This is a common question young children ask - and usually it's when parents are not prepared to provide a answer. While many explanations and analogies have theological cracks in them, here is a good one to keep in your arsenal.
Imagine an anthill with ants coming and going. Now, imagine standing next to the anthill watching the ants as they work, walk in lines, and carry things. The ants can't see you, you are too big. All the ants see is their world, the other ants around them, little tiny pebbles, and leaves. Ants eyes are not capable of seeing a person, they weren't made to see anything that big. However, just because the ants eyes won't let them see you standing next to them, doesn't mean you aren't there.
That's kinda like God. God is so big, we can't see Him. We're like the ants; all we see is what is around us. God is much bigger. He's right next to us; and He sees everything around Him, while we only see the anthill.
Keep in mind: This is a word picture to help kids grasp the "bigness of God" and that God is Spirit and people are of flesh and blood, just as people and ants are made differently.
If you have spent any time around the children's department, then you know about the van ministry. It's vital...and crazy! It's like a wild horse that will take you places fast....if you don't fall off at full speed! So, in an effort to direct the energy of this 'wild horse' in the right direction, Karen Yarborough has stepped up the challenge of being our "Tinker Creek Team Captain" for the van ministry. The van will now go only to her apartment in the Tinker Creek apartment complex. She will be the point person for loading and unloading and will ride the van to church to 'contain the energy' on the van. She has a vested interest in the success of our van and children's ministry - all four of her kids are a vital part of this church! When you see her in the halls, encourage her, support her and give her the understanding smile. You know the one, that smile that says "Oh yes! I've ridden that wild horse too!"
Children will be in the main worship service for Dec. 18th and Dec. 25th so they can watch and participate in the adult Christmas program as well as Christmas morning. Children who participated in the children's musical and will be in church on Christmas morning are invited to sing in a smaller version of our children's choir. Christina Hall will lead this smaller version of the choir in a few songs from the musical. This is a great chance for your kids to lead worship in their Christmas finest.
There is one more practice TOMORROW at 4:30 for the children's Chistmas musical before the evening performance. Dinner will be provided for the kids. Consider donating a few dollars for the cost of pizza. If you have any questions, please call Suzanne at 540-354-9305. It will be a great night! See you there!
The Children's Christmas musical is this weekend! There will be two performaces: Saturday night at 7pm and Sunday morning during the morning worship service. Our last practice will be Friday night (Dec. 9th) at 6:30pm.
Children pariticpating in the Christmas musical need to wear blue jeans and a solid color shirt.
All children will be in service for the Christmas musical. Nursery care will be provided.
Children will join their families in the main sanctuary for the adult Christmas program on Dec. 18th as well as Christmas morning (10am service). Nursery care will once again be provided. The children's choir will be singing some songs from the children's Christmas musical on Christmas morning. If you are planning on be here and want your child to participate, please contact Christina Hall for more information.