When Life Gets Wild, God is Good

Hello Church,

Elder Matt here. As our church’s 7th annual Summer Saturday Program is fast approaching, it is important that we remember how our Lord Jesus Christ considers and sees the children.

In Luke 9:46-48, Jesus’s disciples are arguing who amongst themselves is the greatest. Jesus responds by taking a child by his side and says,

“Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is the greatest.”
Luke 9:46-48

Jesus is saying that whoever loves the low, the poor, the sick, the widowed, the suffering, the forgotten, whoever enacts mercy and justice will be great in God’s eyes. And although some children today are the most cared for in the history of mankind, there are still many children today who are not as loved and cherished as they should be. And so Jesus is saying that among the greatest are CEM teachers, SSP volunteers, and anyone else who serves the destitute and defenseless. How amazing is it to take part in such an endeavor and task that our God sees as weighty and great?! To be part of God’s plan in forming new friendships and planting seeds of the loving gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts of little ones...YES!!! The children in SSP, and CEM, and everywhere are important and cherished by God, and we should believe the same too. No matter how many or how young or old, every single child is worth our time.

Working with children is always a difficult task. If you are volunteering, know that despite kids being uncooperative at times, and the craziness that comes with leading and teaching children, God is with you. As you have experienced mercy from God numerous times, show mercy and compassion to these children. Be their friend, even if they don’t want to be your friend, lol!

And if you are unable to participate at SSP, we humbly ask that you pray with us. Let’s give thanks to God for this opportunity, and here are three things that you can approach God’s throne of grace for:

Pray that whoever God brings to us, that the Holy Spirit may work and stir the hearts of the children, and the parents, to hear and believe that they are in need of a savior for their sins, and that Jesus loves them and is the only one who can forgive and change them, and give them hope, renewal, and acceptance from God. (Rom 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.)

Pray that God would grant all of the volunteers the faith to trust that God is present with them as they work for and teach the children. That despite their tiredness and weakness, God will be their strength. That they have nothing to offer, but that everything comes from God. (2 Cor 2:9 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.) 

Pray that as a church we will be welcoming, caring, and celebratory towards children. That even after SSP is all done we can continue the good work of teaching the gospel to the children and see the value and weight that this has in the eyes of our God. (Luke 9:46-48)

Bottom line, lets all pray that God’s will may be done.

When life gets wild, God is good!


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