Aug 072016
 

Early Childhood August Overview

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Key Question: Who does God love?

Bottom Line: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.”–Jeremiah 29:11a (Toddler Blue is just “For I know the plans I have for you.”)

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Toddler Blue:

Bible Story Focus: Adam and Eve Sin Genesis 3

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about sin entering the world. Children will hear how sin makes good things bad, and God’s world wasn’t perfect anymore. Children will also learn how God loves us and has a plan for us, even though we make bad choices God has a plan to save us.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: August 7th and 14th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 7: I am special to God • Genesis 2: 1-3, Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God resting after all that he created. Children will celebrate God’s creation, and learn that God made each of them too. Children will know that God loves them and has a plan for each of them, because He made them.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

August 7: What is your favorite thing that God made?

August 14: Tell me one thing you know about babies.

Activities:

August 7: Children will play an alarm clock game.

August 14: Children will make a poster to take home.

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Preschool Orange and Red: August 7

Bible Story Focus: I am special to God. • Psalm 139:13-15a, Jeremiah 1:5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will understand that God made them and they are special to Him. Children will see that they are all different and unique and that’s part of what makes them so special. God did no make us all the same, he made just one of each of us and he loves us.

Circle Time Question: Tell me one thing you know about babies.

I Wonder Questions:

  • Who made you?
    • God made me!
  • Why did God make you?
    • God made me So I can praise Him.
  • How did God make you special?
    • (Allow kids to answer as they wish)

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will listen to an action song about how God made them. Then they will make a fingerprint craft to take home. At 9:30 children will make a face snack **please check outside your child’s door for allergies. Snack will include apples, carrots, and banana** and will make a poster to take home about themselves.

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

August 7th—HE WILL COME AGAIN TO JUDGE THE LIVING AND THE DEAD

Lesson Summary: After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will hear how Jesus is our judge and knows everything we’ve ever done, said, or thought.

Kindergarten-5th Grade Classroom Activity: Children will write and draw sins to confess on coffee filters then watercolor over them to show Jesus covered their sins.

Key Scripture: Revelation 20:11-15; Romans 3:23

Ways to Follow Up:

  • Who is our judge sitting on a great, white throne? (Jesus.)
  • Is this the same Jesus who came and died for the sins of the world? (Yes!) What else do we know about Jesus? (good, kind, loving, our judge)
  • Why is it good news that Jesus is the one who will judge us and not someone else? (Because we know Jesus is our judge, we know He loves us and wants to make us as pure as this water! He is not eager to punish us. He calls everyone to come to Him because He is able to and willing to save everyone who comes to Him. He calls everyone to repent and trust in Him!)

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August 7th– He Will Come Again to Judge the Living and the Dead

Jul 032016
 

Early Childhood July Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made good things?

Bottom Line: God made good things.

Memory Verse: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31, NIV

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Toddler Blue: July 3-24

Bible Story Focus: Genesis 1:20-2:3, Creation Days 5-7

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about the second half of the creation story. Children will know that God made good things, especially people. Children will hear that God made Adam and Eve to be like Him and to love him.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: July 3rd & 10th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Day 5: Fish and Birds • Genesis 1: 20-23

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the birds and the fish. Children will celebrate the beauty of what God made, and know that God makes good things. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

July 3: Children will have Rainbow Fish story time.

July 10: Children will play a game where they walk like different birds.

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

July 3: What is your favorite creature in the ocean?

July 10: What is your favorite kind of bird?

Preschool Orange and Red: July 3rd

Bible Story Focus: God made objects in the sky. Day 4: Sun, Moon, Stars, Day, and Night • Genesis 1:14-19

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating day, night, and the heavenly bodies. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will act out the fourth day of the creation story, expanding on their knowledge of what God created.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play a moving moons game and make a start dot-to-dot with pretzels and marshmallows. Please alert your child’s teacher if they cannot eat their pretzels or marshmallows. Children at 9:30 will play a bouncing suns game and make a sunshine memory verse craft to take home.

Circle Time Question: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

I Wonder Questions:

What did God make on day 4? God made the Sun, Moon, and Stars on day 4.

