Our mission as United Methodists is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. One way to do that is to teach children how to connect and communicate with God.
Last week during the Spiritual Practices session of KidVenture, 5th graders and 4-year-olds were together to learn a method of prayer called Examen. These children, and note the age gap, 5th graders, and 4-year-olds remained still and silent for 10 minutes during this prayer time. When asked how they liked it one child said: “I wish we could have done it longer!” Praise God! May we all desire to spend more time with God! These are disciples for Jesus Christ in the making!
Another way to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is to teach people to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to be Jesus to the poor, the hungry and the oppressed.
One little 4-year-old girl in our congregation took it upon herself a year ago to start saving her money in a box for the poor. Whenever she got some money she just threw it in this box and said she wanted to give it to the poor. Last week she brought it to church with her and there you see it! The box had $34.23 in it. But that’s not what’s important. What matters is this 4-year-old little girl knows we need to care for the poor. She is a disciple and she’s trying to transform the world.