Four and a half years ago, the Lord opened the door for my husband to get a new job and relocate from Virginia to Atlanta, GA. So, in a matter of three weeks, we packed up our two young children and our home, said goodbye to best friends, and left the city we loved to start this new chapter in our lives.
An Unexpected Blessing
The excitement of the new job and new opportunities, for me, was clouded by grief for some time. I mourned leaving the place my husband and I met, married, started a family, and had a wonderful community of friends and church family. On top of all that, my husband and I were apart for that first year; he in Atlanta, and myself and the kids in High Point with family till we could find a place to live. What started as a six month plan turned into a year of living states apart. Despite the struggles that year brought, one of the greatest blessings was being able to attend Mercy Hill. From the very first week we were there, it was evident that this was the church home we wanted to be a part of.
A year later brought another move, but thankfully, this time was to be together as a family again in Georgia, where we now call home. But with any big change comes some heartache, leaving extended family and a new church home we loved. Fast forward to Spring 2018; I found out that my kids were welcomed to be a part of Kids Week at Mercy Hill and I could be a volunteer there as well. It was a no brainer—we wouldn’t miss it! My kids (now three of them) and myself hopped on a plane to High Point to attend Kids Week.
Not All Fun and Games
Of course, Kids Week was fun! Each day after it ended, my kids were filled with stories of all the neat activities they did, the yummy snacks they ate (let’s be honest; this is a highlight for my kids, and I think their favorite part of church sometimes), and how they couldn’t wait to go back the next day. But it was so much more than just a fun week of playing for them. They got to see Jesus lived out through the church staff and experience his word in a way they will remember forever. They are learning at a young age that their lives are about Christ and his kingdom, and Kids Week was instrumental in that.
A Holy Calling
As parents, God has given us the imperative and humble role of discipling our children. God commands parents to teach their children to love and obey him (Deut. 6:7-9). We have the awesome joy and privilege of living out the gospel for our kids, showing them our lives are about his glory. Mercy Hill Kids Week is a tool that helps teach gospel truths and instill in them a passion for him.
So no matter what it takes, I promise there will be no regrets in brining your kids to Kids Week! They will leave knowing “the most exciting life he or she lives is a life lived for Jesus.”
– Alex Edwards