This Sunday marks the kick-off of small groups – kids’ small groups, that is!
Did you know that over 100 kids are discipled each week as they meet in their small groups on Sundays to do all that the “grown ups” do in their small groups? They read the Scriptures, they ask the tough questions, they pray with and for one another, they grow in community and friendship with their peers, and, every now and then they do cool stuff like make a battery out of lemons or create an origami heart or play “Jonah, Jonah, Whale”. And, they do all of this under the leadership of nearly 30 adults in our congregation who invest in “their kids” on a weekly basis, allowing kids’ small group leaders to witness lives that are transformed — the kids’ and their own.
Leading kids really is a win-win situation. Our leaders get to do a slightly more in-depth study each week as they prepare to present the lesson. They get to pray for their kids. They get to see “ah-ha!” moments in the lives of kids. They get to laugh and be challenged and sometimes be graced by the wisdom of kids who can distill the truths of the Bible in ways that blow my mind. As our leaders shepherd our kids, they, too, are cared for by me. (It’s one of the highlights of my job!)
At Restoration, we take seriously the privilege of sharing with our kids God’s story of His amazing, never stopping, never giving up, always and forever rescuing love for each and every one of them. We desire for our kids to know these things:
God knows them. (Psalm 139:1-8)
He’s crazy about them. (John 3:16)
He goes with them everywhere. (Matthew 28:20)
Please pray for and encourage our kids’ small group leaders as they respond to God’s call to love and serve our kids.