Be the Good

Something good is about to happen! About to happen? What if it already has happened and we weren’t looking? What if we start each day with the expectation of something good? Search it out! It’s there! The bible says God IS good. God is in us, so what if we are the good. What if we spent our day with the attitude that we are the good. To be good is to love, to be encouraging, to never judge, and to bring comfort.  What if we could be this good for someone in need every day? Could we take it a step further and think that God sets up opportunities for us to be the good?

And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Exodus 33:19

Fall is just around the corner

Fall is around the corner (I think) and the children’s department is buzzing! We have had a wonderful response from parents with regard to volunteering. We have experienced some growing pains over the past year for sure! Sunday mornings the hallways are alive and exciting. The kids start out each morning with music and movement with Mrs. Zadie and Jina leading and then head off to class. We are enjoying having 2 new EC students join us this year, Angel Haylock and Jenna Fitzpatrick. Kimberly Humphrey and her daughter Cassandra have also become a part of our staff. Wednesday nights are a fun midweek boost. We have a 5pm meal and fellowship together then the kids are off to class. Mrs. Joy and Mrs. Amy have a great group of eager learners in Mission Friends and myself and Mrs. Jina are teaching Faithweaver Friends together with the older kids. In the nursery area we have Infants to toddlers with Mrs. Kimberly, Cassandra, Jenna, Angel and returning EC student Caitlin Meekins. We are planning a few upcoming kids activities off campus and also thinking towards summer camps for 2019. Keep us all in your prayers as we continue to see God move!

-Teresa Phillips

Another Great Summer

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

It is hard to believe that another summer has come and gone. Kids are one year older and back in school. We did have some wonderful moments. We started June off with one of the best VBS weeks yet. We had Jammin Jubilee together with VBS, which brought some new challenges but we were ready and the reward was great! Jammin Jubilee continued all through June. Then on to Tuesday park day fun. We laughed, played in the mud and water and the playground as well. We had a family fun night and played in the dark with flashlights and glow in the dark balloons. We had a big splash party at Ms. Teresa’s pool with pizza and watermelon and a giant emoji float that all the boys piled onto. And last but not least this coming Sunday (19th) is Promotion Sunday. Promotion Sunday is always a bitter sweet time. We have watched our kids grow and learn so much in a year and now it’s time for them to transition to a new class as they continue their journey to become stronger and closer to God.

I found this prayer by another Pastor that I wanted to share. I asked that you pray this prayer with me as you talk to your kids this week about the importance of Promotion Sunday.

O God, you have created us as human beings who mature from infancy, through childhood and adolescence into adulthood. Today we celebrate that growth. We lift up all who move this day into new classes for learning and spiritual growth. We pray for all who teach our children and youth. We pray for all of our congregation’s classes and groups in which we mature in faith. Keep each child and youth in your care. And keep us ever mindful of the promise we make each time we baptize another in faith: That we will assist them to grow in knowledge, in spiritual practices, and in living as disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Paul's Journeys

The kids are beginning a six week study about Paul’s journeys. Paul was a fascinating man and great example of how God peruses us, has a plan for our lives, and loves us unconditionally. Paul was possibly the only man with a background and ability to speak to both the Jews and the Gentiles. Paul was born “Saul” and was a “Hebrew of Hebrews” and yet held Roman citizenship and that was an important factor in his ability to speak with confidence to both Jews and Greeks. This citizenship even got him out of a tough situation after being arrested by the Roman authorities. Paul was once a persecutor of the church. Paul was even there when Stephen was stoned to death. God pursued Paul on the road to Damascus, gave him new eyes to see the plan he had for Paul all along. God even gave him a new name. At that moment, God did not see a man who had killed people for preaching the gospel, God saw His child whom He loved.

I pray that during the six weeks our kids are learning about Paul, they come to understand the powerful, unconditional love God has for all of His children.

Please pray for our children and leaders. Thank you!

