7 Reasons Why Your Kids Should Go to Church (even if you don't)

At Coast Church we're HUGE believers in kids and we want to see kids from all over Ventura County thrive, succeed, and do incredible things to impact the world around us as they grow.  Even if you're not a "person of faith" we want you to know that there is a place your children can find community at in a safe, loving, and caring environment.  Here are a few of the reasons our team came up with of "Why Your Kids Should Go to Church (even if you don't).  Enjoy. 

 1. They have BIG GOD questions and we don’t have all of the answers. 

Where did God come from?  Who is God’s daddy and mommy?  Was God a baby?  Is God real or is he like Santa Claus?  Can God bring me presents?  Can I talk to God?  The questions only get bigger, tougher, and gnarlier from here on out!  Kids are full of questions.  Where do you find answers to these “God questions” that they are sure to ask?  Google, pull them out of the air, go ask grandma, etc. are all some of the ways I’ve heard of parents address these questions.  At Coast Kids we strive to answer the tough “God Questions” in ways that are understandable, appropriate, and relevant for children.  We want their eyes, their mind, their hearts, and their futures to be open just as you do!  

 

2.  Church is a place to experience community in a diverse, totally selfless way.

At Coast Church we want to be a community that reflects our local community.  We are not an old church, a young church, a white church, a black church, an asian church, a hispanic church…we are a community of people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, faith experiences, and histories.  What a better place to allow your children to experience diversity than in a place that truly cares for them.  A church community is a place where we leave behind our “identity” to embrace the “identity of Christ” to serve others in a selfless way.  When children catch on to this concept at a young age everyone around them will be doing double-takes saying, “who is this kid and where did they learn to be so kind?”  Church.  

  

3.  The principles taught in Sunday School will benefit your children. 

Where did our criminal, civil, and justice code originate?  Mosaic (from Moses) Law has been the single biggest influencer on the way we do life as humans and societies.  We teach precepts and concepts that deal with how we treat our fellow man, how we take care of the resources God has given us, why giving is better than receiving, working hard and thinking of others before ourselves.  Whether you’re an atheist, agnostic, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, etc. I think we can all agree that every child in the world could use a bit more emphasis in these areas.  Math is great, learning to read and spell is fantastic but where are our children learning the source of these principles?  Church.  

 

4.  We reinforce creativity, art, and music. 

Art and music programs are typically the first place that our public education systems make budget cuts.  Nearly every week we draw, color, paint, cut (with safe scissors), art projects that coincide with our lesson.  We encourage creativity, art exploration and sharing our work with one another (and of course with our families when we get home).  Music is a big part of our church community and it carries over into Coast Kids.  We sing, introduce them to fun instruments, and encourage them to be a part of music even if they’ve never tried.  It is no wonder why so many famous musicians trace their musical roots to church…we value the arts and music as an extension of who God created us to be.  Where does the next Picasso learn to paint?  Church.  

 

5.  Hope. 

Where do children go to find hope?  School?  Schools reinforce many great things, but they don’t reinforce hope.  They don’t give hope, they’re not a source of hope.  For a lot of children, school can be a place of frustration when dealing with bullies, homework, pressure for grades, etc.  How about family?  Family should be a place of hope, but unfortunately it doesn’t always pan out that way.  At Coast Church we want every child to learn that not only can they find hope but they can grow to be a source of hope in their world.  Spiritual, intangible concepts are hard to understand when we grow up, but children have an incredible way of grasping concepts like “hope” and living them out.  Where can they find out what hope is and how to be a source of hope for others?  Church.

 

6.  The “Anchor Concept”.  

Kids need anchors, places where they know they will be and things they know they will be doing.  Consistency is hard to maintain in our busy day and age.  When you incorporate something like church/Sunday school in your child’s life, it gives them an “anchor” in their life of consistent teaching, art, friends, community, and giving.  We love soccer teams, Little League, swim clubs, art classes, etc. but we believe that Coast Kids gives every child “meaning” to their life and their future more than a team championship.  Once your child gets plugged in, makes new friends, they’ll be bugging you for this “anchor” in their life: church. 

 

7.  Our church communities NEED the children.  

Children, with their wonder and amazement, their creativity and craziness, their charm and their mischief, are an inspiration to every single person who follows Christ.  We have come to the realization that we need kids around to show us how we are supposed to respond to Jesus’ great love…with awe and wonder!  When children are present, smiles abound.  When children are present, the weight of responsibility for our future seems more significant.  In other words, we NEED children in our church community.  We are totally okay with the messes they make, the glue-stick clean up, the mischief, and the spilled Capri-suns because it means that children are present and where children are present, HOPE is present.  We never want one gathering to go by where we don’t see smiles from one certain group of little humans…can you guess where we want to see you and your children this Sunday?  You got it, CHURCH!  

