Monday, August 17, 2009

Vacation Bible School and the importance of children's ministry

Last Thursday we wrapped up two very successful days of Vacation Bible School at Chain of Lakes. On the second day we had 16 children attend Bible School—many more than I expected or anticipated. Our adult leaders did a fantastic job of volunteering and helping.

Our success at Vacation Bible School just reminded me the importance of children in building a faith community. Most parents want ministries for their children—even parents who are not connected to a church. The more we can offer quality ministries for children the better chance we have of developing as faith communities

Our congregation in Plainview started to take off when we got serious about our youth and children’s ministry. Since the church building was located right across the street from the school it seemed natural to me to start an after-school ministry for children. After a lot of conversation we were able to start a Logos ministry. I still remember the first day of Logos in Plainview—eight children showed up. I remember thinking that we worked really hard for eight kids.

But over time that ministry grew. When I left Plainview this past February we had approximately 20 kids in elementary Logos and 20 in Junior & Senior High Logos.

That ministry played an important role in our Building Campaign. When the adults saw kids starting to come to the church building, they got much more serious about renovating the building. We couldn’t have accomplished our re-modeling without the Logos ministry.

Having such a successful Vacation Bible School just fueled my passion even more for Children’s Ministry at Chain of Lakes. Please pray for us as we discern the way to go about this! Don’t hesitate to share your ideas in the comments section of this blog.

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