Leading them to the God of Justice

Teresa Phillips

There are so many new movies out there today that offer a plot with a comic book hero who is super human and possess some super power. The battle is always good versus evil and good always wins, but in some of these movies it’s hard to know who the actual good guy is. It’s not always clear who we should root for. These movies are so popular they almost always break box office records. People dress like the characters and not just for Halloween. You see them on t-shirts, notebooks, pencils. The most popular Christmas items will most certainly have something to do with one of these characters whether hero or villain.

I have a couple of thoughts about the popularity of these characters. One, everyone needs a hero. Our kids want someone they can believe in and look up to. I think sometimes they need us to be super human and have super powers. I can’t scale tall buildings, but I can teach our kids about the one who truly came and performed miracles. 

Two, sometimes fiction is a great escape from reality. Life is not always fair or just. I can’t fix that, but I can lead them to the one who brings justice, grace and mercy and loves them with an everlasting love. 

For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Isaiah 30:18





Have you ever thought about your thoughts? Do you ever think about what you are thinking about? God’s word says take “captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b, NIV).  EVERY thought? I must have millions a day! It seems impossible. Well, maybe it is for me, but God’s word also says with Him all things are possible. I think we first have to be aware of any negative thoughts and slowly begin to replace them with positive ones. For example, “It’s all my fault. I’m to blame for every bad thing that happens to me”, can be replaced with “God says I’m not responsible for all the bad things. I’ve made mistakes, but I am learning and growing, and, most of all, I am forgiven by God.” The truth is God loves us and He sees us as worthy of His love, so worthy that He sent His son to die for us. God has given us a purpose and we are valuable to Him.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1b)

Think about that!

A Teachable Spirit

I have inherited Your testimonies forever, For they are the joy of my heart. 

Psalm 119:111

I turned fifty a few weeks ago and I hated it! I fought it even but here I am anyway. God has reminded me over the past few weeks that I shouldn’t hate this milestone but celebrate every day of it. God gave me those days and they are to be adored. 

I had a friend share with me that her sewing machine wasn’t working properly and I passed on the name of a repair man that my mother in law uses. I remembered sitting with my grandmother at her machine and the things she taught me. I fixed her machine for her on more than one occasion when her eye sight was getting worse. You see when I was growing up, we didn’t have a lot and so when you did acquire things like a new washer or sewing machine or car even, you had to have a basic knowledge of how to use them, care for them and fix them if they stopped working properly. As a matter of fact, growing up I had no idea you could hire people to fix things for you because if my dad couldn’t fix it, it probably couldn’t be fixed and if it couldn’t be fixed, you had to manage without until you could replace whatever it was. I don’t think I ever really appreciated my dad for that until I realized my dad passed some of that on to me. In my youth I probably hated that we didn’t have money, I mean I could have inherited money, right? But I think God had a better plan, God gave me a teachable spirit, a resilience, and a desire to learn. It may have taken me 50 years, but I am very thankful for my heritage, His testimony, for it is the joy of my heart. 

Summer of 17

Hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream! VBS, camps and flashlights! Summer of 2017, what a blur of amazing events! It’s hard to believe how fast it has gone, but what fun we have had.

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

We began with Maker Fun Factory VBS and it was one of the best ever! The games, the snacks and the kids, wow!!

We played at Rush and had a family fun evening with flashlights and ice cream and pizza. 

We had a fun week of camp with our special needs friends at Jammin Jubilee and then off to Student Life Kids camp where we became treasure hunters seeking Jesus! We topped it all off with a church wide picnic and fun at the park. 

Thanks to all of those who volunteered and worked hard to make all of this possible! We have truly been blessed with the best church family!

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members

do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. - Romans 12:4-5


VBS Hacks

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

So awhile back, I found this article about life hacks for VBS and I kind of used it, I mean that’s what life hacks are for, right?

Here are some suggestions I have found helpful at Royston Baptist Church. My comments follow each life hack:

1. Share decorations. Network with churches in your area that are using the same VBS program so you can share large décor items for your opening/closing area.

Well, Our VBS this year was early so there was no church we could borrow from. 

2. Reuse your volunteers. Have the same volunteer lead your opening and closing celebration.

This one we do, and do and do! We have great volunteers!!

