Recently one of the young teens in the church said to me, “I used to like coming to the church because my friends were there. I still like that my friends are there, but now, I also just love the church.” When he said that, it brought joy to my heart, because it so much reflects what we want to be about here at Ashland Church. We don’t want to just provide outstanding opportunities for children and youth to explore and learn about the faith, we also want them begin to see the faith as their own, and know what it means to have a genuine relationship with God and a home in his church.
Our Lord Jesus once said, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth; anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them. (Mk 10:14-16) From these simple yet profound words and actions, Jesus shows us something from His heart; that children matter to God. He did not want anyone hindering them from coming to Him for His blessing. Children really do matter to Him, and so also children matter a great deal to us here at Ashland Church. This is why you will see so many efforts and resources of our church focused toward to the important ministries of children and youth.
God has given us so many great opportunities to minister, and we never want anything to hinder His children from coming to Him. One way you see this in August is the transformation that takes place in our facility as Vacation Bible School gets underway. The building will be transformed into the Old West, and our people take on the roles of removing any hindrance from children receiving the blessing of Jesus.
I want to thank all of you who through your volunteer work, giving of resources, and prayers have supported the important ministry toward Children and Youth. I also want to give special thanks to our Youth Planning Committee who has been so prayerfully and diligently seeking the next steps for the leadership of our Youth since the departure of our Youth Director to lead a church in Central Jersey. It is such a blessing to be a part of a church that sincerely embraces its role to minister to our Children and Youth.
It’s great to be your Pastor,
This article taken from Ashland Church’s August 2013 Newsletter. http://www.scribd.com/doc/175465449/August-2013-Newsletter