The Birth of Our Church
Today in Kid’s Church, we continued with the theme “The History of Our Church”. We invited Dick and Diana Salmon to speak to our Elementary kids about the birth of our Vineyard Campbellsville church. The Salmons started a Friday night prayer meeting in their home that lasted all night until the morning. They would pray together each week until the church grew to 40 people and they had to find another space to meet. This was the birth of the Vineyard church that we know and love today.
One of the things that God told the Salmons about our Vineyard Campbellsville church years ago was that the church was to “make a place for the young people.” They believed in the value of kids and teenagers so much that kids were leading the kid’s ministry and teenagers were leading worship. We can still see that core belief in our church today, as most leaders are under 40 and the kid’s wing is filled to the brim.
After the Salmons shared about the birth of our church, they began to walk around the room and lay hands on the kids’ heads and pray blessings over them. The room began to change and a few kids began to share family issues and ask for prayer. Diana was holding the crying children as they poured their heart out to God asking for help and salvation for their family members. It was a precious time together.
There is something special about grandparents in the kid’s wing. Their wisdom and comfort is needed. The Salmons brought in a sweet spirit that made the kids feel safe enough to share their hearts and concerns. There was a mutual trust and respect between the adults and the children today that is not always present.
“Watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and grandchildren.” Deuteronomy 4:9