Do you try to do everything WITH THE KIDS?
Don’t be selfish. Mom and dad want to experience the love of Christ as the body of Christ with their child, too. Sometimes they could use a suggestion.Sometimes that’s all you need to do as a leader. Invite families to do something.
Do you know how your church participates in missions?
Encourage your children and families to become involved in those things that already exist.
- You’ll foster community within your congregation by working together.
- You’ll have built in help. Ask a ministry leader/participant to join you for the children’s activity.
- And you’ll create traditions. Everyone (not just the children, but their families, too) appreciate knowing that “we do this at this time every year – or month.”
A group of men at Church of the Apostles participates in a prison ministry called Kairos and they need cookies for their weekend. All I do is make this announcement to our families –
Bring ziplock bags of homemade cookies for prisoners.
And things like the following happen at home. Here’s an excerpt from an article written by one of our moms.
– from 11/2009
My younger son loves being good.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that he is good all the time. It’s just that he likes the idea of being good, he likes the way being good makes him feel, and he likes for other people to think of him as a good boy.
Actually, the more I think about it, he’s not so different from the rest of us.
We all like to think of ourselves as good. We like the way being good makes us feel, and we like for other people to think of us as good, too.
Of course, as Christians, we understand that isn’t really true.
We’re not good, in and of ourselves. And any goodness we have in our lives is purely a gift of God’s grace.
Recently, through a prison ministry called Kairos, I was given a beautiful opportunity to talk with my 6-year-old son about grace in a way he could understand.
You see, Kairos is, on the surface, a fairly simple ministry.
Kairos is an interdenominational Christian prison ministry that tells the story of God’s unconditional love and forgiveness through letters and cookies. Letters and cookies are something that everyone can understand, especially a little boy.
After his Sunday School class spent the morning preparing cookies and writing letters, my son came to me and said, “We’re making cookies for prisoners!”
“Oh, wow! What a neat thing to do,” I said.
“Well, we’re making them for prisoners, but I think it’s only for the good ones. You know, the ones that didn’t really do anything bad, but the police just put them in jail by accident.”
“No, honey. These cookies are for prisoners who really did do something bad. Some of them probably did some really, really, really bad things. But the cookies are to show them God loves them.”
“But if they did something bad, then they shouldn’t get cookies, right?”
“Well, no. Remember how Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins? That was for everybody. All they have to do is ask for forgiveness, even if they are in jail. And that’s what these cookies will show them.”
And this simple, life-changing truth is what the people at Kairos share with inmates all the time. And, for so many inmates, Kairos is their first real exposure to the love of Christ.