Special Service Celebrates Children

May 01, 2004 | Anita Lebold

The Richland (Wash.) Church holds children in high esteem and celebrated the importance of the children in their congregation by having a special Children's Sabbath service.

The highlight of the service was the baptism of Brian Kostoff, a lifelong Richland member who worked diligently to complete his baptismal studies so that he could be baptized before his 12th birthday. He told the congregation that he was almost a teenager and wanted to be ready to meet the challenges of his teenage years with a solid foundation in Jesus. It was a powerful testimony to the faith Kostoff has in Jesus and a reminder of Jesus' love and compassion for His children, as was the sermon by Ed Gienger, interim pastor.

Children's ministries leader Keeni Mitchell provided an overview of the number of children and families involved in each of the children's ministries, including the children's clubs and Sabbath School departments. Particularly noted were the opportunities being developed to involve children in community outreach projects and the growth in the children's clubs and classes.