The “World” is after our kids!
As families and as a church family, let’s be proactive in telling them NO!
When I first started in Kid’s Ministry, and we taught the Bible verse “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female. Genesis 1:27,” I never considered that the “world” would be teaching our kids differently concerning gender issues.
But the “world” is teaching our kids an alternate view and we must be proactive concerning gender issues. One Sunday, I asked a boy and a girl to stand on either side of me and simply said this is an example of God’s creation. To my right is a male…a boy. To my left is a female…a girl. Did God say anywhere in the Bible, that if we wanted to be something different than what God created us to be, we could? Thankfully our kids answered resoundingly “No!” But for every time they get to hear this truth taught at home and at church, they are hearing an alternate worldview multiple times from the culture they live in. So both at home and at church we have to be proactive in this! As parents, in addition to teaching it, you can put some protective measures in place. A great place to begin is screening TV shows. The LGBT group is targeting children’s programing specifically. At one time certain sources might have seemed safe such as Cartoon Network and Disney. But now, literally all secular children’s programing is subject to scrutiny. Our children are a precious gift, let’s treasure the opportunity to raise them to have a biblical worldview of God’s design for relationships, marriage and sex.
Let’s equip our kids with truth and tell the “World” NO!
We want to partner with you to give our kids a biblical worldview in all areas. We can do this
through the KZ every Sunday morning and through Book 66 every Wednesday at 6:00.
ST. ANDREW BAPTIST KIDS HAVE RETURNED FROM
There is nothing like a camp to give kids the opportunity to just enjoy being a kid. Kids today live in a fast paced world with fewer and fewer opportunities to just chill!
CAMP allows kids to get wet and messy, stay up late, and hang out with friends! At CentriKid the amazing staffers are high energy college students ready to lead the kids in wild and crazy fun activities!
CAMP provides many memorable experiences that kids will be talking about for years to come! A favorite camp memory this year was our group having the Wet Willie water slide reserved from 9:30 -10:30 at night! And near the top of the list would be the famous OMC (organized mass chaos)! But the best memory is leaving camp knowing God spoke specifically to them during their quiet time or Bible Study!
CAMP gives kids a time to focus on who is most important in their life…Jesus! They are still kids, and they may not be quick to speak up and say “This is how God spoke to me at camp,” but He spoke many truths to them through the word that was taught, sung, and modeled for them. Camp has made a mark that can’t be erased.
CAMP warms my heart when I see God working in, around and through our kids. And when one of our kids decided to become a follower of Jesus on the way home…well, it doesn’t get any better than that!
Thank you church family for making it possible for our kids to go to camp!
O How He Loves Us: An Adoption Story
I hope this precious story will remind you again how amazing our God is!
Sunday morning January 10, 2016 started in a startling way.
While Rebecca David was on her way to pick up Claudia Fowler and her preteen son Nickolas,
she received a call from Nickolas that something was wrong with his mother. Rebecca arrived soon, and called 911.
The paramedics arrived quickly and began CPR. When Rebecca left the apartment, the EMT’s continued trying to revive Claudia.
Rebecca brought Nickolas to church and talked with Mike and I. She was shaken, because she realized that Claudia's condition was serious.
Rebecca was torn about what to do but we encouraged her to go up to the hospital. Nickolas was at home in the Kid Zone and one in her class would step up to lead. And of course their class spent their morning praying.
Nickolas went with me to worship that day. Just before we left for worship, I had a text from Rebecca that Claudia died at the hospital. I wanted Rebecca to be back before Nickolas heard about his mom. So standing by Nickolas in worship with my arm around his shoulder I was praying without ceasing for him. The next song we sang was "The King of Glory." When we sang the phrase "Who makes the orphan a son or daughter..." My tears flowed. God was going to take care of Nickolas! And oh how He has!
A few months back, Claudia and Nickolas had fallen on hard times so Rebecca had invited them to live with her. They lived there for several weeks until they were able to rent their own apartment. So, through that time, Rebecca had gotten very close to them and them to her. Looking back at that I stand in awe of God and His amazing provision. He knew what was coming and He was getting things in place for Nickolas.
After worship Rebecca and Nickolas went to my office and Rebecca told Nickolas about his Mom. It was so precious to hear Rebecca remind Nickolas of the time she had gone to their temporary hotel room to meet with his mom. She asked Claudia how she (our church) could help. She expected her to ask for a material need because clearly there were many. However, Claudia said "I need to get right with God." That night she prayed to receive Christ and to live for Him. Rebecca was able to tell Nickolas that we could know for certain where his mom was. Even to a young boy (age 10), whose heart was broken because of his loss, it was clear that this truth did bring much comfort to him.
He went home with Rebecca and for the next few weeks they worked through their grief, finding other relatives, understanding what the law was, and deciding that the best place for Nickolas was with Rebecca and her family who already knew him. He already felt at home. So many friends stepped up to help Rebecca get Nickolas everywhere he needed to be so she could continue to work. It's a beautiful thing to watch the body of Christ at work. Every need was met!
Later I learned that Rebecca’s daughter Jennifer, a nurse, was working at the hospital the morning Claudia came in. So, together, Rebecca and Jennifer laid hands on Claudia and promised that they would take care of Nickolas until God showed them the right path for him. Soon, Jennifer and her husband Casey became a huge part of Nickolas’ everyday life and quickly fell in love with him. Though there were many legal hurdles to jump, Jennifer and Casey Morefield were able to adopt Nickolas on September 14, 2016!
Needless to say they hosted a celebration party and praised the Lord for what He had done! Nickolas knows how very much he is loved by his new family, his church and most of all by God. Nickolas has now become a Christian too and was Baptized this past Sunday. We should never doubt that even in our darkest hour God is in control. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. He is able to do "above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us...to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Eph 3:20-21)
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