Jun 102016
 

Thank you so much for joining us tonight for our World Adventure Games celebration! It was great having so many families come out and play games, make crafts, and spend time together at the end of a great week.  We hope you are looking forward to some much needed rest, and will see you in 365 days for…KIDS CLUB 2017!

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Jun 092016
 

Welcome to Kids Club 2016! Each night we’ll give you a sneak peek into all the great things that happen.  For additional photos and Kids Club information visit the Crossing Kids Facebook page.

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We are thrilled that your child joined us for Tuesday night of Kids Club!  Here is a glimpse into our great night!

During Large Group the Bones Brothers competed in their final challenge, and after a lot of hard work there was a tie! After a tie breaker the Bones Brothers ended up winning because of their “brotastic brocabulary” skills.  Cheetah got a taste of her own medicine, but after some thought she had a change of heart.  In the end Cheetah became an honorary Bro, and even got her own Bro shirt! Click here to watch the full length auditorium time!

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At Bible Story, we reviewed the three promises God gave Abraham for the list time. We learned the story of God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac and examine how this story ultimately points to the greatest sacrifice of all–Jesus dying on the cross. Through this ultimate sacrifice, all those who believe in Jesus receive the greatest blessing of all.  We ended our time in Bible Story by taking closer look at why Jesus is the greatest reward of all.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Genesis 22-23, Galatians 3:8-9 and 14, Romans 4:23-25

Questions of the Night

  • What three things did God promise Abraham? (God promised Abraham and his family a promised land, to become a great nation, and that through him all people on earth will be blessed.)
  • Why is Jesus our great reward?
    • Short answer: All of God’s promises come true in Jesus.
    • Expanded answer: For those who trust in Jesus, he gives us more blessings than we can count, including: 1) a forever home with him in “the new heavens and new earth”, 2) a place in God’s forever family, and 3) salvation from our sin and new life in relationship with Him forever.)
  • Practice the memory verse together: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

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Pre-School Craft: Explorer notebook
Elementary Craft: Visors
Pre-School Game: Asian Games
Elementary Game: K-1st—Storm the Jungle, 2nd-3rd—Gorillas in the Dark, 4th-5th—Obstacle Course

Tonight in auditorium time our Elementary cheer winners were announced, and the Explorer Notebooks made in Preschool Crafts were a hit!  More fun was had during crafts, and dinner, and it’s guaranteed that 100% of kids and volunteers were a little tired from such a wonderful week.

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Be sure to join us tomorrow night at 5:30 for our World Adventure Games.  Families will celebrate the end of Kids Club together, and get the chance to take photos with our skit characters from the week.  We have some fun crafts and games in store, and you’ll even have the chance to see some exotic animals! Food trucks will be on site so everyone can purchase dinner, or you can bring something from home.  We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

 

Jun 082016
 

Welcome to Kids Club 2016! Each night we’ll give you a sneak peek into all the great things that happen.  For additional photos and Kids Club information visit the Crossing Kids Facebook page.

We are thrilled that your child joined us for Tuesday night of Kids Club!  Here is a glimpse into our great night!

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After riding in on camels the Bones Brothers once again lost the nightly competition to Cheetah, but they still got the third piece of the Stone of Ur.  After announcing the “lucky” 5th grader who had to get slimed the Bones Brothers took one for the team and joined her. Even though they had to be wheeled out of the auditorium tonight, the Bones Brothers can’t wait to be back tomorrow for the final challenge! Rewatch tonight’s auditorium time here!

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At Bible Story, we looked closer at the second promise God gave Abraham, the promise of many children/a great nation. We heard the story of Isaac’s miraculous birth, and were reminded that God is faithful.  The best part of Bible Story was learning that all who trust in Jesus belong to Abraham’s family and are part of this great nation (Galatians 3:7, 29; Romans 4:13-25, Revelation 7:9-11.)

KC2016 Base Camp Wednesday from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Genesis 15-21

Questions of the Night

  • What three things did God promise Abraham? (God promised Abraham and his family a promised land, to become a great nation, and that through him all people on earth will be blessed.)
  • Who is part of Abraham’s family today? (All who trust in Jesus as their Savior are part of God’s special family.)
  • Practice the memory verse together: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

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Pre-School Craft: Service Project for partners in Kenya, Africa (decorating bags)
Elementary Craft: Service Project for partners in Kenya, Africa (decorating bags)

Pre-School Game: African Safari Animal Games
Elementary Game: K-1st—Jungle Jam (Obstacle Course) 2nd-3rd—Rhino Run 4th-5th—Paper Mache Leader

Tonight our Elementary teams competed in the Team Cheer Competition, and we look forward to hearing who won during auditorium time tomorrow night.

