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We are excited to have your incoming Kindergartener join us in the Elementary classrooms beginning Sunday, June 5th! We know it’ll be the start of what might be a busy week and want to help your child transition go well.  Over the next few days we’ll publish four posts to help you guide your child as he or she begins this new phase. We’ll be answering questions your child might have about classrooms, lessons, and teachers. We’ll also include plenty of photos for you to show your child.

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This is a photo of me with my Crossing Kids interns. You’ll see Megann and Brittany around this summer, and meet Jennifer and Ashley in August. (Left to Right: Jennifer, Abby (me), Megann, Ashley, Brittany)

 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Dear Kindergartener,

My name is Abby and I’m the Elementary Director for Crossing Kids.  That’s just a fancy way of saying that I get to work with Elementary kids and volunteers each week.  I am so excited that you will be joining us in Kindergarten starting this Sunday, June 5th! I know that moving classrooms and going to Kindergarten can be a little scary, but I think you’ll love it! You’ll stay with the same group of kids you’ve been with, but you will move classrooms and meet new volunteers. Your new classroom will be downstairs, so be sure to ask your parents if you can go down the slide instead of taking the stairs!

You’ll meet all sorts of people who can help you when you are downstairs.  In your classrooms you’ll have team leaders who will be in your class most weeks.  There will also be other volunteers who want to play with you and teach you more about God.  If you are ever sick, hurt, or really upset your leaders can come get me and I’ll be happy to help you.

You might be wondering, is Kindergarten like Preschool? And the answer is, yes! Just like in your preschool rooms you’ll have toys to play with, snacks to eat, go to Large Group, make crafts, and play games.  Because you are growing up some things will be different. This summer we’ll teach you some sign language to help you learn more about God, and lots of other things too!  In Kindergarten Large Group looks a little different, but you’ll get to know the large group teachers throughout the summer.  And do you know what? You’ll still get to see some of your Large Group friends! That’s right! You’ll get to see Candace, Courtney, and Kristin throughout the next few weeks!

Here is the classroom routine for this summer:

  • Welcome and free-play
  • Worship, Lesson and Discussion in the Large Group room (you get to sit on huge blankets!)
  • Activity in the classroom
  • Snack, free-play, and check-out

I am looking forward to seeing you on Sunday! Kindergarten will be a wonderful time, and I will be praying that you continue learning more about God, and learn to love him more too.  See you in a few days!

Sincerely,

Abby McClelland

May 292016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His love.

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Bible Story Focus: Paul and Silas in jail | Acts 16:16-34

Song: “My God is so Big

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Paul and Silas in jail. They will learn that Paul and Silas trusted God when they were in prison and because of this, God rescued them.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His Love

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Monthly Image:  Trumpet/Horn

Songs: Shout and “Go (Matthew 28:19)”

Story: Paul tells Rome about the Forever King (Acts 28:11-31)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of Paul’s long journey to visit the city of Rome.  They will hear of the hardships that Paul faced along the way and that his shipwreck did not keep him from sharing the love of Jesus.  Kids will learn that Paul stayed in Rome for two years, telling as many people as He could about the Forever King.

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever been on a really long trip and were excited to go back home?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did a soldier have to guard Paul’s house?  *Because he had been in prison after telling others about Jesus.

I wonder…what did Paul do while he was in Rome? *invited people over and told others about our Forever King.

I wonder…what did Paul tell others about Jesus?  * He told them that Jesus is our rescuer who died on the cross for our sins and then rose from the dead so we can have life forever.

Activities: Children at all services will play the month-long game “Where’s Paul” to chronicle Paul’s journeys. Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will “sail with Paul” by pushing a boat with a straw. At 9:30 children will color a sailing picture to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

WORSHIPPING GOD IN ALL OF LIFE

 UNIT OVERVIEW:The Bible says we are created to worship the one True God—to bring him glory—in everything we do in life. That means we not only worship God at church but we can worship him through the art we create, through music and dance, during sports and games, when we eat and drink, and when we serve others. We are happiest and most satisfied when our worship is centered on Him. Kids will learn the Worship Equation: True Worship = Recognizing God + Right Heart Response.

KEY CONCEPT:We are created to worship God in spirit and truth in all of life.

