4 Things We Still Need from You for Kids Week

We can’t believe Kids Week is less than a week away! The pool noodles, Goldfish, and name tags are all getting put in place as we are expecting hundreds of kids to join us for a great week learning about the Magnificent One. You definitely don’t want to miss the kids’ trip to Tumbleweed Town during Kids Week 2017! If you haven’t gotten involved yet, here are the next steps for you:

1. Register your Child

There’s still room for your kids at Kids Week! Registering kids, team members, and checking out our donations list can all be done at http://mercyhillgso.com/kidsweek

2. Sign up to Serve

With so many kids, our team can always add more members! From parking cars to leading a group, every day is an opportunity to share the gospel with families. Even if you can’t be there all four days, we would love to have you join our team for Kids Week! Register to serve at http://mercyhillgso.com/kidsweek

3. Sign up to Donate

Hundreds of kids means thousands of Goldfish! The donations we make help Kids Week to be so successful! The biggest items we could use are Goldfish and water balloons. A full list of needed items can be found at mercyhillgso.com/kidsweek. For any and all donations, simply drop them off in the Kids Space at our worship services.

4. PRAY!

If God doesn’t move, then Kids Week is really just a fun event. But, we desire for it to be so much more as we know it can be a catalyst for a child coming to faith and being baptized. We know specific families who are now growing at Mercy Hill because they first joined us at Kids Week. We ask that you would pray that God would move in the hearts of kids, families, and team members, and that we would see life change that can be traced back to Kids Week 2017!

-Brant Gordon (Kids Ministry Director)

 

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All Hands on Deck! 4 Ways to Get Involved with Kids Week

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)

Never Fear; We Have To Get Those Kids Here

Wow—Kids Week! Such an exciting time! I feel like folks think of vacation bible school (VBS) as another summer camp to keep their kids happy and entertained during the long summer days. And that is true in many ways. It’s a break, and we feel good that they are hearing about Jesus and getting snacks and playing games and running around getting their wiggles out so they’ll be quieter when they get home. But, there are so many more amazing and important things involved in Kids Week! I think it’s really important for us to remember, as we approach summer and Kids Week in particular, that it’s not about us and wearing our kids out and getting a break; it’s an opportunity to share Jesus and the incredible gift that was given to us through Him. It’s also a really great opportunity to encourage our kids to share that gift. I think there is no better way to get a kid to Kids Week, who knows nothing about church or Jesus or Christianity, than to hear about how amazing it is from another kid! They hear about the awesome snacks, fun games, and silly songs, and they’re hooked. (It’s even better if they have a card to give to their parent).  

Your Kids Have Gospel Potential

Our kids can be gospel givers, encouragers in Jesus, and sharers of his love! That’s a huge deal. We need to encourage and empower our children to understand that they are capable of changing a person’s entire life through Jesus. We can do that through praying for chances to talk to folks, praying for very specific people, and being willing to step out in faith. He gives us the power and boldness to share with our friends. Kids Week is that perfect opportunity.  

Generally, our kids are much bolder than us anyway. I sometimes cringe at the idea of asking someone about whether they go to church or have a relationship with Jesus. Our kids, though, will ask just about anything—really anything. And while that can be utterly embarrassing from time to time, I love that we can embolden them to ask their friends about Jesus, ask about church, and invite their friends to Kids Week who have never heard about any of it. I promise you that even though we live in the Bible Belt, there are loads of kids out there whose parents grew up in church and say they “believe in God,” and their children have no idea what God is about. Those parents don’t realize how much their children are missing. We can make the difference for them.

Don’t Fear Using Kids Week for Mission

Let’s pray with our kids that we, as parents, and they, as kids, will both have an incredible opportunity to invite folks to Kids Week. We parents can offer other parents that break that we initially think of, by taking their kids off their hands for a few hours in the morning for that week. We can offer to drive their kid to and from Kids Week—I mean, who can pass that up? We can make lunch dates with those kids and their parent after the activities of the day are done. We can get to know them better and allow the child to share what they’ve learned and the parent to see and experience the beauty of community within our church. Those things go a long way. They bring people in, both parents and kids! They see how we live differently and why.  

