Jun 052016
 

Welcome to Crossing Kids! This summer our Early Childhood friends will be learning about creation, and our Elementary friends will take an in depth look at the Apostles’ Creed and what it means for us as believers.  Each week we’ll post lesson summaries, activity descriptions, and more!

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Early Childhood (Toddlers and Preschool)

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.

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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 5th

Bible Story Focus: Creation Introduction | Genesis 1:1-5

Lesson Overview: In this lesson children will explore the idea of the “beginning.” Unlike other stories where the “beginning” is just a jumping off point, the beginning of the creation story is truly the start of it all. Children will hear that God existed before anything else because God is the creator of everything we know. Throughout the summer children will learn about God creating the whole world and everything in it.

Activities: Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will read the creation story from a children’s Bible. Then they will paint a memory verse coloring sheet with watercolors. At 9:30 children will pull different objects out of a box and talk about how they were made by God. Then they will color a memory verse coloring sheet.

Circle Time Question: Tell me about a time you made something. What did you do?

I Wonder Questions:

I Wonder… Can we trust the Bible? Yes! The Bible is God’s word, so we can trust it is true.

I Wonder… What was there before God made the world? There was nothing before God made the world, only God.

I Wonder… Can we make something out of nothing? No! Only God can make something out of nothing.

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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 5th Lesson Summary

Children will learn that a creed is a brief statement about what Christians believe.  It comes from the Latin word “Creedo” which means, “I believe.” They will learn that The Apostle’s Creed wasn’t written by the Apostles, but by church leaders who came after them who wanted to help remind people what was important to remember and believe about Christianity. Over the years, this creed has been used to fight against heresy, or untrue beliefs about who God is.  It has been used to do this by many church leaders throughout history, including a man named Augustine.  After this brief history lesson, children will watch a Torchlighters video about Augustine.

Classroom Activity

Children will play the game “telephone” to learn what happens when a message is distorted as it’s passed around.  After large group they’ll work on an activity pack that helps them remember some of the important things they learned about Augustine.

Follow Up Questions

  1. What was the name given to the special people that Jesus sent to lead the church and tell others about Him? (Apostles)
  2. What is a creed? (A creed is a brief statement about what Christians believe. It comes from the Latin word “Creedo” which means, “I believe.”
  3. Who wrote the Apostle’s Creed? Why did they write it? (The creed wasn’t written by the Apostles, but by church leaders who came after them who wanted to help people know what was important to remember and believe about Christianity.)

Sermon Resources for Volunteers & Parents

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

Jun 022016
 

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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Moving to Kindergarten means you’ll be meeting new volunteers.  This summer we have a group of people who are excited to welcome you to the Kindergarten classrooms. Let’s meet them!

8:00 Team Leader-Brian Cooksey

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Brian has three kids, and one will be in Kindergarten. His wife’s name is Beka, and you’ll get to see her too because she teaches Large Group!  Want to know something cool? Brian is the brother of some of your favorite Large Group teachers, Kristin and Courtney!

 

 

 

9:30 Kindergarten A Team Leader—Tricia Morgan

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Tricia started helping in Crossing Kids this past year and is a ton of fun to be around.  She has a one year old Lab puppy that she does agility with for fun. Which means that they do jumps, teeter totters, tunnels, and all kinds of fun things like you see dogs do on TV. Tricia always has a smile on her face and looks forward to her weeks in Crossing Kids.

 

 

9:30 Kindergarten B Team Leaders—Ben and Allison Nelson

BFAMILYen and Allison two daughters, and one will be entering Kindergarten. During the school year they teach lessons in the classroom, and we’re lucky to have them helping in Kindergarten this summer.

 

 

 

11:00 Kindergarten Team Leader—Carly Love

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These special people will be in your classrooms most weeks.  They will help you have fun, teach you about God, and help make Crossing Kids a great place to be.  See you on Sunday!

 

Jun 012016
 

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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May 312016
 

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!

Kindergarten A toy shelves

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!

Jan 242016
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: Jesus has always been the Forever King, even when He was little.

Monthly Symbol: Bible

Memory Verse: “Jesus became wiser and stronger.” – Luke 2:5 

Bible Story Focus: Jesus in the Temple 

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will learn that Jesus was a wise king even as a small child.  They will hear the story of Jesus getting separated from His parents and was found teaching others about God’s love. They will hear that Jesus was able to teach others about the Bible the way their teachers teach them about the Bible too.

