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How to Make Nursery Ministry More Than Just “Babysitting”

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There are many wonderful ministries in the body of Christ which serve to edify and teach us, but have you ever considered the beauty and tremendous importance of church nursery ministry? Dale Hudson, a nearly 30-year veteran of children’s ministry weighed in on the subject of nursery ministry and its significance in helping to raise children in the faith in a thoughtful editorial for Relevant Children’s Ministry, and there is so much to glean from it!

“Since babies can’t talk, many people assume they can’t be impacted with God’s truth,” Hudson contends. “As a result of this line of thinking, many nurseries skip out on trying to do some type of ‘lesson.’”

However, contrary to what we might innocently assume, Hudson declares that “nursery ministry matters…a lot. And if you serve in nursery ministry, you matter and what you are doing in the nursery matters.”

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God designed our amazing brains to do a massive amount of development during the newborn and infant months. Even before babies can talk or understand speech, they can understand a surprising amount of our tone and intention in our speech. “Children who are read to from the Bible, talked to about God, sung worship songs to and given personal attention in the nursery will have better cognitive capacity,” Hudson says.

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Even secular experts concur, such as the executive director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, who said that “what children experience in the earliest days and years of life shapes and defines their futures.”

It may seem like you’re just babysitting for an hour or so (by the way, babysitting can be an important ministry if you’re intentional about it!) but if you serve in the nursery, you are truly serving in one of the most important among the church’s ministries! You are laying a foundation of faith and assisting parents in their crucial commandment to train up their children in the way they should go.

So, how can those who serve in the nursery turn this time of “babysitting” into a time of ministry to precious little souls?

Pray over the children in your nursery

“As you hold them or rock them, interact with them and pray for them,” Hudson suggests. “Pray for Gods protection on their life. Pray that one day, when they are older, they will hear the Gospel and respond. Pray for their parents, that they will have wisdom and understanding as they raise the child.”

Saturate the nursery environment with God’s Word

Read Scripture to the babies! Decorate the room with verses that you can meditate on and pray with these sweet little ones in mind. Connections to God’s Word will be all the more effective with tiny children when you look into their eyes, too!

Remember, when you serve in the nursery, God is using you to help prepare the next generation of His people! Everyone who ministers to young people, whether they realize it or not, sends messengers for Christ into a day that you will never see. “When your generation has passed on to heaven, the children you invested in while serving in the nursery will carry the message you passed down to them,” Hudson boldly declares. “You are influencing future generations.”

Just know that if you serve in the nursery, you matter. Your work matters. The seeds you sow and water there will help to shape the future of your church. Nurture them, and watch God do amazing things.

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SCOTUS Sides With Religious Schools And Hospitals In Employment Discrimination Case

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The Supreme Court, in its second religious freedom decision, decided to side with religious employers, which includes schools, hospitals, and social services organizations, stating they are exempt from certain aspects of the employment discrimination law when that law conflicts with closely held religious beliefs. If you listen closely, you can hear the screams of the angry LGBTQ+ mob ripping through America as it dawns on them they have no right to force their beliefs upon those who disagree with their lifestyle choices. Here’s more from The Daily Wire: The 7-2 decision had the same breakdown as the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision; Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court’s conservatives, as did Justices Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented. The case before the court involved two Catholic schools, St. James Catholic School and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, that dismissed employees who later sued. Religious institutions typically have a so-called “ministerial exemption” allowing them more leeway in hiring and firing and certain protection from employment discrimination suits, but the case before the Supreme Court ultimately tested whether there was a specific limit to that “ministerial exemption,” particularly where the fired employees were not technically members of the church’s ministry. Employers have the right to decide who they want to hire and not hire, to terminate employment or not. It’s their business. They should be able to do what they want. Especially when it comes to actual religious institutions. This is a hard pill to swallow for the left who seems to think that employers themselves, by starting a business, have no rights, or give those up the moment they create a company. If a business owner doesn’t want someone to work at their business, they have the right to say…

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Instead Of Abolishing Police, How About Abolishing Abortion And Planned Parenthood? OPINION

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Over the last several weeks, we’ve all witnessed our nation being further destroyed and torn apart by individuals who claim to be fighting against racism and police brutality. We’ve watched as these same folks burn businesses to the ground in the name of peace, a message stuffed to the gills with oxymoronic irony that appears to be lost on folks who are trying to justify this behavior on the grounds of the cause we now know as “black lives matter.” That’s a phrase we’ve heard a lot lately. And you know what? It’s true. Black lives really do matter. Black lives are image bearers of God, which means they have intrinsic value and worth. Black lives are no different than lives of any other color or ethnicity. Adam and Eve are our first parents. Our blood is the same shade of red. Our ancestry is the exact same when you trace it back to the beginning. We all suffer from the same fallen nature, the same sinful disposition, that has earned us a place under the wrath of God, with our only hope being Jesus Christ and the work He accomplished through His life, death, and resurrection. Since black lives really do matter, instead of abolishing police departments, we should all be united in a fight against the ultimate destroyer of the black community: Abortion. Yes, instead of tossing out police departments, we ought to be giving Planned Parenthood the boot. More black lives have been taken at abortion clinics than have ever been killed by evil, twisted police officers. And that’s not to make light of police brutality. It’s a real thing. It exists. Perhaps we as conservatives have been so gung-ho in the past about blindly supporting police that we’ve ignored that reality. Well, it’s hard to ignore…

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