CARING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
FAMILY WORSHIP Saturdays 4pm
We know it has been a hard season for families with younger children, especially as it has been more difficult or impossible for some of us to worship together on Sundays. We hope to remedy that a little with a special, family-focused time where we can more safely pray, praise, and proclaim Jesus together and still get home for a family dinner!
We'll be using our engaging Family Ministry videos with mini Gospel lessons in a compact, child-friendly service. Our printed handouts will be available to take home in both younger and older child versions.
WHEN YOU WORSHIP WITH US
You can enter through the front entrance.
We gather in the Sanctuary. In addition to the Sanctuary being sanitized, meeting on Saturdays means no one has been in the Sanctuary for several days.
We will sit together as families, social distancing by spreading out across the Sanctuary.
Masks are required for all. This will help keep everyone healthy. You can bring your own and we also provide masks.
Touchless hand sanitizer stations are available in the Sanctuary.
Bathrooms are available including our family bathroom.
The Nursery is available if you need a changing station.
On Communion weeks, we will share Communion with sealed packages of bread and juice.
You can give using the offering box in the Sanctuary.
John Pointed to Jesus
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophets had spoken of a forerunner—someone who would get people ready for Jesus. (Isa. 40:3; Mal. 3:1) At just the right time, “John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). These baptisms were an outward sign of cleansing for people who had repented of their sins.
John’s followers were concerned when they saw Jesus and His disciples, who were baptizing people too. They came to John, who pointed out several things about himself and about Jesus. Consider these comparisons as John explained that Jesus was greater than John.
First, who were they? John was clear: “I am not the Messiah” (John 3:28). John was not the bridegroom, but the groom’s friend. Jesus is the bridegroom. (John 3:29)
Where did they come from? John was from the earth, and he belonged to the earth. Jesus comes from above and is above all. (John 3:31)
What did they do? John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John was a witness to the Light. (John 1:7-8) He was a voice in the wilderness, and Jesus is the Word. (John 1:14,23) John the Baptist told people to get ready for the Messiah. He baptized with water, but Jesus baptized with the Spirit. (John 1:33)
Finally, why were they here? John went before Jesus and rejoiced with Him. (John 3:28-29) Jesus came to give eternal life. (John 3:36)
John described his joy as being complete. (John 3:29) The One for whom he had prepared the people was here. The time had come for John to step aside and let Jesus take the spotlight. John’s mission was complete.
This helpful and insightful article from Ligonier Ministries reminds us with practical ways that Christian parenting isn’t a new method. It’s sharing the gospel you already know.
In this podcast, Matt Chandler joins the Gospelbound program to discuss moments and milestones, models and mishaps in family discipleship.
Step 1 On Sunday, start off by praying with your whole family. Let your children know that you're entering into a time of worship and are seeking the Lord's help in understanding what He will reveal to us.
Step 2 Use the videos and teaching prompts to guide your children through the lesson. It is helpful for children to practice holding the Bible, looking up the Scripture, and reading or hearing you read directly from the Bible.
Step 3 Continue the learning with the age-specific Handout. Throughout your week, the lesson can be reinforced through the page's creative activities, Bible story review and application questions, the Christ Connection main idea, and activities you can share as a family.
Step 4 Continue to regularly share the Gospel with your children. This useful primer HOW TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL TO A CHILD will be helpful.