I love to do needlework – sewing, cross-stitching, needlepoint, knitting – they all are active in my pass time lists. With a small needle pictures can be brought to life, gifts can be made. The needle brings things together and permanently joins things that were once very separate entities, and their coming together brings the one creating and the one receiving joy. That’s my favourite part of crafting, is the giving of the final product, and to watch the joy it brings to the recipient. I love that I am able to pray over each stitch of a gift, and know that a small part of me will be in the home I have intended it for.
But needles have another side – a destructive side. It punches holes into the receiving material, ones that are hard to close back up. If the receiver of a needle is a body part – it’s quite painful too…trust me, I have much experience with this.
Have you ever thought how you use words is your personal needle? How we speak to those in our lives can either create something beautiful, or punch holes that are difficult to close? I know I have been the deliverer of both kinds of words, and don’t like what I see when I have sent out the latter. I have also been the receiver, and I would much rather be hearing the uplifting words.
Our children, whether our own or those in our community, are sensitive to both kinds of words as well. Watch how tall a child stands when they are being encouraged about something they have done well, or are able to share their thoughts on a topic – and not be told they don’t understand. See how that same child shrinks when they are “put in their place”.
2 Timothy 3:16 teaches that , “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” NIV
During our Children’s Ministry time, we have been encouraging the kids to engage with the Scripture focus that day. It is the teaching team’s prayer that they will be able to see that God’s Word is alive, and applies to their lives just as much as it applied to the first listeners. We have imagined what Mary must have been thinking when Gabriel showed up in her house, we have talked about God’s promises being true and trustworthy. We have watched as David wrote is inner-most feelings through the Psalms. This coming quarter we are following Jesus life, as he calls his disciples and begins his ministry. We will make jars of clay, expecting miracles in our own lives, we will see how God can provide bounteously – just as He fed 5000 with a couple fish and a few loaves. And we will learn what it means to have an Easter Faith, all year round.
It is a privilege to watch these young minds have “light bulb moments”, as they engage with the passage of the day.
Wanting to invite the community to share in our engaging moments, we are excited to be planning an all ages event in March. “How the West World Was Won” will be an afternoon where families can preview our upcoming KAC Theme (Saddle Ridge Ranch ), and our church family can have an environment that is easy to invite their friends and family members to. We will be meeting on March 27, between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. There will a time of music, teaching (kids and adults on their own), and fellowship. We will be providing much more information in the coming weeks, but be sure to mark your calendar.