Deuteronomy 6 is such a bedrock text in our church and family. We believe that raising children in the faith is about a culture of the home; a culture that hopefully will be defined by talking to God and about God all the time. Once a year at Mercy Hill we have an event that helps to catalyze that culture. Kids Week for us is an all-in/all hands on deck event in the life of our church. During this week we pour the love of Jesus into the kids of church and community at warp speed. For Mercy Hill, discipleship is all about family. We say that discipleship begins and ends in the home. So for us discipleship is not an event; however, events can be a major part of discipleship. During this week our kids will learn so much and hopefully have their desires for the church fanned into a flame. This in turn will give parents so much to build on, ask about, and work through at home.
Mercy Hill, the opportunity we have for kingdom growth during Kids Week is great. We do really need all hands on deck. There are so many ways to be involved with Kids Week through things like prayer, set design, donating supplies, and volunteering. I hope you will see this opportunity for what it is: a chance to see the love of Jesus grow in the hearts of our little ones. Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 19:14 that his desire is for the children to come to Him. Our prayer is that you would be moved to be involved.
Here are four ways you can be a part of Kids Week:
1. Bring your kids, your neighbor’s kids, and your neighbor’s friend’s kids
If you haven’t already signed up for Kids Week, do it right now by clicking here! Next, invite families you’re connected with (and even those that you’re not) to join us. Encourage your kids to invite their friends and classmates so that they might come and learn about Jesus with them.
2. Join a Kids Week team
There are opportunities for anyone and everyone to be a part of Kids Week. Be a leader in our snack station, work on the Design and Prep team, join the ranks of our security team, or lead a small group of kids throughout the week—every pair of hands helps us to accomplish our goal of sharing the gospel with excellence!
3. Donate supplies
In Kids Ministry, Dixie Cups and Goldfish make the world go ‘round. Donate a box of some needed supplies to help keep Kids Week a free opportunity for our families! The full donation list can be found here, and all items can be dropped off in the Kids Lobby during a service time.
4. Pray like crazy
Pray that God would use our teams to share Christ clearly and effectively with the kids who join us. Pray that the Holy Spirit would move in the games we play and the lessons we dive into, providing gospel conversations and decisions to follow Jesus. Finally, pray that our team leaders would have the energy and patience to care for their teams well and be bold in sharing their faith with these children.
-Andrew Hopper (Lead Pastor)