Children's Ministry in 2016

In the pursuit to remain faithful to the calling and will of God for our kids it is important to take time to reflect.  We reflect on where we have been and wherewe are going. 

God has been tremendously faithful with us and has given us many blessings in 2015.  Some of these blessings include: a successful second attempt at VBS, a Christmas program that honored the Lord and the church, and consistency within the ministry.  For these things we thank The Lord, and look ahead to 2016 and beyond.

Where is God leading us as a ministry?  We trust that He has already prepared a place for our kids to go, a place where He can grow and nurture them.  In faith we seek His will for our kids and desire that our hopes and dreamsare in step with His.

What about you?  Has God laid something on your heart for the kids of Calvary Chapel.  Feel free to comment on this post as we are all in this together.

Matt.

Less teachers, More Holy Spirit?

Hi everyone,

I think we would all agree that the Holy Spirit is an essential part of our children's spiritual upbringing and education.  How important do we think it is?  
Joel 2:28 says, ...I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions."

God has indeed sent forth His Spirit on the earth and it is being manifested in our young and old alike.  Are we seeing it in our children?  Do we wait for them to go to a weekend conference in order to get filled and then teach them what it means after?

Question- How much should we be teaching them in Sunday School?  What age?

 

As always, all questions and comments are appreciated.

 

Matt.
 

Strength of program or Divine strength?

Hey Calvary,

Just wondering to myself, is it more vital to a child to have godly programs around them, or to rely on the work of the Holy Spirit to convict and teach a child the way to go.

As it says in Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."

Programs are important and necessary, but without the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives it can lead to bitterness towards church or legalism. 

So, whats most important?  Programs or The Holy Spirit?  Let me know your thoughts.

Matt V.

 

What's the most effective teaching tool to a child?

Hey there, this is my first official post and I want to get the conversational ball rolling.  I will post from time to time about different topics that hopefully we can discuss together.  I am also interested in all of your question about anything Children's Ministry.

Question- Do kids learn better by what they are told, or by what they are shown?
How should this effect our strategies in teaching them in Children's Ministry?

I look forward to your feedback.

Matt.

Welcome to the Calvary Kids Round Table page!

This page is for parents, teachers, other volunteers and anyone else who wants to discuss how Children's Ministry is going at Calvary Chapel.  

My desire is that this would be a page that answers questions, spurs thoughtful discussion and ultimately helps to make our Children's Ministry the best it can be.

It says in Proverbs 1:5, "Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understandings obtain guidance".  

Let's feel free to engage in these discussions so that we can all learn and grow together!

I will be posting discussion questions from time to time so stay tuned.  To participate just hit "comment" at the bottom of every post.

Matt Vogt