Archive for February, 2013

Be Careful Not to Abort Your Children Emotionally!

Hospitality is an effective way to touch your children’s lives when you make your home a  place where your children and their friends want  to be. It is sad  today that many children are growing up in homes where parents are too busy, too distracted, and too emotionally absent  from their children to be involved  in their lives.  I listened to an excellent  sermon this week about child rearing. The pastor said, “Think of training your children as putting them into a home seminary. We should be appalled with aborting  the unborned,  but we should also be appalled with emotionally aborting  our own children. ”  This can easily happen to  children  whose parents serve  full-time  in the ministry.  Parents become so involved in ministry that they emotionally abort their own children for the sake of the ministry. 

What Children Need from a Parent

1. To be authentic and spiritually real with children. (II Timothy 1:5)
2. To model purity and to talk to children about remaining pure (Proverbs 2:15-19; Proverbs 22:14)
3. To never stop learning about parenting (Proverbs 8:33)
4. To bring children to Christ (Matthew 19:13,14)
2. To love them (Titus 2:4)
3. To train them up for God (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4)
4. To instruct them in God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:9; 11:19; Isaiah 38:19)
5. To tell them of the miraculous works of God (Exodus 10:2; Psalms 78:4)
6. To correct them (Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 23:13; 29:17; Hebrews 12:7)
7. To not provoke them (Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21)
8. To bless them (Genesis 48:15; Hebrews 11:20)
9. To provide for them (Job 42:15; 2 Corinthians 12:14; 1 Timothy 5:8)
10. To Pray for them (Lamentations 2:19)

 

Worship Service Etiquette for Children

Dress & Appearance

• Wear your nicest clothes on Sunday. If your clothes are modest and clean, that is your Sunday Best. Always try to wear your Sunday Best for the Lord on His special day.

Behavior During Church

• Sit quietly and keep your feet on floor at all times.

• Keep your hands to yourselves.

• Do not leave the worship service to go to the restroom or to get a drink of water.

• When the Pastor says, “Let’s pray,” You should bow your head and not talk during his prayer.

• Do not talk to people around you during music specials, prayers, or the pastor’s sermon. This is disrespectful toward God and rude toward other people who want to worship.

• Talk to God during the worship service through your prayers, your singing, and your offerings; talk to your friends after the worship service.

Language

• Always use respectful and kind language. That means you should only say nice things—never say anything rude or mean to others. You can express yourselves without using mean language.

Respect for Others & Property

• The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

• ASK PERMISSION FOR EVERYTHING.

• Our Pastor and teachers are servants of the Lord. Listen to them, obey them, and respect them as servants of the Lord.

• Greet the Pastor and other members in a respectful manner.  Shake their hands, look them in the eyes, and smile at them.

• Be polite in your conversation. Say thank you and you are welcome.

• Offer to help others. (Such as: opening doors for others, setting up chairs, sweeping floors, taking out trash)

• The Church belongs to the Lord. Do not damage or ruin anything inside or outside of the church. Do not go into classrooms to play when there is no adult present.

• Do not play around the pulpit area or play with microphones.

• The auditorium is a sacred place. You should show respect by not eating, drinking, or running in it.

• Do not play around the altar area. This is a sacred place where people talk to God.

How About Your Heart Campaign?

This is a Sunday school campaign that encourages Sunday school members to be faithful and to encourage them to invite visitors.

Directions for Campaign

1. Begin in January to make posters and place in various areas of the church that read Do Not Break the Heart of Christ–Be Faithful.

2. Campaign begins the last Sunday of January and goes through the end of February.

3. Prepare individual hearts for each Sunday school student to place on the wall. Divide hearts into five sections. Label each section according to your planned Sunday school lessons. Use your own criteria to plan lessons (Examples: Bible, Missions, Stewardship, Faithfulness, Salvation)

4. Prepare a large class heart the same way. If the class meets its goal, the individual class can place its piece on the class heart.

5. Each week of the campaign, have students place individual pieces on their wall hearts. If a student misses one Sunday, he can earn back a lost piece by bringing a visitor to Sunday school.

6. In the morning service, use the song How About Your Heart for theme song. (Song can be found on the internet)

7. You could develop this Sunday school promotion with your own ideas. Each Sunday school teacher could have a party for his class, if his class met its weekly goals.