What is your favorite thing God made in the sky? Sun, stars, moon, galaxies

What does God’s creation of the universe teach us? That God is a big God!

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, July 3rd Lesson Summary

Children will hear the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. In this story, all three members of the trinity are present. After focusing on what it means that Jesus is the Father’s only son, we’ll examine what it means that He is our Lord.

Key Scripture

Matthew 3

Classroom Activity:

Kindergarten–4th Grade, and 5th Grade at 8:00 and 11:00: Puppet Theater
5th Grade at 9:30: Giants, Wizards and Elves game, and God the Son small group discussion

Follow Up Questions

  • In the story of Jesus’ baptism, we see each part of the trinity.  How does each person of the trinity appear?  (God the Father speaks, God the Son (Jesus) is being baptized, God the Holy Spirit descends as a dove.)
  • What does it mean that Jesus is Lord?  (He has all power and authority.  The word “Lord” is a lot like the word “boss.”  It means a person who is in control, who we can trust and should listen to.  In fact, Jesus’ name means “The Lord saves.”)

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July 3rd– And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

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Jun 262016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 19th and 26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 3 and 4 (Day 3: Land, Seas, and plants. Day 4: Sun, Moon, and stars • Genesis 1: 9-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, seas, and plants as well as the sun, moon, and stars. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

June 19: Children will do a dirt find and talk about the plants God made.

June 26: Children will play a bouncing suns game

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

June 19: Have you ever been to the Ocean? What was it like?

June 26: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 26th

Bible Story Focus: God made land and sea. God made sky and water.

Day 3: Land, Plants, and Sea • Genesis 1:9-13

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, plants, and sea. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will act out the third day of the creation story, expanding on their knowledge of what God created.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will have a dirt find sensory activity and make play doh flowers to talk about the flowers God made. At 9:30 children will do a pumpkin seed toss and make a tree craft.

Circle Time Question: Have you ever been to the ocean? What is it like?

I Wonder Questions:

  1. What did God make on the third day? On the third day, God made the Land and Sea.
  2. What are the land and the water used for? God made the land and water to help people and animals to live.
  3. Who made the world? God made the world

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 26th Lesson Summary

Children will learn that God is both intimately involved in the details of our life as our Father while also being infinitely in control of all things as the almighty maker and sustainer of our universe.  After watching a video that captures God’s majesty from Psalm 104, children will read and discuss the book Zoom to see how God knows and is in control of all things, both big and small.

Key Scripture

Psalm 104

Classroom Activity:

Creation Snack Mix

Follow Up Questions

  1. Is there anywhere in the creation or is there anything you’ve seen in creation that has made you feel like, “Wow! God you are amazing?
  2. Who created you? (God.)
  3. When bad things happen in the world, is God still in control of those things? (Yes. Nothing is a surprise to God. Nothing is outside of His control.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

June 19th and 26th– God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

Jun 192016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 19th and 26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 3 and 4 (Day 3: Land, Seas, and plants. Day 4: Sun, Moon, and stars • Genesis 1: 9-19)

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the land, seas, and plants as well as the sun, moon, and stars. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

June 19: Children will do a dirt find and talk about the plants God made.

June 26: Children will play a bouncing suns game

Circle Time Question: (Preschool Purple Only)

June 19: Have you ever been to the Ocean? What was it like?

June 26: What is your favorite thing to look at in the sky?

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 12th

Bible Story Focus: God made sky and water.

Day 2: Sky and Water • Genesis 1:6-8

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the sky and water. Children will understand   this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will use streamers to act out the second day of the creation story. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will do a parachute cloud toss and make a water swirl craft. At 9:30 children will play a water bucket game and make a water/sky parfait snack

Please note snack will contain Jello and dairy free whipped topping. Please let your child’s teacher know if they cannot participate

Circle Time Question:

Where are some places we can find water?

(The ocean, lakes, our sink, in bottles at the store…)

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God make on day 2?
    • God made sky and Water on day 2.
  • What did God say when He made the sky and water?
    • He said, “It is good.”
  • Why do you think God made the sky and water?
    • Children will have varying answers. Ex “God made air so we could breathe.”

