This Sunday, September 10 is an important Sunday in the life of our church at the church on the hill. We will be celebrating Promotion Sunday related to our children’s ministry which involves our acknowledging our children promoting from one Sunday School Class into another, into or out of our Children’s Church ministry and/or into our youth ministry. We are committed to nurturing all of God’s children in God’s Word and to helping them experience the love of God so they can make a commitment of faith to follow Jesus. In other words, we want to support you in giving God’s children a strong foundation of faith.
Along these lines, just this past weekend I was talking with my grandfather, and he shared with me how grateful he was that his father brought he and his 9 siblings to church on a weekly basis growing up because the church truly helped him know and grow in Jesus. I started to think about how grateful I am for that as well because his growing up in church helped give my grandfather a strong foundation that enabled him to respond to God’s grace in his own life. He not only committed his life to follow Jesus, but he also responded to a call to preach. My grandfather and grandmother then did the same for their own family by bringing their 3 children to church weekly so they too grew up with a strong foundation of faith. My father therefore gave his life to Jesus and eventually responded to a call to preach at a young age. I am especially grateful for that because it meant that my parents then did the same for my brothers and me in raising us in church and giving us a strong foundation of faith. I am now a 3rd generation pastor and most importantly a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. My wife and I are now committed to giving our 2 children a strong foundation of faith.
Parents, grandparents and families, I urge you to give the gift to your children that I have received, the most important gift we can give because it is a gift of eternal significance. Give your children the gift of a strong foundation of faith. The church is here to help you in the great work you do in leading your children in love and helping them experience the love of God. We want to help you nurture your children in the faith, and we want to help you grow and be nurtured in your own faith as well. We have classes for ALL AGES, children, youth and adults. Once again, THIS SUNDAY IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO START TO CHURCH AS A FAMILY.
You are ALWAYS welcome at the church on the hill!