Ahhhhh . . . It’s the scent of new pencils and new crayons and new curriculum notebooks! Yup. Kids’ Small Groups are starting up again. Gone are the worship bags. Gone are the fruit snacks. It’s time for our kids (and adults, too!) to get reengaged with one another, building relationships, becoming known, reading God’s word, becoming more like Him.
Children’s Ministry kicks off a new season on September 11 with joy and anticipation. We are excited to have wonderful kids’ small group leaders who are committed to our vision of growing our children closer to God by building relationships and modeling what it is to be a follower of Christ. Much of what our leaders do downstairs is get to know our kids. Talk to them. Pray for them. Teach them. Cheer for them. Have fun with them. We are still in need of a few leaders. I’d love to talk with you about that to see if leading a kids’ small group is the right fit for you at Restoration. Leave a comment below or find me at church on Sunday!
Here’s what our kids will be learning this year:
• Nursery and preschool – God is love and because He loves us, we can show His love to others.
• Kindergarten – 2nd Grade – As we look at the attributes of God, we will be challenged to consider our response to Him; a God who is worthy of our praise.
• 3rd-5th Grade – What is salvation by faith alone and what does it mean that we are transformed to look more like Jesus when we respond to His call to follow Him?
So, a new season also means new registration information, too. Every child – nursery through elementary school – needs to register for this school year. If your child is of nursery age (newborn to not yet 3), click here to register. If your child will be three by September 30, 2011, click here to register for preschool- and elementary-aged kids’ small groups .
We have the most fabulous team of leaders for the year – Ashley and Gaston Mooney, Tim and Carey Fenton, Rachel Hoppe, Nan Swift, Brent Jones, Susie Wallin, Patty Downie, Lawrie Gibson, Simon Gray, Lauren Breeden, Kelly Schumann, Kat Goetz, and maybe even YOU! Please pray for each of them by name as they prepare to commit their time and talent to growing our children.
Despite a new season, we have the same God who is merciful, gracious, and compassionate. His desire is for us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. . . . Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31) THAT is what we are teaching our children at Restoration.