We just got back from an exciting week of Kids Camp. Rush Creek took 179 4th-6th grade kids and 63 leaders and nurses from four of our local campuses to Mt. Lebanon for a week. Kids got the chance to connect with leaders, make new friendships, swim, play awesome rec games, and encounter God. We learned all about how we are called to be light in a dark world and kids got to dive deeper into Gods word as they learned what it looks like to walk with Jesus. God moved in mighty ways and we had 24 kids come to know Jesus for the first time. We are praying that God would continue to stir in the hearts of our kids as they finish summer out and head back into their schools in the fall. We are so thankful for the amazing staff, leaders, nurses, and body of Christ here at Rush Creek who have planned, prayed, and volunteered their time and resources to make Kids Camp 2017 happen. May God be given all the glory!
Also, don’t forget to come celebrate the 3rd of July with us at Hawaiian Falls! We will get to watch the fireworks from the wave pool during our Rush Creek exclusive hours (6:30-10pm)! You can purchase your tickets for $17 at the At Home Center located at your campus. We can't wait to see you there!
We have something fun in store coming to our church in June! Starting on June 4th, the Church on Rush Creek will be beginning a new series entitled “The Higher Path.” This is based on lead pastor Russ Barksdale’s second “Pathways” devotional. It is full of amazing truths and steps to take as you continue to grow in your walk with the Lord, just like the first “Pathways” devotional the church together — it’s just that this new series happens to have a fun twist for kids!
Throughout the 6 weeks series, kids will have the chance to collect points by participating in their “Pathways Jr.” devotional. Books will be provided for free to each child 1st-6th grade on June 4th and provides a chance for them to study the same things mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, friends, etc. will be learning in the adult sermons! The junior devotionals follow the same basic principles as the adult book, but an element of fun will be added as kids collect points and move their game piece each week. That’s right, we went there! Your kid is not going to want to miss out on this fun. It’s also such a neat way for parents to talk with their kids about what God is showing them. “Faith talks” are one of the best tools for spiritual family growth, and this book should make it as easy as can be for families to have them. We can’t wait to see all God does! Get ready!
Sharing the Gospel with your child
With our Faith Path event "Equip: Children's Salvation" around the corner, we want to remind parents that you are the God-ordained spiritual leader of your child. That can be an intimidating thought, but God equips His followers to fulfill the tasks He puts before them. One of the most challenging questions for parents to face is "How do I know when my child is ready to become a follower of Jesus?" In Faith Flows Down, by our Family Pastor, Curt teaches that "as you love God and His commands, faith should flow out of you in the form of seized opportunities, created opportunities, and special opportunities onto your children."
We want you, as the parent, to know that salvation starts with God. He calls people to Himself whenever He chooses in any way He sees fit. For this reason parents must rely on the Holy Spirit's leadership and He will give you all you need to lead your child successfully. Ultimately, as Pastor Curt says, "The best thing parents can do to gauge the spiritual readiness of children is to draw close to God and trust the leadership of the Holy Spirit. God alone knows the heart of our kids."
At our Faith Path event, we will share with you how to guide faith talks regarding salvation with your family and go over any questions you may have. The date and time for Spring 2017 is May 22 6:30 pm. Check our Events Page for more information