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Service Project

Completing a service project for our friends in Kenya, Africa gave us a a better idea of what having the heart of a servant looks like.  The bags that were decorated will be going to children who attend our partner school, Pistis, in Kenya, and to the Racefield School.  We are excited to join with others around The Crossing as we continue partnering with ministries in Kenya.

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See you tomorrow night!

Jun 072016
 

Welcome to Kids Club 2016! Each night we’ll give you a sneak peek into all the great things that happen.  For additional photos and Kids Club information visit the Crossing Kids Facebook page.

We are thrilled that your child joined us for Tuesday night of Kids Club!  Here is a glimpse into our great night!

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Tonight we were in Australia, where we learn more about this content from The Bone’s Brother’s dad, “Aussie”.

Kids Club 2016 Message from Dad from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Sadly, the Bones Brothers lost again in their arch enemy Cheetah Chochotta’s nightly competition. But, they were able to recover the second missing piece of The Stone of Ur by completing the challenge of removing snakes and finding the ancient Jade Snake key! Once the Jade Snake was in place on the ruins, the Stone of Ur piece was revealed.

However, one 5th Grader still had to undergo Cheetah’s Rotten Fab-O-Matic treatment as a consequence for losing the game. The Bones Brothers have to win tomorrow night, or it looks like Cheetah will be running the show on Friday night and that will not be a pretty thing! Click here to watch the full length video of Large Group!

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At Bible Story, we reviewed the three promises God gave Abraham, but tonight we looked closer at the first promise, a Promised Land. We learned that this promise is ultimately fulfilled through Jesus in the New Heavens and the New Earth for all who believe.

KC2016 Base Camp Tuesday from The Crossing on Vimeo.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Genesis 12, 15, Galatians 3, Hebrews 11, and Revelation 21

Questions of the Night

    • What three things did God promise Abraham? (God promised Abraham and his family a promised land, to become a great nation, and that through him all people on earth will be blessed.)
    • What is our promised land? Describe it.
      • Short answer: Those who trust in Jesus will live forever with him in the new heavens and the new earth.
      • Expanded answer: When Jesus returns he will make all things new and redeem everything that is broken about our world. God will live with his people there and there will be no more tears, sickness, pain, or dying.  It will be beautiful in ways that are beyond even our best imaginations.
  • Practice the memory verse together: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

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Pre-School Craft: Compass Necklace
Elementary Craft: Journals and Bookmark
Pre-School Game: Australian Animal Games and Rugby Practice
Elementary Game: K-1st—Safari, 2nd-3rd—Crocodile Rodeo, 4th-5th—Ankle Balloon Pop and Air Raid

Tonight’s games provided plenty of fun, and it was great continuing to discover more about the greatest reward. We are looking forward to tomorrow!

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Jun 062016
 

Welcome to Kids Club 2016! Each night we’ll give you a sneak peek into all the great things that happen.  For additional photos and Kids Club information visit the Crossing Kids Facebook page.

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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.

Kids Club 2016 – Bones Brothers Origin Story from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Official World Adventurers, Tennessee and Ohio Bones, arrived at Kids Club to train the Junior World Adventurers and to search for the missing Stone of Ur piece in South America. However, their arch enemy Cheetah Chochotta shows up with the intent to steal the Stone of Ur for herself and belittle the bros by the end of the week.

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Cheetah issued the Bones Brothers a nightly competition: Whoever completes a challenge and recovers the artifact first wins. But, if they lose, a 5th grader must undergo her Rotten Fab-O-Matic Beauty Treatment (aka slime!). The winner of the most nightly competitions will become the Master of Ceremonies at Friday Night’s World Adventure Games and decide what the kids will do that night. Of course, if Cheetah is in charge, she has some rotten plans for the kids!

During a South American Strange Food Trivia Quiz, the Bones Brothers ended up losing to Cheetah. Although the artifact piece is recovered, a brave 5th grader was given the “beauty treatment”. The Bones Brothers vowed to take tonight’s artifact to Base Camp and to return tomorrow night to find the next piece and beat their enemy at her own game.  Click here to watch auditorium time from tonight!2016_0606_TC_KC_101 2016_0606_TC_KC_112 2016_0606_TC_KC_106 2016_0606_TC_KC_113 2016_0606_TC_KC_1022016_0606_TC_KC_105

KC2016 Base Camp 01 Monday from The Crossing on Vimeo.

