Why do we do Night Crossing for Kids?
Why do we seemingly feed kids with sugar, pump them up, and then send them home?
Why are we trying to teach tired kids who just want to play? Is it worth it?
Are we just providing child care?
And what’s with all the shoes boxes?!
You may start the evening like this…
… but go home like this?
Sorry if this is your experience – whether as a volunteer or parent! Night Crossing for Kids has developed over time. It does provide child care, enabling many adults to take the various classes. But it does so much more.
To partner with families to help kids develop a lifetime relationship with Jesus.
Our hope is that kids will grow in their faith and have a blast at the same time on Wednesday nights while their parents are attending Night Crossing.
Quality Bible Lessons: Kids will learn about God through a fun, age-appropriate large group lesson, high-energy songs, and hands-on games and crafts each week.
Consistency with the Sunday Morning Routine: We will maintain a routine that is similar to what kids experience at Crossing Kids on Sundays. Kids can expect free play, circle time, a lesson, snack, and playground time.
Safety in the Classroom: All of our sitters must go through an extensive, nation-wide background check, an application process, and attend our training session. In addition, we will continue to enforce our registration system for dropping off and picking up children.
Sitters – have a look back at your training packet. Read it through again (I find its amazing how quickly I forget things!). Absorb the helpful discipline and classroom management ideas, preventing behaviour problems and managing those that arise. Remember we want to be prayerfully loving and modelling Christ to the children in our classrooms.
This semester we’re using the memory verse from Mark 10:45 to teach children to serve – following Jesus’ perfect example.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45.
Jesus, creator and ruler of the heavens and earth, high King and judge… didn’t come to be served but to serve. He ultimately served his people, by giving up his life for them. Rejected by people, and by his heavenly Father. Not just suffering physically, but spiritually taking upon himself the sins of the whole world. The prophet Isaiah foretells that the promised rescuing Messiah would be ‘a man of sorrows’, ‘despised and rejected by men’…
“Surely he took up our infirmities
and carried our sorrows,
yet we considered him stricken by God,
smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us
peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all like sheep have gone astray,
each of us turned to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Wow. I know I too easily forget this, or simply pass it by with a ‘I know this’ attitude. As we teach truths to children, our hearts also can remember, be thankful, warmed and overwhelmed once more with the grace of the Gospel.
Finally, the ‘what’s with all the boxes?’ question…
Operation Christmas Child sends boxes of gifts to children in over 150 countires and territories who would otherwise receive nothing.
Samariten’s Purse lies behind this wonderful service project. They aim to teach children the great news that Christmas reminds us of. To teach them about the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but serve, and give his life and a random for many. The Crossing is partnering with Operation Christmas Child. Below is the list of suggested gifts. Please bring them by next Wednesday (Oct 30) as we’ll be filling the boxes the following week (Nov 6). Join us in following Jesus’ example of service.
Click here: Operation Christmas Child Promo Video
- Old Shoe Boxes
- New School Supplies : Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, notebooks, coloring and picture books, etc…
- Toys : Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, slinky, etc…
- Hygiene Items : Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc…
- Other : T-Shirts, socks, ball, caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc…
- Do Not Include: Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, out of date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, or breakable items.