Along the Journey – Through the Eyes of a Child

downloadHave you ever noticed how often Jesus had children around Him? They wanted to touch Him, be near Him, and listen to Him. Even when His well-meaning disciples tried to keep them away, Jesus rebuked the adults and welcomed the kids.

Children should feel safe like Nora did when she wrote: “Dear God, I don’t feel alone since I found out about You.”

Children should feel hopeful and be honest like Frank who wrote: “Dear God, I’m doing the best I can.

A church can be void of life, energy, and, yes, noise without children. This summer, the sounds and sights of kids taking part in Vacation Bible School, Camp Wieuca, Day School, Sunday School, Family Life, and other activities illustrate how necessary our kids are to a healthy, growing fellowship.

Under the direction of Matt Sapp, Aimee Yeager, and Bryan Franklin alongside a great group of volunteers, our children’s ministry is making great strides forward. Good things are happening and I am proud of efforts like the painting project in Discovery Pointe Sunday afternoon where about 25 adults and children put a fresh coat (mostly on the walls)!

Even at my advanced age, I still remember the men and women who cared for me, taught me, and served as role models for me at church. I can still recall the names of those who worked in the nursery or taught me Sunday School, Missions, or Training Union. I even remember the woman who would sit behind us in worship and pop us on the ear if we moved or spoke at the wrong time.

We have wonderful volunteers at Wieuca, but we need more.  We need nursery workers, teachers in ages 2-3 and grades 3-5; we need Extended Session and nursery volunteers for the worship hour. Please contact Aimee and tell her you will serve: ayeager@wieuca.org.

You’ll learn a lot hanging around kids. One of my favorite stories: 3rd grade Sunday School teacher leaning over Johnny’s shoulder while he is intently working on a drawing, “What are you drawing, Johnny?” Too busy to look up, he responds: “I’m drawing a picture of God.” Wise teacher gently remarks, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Still working too hard to look up, he says, “They will when I finish this picture.”

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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