As the Pastor to Students, I know the twinge of watching students go to the Big Room with their families but missing out on the age-specific ministry we offer them. I know the Big Room worship and teaching are important for their spiritual lives! I just want them to get the full experience and some age-specific community and teaching, too. I want that for my son, even though he's only four.
But this past Sunday was different. He spent Saturday night with my parents, so he came to church with my mom. He wanted to go to the Big Room with Nana, and she agreed, because it was a special day. I was preaching. I walked off stage, having not seen my kids for a day, and went searching for them. I got a huge hug from my baby girl (she gives THE BEST hugs!). But Tristan wasn't available for a hug. He was in the Big Room with Nana; he made it through the hour-long service.
Afterwards he came running out, smiling, and then I got my hug. He loved it. (If you were at my church Sunday, then you'll understand that his favorite part was the turtle video.)
|Paleontologist Tristan digging for fossils|
I explained that the Bible says that when we get stuck, or when we fall down, we need a friend to help us up.
Tristan said, "Like if a Triceratops got stuck, the rest of the herd could help him get out."
"Yes, just like that."
Even though he wasn't upstairs, he heard what the Bible says, and he understands it in his terms. Dinosaurs are his life, and I'm encouraged that he was able to put the Biblical teaching in a context he could understand. So, I'll keep bringing him to church and praying for him and listening to his bedtime prayers, and we'll see where he ends up on Sunday mornings.