Today on the blog we have a special post from our children's ministry director, Faith Brady. Read on to learn more about Cross Culture Kids and Faith's vision for the future!
Cross Culture Church’s mission is to be a church of great neighbors who display and declare the good news of Jesus Christ. We want to make sure we are not only focused on taking this both to our neighborhoods and to our homes. Our children’s ministry wants to unite families, not only together but in Christ. Our goals are to be invested in parents, so they will be invested in their children and to equip parents for the growth of their children beyond Sunday.
Family is so important at Cross Culture Church. We are a family of believers, and within that are families raising our precious children. Parenting is hard enough on its own, and Christian beliefs and values adds another dimension, especially in today’s world. My job as the children’s ministry director is to partner with, empower and equip parents to be strong spiritual leaders at home for their children. We need to ensure that we leave a legacy in Christ that comes from raising our children in Christ. Proverb 22:6 states, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it,” (NIV).
We believe in our mission so strongly that we have decided on a curriculum that encompasses our vision, partnering with parents to create a legacy for Christ. The curriculum will educate parents on their children’s learnings from Sunday and ways to incorporate it throughout the week.
Parents truly are the primary partner in their child’s faith development, and our job is to support them in their efforts. We see this in Deuteronomy 11:18-20, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates,” (NIV).
The church only has a child roughly 40 hours in a year; therefore, true transformation begins at home. Here are some simple faith-building activities you can do with your children:
- Pray daily with and for your children.
- Memorize one verse together as a family each week.
- Review Sunday school take-home papers. Do the activities together. Talk through the recommended discussion questions.
- Be with your children daily — talking, listening, and applying biblical truths to your lives and theirs.
- Read Scripture together. It doesn’t have to be much, but it has to be clear that God’s Word is an important resource and part of daily life.
I am so blessed to not only be part of the amazing family at Cross Culture Church, but also to have a direct impact in creating a legacy for Christ. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Faith@crossculturedenver.org.