3. Use teens as leaders. Use your church’s youth group as Crew Leaders and Assistant Station Leaders. A lot of times, it’s easier to get teens to volunteer instead of adults.

This one we use for sure, but sometimes you still need adults with the youth.

4. Identify and assemble a decorating team early on.  Many times you’ll find art teachers, professional artists, or talented teens right in your congregation.

Our decorating team does a wonderful job!! That’s not a reason for my droopy eyes!

I think that it just takes a lot of energy to make VBS great; I think any Children’s minister who is passionate about what they do would say the same thing. VBS is the best week of the year and the whole staff works hard to make sure that it is exactly that! These kids are important to us and I think it shows in our droopy eyes and constant yawning! At the end of the week, we all know it is worth and we are already excited about next year!

Pride in our Church


I am so proud of our entire church!  Palm Sunday our kids, volunteers and college students worked together and did an amazing job. Ms. Zadie worked hard at teaching our kids the song; we practiced walking in with the palm leaves with the kids that were present for Sunday school.  The big moment came and even more kids came in for Worship and we quickly gathered more palm leaves and they followed just perfectly. We got the youth involved and they hid the eggs while the kids were being taught by their Sunday school teachers. We have the best teachers around. After the worship hour came the covered dish lunch. Everyone pitched in and brought food. It is amazing to see our church family fellowship together.  The Hostess council worked hard and everyone had plenty to eat. It is so important for our kids to see the workings of other areas of the church and this event brought it all together. 

Thank you Royston Baptist for the love and support you give to our children’s department. It really does take a village!


Gardening 101

I have been doing a little research on gardening. It’s something that I enjoy but have not mastered. Here are some tips I have found helpful and relate to our ministries in the church.


Gardening 101

    • Start with something easy…. Pick something that doesn’t take too long to grow. Early success is inspiring. It may make you want to move on to more complicated plants.

    • Create a plan…. It’s easy to get stuck if you don’t have vision as to what you want and how you plan to get there.

    • Keep a notebook…. A journal is the big picture, so jot down your dreams for your garden.

    • Set a calendar…. Have a general idea of when to fertilize the soil, when to plant new bulbs, when to prune and when you expect the harvest.

    • Water carefully… Give constant, ample water. Make sure the water penetrates the soil. Newer plants need more water because their root system hasn’t fully developed yet.

    • Keep up the good work…. Proper maintenance is the greatest thing you can give your garden and most rewarding. Taking time to weed, prune, and tidy up will get you in tune with what the plant needs to thrive.

    • Be patience…. Gardening is a process. It does not happen in a day. Sometimes inpatients will cause you to over water or fuss too much. Monitor regularly, but unless something looks wrong, let it be. 

There are so many scriptures in the Bible that refer to gardening. Here is one of my favorites.

The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.

Isaiah 58:11

The Fun is Contagious

    Wednesday nights, the corner preschool room is THE place to be! Ms. Joy, with the help of Ms. Amy, takes our Mission Friends class on a real adventure or maybe the Mission Friends take Ms. Joy and Ms. Amy on an adventure…. whichever it is, everyone is having fun! You can hear the giggles from the hallway outside the classroom. 

The fun is contagious! 

    Mission Friends has become one of the fastest growing areas in our children’s department, even outgrowing their classroom. This coming Wednesday Ms. Joy, Ms. Amy and RBC Mission Friends are moving down the hall to their new classroom and we couldn’t be more excited. 

    Each week, Mission Friends are taught how important our missionaries are to us. Ms. Joy and Ms. Amy really make learning fun and exciting as RBC Mission Friends experience what it’s like to be a missionary in a foreign country. They learn about the culture, food, weather and even how the missionary serves the people of a particular country. Each month, as Mission Friends discover a new country and a new missionary family, they also discover how they can help. Mission Friends collect money for Lottie Moon and Global Hunger. 

    If you are a parent, look for the monthly newsletter ,Ms. Joy faithfully prepares for parents, to see how you can help and how you can encourage Mission Friends along the way.

