This past weekend in our message series i follow, the theme was “i obey.” Pastor Mark gave us some great reminders of how our obedience to God should not be a “have to” kind of obedience but rather a “want to” kind of obedience. God is for us! God loves us and wants the best for us.
Isn’t that how we feel about our children as well? We love them and want the best for them. At our Baby Dedication Celebration on Sunday afternoon, we talked about the fact that the most important thing any child needs is love. And parents were reminded that they are best positioned to be the ones to give their child love. When love is the basis of your relationship with your child, then all other parts of your relationship will be viewed through that filter. Will you still have to discipline your child? Yes! Will you still have tough conversations? Yes! Will you still be the one who sets the guidelines and enforces them? Yes! But as your child matures, they will understand that all of these hard things are done because you love your child and want what’s best for them.
We can learn so much about parenting from our relationship with God!
NewSpring Church is in a series right now called i follow. The series is designed to help each of us see what it means to be a true follower of Jesus. With that in mind, our most recent message was “i testify.” We learned how important it is to share our faith with others. Hopefully, we began to think about who is in our world that needs to hear about Jesus. But I want to challenge you right now to think about the people closest to you–your children and grandchildren. You have a unique opportunity to show real faith to the people who know you best and look up to you most. They see you day in and day out. You can’t get by with just talking the talk, you have to walk the walk. If you are a parent or a significant person in a child’s life right now, you have the opportunity to share with them a gift that is priceless. You have the opportunity to share about the Savior who loves them and will walk with them through every instance of life. You will never have the chance to show your children what it means to be perfect but you have a greater goal–to show them what it means to be forgiven. We are raising the next generation. They NEED to know God’s amazing love and UNDERSTAND that he has a plan for their lives. Let your children SEE and HEAR you testify about Jesus!
This past weekend, NewSpring Church began a new message series called i follow that is designed to help every individual discover how to be a true follower of Jesus. Our adults are getting the message each week in the main auditorium but we are also sharing applicable parts of each aspect of following with our students and kids.
Families, you can get an i follow for kids activity box at a drive-through event we are hosting Wednesday evening, September 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at NewSpring. Our KidzWorld team will be there to greet you and give you your box full of fun learning activities and discussions for your family. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to pick up this FREE great resource!
This weekend, September 5 & 6, is devoted to highlighting our family ministry at NewSpring. Back in 2004-2006 when we were adjusting our focus to think about how to build bridges to our community, we realized that we must do more to reach the next generation. On September 9, 2006 we launched KidzWorld with the purpose of creating joyful, relevant, irresistible environments for kids from birth through 5th grade. We began to promote a relatively new concept to families. Parents have the most influence in their child’s life. That means the church is not the place where kids get their religious education–it’s a place where there are caring staff and volunteers who ignite a child’s curiosity with the Truth of God’s Word and then link up with parents and guardians to provide tools to keep that faith conversation going all week long.
Now, 14 years later, we have the privilege of seeing the fruit of our investment. There are staff members on our team who grew up going to KidzWorld, The Wire, and Thrive. Each weekend, dozens of students serve in the ministry at NewSpring–providing an irresistible environment for others around them. Parents have been empowered to lead their children on their spiritual journey. Families have become inviters because they want their friends to experience the joy of knowing Jesus.
This weekend, we are going to share some strategic steps that help a family become intentional about faith. But this weekend isn’t just for parents because as a family of faith, we all have the responsibility to impact the next generation. So I hope you will make the extra effort to be at NewSpring in person or online to find out how you can be part of igniting the faith of the next generation.
Over the past several months, our KidzWorld team has been reaching out to families in many new ways. When we were unable to meet on campus, we began to create videos and post them online so we can stay connected with kids and continue to encourage families to spend time with God and each other. We were abruptly thrust into using some forms of communication that we had already been considering and working toward for a few months prior to the shutdown. KidzWorld now has it’s own YouTube channel! It is so exciting for us to be able to post a weekend experience for kids from birth through 5th grade who are not able to be on campus on the weekend. AND we offer additional great segments to help parents and families on their faith journey. Today, Artie the orangutan has an interview with our senior pastor, Mark Hoover. You don’t want to miss it. And why not just subscribe to our channel so you can get updates whenever some new material is posted. By the way, our Back-to-School FX program is available to watch there as well if you missed it last Friday.
Thanks for partnering with us to help raise kids that change the world by living out God’s Big Ideas!
What is KidzWorld FX? FX is a Family Experience that is filled with fun, laughter, and learning about God’s Big Ideas. We will also celebrate KidzWorld Watermark baptism.
When does FX happen? Our next KidzWorld FX is this Friday, August 21 at 7 p.m. in the NewSpring South Auditorium.
Who can come to FX? Everyone is invited to come to FX! Sometimes people come and they don’t even have kids with them! We just want to share a good time and learn about the Bible in a fun way.
How long is the program? FX typically lasts a little over an hour. We do have childcare available for children age 2 and younger.
How much does FX cost and do I need to sign up ahead of time? FX is completely FREE and there is no need to sign up–just show up!
What is your policy for this event in response to COVID19? The information about our policy for all on campus events can be found at newspring.org/update.
What if I am not ready or unable to attend in person? No problem! We have always live-streamed our FX events and we will be doing that this time as well. The time of the event is 7 p.m. CDT.
This weekend, August 15/16 is the weekend when kids who are in kindergarten through 12 grade will promote into the environment for their fall grade level. This year at NewSpring, we have a couple of big changes that we are implementing to make our time with kids and students even more intentional.
Studio 45 is a new environment designed specifically for 4th and 5th graders. It will give us the opportunity to focus on the life stage of older elementary kids as they prepare to enter their teen years. We are creating a brand new room dedicated to this age group which we expect to have open in early October.
Our preschool ministries of Baby Bay and Adventure Avenue will also experience a change. Beginning with this promotion, children age 2-4 will no longer promote on their birthday. Instead, they will be able to stay in the same environment for a whole year with the same small group leader and kids. We know that this will help the kids form some great bonds with the leaders and the other kids in their small group. Each small group is assigned an animal name and those groups of kids will be able to stay together throughout their time in Adventure Avenue.
We have outlined these changes and the details you need to know for your child on our website at newspring.org/promotionweekend.
Did you ever think about how hard it must have been for Noah and his family to be cooped up in the ark for so many days? Thankfully, they trusted God through the storm and we can trust God too. Join us each day on Noah’s Window For Kids to find ways that we can trust God. Artie, Digger, and your friends from KidzWorld want to see you there. And Professor Knows-A-Lot will have some fun crafts and experiments for you to try at home!
There is some encouragement for your parents too: noahswindow.org
We make lots of decisions in life–some small and insignificant like where we will eat tonight and some large and incredibly significant like who will I marry. But the most important decision anyone will ever make is what will I do with Jesus? A relationship with Jesus changes life in a way that no other decision can. It brings peace and joy. It settles the matter of where we spend eternity. And it’s a decision that can be made by a young person. That’s why we offer JumpStart for elementary age students and their parents. JumpStart is a 30 minute session that describes God’s amazing plan of salvation–the two things He has done and the two things we can do to be part of His family. If your child is asking questions or you just want to get that conversation started, attend a JumpStart session. The next one is happening Sunday, August 4 at 10:35 a.m. (between the morning services). Don’t let that most important question go unanswered by your child.