Before leaving for Pittsburgh on Monday night, one of Brooke’s elementary school friends stopped by to see her off. She brought some copies of photos she collected over the years. I had the chance to look at them at lunch time today. Pictures of her and her friends in school and on field trips. Some photos showed parties and adventures. All of them displayed smiles. Cheryl and I watched all three of our children grow up, and we are so proud of them.
We were privileged to raise such terrific children. It is something that we cannot redo, and it is something we cannot undo. The impact we made on our children lasts a lifetime. I think of all the parents of young children that attend Blainsport. If I can say anything of importance to you, it is, “Make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
What are the values that you want to pass along to your kids? Is your faith important? If so, how will you intentionally pass that faith onto them? Do you model a stable, growing walk with Jesus? Are you emphasizing the importance of unwavering faith, unselfish service, and standing for the truth?
Today, I read in Luke 9:46–48 that children are important to the Lord. They are impressionable; they are teachable. Children must have a prominent place in the ministry of the church. Jesus said, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great” (Luke 9:48, ESV).
As a church, we want to make the most of the opportunity we have to “receive” children. It is our desire to partner with parents in teaching the truths of Scripture to every child that enters our fellowship. It is not a necessary duty; it is an awesome privilege we have to serve God.
As summer comes to an end, we will restart a bunch of children’s activities. Reign Forest launches “Lunch Room,” a study about friendship. I know for Cheryl and me, we wanted our kids to develop healthy, lifelong friendships. I’m sure you want the same for your children. J4C, a program for middle schoolers will begin a new study with a huge group. J4C has been a huge success, helping kids stay connected after graduating from children’s ministries and before youth group. If your children are at that stage, be sure to connect with Sheldon and Lisa. Wednesday nights will have KFC for elementary school-aged kids. And of course on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM we have Sunday School classes for all ages.
I’m excited about this new season at Blainsport! I hope you will plug in!
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Eric grew up in the little town of Gibraltar, PA with his grandparents. He met his wife Cheryl while working at Good’s Greenhouse in Bowmansville, PA. He has three adult children and values watching them grow into the people God wants them to be.