Hey, Parents! Have you talked to your Westheights Kid? Is he starting to understand his (and your) important roles as Kings and Queens (a.k.a. stewards) in God’s Kingdom? Has she been on your case about recycling, tree planting and turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth?

This past Sunday we experienced the wonderful story of creation, told to us by a gifted storyteller. Our prayer is that the children took to heart its profound message: that we, made in the image of God, are the crown of His creation, and that all the stories after this first story in Genesis are the One Story of God’s great passion–his desire to love and share life with us, His children.

Together, we read the passage in Genesis where God appoints Adam and Eve’s descendants rulers “over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Gen. 1:26b) What an exciting assignment! What an enormous responsibility!

Here are some of the ways a few of the Grade 4’s and 5’s personalized their responsibilities as stewards of the earth:

Please take the time to talk with your children this week about practical ways that your family can care for our planet…Keep it real, make small changes, take on an agreed-upon challenge, and pray for God’s blessing on your efforts. Will you start to compost for the first time? Will Dad ride his bike to work twice a week? Will Mom take a water bottle to work, instead of buying bottled drinks? Will you visit the bulk section at the grocery store more often? Will you turn the furnace down a notch and wear sweatshirts?…

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…(Deuteronomy 6:6-7)