Feb 022016
 

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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 142015
 

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It’s hard to wait.

This is a truth we know all too well. Waiting for the weekend, waiting for the promotion, waiting for the wedding, waiting for dinner time, waiting for the test results, waiting for the next season, waiting for our kids to grow out of a hard stage, waiting for the baby to come, waiting in the checkout line, waiting in the waiting room, for our computer to power up, for life to slow down, for morning to come.

In all stages in life, it seems we are in a perpetual state of waiting. Whether life is flying by or the days pass slowly, we all know what it feels like to wait. The longing in our waiting hearts can feel exciting or feel more like a dull ache. This is because we live in an “almost, not yet, already” world. We are an in-between people. The waiting in every human heart reminds us we are hard wired to hope, to yearn, and to expect. More than anything, we long to be satisfied…satisfied in a deep, filled-up forever kind of way. We long, we wait, for Jesus.

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Dec 052015
 

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There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I’m fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our children–especially books that encourage them to have a bigger, truer view of our God. Over the past year or so, we’ve really enjoyed reading the five devotional-type books below with our kids, ages 4, 6, and 8 at the time. (We’ve also used and liked these 7 great children’s Bible story books in the past.)

Do we read the Bible or a devotional every night with our children? Well, honestly, no. Some nights mom and dad are just too spent. But, on the whole over the years, we’ve tried to gather regularly before bed and read and pray together. One of the sweet results of this routine is that my kids expect it and even remind us at times. I hope and pray this translates to a personal love for and discipline in reading God’s Word as adults.

An important side note for parents who haven’t started this routine yet or feel intimidated: From my 15 professional years experience in children’s ministry, it’s NEVER too late to start reading the Bible or devotional books to your kids. If you’ve never started this routine or feel intimidated by the thought, don’t be discouraged. Talk with your children about the books below and maybe involve them in the decision about which one or two to begin with. And maybe explain to them that you can all learn together (I know I certainly learned a lot from the books below!). You do not have to have all the answers for your kids in order to read about God to them. I am convinced our children will remember most of all our example and heart for the Lord, rather than what we did and didn’t read or what we know and don’t know!

Some of these devotionals below are more appropriate for younger or older ages, as I’ve indicated. We’ve found one way to engage our older child is to have him read the devotional out loud to the younger children when using a “younger kid” book. We’ve also noticed that the 4-year-old really gleans more than we think when reading the “big kid” ones, and he’s learning to sit still and listen for longer and longer stretches as a result. So, don’t be afraid to try some of these with a wide variety of ages.

Here are five of our favorite devotional books and why, in no particular order. May God bless your desire to teach your children about the One who created them and loves them more than we can imagine. 

  1. Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family by Jessica Thompson

Exploring Grace Together

Exploring Grace Together is one of the best devotionals I have run across for elementary-aged children. As Thompson makes clear in this book, “Children need more than behavior modification. They need the gospel.” And what I love most about this devotional is that each chapter uses a simple scenario or story of an elementary-aged child who is facing something (a trial, a temptation, a battle with sin, disappointment, a chance to serve others, etc) and how he/she can practically apply gospel-truths to his/her situation. Then, Thompson includes three outstanding comprehension and application questions at the end for parents and kids to discuss. Bravo Jessica Thompson for a well-done, grace-centered family devotional!

2) Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor

Everything a Child Should Know About God

Everything a Child Should Know About God is probably most appropriate for ages 3-6, but older and younger children will certainly benefit from this simple yet profound children’s book of systematic theology. In each chapter, the book addresses a question about God, Jesus, Salvation, The Bible, Christian living and more, providing an engaging illustration and a clear, age-appropriate answer. Even adults can learn from this clear-cut look at the basics of Christianity.

3) The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden by Kevin DeYoung

The Biggest Story

The Biggest Story is intended for ages 5-8 (as a read aloud) and ages 8-11 (as a “read to myself” book). My four-year-old enjoyed and followed along just fine, though. This devotional book will give your family a view of the Bible from 10,000 feet, so to speak–helping you to see how God’s plan of redemption through Jesus for his people is the main theme of the entire Bible from beginning to end. I would say the very best part of this “big picture” story Bible are the illustrations by Don Clark. We had several in-depth conversations about what the symbols on each page might mean and how they connect to the story. I have found my non-reader and young reader thumbing through the book on their own several times.

4) Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Storybook by Starr Meade

Mighty Acts of God

Mighty Acts of God claims to be for ages 8 and up, but from our experience, ages 5 or 6 and up can participate. Instead of focusing on Bible characters in each story like many children’s Bibles, each of these 90 Bible stories focus on a particular character trait or truth about God. Each God-focused Bible story is “retold in lively, modern-day language from a Reformed perspective”. My 8-year-old, in fact, read the entire thing on his own after we read it aloud a few times. He was fascinated by all the background information included that helped him grasp more of the context of each story. Although I felt like the application questions at the end of each chapter were a bit cumbersome (and the easiest for parents to lead), overall the book is worth buying and reading.

5) Little Pilgrim’s Progress: From John Bunyan’s Classic by Helen L. Taylor

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This children’s simplified rendition of John Bunyan’s classic isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around for over 55 years, and we’ve already read it twice in our family. The reason for its popularity is that it’s both “a simple adventure story and a profound allegory of the Christian journey through life”. This delightful read, which my children (it’s especially exciting to boys) adamantly requested night after night, filled our hearts with a message almost all ages (probably ages 4 and up) can understand and remember. We were literally crying together in the last chapters as our friend Christian finally makes it to the Celestial City. Little Pilgrim’s Progress has also inspired many spiritual conversations in the car, around the dinner table, etc. A must read for all children (and adults)!

Parents, have you used a great family devotional with your kids? Please share below!

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.

 

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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

Dec 012015
 

I’ve seen posts all day about how today is called “Giving Tuesday”. It’s a day set aside on the calendar after we’ve spent all weekend shopping on ourselves and loved ones to think of others and “give”. In some ways this struck me as a little backwards.

But I was already convicted on Monday as I read this devotional below with my two teenage boys. We’ve been reading this book every day as I drive them to school throughout 2015 and there have been so many times where I kept thinking of God’s word to me in it all day long. This one in particular lasted more than a day.

Below is what we read in One Year of Dinner Table Devotions by Nancie Guthrie. (Yes, we are using a dinner devotional for the drive time, but it’s short and sweet and perfect for the time we have. Plus my boys like it.)

Getting and Giving

This is the season our mailboxes are filled with stacks of mail-order catalogs. Through their colorful pictures and creative words, they seek to convince us that we don’t have enough stuff – that we need more, newer, better. They go beyond supplying our needs; they appeal to our greed – the desire to get and keep more than we really need.

We have a choice. We can give in to greed and keep collecting more stuff and spending more money on ourselves. Or we can break out of the cycle of believing the lie that more will satisfy us. How? By giving. The only way to do battle with the greed in our hearts is to give – to become outrageous givers. God can turn greedy, grasping, fearful hoarders into generous, honest, trustworthy givers.

To become givers, we have to decide not to listen to the voice inside us that asks, “If I let this go, who will take care of me? What will satisfy me?” We have to face our fear that God will not be able to take care of us, protect us, or at least make sure we maintain the lifestyle we think we need to make us happy. We tell ourselves the truth about God – that because he has been so generous in giving us Jesus, we can be confident that he will give us everything we need. We take him at his word that he can satisfy us and that he will bless us as we give to others. We test his promise that it is “more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

“Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26

“Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12;15

“You can be sure that no immoral, impure or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” Ephesians 5:5

A few discussion starters:

What do you find yourself dreaming of getting? What do you find yourself dreaming of giving?

When have you experienced or observed someone else enjoying the happiness that comes from outrageous giving?

What does our green or generosity say about what we think of God?

So are you with me? Was your heart struck as mine was by how much I’ve been thinking about what to buy myself or my kids verses what can I give or who can I give to? The verses alone are enough to cut to the heart but then you add my answers to the questions and I’m done.

So what can we do to help our kids think more about giving than getting this Christmas?  One way you can fight this greed in your kids is to give them opportunities to give and learn about giving. Here are a few ideas but I’d love to hear any others you have.

Visit the tables in the foyer and help your kids pick out an organization and specific gift to give through Equipping the Saints.

Find a neighbor or friend who has a need and meet it.

