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A Child’s Mind Is Like a Jell-O Mold

By Ryan Heath, Pastor of Children’s Ministry

Summertime backyard barbeque desserts have changed quite a bit over the last decade. Long before words like “organic” and “Red 40 food dye” became household terms, most kids could count on the standard, “always room for more” Jell-O mold making an appearance. Often made with canned fruit, kids had to perform a delicate spoon ballet to carefully navigate through a minefield of unidentifiable, color-stained fruit cubes suspended in their dessert. However, when made with fresh, brightly colored fruit, the Jell-O mold would be the only food not left over at the barbeque.

The trick to properly making a great Jell-O mold dessert is to add the good stuff at just the right time in the process of the Jell-O firming up. A child’s mind is like that Jell-O mold—you want to get all the good stuff in there before it hardens up.

In a recent interview, George Barna, Christian pollster and researcher, stated that a person’s worldview is formed between 18 months and 13 years of age. If true, then God’s call on parents to disciple our children to become followers of Christ takes on even more urgency. As with a Jell-O mold, we want to help our children shape a biblical worldview by filling their minds with God’s Word before their worldview is fully formed. The sixth chapter of Deuteronomy calls on parents to take God’s words and “teach them diligently to your children, and talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

At SBC, we want to come alongside parents as they fulfill God’s calling to love and lead their families to Christ. Every week, our Discovery Kids weekend programming points children to Christ through Bible-based teaching, and as they leave, they’re given an Activity Sheet that includes family-oriented discussion starters and activities. Our desire is to provide families with great tools to engage with their children discussing God’s Word and helping shape their Christian worldview.

Another great way to disciple your children is to get them involved in our midweek program, AWANA. Its name stands for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed from 2 Timothy 2:15, where it states, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (NIV).

In our AWANA program, which restarts on Wednesday, September 6, 6:30pm at the Shea Campus, kids have an incredible time with active games, interactive music and lots of Scripture memorization. During the week, parents are actively involved with their children, helping them memorize Scripture and “hide God’s Word” in their hearts (Psalm 119:9-11).

Register your 4-year-old through 6th grade student(s) for AWANA here and then come out for our AWANA Open House on Wednesday, August 23, 6-8pm!