MEMORY VERSE:“…True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23b

WORSHIP UNIT WORKSHOPS

MUSIC

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through music and dance. They will warm up with scripture memory freeze dance, then hear the story of God helping the Israelites escape from Pharaoh by crossing the Red Sea. Children will learn God kept his promise to rescue them from slavery, and that the Israelites had the right heart response to dance and sing, thanking God. Kids will then decorate maracas and worship God with singing and dancing to “For Who You Are.”

SPORTS

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through sports and games. Kids will discuss why sports are important to God and how they can use their gifts for his glory – and that is worship. Kids will then play some relay races to unpack the idea of God giving them sports and using their talent and teamwork for His glory.

ART

Students will create sculptures from play-doh to understand how they are created in God’s image and art is glorifying to God. Students will read Genesis 1:27 to see how God created Adam and Eve from the dirt and because we are made in his image we also have the innate desire to create. We can use this gift to worship our creator.

SERVING

In this lesson, students will learn one way we can worship God is through prayer and serving others. Students will create a paper chain and write down ways they can serve others in their family. They will also have the opportunity to serve their classmates by helping in the classroom. Students will understand that our service to other people, when motivated with a right heart, is true worship.

 

9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

This Sunday’s Overview

The balance between repeatedly forgiving a friend and getting into a destructive relationship can be tough to grasp—especially for preteens. Use this lesson to explain that when a friend wrongs them, Jesus wants them to forgive. However, forgiveness doesn’t always mean they should continue a friendship.

Grapple Question

Do we have to be friends again?

Key Faith Foundation

Forgiveness Doesn’t Always Mean Restoration

Proverbs 17:9; 22:24; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:1-25th GradeTeam Building/Relational Time

Team Building/Relational Time

5th graders will play kickball on the soccer field, or hang out on the playground to end their year together.

May 222016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His love.

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Bible Story Focus: Paul and Silas in jail | Acts 16:16-34

Song: “My God is so Big

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Paul and Silas in jail. They will learn that Paul and Silas trusted God when they were in prison and because of this, God rescued them.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His Love

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Monthly Image:  Trumpet/Horn

Songs: Shout and “Go (Matthew 28:19)”

Story: Paul Goes to Ephesus (Acts 19:1-22)

Lesson Overview: Paul’s life had been changed and God had placed a desire in his heart to tell everyone about Jesus. The city called Ephesus was a place where many people received news and information. Therefore, Paul went to Ephesus and spent more than two whole years talking about Jesus to every person who would listen. Some people knew who Jesus was, but did not understand that Jesus had died for their sins and wanted a relationship with them. Other people were just learning about Jesus for the first time. The Holy Spirit helped Paul tell people everywhere that Jesus has a place in God’s Forever Kingdom for them, if they would believe.

Circle Time Discussion: Who are some people you talk to every week?  (teachers, doctors, family members, church friends, school friends, neighbors, coaches, teammates, etc.)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what was the name of the City that Paul went to visit? *Ephesus

I wonder…how long did Paul stay in the city of Ephesus? *Two years

I wonder…how do I become a friend of Jesus? * I say I’m sorry for my sin or bad choices, and then I tell Jesus I believe He died for my sin and rose to be my One True King!  I can learn more about Him, by reading his book, the Bible.

Activities: Children at all services will play the month-long game “Where’s Paul” to chronicle Paul’s journeys. At 8:00 and 11:00 children will create a foam foot with the memory verse to take home. Children at 9:30 will make a sign to take home reminding them to share the gospel.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

WORSHIPPING GOD IN ALL OF LIFE

 UNIT OVERVIEW:The Bible says we are created to worship the one True God—to bring him glory—in everything we do in life. That means we not only worship God at church but we can worship him through the art we create, through music and dance, during sports and games, when we eat and drink, and when we serve others. We are happiest and most satisfied when our worship is centered on Him. Kids will learn the Worship Equation: True Worship = Recognizing God + Right Heart Response.

KEY CONCEPT:We are created to worship God in spirit and truth in all of life.

MEMORY VERSE:“…True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23b

WORSHIP UNIT WORKSHOPS

MUSIC

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through music and dance. They will warm up with scripture memory freeze dance, then hear the story of God helping the Israelites escape from Pharaoh by crossing the Red Sea. Children will learn God kept his promise to rescue them from slavery, and that the Israelites had the right heart response to dance and sing, thanking God. Kids will then decorate maracas and worship God with singing and dancing to “For Who You Are.”

