God Provides a Way
Without the work of the gospel, the divide between the created and our Creator would be insurmountable. But there’s good news. God had a plan for His people.
We believe that God’s gospel project began “In the beginning” and continues today in the hearts and lives of His people. It is our greatest hope and the means by which we are free to love, serve, and follow Jesus Christ. The Gospel Project points people of all ages to the good news of the gospel and equip them to live gospel-filled lives individually, in community, and on mission.
At Prairie Tab Children’s Ministries, our mission is:
“To create young disciples who know and follow Christ in a nurturing and exciting environment using teachers who are equipped and curriculum that is God-centered and engaging.”
We are dedicated to the following:
- Instructing the next generation in the truth of the Bible through engaging, loving teaching.
- Partnering with families in leading children to the personal knowledge of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Changing the lives of children by connecting them to Christ through worship, fellowship, discipleship and outreach.
- The equipping and mentoring of teachers to ensure growth in them as well as in the children.
The health of children, both spiritual and physical, is important to us. We strive to ensure that the children are taught in a clean, safe environment. All of our Children’s Ministry volunteers have current police checks in place for the children’s safety.
Why do we need children’s ministry at the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation?
First, we need children’s ministry because children matter to God. Jesus made this clear throughout the Gospels, and God even refers to us as His children. Jesus even recommended to His disciples that to understand God’s kingdom, they needed to observe, learn from and imitate young children (Mark 10:13-16).
Second, we need children’s ministry because children need to learn about God. Children need more than mere entertainment or pacification. Every child needs a relationship with Christ, and a solid education that comes from the home and from the church is vital to that happening. We recognize that not every child has an ideal home life where God’s word is taught and lived out, so now more than ever the church has a responsibility to carry out the command in Psalm 78:4: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.”
Third, we need children’s ministry because it provides for the future. What if for the next fifteen years a group of people made it a priority to nurture and disciple children in their spiritual growth and development? As the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation is renowned for sending out missionaries all over the world, how would this commitment change not only the face of our church, but the city and the world?
Finally, we need children’s ministry because it is the best investment we can make. Recent statistics state that there is a greater probability that a child will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior between the ages of 5 and 12. After that, the percentage drops dramatically. In many situations, church may be the only place a child will experience the love and truth of God. It is imperative that we do our utmost to bring every child within our reach to an understanding of God and His salvation plan. We recognize the need for parental involvement. Children learn most of their moral values and life skills through their parents. If the church and parents are teaching and modeling the same lessons and values, then these precious ones will have double the opportunity to accept them.