Sault Ste Marie Free Methodist Church

    Elizabeth Down

    Children's Pastor

     

    Liz and Family
    I have the most amazing privilege to be the Kids Pastor here. I love kids! They are wonderful, and sweet, and bold and courageous - they ask all the right questions without reserve, and expect an answer (which means I have to make sure to give a good one!). They are free to be themselves in worship and in prayer and in life - and I just LOVE how much I've learned from each of them over the years because of the freedom and perspective they hold. This is the environment my team and I continue to try to cultivate. We desire a church environment where kids know they have a spot at the table. This time in their life is more than a sit and wait until they get to youth where we get to do "real ministry." Nope - these little people are very much the church of today AND tomorrow! And so, we invest our time into them - we nurture them, we come alongside them, we dance with them, we pray with them, we laugh and we cry - we do it all. Because kids are an incredibly ~AMAZING~ gift given to our community. Along with our kids, we get to minister to parents - come alongside them, give them a shoulder to cry on and a "Hey! I've been there - here's what's around the corner - you got this! God's got you!". One of the deepest cries of my heart is see thriving kids in healthy homes with a foundation so solid on Christ, there is absolutely NOTHING that will get in their way. How amazing would that be?! Yeah - Amazing! I agree.

    Liz is wife to Gideon, momma to Samuel, Levi and Phoebe. She doesn't always get it right - however, day in and day out relies on Christ to help sustain this passion not only within the church, but within her home.  

    Deuteronomy 6:4-9
    "Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! Love God, your God, with your whole heart; love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got! Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside of your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.