Tag Archive: Kids

  1. IGNITE Conference 2018

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    What a great weekend it was at IGNITE!

    Over 200 Baptist children’s and family ministry leaders gathered together with nearly 900 other like-minded leaders on Friday and Saturday.

    We heard from engaging keynote speakers, Chelsea Follet and Cath Tallack, as well as joined in on over 60 electives on how to welcome, disciple and serve kids and families in our churches and communities.

    It was great to meet so many of you for the first time, so thanks for stopping by the QB Kids booth! If you took a ‘free coffee’ card, and would like a visit this year, we are keen to come to you. We will be planning our trips and trainings over the next few weeks, so keep an eye on your emails!

    We can’t wait to see you all again at Ignite & Ignite Summit next year, but until then, stay tuned for more opportunities to hang out together. We are busy planning our next event – on how we can partner with & serve foster kids in our communities- for April 19th. Save the date!

    If you are chasing resources you saw and loved at Ignite, remember to check out our resources tab in the top corner of our website, or email qbkids@qb.org.au.

    Looking forward to 2018 with you!

  2. QB Kids & ARK Australia Event

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    QB Kids & their families is proud to partner with ARK Australia.

    Your church can bring hope and a future for a child in foster care.

    Ark Australia – QB Kids Event – Thursday 19th April 2018 from Queensland Baptists on Vimeo.

    There are over 46,000 children in Australia living in out-of-home care. There’s 9103 children in Queensland who are living separated from their families. Many of these children have suffered heart-breaking separation and trauma. They are in need of love, rescue and healing. They are in need of hope and a future.

    We know our God has called us to be a voice for the voiceless [Proverbs 31:8-10], and has told us that whatever we have done for the marginalised in society, we have done in service for Jesus himself [Matt 25:40-45]. We know he has a heart for the lost, the heartbroken, the abandoned and the forgotten in our world. We know He has a plan for each of these children. That He has made a way for the lost to hear about the hope we have in Jesus. And we know that plan is us, the church.

    It is our God’s desire that each child He has created be given ‘a hope and a future’ [Jeremiah 29:11]. It is the Lord who dictates the steps of His children – not the world. And it us, the church, who He has charged with the mission to carry this hope into the darkest of places.

    QB Kids & their Families is hosting a day with ARK Australia, an organisation that works alongside churches and families to provide homes and support for foster children, families & communities. We are hosting a morning or afternoon tea, where you can come hear from Lucas & Heather, from ARK Australia & Crossway Baptist. You can hear about the difference the church family can make in the lives of these children. How we, the church, are bringing healing and hope to their hearts.

    We are inviting pastors, church leaders and all those interested in rescuing and renewing the hope for foster children, to join us at our free event in April. It’s not a program to run; it’s not more resources to buy. It’s a chance to for us as the church to learn how we can step in and make room for these children in our church families, that we may show them God’s plan for them – a hope and a future.

    REGISTER HERE:-

    NORTHSIDE- Morning Tea

    SOUTHSIDE- Afternoon Tea

  3. Faith In the Home – Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

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    Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

    We, as families, are busy. In addition to working long hours, our schedules can be full of homework, sports, arts, and music. Many parents are exhausted!! The very last thing we want to do is to make them feel guilty about yet another thing to have to fit into their busy family life. The solution is to equip parents to take opportunities that they already have in the time they spend with their children to teach them the importance of prayer and how to pray. As we get them up in the morning, drive them to school or other activities, as we sit around the table for dinner and as we tuck them into bed, we can be praying for and with our children, all the while building and strengthening their faith.

    Praying with our kids about things that really matter to them shows them that the great big God of the universe cares for them. When kids get in the car after a full day of school, they often have a story about something. Sometimes, it’s a fight with another child, a hard project they need to complete or news of a sick classmate. Praying about these things before bed at night, or better still, then and there, not only sends a message that the parents care about what is going on in their child’s life but that God cares. When a child understands that God in heaven cares about their “little” (big to them) problem at 6, they also learn that he will certainly care about the bigger life issues at 18 and beyond.

