The team at Grow Ministries is passionate about serving the LCA. We do what we do because we want to see congregations and schools become vibrant places where people of all generations are growing in their faith together.
We love receiving feedback from congregations telling us how they use our resources. Today we have a special post from Danielle Robinson who is the Lay Chaplain at Grace Lutheran Creche and Kindergarten in Redcliffe, Queensland. Thanks for sharing your story with us Danielle.
When generations work together
When we think of the incredible blessing that Grow Ministries is to our church and the plethora of resources that the team has available for us all to use, we can often limit our thinking to utilising them only within our congregational children’s ministry or home faith building settings. But we can be robbing ourselves of opportunities to use the materials in so many more ministry contexts.
As the Lay Chaplain for Grace Lutheran Creche & Kindergarten in Redcliffe, one of the tasks of my role is to prepare a Christian curriculum each term that not only has the flexibility to cover the ages of four months to five years within the rooms, but is also able to spiritually support the staff at our beautiful service, whilst abiding to the traditional lectionary cycle of the church each year, culminating in Sunday worship and our congregational Sunday School program.
Being able to access the resources that Jodi and her incredible team prepare, provide and have widely available for everyone, makes my curriculum preparation and the ease of execution in each of our seven rooms incredibly simple for the staff as well. The children and the room leaders love the planning and living the Christian faith in the service, and it’s at such a time as this in our church year, when I tour the rooms and drink in the presence of the Holy Spirit at our service, that I often feel overwhelmed at the blessing that God has given me to be serving Him in this space.
The children in our service went home this Lent regaling the story of Jesus’ journey to the cross, His sacrifice for us and they especially loved to retell with huge eyes and arms wide of the angel rolling the stone away and that Jesus’ is alive again forever and “He’s even here now, but we can’t see Him.” They loved showing me and their parents their Wilderness Box, their Easter Tree, their Prayer Tree and the other various displays throughout the service. It truly made my heart hurt in the best possible way.
We don’t need to be Sunday school teachers or parents to take advantage of the gifts that Grow Ministries give us. We just need to remember the mission that we have all been given to share Jesus with those around us and these resources make it incredibly simple to do in any educational or community setting.
Blessings, peace and love,
Your sister and fellow disciple,