I am kid’s minister, and I ask a lot of questions to help kids connect God’s story to their own story.
I ask questions that hopefully lead to relevancy: To application of how God, the Bible, Jesus matters today.
And how they matter to kids.
So at Christmas, as many other kid church groups across the country, we held a birthday party for Jesus. Cheese balls, Rice Krispie treats, balloons, and Pie Face Showdown (Get yours on Amazon for [amazon_link asins=’B01END4XHK’ template=’PriceLink’ store=’rv05-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’d134ba36-dc65-11e6-b078-4177c187720a’]!).
But we also got real. We turned outward and looked at our responsibility as Jesus followers to be for others.
And that took us to Aleppo.
I followed the guidance found at WeWelcomeRefugees.com.
I invited my husband, who is our worship leader for Kids Church, to break down the Syrian Refugee Crisis for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. And we made ornaments, which were provided on this website.
We talked about how “with-ness breaks brokenness” and what that means in the life of an 8 year old.
They asked questions.
Questions I didn’t have answers to.
My prayer as they looked at their ornament on their tree was that their “with-ness breaks brokenness” as they pray.
And they keep asking questions.
And those questions make Aleppo relevant in their hearts.