 

At Coast Church we are a grass-roots community of faith, growing weekly, reaching out to our city and county, serving others and lifting up Jesus Christ.  We’ve seen some incredible stories unfold in the short time we’ve been meeting together and we can’t wait to see what happens next.  We have several Coast Kids volunteers who have backgrounds in child education, art, music, parenting and huge hearts to see children thrive!  We meet each week at 4300 Telegraph Road in Ventura in the round building on Telegraph (look for the orange and blue signs).  Our children meet in a safe place connected to the building where we hold our main gathering, accessible by parents and of course filled with fun and smiles.  If you need a ride to church, if you’d like to schedule us to pick up your children for Coast Kids or if you have any questions please feel free to give us a call/text 805-215-3558 or email coastchurchventura@gmail.com.  Much love to you all and we hope to see you soon…at CHURCH!  

805 COMMUNITY NIGHTS - BONFIRE AT PT. MUGU STATE PARK

WE'RE PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT OUR FIRST (OF MANY) 805 COMMUNITY NIGHTS AT POINT MUGU STATE PARK IN OXNARD, CA.  IF YOU LOVE S'MORES (WHO DOESN'T?), BEING OUTSIDE, THE BEACH, GAMES, AND GREAT PEOPLE THEN WE'D LOVE TO SEE YOU THIS WEDNESDAY AT THE BEACH.  WE'LL KICK THINGS OFF AROUND 6:00PM AND WRAP IT UP AT 9:30PM.  YOU CAN PARK IN THE STATE PARK ($12 PARKING FEE) OR ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND WALK DOWN.  TEXT OR CALL 805-215-3558 FOR DIRECTIONS AND A SPECIFIC LOCATION WHEN YOU GET THERE.  THESE EVENTS ARE DESIGNED TO BE A FUN TIME OF COMMUNITY, GETTING KIDS OUTDOORS, NETWORKING WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THE 805, SHARING OUR LOVE FOR OUR AREA TOGETHER, AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE VERY BEST THEY CAN BE IN OUR COMMUNITY.  IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT THIS MONTH, WE HAVE SOMETHING AWESOME PLANNED ON SEPTEMBER 30TH IN THE 805.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OR EMAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE.  

WHAT TO BRING: YOURSELF, YOUR KIDS, A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBERS, ETC.  A BEACH BLANKET OR BEACH CHAIRS.  YOUR FAVORITE FRISBEE/VOLLEYBALL/FOOTBALL.  

WHAT WE'RE PROVIDING: FIRE, S'MORES, LAUGHS, GAMES (SMASHBALL, FOOTBALL, WIFFLEBALL, FRISBEE, ETC.), POSSIBLY A COUPLE OF SONGS WITH SOME ACOUSTIC GUITAR, WATER/DRINKS, CHIPS, OVERALL GOOD VIBES.

WHAT IF I DON'T KNOW ANYONE: THAT'S TOTALLY OKAY AND HONESTLY, THAT'S WHAT THESE 805 COMMUNITY NIGHTS ARE ALL ABOUT.  THEY'RE A CHANCE FOR YOU TO NETWORK, MEET NEW PEOPLE IN A FUN, SAFE, FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT. WE HOPE PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO VENTURA COUNTY, JUST MOVING TO VENTURA COUNTY, OR LOOKING FOR FUN THINGS TO DO IN VENTURA, OXNARD, OJAI, SANTA PAULA, CAMARILLO, FILLMORE, CARPINTERIA, ETC. FIND THESE NIGHTS A GREAT TIME AND A HIGHLIGHT OF THEIR SUMMER AND FALL.  

 

7 Reasons to Join a New Church Plant

7 REASONS TO JOIN A NEW CHURCH PLANT

  If you’re looking for a new church, a new place for your faith to grow, the task can be daunting.  Not only are you asking, “what do I choose: Presbyterian, Catholic, Pentecostal, Mormon, non-denominational, Methodist, Episcopal, etc. etc. etc.?”  But you have to consider the size of the church, the people there, the location, the programs, etc. etc. etc.  I know what you’re thinking, “wow, yes, it is crazy, I don’t know where to start…I just want to grow in my faith.”  

  Well, here are some reason why you should consider joining a new church, also known as a “church plant.”  Despite the statistics of most mainline denominations trending downward in numbers of Sunday attendees, there are actually some Christian groups who are opening up new church gatherings in cities all around the world and seeing tremendous growth.  Think of a church plant as a place where fresh life is being breathed into the community.

 

  If you’re currently a Christian and want to help out a church plant, that’s a great and noble thing to do.  We highly suggest that you pray about it and talk to your lead pastor about it before making the decision.  You would, no doubt, be a tremendous help if it is truly something that works out, but keep in mind that your church community needs you too!   

