Covenant Kids: Planting Seeds of Gospel Truths
While games are played and plenty of fun is had in the children’s area on Sunday mornings, Covenant Kids, Christ Covenant’s children’s ministry, strives to accomplish much more in the hearts and minds of our kids. Above all else, Covenant Kids is a ministry of cultivation.
Each week, dedicated volunteers seek to cultivate a knowledge of and relationship with Jesus Christ in each of our children by showing them, Christ-like love. It’s not a ministry of instant gratification; rather, it is a slow, steady and consistent process.
“Plant, fertilize, water, grow,” says associate pastor, Blake Rogers, of this process. “We are planting and cultivating seeds. One day, you will see a small sprout come out of the ground where there is fruit to what you’ve been teaching them all along.”
Blake and Jess Cieply tend to this “garden” tirelessly to ensure Covenant Kids is living Christ Covenant’s mission – Gospel Kingdom Mission. This means being intentional about sharing the Gospel and our Father’s merciful and unfailing love for us.
“Our ultimate goal is to teach the Gospel. [Our children’s] only hope in the world is in Jesus and his redemptive work on the cross,” he says.
This teaching is done in a myriad of ways. On any given Sunday in Covenant Kids, parents can expect their children to experience church service just like they are in the theatre. Jess and team start with worship time – singing and dancing led by Salla Sinerea and Joseph Pappas. Then, the children are divided by age for teaching time. Weekly lesson plans are sermon-based, meaning they correspond with that week’s sermon in the main service. This allows parents and children to hear the same message – tailored appropriately, of course – so that discussions can continue at home throughout the week. The morning concludes with a craft or activity that further exposes the children to Gospel truths.
Like the Christian life, though, Covenant Kids is more than just Gospel-centered child care on Sunday mornings. This ministry is a resource for parents as they scatter outside the walls of Sutton Middle School. According to the Bible, parents are the primary disciples for their children. Covenant Kids seeks to foster this by building relationships with parents and providing resources to them, whether that be sharing timely parenting articles via email every few weeks or creating study tools to help bring the Gospel into the home.
“The pattern of parents who are continually delighting in the Lord bears the most longsuffering fruit in the life of all of our children,” says Blake, further [nothing that] the Gospel is “caught and taught,” especially in our youngest members.
This ministry is pivotal in the life of our church and its members – parents and non-parents alike. Whether you are a parent whose children regularly attend Covenant Kids’ Sunday services, a volunteer who serves in the children’s area or simply a member of Christ Covenant who interacts with our children before or after service, pastor Blake challenges all of us to think beyond ourselves and focus on our youth.
“We all need to think generationally. . . Your Gospel heritage is carried out through the generations who remain who will then share that same Gospel hope and heritage to other generations.”