Carry Out the Mission

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

I loved what Pastor Barlow said Sunday about the candidates. No matter what happens or who wins, it doesn’t change our mission. So I did some thinking about what our mission is in our children’s department. We desire to develop kids into strong Christian leaders who have a desire to continue the mission Christ has set before us. We teach them that God has made us a part of His plan and given us a purpose. Each Sunday and Wednesday night we are given another opportunity to share. It’s been said that by the age of 9 a child’s basic moral foundation has already been formed. Every volunteer, teacher, nursery worker has a part in that formation and I can tell you that we have some of the most amazing people helping to make this happen. We work diligently to make sure that the mission continues. Won’t you please continue to pray for our children and staff as we continue to carry out the mission God has set before us.


Behold, children are the heritage from the Lord, 

the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 127:3

The Call to Serve

    Wednesday nights at RBC are a very special time when we take our focus to the mission field. Our kids are lead on a journey to foreign country to meet a missionary family and learn a little about the culture, environment and even the food where the missionaries live. RBC kids also have the opportunity to get to know missionary families who are right here in the United States. To really help our kids understand what being a missionary means, we plan activities and ways our kids can give back and teaching them from a young age to be mission minded.

    Our kids have been involved in many projects in the past year. Some of those are giving to the Rainbow Pantry, making “Blessing Bags” for the homeless, visiting the nursing home and taking special items for residents, Back Yard Bible Study with neighborhood kids, helping raise funds for kids in Liberia during VBS and collecting items for Samaritan’s purse to be put in shoeboxes.

    Hebrews 13:16 reminds us of the call to serve: 

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”


Camp Life

We made it to Student Life Kids camp!

We had some great meals together, worship twice each day, played games and made friends, water games on the rec field, team competitions, and very little sleep. That’s camp!

Student Life camp is fun with a purpose. Psalm 40:1-3 was the scripture and theme for the week. This was a serious message tied together with fun teachings and skits and great speakers.

Special thank you to Joey Kendrick for going with us and helping with the teaching.

As children’s minister, I got to attend meetings with other children’s ministers from other churches. It was great to share ideas and talk with each other about what’s going on in our children’s programs. I am so thankful for the opportunity. We plan to keep communicating with each other through email.


Summertime at RBC

    Let me tell you about summer so far at RBC! We turned the sanctuary into a giant submarine and got totally Submerged in God’s word with 70 plus kids and 20 plus volunteers during the best VBS week ever! Lifeway really out did themselves with the theme this year. We all danced and sang the songs, made amazing crafts and Verne and Jules (played by myself and Pastor Barlow) wrestled a giant octopus in the choir loft! The Bible lessons we heard each day taught us so much about God’s great love for us and the plan He has for each of us. We also got to hear stories of missionaries and took on a mission project of our own. The boys versus the girls competition to raise money was neck and neck all week and we raised over $1,000!

    We packed up VBS on a Friday afternoon, put the church back in order and got ready for 2 weeks of Jammin Jubilee. During these two weeks we welcomed 50 plus more kids from our area. We danced a little more, sang songs, did Martial Arts, Legos, art and even a little sensory science.

    Each Sunday morning through the month of June, we put up a tent and enjoyed our music and Sunday school Bible lesson outside. We sat around the make believe campfire on cushions and pillows and ate our snacks taking our music, fun and laughter outside the children’s hall for a little change and adventure.

    As you can see, summer has been a busy time for the children’s ministry.  Keep on the lookout for more opportunities in July as the children get ready for the wet and wild day on July 20th and camp starting July 26th.


The Big Picture of God’s Story

The Gospel Project for Kids immerses kids and preschoolers in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

I read this blurb about The Gospel Project and couldn’t wait to bring it to our kids! The series comes with DVD’s so we installed new TV’s and dvd players for the kids. They are loving it! The stories really come to life on the dvd’s to tell the story. We have discussions, music and missions along with the story each morning. All of the classes, from toddlers to 5th grade are being taught the same story each Sunday and it is carried over into the second hour during worship in Children’s church.