SPORTS

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through sports and games. Kids will discuss why sports are important to God and how they can use their gifts for his glory – and that is worship. Kids will then play some relay races to unpack the idea of God giving them sports and using their talent and teamwork for His glory.

ART

Students will create sculptures from play-doh to understand how they are created in God’s image and art is glorifying to God. Students will read Genesis 1:27 to see how God created Adam and Eve from the dirt and because we are made in his image we also have the innate desire to create. We can use this gift to worship our creator.

SERVING

In this lesson, students will learn one way we can worship God is through prayer and serving others. Students will create a paper chain and write down ways they can serve others in their family. They will also have the opportunity to serve their classmates by helping in the classroom. Students will understand that our service to other people, when motivated with a right heart, is true worship.

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9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

This Sunday’s Overview

What if we’ve hurt someone, whether accidentally or intentionally, who won’t forgive us? Use this lesson to show that God wants us to ask people to forgive us when we hurt them. God also wants us to ask him to forgive us. Even if the other person won’t forgive, God will. God will wipe away our sins when we take responsibility for them, when we’re obedient, and when we ask for forgiveness.

Grapple Question

What if someone won’t forgive me?

Key Faith Foundation

Obedience and Being Responsible for Your Actions

Key Scriptures

2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 66:16-20; Proverbs 14:9; James 5:16

5th GradeTeam Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour the Crossing Middle School staff will visit to share about move-up Sunday, and exciting Middle School events!

May 152016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His love.

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Bible Story Focus: Paul and Silas in jail | Acts 16:16-34

Song: “My God is so Big

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Paul and Silas in jail. They will learn that Paul and Silas trusted God when they were in prison and because of this, God rescued them.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His Love

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Monthly Image:  Trumpet/Horn

Songs: Shout and “Go (Matthew 28:19)”

Story: Paul Discovers a Statue and Warns the People (Acts 17:16-34)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of Paul’s travels to Athens, a city that worshipped statues and made Paul very sad. Kids will hear of Paul’s courage to stand up in front of a large counsel of people and tell them about the Forever King.  Kids will hear that many people became believers that day.  Jesus wants us to share Jesus with others; He uses His people to bring others close to Him.

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever seen a big statue?  What was it of?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why was Paul sad when he got to the city of Athens?

*Because he saw that the people there were worshipping statues.

I wonder…where did Paul go to talk to people about Jesus.

*The synagogue, a place where people talk about their faith.

I wonder…what did Paul tell the people in the synagogue that changed their minds?

* He told them about worshipping the real God that made the world and sent His Son to die on the cross.  He told them about Jesus.

Activities: Children at all services will play the month-long game “Where’s Paul” to chronicle Paul’s journeys. At 8:00 and 11:00 children will make a megaphone to share the good news of Jesus. Children at 9:30 will use stickers to decorate their own world map to show where they can share Jesus.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

WORSHIPPING GOD IN ALL OF LIFE

 UNIT OVERVIEW:The Bible says we are created to worship the one True God—to bring him glory—in everything we do in life. That means we not only worship God at church but we can worship him through the art we create, through music and dance, during sports and games, when we eat and drink, and when we serve others. We are happiest and most satisfied when our worship is centered on Him. Kids will learn the Worship Equation: True Worship = Recognizing God + Right Heart Response.

KEY CONCEPT:We are created to worship God in spirit and truth in all of life.

MEMORY VERSE:“…True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23b

WORSHIP UNIT WORKSHOPS

MUSIC

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through music and dance. They will warm up with scripture memory freeze dance, then hear the story of God helping the Israelites escape from Pharaoh by crossing the Red Sea. Children will learn God kept his promise to rescue them from slavery, and that the Israelites had the right heart response to dance and sing, thanking God. Kids will then decorate maracas and worship God with singing and dancing to “For Who You Are.”

SPORTS

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through sports and games. Kids will discuss why sports are important to God and how they can use their gifts for his glory – and that is worship. Kids will then play some relay races to unpack the idea of God giving them sports and using their talent and teamwork for His glory.

