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Back To School: How to Prepare for Peace

The end of summer is inevitable, yet the start of the school year seems to creep up on us each and every August.

The nature of surprise indicates a lack of preparedness. But when it comes to kids getting back into the school-house rock routine, lack of preparation is not an option; unless you prefer chaos and snotty tears.

We, as a Kids Ministry, want to equip your family to live in the peace and truth of Jesus. And the transition from summer into the school year is a time when that peace is extra-appreciated. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a peaceful start of the school year.

Rest + Routine

Our God is a God who favors rest (Genesis 2:2-3, Matthew 11:28-30). He created us knowing we would function best with physical, mental and emotional rest. One of the best things we can do as caretakers is make sure our kids are getting the rest they need, especially when heading back to school. If summer has been filled with late nights, spend the week before school adjusting back to a normal bedtime. This will make those early mornings more peaceful for everyone in your house! Returning to the school year routine before the school year actually starts is like laying out a clear path for your kids to follow. We were made to walk on the path laid out before us (Proverbs 4:26).

Modeling + Encouragment

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul exhorts us to “be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children” (Ephesians 5:1). As we imitate God as He has revealed Himself to be (joyful, patient, kind, self-controlled, etc.), we are modeling Christ-like behavior for our kids to follow and therefore become imitators of God as well. What does this mean for preparing to go back to school? If we model peace and trust in God in all circumstances, our kids have a great example to follow. If we model fear and anxiety, it is almost guaranteed that they will act in the same spirit. We have a great opportunity to step out in trusting the Lord, even if walking in peace is an act of faith and not based on actual circumstances.

We can also be imitators of God by speaking encouragement to our kids. It is a lot easier for a child who knows he is believed in to believe in himself. Statements like, “This is going to be the best school-year yet!” or “I can’t wait to see what God has planned for you this year!” could be exactly what your child needs to walk out in boldness and confidence.

Prayer

Last but definitely not least (and probably most important) is prayer.  Hopefully, life has made it very clear to you that you can do absolutely nothing in your own strength. And the same applies to your kids! Take some time each day leading up to the first day of school to kneel before the Lord and ask boldly for a transformative and enjoyable school year for your child. He wants us to ask of Him so we can delight in His response. And remember – He is for your child’s best; even more than you are!

So here’s to the best back to school experience your family has had yet!

By Jessie Nahom, 1st – 3rd Grade Children’s Pastor

Find Your Spot

I will state the obvious – I am a kid person. I find them hysterical, honest, endearing, emotional and pure. Kids love unconditionally because most of them haven’t learned how risky it is to love that way. I tell people, “If you want to feel loved, spend some time with a kid.”

I have found my spot with the kids at this church. My job is a dream job for someone who loves kids and loves Jesus. In the Journey (Antioch’s Kids Ministry for 1st through 3rd graders), we get to encounter, enrich and shape the spiritual lives of little humans who will grow up to be big humans with the potential for international impact. We get to play a supporting role to our parents, and sometimes be the voice that shares the Gospel with a child for the first time.

Kids need people to love them. Even the pastor’s kid with a prayer warrior of a mom probably wouldn’t turn to you and say, “It’s okay, I don’t need you (a person whom God has gifted uniquely) to love me right now.” Being involved in kids ministry is not about providing childcare while the grown-ups sit in “big church.” It’s about having the God-given honor of discipling and loving kids into their identity and destiny as Jesus followers.

I did not grow up following Jesus. And I have a lot of friends who gave their lives to Jesus at a young age, but for normal reasons, turned or fell away from God somewhere in their early teens before turning back to Him with a passion. I pray the kids at Antioch will have a different story; that their relationship with Jesus starts now and never falters. Not because of what it would say about me or this church or the Bible belt. But because of the righteousness that comes to those who believe Jesus is greater than their desire to sin. And maybe it would save them from some of the pain that inevitably comes during those wonderfully/horribly awkward teenage years and beyond.

This dream of kids who are sold out on loving Jesus at an early age won’t happen without the buy-in of the older generation. And while God is more than capable of doing all of this on His own, He miraculously invites us into the journey and says, “Can I work through you?” I feel like inviting people to work with kids is almost an advertisement for an ancient cure-all. “Do you want to feel beautiful? Important? Hysterical?  Like you’re actually making a difference in the world?” Yes, it’s about changing and molding the lives of the greatest first through third graders on the planet. But God seems to have a thing about blessing those who serve Him – and His children!

As we gear up for the fall, I am believing for our kids to have more fun than ever at church. And I am believing for kids to fall more in love with Jesus! It is always an honor and a privilege to be a part of what God is doing. And it’s a blast when He does whatever He’s doing with super soakers and ridiculous hats. I can promise you this – you couldn’t spend a year volunteering in the kids ministry without learning to see God in a new way. God is big. But He really likes those who are small.

By Jessie Nahom

Journey Pastor (1st – 3rd grade)

You can find your spot and serve in the Antioch Kids Ministry today! Start your application.