Here are some prayer points for the CMN SA and people in children’s and family ministry. There is also a devotional here for people in children’s and family ministry.

Pray for all children’s ministry leaders and coordinators around South Australia:
– for energy and creativity to work together well in equipping, growing and encouraging people in their ministry with children
– that we might learn from one another and build one another up in Christ
– for unity with one another, to enable God’s work with children to grow and flourish

Seeds and Plants Devotional for people in Children’s and Family Minstry.
The following devotional was written to encourage leaders in children’s ministry. You are welcome to use this devotional on your own or with a children’s and family ministry team.

You will need:
-Seeds to hold: eg dried chick peas.
-A plant to look at: eg a pot plant, a view out a window or sit in a garden.

Hold a few seeds in your hand.
What comes to mind when you look at these seeds or hear the word “seed”?

Jesus told a parable of the Growing Seed. It’s recorded in the book by Mark, in chapter 4.
Jesus said: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26-29 NIV)

What in this story stands out for you?

What does this say about God’s kingdom; about God; about us?

Now, look at or hold a plant.

In 1 Corinthians, Paul writes to the church to address their arguing about whose teaching to follow, his or Apollos? Paul writes: What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7 NIV)

Responsibility for growth is God’s.
What is our responsibility?

Let’s pray:
Dear God, who makes things grow.
When things start small and then grow and grow we say thanks.
For children who start small and then grow and grow.
For our teams and ministries who start small and then grow and grow.
For faith that starts small and then grows and grows. We say Thanks.

Thank you for Jesus who taught us about your kingdom and our place in it. Help us to sow seeds, to plant seeds, to water seeds in your strength and by your Spirit.
We pray with thankful hearts, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

When you look at a plant, may it remind you in ministry to plant, to water and to be thankful and to let God be responsible for growth.

If using this devotional with a team, options for the plant are:
-a pot plant as a centrepiece
-sit in a garden
– purchase plants in punnets about the size of a cup (not the thin, little punnets) and give them as a gift.
These can be purchased from a gardening store with 6 plants per punnet for about $6-$8 a punnet.
Cut across the punnet to make individual pot plants eg each plant still in its section of the punnet. Then wrap individual plants in cellophane and tie with ribbon. Photocopy the plant tag so people know what the plant is, where to plant it and how to care for it.
After the prayer, say:
This plant is yours to take home. A gift of thanks for your faithfulness in ministry with children and families. May it remind you to plant, to water and to be thankful and to let God be responsible for growth.
Hand out the plant tags and if using more than one type of plant allow people to swap plants for one better suited to their garden.