    Recognising and celebrating when God answers prayer is also an important way parents can be intentionally pointing to God. Sometimes when God answers a prayer, we ring a friend, and make sure we tell the Pastor on Sunday, but do we celebrate it with our children? Do our kids witness Him at work in our everyday lives? Sometimes God comes through with an answer for a family in a really BIG way and this creates a rich opportunity for families to not only celebrate it when it happens, but to mark the anniversary in years to come. When miracles happen to parents, children in the family also own that faith story. Just as the people in the Old Testament remembered God’s faithfulness, celebrating His faithfulness reveals His relevance for our children today. Noticing the big and the little answers to prayer teaches our kids to trust our faithful God.

    Being intentional about looking for opportunities to pray with our children, and encouraging them to pray themselves, empowers them to develop their own deep relationship with God. It gives them confidence in being able to open their heart to God at any time, day or night – not just on Sundays. When we habitually pray for and with our kids, it is only natural that they will want to pray for us. Allowing them to do this and telling them our prayer needs (being age appropriate), we are sending a valuable and strong message to our kids that we not only trust them, but we affirm their faith is real and God hears their prayers as much as He hears ours. Developing the confidence to pray for others empowers our kids to have faith and equips them for a lifetime of relying on God. Prayer in the home is central to building families with strong enduring faith.

    Ps Tracy Valentine, Generations Pastor, Gateway Baptist

     

  4. Playing For Keeps

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    Recently I was in the USA, specifically Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennesee for a children’s ministry conference called CM CONNECT conference. (Check out CM Connect here: cmconnect.org). It became abundantly clear to me that God was calling us to prioritise reaching families, specifically parents, to help them disciple their children.

    Sunday school teachers (or kids church ministry leaders) have on average, 1-2 hours a week with our kids. Families have the rest. A lot can happen in a week. Here’s a quote from my favourite book at the moment, Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy.

    Several years ago, we handed out jars of marbles to parents and to leaders who work with kids and teenagers. There were 936 marbles in each jar. 936 is the estimated number of weeks between birth and high school graduation. Parents and leaders were challenged to reduce the number of marbles in the jar to match the actual number of weeks they had left with each child. Then they were given a simple assignment: Remove one marble each week. Over time, the practice of losing marbles had a strange effect. It reminded them to value their time. It made each week matter a little more. It reinforced a simple principle: When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now.

    “What are we doing with the time we have now? The reality is, children have a ‘best before’ date.”

    There comes a time when a child is no longer a child. And research indicates that once a child hits that date, they are no longer as open to the Gospel. 43% of all Americans who are Christians made decision to become a Christian before the age of 13, and 64% made the decision before the age of 18. Nine out of ten church leaders became Christians before they were 18. Evangelism is most effective amongst kids. (Check out the article here: https://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/196-evangelism-is-most-effective-among-kids#.VUmdsFwRrVp) It is true that whatever we learn as a child affects us into adulthood. The good and the bad. Things we are intentional about teaching children, and things we aren’t. Our time is precious, and short. So are we really going to relinquish all the time we have to teach them about the Gospel to the one hour a week that their Sunday School teachers have? (Note: Sunday school teachers totally rock for dedicating their time and energy into this one hour, and if you see a Sunday school teacher, you should definitely hug them, or high-five them, or whatever is appropriate according to your child safety policy. Just appreciate them!)

    “The point is, if you are investing in a kid or teenager, you are already making history every week. The problem is, when you’re making history, you usually don’t know it…Let’s think about it another way. Most kids don’t know what you’re doing this week is going to be a formative part of their history. They are just kids. They only see “now”. To them you just… built a sandcastle. Took them to swim lessons. Played basketball in the driveway. Saw a movie. Ate some pizza… But you are an adult. You see yesterday, today and tomorrow. So you should know better. You should realise by being present in their life week after week in a variety of different ways, you are actually making HISTORY.”

    The QB Kids and their Families team is passionate about awakening parents and church leaders to their calling to impact children for the Gospel. We are passionate about not just running ‘Sunday School’ programs (seriously, who wants to be at school on a Sunday?!) but reaching our young people, who are the most receptive to the Gospel, for the Gospel. To raise a generation who know the importance of life-long faith, not just church attendance.

    So we need to equip families to disciple their kids. And we want to help you do that. Here is a really great list of places you can start to learn more about equipping families to be Gospel-centered in their homes. To be investing time into making history. To disciple their kids in the short time they have, so that ‘when they are old they will not depart from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6).

