Yesterday was a fun filled day of cookie baking, movie watching, and gift-wrapping with the girls of SPC youth. Afterward, they kindly helped serve at the Mill Lane Nativity event—a Christmas neighborhood outreach associated with the overall Mill Lane Mission.
Mill Lane has a large demographic of young children, so this Christmas event was created for kids and their families. While reading the Christmas alphabet poem, the central Stockton team, paired with the Stockton Parish staff and SPC youth, served delicious hot chocolate, mince pies, and the array of spectacular baked treats prepared by Brittany and our girls. After the children dressed up and acted out the nativity scene, every little boy and girl was able to choose a wrapped Christmas gift.
In Mark 9 Jesus tells His disciples that, “whomever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”
Children have such beautiful innocence. Jesus loved children, and so should we—He taught that entering heaven is not about great scholarly knowledge, admirable accomplishments, or social status. It requires simple faith in God. What do you think it says about Jesus and His ministry that children were nearby? How can we be like Jesus in this way?? Is your life characterized more by being served or serving?
(Special Thanks to…Duncan, Rachel, Deb and Brit for all of the hard work put into promoting and preparing… Demi and Chloe for helping dress the kiddos…. Naledi, Ziyanda, and Brittany for baking 10 dozen cookies…. and Michelle, Jennifer and Zinhle for being “Santa’s elf’s” and wrapping nearly 100 gifts!)