Mission Statement for the Children Ministry of CCCTO
Matthew 19: 13 – 15 “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, ”Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.”
From this message recorded in the Bible, we know children are part of Jesus ministry too.
We believe children are so precious in Jesus’ heart that (1) he commanded adults to lead them to him (2) he wanted grown-ups to learn from them because they are examples of the Kingdom of Heaven (3) he wanted to be intimately close to them (4) he blessed them by placing his hand on their head. If we are after Jesus’ heart, we have to take children ministry as important as any others in the church.
Therefore, we are committed to raise a generation of children who have active relationship with Jesus Christ. We will use God-centered curriculum in introducing many characters of God and relate to their lives in such a way that God is no more an abstract concept or being, but alive and love them dearly. We will guide our children to understand that Jesus is the key part of God’s love for us and his salvation plan for us. As children they should respond to Him by living a life of worship, prayer and making godly choices. As adult teachers, we are committed to demonstrate that love through our actions and words.
馬太福音十九章13-15節: “那 時 有 人 帶 著 小 孩 子 來 見 耶 穌 、 要 耶 穌 給 他 們 按 手 禱 告 ． 門 徒 就 責 備 那 些 人 。耶 穌 說 、 讓 小 孩 子 到 我 這 裡 來 、 不 要 禁 止 他 們 ． 因 為 在 天 國 的 、 正 是 這 樣 的 人 。耶 穌 給 他 們 按 手”
從聖經所記錄的這段信息, 我們知道兒童們也是耶穌服事的對象. 有以下四點讓我們相信兒童在耶穌心中是非常特殊的: 第一, 祂讓門徒帶小孩子到祂這裏來; 第二, 祂讓大人們學習小孩 子, 因為在天國的正是像小孩子的人; 第三, 耶穌讓孩子們來親近祂; 第四, 祂並且按手在他們頭上為他們祝福. 如果我們以耶穌基督的心為心, 我們必定要重視兒童事工, 就如我們重視教會的其他事工一樣.
因此, 我們願意致力於培養下一代, 使他們與耶穌基督有親密的關系. 我們將選擇以神為中心的教材, 向孩子們介紹神的屬性和品格, 在討論中盡量與孩子們的生活相關聯, 以幫助他們體會神不是一個抽象的概念, 而是又真又活並且深愛著他們. 我們將引導我們的孩子明白耶穌是神愛我們和拯救我們的計劃的核心. 教導他們從小孩子起就回應祂的愛, 過敬拜神的生活, 常常禱告, 做合神心意的選擇. 作為老師, 我們願意言傳身教將神的愛表明出來.
兒童主日学 Children Sunday School:每星期天 (every Sunday) 9:30AM – 11:00AM
兒童崇拜 Children Sunday Worship:每星期天 (every Sunday) 11:30AM – 12:10PM