We are surrounded by stories. When you’re little, it can be hard to differentiate between story and truth. As a little girl, Cinderella was my favorite story, and I was convinced that I, too, could find a prince charming and become a princess with my very own castle.
As we grow up, we realize that fairy tales are just that – fairy tales. But there are lots of stories that are harder to differentiate. How do we know what is true? Would we believe what we believe if it was only based on what we felt? Or what mom and dad taught us? Here, we only talk about stories that are true – found in God’s word – the Bible.
At Grace, there are lots of opportunities for families to come together and ask questions. They can have shared experiences – through family nights, Family VBS, Wednesday night classes, or weekend services. When families spend time in a common place, with common goals, they begin to share more and more common ground. Families have the opportunity to learn together, grow together, and find answers together.
Families can serve together. Something amazing happens when you are part of something bigger than yourself, and you have a common experience of serving. Kids learn about what matters by watching their parents. They learn from their parents how to serve, and more importantly, can learn from each other as they serve together.
Even more empowering can be sharing the answers you’ve found. We have lots of awesome adults who pour into the lives of kids who may need to hear from someone other than Mom and Dad. Adults who hug babies while mom and dad are in service, who teach age appropriate Bible stories, who lead small groups of students, and talk about real life together.
God designed us for community. Community doesn’t end with our immediate families. We get to grow and be part of God’s great story, which began with creation and ends with eternity in heaven.
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