I woke up this morning reflecting on the fond memories that our Graystone Kids will have growing up in church: Jersey Days, Sport Camps, and throwing pies in pastors’ faces. Good times! Our kids are growing up in church, learning the Bible, and having a blast doing it. Our Graystone Kids Pastors do such a great job of making church fun, exciting and memorable. Our Graystone Kids love coming to church, and many of them are dragging their parents with them. Win Win!
Our Children’s Ministry Team encouraged and challenge our elementary age kids to learn the books of the Bible. Some learned the OT books. Some learned the NT books. And some learned all 66 books of the Bible. The incentive or reward for learning the books of the Bible was getting to throw a pie in someone’s face. I mean, what elementary age kid does not want to throw a pie in someone’s face or see a pie thrown in someone’s face? So, yesterday at Graystone, dozens of kids quoted the books of the Bible, and dozens of pies were thrown in people’s faces. Our children’s pastors received pies in the face. Our small group leaders/volunteers received pies in the face. And even Nate, our 5PM Host Pastor, and I received pies in the face. It was awesome! And I am so proud of EVERY kid who learned the books of the Bible.
If a kid recited the books of the Bible, he/she could throw a pie in anyone face he/she wished. Many of the kids chose to throw a pie in their small group leader/large group teacher’s face. To me, this is a sign of true love and gratitude. I love you so much that I chose you to throw a pie in your face. Wow! Think about it. Think about the impact that all of these incredible children’s ministry volunteers are having on our Graystone Kids lives. BTW, we have hundreds of volunteers in our Graystone Kids Ministry.
Nate shared yesterday in his message, which I thought was great (no pun intended), that true greatness comes from what we surrender. Every Sunday our Graystone Kids volunteers are surrendering their time to invest in our Graystone Kids. These are people who work 40-60 hour a week jobs. These are people who are stay at home moms. And on Sundays they are surrendering their time, talents, and “faces” to invest in kids. And as John the Baptist modeled for us, this is true greatness. I would like to personally THANK all of our incredible Graystone Kids volunteers who are investing your time, talents and treasures so that our kids can grow up loving God, loving His church, learning the Bible, and having a blast doing it.
A Pie in the Face = True Greatness