The purpose of children's ministry at TPC is to give specific thought and attention to the way children grow in their understanding of Christ's Kingdom and what membership in that Kingdom entails.
THINGS TO NOTE:
ELEMENTARY GRADUATION: Our 5th graders are making a move out of the children's ministry and into the youth department. Please plan to stay after CE on May 19 for a brief ceremony to commission them for their new stage of life followed by a celebratory light lunch. So that we prepare enough food, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of people in your family who plan to attend.
DRAMA CAMP: Drama Camp registration is now open! Click here to download a registraion form and get registered today. You can also click here to print postcard invitations to give your friends and neighbors.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY'S MISSION TO MURFREESBORO: Did you know that the children's ministry of Trinity hosts a mission project every summer? As Christians we are all sent by God into the places we live with the job of showing Christ's love, forgiveness, and beauty to those around us. One of the ways the children's ministry focuses on this task is through Drama Camp each summer. The main purposes of camp are to:
1) encourage children in their God-given creativity
2) give youth the opportunity to pursue their God-given interests
3) be a blessing to the community
Prayerfully consider how you would like to be involved in this mission project?
What are your plans? Send pictures of what you are up to over the summer to be featured here each week.
Interested in Drama Camp? Have friends you would like to tell about it? Click the picture above to watch a video telling about camp and share the link with others!
If you were describing The Ten Commandments to someone who had never heard them before, what would you say? Most people would say its a list of things we aren't supposed to do. There certainly are a lot of "Thou shalt not's" in the list, but have you ever thought about the fact that there are ONLY 10? When you consider all the things a human being CAN do in the world, to have only 10 "thou shalt not's" isn't really all that many! But why give any? If God really loves us and wants us to be happy, why does he have to tell us no about anything?
Here's the simplist answer, God doesn't want to kill our joy. He wants to kill our sin because sin will kill us completely!
You see, because God made humans and the entire world, he knows how humans and the world are created to work. If we keep doing the things we were not created to do, we are missing out on the joy of life. God tells us NOT to murder because he DOES want us to love each other, have friends, play games, build things. All of the commandments are like this.
Another way to understand this is to consider a mirror. When you look in a mirror and see that you have something on your shirt, what do you do about it? You take it to your mom and she uses stain remover to clean the shirt. The 10 commandments are like the mirror. They show us the stains on our hearts so that we can run to Jesus to be cleaned and set free from sin so that we can do all the beautiful things we were made to do.
Father, thank you for your Commandments that show me my sin. Please remind me that your Law is love that I might run to Jesus to be cleaned and learn how to live a life of love and joy.
BIBLE VERSE: “Moses said to the people, 'Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.'" Exodus 20:20
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM MEMORY WORK:
Q11: Isn't God also merciful?
A11: God is certainly merciful, but also just. God's justice demands that sin, committed against his supreme majesty, be punished with the supreme penalty - eternal punishment of body and soul.
Q12: According to God's righteous judgement we deserve punishment both now and in eternity: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God's favor?
A12: God requires that his justice be satisfied. Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another.
------------------------------------------ HYMN OF THE MONTH:
"O Church, Arise"
by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Click here to listen to a demo and read the lyrics so you can practice at home.