Psalm 127:3-4 ESV
3 Behold, children
are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
is the man who fills his quiver with them. He shall not be put to
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Book of Worship 3-2 G 4c 2)
“Do you commit yourself to set a godly example before this child, to provide as far as you are able, all that is necessary to the end that this child may one day confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?”
Solomon is quite clear as to the value of children in the above psalm.
Christian children are a precious gift, an inheritance from God himself. They are to be treasured and raised in knowledge and love of the Lord. The intent in all of this, of course, is for children to grow into adults who boldly profess the name of Jesus Christ as Savior and serve him in gladness. Their spiritual character is to be intentionally shaped by their biological family and the church family who loves them (as laid out in the vows overhead we make as a congregation during their baptism). They protect their parents in old age (as a good arrow should), but they also advance into the world as soldiers of the cross. By the Holy Spirit applying gospel power, godly children become a weapon against evil and the advancement of Satan’s agenda. They take ground for Christ and His kingdom!
With this in mind, it should be obvious that we have a responsibility to do all we can to create an environment that fosters this ideal. And one of the foundational and important ways to begin serving in this capacity is to assist in the nursery. This is the ground level, so to speak, of our commitment. My hope isn’t for just one individual, but a group of people who would rotate through so we wouldn’t overwhelm a single person with the task. Our genuine care and love of kids at this tender age is a reflection of the grace we frequently receive from God without really knowing it. Often, there is no real thought given as to the impact of what godly, caring nursery care makes. Remember, this can be an introduction to the Lord’s unconditional love – after all, we will be taking care of toddlers, right?!
If you would like to bless our children by being part of this ministry, please contact any of our Elders (Jim Herber, Pete Kurth, Sarah Smith, Jodi Buntin, and Paula Hoelzle) with this good news! When the body of Christ works in unity towards God’s redemptive purpose, we are all made beneficiaries of his grace.
In gratitude and thanksgiving,