ART

Students will create sculptures from play-doh to understand how they are created in God’s image and art is glorifying to God. Students will read Genesis 1:27 to see how God created Adam and Eve from the dirt and because we are made in his image we also have the innate desire to create. We can use this gift to worship our creator.

SERVING

In this lesson, students will learn one way we can worship God is through prayer and serving others. Students will create a paper chain and write down ways they can serve others in their family. They will also have the opportunity to serve their classmates by helping in the classroom. Students will understand that our service to other people, when motivated with a right heart, is true worship.

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9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

This Sunday’s Overview

People don’t always ask for forgiveness when they do something hurtful. Are we still expected to forgive them? Use this lesson to remind kids that we’ve all been that person who doesn’t ask for forgiveness—whether it’s because we don’t know we’ve hurt someone, we don’t think we need forgiveness, or we’re afraid to ask for it. Help kids put themselves in that other person’s shoes and show kindness and forgiveness even when they’re undeserved. We forgive not just for the other person’s benefit but for our own.

Grapple Question

What if someone doesn’t ask for forgiveness?

Key Faith Foundation

Forgiving Others as God Forgives Us

Key Scriptures

Matthew 6:14-15; Luke 6:27-31; Ephesians 4:31-32

5th GradeTeam Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour all 5th graders will go outside for a group game.

May 082016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His love.

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Bible Story Focus: Paul and Silas in jail | Acts 16:16-34

Song: “My God is so Big

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Paul and Silas in jail. They will learn that Paul and Silas trusted God when they were in prison and because of this, God rescued them.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His Love

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Monthly Image:  Trumpet/Horn

Songs: Shout and “Go (Matthew 28:19)”

Story: Paul and Silas tell a jailer about Jesus (Acts 16:16-34)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the remarkable story of Paul and Silas sentence to a beating and jail after spreading God’s word.  They will learn of God’s miraculous way of freeing them and then sharing the gospel with a jailer.  Because of what He saw, the jailer became a believer of the Forever King.

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever done the right thing but gotten in trouble for it?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why were Paul and Silas thrown into jail?

*Because they were telling others about Jesus and the people didn’t like it.

I wonder…how did God use Paul and Silas to change the jailer’s life?

*They told him about Jesus and he believed.

I wonder…why does it matter for us to tell others about Jesus?

* Because God uses His followers to tell others about Jesus love.

Activities: Children at all services will play the month-long game “Where’s Paul” to chronicle Paul’s journeys. At 8:00 and 11:00 children will make a tambourine to praise God. Children at 9:30 will make a Mother’s Day flower to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

WORSHIPPING GOD IN ALL OF LIFE

 UNIT OVERVIEW:The Bible says we are created to worship the one True God—to bring him glory—in everything we do in life. That means we not only worship God at church but we can worship him through the art we create, through music and dance, during sports and games, when we eat and drink, and when we serve others. We are happiest and most satisfied when our worship is centered on Him. Kids will learn the Worship Equation: True Worship = Recognizing God + Right Heart Response.

KEY CONCEPT:We are created to worship God in spirit and truth in all of life.

MEMORY VERSE:“…True worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23b

WORSHIP UNIT WORKSHOPS

MUSIC

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through music and dance. They will warm up with scripture memory freeze dance, then hear the story of God helping the Israelites escape from Pharaoh by crossing the Red Sea. Children will learn God kept his promise to rescue them from slavery, and that the Israelites had the right heart response to dance and sing, thanking God. Kids will then decorate maracas and worship God with singing and dancing to “For Who You Are.”

SPORTS

In this lesson, students will learn we can worship God through sports and games. Kids will discuss why sports are important to God and how they can use their gifts for his glory – and that is worship. Kids will then play some relay races to unpack the idea of God giving them sports and using their talent and teamwork for His glory.

ART

Students will create sculptures from play-doh to understand how they are created in God’s image and art is glorifying to God. Students will read Genesis 1:27 to see how God created Adam and Eve from the dirt and because we are made in his image we also have the innate desire to create. We can use this gift to worship our creator.

SERVING

In this lesson, students will learn one way we can worship God is through prayer and serving others. Students will create a paper chain and write down ways they can serve others in their family. They will also have the opportunity to serve their classmates by helping in the classroom. Students will understand that our service to other people, when motivated with a right heart, is true worship.

