For most families with children, the new school year has already begun. Children, equipped with a plethora of school supplies, have made their way to meet new teachers and students (unless, of course, they are schooled at home) commencing another year of studies.
At Camelback we are gearing up for the new year as well. We have been bringing new teachers and helpers into the ministry. Training sessions are planned and will be taking place over the next few weeks. We’ve evaluated curriculum and other aspects of the ministry and will introduce some new things as well.
Our hearts’ desire is to effectively minister to children (and their parents) in line with our mission: as a “Family on a Mission for the Glory of God” we extend the love of Jesus to every child that they might find renewal in Him. We so want to surround increasing numbers of children with the love of Christ so that they might find real life in Him.
Sometimes in the busyness of life, we attend to those things that scream for our attention but neglect other things that may be even more important than those things crying out. One of those things is our children’s spiritual education. It doesn’t tend to be one of the “urgent” things vying for our attention, but in truth it may be the most important.
As you enter the new year with your child please consider the following suggestions so that the urgent doesn’t crowd out the important.
- Plan time in your schedule to read the Word and pray with your children regularly. And don’t neglect those non-scheduled times. Redeem them by pointing your children to their Creator and Savior.
- Commit to regular attendance of Children’s ministries. Don’t let other activities crowd out the opportunity for your child to receive a solid foundation in their faith.
- Use Children’s ministries not only to help your child grow in faith, but also to help them learn to reach out to others. Encourage your child to pray for unsaved friends and invite them to join them at church on Sundays and LOGOS Kids Club on Wednesdays.
- Pray consistently for your child’s developing faith. Feel free to use the prayer tools provided on the children’s website.
- Take advantage of equipping opportunities for parents. Attend the Foundations class and Baptism class. Access the resources (periodic blog and other tools) on the children’s website in the parent’s section.
- Offer to help out in Children’s Ministries. If that is not possible, be sure to confer regularly with your child’s teachers to see what they are learning about your child’s growth in Christ.
May the Lord bless each of you as you fulfill your high calling as parents.
Children’s Website: www.camelbackkids.com
Written by Ron Elwardt - Website
Ron Elwardt moved to Phoenix from Wisconsin (Go Packers! Go Badgers!) with his wife Ruth and daughters Megan and Becca in 1989. Recently celebrating his 25th year of ministry at Camelback Bible Church, Pastor Ron currently serves as Pastor of Families and Children. “That I may know Him [Christ] and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to His death.” – Philippians 3:10