02 Aug Celebrating Promotion Sunday
August 7 will be promotion Sunday. If you are unfamiliar with promotion Sunday, it is the time of the year when we graduate kids to their new classes.
However, for 2 groups of kids, promotion Sunday comes with some big changes.
First, kids who are entering 6th grade are no longer a part of our kids ministry. They will now be attending the student ministry. This can be intimidating, but exciting at the same time. They are now spending time with middle school and high school students. They are no longer the oldest ones in the group, but the youngest.
Secondly, kids entering kindergarten are now encouraged to attend the adult worship service. For some kids, this is the first time they’ve ever gone to “big” church. This means learning to participate in a worship service with the entire church. This can be a challenging time for kids and for parents. (Click here for tips on bringing your child to worship)
It’s important to remember that we live in a culture where it’s taking kids longer and longer to mature into adulthood. Adulthood, which traditionally began at age 18, is now being pushed closer to the age of 30.
So why should we celebrate things like promotion Sunday? Because we are celebrating maturity! We are teaching our children that maturity and responsibility are not things to be avoided, but embraced. As a parent, you have the opportunity to teach your child about the importance of maturity.
For many of us (myself included), we don’t want our kids to grow up. But we must submit this part of ourselves to the Lordship of Christ and understand that God does not want our children to remain children forever. He wants them to grow up to be mighty warriors for His Kingdom.
So how can you use promotion Sunday as a way to celebrate maturity? Here are a few ideas.
- Give a special gift. For kids entering Kindergarten, purchase a new Bible to bring to worship. For kids entering middle school, purchase a special piece of jewelry to commemorate their maturity. Take the opportunity to tell your child how proud you are of his or her growth.
- Take a road trip. Many parents commemorate a child entering middle school by taking a road trip together. While on the road trip, parents intentionally plan to discuss topics such as purity, friendships, etc.
- Have a party. Plan a special meal, invite some friends, and celebrate this new chapter in your child’s life. Allow people to say a word of encouragement to your child at some point.
- Write notes of encouragement. Ask for people who have played an important part in your child’s life to write notes of encouragement and exhortation.
As Christian parents, we can’t stop our kids from getting older. However, we can be intentional to use each stage of growth to help our kids become more like Jesus.