First Baptist Church in Denham Springs has a fresh approach on children’s ministry.
DENHAM SPRINGS – First Baptist Church in Denham Springs has a fresh approach on children’s ministry.
Under the guidance of Sam Labello, minister of education at First Denham Springs, Julie O’Neal and Laura Dunlap are children’s ministers seeking to find new and creative ways to teach children the Bible.
On April 26, the children will perform a musical called “Parablelooza” that will go through the parables of Jesus in the New Testament.
Song and drama will be involved, and the children will recite the books of the Bible.
Kathy and John Frady, familiar faces from several children’s events like M-JAM and GA Camp, will also present two skits for the church during “Parablelooza” Sunday.
An emphasis on this summer’s vacation Bible school also will be part of “Parablelooza.”
Usually having an average of 100 children at VBS, this summer is expected to be a big hit with Lifeway’s “Boomerang Express,” O’Neal said. For the last three years, VBS has been at night and has allowed for more volunteers and a more successful VBS, she explained.
O’Neal has worked with the children at First Denham Springs for three years, and with Labello as support, the children are a major focus of the church.
“Brother Sam [Labello] has been the administration that we need to do new things,” O’Neal said. “Our children are the future of our church.”
The focus on children’s ministry at First Denham Springs includes a wide variety of activities.
“We have boy’s bonfires and girl’s glamour nights,” O’Neal said.
This summer the children will also have nursing home visitations on Wednesday nights.
With three children of her own, O’Neal understands that the mind of a child is most easily molded.
“This is the time to reach them with Jesus,” O’Neal said. “Once they reach junior high and high school, it gets harder and harder.”
O’Neal and the children’s ministry team at First Denham Springs live their mission statement under the acronym STARS children’s ministry. The mission is to Share Christ with children in the community, Team them with other Christians, Advance them with other Christians, help them Recognize spiritual gifts and teach them to Surrender to Christ.
“We focus on children’s ministry because this is our chance to reach them on a personal level,” O’Neal said. “They are our future.”