Caroline is our Children’s Ministry Co-Ordinator. Caroline brings to the team her years of experience as a qualified Primary School teacher. As Children’s Co-Ordinator Caroline sources curriculum and provides training and support to our volunteer teachers, as they share the gospel and the word of God with the next generation. Caroline is married to Josh and they have 4 young children.
I have a confession to make, something I need to get off my chest. It's something that's hard to admit sometimes but comes with a great sense of relief to say it - I AM NOT PERFECT.
There, I said it. For those who know me well, this revelation comes as no surprise, I'm sure. I am not the perfect wife, or perfect mother, or perfect friend and definitely not the perfect Christ follower. And as much as I may hate to admit it, this I do know - it's entirely because of my imperfection that I so desperately need God. And so do you. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Note is says – all. Not some or most, but all. I’ve heard it said recently that ‘it’s all level ground at the foot of the cross’.
I remember being at the shops when I was very pregnant with Luke and having a pushy shop assistant ask me over and over the sex of my baby. We had found out we were having a boy but hadn’t told anyone. She just kept saying “But you can tell me, go on, go on, I know you’re just dying to tell me.” What I felt like saying was “I haven’t told my own mother, why would I tell you!?”
You see it’s all about relationships. I didn’t have any sort of relationship with that shop assistant. Why would I feel comfortable sharing something so very important to me, with her? We know that as adults we are far more likely to listen to advice/correction/wisdom(!) from those close to us, those we respect, those we are doing life with, than from someone we don’t really know that well.
Little kids continually amaze me – and I mean in a good way! They seem to be like little sponges soaking up everything that is going on around them. They seem to be able to repeat things you’ve said, even after you’ve forgotten saying them. They echo things they’ve heard on tv and just seem to learn new things all the time. My almost 3yr old daughter has discovered the fun of counting and you can often hear her playing in her room or looking through a book saying “1, 2, 3, 4, 5….” and the last number comes out in a triumphant shout! My almost 2yr old niece has learnt that if you say ‘please’, wonderful things happen. Or in her case it comes out as ‘peas’!
I’ve often had conversations with other Mums who wrestle with how to talk to their little ones about the truths of God. “I mean, how much are they understanding anyway?” they say. “And the Easter story is kind of tricky to explain to a little one”. Well yes it is, but once again I think most of us have been amazed at how much little ones are capable of taking in. And not only taking in, but accepting and believing. Yes, we need to keep the message simple, but let’s be honest with our kids and tell it how it is. Jesus had to die on the cross, but he came alive again, so that we can be friends with God. And say it often!