Join us tomorrow night at our Family Christmas Celebration (December 2nd at 6:30 pm) we will be talking all about generosity as well as wrapping up a few gifts for others. We’ll also be sending you home with a Generosity Jar so your family can think more about how to “give” to others.

Ask your kids. I’m sure they have some ideas but just need help figuring out how to make it a reality.

For me personally, I just hear about a new book coming out soon called Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch. I plan to purchase, read and apply some of what I learn with my own kids. Click here for  a short write up about this book.

May God give us all a heart that wants to give more than we want to get. It is far more blessed to give than receive.

Nov 172015
 

Growing up I don’t really remember receiving thank you notes, and I am certain I rarely never gave them. As I entered the adult world I began to both send and receive them, and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful a thank you note can be.  This could be for the bad, like the time I got a thank you note more than a year after I gave someone a gift, or the time I found a thank you note shoved in a student’s chair pocket when he was supposed to take it home weeks prior.  Luckily, these situations are rare and thank you notes usually have a positive result.

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 When a High School school student who worked in my classroom for two different years graduated she wrote me a thank you note.  A conversation could never have expressed what was said in that card.

When I taught 2nd grade an extremely quiet boy wrote me a thank you card at Christmas.  It hung on my fridge for 3 years.

At the end of Night Crossing, a 5th grade girl gave one of her leaders a thank you note.  The note was read with tears, and then read aloud to others.  It brought joy to more than just the recipient.

 

So as Thanksgiving approaches and we take time to truly remember what we are thankful for, why not find ways cultivate thankful hearts in our homes?  This November have your kids make a list of people who have impacted them in recent months, and write cards to those people.  You can even go a step farther and have your family pray for these people (read Kristin’s Praying Hands Turkey post here), then mail the notes…you know, stamps, envelopes.

Here are some people to consider…

  • Teachers
  • Grandparents
  • Doctors
  • Crossing Kids volunteers
  • Babysitters
  • Friends who recently came to play
  • Coaches

A thankful heart can be an overflow of the grace and love we have in Christ, and I can’t think of a better way to teach this to kids than by a hands on approach that will bless others.

Oct 272015
 

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“I love serving in second grade…they’re really good kids.”

“What a good boy to help clean up.”

Good little girls always tell the truth.”

We hear and say things like this all the time when it comes to children. It seems that recognizing good behavior in good kids is the mark and end goal of a child’s achievement. As parents and adults who teach and minister to little people, we want good kids. Good kids are compliant, truthful, helpful, easy to instruct, thankful, and generally easy to work with for these reasons. Who wouldn’t desire “good kids?” Our goal can easily become to keep good kids on the road to superior “goodness” and redirect rebellious, challenging children toward becoming “good.”

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Jun 282015
 

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 Protects His Sheep·–1 Samuel 17: 34-37

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David protecting His sheep from a lion and a bear while watching over them in the field. This story helps us see that David trusted God with the lion and the bear and that he is faithful to watching over his sheep. Kids will understand that just like David loves and watches over his sheep, our forever King, loves and watches over us too.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever been afraid of something before?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…how did David protect his sheep?

I wonder…how is a shepherd like a king?

I wonder…how did our Forever King Jesus rescue his people?

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 services the children will play a game called the sheep and the Shepard. One volunteer will the the Shepard and tell the students to do silly things like eat grass and take a nap. It will follow along the lines of Simon Says. They will then build a sheep out of pretzels and marshmallows.

During the 9:30 service children will play follow the leader with one of the volunteers in their classroom. They will then make a sheep picture using cotton balls.

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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 4: “The Hill of Difficulty and the House Beautiful” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian climbs the Hill of Difficulty on the road to the Celestial City. Along the way, he faces many struggles from false pilgrims who scoff at the message of the gospel and make fun of him. Finally, Christian arrives at the House Beautiful where he gathers with other Christians who encourage him.

Objectives

  1. In this life, we will face suffering.
  2. God promises to enter into our suffering and pain with us. He also gives us other Christians to encourage us when our journey becomes difficult.
  3. God gives us His armor to protect us from the enemy’s attacks.

Supporting Scripture: John 10:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 5:6; 11, and Ephesians 6:10-18

Activities: Rolled Document Hunt and Body Armor Race

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 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.