What incredible worship experiences we had together this Good Friday and Easter!
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard- from cleaning the YMCA, to all the extra work setting up, to all the work by the Worship Team, Hospitality, and those who served with One Hope Kids! Thanks also to the Staff without whom none of it would have been possible: Mike, Justin, Cassie, Torry and Katie.
Let’s pray for those whose hearts might have been touched by God’s Spirit for the first time, that they would keep taking steps towards the risen Christ.
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” -Matthew 25:40
I had a brain tumor when I was in first grade (I know—it explains a lot). My first grade Sunday School teacher’s name was Mrs. Wies. She taught our class faithfully every week. Unlike almost all my other teachers in my childhood, I remember her name because she came to visit me in the hospital. I remember how, when I got home to recuperate, she brought me a box full of presents so I would have one small toy to open and brighten each day. She made me feel loved. It was the year I made my public profession of faith. She invested spiritually in me though she never knew the end of the story.
Our ministry of discipleship at One Hope begins with our children. Investing in their hearts’ journey matters. Thank you to the many of you who have recently joined Donna and me as team members with One Hope Kids. But we are not yet fully staffed. This means that if I was a first grader coming to One Hope, I would not have the same teacher each week and would not have the relationship with a teacher Mrs. Wies had with me.
Will you be a Mrs. Weis? You can be married or single, a student or grandparent. It’s all about love, not special gifting. The only thing kids care about is love!
Contact Cassie Matthews, our Kids Director, to get started. She will train you and guide you through the whole process of serving.
For parents with kids, teaching in One Hope Kids is a way we minister to one another’s families. The expectation is for both regularly attending parents to serve at least one service, one Sunday per month. We come together in church community not as Christian consumers but as serving disciples. Service is part of our own discipleship.
I see this heart in all the currently committed volunteers at One Hope. I am not asking the few to carry a heavier load. So many do so much already. Thank you for your investment in God’s kingdom!
For others, commitment to regular service is a needed uncomfortable step of growth in your walk with God. I encourage you to make the investment in the next generation just as Mrs. Weis did for me.