Emily Pilkington

Feb 022016
 

lent

Growing up in a liturgical church setting, Lent was a somber time of contemplation.  Ashes crossed foreheads.  The hymn selection on the old pipe organ only included minor, dissonant sounding chords.  Black cloth draped the altar.  Items were given up.  I remember hearing many of my friends complaining about unsingable melodies and the number of services they attended during Holy Week.  While I kept my mouth shut about how I really felt, Good Friday, was actually one of my favorite days of the year.

For a long time, saying so made me feel a little bit guilty and morbid.  Sure I loved watching the sunrise through stained glass windows on Easter and hearing Lutheran voices belting out “He is risen indeed” with more emotion and joy than you’d hear the congregation use all year long.  But what I found equally, if not more, compelling was the quiet reverence and aching sorrow that echoed as each station of the cross was described.  The realness of my sin exposed.  The penalty willingly endured and paid for by Immanuel–God with us.  Even from a young age, I realized that Easter only came through Good Friday.  Both equally necessary for redemption to occur.

Lent in many ways has gotten a bad wrap.  The idea of giving something up for the 40+ days before Easter in some ways has become highly ritualistic and unattached from what the season really is about.  People abstain from certain foods or vices with a desire not to draw closer to God, but to lose weight, be a better person, or even as a way to earn forgiveness.  Others attempt to sacrifice because of a desire to win the approval of man or from a distorted view of obligation.  On the other extreme, Easter in many ways has become a holiday for consumers.  Jelly beans, eggs, and bunnies encourage us to bypass the crucifixion and instead focus on cultural icons tied more closely to sugar and spring than anything else.

The truth is, Lent is about the gospel.  It is…

…a time for us to slow down and focus on the work of Christ.

…a season to repent from sin and trust in His work on the cross. 

….a reminder that the empty tomb only comes through the cross.

…meant to help us prepare ourselves for the joy of the resurrection as we enter into the sorrow and pain that came first.

…a reminder that we live in the “already, but not yet.” 

Lent lasts 40 days excluding Sundays, which makes it about 46 days altogether.  This season, we invite your family to participate in a weekly devotional designed to help prepare your family to celebrate the fullness of what Easter truly is.  Each week, you will participate in a brief scripture reading, discussion, and prayer time.  At the end, you will use candles to remember the darkness of sin and later, the living hope of Easter. Instead of lighting a candle like we might do during Advent, we will extinguish a candle each week as we contemplate the brokenness of sin and Jesus’ journey toward the cross.  During the last week, we will relight all 7 candles as a way to celebrate the promise both of the resurrection and what it ultimately points to—the day when Jesus returns to make all things new. You can pick up a copy of the devotional along with a set of seven tea lights while supplies last at the Crossing Kids registration area.  You can also download the devotional here.

Since Lent may be a new season for you or a season desperately in need of redemption given your past experiences with it, we have provided a list of additional reading that might help you better understand its significance. Please know that we are praying for you as you help your family contemplate and prepare this season.

Dec 032015
 

At last night’s Family Christmas Celebration, we learned that Jesus is God’s greatest gift of generosity to sinners like you and me.  When sin entered the world, it broke our perfect relationship with God and others. Because of this, we need a rescuer/redeemer.  God sent Jesus to be this rescuer/redeemer. He is the greatest gift of all and the real reason we celebrate at Christmas time.  God generously gave us His Son, even while we were sinners.  Understanding God’s great generosity changes how we treat others. We can love, serve, and give to others during this season because God first loved, served, and gave to us.

One way that you can encourage your family to apply what we learned is to create a Generosity Jar.  If you attended the event, you should have left with a copy.  If you were unable to make it, we have extra copies available for pick up on Sunday morning near the Crossing Kids checkin area.  We’ve also included a copy of the instructions below.

 

Generosity Jar
Family Christmas Celebration 2015
Take Home

Introduction
Ask: Have you ever heard of the word “generosity?” What does it mean to be generous? Can you think of a time where someone did or gave something generous to you? Can you think of a time where you were generous to someone else?