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9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Overview

Have you ever been asked for forgiveness by someone who hurt you—who then turned around and did the same thing again? It can be tough to forgive those who hurt us, especially if they do it again…and again…and again. Use this lesson to teach kids that Jesus wants us to forgive each other not once, not twice, but an infinite number of times! Jesus asks us to make a sacrifice that’s small in comparison to the huge sacrifice he made for us. He asks us to forgive others no matter how many times it takes.

Grapple Question

How many second changes do I give?

Key Faith Foundation

Seventy Times Seven Forgiveness

Key Scriptures

Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 17:3-4; Colossians 3:13

5th GradeTeam Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour, guys and girls will split up for prayer time.

May 012016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His love.

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Bible Story Focus: Paul and Silas in jail | Acts 16:16-34

Song: “My God is so Big

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will hear the story of Paul and Silas in jail. They will learn that Paul and Silas trusted God when they were in prison and because of this, God rescued them.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus uses His followers to tell others about His Love

Memory Verse: “Go make disciples of all nations” – Matthew 28:19

Monthly Image:  Trumpet/Horn

Songs: Shout and “Go (Matthew 28:19)”

Story: Paul and Barnabas go out (Acts 13-14)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will take a close look at the travels of Paul and Barnabas to Cypress and then to Pisidian Antioch to share with others about Jesus.  Kids will hear Paul’s message to the people of Pisidian explaining how Jesus came through the line of David (Acts 13:22-23).  They will learn that the Forever King, even after His resurrection can still change lives.

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever traveled before?  Where did you go?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…what job did God give Paul and Barnabas?

*To travel and tell others about Jesus’ great love.

I wonder…what did Paul and Barnabas tell others about Jesus?

* That He died on the cross for our sins then rose from the dead.

I wonder…what does it mean to make disciples of all nations?

*To tell others about Jesus so they can fall in love with Him and follow Him.

Activities: 

Children at all services will play the month-long game “Where’s Paul” to chronicle Paul’s journeys. At 8:00 and 11:00 children will make a craft to show where they can share Jesus. Children at 9:30 will make travel tags to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

THE CHURCH: UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

CHURCH UNIT WORKSHOPS

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

 9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Overview:  Everybody gets gifts they don’t really want at times. Sometimes we offer God gifts that he doesn’t want or even like—maybe a couple of bucks thrown in an offering plate to impress people or a halfhearted attempt to do something nice. God does want us to give up our lives to him and to walk with him each day.

Grapple Question: What Does God Want From Me?

Key Faith Foundation: God’s Purpose for My Life

Key Scripture: Proverbs 3:1-6; Micah 6:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

5th GradeTeam Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour 5th graders will build community within the classroom by playing a group game.

Apr 242016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Our Forever King changes us.

Memory Verse: We are being changed to be more like Him. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Bible Story Focus: Paul’s Conversion | Acts 9

Song: I Like To…

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear the conversion of Paul, understanding that Jesus changes us.  Paul hated Christians until Jesus changed his heart, then he wanted to tell everyone about Jesus.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus, our Forever King, changes us to be more like Him

Memory Verse: “We are being changed to be more like Him.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Monthly Image: Scepter

Story: Paul is Changed (Acts 9:19-31; Acts 13:9)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of Saul’s name change to Paul and his life after meeting Jesus. Kids will hear of Paul becoming friends with Barnabas, one of the few men that believed Paul had been changed.  Kids will learn that Paul is now a man that wants to tell everyone about the love of Christ.

Circle Time Discussion: Do you know what your whole name is, first, middle, and last?  Share these around the room!

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who did Saul tell about Jesus?

* Everyone God told him to

I wonder… What was Saul’s new name?

           * Paul

I wonder… Who changes us to be more like Him?

*Jesus, our Forever King 

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play telephone and make a spring sticker scene to take home. At 9:30 children will sing a song about making new friends and make friendship necklaces to share with new friends.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

THE CHURCH: UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

CHURCH UNIT WORKSHOPS

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

 9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Grapple Question

WHY DIDN’T GOD MAKE US LIKE ROBOTS?

Overview

It’s great to have the freedom to make choices. Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where we had no say about anything! What if God, who can do anything, simply forced us to love him? Use this lesson to help kids understand that God doesn’t want us to be robots—people who have no choice or say about who or what we love. God loves us so much that he allows us to choose whether we’ll love and obey him. This freedom to choose means so much to God that Jesus suffered a terrible death to make it possible.

