By Robbie Castleman
Here are some helpful tips as you parent in the pew:
- Explain your expectations for your child’s behavior at church. Tell him or her how you want them to behave, participate, etc. Remind him/her of this throughout the week.
- Begin talking about going to church early in the week. Speak enthusiastically and remind your child that worship is one of the most important activities that we do all week.
- Make sure that you and your child get plenty of rest on Saturday night.
- Allow your child to choose his/her outfit for Sunday and explain that it is important to make sure that we get our clothes ready the night before. Don’t forget to select your shoes, socks or other accessories and lay them out in a special place.
- Make sure that your child eats breakfast before coming to church. Remember: an empty stomach has no ears!
- Before the worship service begins, take your child to the restroom and/or water fountain.
- Choose a seat where your child can see who is speaking, singing, etc. Sit on the side and close to the front if possible.
- Allow your child to get his/her own bulletin. Read it together as you anticipate the service.
- Be ready to explain to your child the different elements of the worship service and why we do these. Remember: your child may not have experienced this situation before.
- When the Worship Pastor is leading the congregation in a song, you and your child should be singing with everyone else. When the Worship Pastor tells everyone to stand you and your child should stand and sing. Teach your child the importance of worship.
- If your child becomes disruptive during the service, take them out and explain to them that his/her behavior is not appropriate. Return to the service as soon as possible to let your child know that misbehaving is not a free ticket home.
- Praise and thank your child for positive behavior.
Being the structured person that I am I like to give things themes and titles. As I have spent time serving on staff at Second, I have been trying to figure out the main thing I want to focus on this year. After much thinking and praying, it was revealed to me what our theme should be in the Children’s Ministry this year. It became pretty obvious to me since I am new to Second and still getting to know people. The theme that I want us to focus on this year in the Children’s Ministry is “Building Relationships”. Building Relationships is so vital to our Christian lives for two reasons: We are called to live in fellowship and we are called to share our faith.
- “They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 God created each one of us to live in fellowship and build community. It is important for Christians to be surrounded by a solid community that will encourage them, teach them, pray for them, and hold them accountable. Here at Second we offer different ways for people to build that type of community with different types of groups and activities.
- “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 Building relationships gives Christians opportunities to share their faith and disciple believers. Christians cannot truly minister to people until we build trusting relationships. Discipleship is a process that requires building relationships. All Christians are called to make disciples; therefore, all Christians have to build relationships.
As we journey through this year together, I want to challenge you, our kids, and myself to focus on building relationships inside and outside the church. There are still many of you at Second that I do not know, but I am excited to get to know you and hear your story. Lets reach out to people and build a solid community here at Second and in the community of Arkadelphia. Build Relationships!
-Jacob Jenkins, Children’s Pastor
I wanted you guys to be aware of some events that we have this Fall so you can mark your calendars.
- September 9 – October 28: Eight weeks of Worship Arts
- October 4: National Bring your Bible to School day
- October 31: Lotta
- November 21: Thanksgiving Break (No Wednesday Night Activities
- December 12: Jingle Jam Family Christmas Celebration (Last Wednesday of the Semester)
- January 16: Wednesday night activities resume