RPC Edmond Children's Ministry

Tithes & Offerings

This month we are teaching our children about the “offertory” portion of our worship.  Why do we put money in the offering plate?  Our lesson last Sunday provided this prayer for our children:

“Dear God, thank you for teaching us how to worship you. Thank you that we learn about how much you love us even through our tithes and offerings.”

So, what do tithes and offerings teach us about God?  God has provided for us even more than we have ever asked.  Think about it: did you ask God for warm sunshine, cool breezes, summer rain, or an autumn night sky?  In the garden, look at the order of creation; God provided food and shelter for the animals, even before He created them (Gen. 1).  He has provided everything we need, and more than we ask.

Our response, through giving our tithes and offerings, is an expression of both thanks and trust.  We thank God by giving back to Him some of what He has gifted to us.  We also express our trust in His continued provision.  When we give our tithes and offerings, we are showing that we are not finding security in the amount of money we have; instead, we trust that God will provide all our needs as He promised to do (Phil. 4:19).

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Kids’ Night

We are getting ready for our first kids’ night event at RPC!  All RPC children are welcome to join us, but we need you to RSVP.  Go to http://evite.me/bMPU8xbW53 to register your children or sign up to volunteer!

Pizza and juice will be provided for dinner. We will have access to 2 playgrounds (one for younger kids, one for older), as well as a take-home craft.  There will be a play room for infants and toddlers.

We are asking each family to pay $5 to cover food and supplies.

We need volunteers — both youth and adult!

Contact Allie Arnold for more information —
(405) 706-1425 or redeemerkids1914@gmail.comEvite

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Walk beside me

During our worship today, one of my favorite things happened multiple times — I got to hold a child’s hand.  Holding the hand of a child while walking with him/her is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever experienced.

As I thought about it this afternoon, it occurred to me that this is exactly what we, as parents and friends, are called to do.  We are called to walk with children.  Have you ever held a child’s hand?  In order to walk with a child, you have to take smaller steps.  If you walk in front of them, you end up dragging them along or they fall down; walk behind them and they will run ahead and either get lost or into dangerous situations.  One thing that I noticed this morning was how many questions the kids asked as we walked.  Our church meets in a school, and as we walked down the hallways the kids would ask about the bulletin boards and other things along the wall.  If I had been in front or behind them, I wouldn’t have heard their questions or been able to respond quickly.

Parents and children’s ministry volunteers are called to walk beside children.  We are called to teach and train children, to remind them of what the Lord has done (Psalm 78:4).  Our role is to hold their hand as they walk, to teach them about the “pictures on the wall”, to catch them when they stumble, and to raise them up to see what is above them.  Our job as we hold their hand is to point them to the One in whose hand they are held tight (John 10:28).  When they slip and fall, we are called to pick them up and point them to the One who “will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 21:4).

As members of the body, we are also called to walk with the parents.  We are called to hold their hand through the long nights and terrible twos, through discipline/behavior issues, and in the midst of victories.  Through prayer,  encouragement, offers to babysit/provide a night out, providing a listening ear or a shoulder to lean on, we walk beside our parents.  We befriend parents by assisting them in raising their children.  An African proverb tells us “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Parents need someone to hold their hand just as much as their children do.

“A child begins with one single step
Then walks a million miles
And though these wings are not ready yet
I will try to fly

My eyes can’t see
My arms can’t reach
I need strength when I’m weak
I need your faith in me

Don’t walk in front of me
I was not born to follow
Don’t walk behind me
We were all born to lead
Don’t walk without me
I might need you tomorrow

Walk right beside me
Be the real friend I need”   ~from “Walk Beside Me” by Celtic Woman

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Praise

Today we started a new unit on praise.  During the lesson, I asked our kids to think of things for which we could praise God.  I am used to hearing kids praise God for every animal they can think of, every blade of grass, and every family member.  Our children surprised me today.  Their list of praises included God’s protection of us, God’s care for us and how He meets our needs, and our families.  They showed a deeper understanding of who God is.

When it came time to pray, 4 of our younger children offered to pray.  Listening to them pray was such a sweet blessing as they praised God for the things we listed.  One little girl (2 years old) kept asking if it was her turn to pray.  When it came her turn, I couldn’t understand much of what she said, but I understood one phrase she repeated throughout her prayer, “Thank you, Jesus.”  It was such a sweet, encouraging moment.

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“Mommy, I have a sticker”: Lessons in prayer from children

“Mommy, I have a sticker!”

