Welcome to Kids Crossing, the children’s ministry of CrossWay Community Church! Children are a blessing from God. As parents, we delight in the joy that Children bring, but we are also aware of our responsibility to “bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) That’s a big job that, at times, can seem overwhelming. But God is faithful to provide all that is needed to help us accomplish this task, and one of the primary means He uses is the church. In fact, Kids Crossing is specifically designed to help you establish and nurture the faith of your children.
Do you recognize this slogan? For years it’s been used by the Peace Corps to recruit volunteers, people who are willing to work overseas, making a difference among the poor. The work is challenging, but rewarding. Those who serve know they have been part of something bigger than themselves. Their labors have improved the lives of many.
With all due respect, I want to suggest that Kids Crossing is really the toughest job you’ll ever love. How tough is it? You won’t have to move overseas, but there’s real cost involved. You’ll have to invest your time, energy and creativity. Making the Bible understandable to kids, without distorting the truth, isn’t easy. It takes much prayerful thought. In some ways it’s actually harder to teach kids than to teach adults.
Why do we love it? We love it because we love God and are passionately committed to the life-transforming power of the gospel. We love it because we love our kids, the children of CrossWay. We are passionately committed to their well-being. Is there anything more valuable we can give them than the gospel? Is there anything we desire more for them than to trust in Jesus Christ and to walk in joyful obedience to him?
A.W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Why? Because we tend to emulate those we most admire. God has wired us this way as human beings. We become like what we love. If you know God truly and love him with all your heart, then you will begin to take on the characteristics of who he is. That’s not only true for us as adults, but it’s also true for our children.