Bath United Methodist Church: Being Christ to our Community
corner of Chestnut & Elm Streets, Bath, IL (mailing address is PO Box 227, Oakford, IL 62673)
Please join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:40 AM.
Notice of Church Closing
At the February 18 Church Conference meeting held after worship, the members of the Bath United Methodist Church voted to close the church and discontinue the congregation. District Superintendent Rev. Nicolas Showalter convened the meeting. Ramona Pfeiffer acted as secretary, documenting the motion and the members who were present. The vote was unanimous. This is a season of grief and transition, but also a time of celebrating the ministry of the Bath UMC in its community and beyond. Church members and friends of the church are working hard toward completing their ministry. The last Sunday of worship will be on June 3, 2018. If anyone has questions about the building and contents, please contact Dean Pfeiffer, the chair of the church board.
Have we dropped the Ball?
By Ramona Pfeiffer
The Bible instructs us to teach children about God. If people take the time to teach their children about God's ways, children will not turn from that instruction later in life. Jesus valued children, and Paul provided additional support for teaching children about God in his writings in the New Testament. Jesus valued children and found them to be important in a society that did not value them. In Mark 10:13-16, the Bible records the time that the disciples did not want to let the little children touch Jesus. Jesus "rebuked" his disciples and invited the children to come to him. The Bible includes additional New Testament support for teaching the children in Ephesians 6:4 (CEV) “Parents, don't be hard on your children. Raise them properly. Teach them and instruct them about the Lord.” We need to step up and be responsible for teaching the children about God’s love. Each generation is responsible for passing on the faith to the next generation. Some generations have done a better job of doing that than others. The “Greatest Generation” did a good job with the “Baby Boomers” in taking them to church, but the Baby Boomers may have dropped the ball with Generation X and Y. If so, will those generations also drop the ball with their children? There is a saying: “If God was a football the churches would be full.” How sad! With so many public places trying to erase God, we need to try harder to place God back into everything we touch especially our children. Maybe if we reach the younger generation we would
have less violence. Teaching a child about God can result in a
lifelong relationship between the child and God. In Proverbs 22:6, the Bible says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Training a child involves multiple lessons in which a person teaches a child all about God. The more children learn about God’s love the more they would reach out themselves. Only good things could happen when including God into our lives.
Keep teaching and reaching out to the next generation, hopefully your church will not be the next closing church.