 

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Bible

Big Idea: Jesus has always been the Forever King, even when He was little.

Memory Verse:  “Jesus became wiser and stronger” Luke 2:52

Monthly Image: Bible

Big Idea: Jesus has always been the Forever King, even when He was little.

Memory Verse:  “Jesus grew stronger and wiser” Luke 2:52

Bible Story Focus: Jesus in the Temple |     Luke 2:41-52

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson, kids will learn that Jesus was a wise king even as a small child.  They will hear the story of Jesus getting separated from His parents and was found teaching others about God’s love. They will hear that Jesus was able to teach others about the Bible the way their teachers teach them about the Bible

Circle Time Discussion:  Have you ever lost something that was very special to you?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder…why did Jesus’ family go to Jerusalem? *For the Passover feast, something they did every year.

I wonder…how long was Jesus missing from His parents? *Three whole days

I wonder…what was Jesus doing when his parents found Him? *He was in the temple at Jerusalem, learning and teaching others about God.

Activities

Children at 8:00 and 11:00 will play hide and seek with a cutout of Jesus and then make a church to take home. At 9:30 children will play hide and seek with items and will make a hiding Jesus game to take home.

 

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Elementary:

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

Unit: The “I Am” Statements of Jesus

Overview: In this unit, children will learn about the seven “I Am” statements Jesus makes in the book of John.  He uses these statements to tell us who He is and what he came to do.  Each week, children will examine one of these “I Am” statements to gain a better understanding of Jesus’ character and what it means for those who follow him.

Key Concept: Jesus is the great “I AM” and He is all that we need.

Workshops

8:00 2nd/3rd Grade, and 9:30 & 11:00 1st Grade

I Am the Bread of Life–Cooking (John 6:35, 48, 51)

Children will read Bread, Bread, Bread by Ann Morris as a way to brainstorm what we already know about bread.  They will then watch the story of Jesus Feeding the Multitude in John 6 and later discuss what His statement that He is the “Bread of Life” means.  Together we’ll learn that Jesus is the only one who truly satisfies our hunger.  He nourishes and sustains us.  Children will enjoy a snack of bread as they reflect on what this means for our lives today.  When we believe that he is the Bread of Life who satisfies us like nothing else can, we no longer have to pursue the empty things of this world to fill our hunger.

 

8:00 Kindergarten/1st Grade, and 9:30 & 11:00 2nd Grade

I Am the Light of the World–Science (John 8:12, 9:5)

Children will brainstorm different sources of light that we have in our world today and how they help us.  After reading and discussing what several verses in the Bible have to say about light and darkness, they will complete a science experiment with glow sticks before determining what it means that Jesus is the Light of the World.  They will then see that like the moon, we can reflect Christ’s light to the world around us.

 

9:30 and 11:00 3rd Grade

I Am the Gate/Good Shepherd–Games (John 10:7, 9, 11, 14)

In this lesson, children will learn that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  Children will watch a short video about how we are like sheep and the role of a shepherd. They will then play a game to discover why sheep (people) need a Good Shepherd (Jesus).

 

9:30 and 11:00 4th Grade

I Am the Way, the Truth, the Resurrection, and the Life—Word Study/Music (John 11:25, 14:6)

Children will study the “I Am Statements” Jesus makes in John 11 and John 14—He is the Way, the Truth, the Resurrection, and the Life.  After reading the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, children will discuss how Lazarus’ resurrection points to Jesus’ and eventually the resurrection for all those who believe.  Children will then examine the words of John 14:6 by creating a music video for “The Life” by Seeds Family Worship.

 

8:00 4th/5th Grade, and 9:30 & 11:00 Kindergarten

I Am the Vine—Science Stations (John 15:1)

Children will participate in three different stations that examine vines and fruit.  After recording these observations in their science notebooks and creating fruit kabobs to enjoy during snack, they will discuss what it means that Jesus is the true vine and what it means to bear fruit that will last according to John 15 and Galatians 5:22-23.

 

9:30 & 11:00 5th Grade

Unit: Best Friends Forever

Scripture: Mark 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; 6:14-15

Grapple Question: Am I Only Supposed to Be Friends With Christians?