 

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 19th Lesson Summary

After reviewing what they know about the Apostle’s Creed, children will read My Dad by Anthony Browne and use it to brainstorm what they know/think they know about fathers.  They will then look at a few verses that describe what it means that God is our Heavenly Father.

Key Scripture

1 John 3:1, Matthew 7:9-11, James 1:17

Classroom Activity:

Father’s Day Card for God the Father

Follow Up Questions

  1. Read the verses listed in the key scripture section. What do they tell us about God being our Father
  2. How is God the Father different from earthly dads? (He is perfect!  He never makes mistakes.  He will never leave us, change, or fail us.  We can trust Him completely even if/when our earthly dads make mistakes.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

June 19th and 26th– God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

Jun 122016
 

Early Childhood June Overview

Basic Truth: God made me.

Key Question: Who made the world?

Bottom Line: God made the world.

Toddler Green and Preschool Memory Verse: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

Toddler Blue Memory Verse: “God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

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Toddler Blue: June 5-26th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Days 1-4 Genesis 1:1-19

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about what God made the first four days of creation. Children will understand that only God can make something out of nothing, He is all-powerful. Children will also know that God made good things, in fact the world God created was perfect.

Toddler Green & Preschool Purple: June 5th and 12th

Bible Story Focus: Creation–Day 1: Light and Dark, Day 2: Sky and Water • Genesis 1:1-8

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will learn about God creating the light and darkness and the sky and water. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities

June 5: Children will do a light and dark freeze dance.

June 12: Children will do a parachute cloud toss.

Circle Time Question:

June 5: Have you ever been somewhere really, really dark? How did you feel?

June 12: Where are some places we can find water? (The ocean, lakes, our sink, in bottles at the store…)

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Preschool Orange and Red: June 12th

Bible Story Focus: God made light and dark.

Day 1: Light and Dark • Genesis 1:1-5

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson children will learn about God creating the light and darkness. Children will understand that this is something people cannot do, only God. Children will use glow sticks to act out the first day of the creation story. Throughout the summer children will learn that God made the whole world and everything in it.

Activities:

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will do a light and dark freeze dance and do a scratch art craft. At 9:30 children will play I Spy with a flashlight and make a light and dark painting.

Circle Time Question:

Have you ever been somewhere really, really dark? How did you feel?

I Wonder Questions:

  • What did God make the first day?
    • God made Light and Dark on the first day.
  • Who made the world?
    • God made the world.
  • Why do you think God made the light?
    • Children will have varying answers ex: “God made the light to help us see.”

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Elementary: Kindergarten-5th Grade

SUMMER OVERVIEW

This summer, Elementary Crossing Kids will take a closer look at The Apostles’ Creed.  The Apostles’ Creed is the oldest, most widely used Christian creed in the world with its earliest versions dating back over 1,600 years ago.  For centuries, parents and pastors have taught the Apostles’ Creed as “Christianity 101” to their children.  The Creed states in simple, scriptural language the essential facts of our faith, from creation of the world to the coming of Christ and the eternal life promised to all who believe.  Historically the creed has been used to correct error by reminding people of what’s true about the God of the Bible.  These words not only shape and affirm what we believe but also connect us to other Christians who have spoken these words throughout the centuries.

Sunday, June 12th Lesson Summary

Children will learn the difference between knowing about something and believing in it by looking at a story about two different travelers and a rickety bridge along with some verses that describe believing faith.

Key Scripture

Hebrews 11:1, James 2:14-19

Classroom Activity

Creed Take Home Puzzle and Believing Bridge Craft

Follow Up Questions

  1. What does it mean to believe in something? (Accept something as true; feel sure of the truth of.  Be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful.  To have faith that acts and respond.)
  2. Is believing in something the same thing as knowing about something? Why or why not? (No.  You can know a lot about something but still not believe it to be true.)
  3. Is knowing a lot about Jesus the same as believing in Him? (No.  Belief is more than just knowing about Jesus.  Real faith responds and acts in confidence (see today’s key scripture for additional follow up.)

