It was the end of another Sunday School year, children came forward during the service to receive their certificates. We expressed our appreciation to a dedicated staff that nourished our children in the Biblical teachings and traditions of faith in Jesus Christ. The congregation was invited to join the children in signing their favorite chorus based on Joshua 1:9.
Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Over the years we have heard stories of the children (and some adults as well) singing this chorus at time in which they were afraid. Just one of these stories tells of having climbed to the top of a large water slide when courage failed one in the group. The cousins joined together to sing the familiar words of scripture affirmed in this chorus. With valor restored, they stepped onto the “boat” of the ride and were soon laughing and screaming with delight.
This may have been just an amusement ride but it was also an opportunity to put faith into practice knowing that God cares intimately about our daily lives. Jesus said that, “not one (sparrow) will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care …So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29b, 31 NIV
Sunday School begins again in September, but, there are still many opportunities for children and youth during this summer vacation. They are an active presence during regular worship throughout the year. They assist with the PowerPoint presentations, collect offerings and join in signing and prayer. They participate in recreational activities including trips to a Duck’s game and our annual church wide fishing trip out of Captree.
Children are important to God and they are important to us.
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