Key Faith Foundation: Influencing Non-Christians

Dec 272015
 

Little Ones

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Big Idea: God placed a bright star in the sky so we can know the king has arrived.

Monthly Symbol: Star

Memory Verse: “When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.” – Matthew 2:10

Bible Story Focus: Birth of Jesus

 Lesson Overview: Children will hear the story of Jesus’ birth from the angel coming to Mary through the Magi visiting with gifts.  Kids will understand that Jesus is the one true King and has come to rescue all of His people.  They will learn that the star in the sky showed the shepherd and the wise men how to get to Jesus, the King of Kings.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Star

Big Idea: God placed a bright star in the sky so we can know the king has arrived.

Memory Verse:  “When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.”   – Matthew 2:10

Bible Story Focus: The Shepherds visit Jesus |  Luke 2:8-20

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will hear the story of the angels singing in chorus and visiting the shepherds to announce the birth of our Forever King, Jesus.  They will hear of how the angels announced that the King had come to rescue sinners.  Kids will learn of the joy that the shepherds saw the star and went to worship Jesus.

Activities At 9:30 children will follow the stars to find baby Jesus and make a noisemaker to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Children at 11:00 will collect “sheep fluff” to act like shepherds and ice and eat star cookies. **Please alert your child’s teacher if, due to allergies, they cannot have a bakery-made sugar cookie with icing.**

Circle Time Discussion: Have you ever stayed up really late? What did you do?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… Who was in the field with the Sheep? * Shepherds

I wonder…What was the bright light that the Shepherds saw?*A host of Angels

I wonder…What did the Angels tell the Shepherds? *Jesus, our forever King had been born

 

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Elementary:

All Kindergarten-5th Graders

UNIT OVERVIEW: During the weeks between Christmas and our next workshop unit, elementary children will learn more about the lives of several modern day people who God used to share the Gospel with others and bring justice and healing to our broken world. Through their stories, we will learn more about the good news of great joy that is meant for all people and how God invites us to be part of His big story today.

TOPIC: The Gospel is for all people, all around the world.

SCRIPTURE: “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” Luke 2:10

DECEMBER 27, 2015

TOPIC: The Jim Elliot Story  SCRIPTURE: Matthew 28

KEY CONCEPT: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

LESSON SUMMARY: Children will watch the story of Jim Elliot in large group. Jim Elliot lived over 50 years ago and had a deep love of God and a desire to share His love with others all over the world. After college, Jim, his wife Elisabeth, and several others moved to Ecuador to share the Gospel with the people who lived there and who had never heard about Jesus. They will create a timeline of events back in their classroom afterwards.

Oct 092015
 

Our Crossing Kids Interns are a HUGE part of what we do on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, so we thought you all should get to know them a little better. We have 12 interns who help out in various ways with our ministry. This post is going to highlight our Large Group, Multi-Age, Agape Kids, Seeds of Promise and Night Crossing Interns.

 

 

Caroline Curran: Large GroupCare

AKA: Carol, Care, Care-Bear

 

Caroline has been an intern since the spring of 2015. She is currently a senior at Mizzou studying Human Development and Family Studies. She hopes to one day be a child-life specialist. Caroline loves getting to work with kids of all ages and share the gospel with them. When she’s not interning for Crossing Kids she loves to go on hikes, drink lots of coffee, visit her family in Chicago, and hang out with friends (particularly other Crossing Kids Interns.) You may not know this about Caroline, but she has played lacrosse since age 4!

 

 

 

 

Courtney Cooksey: Large Group

AKA: Courts, Little Cooksey, Dinosaur, Sis-tern

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Courtney has been an Intern for 3 years, going on her 4th! She started out as the Night Crossing Intern and when a second Large Group position was made she jumped on that team as well. Courtney will graduate in December with a Bachelors of Science in IT and a Minor in Art. Courtney hopes to one day be a dragon trainer, but seeing as that is unlikely to pan out she would like to be an animator for Pixar. When Courtney’s not being an intern she likes to draw, hang out with her dog, and work on computers. Courtney’s favorite thing about being an intern is getting to work so closely with her sister and staff-overseer Kristin. It’s such a great experience getting to work so closely with someone you have looked up to your whole life. (Ok… so maybe that was Kristin talking… but I’m pretty sure that’s Courtney’s favorite part of being an intern.) You may not know this about Courtney, but she was a math-lete in High School and used to be a dance teacher.