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June 5 & 12 – I Believe In

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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

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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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Large Group is often the highlight of a preschooler’s Sunday, but in Elementary Large Group will look a little different.  This summer as incoming Kindergarteners transition, Large Group will have a similar format, yet be pretty different.

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No. Elementary Large Group doesn’t have puppets, but there will still be live music many Sundays, and plenty of singing!

Will my child still have a lesson in Large Group?

Yes! This summer Kindergarten-5th graders will be learning about the Apostle’s Creed, and for the summer the lesson will happen in Large Group, just like in preschool.  After worship there will be a teacher teaching about a different piece of the creed each week.  We’ll even start the summer simply learning what a creed is.  Students will be engaged through through sign language, videos, and images to help them learn the Apostle’s Creed, and end their Large Group time by turning and answering a few questions with other kids and volunteers.  The coolest part about summer Large Group is that kids get to sit on huge blankets!

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Yes. This summer we’ll combine grades for Large Group, but kids always sit on the same blankets as their volunteers and classmates.  At 8:00 Kindergarten-5th grade will be combined, and at 9:30 and 11:00 we’ll have a for Kindergarten-2nd graders, and room for 3rd-5th graders.

Will the Large Group teachers be the same people from preschool?

Yes and no.  Kindergarteners will certainly recognize faces from preschool (Candace, Courtney, and Kristin will be faces that are familiar to them,) but kids will meet new teachers throughout the summer.

Scroll for more photos of Elementary Large Group!

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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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One of the fun things about transitioning to the Elementary Classrooms is that all of our rooms are downstairs, which means more opportunities to use the big red slide.  Downstairs we have two hallways, one for Kindergarten-2nd Grade, and one for 3rd-5th grade.

At 8:00 and 11:00 we have one Kindergarten classroom, which is the first room on the right.  At 9:30 students will be divided into two groups, A and B, just like they are in Preschool.  The rooms are right next to each other, so just look at your child’s name tag and the sign by the door so you know where to go.

What do we love about our Elementary Classrooms? Each classroom is equipped with Legos, blocks, books, games, paper, crayons, and more! Each classroom also has a TV because sometimes during the school year we show videos for part of the lesson.  Be sure to show the photos below to your Kindergartener before Sunday morning!

Kindergarten A classroom (used at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00)

Kindergarten A classroom (used at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00)

 

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Kindergarten B classroom (used at 9:30)

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The restrooms are the end of the hallway. Kids just need to ask a volunteer to walk them down.

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We have water fountains outside the restrooms. The one on the right is magical…you don’t have to press a button for the water to come out!

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We have plenty of toys for kids to play with, and books to read!

 

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Volunteers love playing games with kids

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This kitchen will be a summer favorite in our A room!

 

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Kids love to draw/color during free-play

 

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Learning about worship

 

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Both Kindergarten rooms have blocks to play with during free-play

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Twister is always a hit

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See you soon!

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It’s just a phase…so don’t miss it!

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus is the Forever King.  His throne will last forever.

Monthly Image: Throne

Memory Verse: “Your throne will last forever”–2 Samuel 7:16

Bible Story Focus: From David to Solomon

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of David becoming King and then passing his crown onto his son, Solomon. They will hear of David and Solomon’s desire to build a special house for God and Solomon’s plan to see it through. Ultimately, kids will understand that the Forever throne belongs to the Forever King, Jesus.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Throne – The Forever King has a throne that never ends

Big Idea: Jesus, the Forever King has a throne that NEVER ends!

Memory Verse: “Your throne will last forever.” – 2 Samuel 7:16

Bible Story Focus:  God promises to bless David–2 Samuel 7

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, we will hear of David’s desire to build a temple for God.  Through this story, we will hear of God’s promise to bless David in the years to come; that his family will always have rule over the people.  But more than that, we will hear of God’s promise to send a great King from David’s line, Jesus, whose throne will last forever!

