Jenny Roberts, our childrens' pastor shares stories of God at work through the Explorers Network over the Lent season. "We are so excited that 8 children have said ‘yes’ to Jesus."
Over the past half term we have looked at the events of Holy Week in Explorers 5-11. We've looked at Palm Sunday, The Last Supper and Gethsemane, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Our vision was to take the children on a journey of the highs and lows of the week, emphasizing the different feel of Good Friday to the atmosphere of Easter Sunday.
"The spirit of God is always present of course, but He was so tangible in that moment."
We have used the film the Miracle Maker to support our teaching throughout the term. The week we watched the crucifixion video, the children of all ages were gripped; you could have heard a pin drop in the room.
Emma then explained the Gospel message, how Jesus wants to know us all personally as friends and that we are all able to ask Jesus into our lives. We gave the children space to 'sun bathe' in the Holy Spirit and Dan sang a worship song over them. The spirit of God is always present of course, but He was so tangible in that moment. Toward the end I said a prayer which if the children wanted to, they could say in their heads and ask Jesus into their lives. 8 children did this which was so exciting! It was a privilege as leaders to pray and chat with these children and share the good news with their parents at the end.
"It is a joy to join in with what God is doing."
It is a joy to join in with what God is doing. We try hard to model to the children what it means to follow Christ, how He speaks and we listen. Children can and do hear from God and God can use them to speak to us.
We have really enjoyed this past half term and are so excited that 8 children have said ‘yes’ to Jesus. We are finishing the topic this Sunday with some crafts and although there will be no formal teaching, it is often over activities in conversation where you find the children share more of what they think about God and where relationships are deepened.
Please pray for Explorers over the Easter season that they will know the love of Jesus and be able to share their understanding of the story with friends and family. Our challenge as leaders, families and the church is to continue to disciple the children so they grow deeper in faith, so please pray for our Explorers leaders and parents.
Find out more about Explorers Network on our website.