As we near the end of another school term (wow, where did that one go??) I find myself once again thinking about how time just seems to fly by. I know as a parent with school aged kids, having the year broken up into weeks, terms and semesters, life just seems to move along so quickly. The end of a term is a good place to stop and reflect.
This term at Kidz church, we’ve spent time each week going back over what was learnt and discussed the previous week. And we’ve been encouraging children to commit scripture passages to heart.
Psalm 119 v 11 says “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” It’s our prayer that what our kids learn and experience of God at Kidz church goes deep into their hearts, and that it will stay with them their whole life. How powerful are the words of God! We want our kids to hold on to His truths, because although the world we live in changes, God never does. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Much of this term has been about looking at Jesus’ life on earth and how he humbled himself enough to serve others, even though he was The King. The kids have been discussing what it looks like to be a servant to others and in term 3 we will be living that message out as we participate in Operation Christmas Child. This mercy project gives our kids an opportunity to be a servant to others, kids they haven’t met, who have very little compared to us. This is an opportunity to instil compassion, mercy and generosity in our kids. As in previous years we ask you to partner with us by not only providing donations to go in the shoeboxes but by having conversations with your kids about loving others more than themselves, about what it means to be generous with what they have, and about showing God’s love to others.
For more info about the Operation Christmas child project you can have a look at the website. It has heaps of great ideas and amazing stories of lives changed because of a simple shoe box gift.