Dear Parents and Grandparents,
Please take a few moments and read this letter.
I want to welcome you and your children to the new 2019/2020 Sunday School Year. Here at Hope Church, we are making some changes to help the kids build their own faith community. Children ages 3 and above will go to Sunday school after the children’s message. The young people will learn about God and Jesus through a variety of engaging styles to help make the Bible stories and faith messages relevant in their lives.
I recognize that weekends are very busy and sometimes church gets lost in all the other commitments that families have to meet. I’m suggesting 4 reasons that coming to Sunday school is more important than ever before! These aren’t “hell fire and brimstone” reasons but very practical reasons.
1 We are living in times of high anxiety. Even though you work to shield your child, they are exposed to the stress of current events. Church is the place that they can learn about the goodness in the world and the love of God. They also learn that in the past, people have relied on their faith to help them cope during times of community and personal anxiety.
2 The Church enables kids to learn the teachings of Jesus and to recognize the importance of helping others. Realistically, we can’t make our children happy 100% of the time. Learning about how our faith ancestors have managed disappointment and tough times will help our children develop character. Serving others has been proven to build young people’s self-esteem.
3 The Church is a place to ask hard questions. Why did my friend get sick? What happens when Great Grandma dies? It also equips you as a family to discuss difficult topics and manage painful times.
4 The Church encourages kids to build connections. We are living with tablets and cell phones and it’s easy to become isolated. Church offers youth a place to engage with others who may be different. They may not play the same sports or have similar families but we all gather to grow in our faith. There is also a sense of shared history, we’ve been doing this for years and people have joined together to build old and new traditions that are filled with faith and love.
By the way, all the reasons church is healthy for children and youth are also helpful reasons for adults! We worship at 10 am and your families time commitment only needs to be one hour per week. Please pray and talk together about how to use church as a tool in your life to aid in growing healthy and faith filled children and youth. Visit the "EVENTS" tab on this site to see a list of upcoming special events at Hope Church. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.