each other on days when the road seems to hard or too long. Mostly though we are on this journey together working,