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Sep
20
2019
Friday, September 20 2019
Kingdom Kids

There was a time in our history that we had three nurseries full of babies and preschoolers. There was a time when we took twenty plus youth to summer conferences. There’s no way of knowing exactly what the future holds, but that’s not where we are right now. Does that mean children and youth have no place at Broadus? Absolutely not. Our ministry to children focuses on Kingdom Kids, a mid-week program that we’ve offered for about fifteen years. It’s a program for children in grades K-5th, but occasionally we’ve slipped a four-year old in there with their older sibling. Kingdom Kids includes children whose families regularly attend Broadus, but also children who live in Wilton Farm, a neighborhood just a half-mile away. They are our neighbors, and we look for ways throughout the year to welcome them into our church family.

Wednesday evenings, Mr. Mike and Ms. Nancy take the bus to Wilton Farm to pick up children who are eager to come to Broadus. They’re happy to come not just because of the meal that is being prepared for them by Mr. Dan and his kitchen crew, but because they are going to be welcomed by people who are truly happy to see them. After dinner, they have a time of learning and worshipping together. They’re on a four-year curriculum rotation: Journey with Jesus – the life of Jesus, Rock-Solid Followers – the early church and Paul, Fruits of the Spirit, and Parable Quest – the parables of Jesus. They hear stories, sing, complete activities, and do crafts that relate to the topic of the night. From the beginning the goal has been to help these children understand that God loves them and that He wants them to love Him, love their neighbors, and love themselves. We want them to understand what that looks like so we make sure that the children treat each other and their leaders respectfully.  

                                                                       


A number of years ago, the then principal of Stony Point Elementary School emailed me to ask at what time we were having our children’s Christmas pageant. She wanted to come because she had been in the cafeteria that day and overheard some of her students talking about being wise men and shepherds and angels. When she asked about it, they told her all about what they were doing at Kingdom Kids that night.  What happens here on Wednesday evenings goes home and goes to school with our children. It doesn’t matter if we have twenty kids in our program or five, what we’re doing matters in their lives. That’s why we’re here. To make a difference for Christ.

                                                                      

Kingdom Kids might be the centerpiece of our children’s program, but we see “our” kids at lots of other times. Movie nights, Trunk or Treat, Children’s Easter Celebration, special outings, Hearts and Hands (our Vacation Bible School alternative), and Back-to-School Night. Over the years, we’ve developed relationships with their families and are able to welcome them to activities as well. Some of the families have joined us in worship on Sunday too, but that was never the goal of this ministry. It’s not about getting people to “join” the church. It’s about being the presence of Christ to our neighbors and about helping to usher in His kingdom on earth. When our Kingdom Kids sing their songs for us (frequently accompanied by lots of motion), when they tell us what they’ve learned in the year, when they pack shoeboxes for children who are in need, and make Valentine’s for our homebound members, we know that we are doing exactly what God wants us to do in this time and in this place. We’re taking care of the children He has placed in our care. 

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