I was reading during quiet time and this verse jumped out to me. It’s found in 3 John 1:4, “I hope to see you soon and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.” In this verse we find 5 things we can do to impact each other.
1 – Be the person youth look forward to seeing. – Develop a friendship with the youth and each other that he’s has them looking forward to seeing you at church.
2 – Talk with the kids face to face. – Look them in the eyes and let them know that you are so glad that they came. If you serve in preschool, get down on their eye level so you can see them face-to-face. Kids are longing for someone at church to look them in the eye and let them know they are valuable, accepted, and loved.
Make sure every youth and person has someone who looks into their face instead of past them. Make sure it is a look of kindness rather than a stern look.
3 – Help make your church a peaceful place for youth and each other. – Today’s kids are growing up in a scary world. They’ve heard about people being shot at school, the movie theater, a restaurant, a sports event, and even at church. Help be a part of the security they have that helps them feel protected and secured.
Each week we have people who come that are facing the opposite of peace. It may be kids with parents being divorced, bullying at school, parents struggling to pay the bills, or anything. Church should be a peaceful environment where we can feel peaceful and secure while we learn about and worship God.
4 – Help connect youth with each other and ourselves. Make Friends. – Most people don’t come back to church because of fun events, games, and snacks. A lot of youth come back because they have friends there. This is especially true for those who are new. We need to be intentional about connecting youth (and ourselves) with each other. We can all be friends with youth, and youth can be friends with us. Show that you genuinely care for them and are there to be a friend on their spiritual journey.
5 – Let them hear their name spoken. – Everyone should hear their name spoken when they are at church. It lets us know that we are valued as a person.