Say: When we attended Family Christmas Celebration together, we learned a lot about the word generous. We learned that generosity is giving more of something than what is expected. We learned that Jesus is God’s greatest gift of generosity to sinners like you and me.  Do you remember the memory verse they shared with us? Let’s practice it together now.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.
Isaiah 9:6

Generosity Discussion
Ask:  Why was it generous for God the Father to send Jesus to the world? (The world was broken and filled with sinners like you and me. Our relationship with God was broken because we sin, or disobey God with our thoughts, words, and actions. We can’t fix this brokenness on our own. We need God to do it for us.)

How has Jesus been generous to you and me? (He left his throne in heaven and came to our messy, broken world. He lived a perfect life in our place, died, and rose again so that we could have a relationship with him and spend forever in heaven with him if we trust in Him as our Savior. He gives us everything we need. All of the good gifts we have on earth come from him.)

Say: When we understand God’s great generosity to us, it changes how we treat others. We can love, serve, and give to others during this season because God first loved, served, and gave to us. Let’s read a few verses about generosity together now.

1 Chronicles 29:14—But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Everything we have comes from God already. We can only give what he’s first given to us.)

Proverbs 11:25—A generous person will prosper whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Being generous doesn’t just bless the person we’re being generous to, it blesses us as well. Being generous takes our eyes off of ourselves/what we want and places it on other people.)

Matthew 6:21—Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy and where thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What does this verse say about generosity? (Our hearts are always connected to what we treasure. When we struggle to give/be generous, it’s likely because our hearts are holding onto something/valuing something too much. Giving generously reminds us that our true treasure is in heaven, not on earth.)

1 John 3:1a—See what great love the Father has lavished* on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are.

1 John 4:19—We love because God first loved us.

What do these verses say about generosity? (God has given so much to us! Because He made us His children/He first loved us, we can love and give generously to others.)

*Note that lavished just means to give generously.

Say: There are three main ways that we can give generously to other people—through our time, through our treasure, and through our talents.

Ask:

What do you think it means to give generously through our time? (Spending our time loving/serving other people.)

What do you think it means to give generously through our treasure? (Using our money or resources to buy or give something to someone else.)

What do you think it means to give generously through our talents? (Using the things we’re good at/gifted at to bless other people.)

Generosity Jar Activity Directions

Say: Tonight we’re going to create a Generosity Jar. In this jar, we will brainstorm ways that we can give generously to others using our time, our treasure, and our talents. We’ll write down these ideas on a slip of paper and place them into the jar. We’ll take some time throughout the month of December to pull these ideas out of the jar and use them as ways to give to others.

Step One: Decorate your jar.

Step Two: Brainstorm/record ideas of ways to give generously. Use the categories time, treasure, and talent, to help you.

Option for Older Kids: Give each child a few slips of paper and have them discuss and write down ideas they have.

Option for Younger Kids: Brainstorm ideas together as a family. Write down the ideas onto the paper for them.

Step Three: Pull slips of paper from the jar throughout the month of December and give generously to others. You can also use the jar to collect spare change to give away at the end of the month.

Pray
God thank you for giving your Son Jesus to us as the greatest, most generous gift of all. Please help us to understand your great generosity to us more and more so that we can love, serve, and give to others this season because you first loved, served, and gave to us. Amen.

*We’d love to see how your family uses your Generosity Jar. Take pictures and share them on our Facebook page this month. https://www.facebook.com/CrossingKids

Jun 212015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Monthly Image: Crown

Memory Verse: “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: God chose David to be the next King.

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of when Samuel anointed David as King when he was a young boy because even though he was only a shepherd, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Crown-Forever King

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Memory Verse:  “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: David is Anointed King (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, kids will hear the story of how God rejected Saul as king because of his disobedience and then chose his new king, David.  They will hear the story of Samuel anointing David as King as a young boy because even though he wasn’t strong looking on the outside, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever been told you are too small to do something? What?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did God need to choose a new king? (Because Saul was not a good king to the people.)

I wonder…why did God choose David to be the King? (God looked at David’s heart and saw David loved God.)