    Start here. Start now. And if you want to know more, email qbkids@qb.com.au.

    Two books you can read:

    • Playing For Keeps by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy: orangebooks.com/books/playing-for-keeps-losing-your-marbles
    • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: www.koorong.com/search/product/parenting-beyond-your-capacity-reggie-joiner-carey-nieuwhof/9781434764812.jhtml

     

    Or read access helpful resources here:

  5. Generation Z: The Movers and the Shakers

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    “the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever…They are the up-agers, with influence beyond their years. They are the tweens, the teens, the youth and young adults of our global society. They are the early adopters, the brand influencers, the social media drivers, the pop-culture leaders. They comprise nearly 2 billion people globally, and they don’t just represent the future, they represent they’re creating it.”

    Sunday mornings are the highlight of my week. Particularly the chunk of time between 930 and 1130am. Like all good times, it flies by, but I do my best to let myself really take it all in, because this chunk of time contains some of my most precious memories. Not only is it the culmination of a whole week’s hard work coming together in one great, big, loud, messy, crazy mash-up of bible teaching and worship (and craft sometimes)– but it is also the time I get to spend listening to the kids and hang out with them –hearing about their weeks and what they got up to.

    My absolute favourite thing to do with the kids is to ask them to tell me the biggest thing that happened to them over the last week. Sometimes the answers are tough, like, “We had to throw dirt on Poppy’s ‘coffum’ and Daddy cried,” or “I got left at school because mummy forgot me,” , and sometimes its something great like, “I got to ride in Nana’s car and eat fish and chips,” or “I stayed up until ten o’clock last night,” and “Dad only fast-forwarded one scene in the whole Star Wars movie and I watched all the rest and wasn’t scared.” I love hearing these stories because it reminds me that children’s worlds are made up of entirely different moments than mine. I hardly ever stop to appreciate riding in my nana’s car as the pivotal moment in my week, and if my dad fast-forwarded a scene in my movie I’d kindly ask him to stop sitting on the remote. But kids see things in an incredibly different way to adults- things that we adults so often don’t even notice can be incredible learning moments in children’s lives, and if we don’t stop to ask them what they are or how they feel, we can miss a chance to discuss their biggest hopes, fears, dreams and thoughts. My favourite thing to do with kids is simply listen to them, because they aren’t limited in what they will tell you by what they think you might want to hear. They simply tell you what’s on their mind and it’s beautiful.

    The current generation aged 4-18 right now is known as ‘Generation Z’. According to research, globally there are 2 billion of them, and they are known as

    the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever…They are the up-agers, with influence beyond their years. They are the tweens, the teens, the youth and young adults of our global society. They are the early adopters, the brand influencers, the social media drivers, the pop-culture leaders. They comprise nearly 2 billion people globally, and they don’t just represent the future, they’re creating it.”

    This generation is consistently being told by society, media, their families and each other that they can take on the world. That it is just waiting for them to step up and change it, and that they have the power to do so. And they believe it. Children of today don’t just watch things happen, they make things happen. Take ‘planking’, for example. One person, one time, decided it was funny to lie on something precarious, and before we knew it, planking was a fad, and every young person was trying to find something more precarious than the last to lie on and upload it to Youtube/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat. Say what you want about the ‘bubble wrapped’ generation – the kids of today know how to make things happen. They are the ‘movers and the shakers’ of culture today.

    Consider the impact of that fact. A lot of people will look at Generation Z and write them off as ‘reckless’ young people (YOLO) who have ‘no regard for authority’ and are ‘entitled’ and ‘spend all their time looking at screens’. But they are so much more than this. These kids, on average, actually do use technology up to 10 hours a day. They average over 5 billion searches on google 4 billion on youtube each day. These kids are connected, and aware, and involved. It is estimated that 1 in 2 Generation Z kids will have a university education in their life time, work 17 jobs and live in 15 homes. They are a generation of ‘try and see for ourselves’ and have emphasis on the ‘why and how’ of processes in their world, rather than the ‘what’. They are a generation ready to take on any cause they are passionate about, and WE are the ones called to help them see what is worthy of that passion.

