"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!" (Psalm 127:3-5a, ESV)
It is true that children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord. But He doesn't just give them to us to do as we please. When God blesses us with children, He is entrusting us with a precious life that He created, loves, and died for - and He is entrusting them to us that we might teach them to know and love God. While children are a wonderful blessing, the calling to raise them in the "discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4) is not always an easy road to walk on. There are bumps, unexpected turns, and lots of potholes. But God gives us everything we need through His Word and His Spirit to persevere in the rewarding journey of parenting.
At NHBC, we want to partner with you, equipping and encouraging you as you instruct and train your children to walk with Christ. There are a variety of ways that we want to do this:
- Child Dedication - This is not just for babies! No matter where you are in your parenting journey, it's never too late to dedicate yourself and your child to living for Christ. We have Child Dedications once or twice a year. To get more information or to sign up for the next one, contact Pastor Matt.
- Parent Prayer Groups & Seminars - Groups are forming where parents can gather for prayer, bible study, and support with other parents. Contact Pastor Matt to get connected to one. Also, we periodically host seminars and classes that help equip you in specific ways to be the parent God calls you to be. When one is scheduled, you'll find information on this website and in church publications.
- Awana - click here for more information on Awana
- Sunday School - There are classes for all age groups of children every Sunday where they will learn more about who God is and how they can live for Him.