But basically Task #1 was to create a clean and functioning space for our kids to be taught about Jesus. I've been told many times to prioritise your family in ministry.
However, there were no other regular kids in our church. Just our kids. So we are at First Base for the kid's ministry. We went to church on February 8th and The Little Man came into the North Porch, was a little taken aback, and said:
Where are the other kids?My wife’s heart sank a little, but she responded wonderfully. She taught him to say:
We are work in progress.Here is how I am looking at it: we have this special moment in their lives. They may never have this opportunity again. The opportunity to teach them to be welcoming, with no one their age to welcome them. It's square one with the kids.
So, we are saying to The Little Man and The Little Lady that as each new child comes, we’ve got to welcome them, and to love them and to share their space with them.
Just like us adults are supposed to be in church.
Last Saturday, Dr Laurel and I (mostly Laurel) cleaned the North Porch, to create a new and safe space for kids. So that others can bring their kids, or grandkids.
On February 15th, there were 4 kids. And last Sunday, there were 6 toddlers in the room. And we had a kid's spot in the 10AM service. So we are slowly moving.
Lots more to happen, of course. Keep us in your prayers.