by Phil Miller–
Two years ago, when our church put an end to Sunday morning children’s education, we never intended to quit nurturing our children spiritually. The Sunday evening program has taken on immense importance as the primary occasion for our children’s faith formation.
If you’re not currently raising young children at home (been there and done that already, or never had the privilege), please consider stepping forward to work with our younger children (up through 5th grade). We need at least six adults from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the first and third Sundays. We need your name by Labor Day to announce it at our September 15th Harvest Dinner. Your first regular evening program will be on October 20th. Between September 15th and October 20th, we’ll help you, along with your partners, the other volunteers, get geared up with planned activities.
In a somewhat different context, Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Luke 10:2) Plentiful? When you work with young children, even half a dozen may seem quite plentiful! We have the potential to have a dozen or more on any Sunday. Perhaps you’ll think of this work more as “sowing” than as “harvesting.” Often, you’ll think of it as “weeding!” But sometimes you’ll instantly see the difference your love and insights make in the life of a young girl or boy.
Proverbs 22:6 reminds us, “Train up children in the right way, and when they are old, they will not stray.” Please help make a life-long difference in the life of some child you get to know. Because not only will parents thank you, and not only will the rest of our church thank you, but years from now, as they find their way, those kids will speak of you with warm gratitude.