I wonder…who is the Forever King that God sent many years later? (Jesus)

Activities
Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will use string to lace up hearts at the table they are sitting with. They will then decorate a door hangar craft to take home. Children at 9:30 will have a scavenger hunt around their classroom for red and pink hearts. They will then decorate their own heart puzzle.

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Elementary

Summer Curriculum Overview: This summer, Kindergarten-5th Graders will join Christian on his pilgrim journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as we read an adapted version of Little Pilgrim’s Progress.  During our weeks together, children will learn that Christian’s story is the story of everyone who follows Jesus.  This story begins as God calls people to himself and continues as they walk the difficult journey of faith through many struggles, triumphs, temptations, and victories.

Memory Verse: Finally, let the Lord make you strong.  Depend on his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor.  Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans.  Ephesians 6:10-11

Lesson Summary: Children will read and discuss Chapter 3: “Interpreter’s House and the Place of Deliverance” from Pilgrim’s Progress.  In this chapter, Christian arrives at the small gate.  He’s welcomed inside by Goodwill and starts on the straight and narrow path.  He stops at Interpreter’s House and learns several important lessons for the journey that lies ahead.  He continues traveling until he reaches the Cross at the Place of Deliverance.  Here his burden comes loose, rolls away, and disappears forever.  

Objectives

  1. The Holy Spirit draws sinners into a relationship with Jesus.
  2. The Holy Spirit guides, warns, and comforts Christians.
  3. Jesus died on the cross to get rid of our burden of sin and make us right with God

Supporting Scripture: Luke 11:9-10, John 14:26-27, and Romans 5:8-9

Activities: Enter the Gate and Wax Pictures

Jun 142015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Monthly Image: Crown

Memory Verse: “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: God chose David to be the next King.

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of when Samuel anointed David as King when he was a young boy because even though he was only a shepherd, God was looking at the heart of David, a man who loved God.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Crown-Forever King

Big Idea: Who is our Forever King? Jesus is our Forever King!

Memory Verse:  “The Lord looks at the heart” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Bible Story Focus: Saul Disobeys the Lord |  1 Samuel 13; 15

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will begin to learn about the life of Saul as king over the Israelites.  Through the story of Saul disobeying God and making an unlawful sacrifice (1 Samuel 13:8-23), kids will learn that Saul was not a king willing to lead the people in a godly way.  Even though Saul was the king the people had asked for, he was not the kind of king they needed, the forever king.

Circle Time Discussion:

When is a time that you obeyed your parents?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did Saul want to make an offering to God? (To ask God to help him fight the Philistine army.)

I wonder…how did Saul disobey God? (He made an offering to God when Samuel was supposed to do it.  He didn’t wait for Samuel.)

I wonder…how does God choose kings to rule over the land? (He looks at their heart.)

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a hula hoop game and make a red light, green light craft. At 9:30 children will make a trail mix (includes cheez-its, oyster crackers, cheerios, and pretzels) and play red light, green light.Memory Verse: Finally, let the Lord make you strong.  Depend on his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor.  Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans.  Ephesians 6:10-11

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Kindergarten-5th Grade

Summer Curriculum Overview: This summer, Kindergarten-5th Graders will join Christian on his pilgrim journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as we read an adapted version of Little Pilgrim’s Progress.  During our weeks together, children will learn that Christian’s story is the story of everyone who follows Jesus.  This story begins as God calls people to himself and continues as they walk the difficult journey of faith through many struggles, triumphs, temptations, and victories.

Memory Verse: Finally, let the Lord make you strong.  Depend on his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor.  Then you can remain strong against the devil’s evil plans.  Ephesians 6:10-11

Lesson Summary: Children will read and discuss Chapter 2: “Christian Gets in Trouble” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian and Pliable continue their journey on the way to the small gate. They fall into a swamp called the Slough of Despond. Pliable leaves but Christian receives assistance from Help and continues on the journey.

Objectives

  1. Jesus sends us help through those who teach us God’s Word.
  2. We cannot be freed from sin by trying to keep God’s Law perfectly.
  3. Jesus kept God’s law perfectly. We receive forgiveness and the promise of new life in heaven only by trusting in him.

