Children's Ministry Highlight from Beth Geesey, our Early Childhood Team Leader:
Planting Seeds of Faith in Early Childhood Together
True confession: When I went to Sunday School, my teacher always had a coloring sheet for us to color, she always read a Bible story, we always sang and prayed, and answering "Jesus" always seemed to be the 'right' answer. At least that's how I remember it.
So, where do coloring pages fit into the new vision of Children's Ministry: "Created and Loved to Discover, Wonder, Play and Grow"? The honest answer is...we're not sure.
Here's what we do know...we're acknowledging that one-year-olds eat crayons, that two-year-olds have a 2-minute attention span, that three-year-olds change dramatically in one year when it comes to their ability to self-regulate, and four-year-olds to pre-k is a HUGE age range developmentally.
We're developing simple routines in each of our classrooms. We're telling the Bible story using the KidStory method, and we're sticking with the same story for two weeks in a row. We want to stay in a story, explore it, wonder about it and play with it. We're learning new songs and finger plays that teach Bible verses so children can sing and remember them when they are at home, in the car and with their friends. We are looking for practical ways to encourage you as you nurture your child's spiritual development.
With us, it's never babysitting. When you see adults and youth on the floor playing with the children in the room, you are watching something amazing. God is in every room and in every back-and-forth exchange...changing them and changing us. If your child smiles, we smile. If it's important to them, it's important to us. We're sharing life together, and that's what being in the family of God is all about.
So, next time you pick up your little one, ask what made them smile? What was their favorite part of the morning? Encourage them to teach you the song they sang with their friends. We want to come alongside you and find new ways to plant seeds of faith together. Share your ideas with us, and tell us about the ways you encourage your child's faith in everyday routines.