“One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: ‘Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.’ After laying hands on them, he left.” —Matthew 19.13–15 (MSG)
At Tarrytown United Methodist Church, we strive to “practice the presence of God.” We teach that everyone—no matter their age, appearance, or personality—is to be treated like a Queen or King because we are all children of God. Not only does the Bible tell us to “love your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength,” but Jesus also implores us to “love others as well as you love yourself.”
Here at TUMC we focus our time learning how to love God, love others, and love ourselves, through everything we do—this is what I mean when I say “practicing the presence of God.”
Our children ministries help us practice this. We learn that there is nothing we could ever do to separate us from the love of God, nor is there anything we can do to earn God’s love and grace. God loves us. Period.