Supporting Scripture: Romans 3:23; 6:23, John 10:27-28, and John 14:6

Activities: The Way to the Gate Game and Chapter 2 Sculpture

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Jun 042015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Thursday night at Kids Club. Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

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After Eddie injured his back, the Good King took his place in the duel with the Dark Knight.  He was finally defeated once and for all and received the tar and feathers.

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At Bible Story, we learned that real faith perseveres until the end.  We saw this in the life of Daniel as he faithfully serves God even as an old man who is thrown to the lions.

 

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Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Thursday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview: During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse: The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. Faith is a long, perilous journey full of many ups and downs.
  2. We must remember who our true King is, how He’s helped us in the past, and what His promises are to keep going.

Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Daniel 6 (Action Bible p. 484-488 “Lion Taming”)

Tonight’s Supporting Scripture: Matthew 24:13; Philippians 1:6, Galatians 6:9, Matthew 10:22, 1 Corinthians 15:58; 1 Corinthians 16:13

Question(s) of the Night:

  1. What did we learn about faith tonight? (Real faith perseveres to the end.)
  2. What does it mean to persevere? (To keep going even when something seems hard.)
  3. What happened to Daniel tonight? (He was thrown into a den of lions after he refused to worship anyone other than God. God protected him.)
  4. Practice the memory verse together.

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Pre-School Craft: Shields
Elementary Craft: Castle Game
Pre-School Game: Medieval Obstacle Course and Medieval Games
Elementary Game: K-1st—Knight Jousting (Relay Race), , 2nd-3rd—Knights and Dragons (Sharks and Minnows), 4th-5th—The Quest (Obstacle Course)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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Thanks for joining us this week!  We hope to see you back for the Royal Celebration tomorrow night.

Jun 032015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Wednesday night at Kids Club. Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

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Unfortunately Winnie and Eddie once again lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and another unlucky 4th Grader was tar and feathered.

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At Bible Story, we learned that real faith is humble, not proud.  We saw this as God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – King Nebuchadnezzar's Story from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Wednesday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview: During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse: The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. We are all separated from God until we humbly acknowledge God is our King.
  2. Real faith comes from God alone who can rescue anyone, no matter how far away they are.
  3. There is no one too far away that God cannot rescue them.

Bible Story Connection: Daniel 1-4 (Reviewing what we know about King Nebuchadnezzar and how God humbles him/uses Daniel to bring King Nebuchadnezzar to faith in the one true God.)

Supporting Scripture: Acts 9; 1 Timothy 1:15; Titus 3:3

Question(s) of the Night

1. What did we learn about faith tonight? Real faith is humble, not proud. 

2. What does it mean to be humble? Thinking less of yourself and more of God. 

3. What was Nebuchadnezzar like before God changed his heart? He was proud. He loved being 

powerful and in control. He lost his temper and didn’t care who he hurt. 

4. What was Nebuchadnezzar like after God changed his heart? He was humble. He knew that he 

was not in control, God was. His heart softened towards people. He became a completely different 

kind of person. 

5. Practice the memory verse together.

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Service Project Stenciled Canvas Bags and Crowns to Take Home

Elementary Craft: Service Project for Refugees (tying fleece blankets, decorating pencil bags and pillow cases)

Preschool Game: Medieval Obstacle Course

Elementary Game: K-1st—The Quest (Obstacle Course) and Medieval Games, 2nd-3rd—Fire Game (Capture the Flag), 4th-5th—Knight Ball

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Jun 022015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Tuesday night at Kids Club. Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

Unfortunately Winnie and Eddie once again lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and another unlucky 5th Grader was tar and feathered.

