One of the goals for our church is to have growing children’s and young people’s ministries. Servant's Church takes seriously its responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children and young people entrusted to our care (our Safeguarding Policy is always available to be viewed).
We believe that children and young people are the church of tomorrow and today. Therefore, it’s our desire to assist and equip parents in their responsibility of raising their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Children and Ministry
Children's Ministry is about two things: Children and ministry. This sounds straight forward enough until you stop and think about how confused we get about children and ministry. In an effort to keep confusion to a minimum, let’s briefly look at each of these aspects.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth” Psalm 127:3-4
When the Bible calls children a “heritage” it literally means “a gift that is to be passed on.” In other words, children are a gift that keeps on giving. God presents them to parents so that the parents might present them to the world as His representatives. Children are not "decorations" meant to make our lives "fuller". They are individual personalities created by God whose unique gifts and callings will not be fully realised apart from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The scripture clearly teaches that it is the parents' responsibility to impart these values to their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:4).
Like skilled warriors, parents need to shoot their arrows straight. No children's ministry can nor should replace the parent's responsibility for spiritually training their child(ren). We believe that Children's Ministry should not replace but assist parents with this God given responsibility.
We believe what children receive from their church-experience today, is what they'll expect their church experience to be tomorrow. Therefore, children need to be a priority of God's people today if we have any hope of their making God's people a priority tomorrow.
“But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 19:14
Someone once said, "Ministry is doing whatever it takes to remove the barriers between God and man." This is the attitude we want to take with children's ministry. God wants a relationship with anyone who is willing to come to Him through Jesus Christ regardless of their age. Therefore, by God's grace, we want remove as many obstacles as possible between these little ones and their Creator.
The following are some of the obstacles we are attempting to remove:
Adult-oriented worship: We purposely have a separate children's ministry to give them an opportunity to learn about and respond to God at an age-appropriate level. We are not trying to entertain the children but to teach them Truth in an authentic and entertaining manner.
Spiritually malnourished parents: This is another purpose behind age appropriate worship. It gives the parents an opportunity to seek God knowing He has provided excellent care for the children. We believe parents need un-distracted time to study God's Word, worship God's person and serve God's people if they are to be equipped for the task of parenting. This also frees us to apply the scriptures to an adult audience without worrying that our children will be exposed to issues they are not yet ready to handle.
Inappropriate adult input: The old adage is true: Actions speak louder than words. Therefore our goal is to have Children's ministry workers who know how to act not just how to teach. We believe God wants to love children through us. Therefore, we desire to foster a safe, warm, structured, stimulating environment that reflects this. It's our goal that everyone who is involved in Children's ministry be "thoroughly equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:17).
We believe God wants His Church full of children: Children who mature in their relationships with God and man but never outgrow a childlike faith.
As Jesus said,"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it" Mark 10:15