2014 is here and I am excited about what is in store! I am looking forward to a great year of our kids connecting with each other, their families, and with Jesus. First, I want to say that four of us who are involved in children’s ministry here at Pearce went to a Children’s Pastor Conference in Orlando, FL the second week of January. We were with several thousand others who hold fast to the commitment of fine-tuning our skills and creating a networking system with each other. I am thankful for the opportunity to go, to learn, and to connect with others who want to see children grow in their faith journey with Jesus.
Please put the following dates on your calendar. They are milestones in the lives of our kids: the first is May 11, 2014. This is the youth baptism/membership Sunday. As we draw closer to this date, I am asking each young person who has a sense that God is calling them to be baptized and/or join the church in youth membership to fill out an information sheet with their testimony. Once I have the young person’s information/testimony sheet, they will be scheduled to have a meeting with one of the pastors.
If the young person is not ready to take these steps, I do not want them to feel pressured to do so. It is their journey with Jesus-some are ready now and some will be ready at another time in the future. On Wednesday, March 19, Pastor Wally will teach the 5th and 6th graders about Baptism and Communion. This is a great time of learning and an opportunity for the kids to connect with Pastor Wally.
The second date I need you to mark on your Calendars is July 14-18. This is our VBS week! This year’s theme is “Jungle Safari: Where Kids Explore the Nature of God!” The Bible verse theme is Psalm 86:9-12. More information will be coming soon. The director team has already starting meeting and planning.
Thanks for praying and marking these important dates on your calendars. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!