I love to see children encouraging children; being concerned about each other’s eternity. When a child starts to understand that this world is not about them, and they start taking action, it is truly incredible and glorifying to the Lord. Let’s help our children be life changers through Jesus. Come to Kids Week and bring all your friends!

Kari Wehe (A Mercy Hill Mom)

Grown-up Week: How Kids Week Can Be More About Adults Than You Think

Have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope? I remember as a kid looking through the tube of the kaleidoscope with it pointed at the sun and seeing how beautiful all the colors and shapes were. I also learned that if you look through the wrong end of the tube, you don’t see any of the colors or shapes. It’s the same way with a telescope. Look through the right end and see the Milky Way (not the candy); look through the wrong end and see nothing. That is a big difference!

This summer we have an event that you can look at two ways: Kids Week. Kids Week is Kids Ministry on overload! Imagine hundreds of kids, for four days, going through activities, worship, and teaching of the gospel. This week is an opportunity for children who may have never heard about Jesus to experience his truth for the first time. Just as many of us heard the message of Christ clearly for the first time at a camp or church retreat, we hope that Kids Week is a turning point in faith for any kid who will walk through our doors.

Unlike Trix, Kids Week Is Not Just for Kids

However, Kids Week is not just for kids. Each year hundreds of people volunteer their time at Kids Week to make an impact for the Kingdom in kids’ lives. The funny thing is, often the volunteers are the ones who are impacted the most! Kids are great teachers for us and a vital part of the church. From the one that breaks down because they got cut in line (be honest, we get mad about this too), to the one that sings every song as loud as they can and completely off-pitch (also us), kids teach us so much. Humility, anger, teachability, and selfishness are all seen in kids and all too difficult to see in ourselves. Being around kids reminds us of our need for the gospel as we help them see their need for Christ as well. Ultimately, Kids Week is an opportunity for discipleship and growth, for both the kids attending and those of us who get to lead them.

Back to the Kaleidoscope

We learned above that we have to look through both sides of the kaleidoscope to pick the right one. Let’s challenge ourselves to see an opportunity like Kids Week through the right lens.

Parents, you might be tempted to see Kids Week as a sweet, free babysitting deal—a chance to drop off the kiddos and jam out to Taylor Swift in your mini-van on the way to Target (even you dads, don’t think we can’t see you).

But here’s how we see it looking through the right side of the kaleidoscope: as a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime chance to step into the lives of children walking onto one of our campuses in need of the message of Jesus. We treat Kids Week like a short-term mission trip for those who are jumping into the trenches with us—trenches filled with Elmer’s glue and lots of bubbles—because we are called on to use our gifting and talents and passions to see lost people reached for the sake of Christ. This is how children, families, communities, and entire cities can be changed and redeemed, through the body of Christ stepping up and stepping out to share Jesus.

The Deets (i.e. The Details)

Come join our team on June 20-23rd from 9am-12pm for Kids Week 2017, at both our Regional and Clifton Road locations. We cannot wait see the gospel being taught and lived out with kids for four life-changing days. More than likely, the days will be more life-changing for you than for them.

You can sign up to serve at Kids Week by clicking here. Select the campus you attend, and then scroll down to the “Volunteers Needed!” section. Simply click on the yellow button to let our kids team know you’re interested in volunteering. Thank you!

-Brant Gordon (1 Year Ministry Resident)

What Could Mercy Hill Possibly Do With 600 Pool Noodles?

