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Family Ministries Pastor Travis Cross - Celebrating Children

Here is something that Bob Allen sent to me. It is on a laminated card in the pews at another church with the heading “Celebrating Children” at the top. I absolutely love it and wanted to share it with you (with a couple of changes)!

To the parents of our young children, may we suggest:

Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome!
(Of course this made Bob and I think of our Wiggle Worship that our Preschoolers attend every week!)

Sit where it is easy for your little ones to see and hear what is going on. They tire of seeing the back of others’ heads!

Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the Pastor, Ushers, Choir, etc. to your child.

Sing and encourage your child to sing and participate in the service. Children learn behaviors by copying you.
It is ok to have some activities for your child to do during the service. Coloring pages, books, etc. are fine! The children can still hear the Word of God while they are doing other things!

If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back! As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”

To the members of our church:

The presence of children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our congregation is growing! Please welcome our children and their parents.

Give a smile of encouragement or even better offer to sit with and get to know the children and their parents!

Remember that the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way they respond to the church, to God, and to the Gospel. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship!

You never know what kind of impact you can have on a young child or the parents of children if you smile, say a kind word, or love on them! Be Jesus to them! Please remember to pray for all of the children and parents as they work to finish up with school! Pray for a fun and safe summer for everyone!


I pray that you had a wonderful Easter celebration! We need to celebrate the risen Lord every day of the year! I am also thankful for a restful spring break. Now it is time to get busy on summer plans! Contrary to popular belief, pastors do not only work on Sundays! Ha ha! Summer is one of our busiest times of the year!
May will be a full month of activities. Here are some highlights from Family Ministries:

May 6: Our last night of AWANA called AWANApalooza! We will have Store Night, cotton candy, sno cones, inflatables, and popcorn in the gym! If you want to help out please let me know
(244-2975, ext. 111, email).

May 13: Family Dedication Service! This is a time when our parents can dedicate not only their children to the Lord but also their entire family! If you want to participate, please sign up by May 7.

May 16: Our last night of KREED for this semester! I have LOVED teaching our children on Wednesday nights!

May 23: AWANA Awards Night! Come help us celebrate the kids and their hard work at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary!

May 30: The Talk in the Student Center! If you have children/youth and want help in having “the talk” with them, please plan to join us at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Aaron will lead.

June kicks off our summer schedule! Here are some highlights:

June 3: Appreciation Luncheon for Good News Club workers!
June 8 - 9 will be our 2nd Grade Camp in Newport, TN!
June 19 - 22 will be our Children’s Camp for 3rd - 6th graders in Newport, TN!

June 24 - 27 will be our GAME ON! VBS each evening from 6:00 – 8:30!
Help is needed, so let me know if you wish to volunteer!

Please pray for all of these events as well as the rest of our summer activities coming up in July and August. You will hear more about those in the next newsletter.

I am so thankful for a church that loves children! I was privileged to baptize 7 children on Easter Sunday – praise the Lord! Thank you, ERBC for giving money to support our children/family ministry and for welcoming children and families to our church! Thank you for volunteering in our children’s ministry areas and for loving on our families and children!





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