The Power of Remembrance

Hear how one church practices Remember and Celebrate in this Family Ministry Conversation Video.
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Hi, I’m Nancy de Jong, pastor of the children and families of Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, Washington. Today I wanted to share a little bit about Remember and Celebrate with you and how we practice it here in our faith community.

Remember and Celebrate occurs on the 6th and 13th week in the sequence of our Tru lessons, and it’s a great time to just pause in what we’re learning and remember what God has been teaching us through The Big God Story and celebrate where He has been active in our lives.

When we slow down—when we pause in the busyness of life, and we remember Him and celebrate His faithfulness—He will restore us, He will renew us, He will guide us, and He will show His presence among us.

How We Remember and Celebrate

We play Zonk, a great game for the kids that really engages them. It makes them remember what God’s been showing them and connects that to the future. But the part that I really, really love is when we pause and get quiet to celebrate around the campfire.

I turn down the lights and have a little fake campfire that’s in the middle of the room. Then I invite the kids to gather in close around and to share this time together. I ask the kids, “Where has God been active in your life? Where have you noticed, and where have you felt Him? Where have you sensed the Holy Spirit?”

Quite often, the kids are a little bit quiet at first, but then inevitably I get that 5-year-old kindergartener who says, “I have a story.” And they come up and say, “I fell and got hurt, and I had to put a Band-Aid on it because it was bleeding a little bit.”

Okay. And then I prompt them a little bit more, “Did you sense that God was with you in that moment?”

“Well, yeah, He was. He was with me.”

“And did you feel that God helped you through that?”

“He did help me through that. And you know what? He healed me too because I don’t have to have this Band-Aid anymore—it’s really all pretty good now.”

So they’re seeing God as active and God as healer and God as restorer

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Stories Are Powerful

Recently, I had a 5th grade boy share an amazing testimony in our campfire time. He said:

“I’ve been praying for my brother for over a year. My older brother has a disorder that causes him to have some ticks and some anxiety, and it’s been hard on our family. And I’ve prayed for God to heal him. I’ve prayed for God to take this disorder away, and while not everything has been removed, the ticks have stopped. God has healed him. God has restored him. And God is working in my brother’s life. I know that He’s working in my life and in the life of my family.”

And that’s so amazing to see kids just light up with that—that they’re seeing the reality of God in their lives and they’re celebrating who He is.

It’s Not Just for Kids

I’ve also wanted this experience of remembering and celebrating for our entire church. So we’ve been practicing taking it to the whole church a few times a year. And the first couple of times we really wanted to model it for our families and for our older adults as well. And they said, “Hey, we want to be part of that. We want to play Zonk too. We want to remember God’s faithfulness. And We want to celebrate that together as a faith community.”

So we’re still exploring—we’re still working it out but God is moving. When we slow down—when we pause in the busyness of life, and we remember Him and celebrate His faithfulness—He will restore us, He will renew us, He will guide us, and He will show His presence among us.

I encourage you to take time to remember and celebrate.

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  Updated on June 2, 2022

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  • Nancy de Jong serves as a Staff Pastor at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, Washington overseeing congregational care and ministry to children and families. She loves encouraging other ministry leaders through coaching, writing, and teaching. Nancy is the parent of three young adults and four bonus daughters, and enjoys finding adventure with her husband.

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