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Kid's Happening July 2017

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Hello Church Family,

Everybody say Ya, ya, ya, ya, yes, to the love of VBS! For those of you that were singing this while you read it… well, I would have to say that you are someone that has been heavily involved with our VBS this year or in years past.  And for that, I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for investing in our children and for giving of your time and energy. I know you must be exhausted but Oh how rewarding it is to see those faces light up as they sing, play, and hear of the love of Jesus. We are so very blessed to have the opportunity to host Vacation Bible School at our church. So many churches have declining numbers in attendance and have ended their programs. This isn’t the case at Oakhill!  Thank you Jesus for parents that send their children and volunteers that invest in the young generation!

      I read an article that spoke to me about this young generation and what our part needs to be for them. It was wrote by Tony Souder called Prayer Changes Generations and reads;  Do you ever think about whether the kids in your church will still be following Jesus five years from now? How about 10?  Some research indicates young people are steadily migrating away from God and the church.  A study conducted by Sticky Faith shows that 40 to 50 percent of kids from healthy youth groups and families will drift away from God and the church after high school.

       These statistics seem overwhelming. But there's good news, too.  A recurring theme in research indicates that young people who do stay connected to church and flourish in their faith after high school have had multiple Christian adults intentionally investing in their lives.  That means it's up to us to be brave and ask ourselves. “What is my role in God’s plan for the next generation?” Psalm 145:4: “Let each  generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power.”  Prayer is a way to initiate relationships across generational lines while also creating a bond that’s supernatural and lasting.  One of the greatest benefits churches experience when they establish an intentional prayer plan is that they become stronger and more relationally connected.

       This month I would like to ask our church to start praying for our children that are going to Kids Camp. I will have bracelets at the welcome desk with children and leaders names on them that are attending camp.  When you commit to take a bracelet, be intentional with prayer.  These people will need prayer for changed hearts, safety, healing, and so much more.  Lets start to be a church that is intentional with changing this generation through prayer and relationships!

MAY 2017 KIDS HAPPENINGS

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Hello Church Family,


Mark 9:35: “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 10:45, Jesus said: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Scripture shows that we are called to serve and to put others before us. I pray that we don’t come to church to be served or arrive to ask, “what does this church have to offer me and my family”, but instead we come to church with an attitude of, “where can I be the hands and feet and make a difference in the life of the church.” When we choose to be obedient to Gods commands for us, we will have much to gain. 

As our children’s ministry is working towards a new format starting in August. We will have many opportunities for everyone to be involved that has a heart for children. I, along with our current teachers, am excited about the new experience our children will have on Sunday mornings. We know that it takes commitment from our congregation to say that they will serve our children and their families by teaching, assisting, or helping with music. This isn’t something that will happen on its own. It takes each person to search their heart and decide if they would be willing to sacrifice their time and commit to serving our church. If you are interested in knowing more about ways you can plug in and help in our children’s ministry please contact me. I would love to talk about the exciting opportunities for you and for our children starting in August. Please refer to the needs below to help understand what we are working towards this summer.  Thank you for allowing me to love on your children.

God Bless,

April Sharp 

 

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