Children Ministry

The objective of Children Ministry is to develop the faith of children ages' birth to 14. While Sunday School provides children with spiritual education once a week on Sunday, Children Ministry strives to provide multiple ministries at other times that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. Such multiple ministries include programs and activities organized throughout the year to nurture the spirituality of the children, train them for leadership, and help them reach out in service to others in the community.

Philosophy
The children whom we give birth to manifest the continuity of human existence in this world. The Bible makes it very clear that children are very special to God. If you examine what the Bible says about children, you will notice a great number of perspectives: Children are a gift from God. He gives children to parents as a special sign of love and personal fulfilment (Deut. 7:13; Ps. 127:3). Children bring joy and blessings to adults. God provides many benefits to parents through parenting their children (Num. 5:28; Deut. 28:4, 11). Children need to be taught how to develop a relationship with God. One of our greatest challenges is to pass on our beliefs and understanding of God to our children (Exod. 12:26, 37; Deut. 6:1-7; Prov. 22:6). Children are so valuable to God that He commands us to protect them. Parents are to ensure the spiritual and physical security of their children (1 Sam. 20:42; Ezra 8:21). God enjoys the nature and personality of children and asks adults to learn from them. Scripture identifies attributes such as sincerity, humility, simplicity, and trusting as qualities found in children, and God treasures These characteristics (Matt. 18:3; 19:14; Phil. 2:15). If children matter this much to God, then they should matter as much to us, too. It is vital that we take children seriously as the heritage of the Lord. Jesus great commission is: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19, 20, NIV). The future belongs to our children and this includes making disciples of children and leading them to make a personal commitment to Jesus.

Vision
The great commission is the calling to most Christian Churches and we are called to fulfil the Great Commission which is: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:19, 20, NIV). Therefore, our ministry vision is focused on how we will fulfil the Great Commission in children's ministries, and we believe such a vision will have 5 parts. "Teaching them": How will you teach today's children in a way that interests And motivates them to learn more on their own? How will you help them grow in faith? "To obey": How will you disciple the children and lead them to obedience and Service? How will they be inspired to teach others? "Go": How will you become aware and involved in today's child's world? How will you go to them? What is your plan of evangelism? "Make disciples": How will you attract the children and interest them in Jesus? "Baptizing them": How will you lead children to make a personal commitment To Jesus?

Goals
What is our primary goal? Is this program Christ centred? How many children do we want to reach? What programs will nurture the children cognitively, socially and spiritually in our church? Every Child's Ministry should consist of four main areas of programming. The key to strong spiritual growth in children is a balance of these four areas similar to the balance of nutrition in meals. Appetizers (non-threatening, just-for-fun activities that reach out to all children) Breads (opportunities for children to use their talents and interests in a low level commitment to Jesus and to the church), Vegetables (Bible studies that help children learn the basics of faith, and Meats (service opportunities that help children mature and develop leadership Skills).

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