Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in training and instruction of the Lord. - Ephesians 6:4
As a parent, I find much comfort in the fact that the Bible offers truth and guidance in how to raise my children. While I fall short daily (even hourly) of what I should be doing, I do know from the pages of Scripture what the ultimate example of a loving parent looks like. But even with prayer and Scripture, I often find that I still need more to figure out how to do life as a parent. I don’t think I’m alone in this feeling.
That’s why I am excited to tell you that as a church, we are responding to the call to be that resource. St. Barnabas is a place where your children can experience love and respect but also learn the value of community, Biblical truth and compassion. We want to be a place that has options for all children from the infants who need a quiet room to young school kids who need a better way to engage in worship to teenagers seeking honest answers. We now have an opportunity to meet each of their needs.
On Sunday, August 28, you are invited to service at 10 am with a potluck to follow to learn all the details of our new Youth and Children’s Ministry plans. To give you a hint, here are a few highlights:
- Starting September 11, children ages Kindergarten through 5th grade will have their own children’s programming during the service.
- We will introduce our new Youth Ministers for our Youth group for students in 6th – 12th grade plus announce plans for the coming year.
But that’s not everything!!! To learn all the details, please be there on Sunday, August 28th and make a commitment for yourself and your children to make weekly worship a priority. The parenting struggle is real but we don’t have to do it alone. Let the St. Barnabas family be a loving source of encouragement and truth in your world.