This term in church we're tackling some pretty big questions. Questions that are important to us and the people around us. Questions that affect the world we live in. Questions that affect our way of life. Questions that can unite, questions that can divide, questions we need to grapple with as Christians.
As Christians we're called to love one another just as Jesus loved us. Yet with many of these big questions our response/s as a church, the body of Christ, have been perceived as anything but loving. This term we'll be exploring how to let our responses to these questions truly be shaped by the grace, love and mercy demonstrated by Christ on the cross. We need to be shaped by Jesus. Our responses to these questions need to be shaped by Jesus.
As we look at the list of questions we'll be exploring it might look a little intimidating, scary even. Here's a list of the adults' talk questions and the corresponding Kids Church questions:
- How do you know God exists?
(KIDS) How do you know God Exists?
- Why should I trust the bible?
(KIDS) Why should I trust the bible?
- Why is there so much abuse in the church?
(KIDS) What does God say about people who hurt others?
- How can a good God allow so much evil and suffering?
(KIDS) How can a good God allow so much evil and suffering?
- How can a good God send people to hell?
(KIDS) What happens when we die?
- Why do Christians hate LGBTIQA+ people? Is God anti-gay?
(KIDS) What dies God say about different relationships?
- Hasn’t science made God irrelevant?
(KIDS) Do Science and God work together?
- Why isn’t there gender equality in the church?
(KIDS) Does God love boys and girls the same?
- Why are Christians such hypocrites
(KIDS) Why don’t Christians always act like Jesus?
While these are the questions we see, hear, and read about in the news - they are, in fact, doorways to deeper issues of the heart. Issues of who we are, who we were created to be and how we're to relate to our creator God and those around us.
So why on earth would you tackle these questions in Kids Church?
The fact of the matter is these questions are as much a part of the world our kids live in as they are a part of ours (it's the same world). There are kids in our church community who have classmates with two parents the same sex, whose mum passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer, who are judgemental, and who have been abused or are abusive. These are real issues for kids, although the way they perceive them may be a little less direct than for adults, they still ask these BIG questions. What a great opportunity we have to help these young members of our church family to engage with these real world questions in a way that is shaped by Jesus; in a way that is gracious, loving and kind, in a way that encourages them and their peers to pursue Jesus not flee from him.
How on earth would you tackle these questions in Kids Church?
It's true different kids will have different levels of awareness when it comes to these questions, and we want to be respectful of parents' and caregivers' prerogative to unpack and contextualise these issues with their families. Together we believe the bible has a lot to say about the issues of the heart. Jesus has a lot to say about ethical issues and faith in him. The Bible, and especially the person of Jesus, is the focus we've used to approach the development of our kids curriculum for this term. Obviously each kids church growth group will discuss each question at an appropriate level for the age group and kids will be encouraged to chat with their parents & caregivers further about their questions. For a more in depth overview of what we’ll be covering and how a curriculum summary has been attached for your perusal.
As usual our Pre-Primary aged kids will continue working through our God’s Big Story curriculum which provides a Christ centred overview of the whole bible.