Pastoral Notes for Sunday, October 29, 2017

A few weeks ago we rolled out a new children’s bulletin as a means of assisting our covenant children in the worship of God. It’s been super fun stopping by the pews during pre-service and seeing so many children poised for worship with their new bulletin in hand.

We so appreciate your early enthusiasm and positive feedback about the bulletin! If there are ways you think we can improve it, we’re all ears. Please contact our Children’s Coordinator, Martha Brooks, at, if you have thoughts or ideas to share.

As important as weekly worship is to a child’s spiritual growth, it is not enough. A child’s spiritual upbringing requires more than getting kids to church. We must encourage and train our covenant children to walk with the Lord personally on a daily basis.

Toward that end, there are two books on the Book Shelf that are designed to do just that.

·      First, The Biggest Story ABC is beautiful little board book teaches our youngest children the unfolding of the biblical story while utilizing the alphabet. Starting with Adam and finishing with Zion, children are exposed to the sweep of redemptive history in a fun and whimsical way. If you have children or grandchildren who are 1-5 years of age, do not miss this volume! 

·      Second, Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids is designed for children 6-12 years old. Going deeper into the Bible’s story, this volume trains children in how to read the Bible while cultivating the godly habit of daily Bible intake. In an easy to follow and interactive workbook format, children will read small sections from the Bible, memorize a key verse each week, and develop “prayer points” for conversing with God. What I love about this volume is that it lays the necessary foundations for a child to develop a lifetime commitment of reading God’s Word and discovering the beauty of the redemptive story.  

Do yourself a favor and take a moment this morning to check out these titles and the dozens of other great titles at the Book Shelf on the second-floor landing.