It’s coming. 600 pool noodles, 60 boxes of Goldfish, and 6 overly caffeinated Kids Team Staff can only mean one thing. Kids Week is almost here. This summer we are having an awesome 4-day Wild West adventure held from Tuesday, June 20th through Friday, June 23rd at BOTH campuses. Regional and Clifton will be simultaneously full with preschoolers and elementary students having the times of their lives from 9:00am to noon. Our entire event is created by the Mercy Hill Staff; so, there is nothing else quite like it in town. We do not want to give away too many secrets, but we can tell you that our kids will be interacting with the gospel with their hands, feet, and hearts through incredible games and activities. Let’s just say, pool noodles are not just for the pool, and we may or may not be exploding toothpaste.

You should definitely clear your summer schedule so your family can take part in Kids Week. It is an incredible opportunity to pour into and disciple the next generation of gospel presenters. Do not get misled by the name. Kids Week is an event for the entire family. We have 5th and 6th graders who will run the General Store, 7th through 12th graders who will lead a gold panning adventure, and college students who will rock the whole shebang. Watching different generations come together to further the gospel is a great picture of the church.

We want you to be there. Be on the lookout for registration and information about getting involved. There are many chances to go to the beach or bike riding in the mountains, but there’s only one Kids Week!

-Jeremy Dager (Age-based Ministries Pastor)

Mommy Fails

When I was eleven years old, I told my mother, to her face, all of the parenting mistakes she was making. This came about after the egregious injustice of my youngest sibling not getting disciplined for breaking something and my older sibling refusing to play with me. My mother just smiled and told me she was sure, when I was older, I would parent perfectly. In my passive aggressive, brooding mind, I thought, “Challenge accepted!”

Flash forward a decade and a half. I am on the phone almost in tears telling my mother that my two year old is covered in flour because he dumped an entire bag on the floor, and my one year old took his diaper off during a nap, and now there is a fecal Picasso on my nursery walls. My mother is laughing on the other end of the phone, and I finally realize parenting is not for the faint of heart.

It was always easy for me to look at other parents and point out everything I thought they were doing incorrectly. Then, I ended up with kids who bite, scream, hit, run away, watch tv, throw food. Where were the kids who were supposed to say, “Yes, Mommy. Whatever you say.” As it turns out, I fail at parenting—a lot. My expectations for kids who obey in public, houses that are perfectly clean, healthy home cooked meals, and an always peaceful home went right out the window. Sometimes the only way to not feel completely discouraged was to talk to other moms who, amazingly enough, did not have it all together either. Here are some of my favorite mommy fail stories from mothers I admire.

Poopy Days

“My daughter was struggling with being potty trained around 4 yrs old, so her pediatrician told us to use a half-cup of MiraLAX in her cup. I wasn’t feeling well and prepped her cups late one evening. She was old enough to get her own cups out of the fridge. The next day, she couldn’t stop going and said “Mommy, this poop just keeps coming. I can’t do anything.” I quickly checked the fridge and realized she had drank ALL 6 cups which each had the DAILY amount. Needless to say, we had a couple poopy days.” -Dawn

Fashion Faux Pas

“When my daughter was little, she got something sticky stuck in her hair. She was hiding under her bed and wouldn’t come out. I asked her what happened, and she explained how “it” got stuck and how she tried to get it out, and it kept getting “badder.” Out crawls a little, long haired blonde who looked scared, and when she turned to face me, she had no hair on the left side above her ear. I laughed, and she cried. Oops!

Fast forward to this morning, and my teenage daughter came into the kitchen wearing black and white converse tennies, and the black and white dress she wore to her brothers wedding. I laughed and asked, “Are you wearing that to school?”  My bad again. Then I had to ask forgiveness and remind her I am not fashion oriented! Still learning, I need to hold my tongue and laughter.” -Karen

4th Child

“I wasn’t worried when I had my son. He is my 4th. I’ve got this. Easy. We talk, he talks, it’s all good. One day, when he was  4 years old, I say to the little guy across the counter from me, “What would you like for lunch?” His answer: “I want the round bread with white butter with waves.” Looks like I  forgot to give this one his words. I handed him a bagel with cream cheese and told him what it was.” -Jenny