    The leaders and influencers of Generation Z have a big job. God calls those who lead to ‘train up’ and ‘instruct’ the children in our lives. If this generation is truly going to rise up and change the world – if they really are the most connected, educated and sophisticated of all generations so far- then we need to be equipping them for what lies ahead. And the best way to do that is with the Gospel. The children of our world are showing us they are ready to stand for what they believe in – so what are we teaching them to believe?

    We need to be intentional about equipping the young people of this world about the Gospel. About it’s power, God’s grace, Jesus radical ways and His passionate love and grace. These are the things that Generation Z can hold on to and use their connections to share. If we are intentional about equipping children with the Gospel of Christ now – then the influence they have on this world will be for Jesus. Imagine the impact they could have on the world if they knew that this world is not about them – but about Jesus, and that their cause is to spread His gospel, and His grace. The time to start showing them is now. We need to show children that the only cause truly worth ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ about is Jesus Christ. If the children of this world truly do have the power to change it – then lets see it changed so that it is truly ‘on Earth as it is in Heaven’. Jesus taught radical changes when He came to earth, and equipping the generation of children today with these lessons can have an incredible impact on our world.

    Next time you have the chance to listen to a child tell you about the biggest thing in their week – take the time to invest in them by listening to what they have to say. When we show our interest in their lives and in their big moments, they will begin to trust us enough to listen to what we have to teach them. And when we teach them the Gospel and equip them with the gripping truth of the Gospel, we will really see the ‘movers and the shakers’ make their mark on this world for the better.All research and statistics courtesy of mccrindle.com.au and generationz.com.au
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    Footnotes: http://generationz.com.auGenerationZ.com.au is an initiative of McCrindle. Here at McCrindle we have a passion for making research and data accessible and user-friendly.

    Post date: 23/06/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi

  6. KidsHope Australia: Strength and Flex

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    Wendy Jarrott-Smith’s role with the KIDS HOPE AUS Mentoring Program, is to assist churches in building a quality partnership with their local school, in the provision of Mentors for vulnerable children. At the present time, there are nearly 400 school-church partnerships, under the umbrella of KIDS HOPE AUS, across Australia, with approximately 4000 children being mentored each week

    Anyone who has lived in a ‘pole house’, as our family did for five years, will tell you about ‘the flex’. ‘The flex’ can be quite disconcerting when you first experience it. You know in your head, that the long poles, which are so prominent in this type of architecture, are driven down into bedrock (often to a depth of three metres or so), providing not only a unique appearance, but a high degree of strength. However, while the poles’ fixture in the bedrock provides the ‘hidden’ strength to support the structure, the towering poles above the ground, also have another quality – ‘flex’. This is what provides the experience of ‘sway’ and what makes pole houses so perfect for withstanding cyclonic winds. Cyclone-rated houses need to have just the right balance of strength and flexibility. If their construction is too rigid, they will fall heavily; and if too flimsy, they will literally be blown apart.

    How like life this is.
    How do we prepare for the storms of life which are thrown at us? More than that, how do we help the children, whom we minister to in our communities, to be ready to face all that life throws at them? For many of these precious children in our children’s clubs and Boy’s Brigades; Sunday Schools and R. E. classes; Children’s camps and KIDS HOPE AUS Programs…….everyday life may be like living inside a cyclone. Some have been forced to grow up too quickly, to witness violence and anger. Some may have been bullied, or have had to face circumstances which have left them feeling helpless and alone. Some may have become bitter and hardened by experiencing abuse or knowing what it feels like to be unwanted. Life has truly buffeted them.
    So how do we help these precious young people in our communities and churches, to be resilient in the face of all of this?

    We can build their ‘strength’ by:

    • Being a trustworthy adult in their lives
    • Listening attentively to them, and praying for their specific needs
    • Explicitly describing to them the strength and qualities we see in them
    • Taking care to remember facts about their lives that are important to them
    • Giving them the opportunity to have choices

    We can build their ‘flexibility’ by:

    • Reminding children they have options in how they respond to negative situations
    • Helping them see how YOU may handle difficulties or failure
    • Providing opportunities to take risks or to be courageous
    • Developing humour and positivity in our relationship with them
    • Giving them opportunities to make ‘real’ contributions to someone else

