Jesus said, “The kingdom of God belongs to the childlike.”
That’s a pretty radical idea. This is especially true when you consider that Jesus said this at a time in history when nothing—literally nothing—belonged to children. They were mostly seen as something to endure until they could become productive, functioning members of a society. Jesus saw it the other way around. Children have a lot to teach us about what it means to live in the kingdom of God. And to drive the point home, Jesus said that he receives kindness shown to a child personally as though it were kindness directed towards him!
This is one of the main reasons why we take kids so seriously at Roswell. And there are A LOT of kids to take seriously in our church! More than 1/3 of the people who show up on Sunday morning sit in classes with adult teachers who we call Kid Group Leaders. Each adult that volunteers to serve in Roswell Kids is given a small group of 6-8 kids who they shepherd and love on for a semester. The curriculum we use helps our kids to see that life as a Christian is not about learning to follow rules. It’s about learning to be in a love relationship with the Triune God who revealed himself in Jesus. The Bible is not a book of heroes but of One Hero: Jesus. By partnering with parents, we train kids to learn to read and love their Bibles, develop a prayer relationship with Jesus, and become generous with the resources they do have. Through 5th grade, under the guidance of our amazing Kids’ Directors Cori and Jadie, we watch children grow up into a faith that becomes their own before moving into the youth group. At Roswell, some of the most significant things happening on a Sunday morning are taking place in classrooms, in the hearts of these little ones who show us what childlike faith in the kingdom is all about.