Joann DesLauriers Shares How to Involve TrinityKids in ROOTS
“Children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
I have had the pleasure of working on the children’s aspects of the ROOTS campaign. As we approach the time for making commitments for the future growth of Trinity, many of you are making decisions for your families. In this process, please include your children in discussions and develop specific ways they can be a part. Ages three to around seven need “in the present” ideas and information. Their abilities for long term planning are limited. Ages eight and up are beginning to understand the future as they become more abstract thinkers.
Here are a few ideas to support your thinking:
- Go to the property we are purchasing. Say a simple prayer with your child. Do it often.
- Pray for our church family with your child. Use the church directory to help them put names to faces.
- Memorize scripture together. Focus on passages used during our sermons. These have been taught in Sunday school as well.
- Dream with your child. What will it be like when we have our own building? How will be able to help other people know Jesus?
- Encourage your children to serve. For our youngest children, taking care of their toys or painting a picture for someone is service. For older children, plan ways to serve our church family. Making a plan requires conversation which we desperately need.
- Older children can give money earmarked for the purchase of the land. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about money, sacrifice, and generosity.
- Remember the look out, look in, and look up analogy. Teach children to look for people in need in their family, their church, and community. Talk about your child’s gifts. Involve others in helping you identify how God has “knit” your child together. We often talk about how well they do in sports or school. This is a different conversation. This is about attributes and talents.
God has given us the precious gift of children. Being little is an important time in life. Please know you have many people surrounding you as we cultivate the hearts of our children. I am always available to pray with you for your children. If you ever have a question that you think I might be able to help with, please contact me. We can struggle together with some of these difficult issues. We can also praise our merciful and kind Father for the incredible privilege of parenting and being part of a covenant community.