In September, we had an annual next Gen service, and this year, we had the privilege of having Ps. David Goodwin as our guest speaker.
Ps. David shared on the important role the church has, to raise up next generation leaders. The message had a “fun” element, with our very own “masterchef” baking away on stage. It really highlights the responsibility of every age in the church has towards children & youth, to encourage, to bless, to mentor, to pray for, etc. And we had a closing time of prayer where everyone from different ages gathered together to pray for one another. It was a faith-filled service.
The reason that we have and hold next gen service, is to help our younger ones (children & youth), to see how they are part of the main church, and that they can play a part as well. We have the youth and children leading the congregation in praise and worship, communion, testimonies and even the children were serving as ushers. It was a very meaningful experience for all. The little ones were very excited to be part of “big church” as some of them calls it. Seeing their enthusiasm shows that they want to contribute, and they want to do something. We hope that in years to come, we’ll see a greater impact of having next gen service, but more, the influence on this next gen will hopefully and prayerfully outflow to their friends & family around them.
As 1 Corinthians 3:6-8 encourages us to plant and water the seed, let’s be faithful in doing that to our next generation.
6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour.