Aug 092015
 

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 Wins the Battle over the Philistines (2 Samuel 5:17-25)

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, children will hear of David winning a battle against the Philistines because of God’s protection. We will learn that this was part of God establishing David’s kingdom and helping it to grow. Children will also hear how God is constantly growing His Kingdom, the Kingdom of heaven, through Christ. God was building David up to be a great king, but only our Forever King’s throne will last forever.

Circle Time Discussion:

Who remembers the story of David and Goliath, can you tell it to me?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…. Who was trying to attack King David and his men? (The Philistines.)

I wonder… What did King David do before he attacked the Philistine Army? (He prayed to God and asked for protection.)

I wonder… Who has a throne that will last forever? (Jesus, our Forever King!)

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 classes they will play Simon says. They will then make strong holds with the tables in their rooms and blankets. During the 9:00 service they will look at pictures of different people and talk about how they protect us. They will then make prayer boxes.

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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 10: “Shepherds and the Delectable Mountains” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian and Hopeful arrive at the Delectable Mountains where they experience a time of rest and instruction. Three shepherds there take care of them, providing the things they will need to help them on the rest of their journey. They also share important instructions and warnings for what is to come. We too have wise and helpful shepherds called Pastors that help encourage and instruct us on our journey of faith.

Objectives:

1. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He cares for us, protects us, and equip us to face difficulty.

2. We are like sheep and often go astray.

Supporting Scripture: John 10, Psalm 147:1, Isaiah 53:6

Activities: Pastor Thank You Signs and Listen to the Shepherd Game

Aug 022015
 

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 becomes king (2 Samuel 2-5)

Lesson Overview:
In this unit, kids will hear of David finally becoming King. Kids will hear of David’s great reign over the land of Israel but they will also hear that he wasn’t King forever. Children will learn that David strived to honor and obey God. David knew that he would never have become king if it were not part of God’s plan for him. Through this, children will hear that Jesus is our Forever King, a king whose throne will last forever.

Circle Time Discussion:

There are lots of different chairs that match different places or people. Show some cards and see if kids know who the chair belongs to. (dentist, hair dresser, school desk, judge, leather office chair, throne, etc.)

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… What does a King sit on? (A king sits on a throne.)
I wonder… How did David become king? (God chose him and made him king.)
I wonder… David is the new king, but is he the forever king? (No, Jesus is the one and only forever king.)

Activities

For the 8:00 and 11:00 services, they will sing Who Will Be Our King to the tune of Skip to My Lou. They will then make a Kingdom Collage with magazine clippings. For the 9:30 service, they will DAVID to the tune of BINGO. They will then decorate a throne to keep in their classroom.

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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 9: “Giant Despair and Doubting Castle” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian becomes impatient with the difficulty of the narrow way. He convinces Hopeful to join him and turn aside into the By-Path Meadow, which at first seems an easier path. Giant Despair catches them and imprisons them in Doubting Castle, beating them for days on end. Christian falls into a deep misery while Hopeful encourages him to trust the promises of the True King. After praying together, they find a key and are able to escape and go back to the narrow way.

The lessons Christian and Hopeful learn are for us as well when we face doubts and despair as well as the consequences for wrong choices we make. His promise to forgive us when we confess our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and his promise never to leave or forsake us, are truly keys to dispelling doubt, despair, and discouragement.

Objectives:

1. Christians sometimes doubt God and get discouraged.

2. The body of Christ supports us when we feel hopeless.

3. God’s gives us promises in his Word that we can cling to when we feel discouraged.

4. God is with us when we endure trials.

Supporting Scripture: Psalm 43:5, 2 Peter 1:3-4, Matthew 10:29-31, 2 Timothy 4:18

Activities: How do I measure up? and God’s Promise Collage and Motions

Jul 262015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is our shield; He protects His people.

Monthly Image: Shield

Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my shield” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus: David and Goliath

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David killing Goliath as a small boy. Kids will learn that David trusted in his Forever King to be his shield of protection. They will learn that just as God protected David, a man that loved Him, He too has protected us through His Son, our Forever King, Jesus.

 

 

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Shield-A King Protects His People

Big Idea: God is our Shield; He protects His people.

Memory Verse:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield.” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus:  David Respects Saul (1 Samuel 23:13-29; 1 Samuel 26)

Lesson Overview:
This unit will help kids continue learning that God is our Forever King. After learning last month about what kind of man God chooses to be king, kids will spend the month of October looking more closely at the life of David as they see how God is a shield of protection over His people. We will see how God protected David in many ways throughout 1 Samuel and will then see how the life of Christ is shown throughout these stories as we see how a King protects His people.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever played hide-n-seek? Do you like hiding or seeking better?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Why did David refuse to hurt Saul?  He did not want to kill God’s anointed king
I wonder… How did God protect David? He kept Saul and his soldiers in a deep sleep while David was in their camp.
I wonder… What promise did Saul make David after he woke up?  That he would stop chasing him

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 Service the kids will play a game of steel the spear, they will then make a David Puppet. During the 9:30 service, the kids will play in a sensory tub and try to find the spears hidden within the tub. They will then, decorate a shield to take home.

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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 8: “Hopeful Joins Christian” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, God provides a new friend, Hopeful for Christian. The two soon come across Mr. By-Ends who love fame, fortune, and an easy life. Christian refused to walk with By-Ends because he is just pretending to be a pilgrim. Next they encounter Demas who owned a silver mine and invited them to get off the path and get rich quick. Christian helps Hopeful overcome the temptation to follow him. Finally, Christian and Hopeful come to a beautiful place of rest, safety, and comfort to refresh and give them strength for the next part of the journey.

Objectives:

1. God gives us Christian friends to strengthen and encourage us.

2. True pilgrims follow Jesus, no matter the cost.

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 22:37-38, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, Matthew 6:24, 33, Psalm 23:1-3

Activities: Hidden Treasure Search and Hope Bracelets

Jul 192015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is our shield; He protects His people.

Monthly Image: Shield

Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my shield” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus: David and Goliath

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David killing Goliath as a small boy. Kids will learn that David trusted in his Forever King to be his shield of protection. They will learn that just as God protected David, a man that loved Him, He too has protected us through His Son, our Forever King, Jesus.

 

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Shield-A King Protects His People

Big Idea: God is our Shield; He protects His people.

Memory Verse:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield.” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus:  Jonathan and David

Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, kids will see how Saul has fallen out of kingship because of his disobedience to the Lord. Kids will see how jealousy of David took over Saul, making him want to kill David and how God uses David’s good friend and Saul’s son, Jonathan as a shield of protection. Because of Jonathan’s faithful friendship to him, David is able to flee for his life. Kids will learn that God used Jonathan and David’s friendship to protect David from Saul.

Circle Time Discussion:

Do you have a best friend?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Why did Saul want to kill David? * Saul was jealous of David and didn’t want to give up being king.

I wonder…Who told David to run? *Jonathan, Saul’s son

I wonder… Who protected David? *God

Activities

For 8:00 and 11:00 the kids will draw a number and then take the number off of a poster board to try to find a picture of David. They will then make a peek-a-boo wheel of David. For 9:30, the kids will play hide David and the teacher will have to guess who has the picture of David behind their back. They will then, make a stick puppet of David.

 

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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 7: “Vanity Fair” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian and Faithful walk through Vanity Fair. The fair is a picture of the temptations found in the fallen world we live in. Everything is designed to tempt believers to stop and find their satisfaction in the things of the world rather than Christ.  Because Christian and Faithful refuse to buy what they were selling, people of the town made fun of them, beat them up, and put them in a cage. Judge Hate-Good brought them to trial. Faithful is put to death as a heavenly chariot carries him to the Celestial City. Led by the King, Christian escapes the cage and safely continues along the narrow way.

Objectives:

1. Every believer lives in the world and is tempted to buy into its empty treasures.

2. Sometimes Christians are persecuted for following Christ.

3. God gives us wisdom and strength to resist temptation, obey, and endure trials.

Supporting Scripture: James 1:1-12

Activities: Beware Discussion and Beautiful Robes Relay

Jul 122015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is our shield; He protects His people.

Monthly Image: Shield

Memory Verse: “The Lord is my strength and my shield” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus: David and Goliath

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David killing Goliath as a small boy. Kids will learn that David trusted in his Forever King to be his shield of protection. They will learn that just as God protected David, a man that loved Him, He too has protected us through His Son, our Forever King, Jesus.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Shield-A King Protects His People

Big Idea: God is our Shield; He protects His people.

Memory Verse:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield.” – Psalm 28:7

Bible Story Focus:  David kills Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

Lesson Overview:
In this lesson, kids will hear the story of David killing a Philistine Giant named Goliath as a small boy. Kids will learn that David trusted in his Forever King to be his shield of protection. They will learn that just as God protected David, a man that loved Him, He too has protected us through His Son, our Forever King, Jesus.

Circle Time Discussion:

Is there anything you are too little to do?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… What were the Israelites afraid of? Goliath, the champion.

I wonder…Who was brave enough to fight Goliath?  David, the future King of Israel.

I wonder…Why wasn’t David afraid of Goliath?  David trusted in God’s protection.

Activities

During the 8:00 and 11:00 services, the kids will start out the lesson with a sensory tub filled with rocks. The kids will then get a bag of marshmallows and throw them at a picture of David to represent David throwing rocks at Goliath. At the 9:30 service the classrooms will have a large box of rocks, they will then sort the big rocks and the small rocks. They will then make sling shots out of balloons and paper cups. They will take their sling shots and shoot Goliath with marshmallows.

 

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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 6: “Christian Meets Faithful” from Pilgrim’s Progress. In this chapter, Christian meets Faithful along the narrow way and the two pilgrims become fast friends. Their faith and hope in the King immediately draw them together. As they walk along, they shared what they had experienced since leaving the City of Destruction. They tell stories of how they were tested and tempted in a variety of ways. As they share their struggles and victories, they are able to encourage and help each other in their walk of faith. The same is true of us. Sharing our unique trials, failures, and triumphs with one another not only teaches us and helps us to grow, it encourages us to hold fast to Christ. In this chapter, Christian and Faithful then meet Talkative, who loved to talk about spiritual things but did not want to live out what he talked about. He was a hearer not a doer that reminded us of the importance of obeying God, not just talking about him.

Objectives

  1. God gives us Christian friends to strengthen and encourage us.
  2. True pilgrims are doers of the Word, not just hearers and talkers.

Supporting Scripture: 1 John 1:6-9; 2:15-17, James 1:22, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Activities: Not Easily Broken and Friendship Games

Aug 172014
 

Little Ones (walkers and twos)

Big Idea: God is the Almighty Hero

Memory Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Mark 12:30

Scripture Focus: The Lions: Daniel Keeps Praying

Lesson Overview:

Kids will hear the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and learn that God doesn’t want us to worship anything other than Him, even when we love something a lot.

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Preschool (threes-fives)

Summer Big Idea:      God is the Almighty Hero.

Memory Verse:          “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind and with all your strength.”- Mark 12:30

Bible Story Focus: Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall

Lesson Overview:

Barry Beaver needs to build a dam for his beaver family but everyone wants to help. Barry thinks it would be a lot easier if he just finished the dam himself.  The superhero team is going to tell Barry the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem to help him understand that it is better for God’s people to work together.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever tried to do a big job by yourself?  How did it go?

I Wonder Questions:

I wonder…why was Nehemiah sad after his brother visited him? (Because the wall in Jerusalem was broken and God’s people were not safe).

I wonder…what did Nehamiah want the king to do to help? (To send him to Jerusalem to help rebuild the wall.)

I wonder…how did God’s people get the wall up? (They worked together).

Activities: 

  • Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will build a wall with legos, and complete a sticker sheet to learn about how Nehemiah built a wall around the city.
  • Children at 9:30 will hammer pegs to learn how Nehemiah built a wall.  They will make a craft to remind them how Nehemiah helped the people of Jerusalem and built the wall around the city.
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 Kindergarten-4th Grade

Psalm 63: God’s love is better than life. 

Focus: Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.

Summary: Activity: (Music) After taking a closer look at Psalm 63:1-8, children will create a picture book for the lyrics of “Better than Life” by Seeds Family Worship.

Objectives:

  • Children will know that God’s love is better than life.
  • Children will praise God for who He is and what He’s done.

Follow Up Ideas:

  • Read the Psalm twice.
  • Listen to Better than Life by Seeds Family Worship: Seeds of Praise
  • Ask
    • What do we learn about God in this Psalm?
    • Why is God’s love better than life?
    • Illustrate the Psalm.
    • Pray together and ask God to help us find rest in Him alone.

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5th Grade

Grapple Question: Is There Anything God Can’t Do?

Kids Learn: God Is Holy

Dig Into the Bible: Leviticus 19:2; Numbers 23:18-19; Jeremiah 32:17, 26-27; Luke 1:26-38

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The ability to be invisible when you want to be? The ability to fly? The ability to run faster than anyone?

Even superheroes, it seems, find there’s something they can’t do. And God is the same way. He is unable to lie or be evil, and that will never change. God is unable to be unholy!

What difference does it make in your life to know that God is holy? If God could or would sin, would your trust in him be the same? Talk with your child about how it feels to know that God won’t ever sin, no matter what.

Aug 032014
 

Little Ones (walkers and twos)

Big Idea: God is the Almighty Hero

Memory Verse: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart…” Mark 12:30

Scripture Focus: The Lions: Daniel Keeps Praying

Lesson Overview:

Kids will hear the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den and learn that God doesn’t want us to worship anything other than Him, even when we love something a lot.

Music:
“I Like To” from One Big Gulp CD
“You Are Great” from Every Day CD

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Preschool (threes-fives)

Summer Big Idea:      God is the Almighty Hero.

Memory Verse:          “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind and with all your strength.”- Mark 12:30

Bible Story Focus: The Contest: Elijah Defeats Evil Prophets

Lesson Overview:

Cindy Lou lives in Maine, where she is listening to her friends tell her that God isn’t real.  Cindy Lou doesn’t want to believe them but now she just isn’t sure.  Mighty Miss is going to help Cindy Lou realize that the Bible shows us that God is real through the story of Elijah and the rain.

Circle Time Discussion:

Have you ever seen a real fire? Where? What did it look like?


I Wonder Questions:

I wonder…why was there no rain in the land for a long time?(Because the people worshipped pretend gods).

I wonder…how did God prove to His people that He is real? (He set fire to the wet alter of rocks and He sent rain on the land).

I wonder…who is our Almighty Hero? (God)

Activities: 

  • Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will dance with “fire sticks” to the song, You Are Powerful, as a way of learning that God is the only true God. They will make murals that display God’s power, and discuss that God has power over all things.
  • Children at 9:30 will play a game, and discuss how some people believed that God was not real, but Elijah knew God was real. Children will make a campfire craft to remind them of how God set Elijah’s stones on fire even though they were soaked with water.”

Music:
“Blessed Be Your Name” from The Way I Was Made CD
“I Can See” from I Count on You CD

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Kindergarten-4th Grade

Psalm 34:1-19: Oh, magnify the Lord with me. 

Focus: God is worthy of our praise.

Summary: Activity: (Science/Music) After reading and discussing Psalm 34:1-19, we will discuss what it means to “magnify” God’s name.  Using John Piper’s illustration, we’ll discuss that this word is like a telescope, not a microscope.  We’re not making something small look big, we’re making a big God look as big as he really is just as a telescope would do to a planet.  When we see how big God really is, our response is worship.  Children will split into groups to listen to “Gloria” by King’s Kaleidoscope which is based on this Psalm for a response time.

Objectives:

  • God is worthy of our praise.
  • When we see who God really is, our response is thanksgiving and worship.

Follow Up Ideas:

  • Read  Psalm 34 twice.
  • Listen to “Gloria” by Kings Kaleidoscope
  • Ask
    • How does the Psalmist feel in today’s Psalm?
    • What does this Psalm tell us about who God is?
    • Illustrate the Psalm.
    • Pray together and thank God for giving us everything we need.

Music
“For Who You Are”by Hillsong Kids
“Better than Life”by Seeds Family Worship
“Worthy, You Are Worthy” by Matt Redman

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5th Grade

Grapple Question: How Can God Be Everywhere?

Kids Learn: God Is Always With Us

Dig Into the Bible: Deuteronomy 4:39; Psalm 139:7-12; Jonah 1:1-4; 2:1-6; Matthew 28:18-20

As a parent, do you sometimes think it would be nice if you could be in two—or more— places at once? You could finish that project at work, have dinner on the table on time, and pick your kids up from all of their activities. You might also finally find some quiet time for God!

You can’t be in more than one place at a time, but thank goodness God can be every- where. Talk with your preteen about all the places you each went today (home, school, work, sports activities, the orthodontist, church, and so on). Even though it’s hard to be- lieve, God was able to be with both of you in all of those places. Pray together and thank God for always being with you.

Jun 102014
 

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

We were introduced to two new characters–Spectacular Sis and Kid Spectacular in the auditorium.

 

Unfortunately they lost tonight’s challenge from Professor Polymer and one unlucky fifth grader ended up in the slime tank.

 

 

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We learned that Jesus is the greatest Hero of all because He is holy at Bible Story.   

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Word of the Night:
Holy—Jesus is completely perfect and separate from sin.

Tonight’s Super Hero Parallel:
All super heroes have a fatal flaw of some type.  Only Jesus is perfect and without sin.

Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Jesus is Tempted (Matthew 4:1-11)

Tonight’s Supporting Scripture:

Hebrews 4:15, Romans 6:23

Memory Verse:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9-11

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1.  Jesus is the greatest hero of all because unlike other superheroes, He does not have a fatal flaw.  He is Holy.
  2.  Holy means completely perfect and separate from sin.
  3.  Unlike Jesus, we have a fatal flaw called sin.
  4.  Sin is disobeying God with our hearts, words, and actions.

Question(s) of the Night:

  1. What happened in tonight’s Bible Story?  Jesus was tempted in the dessert.  Again and again he fought back by sharing what the Bible tells us is true about God.
  2. Why is Jesus the greatest hero of all?  He doesn’t have a fatal flaw.  He is holy!
  3. Jesus is holy.  What does this mean? Jesus is completely perfect and separate from sin.
  4. What is our “fatal flaw?” Sin
  5. Practice the memory verse together.

Worship Music:
Hero – Philippians 2:9-11 (Seeds Family Worship)
Jesus Came to Save Sinners – The Village Church

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Pre-School Craft: Capes
Elementary Craft: Capes  (K-2nd) and Shields (3rd-5th)
Pre-School Game: Fortress Water Game
Elementary Game: Capture the Villains (K-2nd) and  Strongman Games (3rd-5th)

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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.

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Sep 242013
 

A week ago, my husband and I had the opportunity to take by far the most restful vacation either of us has ever known.  As we sat on sand and watched the tide flow in and out a few thoughts came to mind.

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1.  Rest is necessary for my soul.

Perhaps, like me, you’ve convinced yourself otherwise.  Perhaps, like me, you find yourself struggling with guilt when you attempt to slow down, come up for air, and take a deep breath.  Perhaps, even when your body stops, your mind struggles to do the same.  Hard work is important and a noble value, but it’s easy to take this good thing and make it into an ultimate thing, an ultimate thing where we find our self-worth and identity.  Tim Keller talks about this very idea in his book, King’s Cross.

