This year we started a new ministry at our church for 5th and 6th graders called Route 56. Route 56 is a high energy, pre-youth group experience for 5th and 6th graders. Small groups, worship, crazy games, service opportunities and biblical teaching are all incorporated to help students live out their faith in Christ by serving others. Our theme verse is 1 Tim. 4:12 which says, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your faith, love, and purity." Last night was our first "Service Station" as the kids served our children's ministry by cleaning the nursery and a few preschool rooms. It was exciting to see them serve together with a smile on their faces -- even while scrubbing the little toilets!
My prayer is that these kids would catch a vision for serving others now and that this seed would grow as they grow older. After we finished cleaning we had some brownies and ice cream and then heard from some of the kids as they spoke about their experience from the "Share Chair".