Reach A Child for Jesus
Editorial by Diane Gregg
I’ve had the privilege of holding a Children’s Ministries promotional Sabbath in every church in the Mountain View Conference (MVC). It has been a joy to meet the children and see them participate in the church service, and to become acquainted with those who work with the children.
I realize that some MVC churches do not have children attending, but Children’s Ministries encompasses more than just conducting a weekly Sabbath School. We have an obligation to reach the children within our “world” who do not know Jesus. This includes the children in our immediate and/or extended families, as well as the children living on our street. If we know their parents and they trust us, they will not have a problem sending their children to activities at church such as Vacation Bible School, Sabbath School or church services.
Church leaders should also consider hosting activities such as ice cream socials, pizza parties and family fun nights. Ambitious churches should consider a “Truth for Youth” evangelistic meeting, a children’s health expo or a “Rainbow Kids Club,” where children learn about nutrition and cook/eat foods from every color of the rainbow.
“Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the [children]. The Savior mingled with [them] as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me’” (The Ministry of Healing, p.143).
My prayer is that you take time for the children in your family, your church, and your community, and introduce them to the best Friend they will ever have—Jesus.