Children are a blessing from the Lord. With these blessings also come responsibilities. As stewards of God’s children, parents are responsible for helping children grow physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. Churches have a responsibility toward children, too. We want to provide an environment in which children are safe, are taught at an age-appropriate level, and are encouraged to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.
We minister to the spiritual needs of our children through a children’s ministry program. The need for this program is evident in that many young people reach adulthood and decide not to follow Christ because they had not been prepared to accept him as their Saviour. One reason for this is that some churches do not have an effective ministry to children — do not have a program to help them receive Jesus into their lives.
Mission statement of children’s ministry.
The goal of children’s ministry is to lead children toward knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. To achieve this goal, we emphasize the following five areas:
- Formal instruction, such as courses in children’s church classes.
- Informal instruction: activities such as summer sports programs, and in the emotional atmosphere involved in all activities.
- Service opportunities: children and volunteers become involved in serving the community and church members.
- Adult Christian examples: children will learn by seeing. Children see how adults interact with each other, and how they can relate to God.
- Service and support for the parents. By offering children weekly religious instruction, we also ask parents to participate fully in the adult worship service.