From the Children’s Ministry….

September brings a new beginning for our Wednesday night programs for children here at Parkway.  Angela Barker will once again lead our children in choir beginning at 6:30 p.m. The choir room will now be housed in room 106.  We are so fortunate to have someone of Angela and David’s talents and experiences work with our Parkway children! I know that it will be another wonderful year for the children in the choir program!

For the past several years we have explored different options for our Wednesday night program.  We have done Bible studies, used art and science curriculums, and have divided the children by age and gender for different studies.  This year, we are “going back to basics”. We will take a month long look at some of our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionaries and the work that they do on the mission field.  We will only have half an hour during the school year, so we will stretch out the study of a missionary and country to a month instead of the weekly study we did during the summer. This way, we can continue to incorporate art, cooking and activities into each study.  Our first missionary study will be on David and Lauren Bass, who are CBF missionaries in Cambodia. I am excited to begin this study with the children and hope that they will have a better understanding of what Cooperative Baptist Fellowship missionaries do and learn more about where our mission offerings go.

I recently had a Sunday School teacher approach me with a concept that he felt needed further discussion with the children.  I appreciate that information and am looking forward to addressing it at our September Foundations Class. If you ever have a similar concern, please bring it to me!  Our goal is to help our children grow in their relationship with God. Any time questions or confusion comes up that needs to be addressed, I would appreciate knowing about it so that I can talk to the children more in depth on the subject. 

I also love to hear your ideas for activities that you would like for our children to do as a group.  Our trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts was so much fun that we plan to do it again in December! The older children would like another shot at an Escape Room so I am working on a date for a third attempt!  This time, Dr. King has agreed to try to “escape” with them. Maybe he will be the key to their success! We will continue to have Parents Night Out on at least a quarterly basis. Any other suggestions are always welcome!

As we begin the 2019-2020 church year, let us remember that the children are also beginning a new school year.  Please keep them in your prayers as they face the challenges of building new relationships, learning new skills, and living in a world so different from the one that we grew up in.