June 16, 2022, 12:00 PM




June at any church marks a special time in the life of a church. For most of the year we focus on adult activities and adult things, but in the summer it seems that all the focus and energy of the church points to our children and youth. Vacation Bible School, Summer camps, mission trips, music camps, sports camps etc. and our churches pull out all the stops to engage our children and make full use of the extra free time to share the love of Jesus and give our young people as many chances as possible to make friends in the church and be discipled.

Cedar Falls Baptist church is no different, we too are pulling out all the stops to share the love of Jesus and disciple our children. This past week was the first of many opportunities for our children and youth. We had a 3-day Children’s Music Camp. This is the second year that we have done this. The overall purpose is to give our children a head start on the VBS music. Ronda and I also take the time to teach musical elements and have some fun camp activities. We often dress in matching shirts (Hawaiian of course) and do what we can to make this a wonderful time of learning and musical exploration.

I’m always amazed and encouraged by the talents and enthusiasm of our children. Their singing is amazing and so is how quickly they learn the movements and choreography of the songs. We learned some camp favorites like: Waddleeahcha, the Dum Dum song and Ronda’s special rendition of “Flea, Flea Fligh”. It is so fun to share songs that we grew up singing and find that the new generation is just as excited to sing them as we were.

The children were full of questions and they all wanted to try the new skills that were presented. At nearly 65, I wonder when the thrill of teaching will ever diminish. Thus far I confess it has not. The challenge of sharing my knowledge and the excitement of seeing the children respond is more than I can adequately express. I pray that I will be able to continue this journey for many more years to come. If I can do anything, maybe I can encourage someone else to come off of the bench and get back into the game of teaching children. There are always needs in the nursery, children’s church, children’s choirs, children’s missions, etc. Jesus told of the importance of children in the Kingdom of God.

“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” – Matthew 18:2-5, NIV

One of the best and easiest ways to remain child like is to continue to work with children. It is rare for me to write something so pointed and direct. Working with children is tiring and takes preparation but the rewards are always worth it no matter what your age.

Blessings, Marty

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