At Bible Story, we began a mission to decode the secret message of Ur. We also learned what a promise is, and examined the three important promises God gave Abraham–Promised Land, Many Children/to become a Great Nation, and that all the nations would be blessed through him.  We started to learn more about the big idea for this week: God always keeps his promises. They come true through Jesus, our great reward.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Genesis 12, 15, Galatians 3, Hebrews 11, and Revelation 21

Questions of the Night

  • What is a promise? (A promise is when you say you will do or not do something.)
  • What three things did God promise Abraham? (God promised Abraham and his family a promised land, to become a great nation, and that through him all people on earth will be blessed.)
  • Practice the memory verse together: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

In addition to Bible Story, kids also made crafts and played some exciting games!

Pre-School Craft: Canvas Hats
Elementary Craft: Walking Sticks
Pre-School Game: South American Amazon games
Elementary Game: K-1st—Critter Round Up 2nd-3rd—Snake Wranglers, 4th-5th—Crab Soccer

As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun. We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

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Jun 052016
 

 

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What can your child expect?

Each night Preschool-5th graders will have three different rotations: Crafts, Bible Story, and Games.  Kids will be with the same kids and leaders each night, and be introduced to hilarious skit characters who they will be talking about for weeks to come!

Partnering with Families

To help you follow up with your child each night you can use the information below, and check out our nightly blog posts, in addition to checking out our Facebook page for songs, photos, videos, and more!  Preschool-2nd graders will also be sent home with an “Ask Me” sticker which will provide you with one question to ask your child on the way home.  Please know that our staff and interns have been, and will be praying for your family this week as everyone begins to discover our greatest reward!

Bible Story Big IdeaGod always keeps his promises.  They come true through Jesus, our great reward.

Scripture: Genesis 11-23

Supporting Scripture: Galatians 3, Romans 4, Hebrews 11, Revelation 7:9, 21

Memory Verse: “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” – Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)

Bible Story OverviewDuring our week together, children will learn how God uses Abraham and his decedents to carry out his plan of redemption.  Children will study God’s covenant promise to Abraham (Promised Land, to become a great nation, and that through him all peoples of the earth will be blessed.)  Each of these promises are fulfilled in Jesus and are given to those who trust Him as their Savior.

Objectives

  1. God is always faithful to keep his promises.
  2. God made three big promises to Abraham and his descendants (promised land, great nation, through him all people of the earth will be blessed.)
  3. For those who trust in Him, all these promises come true through Jesus, our great reward.
  4. Like Abraham and Sarah, we can trust God more than our eyes can see.
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This post was written by Kristin Jeffries, our Crossing Kids Programming Director.

If you joined us for kids club, or if you’ve just been catching up on what we did from home, you probably have seen this phrase a lot. “Stan firm and take action.” After saying, singing, and leading motions to this verse all week I feel like I should now be going out to change the world; spreading the morals and teachings of Christ to a broken culture. Perhaps this is just a product of being part of the “activist millennial” age group, but hopefully that urge to “do” is a relatable feeling.

If we look at this verse in it’s wider context however, or even just as it applied to Daniel’s life, “taking action” may in fact seem fairly passive. Time and time again for Daniel taking action simply meant doing what is right. We saw that in the form of not eating certain foods, giving loving but firm advice when asked, or even just praying to God in his own home. Daniel is respectful to and has good relationships with others who hold different beliefs than he does. Sure, he will share his beliefs with them and his behavior may sometimes differ from the cultural norms of his peers, but from the stories we looked at this week he is far from the activist that the phrase “take action” might suggest.

So where does that leave us? I am by no means saying that we shouldn’t be actively spreading the gospel or standing up for our faith. (Matthew 28:19 would beg to differ.) I am saying we need to “take action” in our own relationship with God first. The more I ruminate on the lessons that were taught this last week, the more inspired I am to actively pursue a more intimate relationship with God and a greater knowledge of His word. In two of our stories taking action was praying to God regularly and earnestly. Knowing that no conversation is more important than communing with God daily. Prayer was often where Daniel and his friends got their strength, and the same should be true for us.

We should also aim to “stand firm.” Our only hope of doing this is to have a solid foundation to stand on! We can proclaim good morals all we want, but unless we are also reading God’s word and learning from it, we will find it extremely difficult to stand when our beliefs are put to the test. Psalm 119:10-11 (ESV) says:

10 With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

These verses shows us the importance of knowing God’s word in order to live out our faith, as does our memory verse in whole. “The people who know their God, shall stand firm and take action.” Knowledge of God is the condition for standing firm and taking action.

My prayer for myself, and for any of you reading this as well, is that God would grant us the desire to know Him better. That He would use this past week to motivate us so that we might actively seek Him and firmly live out our faith in Him.

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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.

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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.