School Pictures Gone Wrong

“I went to work early one morning and didn’t give any clothing directions because it never really mattered. I found out later that day that it was picture day at preschool, and I got the proofs back with my son being the only one in a t-shirt and unfixed hair. It’s comical now, but at the time, I felt like it was a huge fail!” – Lindsey

In our failures, God’s grace shines brightly. We are imperfect moms raising imperfect kids. When you are surrounded by the “Perfect Moms of Instagram” #KaleAndYoga, it can be really discouraging to look in the mirror and see “No Shower Mom of Paw Patrol” #NuggetsAndYogaPants. I am so grateful to live in a community of people that encourage and challenge me as I parent my kids without comparing or criticizing. As moms, we need as much support as we can get.

This summer, there is an opportunity to help some of the moms at Mercy Hill. Kids Week is June 20th-24th this year, but many of our working moms will be unable to drop their kids off or pick them up due to their schedules. If you have some working moms in your community group or in your neighborhood, consider helping them out by offering to take their kids to Kids Week. It’s an amazing opportunity for kids to hear the gospel, and we would hate for any of them to miss out. We don’t want to fail at this.

-Lauren Whitley (Kids Ministry Associate)

What’s Wrong With my Kids?

It’s 8:30pm on a Wednesday. I’ve been working hard all day and can’t wait for a moment of solitude. So, after his bath time, I let my toddler know it’s time to go upstairs for bedtime. Now, just to clarify, bedtime at our house is simply reading a Bible story, praying, and going to sleep. It’s definitely not torture! However, at hearing the word “bedtime,” my son immediately drops to the floor as if he just found out that the world has run out of M&Ms. He screams and wails, crying and shaking his fists, and all I can think of is how much I wish it could be my bedtime.

I’m sure we’ve all endured moments like these. Moments when, if we are honest, we wonder, “What is wrong with my kid?” Surely other people’s kids don’t act like this. Surely they have figured out a way for their kids to deal with things rationally and maturely. Surely not. The more I talk to parents, the more I see that this is a universal problem. From a toddler crying about bedtime to a teenager refusing to make curfew, there is something inherent that causes kids to think they know best. That something is simply called sin.

Little Sinners

So how do we deal with this sin problem in our kids? While there are a lot of different books, methods, and ideas on parenting, I believe Scripture is the best place to start. Deuteronomy 6:7 is clear about the priority of the Bible in the home. As Moses writes, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” What’s interesting about this verse is that it points out not just one time in which we are to teach our children the Bible, but a continuous process of doing so. In regards to this, Paul Tripp writes, “You must be committed as a parent to long-view parenting because change is a process and not an event”[1]. Parenting is not a single moment, but it is a process of pointing your kids towards the redemptive work of Christ in hope that they will place faith and grow in Him.

So what does this have to do with how I handle a toddler crying hysterically or a teenager showing disrespect? Everything. It teaches us that it is not about one moment in which we define the trajectory of our parenting. It is about the many moments like these that come every single week. The truth is that little moments add up to a big impact. When we view these moments as a small piece of the greater whole, we can avoid the tendency to get frustrated about the moment not going the way we would like and instead, see each moment as a connected step in raising our kids to follow Christ.

Actually, there is something wrong with your kids, and it’s the same thing that’s wrong with us. That is why we are called to continually point our kids to the truth of Scripture and use Scripture as a lens for which we make every parenting decision. This is not to say that our parenting will be perfect or that your kids won’t struggle with sin. While we can’t keep our kids from sinning, we can change the way we deal with it. So next time you think there’s something wrong with your kid, know that you’re right and think about how you can help them see their sin and see Christ who paid for it.

For more resources on parenting, including our weekly Kids Guide, check out our Family Resource Center here. We are also excited to be offering an Equip Seminar focused on Marriage and Family, which you can register for here.

