This week we hear from our Kids Director Jenny Erickson…
Family [fam-uh-lee, fam-lee]
Defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.
Let’s break this definition down and focus on “consisting of parents and their children.”
Every family is unique. Some have multiple biological children, while others have only one. Some have adopted children, stepchildren, or a mixture of all. Yet no matter the makeup of a family, it is just that… family. One that is beautifully and perfectly formed by our Creator.
My family is made up of my husband, Ray, and three amazing stepchildren, ages 12, 14, and 15. I would argue that it also includes three four-legged, very hairy children. I remember the first time that I met my step kids… they let me in on some top secret embarrassing gossip of their dad’s. We formed an alliance right away and used their secrets as ammo so that ‘dad’ would let us stay up late to watch movies together – all in good fun, of course. I am the first to admit that we are weird and quirky when we are all together. But most importantly, we are fun. And it’s the best kind of fun that family can ask for.
Now let’s focus on the last part of the definition “considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.”
By fluke, I first attended South Harbor the day it launched. My relationship with South Harbor has grown to be more than just a place to worship. I may not share DNA or genes with South Harbor, but much like my step kids, it has grown to be my family. We are a group, dwelling together in the house of God. And what do you do with family? You nurture it, support it, love on it, and rejoice in it. After all, church family is another precious gift provided by our Father.
I think the Mad Hatter was on to something when he said, “A very important thing about family is that you only have one.” We only have one blood family and we only have one church family. What an awesome feeling it is to have both to rejoice in. To enjoy freely. And to be fully committed to.
Paul said in Philippians 2:1-2 NLT, “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Pay attention to “and working together with one mind and purpose.”
I am thrilled to transition into my role as Kids Director for South Harbor. Our church has been my family for some time now, but growing in this capacity has opened up an entirely new realm of family within our kids ministry. My devotion to our church is that I bring our volunteers and parents to work together with one mind and with one purpose – to help kids become fully devoted followers of Christ.
There was a fruitful change that happened within me when I opened myself up to this ministry some time ago. Instead of it being another day that I felt obligated to serve, it became another day that I had to spend time with the kids of this church, being the hands and feet of Jesus to them. Teaching them as their own parent would. I became fulfilled. If there was this degree of change within a single person, imagine the impact within our church if we all gave wholeheartedly to serving within our kids program. Nurturing it, supporting it, loving on it, and rejoicing in it. Working together with the same purpose. Much like a family.