West London Alliance Church

02/24/21 - Jude St. John

Parents, Kids, and the Congregation

Hey West London Alliance Church!

I hope you are all well. It was great to see so many of you at church on Sunday. For those who didn’t make it, know that we understand and we look forward to seeing you when that time comes.

Today’s Wednesday Morning Staff Meeting is a short one. But aside from the Bible, this may be the best thing you read all week. This note came into the church through our website. It is awesome for several reasons. Before I explain why, I want you to read the note. As you read it, understand that I have changed a few details to keep those involved anonymous. Here was the message we received:

I attended the 9:30 service in the core on Sunday. There was a family with small children who have been there before Christmas. The children are so sweet, they make my day.

This Sunday the children were having a rough morning, so the parents left early. I was wondering if someone could contact the parents and let them know how much we love having the kids in the service. I know children have a rough time sometimes. I would really like them to know that it's alright. We've all had our share of being embarrassed by the noise of our children. It's important that they continue to bring the children into God's house. When the children were dedicated, we as the congregation promised to pray for the family and help them in their spiritual life.

Please tell these parents we love seeing their children.

Short, sweet, and awesome, right? Here are a few things I love about this:

  1. Parents brought their kids to church. As I made note of in a sermon from last year, regardless of what happened, that was a big win for the parents, children, and our church.
  2. The note-sender recognized the family. That is great. How often do we go to church and not notice those who are there with us? The note-sender didn’t just pay attention this Sunday; that much is clear because we know the family was recognized from last year.
  3. The note-sender sent a note. It would be easy to notice something like this and not do anything about it. Sometimes we think these things are insignificant. But they’re not. I expect the parents were grateful to get this note; I know I was and it wasn’t even for me. This interaction made my week.
  4. The note-sender recognized our responsibility. Many smaller families make up the larger family we call West London Alliance Church. We are committed to each other and, as noted, in the case of children we make public commitment to them and the parents.

This is the kind of thing that the staff at West London Alliance Church loves to hear about! And I know this is one story of many that happened this week as our people cared for one another. I love it!

Galatians 6:10 ESV So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Jude St. John
Jude has been WLA's Lead Pastor since 2017. Jude is happily married to his wife Nicole and has been since 1995. Jude and Nicole have five beautiful children: Ena, Adele, Mara, Judah and Arwen.

Comment

On Saturday, February 27, 2021, Darleen Carter said:

Pastor Jude every Sunday that you mention the children it has made my heart dance before the Lord with such joy. I have enjoyed watching your Ministry to all people. For our ABBA Father calls us dear children. In regards to the note, I am so glad that this person took time to acknowledge the family as a whole. Darleen Carter

 

On Thursday, February 25, 2021, MaryAnne Capstick said:

This is awesome. So glad they sent you a message. I love seeing and/or hearing young children in church.

 

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Agnes M McCaffery said:

This is so perfect and encouraging :)

 

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, Luciana said:

I’m a mother of a five year old kid and this text brought tears to my eyes! I love being part of WLA family ❤️

 

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