I recently returned from KidMin, a children’s ministry conference. It’s always a blast connecting with others that share a similar calling as you, and when that calling is reaching kids for Jesus, you know it’s going to be a fun time.
The theme for this year was abide, with a focus on John 15:1-17. The conference used yarn to represent vines. All over the conference, and even in the logo, you could see the yarn serving as a reminder of the True Vine.
So, what does it mean to abide in Christ?
To “abide” is to live, continue, or remain. So to abide in Christ is to know and follow Jesus (1 John 2:5-6). More than just checking a box, abiding is personal. Like a branch on a vine, we’re connected, in a living/growing relationship, yet we’re totally dependent on the vine.
The vine comparison reminds us that we can’t bear any fruit on our own, it’s all from the Vine. Yes, we’ll need to be pruned from time to time (see verse 2). But it’s a loving cut to help us bear more fruit.
Next time your family eats some grapes, pull out your phone and do a Google Image search for grape vine. Show your kids how the vine connects the branches, and through the vine, the branches are able to produce fruit.
If your kids are starting to ask questions, remind them that the branches are united with the vine and read Romans 6:5 to them. (Here’s a simple outline for you to use if your child want to know more about becoming a Christian.)