Jesus Loves the Little Children

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world…”

Do you remember that song? Maybe you grew up in Sunday school, singing it in church, or maybe you sang it with your parents before bed, or you might have just picked it up somewhere along the way growing up. Either way, the reality is the same – Jesus loves the little children, very very much. At the beginning of Matthew 18, one of the disciples asked Jesus, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And Jesus points to a child saying, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” (Matthew 18:1-5, paraphrased) Jesus cares deeply for the children, the lowly little ones, and so do we at Declaration Church.

In Declaration Church’s Children’s Ministry, DC Kids, we strive to do our best to partner with parents to help build a gospel-centered foundation for every child that walks through our door. Our hope is that the time that we spend with your children on Sundays, would be far more than just entertainment meant to keep them distracted during service, but that it would be a time of building true excitement about the gospel and their savior Jesus Christ.

Each of our lessons from nursery to elementary aged children, are all centered on the Word of God, with teaching straight from scripture and activities to reinforce learning. Our nursery and preschool aged children walk through different lessons each week that reinforce 5 different foundational truths; God is good, God made everything, God is in charge of everything, God wants to talk with us, and Jesus Came to save sinners. Our elementary aged children walk through different series, changing every few months, that teach about the promises of God, how to walk to like Jesus did and other gospel-centered truths. Our hope is that every elementary aged child would come to understand the condition of their sinful heart and the true love and grace of their Savior Jesus. That they would hear and believe that he came, lived a perfect life, died and rose again, so that they could know forgiveness and eternal life with their Creator and Father, God.

If you are a parent at Declaration Church, thank you for the opportunity to invest in your children. Thank you for bringing them to church each Sunday and training them the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). We count it a true privilege to be able to partner with you in the discipleship of your little ones.

but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14

Marissa Martinez