Portraits of Grace: CEM Story (4 of 4)

“Portraits of Grace: CEM Story” follows the development of our Children’s Education Ministry at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every aspect of our church. We invite you to witness God’s work in the children of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

“When my mom brought me to SSP, I didn’t know a lot about God. I was a really clueless kid. But as I went to the classes, I learned more about why I was there, the Bible, and how God died for our sins: how God is great and that He’s our savior. I also gained really good friends. Their moms are close with my mom―you know how Asian moms work―and as they came here more and more, our relationship grew and we loved each other more and more. Since then, it’s felt like a really quick transition from CEM to staying through service. Even though I sometimes doze off (sorry Peter), I try my best to listen to the sermons and it gives me a whole new perspective on God. I just want to thank everyone for welcoming such a clueless kid into the church and helping me realize more about God.” – Vanness


Portraits of Grace: CEM Story (3 of 4)

“Portraits of Grace: CEM Story” follows the development of our Children’s Education Ministry at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every aspect of our church. We invite you to witness God’s work in the children of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

“In the beginning, CEM was very small and honestly just a place for us to put the kids during service. But over time, especially with the outpouring from SSP, it became something the kids could call ‘home.’ You can see they don’t feel like this is just a place where they get dropped off, but that it’s a place they’re inviting their friends and siblings to. They’ve started building friendships and get so excited when they see each other. Our kids are developing a space where they can not only learn about God, but also where they can grow with and support each other―and it’s a glimpse of what it’s going to look like when they’re older. Remember that Friends episode where Rachel talks about ‘her people’? I feel like this is what it’s going to be like for them. They’re going to be each other’s people.” – Andrea


Portraits of Grace: CEM Story (2 of 4)

“Portraits of Grace: CEM Story” follows the development of our Children’s Education Ministry at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every aspect of our church. We invite you to witness God’s work in the children of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

“I wanted to wait until the church was more cemented before doing SSP [Summer Saturday Program], but Serena was insistent on being present and doing it by faith. So we did, God amazed us, and I walked away with two key lessons. One, my cynicism needed to be dealt with in light of faith. I thought young adults were more consumerist and wouldn’t participate―but when the Spirit stirs people with a kingdom vision, people are willing to help. Service is not a burden but a privilege in how God shapes and engages people. Two, this is a God thing. SSP was a jumping point for these kids to come to know the gospel, come to CEM and for their parents to come to church. Every day, we have a great opportunity to live out the gospel to the children we see hanging out in the community, and this is probably the most effective way to reach a neighborhood―through the children.” – Peter


Portraits of Grace: CEM Story (1 of 4)

“Portraits of Grace: CEM Story” follows the development of our Children’s Education Ministry at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every aspect of our church. We invite you to witness God’s work in the children of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

“We started King’s Cross’ (KCC) first CEM class with less than five kids shortly after KCC was established. Initially, we were asking: “What can the families and children do during service? How can we serve them?” But shortly after, Peter introduced me to Lois (CPC Director), who shared the needs of Flushing children, their families, and her convicted heart to serve them. After our meeting, we were inspired to connect with these children and see where God led us. So we started our Summer Saturday Program in 2013, and God brought us over 60 kids and almost 40 volunteers to serve the children. It’s a true blessing that we got a glimpse of God’s work and the seeds planted in every child who attended. We have the privilege to share the good news and make an eternal difference in these children’s lives.” – Serena


Portraits of Grace: Brian

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Albert Cheung

I was hospitalized for a week during senior year of high school due to a ruptured appendix. That week was especially agonizing as I was spiking 104F fevers and had to wait 2 days for the doctors to attempt to drain my appendix, which was ultimately unsuccessful so they removed it. I was bedridden after the surgery in a very vulnerable/humble/weak state. I was very lonely particularly at night when I couldn’t sleep. Worst of all was that I was prohibited from eating and drinking anything all week. When I found out I had to be hospitalized (which was on a Saturday night), the one thing I remember saying to my mom was that I can’t miss church tomorrow because I was on set for worship that week. Thinking back, I’m encouraged by the devotion of my younger self and pray for that faith and courage.


Portraits of Grace: Jovita

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King's Cross Church. As "kingdom minded, kingdom people," we recognize God's work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Lucy Song

When we first found out we were pregnant, I didn’t believe it. I must have taken 5 pregnancy tests and we waited days before sharing the news with even the closest people in our lives. Charles and I had been trying to conceive for 2 years. By that time we had failed 6 cycles of intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and were planning on doing IVF the following month. As a Nurse Practitioner, with a Type A personality, I did everything I could that was in my power and medical knowledge to get pregnant. But during the one month when we decided to take a break from doing anything medically intensive, God showed me that He is the one who provides. If we had gotten pregnant by IUI or IVF, I know that I would have attributed it more to medicine or my own doing than God himself. Through this experience God taught me that nothing in this world is guaranteed except that He will be faithful and be with us in Christ, no matter what happens.

Now I am weeks away from the delivery of my baby girl and I am still learning to trust Him to provide. This is only the beginning of our journey with our little one, but I know that God, who entrusted us with this baby in my womb, will walk alongside us as we raise her up to be a child of God among His people. She is God’s miracle baby for us, and we truly believe she is a gift from God to us.