While Kids Ministry is now having Sunday morning activities at the church, we understand that there are some families who are not able to join us in-person. We want to stay connected to our families and continue discipling all our kids, regardless of whether they are here at The Heights or at home.
Each week, those of you joining us online can watch Kids Ministry live on our FACEBOOK PAGE Sundays at 9:30 AM. During this Livestream, kids will have the opportunity to worship and listen to Bible lessons from our wonderful staff and volunteers. We will also continue to have our Bible Review Activities and GodTime Devotionals posted to our blog as well as the church app.
An urgent call to parents
64% of 18–29 year-olds who grew up in church drop out as an adult after having been active as a child or teen (see Barna research). Statistics like these have led to further research into the reasons for this high number of church drop outs among youth and young adults and into what is happening in the Christian homes to develop faith in children. The author Timothy Jones investigated how involved parents were in the discipleship of their children and concludes that “parents have disengaged from the cosmic battle for the souls of the rising generation” (Jones, Timothy P., Family ministry field guide, how church can equip parents to make disciples. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011, 29).
Parents are the primary disciple makers of their children. God instructs parents to teach their kids about Him: “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:7). The idea is that parents should be discipling their kids daily through various activities. Ephesians 6:4 instructs fathers to bring their children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”. The principle of passing on the faith from one generation to another is also presented in Psalm 78:5-6: “For He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children.” 2 Timothy 1:5 & 3:15 presents the example of Timothy who had been taught the Scriptures by his mother and grandmother since infancy.
We want to help you
Parenthood is a sacred call, but it is also hard. That is why we want to come alongside you as Kids at The Heights to equip and encourage you on this journey. One of the ways we want to do this is through this weekly parent equipping blog.
Our mission statement for this blog:
The Kids at The Heights blog is where parents find biblical, practical advice on parenting. Our goal is to help you grow as a disciple maker in your home.
Each week, a member of our Kids Ministry staff will write on a specific subject related to Christian parenting and suggest resources you can consult on this subject. We will try to keep it short, because we know how busy you are as a parent. Each blog post will end with a challenge for our parents.
Our prayer for you is “now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).
If you have specific subjects you would like us to write about, please email us at [email protected].
Published on Jul 26 @ 1:27 PM CDT