Thursday, September 17, 2009

Teaching Children the Grace of Giving

But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7

It seems that if there is one thing Kingwood parents have in common, it is to have children that excel. Our kids excel in sports, academics and the arts. Children may even excel in faith if their parents are intentional in teaching them at home and bringing them to class and worship at every opportunity. But, 2 Corinthians 8:7 also says we should excel in giving!
Quite possibly, parents may not have thought much about what it means to help children excel in giving. We teach kids to share. But, do we teach them to give something away, possessions, money or food? Or, when they get their birthday money do we rush them to Wal-Mart to buy yet another toy? I have an opportunity for you to teach your children about giving. Each Sunday morning, just as children are being released to King's Court and Worship 411, we will have an opportunity for them to give an offering. Children, and their parents if the parents feel the need, should walk to the FRONT of the auditorium to put money in the children's offering and then exit the doors that they normally exit. The congregation will love to see these kids give with a cheerful heart and the children will learn from the opportunity to give their money each week.
Parents, I am looking for families to stand at the front with the collection basket each Sunday. Your responsibility will not only be to hold a basket but to welcome the children with love, hugs, and pats on the back (high five are also acceptable). Children will be "passing by" on their way to the children's worships. This opportunity is open to parents and any other couple that love our young children and want to bless them by helping them feel special during this part of our worship service.

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