1.  A Fresh Start 

There’s nothing wrong with a brand new starting point for your faith.  Maybe you’ve been wanting to renew your faith in God but don’t know where to start.  You’ve checked out a few churches but nothing really clicked for you/your family.  One of the greatest hardships of a “new church” is one of the greatest blessings: you see, the very reason a church plant is “planted” is to see new people join them in walking with Jesus.  So every person counts, every person matters and a church plant takes that seriously.  

2.  Dreamers/Doers

There’s dreamers and doers, but sometimes those two qualities join together in a person’s life to make them an indelible resource in God’s economy.  Chances are if you’re a dreamer/doer you will love the environment of a church plant.  Growing up in the Silicon Valley, I’ve seen start-ups in the tech world and watched the driving passion behind incredibly successful entrepreneurial endeavors.  In a church plant, we take that same “start-up” mindset of passion-based, goal oriented gains but we pare it with prayer, the work of the Holy Spirit and heaps of love/compassion.  It’s way more than “business as usual.”

3.  Authentic Community

There is something special about the community that takes place in a church plant.  I know it can be had, and felt, in larger churches but I can’t describe how awesome the feelng of community is in a church plant.  Maybe it’s the fact that we don’t take it for granted, or better yet, that we don’t take each other for granted.  If you’re looking for a place to truly “live the Christian life” with others in a community of faith, a church plant is the place to be. 

4.  A Trial Run

If you are feeling called of God (and your pastoral leadership has recognized that) to plant a church in the future, there is no better place for you to spend six months to a year than in a church plant.  Seriously, I wish I would have done it before we planted Coast Church in Ventura, CA.  For instance, when I got into free diving and spearfishing I did extensive research.  I read books on breath hold techniques, researched gear, watched videos of pros, and read accounts from many veteran divers.  But the first time I got in the water with a friend who had been diving for many years, I learned more from him in three hours of diving than all of the books and Google searches combined.  Do your homework, but get involved in a church plant if you feel led to plant a church some day.  It is a win-win for you and the church planter. 

5.  Show Your Kids an Alternative

Bratty, spoiled church kids that have endless pizza parties, bounce houses, Sunday school giveaways, amusement park outings, skateparks in the church parking lot are THE WORST!  Trust me, I was one of them!  Until I was a teenager and attended a church of roughly 20-30 people and they didn’t have all the bells and whistles.  What I learned, very quickly, was that there was more to church than just being entertained.  Believe me, I would LOVE to have a sweet little skatepark (yes, Ventura needs a real skatepark) in the church parking lot some day, but what I want more than that is an environment where my kids can experience the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Most church plants do have some exciting things going for kids and it is only going to get better, but even if they don’t have all of that stuff, encountering Jesus is worth it. 

6.  You Want to Serve

Every church plant is looking for people with servant’s hearts who care deeply for their community.  Of course there are many avenues to serve in the weekly gathering such as: set-up of the facility, greeting, parking lot team, sound tech, AV, photography, graphic design, singing, music, Coast Kids, etc., but in the vision of Coast Church we see a community of faith that serves the community at large in Ventura and the surrounding coastal area.  We’re already planning to certify people in Life In Focus Education (a drug/alcohol rehab, juvenile delinquent education program), putting together a focus group for parents/families of children with special needs, exploring how we can serve the elderly of our community by mowing lawns/fixing things/holding services in convalescent homes, and asking tough questions about how we can simply serve our community better.  A church plant is constantly in need of creative minds and servant's hearts.  If you’re looking for a place to utilize your talents with an eternal impact on the lives of others, if you truly want to “serve” then a church plant is for you. 

7.  The Spirit Led Life

Everything in our “consumer oriented” world drives us to the biggest and the best.  One of the things we see recurring in the Scripture is that the Holy Spirit led people to do things that nobody else was doing, with tremendous outcomes in the end.  Jesus raised the bar high for that one and we should follow His example.  If you feel to join a church plant (as a permanent member or simply to serve for an interim) you should pray about it and ask God to truly “lead” you in making that decision.  We truly believe that when we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives GREAT THINGS HAPPEN!

   Every community of faith has a “starting place” and a new church plant is a great place to be a part of to invest in and experience those infant moments.  Will it be perfect?  No.  Will people come and go?  Sure.  Will it be one of the best, most rewarding things you’ve ever done in your life?  I believe so!  I hope this has been educational for you and thought-provoking.  It is incredible to be a part of what Jesus Christ is doing in our time.  There are some incredible new churches being planted all throughout the world and the Gospel is touching lives like never before.   

-Pastor Scott