Think of your first memories of church. If you’ve grown up in the church from a young age, your thoughts probably begin with Sunday School.
Our faith journeys started around tables, hearing the old faithful stories. Noah and the ark showing us that nothing is impossible with God. David and Goliath teaching us that even if we’re weak, God can use us to do incredible things. And the great account of Calvary, and the hope and forgiveness we find in Jesus there.
We think back to the teachers who inspired us and led us to know Christ for the first time, the songs that we still remember to this day, the friendships we made.
The influence our Sunday school teachers had on us, continues to impact us to this day. So I want to insure the impact we have on our children is positive, helpful, and leads them closer towards Christ.
Our vision, is to see children grow in their love for Jesus and each other. Our aim is to love them as members of our church family, learn from them and teach them, to serve them as fellow disciples and to reach out to them with the hope of the gospel, and release them to reach out to their worlds.
To be a Sunday school teacher is not a job or Sunday routine but a privilege, to be chosen and used by Jesus. These children deserve our best, our dedication and our prayers. This is the authority Jesus has given us, trusting to us this perfect and beautiful message that offers real and true life to our children. And I believe that often we can be shortsighted and unbelieving about what the message of gospel can do to them. But the disciples were teenagers when they were called, whole families were gathered in churches in Acts and no where in the bible does Jesus reserve His teaching for adults only. He welcomed the children, picked them up and held them close to His heart. [Matthew 19:14] They are invited to relationship with Jesus. They are not excluded. They are not too young. [1 Timothy 4:12] They are welcome before Him always.
This ministry is a whole church investment. Disciples making disciples of all ages. It’s about relationship, about loving the other [John 13:34-35], about pushing each other towards Jesus. [Hebrews 10:24] Being committed to each other, and the glory of God.
Let’s be re-inspired by the significance of this ministry. By the joy experienced in the Father’s heart when a seed is planted in the heart of a child. [Mark 4:1-21] The simple and beautiful truths that sink deep into their hearts; that they are loved, known and forgiven. Sunday school is one step on their journey of faith. One step on their journey towards Jesus, towards serving Him, towards being the leaders of our churches, towards changing their culture and generation with the love of Jesus.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
We always need more disciples willing to take on this vital role of discipling children!
If you’d like to get involved in this ministry, please talk to Gillian or Nikki. Or feel free to contact the church office at email@example.com.
On Sunday mornings in January and February we will be looking at how to work through some of the difficult aspects of being the church of Jesus Christ. How do we love the church – that is the people who make up the church – not a cold impersonal institution? When God in his grace calls us into his church there are implications for us as we walk together in the grit and messiness of life.
We will be looking at why we should love the church, how to grow in holiness as a church and how to encourage and admonish one another to purity of life. How we live as individuals matters because it can impact the wellbeing of the body Christ so we need to recognise our responsibility before God to love each other well.
For this to happen love may have to be tough and we will also look at what Jesus says about confronting sin and relationship breakdown. How should we deal with that personally and when do we get others involved? What role does the church leadership play in all of this?
Finally what does it really mean to share and sacrifice for each other. How can we emulate the NT church to such an extent that people say – “see how they love one another.”
Join us as we look at how to be a grace filled church that deals with the discipline and grit of saved sinners seeking to live holier lives.
Please continue to join us at our 9.30 am & 11.30 am services as we celebrate the season of Advent on Sunday 27 November and Sunday 4, 11 and 18 December. Each week we will light another one of our special Advent candles and will also open one of our Advent boxes.
Sunday 4 December 6.30 pm: Family & Community Carol service
Get your Christmas jumpers on and join us for this family-friendly service! We will be exploring the Christmas story afresh with songs, readings and stories. We are also looking forward to welcoming back the choirs from Dunclug and St Brigid’s Primary Schools.
Wednesday 7 December 8.00 pm: Christmas Sanctuary (Reflective Prayer and Worship)
Join us for this special evening of prayer and worship as we take time out in the busyness of the Christmas season to reflect on the heart of Christmas.
Sunday 18 December 6.30 pm: High Kirk Carol Service
We gather as a church family to celebrate the birth of Jesus with familiar readings and songs. Our special Christmas choir will be leading us in worship. Remember to enjoy some mince pies in the McCaughey hall afterwards!
Sunday 25 December 10.30 am: Christmas Morning Family Service (No evening service)
“I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.
This short, family-friendly service is a wonderful opportunity to start your Christmas Day by celebrating Jesus’ birthday together. Come and join the celebration!.
Sunday 1 January 10.30 am: New Year Morning Worship
We gather together on the first day of the new year to thank God for 2016 and to commit 2017 to Him. Stuart will lead this service and Norman will be bringing us God’s Word.
Sunday 1 January 6.30 pm: No Service