The kingdom of heaven belongs to kids.
Wait - is that true? Jesus was incredibly defensive when it came to how children were treated. In Matthew 19, parents were bringing their kids to Him for His blessing, but the disciples didn’t seem to think that was a good use of Jesus’ time.
“Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to me.” Why? “Because the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:13-14). Now, Jesus is most definitely using this as a teaching moment and the point He is driving home is that Christians must have a child-like faith.
So, what does this have to do with our current context at The Hill? There is much we can learn from the children in our midst - primarily how to have a simple, child-like trust, love, and faith in Jesus. And, we have a duty to treat and love these children just as Jesus did.
That’s where Foothills comes in. Foothills exists to provide an environment where children are able to grow and learn in the Gospel. If we are to look even just 10 years into the future, we’ll quickly realize that these children are the future of not only The Hill, but the Church Universal.
And, it’s imperative we take the job of imparting the gospel to these children seriously. According to LifeWay Research, roughly 30% of children will remain in church as adults. Think about that... 7 out of 10 children we love on, serve, and build relationships with each week are at a high risk of walking away from the Church once they graduate from high school.
This is why Foothills is important. At The Hill, we want to change those numbers. We want to partner with Foothills Team Members and parents to instill gospel-centered principles in the lives of these children so they grow up in awe of Who Jesus is and what He has done for them.
There are multiple ways to link arms with us in this endeavor. First, please be praying for the children - that Jesus would be big to them. Secondly, pray for the Foothills Team Members as they serve the children on a consistent basis. And lastly, pray about becoming a Foothills Team Member. The Hill is growing, and more and more families are choosing to call this place home.
We need more people with a heart for Jesus and kids.
- Meghan Golden, Foothills Director
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