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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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Christian Satire Site Strikes Back Against Snopes ‘Smear.’ Here’s How Snopes’ Responded.

Snopes just got put in their place. Good on you, Babylon Bee!

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Hilariously funny Christian satire site, the Babylon Bee, decided they had enough shenanigans from Snopes, the self-described “fact checking” site and the ongoing smear they launched against them, so they lawyered up, and boy, it didn’t take long for Snopes to change their tune. This just goes to show that we as conservatives and Christians shouldn’t be taking the attacks left-wing media launch at us lying down. The more we fight back, the more they surrender. via Daily Wire: “Last week, Snopes fact-checked us again,” the Bee told its readers Monday (h/t Ed Morrissey). “We’re pretty used to that. But this time, instead of merely rating the article ‘false,’ they questioned whether our work qualifies as satire, and even went so far as to suggest that we were deliberately deceiving our readers. Basically, they treated us as a source of intentionally misleading fake news, rather than as the legitimate, well-known satire publication that we are. This is a big deal.” The reason it’s a “big deal,” the site goes on to explain, is that Snopes has been given significant power over how platforms — particularly Facebook, for which Snopes has served as one of its “fake news” monitors — handle posts: As you know, fake news—which is distinguished from satire by its intent to mislead—was widely considered a serious issue in the last election cycle. As a result, social media networks like Facebook began partnering with fact-checkers to try and limit the distribution of fake news on their platforms. Snopes was one of them. At one point, a piece of ours was rated “false” by Snopes, prompting Facebook to threaten us with limitations and demonetization. We made a stink about this, and after some media attention shed light on the problem, Facebook apologized for their handling of the matter and…

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Argentine Photographer Captures INCREDIBLE Image of Christ-Like Cloud

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It cannot be denied that our world is in the midst of turmoil unlike anything we’ve seen in the past. From Birmingham to Beijing, we are seeing unprecedented poverty, crime, hate, violence, war, famine….you name it.  Combine these issues with a mainstream media who is salivating at the chance to rile us up for ratings and money, and the world becomes a downright scary place. Where do we turn when the world seems to shun us?  For some, the answers lie in the bottom of a bottle.  For others, it’s self-harm or outward violence. For many, however, their faith is their rock.  They turn to the religious world for answers to the questions that plague us today, and, often, they discover signs of encouragement. Such is the case today in Argentina. Monica Aramayo was in San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina when she noticed the holy figure shining through the thick clouds Social media user Mariela Romano said: “The Lord will soon come for us all and we should be ready. While another said: “Thanks for the image that allows us to keep on our path and have a better hope for tomorrow.” The photo has to be seen to be believed. https://twitter.com/faithdefender/status/1128809009153097728 The pose and grand scale of the image has reminded many observers of the famous Christ The Redeemer statue in Brazil. https://twitter.com/OtravelAI/status/1082513665700507648 And while the cloud formation certainly isn’t going to change the minds of the unfaithful, it does provide us all with a reminder that we are loved, and we must remain harmonious with one another on this turbulent little space rock.

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