Ministering to the Whole Family

Sarah Cornthwaite · November 2020

I've been involved in writing and delivering curriculum for children in churches for many years. In recent months we've all had to go online with our delivery, which means the family has come to the fore. Parents and carers do the backbone of faith in the everyday with their children, and whilst it is wonderful at times it is also hard work!

If you are providing content for families I want to encourage you that you are ministering to the whole family.

Parents and carers, I want to encourage you that God will speak to you too whilst you engage with the content for your children.

This was highlighted to me recently when a father was watching our pre-school session on a Sunday with his two year old. It was a short video I'd done on Joshua and Caleb, when they spied out the promised land from Numbers 13, plus reinforcement craft, prayer and play activities. The aim of the session was very simple, to know that God is big and good and that He is with us.

This father told me how God was speaking to him through this session! That he was struck with the way Joshua and Caleb focussed on what God had said not what their surroundings showed them (scary giants, impenetrable cities, huge grapes!). He subsequently had a dream about things God was saying about him and was encouraged to revisit prophetic words he'd received in the past! He was energised to press into more of what God had for him!

God is always speaking! Let's seek to have hearts that are open to Him, especially when we are receiving with our children. How precious to learn together and share our faith journeys with each other!

Anytime you reach out to a child with Jesus' love and hope and truth and more... may you know that there is the potential to impact the entire family in ways you never thought possible!

Jesus is always doing far more than we can see, think, imagine or perceive!

Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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