Celebrate with Your Church

My kids are all in school. They are in 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade at a local K-8 public school that we love!!  It feels to me like there’s a party every other day for one thing or another. Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Birthdays for 30 kids, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the list goes on and on.  What is the purpose to all of this celebration? There’s something about celebrating with others that builds community and unity and creates an environment for learning and growth. How can we transfer this to our church community? Let’s celebrate together.

We throw a KIDS Party at the end of each semester, every 4 months. The 4 yr. olds- 5th grade participate in the big party and there is a mini version for the 2 and 3 year olds. At this party, kids are led to various stations for a game, a craft, a snack, a store(given the opportunity to spend “discipledollars” that were earned during class all semester—of course, there’s a minimum given to each child for those who are brand new) and bounce houses. What are the benefits of the party?

  • When kids are having fun, walls are broken down and they are able to connect with their leaders and other kids. When connection happens, their hearts are softened to know and grow in their love for Jesus.
  • An opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, grandchildren, nieces and nephews who would not normally attend church. Giving a first opportunity for kids to be on your campus and with your church community often will break down fears and hesitancy that is associated with “going to church.”

The Bible has many examples of the church celebrating with festivals filled with food, family, friends, fun and music. Let’s be aware of opportunities to celebrate. Celebration adds significance and lasting memories to an event.

A couple of years ago as we were having all of the celebrations at school I made a significant observation. The influence of a celebration is held more in how it is presented than in the actual agenda. One of my kids’ teachers would say, “We are going low key, not really a party but just a little time where we’ll have a small snack and maybe do a special activity.” Another teacher would say, “We’re going to have such a great time at the party with a yummy snack and a special activity.” I attended both of these celebrations…they looked identical from the outside. Kids were eating a snack and playing a fun game. However, the benefit of celebration was not received with the class that was downplayed. The lesson I learned is that a celebration’s value lies in how it is presented and promoted.

In our church family with kids, youth and adults, what are some events that can be celebrated? How are you going to celebrate with your church? Please share!!


About familydiscipleshippath

My husband, Tim, and I have been married for 17 years and have 3 great children. Our girls are 13 and 11 and the baby boy is 9. We have been living in Redding, CA and serving at Risen King Community Church since August, 2000. I serve as the Family Ministries Pastor. As a mom and a pastor, I represent both the church and the home and am on a journey of discovering and communicating practical ways the church and family can partner together to guide the young ones in our lives to know and love Jesus and live their lives(their whole lives) in light of that love.
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