    One of my favourite quotes about parenting, which equally applies to our ministry with children, says,
    “The most precious gift we can give to our children is roots and wings”.
    No matter the ‘what’ or the ‘where’ of our ministry to children, those of us called to walk a little of life’s journey with them, can also give children roots and wings………and strength and flex……. as week to week we pray for them; be Jesus’ hands and feet to them; and spend time with them, helping them to stand strong through the storms of their world.
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    Footnotes: http://www.worldvision.com.au/kidshopeWendy Jarrott-Smith’s role with the KIDS HOPE AUS Mentoring Program, is to assist churches in building a quality partnership with their local school, in the provision of Mentors for vulnerable children. At the present time, there are nearly 400 school-church partnerships, under the umbrella of KIDS HOPE AUS, across Australia, with approximately 4000 children being mentored each week.
    For more information about this vital work please contact Wendy on:
    0428 566 638 or wendy.jarrott-smith@worldvision.com.au or go to

    Post date: 16/06/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi

  7. Ministry Focus: Brigades in Our Communities

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    Dr Wess Stafford, former president and CEO of Compassion International writes in his book Too Small To Ignore, “No matter what the setting [of society], children seem to be a second rate mandate…

    Dr Wess Stafford, former president and CEO of Compassion International writes in his book Too Small To Ignore, “No matter what the setting [of society], children seem to be a second rate mandate. No matter what the ill of society, it tends to downward spiral and eventually land with its cruellest and most smothering impact on our littlest citizens. Small, weak, helpless, innocent, vulnerable and trusting, they are waiting victims for our simple neglect and most evil abuse. No matter what goes wrong, the little ones pay the greatest price…Our most vunerable citizens have become the world’s most disposable commodity.” (Too Small To Ignore, 2005, page 3).

    Children are often left voiceless in our society. They rely on us, the adults of the world, to be their advocates. So often we do a terrible job of protecting them, and our ‘advocate’ status translates to nothing more than ‘child-minder’; someone baby-sitting the children until they grow into someone who can really ‘offer something’. But it is clear from Jesus example in the Gospels, and all throughout the Bible, that we are charged with being the ‘voice for the voiceless.” Followers of Jesus are to reach out to those who cannot speak up for themselves, and to fight for them.

    A few months ago I met with the state co-ordinators for Girls and Boys brigades. Both Girls’ and Boys’ brigades do an amazing job of reaching children of the community, investing in them and their families and training them to be influential Christ-followers in their own communities. Brigades across our state are gathering together in many shapes and forms to give fathers to the fatherless, mothers to the motherless, to build leadership skills and invest in children so that they know their worth isn’t in what society tells them, but in the love of Jesus Christ. I was encouraged to hear stories of boys without dads who came to brigade and now have godly men investing time into their lives and showing them what a good father can be like. There are stories of girls who have been bullied at school coming to brigades to find a place where it doesn’t matter what clothes they wear or how good they are at something, but find worth in knowing godly women want to spend time teaching them about Christ.

    Brigades of this state are doing a wonderful job of not just advocating for the importance of investing in young people in our society, but also reaching the community in a tangible and effective way so that churches have a way they can connect with families and build meaningful relationships with them. I was so encouraged by meeting with these passionate leaders of brigades that I asked them to share some of their experiences so that you too could see the difference they are making. Below is a story from Glenda Brooks, the state co-ordinator for Girl’s Brigade.

    “During the first week of January, 145 girls and 50 leaders from all over Australia congregated at the Currumundi Campsite on the Sunshine Coast. The theme for the week was “Rise, Shine for your Light has come.” from Isaiah 60:1. As part of the activities for the week, the girls were challenged in the “Shine” sessions by Chaplain Jess Currie to rise, shine and let the Light take over the dark areas of their lives.

    At least ten girls made first time commitments and for many the comment was “I have not been walking very close to God but this week has re-awakened my desire to get close to Him again.” Girls’ Brigade is a ministry within seventeen Baptist Churches around Queensland.”

    If you or your church is involved with Girls’ and/or Boys’ Brigade, be encouraged that what you are doing is not out-dated or unimportant. You have a real and exciting opportunity to invest in the children of our society and to teach them about Christ and the worth they have in Him, in a way that truly shows Jesus’ love. I hope that this article encourages you as much as meeting with these leaders encouraged me, and that you are led to pray for, invest in and partner with those who are reaching the marginalised in our society. It’s what Jesus did, and it’s what we are called to do. (Luke 19:9-10)
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    Post date: 14/05/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi

  8. What is “fruit that will last” ?

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    A question I am often asked about children’s ministry is “what program do you use for your ministry?”. 

