Celebrating Children at Beit Immanuel.
To the Parents of our young children...
Relax! God put the wiggle in children. Don't feel you have to suppress it in God's House. All are Welcome!
Sit in front where it is easier for your little ones to see what's going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others' heads.
Quietly explain the parts of the service and actions of the worship team, pastor and others.
Sing the songs with them. Children love to copy you.
If you have to leave the service with your child, feel free, but do come back. As Jesus said, "Let the children come to me."
Remember that the way we welcome children in our congregation directly affects the way they respond to God and to one another. Let them know that they are home at Beit Immanuel, this house of worship.
Please welcome our children and give a smile of encouragement to their parents!
Our Youth meet regularly in a home group and together with young people from other congregations in the area.
At Beit Immanuel Congregation our youth take an active part in helping teach the children, leading in worship, helping arrange the equipment, preparing food and more. We also encourage them to be active part in society and not just in the congregation. For example, our youth visited Holocaust survivors to bring comfort and practical helps. They also traveled to Sderot to help Holocaust survivors with home repair. It is a joy to see that more and more teens are committing their lives to God. Our Leadership Team coordinate teachings to prepare them to live fruitful lives as Messianic Jews in Israel. We also have special meetings for parents to bless and pray for their sons and daughters and encourage them to live their lives in a godly manner. Every year we walk together with a number of our youth through the life cycle of maturity that culminates in a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. These are especially important events for young Messianic Jews that assist the youngster in taking on the role of being a young man and woman. It is also an important reminder to the family and community that here is now a young adult and no longer a child. On most occasions these are great opportunities for our young people to make a public dedication of their lives to the Messiah Yeshua and to live as Messianic Jews in a way that honors God
It is very important for Messianic Jews to celebrate the Jewish holidays.
In Israel one of the most common questions during the holiday season is: "Where are you on the holidays?" Being alone is not pleasant. At Beit Immanuel we make special efforts to care for our people during the holidays. We share food together, invite one another into our homes and try to make sure that no one is left alone during these special days. During the holidays we take the children on trips and activities to build closer relationships between the children, teachers and parents. Living right here in the Land of the Bible allows us the opportunity to visit many fascinating places which helps strength the faith of our children.
Many families and individuals face financial challenges.
Living in the Land of Israel, even if you have a vision and strong faith, is not a simple task. For many it means learning a new language or changing a profession. A lot of people in our community gave up their professions from their home country in order to find employment in the Israeli labor market. In our community we encourage people to gain higher education. We also try to support them financially for these studies, assisting them through graduation and finding a good job.
Often, as a result of the daily pressures, families go through crises in marriage relationship. Our community provides care for families in crisis and accompanies them through the process of counseling and rehabilitation of thier relationships. We have a team that includes mature believers professionally trained in the skills needed to provide sound biblical counseling.
Also see Care and Counseling
Our men meet regularly to discuss the biblical role of the man in the family and how to care and provide for our families.
We discuss and study to learn what it takes to be a good father and husband and brother in the Lord. We have a "prayer breakfast" in our community to share our hearts with one another and bring our needs before the Lord.
"Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry." Exodus 22:22-23.
Our community has a number of single-parent families with the mother carrying full responsibility for the family. We see great importance in supporting these families. Due to low income many of these mothers are forced to rent apartments in cheaper neighborhoods with poor social services and under par schools for their children. After a long day and many hours working away from home, they have little time or energy to be with the children. Our congregation tries to help with subsidies for camps, food stamps, apartment repairs, school books, clothing etc. We also provide support groups and personal counseling, lead by Annu Santos a trained counselor, for the mothers and their children with special teachings and prayer sessions geared specifically for their needs.