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At Bible Story, we learned that real faith trust God in the face of suffering.  We saw this in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as we heard the story of the Fiery Furnace and also discussed what this looks like in our lives today.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Tuesday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview: During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse: The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  • There is one true God, the only one worthy of our worship and praise.
  • In this life, we will all face furnaces/suffering. (1 Peter 4:12, Job 5:7)
  • We have a God who enters into the furnace/suffering with us. No God rescues like this! (Daniel 3:24-25; 29/The Gospel)

Bible Story Connection: Daniel 3 (Action Bible p. 476-479 “Facing the Heat”)

Supporting Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12; 1 Peter 1:7; Isaiah 43

Follow Up Questions:

1. What is suffering? (Something challenging or painful.)

2. What type of suffering did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego face? (They had to choose between worshiping the one true God or bowing down to a statute/idol. If they refused to worship the idol, they faced death by being throne into a fiery furnace.)

3. What did they choose? (To worship the One true God only and face the furnace.) 

4. What did we learn about real faith tonight? (Real faith trusts God in the face of suffering.)

5. Practice the memory verse together.

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Fire Tile Coasters

Elementary Craft: Helmets and Tiaras

Preschool Game: Dragon Games

Elementary Game: K-1st—Storm the Castle, 2nd-3rd—The Quest (Obstacle Course), and 4th-5th—Fire Game (Capture the Flag)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Jun 012015
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Monday night at Kids Club.  Here is a sneak peek into what we did.

We were introduced to two new characters–Winnie and Eddie.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 Opening Video from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Unfortunately they lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and one unlucky 5th Grader was tar and feathered.

At Bible Story, we learned that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.  We saw this in the life of Daniel in Babylon and also discussed what this looks like in our lives today.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Monday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview:

During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse:

The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. Daniel knew that God was the one true King and lived differently because of this.
  2. Real faith doesn’t blend in or hide from the people and beliefs around us; instead, real faith follows God while seeking to do good wherever we live and wherever we go.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Daniel 1-2

Questions of the Night

1. What is faith? (A lifelong trust in God as our King.)

2. What did we learn about faith tonight? (Real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.) 

3. Daniel’s quest was to follow God and trust Him in some very challenging circumstances. What made Daniel’s quest so difficult? (He was taken from his homeland into Babylon; He is treated like a Babylonian/given special privileges, and encouraged to forget God and what he was commanded to do as an Israelite. He was supposed to live in Babylon and do good for the city without changing his identity as someone who followed God. He was almost put to death because of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.) 

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Goblets

Elementary Craft: Tunics

Preschool Game: Jousting and Javelin Relay

Elementary Game: K-1st—Fire Game (Capture the Flag), 2nd-3rd—Storm the Castle, 4th-5th—Knights and Squires (Sharks and Minnows)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

May 172015
 

Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “T” is for Teacher

Big Idea: Jesus is our Teacher, He shows us how to live

Memory Verse: “Teach me Your Way, Oh Lord” Psalm 86:11

Bible Story Focus: The Lord’s Prayer | Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-4

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear how Jesus teaches others to pray.  We will dissect the Lord’s Prayer, learning what each piece of it means and recite it together through song.  Kids will gain an understanding of not only how we talk to God, but why we talk to Him as well – so that we can grow closer to Him.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “T” is for Teacher

Big Idea: Jesus is our Teacher; He shows us how to live.

Memory Verse: “Teach me your way, Oh Lord, I will walk in your truth.” Psalm 86:11.

Bible Story Focus: Forgiving Others |     Matthew 18:21-35

Lesson Overview:

During this lesson, we will see the first of two parables in this unit; when Jesus tells His disciple Peter about a man that did not forgive the way he was forgiven in Matthew 18:21-35.  Kids will learn that Jesus often teaches us through parables so that we can better understand how to live our lives.  Through this story, the kids will learn that Jesus desires for us to forgive those who sin against us because we also have been forgiven of our sins against God through Jesus’ death.  Because of this forgiveness, believers will no longer be separated from God but will have a forever relationship with Him.

Circle Time Discussion:

Can you think of a time that someone made you really angry or sad?  Share.

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what did the king do for the mean servant that owed him lots of money?

(He forgave him and set him free)

I wonder…what did the servant do to the man that owed him money?

(He didn’t forgive him)

I wonder…why does Jesus teach us to forgive others?

(Because God forgives us every day for our bad choices even though we don’t deserve it.  So, we should forgive others too).