 

 

 

NickNicholas Thomas: Multi-Age

AKA: Nick, “Nichard”

 

Nick has been an intern for just over a year. He is a senior at Mizzou studying Health Sciences. He hopes to one day be a physical therapist and is looking into graduate programs for a PT degree. Nick loves getting to interact with the kids in multi-age. It’s such a fun time to hang out and be silly with kids while also learning more about Jesus. He is very thankful to be a part of kids lives in this unique way. When he’s not being an intern Nick loves to take naps and hang out with friends. You might not know this about Nick, but he has a major sweet tooth!

 

 

 

SamSam Rourke: Multi-Age

 

Sam has been an intern since the spring semester of 2015. He was originally an elementary intern, then switched to multi-age over the summer. Same graduated in May of 2015 with a degree in Economics. Right now he works at the State Capitol, but he hopes to be a pastor one day. Sam loves watching the kids have fun as they learn more about who God is, and who they are. It’s such a great experience to know these kids as they are still developing into the unique person that God has crafted them to be. When he’s not being an Intern, Sam likes to play sports, run (he’s training for a marathon), hang out with friends, and read. You may not know this about Sam, but he was homeschooled until High School.

 

 

 

 

Emily MEmily Malguen: Agape Kids

 

Emily has been involved with Crossing Kids for a little over a year now. She is a Graduate Student in the school of Psychology at Mizzou and does a lot of work with children who have special needs. Emily loves the relationships she had been able to build with our Agape Kids. She is very thankful for the opportunity to help kids learn about God in a way that reaches them where they are and lets them develop spiritually. When she’s not being an intern, Emily loves to hang out with her dog Rosie!

 

 

 

 

 Giuli Krug: Agape Kids

GiuliGiuli has been involved in Crossing Kids since the building opened! She was the team leader for the infants room, then helped the Agape Ministry from it’s beginning. Giuli teaches at Mizzou in the Occupational Therapy department, and is also a mom to three awesome kids Gabriel (17), Sophie (16), and Ellie (13.) Her husband Jeff is also a long-time member of the Preschool Large Group team. Giuli loves the Agape Kids ministry because it gives lots of parents the opportunity to learn, worship, and serve knowing their kids are in good hands. She loves seeing kids “get” the excitement that comes from the love of Jesus, particularly when it’s one of our Agape kids. When she’s not working with Crossing Kids, Giuli loves to bargain hunt at thrift-stores and garage sales!

 

 

As for Seeds of Promise and Night Crossing- You’ve already met those interns! Emily Koenig (also an Early Childhood Intern) is our Seeds of Promise Intern and Courtney Cooksey (also a Large Group Intern) is around for Night Crossing. Here is what they had to say about Seeds and Night Crossing:

Emily loves Seeds of Promise because it is extra time with the kids every week while their Moms are growing closer to God. She loves being able to serve moms in the way, knowing that their kids are safe and having fun learning with us on Tuesday mornings.

Courtney loves Night Crossing because it always keeps her on toes, you never what to expect on Wednesday nights. Courtney loves the slightly more laid back atmosphere of Night Crossing where you really get to see a whole new side of the kids. Preschool Worship on Wednesdays is also pretty great, they’re pretty tired but still really want to engage so it’s normally very cute!

 

We love all of our awesome hard-working Interns!

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Oct 082015
 

Our Crossing Kids Interns are a HUGE part of what we do on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, so we thought you all should get to know them a little better. We have 12 interns who help out in various ways with our ministry. This post is going to highlight our Elementary and Early Childhood interns who prep activities throughout the week and hang out in the hallways on Sunday morning!

 

 

Ashley Hobbs: Elementary Intern

AKA: Ash, Hobbs

 

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Ashley is a Junior at Mizzou studying social work who hopes to one day be an adoption counselor. She started interning for Crossing Kids over the summer and stayed with us this semester! When she’s not interning for Crossing Kids she likes to binge watch things on Netflix while doing homework and hang out with friends. As an intern she loves seeing when kids start to understand the gospel and what it means for them. And little kid hugs, those are pretty awesome. You may not know this about Ashley, but she loves to do mission work. She has been to Haiti twice and is currently planning a trip to Zambia.

