Life happens while you’re waiting for life to happen. I was thinking about this while we were in staff meeting this week. Much of our attention as a church has been focused on gearing up for the completion of our auditorium and what happens after. It has consumed much of our time, resources, and focus. But in the midst of waiting for the building to “happen”, life—that regular ministry-focused, roll-up-your-sleeves and get to work kind of life—has continued on at quite a pace.
In this light, a couple stories need to be shared.
The story of youth ministry. Our Fall season is off to a surprising start, with an average of 90 students connecting on Tuesday evenings. Many of these teens come from the community with no church experience. They sign up for events like youth alpha and ministry outreach, and are inviting their friends out. The high attendance is a fun problem to have! We have also seen our youth Sunday school with over 20 students on a Sunday morning, Sunday night youth services with over 20 kids, and our Route 456 program have over 40 children attend on a weekly basis. Our kids Sunday School program has between 70-90 kids each Sunday morning. These are exciting times.
Of course numbers don’t tell the whole story. Our vision is not to create a crowd, but to develop disciples who hold on to the faith all the days of their lives. We’re working at a staff level to make sure we have mentors and teachers and curriculums and opportunities in place in order for our students to come to terms about what it means to live the Christian life. We continue to rely on the whole community at Emmanuel to help make this vision a success.
Would you specifically pray for our youth and children’s ministries? Pray that community kids connect with Jesus Christ. Pray that the church’s kids grow deeper in their faith and understanding of who God is. And pray that God brings forward workers (we’re still looking for Grade 1 teachers in Sunday School, for instance, and help with Route 456).
Because, while we’re waiting for life to happen, it’s happening all around us. Let’s celebrate what God is up to in our midst.