– Brant Gordon (1 year Ministry Resident)

[1] Tripp, Paul Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Don’t Tell a Lame Story

In his book, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Reggie Joiner recounts the story of a father who was experiencing the difficulty of raising a rebellious 16-year-old girl. Exasperated in his attempts to try and correct the misaligned behavior, the father went to his pastor to seek out some advice. The father recounted his many attempts at disciplining his daughter and furthermore, reiterated his commitment to making sure she went to church each week.

Almost without hesitation, the pastor responded. He said to the weary father:

“I think what your daughter is doing is choosing a better story. . . We’re all designed to live inside a story. Your daughter was designed to play a role in a story. In the story she has chosen, there is risk, adventure, and pleasure. She is wanted and she is desired. In your story, she’s yelled at, she feels guilty, and she feels unwanted. She’s just choosing a story that is better than the one you’re providing. Plus, in the midst of placing her in an awful story, you make her go to church. So, you’re associating a bad, boring story with God, who has a great story. Don’t do that anymore. You have to tell a better story.”[1]

Parents, are you telling a better story to your kids than the many stories the world is selling? The reality is there is no better story than the one God tells about His infinite and unending love towards us. In Psalm 78 the Psalmist exhorts, “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done” (vs. 2-4).

The gospel and all of its implications create the most compelling story you can communicate to your child. So are you telling that story? How are you telling that story? What things have you set up in the rhythms of your life, in the habits of your family routine to see this story played out?

As you may know, we are in the midst of Serve Week. Serve Week at Mercy Hill is a strategic time to put the story of God’s love on display. Serving others puts you and your family at the center of God’s story as you fulfill His mission together. It gives your kids a chance to roll up their sleeves, get messy, lift something heavy, do something for someone in need, feel purpose, and build new relationships. There are several opportunities for your family to serve together over the next six months: we have another serve week on May 14-20 and a Serve Saturday on July 29. So, start planning to get your family involved today! Check out this link for some info on the areas in which we are involved: http://mercyhillgso.com/localmissions/

-Jeremy Dager (Age-based Ministry Pastor)

[1] http://orangeblogs.org/orangeleaders/2015/11/09/the-power-of-a-bigger-story/

Five Points About Leaving a Legacy

Sometimes you can’t help but just laugh. The other day, on my way to take my daughter to school, we stopped at a red light next to a gentleman who had clearly just missed his turn. He was a bit frantic and trying desperately to figure out how to correct his mistake. He immediately put the car in reverse and attempted to back up to reposition his car. There was one thing, however, he failed to do: look back. As my daughter and I sat in the car yelling in vain, this fine man backed straight into the car behind him. No one was hurt and to be honest both cars didn’t really seem to be damaged at all, but it did give the two of us a little chuckle to start the day.

As we drove off I thought, how hard would it have been to simply look behind you? Why did he not just look back? Looking back is a big deal, obviously when you’re driving, but it matters too for life in general. This is what a legacy is all about. When we look back at our life what will we see? Two weeks ago, we explored the legacy of a biblical character named Gideon in the book of Judges. We saw glimpses of hope followed by mountains of disappointment. It sparked in me the thought of my own legacy: What wake am I leaving in the water for my children to see? What affect will my life now have on my grandchildren then? How will my intentionality in life today affect the people that I work with and that God has entrusted under my care tomorrow?

Here are a few, hopefully, practical ways to think about the legacy that we want to leave. Write them down, pray over them, and talk them over with a spouse or a friend.

1. Your legacy includes successes and failures.

I love the brutal honesty and genuineness of the Apostle Paul who said that he himself was the worst of all sinners (1 Tim 1:15). Paul’s life was filled with many commendable things that were worth following (1 Cor 11:1). And yet he was OK allowing his failures to be on display as well. It is a good thing to allow our successes, which point to God’s grace in our lives, to be on display. And yet our failures too can provide an invaluable lesson and add to our legacy.