This was the phrase I heard from an adorable 2 year-old as she ran into the living room.  The little girl was so excited to show her mom something as simple as a sticker.  She pointed out all the colors, the picture, every detail.

Between babysitting, teaching, and working in children’s ministry, I’ve worked with children for almost 20 years.  One thing I’ve noticed is no matter the age, children are excited to share every discovery, every new thing they see and experience.  Younger children love to bring adults everything they find — flowers, pictures they colored, even rocks.  When presented with these items, we ooh and ahh and exclaim as though they are bringing us priceless jewels.  As children get a little older, they bring “information.”  They want to tell us every item they received at Christmas or for a birthday.  They relay every detail of a conversation, every game they played with friends, along with every hurt — from skinned knees to broken hearts.

Recently, I thought about the commonalities between how children relate to adults and how I relate to my Heavenly Father.  Using the title “Father” in reference to God is easy; talking to Him in the same relational way is not so easy.  When I pray, do I come to God in the same way a child runs to adult?  We are told to boldly approach the throne (Hebrews 4:16); but, do I bring everything to Him?  Just as parents want their children to come running and share the details of their day, God wants us to do the same.  He wants me to come to Him and just talk about the day; to ask for help in dealing with difficulties; to thank Him for knowledge and strength to do my job well.  He wants me to share my heart with Him — all of it.

So, why am I afraid to do that?  Why don’t I run to Him in all things?  Why don’t I share all the details of my day with Him?  If I am honest, I struggle to believe that God cares about details.  I can easily recite the verse that talks about God caring about one sparrow that falls and knowing the hairs on my head.  But, when the rubber meets the road, I don’t believe He really wants to hear about my day — good, bad, or mundane.

When I started trying to go to Him with everything, I immediately began to wonder where to start.  How does this work?  What do I say?  Then, I realized I needed to do what a child does — just start talking.  When I pray, I always worry about staying on track, or I think about how things sound.  When children talk, they do not worry about staying on track.  Just listen to them for 5 minutes and count how many different topics they can cover.  For children, if a thought enters their mind, it comes out of their mouth.  I can be that open, honest, and transparent with my Heavenly Father.  He wants me to be that way.  That’s what relationship looks like.  It is sharing life — down the small details.

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Let the children…..pray.

As we start our children’s church unit on prayer, I want to encourage you to find times to allow your children to pray out loud, whether at dinner time, bed time, or family devotionals.  Children have a lot to teach us about prayer.  They are open and honest in their prayers; nothing is too big to ask for and nothing is too small to thank God for.  A friend of mine recently shared that her son prayed the following at bed time: “God thank you for Heaven. I can’t wait to come play. Also don’t let Jesus get nailed to the cross again. That probably hurt. Amen!”  He has such a sweet view of Heaven — he can’t wait to play!

Kids also need to hear us pray out loud; they pick up on what they hear us pray.  While babysitting one night, the parents told me that the kids always pray at bedtime.  So, I sat with 5-year old Ben as he got ready for bed, and when it was time to pray, he looks up me and asks, “Miss Allie, what can I pray for you?”  He had heard his parents ask him what they could pray for him.  In turn, he learned to ask others how to pray for them.

The past few weeks, we have asked our children to give us a list of things to pray for during children’s church.  The requests have ranged from thanking God for his blessings to praying for friends and family to praying for the poor and everyone to have water.  Our children can come up with some personal and deep things to pray for, and they aren’t afraid to ask.  When children learn that they can ask God for anything, they aren’t afraid to ask for big things.  Children can teach us how to pray and ask for big things, while also being thankful for the smallest things.  As adults, we can sometimes see children’s prayers as long and tedious.  They want to thank God for every animal, friend, and family member they can think of; yet, how often do we stop and thank God for the small, everyday things?  Just as children learn how to pray from listening to adults pray, when adults listen to children pray, we are reminded to come to God with EVERYTHING, no matter how large or small.

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Curriculum

Recently, we began using the “Teach Me To Worship” curriculum for our children’s church ministry at RPC.  The goal is to teach kids about each aspect of our worship service, so that they will be better understand what is happening during worship.  We invite children ages 3-9 years to join us in the gym during the sermon.  Each month, the unit will focus on a different part of the worship service — Call To Worship, Prayer, Confession, etc.

To learn more go to:  http://teachmetoworship.com/   or talk to Allie Arnold at RPC Edmond.

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Welcome

Welcome to the online source for information about what’s going on in the Children’s Ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Edmond, OK.  We hope you will find this site helpful and informative.

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