Last night my three-year-old son was crying in bed, so I entered his room, wrapped my arms around him, told him he was safe and that “daddy was here.” Immediately, he tightly put his arms around me and held on with all his strength. In time, he relaxed his hold, grabbed his fluffy nigh-nigh (his blanket) and quietly rolled back over in bed. I’m not sure why he woke up and I’m not sure he even remembers it, but it was my privilege to be there when he needed me, even in the middle of the night.
The moment I decided to have children was the moment that I decided to be their protector, comforter, and spiritual leader. This is a 24/7 responsibility that God has given me and a responsibility I gladly accept. Being a parent or guardian of a child means we are to be their shepherd; sometimes that means we are to be their teacher, a corrector of sinful behavior or to be their protector. With that in mind, our children’s ministry is not just focused on the kids but is also focused on being a support to our families.
85% of those who become a follower of Christ do so between ages 4 & 14. Looking back, Family Church has a history of recognizing the importance of this fact and doing an amazing job at reaching children. We want to continue this legacy by moving forward with our stated vision that, “we want kids and their families to love Christ and build friendships that will last.”
“We want KIDS and their FAMILIES to love Christ.” We’re not just focusing in on kids, but we looking at the whole family. From the beginning of scripture, God makes it clear that he calls upon the family to be the spiritual leader of a child’s life.
Moses writes, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
On average, each year a child spends about 40 hours involved in church activities and about 3000 hours with their families. Since families spend more time with their child we want to partner with families, because we believe that when the church and the families work together, we will make a greater impact on a kid’s life than we ever would alone.
As we gear up for this year’s family events, I’m excited for the direction we are going. If you would like to join in on this adventure, then please send me an email, or sign up on our website. We look forward to having you be a part of our team.
– Pastor Paul Luna
Children and Family Pastor