2. Your legacy is never too late to start.

If you still have life left in you, you still have a legacy left to leave. The Bible says that God’s love never fails and his mercies are new every morning (Lam 3:22-23). Whether your children are older or you now have grandchildren, God’s love and mercy is at work in you as a follower of Jesus. Seize the opportunities you have to ask for forgiveness or seek reconciliation. May your legacy be that God’s grace is never done working.

3. Your legacy is never too early to start.

On the flip-side there are those too busy with all of life’s pleasures and pursuits to even give thought to our legacy. Unfortunately, our legacy begins far before we ever give thought about a legacy. Paul commends his disciple Timothy not to let others look down on him because of his youth (1 Tim 4:12). Paul understands that even at an early age we have much to give because God has given us much. If you’re in high school or college, you are already building your legacy. If you have yet to get married or have kids you are right now building the foundation of your legacy.

4. Your legacy is not about you.

Often where we get tripped up is making our legacy about us. Movies are made, books are written, documentaries are created to commemorate the legacy of people. But the legacy of a Christian is really not about that Christian at all, it’s about the God who has worked to sustain that person for the entirety of his/her life. Like C.S. Lewis said, we are the rays and God is the sun. Our legacy should merely point others in the right direction, heavenward.

5. Your legacy has eternal consequences.

The story of Gideon really ends in tragedy. The Bible says in Judges 8:34 that after Gideon died, “[The Israelites] forgot the Lord their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.” We tend to be a bit nearsighted in life, forgetting that we live on the blip of the line of eternity. Our legacy will have eternal consequences. We will either be pointing others towards eternity with God or eternity without him. Make it count.

Parents, one immediate application is to join us on February 10th for our family worship night. There will be snacks, games, lots of music, and of course we’ll laugh a lot. You can also visit our family resource center every week for updated resources to lead your family in a devotional time.

-Jeremy Dager (Age-based Ministries Pastor)

Teaching Your Kids Generosity

Last week I came home from a white elephant Christmas party with one of those obnoxious, ball-popping push toys. My sons had one already, but I figured a second one would cut back on their sharing squabbles. I showed the popper to my two-year-old and said, “Look. Now you and your brother have two.” He looked at them, and then back at me, and said, “Me want three poppers.”

I could not believe it! After I could have chosen the oven mitts, candy, or board games, I decided to bring him home a gift, and he had the audacity to ask for more. This encounter just solidified my belief that gratefulness and, by extension, generosity, must be taught. My boys still have the “gimme that or I’ll bite you” mentality. With the Christmas season upon us, now is the perfect time to start encouraging a more loving posture.

Here are four things you can join me in doing with your families this Christmas to help the next generation learn generosity: 

1. Pray

Generosity stems from gratefulness. Encourage your kids to praise God with thankful hearts through prayer. In addition, this Sunday, our Mercy Hill Kids lobby will have a tree covered in white ornaments. Each one has an unreached people group that your family can be praying for. Please feel free to take one. Through Generous December, we hope to have the resources to help spread the gospel here in Greensboro and abroad. Let your kids enter into that prayer time throughout the week so they sense the importance.

2. Pack Up

Have your kids collect toys and clothes they do not need anymore to donate to World Relief, Goodwill, or the Greensboro Pregnancy Care Center. Try to encourage them to give up something they care about as well. It can be a good chance for them to feel the burden of sacrifice. Make sure you model this by giving up something yourself too!

3. Pennies

Let your family search under couch cushions and in the car for extra coins. Mercy Hill Kids has encouraged the kids to bring coins so they can take part in Generous December this year! They will have an opportunity to worship God through giving in a friendly penny war this Sunday.

4. Prepare

Sit your family down and explain why you are giving to Generous December. Because kids are very literal, try getting ten, one dollar bills and model the percentage that you are giving this year. Explain that you give generously because, through Christ, you have been treated generously. 

I hope this season will challenge us as we see God move in incredible ways! This is a great opportunity for the next generation to see that the gospel really does change everything. 

-Lauren Whitley (Kids Ministry Associate)