Jesus and Children

Mark 10:13-16 tells the story of Jesus and the children and it’s one of my favorites. There is so much we can learn from these scriptures about childlike faith and dependence on the Lord. Jesus made a point to show that each life is precious and valuable in His kingdom. Above all, our children at RBC need to know they have value, and that there is a plan and a purpose in every scripture in the Bible and a plan and a purpose for their life. The entire children’s department works very hard at planning and implementing what our children are learning each week. We have them for a short time and a very important time and we take that very seriously. 

There are times when I like to hear from the kids themselves about what they are learning. They can say some amazing things. Their thoughts are often fresh, quick and always honest, often leading in directions I would have never thought about. This past week I had the opportunity for some great conversation with some of our children. The lesson was about Joshua and the walls of Jericho. This is always a favorite for children so getting them to retell the story was easy and fun! Then God lead me to talk about His plan for Moses and Joshua and then the children talked about what they felt God had planned for them. It was wonderful! Just listening to their excitement was so refreshing. I wanted to write about that experience because I realized how Jesus must have felt that day sitting with that group of children. After talking with them, verse 16 says, “After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them.” It is my hope that each of you reading this newsletter will remember our children in your prayers and remember how Jesus took the time to talk with them and bless each of them before sending them on their way.

Teresa Phillips

Backyard Bible Study

Over the past few months some of our leaders, kids and youth have been taking part in a great backyard bible study with the kids at the Royston Housing Authority. These kids are a part of the after-school program at the Jones Circle activity building. The goal of this program is to teach our kids and youth about missions actively. By taking part in this study, RBC kids/youth are learning what it means to take the gospel outside of the four walls of our church building to those in need.

We have a great team of leaders in this venture. What makes this team so great is their willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve our goal.  We have had a few setbacks, but we have met, discussed and always get back in there with a better plan. God is definitely leading us! God is teaching the leaders just as much as the kids and youth participating.  

RBC kids/ youth have really stepped up in participating in the BYBS. They are gaining the understanding that in this activity they are not just the students, but also a part of the leadership. Their confidence is rising, and although they are not there yet, they have really shown some amazing potential for great leadership.

The back yard bible study has been a challenge for us all but well worth the effort when we see our kids really applying what they have been taught, and really wanting to be a part of this great mission. And as an added bonus, we get to share the love of Christ with some wonderful kids!

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Teresa Phillips

From Our Children's Minister

Fall is here! Like the changing of the leaves, our children’s department is changing and growing. We have had many new faces and families visiting and becoming a part of our family here at Royston Baptist. If you haven’t noticed, we seem to be in a baby boom, so we have needed to purchase a new crib and we are thinking we may need more. Donations are always welcome to help with these new purchases! 

New curriculum for fall is also present in the children’s department. We are excited to be using “The Gospel Project” in all our Sunday school classrooms now. “The Gospel Project” is a three year chronological study of the Bible from beginning to end. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to install TV’s and DVD players in our classrooms for the video portion of the study. The kids love the videos! We invite parents to get to know what their children are learning by bringing “the Gospel Project” to their dinner table conversation, before bedtime discussions, or anytime. There are parent resources available on the website or see your child’s/children’s Sunday school teacher for more information.

Wednesday nights are also new and hopping! We are as proud of our mission based projects and curriculum as we are of the kids participating! Our Mission Friends, led by two wonderful ladies, along with our CIA’s (Children in Action) have taken virtual trips to San Diego and Cambodia so far and they are just getting started! CIA’s have teamed up with the youth for a once a month backyard bible study with the kids at the Royston Housing Authority’s after-school program. Our Wednesday night kids have collected cans for the Rainbow Pantry and are now collecting coats for the homeless shelter and DVD’s for Hart Haven Women’s shelter! There are bins in the Children’s hall if you have donations of coats or DVD’s.

The Children have also teamed up with the youth to work on a wonderful Christmas musical. Practice for the Christmas musical is going well thanks to all the support we have from volunteers and parents. We will be presenting the musical to the church this December. All our church family and friends are invited to attend. You will be blessed! It is an amazing time to be at Royston Baptist Church, but don’t take my word for it! I encourage you to take a stroll through the Children’s hall anytime and see for yourself!

Thank you for all your support!