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Pray for our children and schools

Published 4:23am Sunday, August 18, 2013

By Nicole Blakely
Summer has come to an end and another school year approaches. Everyone has or is buying school supplies, backpacks, new clothes and shoes.
Time truly flies when you are having fun. Children’s Ministry at First UMC Wetumpka has been very busy this summer and having loads of fun.
Our children studied a Bible study called The Armor of God. We learned that no matter our physical size, God’s armor for us is one size fits all. We can wear it every day and wherever we go. They were excited to know that by putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes and shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and having the sword of the spirit they can be spiritually protected while going to school, playing sports or just hanging out with friends.
We had several wonderful activities this summer. We went swimming, bowling, toured the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Blue Bell Creamery and most recently Desoto Caverns. We have had a great time playing games and visiting new places.
For our summer missions project we were able to spend some time helping stock shelves at the Elmore County Food Pantry. The children truly enjoyed working hard and felt they helped make a difference.
Most importantly we learned so much about each other and God’s Word. We have grown as a group and individually.
Growth can be exciting and it can be scary at the same time. As a parent myself, I am just as anxious as I am excited watching my children grow.
As the children’s ministry director I have many children whom I have the privilege to watch grow in several areas of their lives. We all, as parents, leaders and teachers, are concerned if the children we are teaching or leading accept the information we are giving them. And that makes me think of a certain Bible verse. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.
As the new school year begins, I urge you to take time out of your busy schedule to pray for our children. Pray for them to be patient, attentive, kind and respectful.
Pray for the administrators to have focus and vision as they lead our schools into a bright future. Pray for all teachers to be patient, compassionate, and filled with energy to serve and make a difference in the life of each student.
These are but a few needs that we can focus on this year. The key is to pray – and to pray as Paul suggests in Ephesians “pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
May God bless each and every one of our young people, teachers, administrators and other staff as they head into a new school year filled with adventure and new opportunities for growth.

Nicole Blakely is the Children’s Ministry Director at First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka.

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