Wednesday Nights - $45
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52)
Caravan is a scouting, or kids’ club, type of program that meets once a week on Wednesday nights.
Children are assigned to one of the four major groups
Benson Buddies (Senior Kindergartens)
Searchers (Grade 1 & 2’s)
Explorers (Grade 3 & 4’s)
Adventurers (Grade 5 & 6’s)
Servant of Christ in Training - 1 Timothy 4:6 ESV
The book of 1 Timothy defines what a good servant of Christ should look like. In chapter four, verse six we read, If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.
The Apostle Paul spent a significant portion of his days in the training and discipling of young Timothy. In the fourth chapter of 1 Timothy, we find Paul expressing his views on what is necessary for a young Christian to know and do in order to be a servant of Christ.
Train Yourself for Godliness
As we train the children in our Caravan ministries to become Christ's disciples, one of the most important components is to encourage each of them to display Godly characteristics in their lives. When children are taught to embrace and display characteristics that scripture refers to as the fruit of the Spirit, they become a testimony to the world around them. This testimony is displayed in both their faith and in the hope they find in Christ. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, are the characteristics that define a servant of Christ.
The Time is Now
Just as Paul encouraged young Timothy to not let his youth stand in the way of being an example of a servant of Christ, so too must we share with our Caravan children the powerful example they can be now. There is no age requirement for servants of Christ. Children can live as godly examples today, while they continue to grow to become more Christ-like.
The Power of Godly Servants of Christ
Paul told young Timothy to Practice these things... so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers (1 Timothy 4:15-16). The children we minister to through Caravan are often the most powerful witness to what Christ means to us as believers. When we, as their leaders, embrace the knowledge that the Holy Spirit can work through their lives for the salvation of others, we are further encouraged that the work we do for Christ is making a difference.
As you minister to your Caravan children in 2011-2012, remember that as servants of Christ, we are called to train up servants for Christ who live out Godly characteristics today, with a hope of the impact they can have now and in the future.