Key Faith Foundation

Love Without Choice Isn’t Love at All

Key Scriptures

Genesis 2:8-17; 3:1-6; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17

Team Building/Relational Time

This week at the beginning of the hour 5th graders will live stream the worship part of the “adult” service as a way of worshipping together.

Apr 172016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Our Forever King changes us.

Memory Verse: We are being changed to be more like Him. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Bible Story Focus: Paul’s Conversion | Acts 9

Song: I Like To…

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear the conversion of Paul, understanding that Jesus changes us.  Paul hated Christians until Jesus changed his heart, then he wanted to tell everyone about Jesus.

 

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus, our Forever King, changes us to be more like Him

Memory Verse: “We are being changed to be more like Him.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Monthly Image: Scepter

Story: Paul’s Conversion, part two (Acts 9:10-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear part two of Saul’s transformation from Christian persecutor to a believer in Christ.  Kids will pick up from the previous week and hear of how Saul travelled to Damascus and met Ananias, a person God used to help Saul see again. Kids will understand that Jesus, our Forever King, can transform the heart of anyone.

Circle Time Discussion: What are some things that your parents ask you to do, but you don’t like to do them?  (clean room, come inside, go to bed)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who did Jesus ask to go see Saul?

* Ananias

I wonder… What happened when Ananias touched Saul?

           * Scales fell off his eyes and he could see again

I wonder… Did Saul hurt Ananias?

*No, Jesus changed him and he was baptized and loved Jesus instead 

 

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will watch dirty pennies change to clean ones and make light switch covers to take home. At 9:30 children will watch daisy transform with food coloring and do blindfolded drawings to talk about what Paul might have felt like without his sight.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

THE CHURCH: UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

CHURCH UNIT WORKSHOPS

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

 9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Grapple Question

HOW COME I’M NOT PERFECT?

Overview

Sometimes, when we compare ourselves to others, we get so caught up in our own failures we could think, Everyone is perfect except me. Use this lesson to help kids understand that when God looks at us, he sees his beloved children created in his perfect image. Even though we make mistakes and aren’t perfect, God loves us perfectly. When we grasp God’s overflowing love, we can’t help but feel great about who God made us to be.

Key Faith Foundation

Self-Acceptance and God’s Unconditional Love

Key Scriptures

Genesis 1:26-27, 31; Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 8:35-39

Team Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour all 5th graders will join together for a game!

Apr 102016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Our Forever King changes us.

Memory Verse: We are being changed to be more like Him. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Bible Story Focus: Paul’s Conversion | Acts 9

Song: I Like To…

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear the conversion of Paul, understanding that Jesus changes us.  Paul hated Christians until Jesus changed his heart, then he wanted to tell everyone about Jesus.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus, our Forever King, changes us to be more like Him

Memory Verse: “We are being changed to be more like Him.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Monthly Image: Scepter

Story: Paul’s Conversion, part one (Acts 9:1-9)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear part one of Saul’s transformation from Christian persecutor to a believer in Christ. Kids will hear of Saul meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus and Jesus blinding Saul.  They will understand that our Forever King, Jesus can transform the heart of anyone.

Circle Time Discussion: What are some things that change?  (people, trees, caterpillars, hair grows, etc.)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who was Saul being mean to?

* Christians – people who believe in Jesus

I wonder… Who spoke to Saul outside of Damascus?

           * Jesus did

I wonder… What happened to Saul after Jesus told him to go to Damascus?

*He became blind, and did not eat or drink for three days 

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play pin the tail on the fox and make slime to take home to talk about conversion. At 9:30, children will play a hidden mystery object game and will make color changers to take home.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

THE CHURCH: UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

CHURCH UNIT WORKSHOPS

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Grapple Question

WHY DID GOD CREATE ME?

Overview

When we look at some of the talented people around us, it’s easy to imagine why God created them. Maybe they’re great artists, talented sports play- ers, or smart in school or business—we see how God can use each of them. But what if we don’t think we have any talents? Why did God create each of us?

Key Faith Foundation

Friendship With God

Key Scriptures

Psalm 139:1-12; Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 2:10

Team Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour, 5th graders girls and boys will split up for prayer time in small groups.

