BAT ZION CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Led by Ben and Heidi Parker
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Psalm 22:6
SHABBAT SCHOOL MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK
Genesis 15:5 He took him outside and said, “Look up now, at the sky, and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So shall your seed be.” TLV
JUNIORS MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK
Genesis 12:3 My desire is to bless those who bless you, but whoever curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed. TLV
Ben Parker grew up as a missionary child and chose to follow the L-rd at a very early age. His parents worked with the Child Evangelism Fellowship in the US and ministered throughout the country. Ben, like his missionary parents, felt a calling as a young adult and began working with a nationwide youth ministry. Since then, Ben has served in several positions serving young children and youth.
Together Ben and Heidi have 5 children ranging from ages 11-22.
Ben and Heidi’s desire is to help the children of BZ come to know the true nature of G-d and our Messiah Yeshua. They hope to instill a hunger for the things and ways of G-d into the heart of each child, so that they will choose to follow and serve G-d not only during their childhoods, but through their entire lives.
Heidi Parker also grew up as a missionary child and chose to the follow the L-rd at an early age as well. Her parents worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Suriname, South America where she lived for part of her life as a child. Heidi has worked with children for much of her life and has been serving as a Shabbat school teacher at Bat Zion for 3 years.
Children's Ministry Goals
The goal of Shabbat children’s ministry is to maintain the vital link between generations by conveying a rich Messianic Jewish heritage. In addition, we strive to strengthen family bonds and provide for home learning to deepen the bonds of the whole family. We utilize a Messianic Jewish curriculum designed to disciple Messianic children in their faith in G-d and to strengthen their identity in Messiah Yeshua. This is accomplished through the study of the foundations of our faith with a focus on the feasts. This is a year-long program with a summer break. Classes are available for birth through 3 years old, 4 years to end of Kindergarten, 1st grade to 6th grade (12 years old).
Children's Ministry's Vision
We want to see our children grow in their love of G-d, begin to learn Hebrew, participate in the Feasts, and develop a hunger for a Yeshua-centered life. We strive to lay the foundations for a lifetime of learning and growth in G-d. We accomplish this by developing relationships with the whole family, studying and learning the word of G-d and encouraging our children to deepen their knowledge, understanding and actions.