Activities:

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play “What’s Missing” and make marshmallow crosses to take home. At 9:30 children will play Hula Hoop Island and will make tissue paper crosses to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Workshop Learning Celebration

Overview: This Sunday Kindergarten-4th grade will look back and celebrate what we’ve learned this year.  In September we began a series of workshops in Crossing Kids with the focus on who is God and what is he like.  The Bible tells us it is important to remember things, and many stories in the Bible describe God’s people having celebrations and meals in order to remember what God has done for them.  So today we are pausing to remember what we have been learning this year.  Here is a list of some of those things:

WHO IS GOD AND WHAT IS HE LIKE?

  • God lives with us (We are His temple)
  • God is 3-in-1 (Father, Son, Holy Spirit = Trinity)
  • God is Wise (Proverbs)
  • God is our Redeemer (He saves us; we learned about a kinsman-redeemer in the story of Ruth)
  • God is Holy (10 Commandments)
  • God is Sanctifier (God makes us like Him; Book of James)

Activity: Crossing Kids 2014-2015 Learning Mural

Follow Up Questions at Home: 

  1. God lives with us (We are His temple).  What does that mean that God lives with us?
  1. God is 3-in-1.  What is the Trinity? (Father, Son, Holy Spirit = Trinity)
  1. God is Wise (Proverbs).  What is a proverb?  Do you remember what the book of Proverbs tells us? (It is full of many wise sayings.)  How is being wise different from just being smart?  (Being smart means you may know a lot but being wise means you make smart decisions).
  1. God is our Redeemer (He saves us; we learned about a kinsman-redeemer in the story of Ruth.)Do you remember the story of Ruth?
  1. God is Holy (10 Commandments). Let’s see how many of the 10 Commandments we can name.
  1. God is Sanctifier (God makes us like Him; Book of James). What do you remember from the book of James and what advice he gave for how to live out our faith in God?

5th Grade

Grapple Question: Is Being Liked What Matters?

Kids Learn: Focusing on God’s Opinion

Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 139:17-18; Matthew 10:29-32; John 5:16-18, 36-44; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18; Galatians 1:10

 

Fitting in—wanting to have the right clothes, watch the right T V shows, and hang out

with the right people—is growing increasingly important to your preteen. And the

media your child sees (magazines, TV shows, commercials, and movies) just reinforces

this message of the need to be liked and accepted.

 

Take a minute with your son or daughter to thumb through some magazines targeted

at preteens and teens (companies are starting to target these age groups together).

Check out Teen People, Teen Vogue, J-14, or other magazines your preteen might

subscribe to or be interested in. Count how many references to popularity or fitting in

you can find. Then read Romans 12:2 together. Remind your child that fitting in with

God’s plan is more important than being liked.

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Little Ones

Monthly Topic: “T” is for Teacher

Big Idea: Jesus is our Teacher, He shows us how to live

Memory Verse: “Teach me Your Way, Oh Lord” Psalm 86:11

Bible Story Focus: The Lord’s Prayer | Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-4

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear how Jesus teaches others to pray.  We will dissect the Lord’s Prayer, learning what each piece of it means and recite it together through song.  Kids will gain an understanding of not only how we talk to God, but why we talk to Him as well – so that we can grow closer to Him.

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Preschool

Monthly Topic: “T” is for Teacher

Big Idea: Jesus is our Teacher; He shows us how to live.

Memory Verse: “Teach me your way, Oh Lord, I will walk in your truth.” Psalm 86:11.

Bible Story Focus: The Lord’s Prayer

  • Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-4

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will look at Matthew 6:5-15, when Jesus teaches others how to pray.  We will dissect the Lord’s Prayer, learning what each piece of it means and recite it together through song.  Kids will gain an understanding of not only how we talk to God, but why we talk to Him as well – so that we can grow closer to Him.

Circle Time Discussion:

When you pray, what do you like to pray for?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…how does Jesus teach us today?

(Through His Word the Bible)

I wonder…how does Jesus want us to pray?

(like he taught us to pray)

I wonder…what are some things we can be praying for as a family?

(List out some things you can be praying for as a family and then spend some time praying together.  Use the Lord’s prayer or song as a guide or simply pray in your own way.)

