Children’s Ministry Update
Throughout the year, our church takes part in many outreach projects, helping our neighbors in need right here in Athens as well as all around the world. We welcome and encourage our children’s involvment in these very important mission projects. At an early age, we teach our children the song, This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Our children have the light and love of Christ in them and are eager and very capable of sharing that light and love with others. In addition to our church-wide projects, the children also lead a few of their very own mission projects: Trick or Treating for UNICEF, “stuffing” Thornwell Turkey offering envelopes, and Vacation Bible School mission projects. In October, the children are going to begin a new, year-long mission project during Children’s Church – Heifer International’s Fill the Ark Program.
“The mission of Heifer International is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. Since 1944, Heifer has helped more than 22.6 million families in more than 125 countries move toward greater self-reliance through gifts of livestock and training in environmentally sound agriculture. The impact of each initial gift is multiplied as recipients agree to Pass on the Gift of one or more of their animal’s offspring, or the equivalent, to another in need.” www.heifer.org
So how are our children going to “Fill the Ark” and help communities in need? We will begin by learning in Children’s Church about the many animals that Heifer International sends around the world – chickens, cows, fish, goats, llamas, pigs, rabbits, sheep, water buffalo. Once the children have learned how each of these different animals provide food and resources to families, they will vote on the animal that they want to purchase and donate to a family in need. All children are invited to participate and can drop this special offering in our Noah’s Ark located in the Children’s Ministry Suite during Sunday School or in Children’s Church.
“A very important question currently facing our world is whether we can act quickly enough to save the Earth and its inhabitants. Noah faced a similar question thousands of years ago. In biblical times, the actions of people brought on God’s flood. Today, we are the ones who threaten to destroy God’s creation. Today’s flood takes the form of war, environmental destruction and massive poverty and hunger—all problems created by greed and injustice that can be remedied with compassionate action. God told Noah to build an ark and to take every kind of animal into it. To save the Earth for our children and future generations, we too must build an ark of refuge. As Noah drew upon faith and hope, so we must draw on faith and hope to build a future with no hunger and a healthy environment.” www.heifer.org
Natalie Bishop, Director of Children’s Ministries