Apr 032016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Our Forever King changes us.

Memory Verse: We are being changed to be more like Him. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Bible Story Focus: Paul’s Conversion | Acts 9

Song: I Like To…

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear the conversion of Paul, understanding that Jesus changes us.  Paul hated Christians until Jesus changed his heart, then he wanted to tell everyone about Jesus.

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Preschool

Big Idea: Jesus, our Forever King, changes us to be more like Him

Memory Verse: “We are being changed to be more like Him.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18

Monthly Image: Scepter

Story: Paul persecutes Christians; the stoning of Stephen (Acts 7:54-8:1)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear of a young man that loved God named Stephen.  After sharing the good news of Jesus with others, Saul and the rulers of the Sanhedrin decided to put Stephen to death.  Kids will understand what Paul’s life was like before he met his Forever King, a person that hated Christians.

Circle Time Discussion: What are all of the different things you can do with sticks?  (build a fire, roast marshmallows, watch them float in the river, use them to draw in the dirt or mud, walking support, etc.)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who carries a scepter? * Kings do

I wonder… What was the name of the man who was stoned by Saul for loving Jesus? * Stephen

I wonder… Can Jesus change Saul’s heart? *Yes!  Our verse says we are all being changed to become more like Jesus.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will make a popsicle stick scepter to take home and use paint dabbers to mark up a picture of Stephen and then remove the paint, explaining the power of God’s forgiveness. At 9:30 children will decorate a stone with the word Forgive to take home and do a science experiment to explain how sin is washed away.

 

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Elementary: Kindergarten-4th Grade, and 8:00 5th Grade

Church UNIT OVERVIEW:In this unit, students will learn that the Church is the community of all true believers for all time. Students will study the book of Acts, which highlights the spiritual transformation that took place in the early church. Each week, we’ll take a closer look at a story or theme from this New Testament book and the implications it has on us as believers today. Students will learn about what happened after Jesus ascended into heaven, what happened at Pentecost, and how the Gospel changed the life of a man named Saul/Paul.

KEY CONCEPT:The Church is the community of all true believers for all time. (Grudem, p. 853)

MEMORY VERSE:“Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return.” Hebrews 10:25

This Week’s Workshops

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?: SCAVENGER HUNT

In this lesson, children will discuss their favorite part of church. Then they will read and discuss Acts 2:42-47. Afterwards, the children will go on a tour of the church to learn more about what a church really is.

A NEW WAY TO SEE: DRAMA WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will act out the story of Paul and his conversion (on the road to Damascus). They will discuss how God intervened in Paul’s life and changed everything. They will also be given time to discuss and reflect on how God intervenes in our lives.

PASSING THE BATON: GAME WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to discover the importance of teamwork. The concept of passing the baton will then be tied to sharing the Gospel and how the book of Acts tells the story of what this looked like in the early church. Students will read about/discuss Jesus ascending into heaven and his last words, “make disciples of all nations.” Students will then create cardstock batons to reflect/remember the concept of passing the story of Jesus on to others.

PENTECOST: ART WORKSHOP

In this lesson, children will discuss what they know about fire. They will read/listen to the story of Pentecost and discuss how God’s Spirit changes our hearts and allows us to share His message with other people. They will then create torn paper flames with a section of Acts 2 as a way to remember.

THE BIG GOD STORY: SUMMARY WORKSHOP

In this lesson, students will review key concepts from this year in Crossing Kids. After listening to “The Big God Story,” students will draw and place important events on the timeline to show how the Big God Story began and continues on today.

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9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Grapple Question

What can we learn from the story of Peter?

Overview

In this lesson kids will hear about the Resurrection of Christ. The focus of this lesson is learning the Easter story. Much of this lesson will be through Peter’s perspective of the Easter. Students will make trail mix to help them remember different details of the Easter story.

Key Faith Foundation

Despite our efforts or desires, we are sinful humans that need the forgiveness and grace of God.

Key Scriptures

Matthew 4:18-19, John 13:36-38, John 18:1-11, Luke 22:54-62, John 20:1-10, John 21:2-8, John 21:15-19

Memory Verse

[Peter said,] “Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19

Team Building/Relational Time

This week at the end of the hour, 5th graders will spend time playing a group game of the leader’s choice!