Saturday, July 25, 2015

One of the Reasons I Love Our Church

Jesus has a special place in his heart for children. His many teachings about the priority of children and young people is both clear and compelling: Children and youth are not only our future; they have an essential place in the Kingdom of Heaven today. WE love kids because they are God’s and because they are ours!

The vision of The Water’s Edge is: To be a church who relentlessly pursues a transforming relationship with God, generously extends hope to the hurting, sacrificially serves our families, and radically invests in the next generation.

High school students getting ready to leave on their mission trip.

This summer we have been living out that vision!

Our middle school and high school mission trips were amazing. Fifty-five students and fifteen adults gave 2,500 hours of service to residents in Loveland, Colorado and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

To the fifteen adults: Thank you for living out our vision. Most of you gave nine days of your summer, a week of vacation, and hundreds of dollars to serve our families and radically invest in the next generation.

To our fifty-five students: I am grateful for each of you. You said “no” to things like the conveniences of home, sports, and activities and gave 12% of your summer to serve others and intentionally grow in your relationship with God. Thank you for showing us all about commitment!

Kids of all ages having fun at Vacation Bible School.

Vacation Bible School was a wonderful experience. It was exciting to be a part of this every night. We had an averaged 172 kids each night and 78 volunteers for a total of 250 people per night! I spent time each evening witnessing the children being so excited and dozens of adults joyfully serving. As a parent, I am so thankful for all the adults who served with excellence and compassion. You are serving our families and investing in the next generation.

Fall Kick-Offs 

It’s crazy to think that school starts in two weeks for most of our children. Many of the sports teams are already practicing. As parents, we work hard to prepare our children academically and athletically for college or whatever comes after high school. My dream has always been and will always be that our children are spiritually prepared for college They will need it.

Both the youth and children will be having their fall kick-offs in a few weeks. The church is prepared for our best and biggest year yet in 2015-2016. I encourage all our families to participate in the many ministries offered to our students and their families. Also, the church is providing some great resources on our app and in worship. These spiritual exercises are great for families to use to grow closer to God and each other. 

The best is yet to come… 


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