June 2017  
Rector's Msg.


Train up a child in the way he should go;
 ...even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

As the sages Crosby, Stills, and Nash once proclaimed, “teach your children well.”  This message was but an echo of an earlier message from the book of Proverbs as quoted above.  For millennia parents and villages have been raising up children so that they can reach maturity and carry on the same process for their children.

In the Church we have many places and ministries where a person can serve.  These ministries are all vital for the life and growth of the Church, but in this article I would like to speak about our ministries to the children and youth of the Church.  I chose this one because it is a ministry that operates during a time when the rest of us are all engaged in worship and so it remains a mystery in some ways.    
The core program of our ministries to children and youth is Sunday School during the 10:30 service.  During the Sunday School time, any kid, from birth to high school, can come and be spiritually fed in a focused and relational setting.  Of course children of any age are always welcome in Church during any part of our services, but some kids and parents prefer the setting of a Sunday School to learn and grow in the central teachings of the faith.  

By the grace of God and through the faithful service of many, Emmanuel has become known as a church that cares for the kids entrusted to us.  There challenge in being successful though.  We have four rooms with different classes of kids now, so each Sunday, four teams of two lead and teach these children and youth.  The safety and blessing of the children entrusted to us are of the highest importance and so everyone who serves in any capacity in these ministries must go through Safe Church training and no person ever serves alone with a child, we always serve in teams of two. 

The reality is that it takes a cadre of adults who are passionate about ensuring that the Church is a place where kids are valued and who back up that commitment by serving.

The lion's share of this work is carried out by a few committed individuals.  But this is not how it needs to be.  There are opportunities in all aspects of our ministries to kids that would be open for someone to serve.  Some people are concerned that if they volunteer that they will be stuck with running it all.  This is not the case, we have committed leaders already in place, we just need more people who are willing to serve, to love, and to care.  There is so much more that we want to do with the children in this Church.  We would love to expand our youth ministry with fun activities and service projects, but we need your help to do this.  

Emmanuel has just celebrated 162 years of ministry in Grass Valley, but the continued life and ministry of this church depends upon us raising up new generations of people who know and love Jesus Christ.  Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young understood this reality.  The way we care for and raise our children, and the children entrusted to us sets the direction of the future.  Let us serve the kids well, God has given them to us and may we be faithful in loving them.  Thank you all for the ways that you serve in this Church.  Thank you for your generosity and sacrifice.  If you are interested in being a helper in our programs to children and youth, please contact Carol Scofield or Debbie at the Church Office.  God bless you and please pray for continued growth in this Church and in the ministry to children and youth.

In Christ,



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