An acorn has the potential for of one day being a magnificent oak tree. It takes many years, good soil, rain and sunshine until one day it is the mighty oak it was destined to become.Likewise the child within your arms; within your church; within your community possesses a seed of greatness. Don’t be fooled by appearances; for if placed in the right hands; God’s hands, their possibilities are endless.
- Soil = Good home/church environment
- Water = Instructions and clear boundaries, the balance is crucial
- Sunshine = Encouragement and affirmation
Then step back and give them the opportunity to shine for God.
by Pastor Patricia Douglas © 2014
The mission of the North England Conference Children’s Ministries Department is to nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus. Creating an environment where they may experience joy, and discover God’s love and grace through the spiritual leadership of parents, leaders and teachers, equipped to serve.
It is our prayer that God will use us to His glory, in the formation of Spiritual Giants, akin to David, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, Esther and so much more. Bright lights shining in a dark world.
We seek to fulfil our mission by developing the following:
In which all children will experience the unconditional love of Jesus, find assurance of acceptance and forgiveness, and make a commitment to Him. Grace-Link Curriculum.
In which volunteers are empowered, trained, and equipped for effective ministry to children.
In which children are given opportunity for hands on service to people in their neighbourhood or city, thus, establish a pattern of outreach to others that may well continue through life.
In which the department work with other ministries, such as family ministries, Sabbath School, stewardship, and others to further our shared goals.
Whereby our churches:
a. choose volunteers with high spiritual and moral backgrounds; and,
b. adopt safeguards to protect children from physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse and the church from liability.
In which children who are not enfolded in the church will be introduced to the love of Jesus through outreach programs such as: Vacation Bible Schools, children’s Branch Sabbath Schools, Neighbourhood Bible Clubs, and Story Hours.
The Children’s Minstries’ Co-ordinator: a Step by Step Guide to Organising Children’s Ministries in the Local Church, Department of Children’s Ministries, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland, 2005.