“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Wow! My initial 30 days with Trinity English Lutheran Church have been filled with life-giving activity on behalf of children, youth, and families. I have met amazing grandparents, parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, and kiddos through various opportunities:
To highlight a few of the above . . .
The Inter-Generational Communication Workshop informed me about the use of technology and social media as a means to communicate AND “community” (verb) with Millennials and Gen Z generations.
Community Dinners served at TELC Wednesdays at 6:15pm are a powerful ministry providing a hot meal AND friendly “hello, how are you . . . so glad you are here.” The smiles I have seen from folks grateful to be served a meal made with care is WONDERFUL.
Sunday School Classes are led by TELC Sunday School Teachers who are AWESOME! The kiddos with whom I’ve spent class time are also AWESOME and HILARIOUS! Faith through the minds of young ones delights me to my soul. The simplicity each kiddo shows me about relating with Jesus is refreshing. For example, when the Pre-K & K kiddos were asked what each would ask Jesus if needing help, I heard requests such as:
“I would ask Jesus for a snack,” and
“I would ask Jesus to help me get coffee,” and
“I would ask Jesus to help me do better with my video game,” and
“I would ask Jesus to help me charge my phone.” This request conjured a response from his pal who exclaimed, “You have a phone?! Me too! Ugh, I should have asked Jesus to help me charge my phone!”
Although I could write more sharing about each activity above, I will conclude with the good news that Sign-Up Genius for Family Ministries Team(s) Discussions has thus far netted twenty-seven (27) participants and counting. This is THRILLING, as it speaks to the level of interests TELC members have in child, youth, and family ministry. Please come if you can (click here)
My time with Trinity English Lutheran Church has been productive and fun. I can’t wait to see what we endeavor to create together in the next 30 days!
I had the fortune of attending a one-day conference (Orange Tour 2018 Indianapolis) which addressed the "how" about integrating church life with family life while "doing life." How can church and family be better integrated? The presenters at the conference had the utmost respect and praise for family, specifically parents. Parents serve day in and day out to the depths of exhaustion for their family, their children. Parents say “Yes!” to the noble call of raising children to be the best they can be. Thank you, parents!
Here are links to resources that were shared at the conference:
PARENT CUE BLOG
PARENT CUE PODCAST
I hope you find something affirming, encouraging, and informative.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it
One of the breakout sessions I attended during the conference address recruiting and maintaining Team Leaders, Team Members, and Back-Up Team Members who serve children, youth, and family within the Family Ministries Department. A Team Leader is the point-person for the Family Ministry program they serve. One example I think about at Trinity English is our Acolyte program. One TELC member currently serves in a Team Lead capacity for youth Acolytes. The Team Lead coordinates which youth will serve as Acolytes each week, ensures youth interested in serving as an Acolyte are properly oriented and trained. Other TELC adults assisting the Acolyte Team Lead are considered Team Members. Team Members assists with the Family Ministry programs acting as a support to the Acolyte Team Lead. Instances the Team Lead or Team Member is unable to assist Acolytes for Sunday service or another Acolyte occasion, a Back-Up Team Member would fill in. Back-Up Team Members serve in a “substitute” capacity in the absence of Team Lead or Team Member. The goal of the TELC Family Ministries Department is to create, encourage, and sustain an enthusiastic group of Team Leads (10), Team Members (40), and Back-Up Team Members (40). Family Ministry programs include Sunday School (pre-K & K, 1st & 2nd grades, 3rd 4th & 5th grades, Middle School), Trinity Theater for Middle Schoolers, High School Youth Group, High School Bible Study, Family Night, Women’s Group, Men’s Group, and whatever other groups TELC members are interested in.
To get involved connect with Me! We can choose a time to sit and chat about how you wish to be involved, chat on the phone, exchange texts, or even email. All TELC Family Ministries programs will “launch” January 2019, so let’s connect soon. I look forward to getting to know as many Trinity English members as possible, especially as we serve together on behalf of children, youth, and families.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. - 1 Peter 4:10