Children

Red is for Pentecost

At our last day of Catechesis for this school year, we celebrated Pentecost. It may not be the actual feast of Pentecost, but we wanted to celebrate it anyway. The children gathered around while we read Acts 2:1-4. “What do you hear?” we ask. “What do you think the disciples were thinking about?” and “What…

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Countdown to Crossover

On the last Sunday in April, 5th Graders were invited to join the Children’s Ministry and Student Ministries Staff at a LONG-AWAITED event – the Crossover! After being in the Preschool and Children’s Ministry for so many years, it was an exciting time. Students and parents gathered in the Cove, ate pizza, played games, and…

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God’s Girls Changed Us Both

Recently, our fifth grade parent/child life group, God’s Girls, had the chance to serve dinner at MUST. Two years ago, we were complete complete strangers who God had a hand in placing together, and today we are a close group of moms and daughters who are sad that our weekly meetings are ending at the…

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Hunting for Eggs (and Reassurance)

It’s Saturday, April 15 at 8:30am, and my family is on the Field of Dreams hiding Easter Eggs. The night before we had stuffed approximately 2000+ eggs for the kids, and I don’t know which was more fun: stuffing eggs or hiding them on the field. That morning was such a blessing, from watching my…

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Mt. Bethel Children’s Generosity Exceeds Expectations

During February and March, Children’s Ministry had a goal of collecting enough money ($125) to make a donation of 12 small farm animals to a family overseas through World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families, and communities to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. Our children watched videos and…

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The Life in our Years

An article was making the rounds a couple of weeks ago about how Swedish researchers have unlocked at least one component to extending our lifespan: have children! The study did not provide a definitive reason why parents seem to live a little longer than non-parents, but on average, having children could add up to a…

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Diamonds Out of Dust

In the song “Diamonds” by the band Hawk Nelson, lead vocalist Jonathan Steingard sings,  “He’s making diamonds, diamonds Making diamonds out of dust He is refining in his timing He’s making diamonds out of us”  Steingard explains that “’Diamonds’ talks about how God can use pressure, struggle, trials and stress in our life and make…

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When Children Pray

Recently, we celebrated one of our Faith Milestones by having the first graders lead the congregation in praying The Lord’s Prayer. Here are two reflections on the event, one from a first-grade parent, and one from a Catechesis volunteer: A Mother’s Reflections As we watch our children grow, we tend to measure by certain milestones….

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