This past October at the Church Life Conference at Trinity, I was able to help teach a breakout session with our Children’s Pastor, Paul Scott about using creativity in Children’s Ministry. I really enjoyed being able to share some of what we do at Trinity with others during the sessions, and I decided it would be a good idea to post some of that here on the blog. I’ll have several posts coming up that go over the material that we used in the session.
The first thing that God ever is recorded as doing was creating. Creativity is important to God! Genesis 1:1 starts out by saying that in the beginning God created. We serve a creative God so it is only natural to use the gift of creativity in our ministry. The message we have to share in children’s ministry is the greatest message in the world. We should use creativity to engage our audience with this very important message.
How are you using creativity in your ministry?
It has been an incredible year for me! I have learned so much in the past year and gotten to experience so many things! During this year I finished my senior year of college, and began working in Children’s Ministry full time! I am just beginning to understand how blessed I am and how thankful I am for all that God has provided for me!
Yesterday was a very busy morning! It seemed like the whole morning was non stop running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off. Just towards the end of the morning, as I was walking out in the hallway in front of the E-Theatre, a girl came running up to me excitedly.
With a big smile on her face, and a new Bible in her arms, she told me, “Bro. Jason, I just got saved!” She was so excited to share what Jesus had done for her! That is when it hit me, that the whole reason we do what we do is for moments like this!
I’m so thankful to be able to serve here at Trinity, and get to share the good news of Jesus every single week!
One of the highlights of my summer was getting to help out at Camp Come Alive at Eureka Gardens. As I talked about in a previous entry Eureka Gardens is one of the high crime, at risk neighborhoods here in Jacksonville. Camp Come Alive had around twenty five awesome campers ranging from five year olds to early teenagers.
One of the things that stuck out to me was something one of the boys said to me on the first week. I would come for an hour or two in the mornings during Bible time and then leave to go into work. Well, one of the boys asked me where I had left to go the day before. I told him that I had to go to my job.
His response was, “No, this is your job!” I kind of chuckled at him, but his words reminded me of something Jesus once said. In Luke 2, when Mary and Joseph couldn’t find Jesus, and they finally found Him in the temple, Jesus’ response was don’t you know I must be about my Father’s business? This caught Mary by suprise, and probably others around too! After all Joseph was a carpenter, not a theologian! But of course Jesus knew that Joseph was just his step father, and Jesus had been sent by God the Father for a specific job. Later Jesus said that He had come to seek and to save that which is lost.
The words of Jesus seemed to ring from this little guy’s question. It reminded me that while I have many responsibilities it is my job to be sharing Jesus with others. I am thankful for the chance to hang out with the kids from Eureka this summer, and thankful for all the other people who spent time this summer sharing Jesus with them.
You are probably thinking what? Ok another highlight of my summer was the privilege I had to speak at Trinity Youth Camp this summer. This was my first time getting to speak in a camp atmosphere like that and I loved it. It was probably the most fun I have ever had speaking. The first week I was able to preach on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights. The kids there were awesome. It seemed like every kid there was listening and maybe even getting the message.
I really enjoyed getting to know some of the kids while I was down there in the evenings. It was interesting asking them what their favorite thing about camp was. It seemed like everyone had something different. It was really cool when a kid would come up to me and say thanks for the message, I really needed that. I’m amazed how God can use someone as simple as me, and speak to kids hearts.
The second week I got to preach on Tuesday and Thursday nights. On Thursday night, I was able to participate in the segment of camp called “Are You Faster Than Your Counselor?” Each night they had a guy and girl counselor come up and do a Minute to Win It challenge, and the kids from the different cabins competed to see if they could beat them. The game I got to do was unrolling a complete roll of toilet paper. I think I could have won if I wouldn’t have knocked the toilet paper down to start, but those seconds lost were just enough for one of the boys from the blue team to win!
Even though I didn’t win, I still had a great time both weeks. I personally want to thank the camp director, Daniel Warren for letting me come, and I hope that it is something I get the chance to do again in the future. Next time I will be prepared to unroll faster!
It is hard to believe that this summer is already over. It has been kind of busy and stressful at times, but it has also been very productive. I have learned alot, and God is definately stretching me in some areas.
To be honest, I’ve been somewhat stressed these past few days. With the busyness of the summer, it sometimes hurts my head to think what the upcoming school year is going to be like. However, I am very excited about what the upcoming year holds. This evening I was able to spend some time reading my Bible and praying. I was reminded through the story of Gehazi in II Kings that I must not forget the main reason for everything I do.
Gehazi had it all, a personal internship with Elisha, the prophet who had a double blessing! However Gehazi let personal gain become a huge distraction, instead of remembering the reason behind it all- God’s glory! Elisha knew it was all about God and not him, but Gehazi seemed to miss that lesson. Gehazi never lived up to his full potential because he failed to put God first!
As I begin this upcoming year, I must remember to put God first in my life. I have been given many opportunities and responsibilities, but if I’m going to suceed God must be priority number one. I’m excited about this upcoming year. I believe God is going to do a great thing in our student body at TBC! My challenge is that we all buckle up, put God first, and see what He is going to do this year!
The campers were all listening intently as Miss Rachel was going over the guidelines for a fun time at camp. Right in the middle of it all one little girl raised her hand, and asked Miss Rachel this off topic question, “How Do Flowers Grow?” I am still not really sure why she asked this question, perhaps it was from looking at the apple seeds from the apple core in her napkin left over from breakfast. Maybe it was just another random question from the innocent mind of a child. However, I believe that this summer, we are going to see how flowers grow!
The camp that I am at is a day camp at Eureka Gardens. Eureka Gardens is a Jacksonville neighborhood best known for its drugs and violence. On Sunday, the day before the camp began, there was another murder in this neighborhood. While many people see this place as a complete disgrace, God is doing a great work there. This work began long before the start of camp though.
A couple of years ago, a handful of people from Trinity including Miss Rachel got a burden for these children here at Eureka Gardens. Knowing that these kids needed some Godly guidance they began a mentoring program. Many of the people at the church spend each weekend mentoring these children and help them to know the love of the Heavenly Father.
Last summer, Eureka Gardens gave Trinity a chance to run a day camp in their community center. The name of the camp is Camp Come Alive. The goal is to see these kids grow in the abundant life that only Christ can offer.
I have been given the opportunity to help teach some of the morning Bible lessons at the camp. In addition to teaching, I am looking forward to spending time with these children and seeing how God is gonna grow them in His love and grace.
Please join me in praying for this camp and for these kids, that they might see the true love of the Heavenly Father. To learn more about Camp Come Alive visit their website at CampComeAlive.com.