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play Simon Says and take a prayer walk. They will also have a prayer coloring book to take home. At 9:30, children will play “What Do You Hear” and make a prayer journal to take home.

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Title of Unit: The Book of James

Dates:  April 12 – May 10, 2015

OverviewThe book of James gives advice for “how-to” live out the Christian faith.  The sum total of living in joy, confidence, wisdom, love, and purity results in a crown of life that glorifies God, our chief ambition in life.

Key ConceptGod is truth and His word provides wisdom for our lives.

Objectives: 

Children will learn:

  1. that wisdom is living out our faith.
  2. that we seek to obey God out of our love for him.
  3. that God is wise in all things

Memory Verse:  “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he as stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12

Workshops

  1. Living Confidently – James 1

Science Lesson Summary:  In this lesson, students will learn about James as Jesus’ brother, a leader of the church in Jerusalem, and as a writer of this book.   Key themes in James 1 include the confidence Christians find as they live out their faith.  This results in joy when faced with adversity.  Children will be able to study (through images on the large screen) the features of jewels (diamonds, rubies, emeralds), and learn about the properties of such jewels.  As they learn about the process God uses to make these jewels, children will explore the parallels in their own lives (for instance, extreme heat and pressure are required for a diamond; God uses extreme difficulties in our lives to perfect us).  The Bible refers to the jewels that make up our crowns – children will be able to make crowns with jewels.

  1. Living Compassionately – James 2

Service Lesson Summary:  In this workshop, children will act on the words of James to live out faith by being kind to others, not showing favoritism, but helping those in need.  Part of such help is understanding who are people we can help and what ways can we help.  Children will meet those in our church and community who are involved in various ministries (Granny’s House, Coyote Hill, LOVE, Inc. – through video, interview, guest speaking).  Children will then brainstorm the ways they can help, writing their ideas onto a verse card to memorize and remind themselves of how they can help others. 

  1. Living with Care: Genuine Faith Chooses Words with Care” – James 3

Art Lesson Summary:  Children will focus on the variety of word pictures in this text: the bit in the horse’s mouth, the rudder on the ship, the forest fire set ablaze from a spark, and the taming of animals to see how these compare to taming our tongues (choosing words with care). Children will learn that our words have power and to follow Christ is to be careful with how we use our words. Children will then create “word art” to show how their own words have power to bless others.

  1. Living Submissively: Genuine Faith Submits to God’s Will – James 4

Games Lesson Summary:   Children will play a game to learn more about what God’s will is for their lives. Scripture is not silent on God’s will; rather, God is clear about His will for His people. God wills that we 1) be saved, 2) be filled with the spirit, 3) be sanctified, 4) be submissive, 5) suffer, and 6) obey. Children will design a beach ball with aspects of God’s will for their lives, then use the beach ball to play a group “hot potato” game to enforce the concept. 

  1. Living Patiently: Genuine Faith is Patient – James 5

Gardening Lesson Summary:  Children will learn that the true definition of patience is to wait on God’s timing and that this kind of patience is fruit of genuine faith in Christ. Children will explore the word picture in James 5 of a farmer waiting for his crops to grow and compare this with the Parable of the Sower Jesus tells in Matthew 13. Children will then do some gardening (plant seeds to take home) to remind them that patience is trust in God’s timing.

5th Grade

Grapple Question: Can I Do Something So Bad It’ll Keep Me Out of Heaven?

Kids Learn: The Unpardonable Sin

Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 12:31-32; John 5:24; 10:27-30; Hebrews 10:26-31

As a parent, you understand the concept of unconditional love. Even when your kids make

disappointing decisions, are unbelievably annoying, or bring embarrassing attention to

your personal flaws, you continue to accept them and teach them in love. God looks at

his children the same way. God knows that we mess up every day, that we sin repeatedly,

and that we continually have to go back and ask for forgiveness. And God promises that

through Jesus we can have all our sins erased and live forever in heaven. We just have

to believe in Jesus and accept his forgiveness. Give your kids an extra hug tonight, and

remember that God loves and forgives you, too!