    As the end of the year comes up quickly I am already looking at what programs are available for 2014. There is a smorgasbord of children’s ministry programs available, all fun, vibrant and informative. The choice is tough, because I want to choose one that is equally as fun as it is engaging with the Bible. I want kids who attend our church to know that Jesus is King and Saviour- but I also want them to have fun while they learn. There are so many programs available, I find myself asking what makes one program better than the rest; which would “grow more fruit” than the others.

    But what does it mean to have children ‘grow fruit’? How do you measure the spiritual ‘fruit’ of a child? How do you know when the lesson you’ve taught them has sunk from head to heart? James 2:17 tells us that faith without works is dead. When children start to use their hands to demonstrate what they know in their heart, then we can see real ‘fruit’. But what is this ‘fruit’? Is it love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, as in Galatians chapter 5? Is it telling others about Jesus like He says in John 15? How do we know that what we are teaching will last?

    Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Yet statistics in Australia are telling us that once a child becomes an adolescent, they are much less likely to stay at church, and more often than not, leave church altogether. So what is this ‘fruit’ that will last and what do we teach that they ‘will not depart from it,’?

    While many children’s programs and lessons are vibrant, fun and informative, we often unintentionally measure their ‘fruit’ or effectiveness by how much Bible knowledge or moral conscience children have. But knowledge of how many colours in the rainbow in the story of Noah is not enough. Knowing the difference between a ‘whale’ and a ‘big fish’ in the story of Jonah is helpful, but not life-changing. Even memorizing Bible verses each week is ineffective if children have no idea why they are learning them. In a world where children know that there are ten commandments, but don’t know why God’s people were given them, and when children know that Zaccheus was short but not that Jesus forgave his sins, faith becomes little more than head knowledge. In that world, blessings become ‘gold stars’ that God ‘gives’ to ‘good people’ and sin is something that only ‘bad people’ do. There is no need for Jesus in that world – and that is not what we desire. In fact, we desire the opposite.

    We want children to know God. We want them to know that he made the rainbow as a promise to Noah, because God is good and His glory is magnificent. We want children to know that Jonah was swallowed by a ‘big fish’ in an act of undeserved grace by our loving heavenly Father. We want them to know the Bible. But more than that, we want them to know Jesus. Personally and authentically, for themselves. We want to see kids bringing their friends to church because they want them to hear about God’s love. We want to see kids praying for their world because they see the need for Jesus around them. We want to see them worshipping God in song because they are overwhelmed with the grace He has shown them. This is the fruit we strive for. Whether we talk about the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit in Galatians or the ‘fruit’ that is telling people about Jesus, children will only move from head-knowledge to heart-felt action when they are moved by God’s Holy Spirit.

    We are blessed to be able to partner with Him in this ministry. We get to see the Holy Spirit grow ‘fruit’ in children when we cease to try to do it ourselves with only programs. The best way we can make a real difference in the lives of children is to be like Him ourselves. Our love for Jesus should be so obvious in our ministry to children that they want it for themselves. If we want to see children grow ‘fruit’ and have faith that will last – it needs to start in our own lives.

    -If we want to see children passionate for Jesus Christ, we need to be passionate for Jesus Christ. (Be an example)
    -If we want to see children telling others about God’s love, we must tell others about God’s love. (Be an example)
    -If we want to see children praying to their Heavenly Father in all circumstances, first, guess what? We must pray often and with them! (Be an example)

    Fruit that will last stems from a heartfelt passion for Jesus – and that overflows into others’ lives. Children will want to tell their friends about Jesus love when they experience it for themselves. They won’t want to memorise bible verses to win prizes, they’ll be doing it so they can tell their friends at school. Our programs and intentions can be wonderful, but if they aren’t pointing kids directly to the source of the wonder, they aren’t worth the time it takes to photocopy. We need children transformed by Jesus’ love, and they will see this love when we show them what it looks like.
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    Post date: 16/04/2014Post Author: Sally Contessi