William Faircloth, associate pastor and minister to students at Linden Baptist Church, creates a lava lamp out of water, cooking oil, Alka Seltzer and food coloring with his wife Whitney, son Liam and daughter Sadie during the Saturday Morning Kids Show he posted on Facebook May 23.

Linden Baptist reaches families through Saturday children’s show

William Faircloth can see the gospel in a homemade lava lamp. The water, cooking oil, Alka Seltzer and food coloring swirling around in a mason jar looks like chaos to him, and that reminds him of sin.

“Last week we began looking at the book of Genesis,” Faircloth said May 23 on the Saturday Morning Kids Show he posted on Facebook. “We learned that we are created by God and designed to know Him and be in community with Him. But there’s also a part of the story that’s not so great.”

That part is sin, the fact that humanity made choices which broke that relationship and brought chaos into the world, said Faircloth, associate pastor and minister to students at Linden Baptist Church.

But the story of Noah shows us the beginning of how God planned to rescue His people, he said.

Staying connected

He told that story on the second episode of the roughly 10-minute-long children’s show, which starts with his family teaching viewers how to construct a craft. It then offers a Bible story and shares a short message from one of the church’s youth. On May 16, homemade slime was featured, followed up by the lava lamp May 23. He created this show as a way to connect with children in the church in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

“I also have the hope that if we can present the gospel in a simple way for kids, maybe the parents will be watching too,” Faircloth said.

‘Just phenomenal’

He’s committed to doing the Saturday Morning Kids Show at least through the end of July. He and others at Linden Baptist hope they’ll be able to conduct Vacation Bible School in person in August — they’ve already pushed it back from June. But if that doesn’t seem like a safe option when the time comes, they’ve already found a platform to consider taking it online.

Pastor Chris Kynard said the Saturday Morning Kids Show is “just phenomenal.”

“The kids have really enjoyed that,” he said. “What I think has happened in this time of COVID-19 is that it’s made us try things we’ve never tried before, and we’ve realized that there is great potential to do new kinds of ministry online.”

To check out the Saturday Morning Kids Show, visit Linden Baptist Church’s Facebook page.