Children Hear of God’s Love at Billy Graham Library’s Teddy Bear Tea

By TJ Petrino   •   March 9, 2020

The 13th annual Teddy Bear Tea was held on March 7 at the Billy Graham Library. Children, ages 5 to 12, enjoyed a fun-filled evening and left with a very cuddly reminder of their Heavenly Father’s love for them.
Each child was given a teddy bear as a reminder that not only were they specially made by God, but that He gave us His Son as a free gift to all who receive Him. They, too, can become children of God.
The play shared the message of God’s love, stressing that no matter your age, life is not about what you have but Whose you are.
Children and their loved ones were all smiles at the event that drew more than 200 people.
The Library was transformed into the whimsical world of Wimmicksville from the popular Max Lucado children’s book, You Are Mine. Children were treated to a live-action play about a puppet and his creator. They watched as Punchinello and his friends learned that attaining things does not make you important or special. What counts is a relationship with the Maker. Similarly, God created every person for a relationship with Him.
God’s Word says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
Capturing memories.
Guests at the event were split into two groups that alternated from the play in the Library lobby to tea time in the Library’s Dairy Bar. Children and adults alike sipped hot chocolate and munched on goodies during meal time.
Coloring sheets complemented the play and encouraged the children to contemplate why God made them special.
For many, the event offered a pause from the busyness of life.
No trip to the Library is complete without visiting Bessie the Cow, a fun throwback to Billy Graham's dairy farming childhood and the kickoff for The Journey of Faith.

Come take the journey. Make plans today to visit the Billy Graham Library.