Children’s Ministry and the Incarnation

I devote time each year to children’s ministry by teaching a Bible lesson for older children at our Vacation Bible School.  Not having children of my own, this helps me see life from their level for a few days.

We use Group’s curriculum — it’s experiential, sensory and creative.  This year the theme is Crocodile Dock, and most of the Bible stories come from Exodus.

In Friday’s story the children walk through the Red Sea on dry ground, a wall of water on their right and on their left:

red sea

It takes hard work to help children experience a Bible story.  Actually, it can be exhausting, but it’s worth it to see their delighted faces.

The need children have to see and touch things reminds me of the Incarnation.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  (1 John 1.1 TNIV)

To become children of God, we need to see and touch divine love ourselves and join ourselves to that love by faith.

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