Circle Time Discussion:

If you had some Lego’s, what would you like to try and build?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… what did David want to build? (A temple for God)

I wonder…Why did David want to build a temple? (Because he was living in a palace and God did not have a special place to stay.)

I wonder…what did God promise David? (He said he would send a Forever King from David’s family.)

Activities

During the 9:00 and 11:00 services, the kids will start of the lesson by using blocks or legos to create their own temples. They will then, make their own family trees by using teddy grahams. During the 8:30 classes the students will play musical thrones. They will then make temples using magic noodles. 

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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 12: “Hopeful’s Testimony, Ignorance, and the Enchanted Grounds” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian and Hopeful cross the Enchanted Ground and talk about the things of God to stay alert. Hopeful shares his testimony with Christian. Next, the pilgrims are challenged by Ignorance’s false ideas about the Gospel. They warn him to confess his sin and turn to the Lord. Ignorance refuses and chooses to take the easier path.

Objectives:

1. God gives us new hearts that trust in Jesus, who died on the cross to pay for our sin.
2. God forgives the sin of those who trust in Christ as their Savior, gives them Christ’s righteousness, and adopts them as his children.

Supporting Scripture: Romans 3:20, John 6:37, Romans 10:4, Proverbs 1:7

Activities: Story Review & String Cross Art

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Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus is the Forever King.  His throne will last forever.

Monthly Image: Throne

Memory Verse: “Your throne will last forever”–2 Samuel 7:16

Bible Story Focus: From David to Solomon

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of David becoming King and then passing his crown onto his son, Solomon. They will hear of David and Solomon’s desire to build a special house for God and Solomon’s plan to see it through. Ultimately, kids will understand that the Forever throne belongs to the Forever King, Jesus.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Throne – The Forever King has a throne that never ends

Big Idea: Jesus, the Forever King has a throne that NEVER ends!

Memory Verse: “Your throne will last forever.” – 2 Samuel 7:16

Bible Story Focus:  David brings the Ark to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6)

Lesson Overview:

This lesson will teach kids about the Ark of the Covenant. They will hear how David wanted to bring the Ark into his city, but became afraid when Uzzah was killed for putting his hand on the Ark. Children will hear that once David did bring the Ark into his house there was much rejoicing, and David wished to build a temple for the Ark. Hearing of David’s worship will help us understand that only our Forever King has a throne that lasts forever.

Circle Time Discussion:

Has someone that you love ever given you something special? What was it?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… What is the Ark of the Covenant? (A special symbol of God’s promise to His people.)

I wonder… What happened when they finally brought the Ark to Jerusalem? (They celebrated!)

I wonder… Who is our Forever King? (Jesus is our Forever King!)

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 classes the students will be helping each other carry an ark around the room. The ark will be made out of pool noodles and cardboard boxes. They will then get celebrations sticks and have a celebration after they go to large group and learn about the ark. During the 9:30 class, the students will each get a turn to talk about the rules that they have at their house and why we have rules. They will then make their own ark. 

 

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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 11: “Little Faith and the Flatterer” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian and Hopeful talk about Little-Faith who was attacked by the enemies of the King and had a very discouraging time in battle. He was weak, lacked courage, and his faith was small. However, he had saving faith in King Jesus and so continued on his pilgrim journey. Christian and Hopeful learn that some pilgrims have little faith and some have great faith. As the King’s pilgrims, we need to encourage one another to stand strong against the enemy, use God’s armor, especially the shield of faith, and remember that the Lord is with us, looking to him to fight our battles to keep us safe.  As they walk along, they soon forget the shepherd’s warning and fall for Flatter’s lies. They left the narrow way, followed the deceiver, and become bound in a net of sinful error. The King sends an angel to set them free and back on the right path. With renewed strength, Christian and Faithful are able to stand against Atheist and proclaim what is true about the King no matter what it costs them.

Objectives:

1. Some Christians have stronger faith, some weaker. All of us fail at times, however.

2. When we struggle with doubt, we can call out to Jesus.

3. We should encourage each other.

Supporting Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Ephesians 6:10-16, Revelation 3:19-20

Activities: Armor of God craft