Children’s Ministry is NOT a Game! VBS Edition | June 3-6

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

(Matthew 18:3, ESV)
 
“To get to the parents, you have to first get the children.” That’s a common mindset many churches embrace in today’s church growth culture. So, to attract parents, some churches will go “all out” to build exciting kids’ programs and design attractive children’s spaces. After all, “if the kids like the church, then the parents will come.” But is this what children’s ministry is all about? Is children’s ministry just a game, a means to an end – getting parents to come to church? NO! Children’s ministry is a serious endeavor for the expansion of the kingdom and the glory of God. Children are individuals created in the image of God. Children have worth before God as human beings. And children, too, must hear the gospel, if they are to become true worshipers of God. Children’s ministry is not a game!
 
The Bible reminds us that “children are a heritage from the Lord” and that “the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). Jesus thanked the Father that He had hidden the truth “from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; . . . for such was your gracious will” (Matthew 11:25-26). When the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest in the kingdom, Jesus called a child to Himself and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4). 
 
When people brought their children to Jesus so that He may lay His hands on them, the disciples rebuked the parents, as if to say that Jesus’ time is too important for children. Yet Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:13-14). So, Jesus laid His hands on them and went away. It’s with this understanding in mind that Jesus said “whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:5-6).
 
Children’s ministry is not a game; it is a vital ministry of the local church. And children’s ministry is not a means to reach the parents, though we hope God will use children to bring their parents if they’re not believers. Children’s ministry is important and necessary if we are going to reach those spiritual orphans in our community whose parents are not followers of Christ. For these reasons, I rejoice with High Pointe’s desire to reach the children in our community with the gospel of Christ. May the Lord grant us favor as we seek to make Jesus known to all the children in our neighborhood through our children’s ministries.
 
In particular, I would ask you to pray for our Family Vacation Bible Schooltaking place June 3-6(Monday-Thursday), from 6-8:30 pm. Our theme this year is, “Who is God?” Pray that our neighbors would respond favorably to our efforts to let them know about VBS. Pray for our time sharing the story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration with the children during the week. And pray for our family night (June 6) when I will share the gospel of Jesus with all who are there. 
 
Finally, join this effort by buying a t-shirt, volunteering, bringing your children, and inviting the children of your unchurched friends and neighbors to come.  You may register your entire family for VBS or sign up to volunteer and/or bring snacks at this link:
 
 
Here are some of the needs we have:
 

Snack Items Donations

Please bring a snack. Lots of snacks!
 

Nursery Volunteers

Will you help us by volunteering in the nursery? Our nursery is open to care for the children of our volunteers. This is one way you can be a great blessing.
 

Family Night Volunteers

Family night is one of the most significant outreach events of the year. Many families will come to see their children share what they learned during the week. They will also stay around while their children play and eat. We need your help!
 
May the Lord grant us much fruitfulness this year during our Family Vacation Bible School!
 

Love,