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Children’s Ministry Curriculum Kick-Off
By Gina Weare
October 11, 2018
This past Sunday was a fantastic weekend in Children’s Ministry. We launched the new curriculum, To the Ends of the Earth, amid sounds of airport traffic, a ‘security check point,’ and snacks from our “Grace Airlines” stewardesses.
Thanks to the creativity of our amazing CM volunteers, our building was transformed into an airport terminal with a check-in desk, boarding passes for each child, and a passport photo booth.
Each year, a group of our Grace Church volunteers prays and works together to create a unique curriculum that will teach our kids the truth of Scripture. This newest curriculum is designed to teach our kids about God’s love for them, for the community of believers, and for those who are not yet Jesus’ disciples. During each unit, we will also explore God’s love for the nations and introduce the kids to an unreached or least-reached people group somewhere in the world. These people groups generally have little to no knowledge of Jesus or the price he has paid for their souls. This year we want to give the kids a vision of what it looks like to be an ambassador to people like this… all the way to the ends of the earth!
I make it my ambition to preach the Gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation. Romans 15:20
The process of writing this year’s curriculum started by revising and updating a previous set of curriculum materials, but took on a new emphasis as our volunteers felt led to also include a focus on spreading the gospel to the nations. Alex, a five6 volunteer, said, “Through this process I learned how each of us is gifted uniquely. Seeing these gifts come together on a team that felt so unified in love, support, and encouragement showed me all the more how much God blesses the work of a people (not just a person) that is serving him.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the activities come alive!” said Lil’ Church volunteer Allison. “There are some great ideas in here that I think bring reality of the lives of the unreached to our kids. While there are many fun things for them to do, I’m hoping they will also come away with more knowledge of the unreached peoples and their many needs, the greatest of which is their need for the gospel.”