Matthew 25:40 … ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
As I watch young parents bring their preschoolers on Sunday I am reminded of the days when my own relied solely on their father and me to meet their every need. They were hungry and thirsty and had a ton of other needs that needed to be met daily, if not hourly. Young parents often have the same needs.
As a church we can meet some of those needs by providing a respite for these parents. Many parents have just enough time and energy to attend worship services on Sunday morning. They get the little ones fed, dressed and out the door. A bag must be backed, often times, shoes found, and then there is the car seat struggle. When these busy parents arrive at UBC they are greeted by a trained KIDs Care ministry volunteer.
KIDs Care ministry is to parents, allowing them to worship, knowing their child is in a safe, positive environment. KIDs Care Ministry is to the preschooler, developing a sense of trust which we pray grows and is the foundation for the time when they can trust Jesus as Savior. KIDs Care ministry is to families by developing relationships which strengthen the discipleship making of our church. KIDs Care ministry is to the church, allowing a distraction free setting in which to worship on Sunday mornings.
For some preschoolers, KIDs Care may be the only hour in their week that they are able to participate in church activities. For some parents, Sunday morning worship may be the only service they can attend during their busy week. Therefore, KIDs Care may be the only opportunity for the church to make a meaningful impact on these families.
35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’
This ministry to “even the least of them” made an impact on me recently as a mother left her child for the very first time. This mom was able to spend time in worship with peace of mind, knowing her child was being well cared for; the sense of relief was visible when she picked up her child. By meeting the preschooler’s needs for “something to eat”, “something to drink”, physical needs and play opportunities, they learn about the love of God. The parent’s needs were met, too, as they were “invited in” to freely worship.
Kudos to all those serving as the hands and feet of Christ. You truly have been ministry to “even the least of them.”