Children in City Groups
Since CITYgroups are the backbone of our church we want our children to be active participants just as our adults. While the current cultural trend is to separate parents and children in church and daily activities, it is our desire to nurture life together as families inside our CITYgroups as we live on mission. It’s in this context that children get to hear the gospel from many people, especially their parents, and see the implications of it lived out in front of their eyes.
The Bible tells us that children are a blessing from God (Psalm 127:3). It should give you great honor to be blessed with a child. Another honor that God gives you is the responsibility to disciple them. It’s easy to make excuses that we never have time to disciple people, yet God gives us the privilege of hands-on disciple-making with our children. God tells us that we should “train up a child in the way he should go.” He also tells us “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) It seems like a lot of pressure, but the good news is you don’t have to do this alone. One of the roles of the leaders of the church is to “equip the saints.” Our desire at Olympia City Church is to equip parents to raise their children in the knowledge of the gospel. We have gathered some resources to help come along aside you as you begin this process. Jesus tells us that as we disciple our children, He is with us.