“The word Sabbath means a deep rest, a deep peace.  It’s a near synonym for shalom–a state of wholeness and flourishing in every dimension of life.  When Jesus says, ‘I am the Lord of the Sabbath,’ Jesus means that he is the Sabbath.  He is the source of the deep rest we need.  He has come to completely change the way we rest.  The one-day-a-week rest we take is just a taste of the deep divine rest we need, and Jesus is its source…there’s a work underneath our work that we really need rest from.  It’s the work of self-justification.  It’s the work that often leads us to take refuge in religion.  Most of us work and work trying to prove ourselves, to convince God, others, and ourselves that we’re good people.  That work is never over unless we rest in the gospel.  At the end of his great act of creation the Lord said, ‘It is finished,’ and he could rest.  On the cross at the end of his great act of redemption Jesus said, ‘It is finished’–and we can rest.  On the cross Jesus was saying of the work underneath your work–the thing that makes you truly weary, this need to prove yourself because who you are and what you do are never good enough–that it is finished.” (p. 42-43)

It was good to take a step back and to spend extended Sabbath time with the Lord of Sabbath himself.  When I returned, my heart toward work and daily tasks that had began to feel a bit like drudgery had softened and was much more ready to start again.

2.  You’re my Creator King.

Perhaps more than any other place I’ve been to, I was struck by the way God designed, made, and sustains His creation.  I couldn’t help but marvel that the God of all creation is also the God who knows every minute, intimate detail of my life.  On more than one occasion, the words to “My Creator King” came to mind.

You Who made the mountains and the sea
Measured out the universe and You made me
Echoes of the voice that called worlds to be
Reach through the ages and now speak to me
You’re my Creator King.

You Who made the valleys and the skies
Displayed Your love on far horizons and before my eyes
You Who lit the stars and set the dawn in time
Called them all by name and now You whisper mine
You’re my Creator King.

Who am I that You are mindful of me?
Who am I that You sent Your love on me?
You’re my Creator King.

You Who made the darkness and the light
Sun and moon to watch the day and guard the night
The hand that stretched the heavens like a canopy
Reaches down to cover and watch over me
You’re my Creator King.

3.  Scripture and sand.

You will again have compassion on us;  you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19

Most of us have written something into the sand only to see it completely erased by a crashing wave.  The same is true of our sins if we believe and trust in Christ’s finished work..  Its as if they’re written on the sand and taken away by the beautiful tide of His death and resurrection.

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Amy, Emily, Marta, Hannah and Abby (not pictured Kristen Cooksey)

We are excited to serve with a great group of interns this summer. We honestly couldn’t do all that we do each week without these women. Their responsibilities vary depending on which area they are working with but each of them has a heart for children and a desire to serve.

Besides serving on Sunday morning they also purchase and organize supplies, work on various projects in our classrooms, prepare lessons and music, oversee teams of volunteers, etc. They were a huge part of Kids Club and they are helping plan activities for a room during the Family Dinner Exchange. Our staff are investing in them personally each week as well. We are reading and discussing a book called Sensing Jesus by Zack Eswine as well as meeting with them to help them grow individually and in ministry skills.

Since many of you, parents and volunteers, see them each Sunday, we thought it would be fun for you to get to know them a little better.

Amy Armstrong/Elementary Intern

Year in School: Senior

Major: Statistics

Interesting fact: Amy’s favorite TV shows as a kid were Hey Arnold and Arthur.

Emily Sherman/Elementary Intern

Year in School: Senior

Major: Dietetics

Interesting story: Emily’s worst moment as an intern so far was when a kid asked her how she liked being in 5th grade.

Marta Roberts/Early Childhood Intern

Year in School: Senior

Major: Social Work

Interesting fact: When Marta was in 1st grade, she wanted to grow up to be a tennis player.

Hannah Mugg/Agape Kids Intern

Year in School: Working on her Masters

Graduate Work: Occupational Therapy

Interesting Fact: Hannah played the trombone for 10 years and teaches piano lessons.

Abby Farley/Early Childhood Intern

Year in School: Junior

Major: Nursing

Interesting story: When Abby was a kid, she wanted to change her name to “Jessica”.

Kristen Cooksey/Large Group Programming Intern

Stephens College Graduate

Job: Studio Manager and Primary Instructor at Limelight Dance Studio (also does Free Lance Choreography)

Interesting fact: Kristen didn’t lose any of her baby teeth until 4th grade.