Who makes up the families in COTS’ Children’s Ministry?

This is a question I’ve been piecing together since my arrival. I can look up names on several systems and this information is stored in several places. But, what faces match these names? What struggles do they have as a family? What challenges are their children facing? How do these families teach God’s Word to their children? None of those answers are in any system I’ve been introduced to. So, I am calling ALL Children’s Ministry families to sign their name on the dotted line and commit to community. Commit to connecting to me and to each other so that we may help one another become closer and more connected to Jesus.

Every Sunday through the month of October, there will be a simple sign up sheet. By signing on the dotted line, you are confirming to me that the children and the families that make up COTS Kids desire connection and meaningful relationships. All I am looking for is your name. On November 1st , I will email every person on that list, inviting them to a meet and greet.

Committing means prioritizing and making room in a world of busy schedules. You will have a chance to get to know one another and you will have a chance to get to know me. We will discuss your needs as a family and where you are as spiritual leaders in your household. Going to church is not meant to be a task. It is meant to be a place where you can arrive with baggage and leave feeling empowered and supported. It is also a place where you can share what God has given you to share with His people. Perhaps this idea of commitment sounds familiar. You will find this very concept in Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”

Maybe this has been done before. You may even feel as though you have a support system within the church. If any of those things are true, sign up and prepare your heart to come alongside someone who has never been a part of the fold. I urge you to take the first step and sign your name on the dotted line. I promise, you are not committing yourself to anything that God has not already prepared you for. This, I know.

With love and prayers for God to bless you abundantly,

Lydia Stephens