Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Jesus in the Bathroom: A Blog About Kid's Ministry
I always was a fan of Kid's Ministry.
It wasn't until recently that I became a believer in Kid's Ministry.
The impression of Kid's Min I had over the years was spiritual babysitting but with better snacks. Following our services I always like to check in with our volunteers to see if the kids had fun, but then I started to receive feedback about the kid's having more than just fun, they really love the bible lessons; love Jesus.
As a church planter I knew we needed to have something for kids, I didn't realize it could change their life.
Last week this revelation really came to fruition.
We have been featuring The Circle Maker, by Mark Batterson with our volunteer team during our service planning meetings, watching the DVD and reading the book as a team.
The Circle Maker has inspired my prayer life and our team. No other book has redefined my approach to prayer like this one, and it has been encouraging to see what God has done with Batterson's church from the early stages in a school to the transition to the theater with 7 campus across Washington DC.
Last week I was engergized by Mark's prayer walk around Front St and Union Station in DC to do a prayer walk of my own around the community center grounds where VCC meets.
I took my two year old son and we started to walk.
When we reached the front of the community center he started to pull my hand to go inside and said repeatedly, "Net's house! Net's House!"
"Net" is one of our head Kid's Min volunteers, her name is actually Lynnette. I always have confidence in her and know that she does a great job with kids; however this gave me a whole new perspective when I heard my son call VCC, "Net's House."
One of the most telling quotes from Orange a conference that focuses on Kid's Ministry was,
“What you do with kids now will have a profound impact on how they define church later.”
As a kid we all have that family member or neighbor whose house was cool and fun; where everyone wanted to hang out. For my son and other kids VCC is that place.
Another comment I heard last week that made me tear up and crack up was from a post on our Facebook page from Sarah, a mom who attends VCC...
"So today we came home from church and my son told me " Jesus loves us mommy" I replied with "yes your right he does". He continued on to ask me who Jesus was and I wasn't really sure how to give an answer to a 4 year old that he would understand. My reply was "Jesus watches over us and is with us all the time". He wanted to know if Jesus was here right now and I said yes. Now he has been coming to me all day telling me that Jesus is over our house, and so far he's been on the couch, in Cason's room, in the shower and peeing in our toilet LOL!!"
I love it!
I love that at such a young age my son and other kids at VCC can have special connection to church, and that is because of people like "Net."
I love having a great Kid's Ministry not just for kids to have fun,
but for them to love a great God.