 

 

 

Brittany Hughes: Elementary Intern

AKA: Britt, B. Hughes, Chocolate Goddess

Brittany has been an intern for over a year now. She loves the close community the interns and staff have, as well as getting to know so many awesome kids and parents. The crossing kids office is generally full of laughter when Britt is around. When Brittany is not being an intern, she loves to cook, read, or just hang out with pals! She hopes to one day use the English and Creative Writing degree she is working on to either write the next Great American Novel, or work for a non-profit company telling the stories of those who aren’t normally heard. You might not know this about Brittany, but she doesn’t like sweets!

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Rorie: Elementary Intern

AKA: “Jen Rorie” (Although she doesn’t like that nick-name)

Jenn

Jennifer began interning for Crossing Kids over the summer, and has stayed with us heading into the school year. She is a Junior at Mizzou studying Human Development and Family Studies. Jennifer hopes to one-day be a Marriage and Family Therapist. When she’s not being a intern, Jennifer loves to watch the Royals, Chiefs, or any Mizzou game. She is also VERY involved with her Sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha. Jennifer loves hanging out with the kids on Sunday mornings, as well as developing relationships with the volunteers and parents who she might not normally interact with. You may not know this about Jennifer, but she has been to every Mizzou home game since her Senior Year of High School and she never leaves     early!

 

 

 

Megann Whitaker: Elementary Intern

AKA: Meg, Megs, Megz, Meg$, “Double N Megann”

Megs

 

Megann has been an intern for a little over a year. She is currently a Senior at Mizzou studying Communication Science and Disorders. She is studying to be a Speech Language Pathologist, but more than anything Megann wants to be a mom/advocate/safe place for any and all kids that need a voice or a hug. Megann’s favorite thing about being an intern is the people she has gotten to know! Her hometown is very small, so getting to know so many families on Sunday mornings helps Columbia and the Crossing not feel quite so big. When she’s not interning for Crossing Kids, Megann loves to bake, play with her dog Max, hang out with Crossing Moms, babysit, and be a part of the “Scandal Thursdays” watch party with the other interns. You may not know this about Megann, but she hates dancing and bacon, and would eat ice cream for every meal if she could!

 

 

Lauren Galbirez: Early Childhood Intern

Lauren

 

Lauren started interning for Crossing Kids last spring, and after taking a break for the summer came back to join us this fall! She is a Senior at Mizzou studying Occupational Therapy. Lauren loves how the different activities and crafts that kids to on Sundays help target all styles of learning. Watching the kids excitement as they tell their parents everything they learned in the classroom, and what Jesus did for them is priceless. She thinks being an intern is the best! When Lauren isn’t interning she loves running on the MKT or Stephens Lake Park trails, spending time wither her family in STL, and leading a sophomore girls group with our college ministry, Veritas. You may not know this about Lauren, but she doesn’t like chocolate.

 

 

 

Alix Carruth: Early Childhood Intern

AKA: “MOOOOM”

Alix Alix has been an intern for a little over a year. She will be graduation from Mizzou in December with a Bachelor’s in Journalism. Alix hopes to one-day work for hallmark or a similar company as a graphic design artist who specializes in hand lettering. Alix loves building relationships with whole families. Since she’s been around for a while, she’s had a chance to get to work with multiple kids from different families as they transition in and out of the preschool hallway. She also loves getting to know parents too. When she’s not being an intern, Alix loves to work on art projects, watch TV, babysit, and hang out with the other interns or Crossing families. You may not know this about Alix, but she applied to Mizzou before knowing her family had a lot of connections with the school. Her father attended MU for his undergraduate, her grandfather was a professor there, and her grandmother was at Mizzou for her PhD!

 

 

 

 

Emily Koenig: Early Childhood Intern

AKA: Em, Ems, Emily Cameron (until a few months ago)

Emily

Emily has been a Crossing Kids intern for 1 ½ years. She is currently a Senior at Mizzou studying Special Education, as part of that she is student teaching at Paxton Keeley Elementary School. Emily hopes to work in ministry one day focusing on people with special needs. When she’s not being an intern, Emily loves to bake, go on walks, and hang out with friends (such as the other CK Interns and Staff!) Emily’s favorite part of being an intern is teaching little ones that church is a safe and fun place. Watching the kids get excited about the Bible and Jesus in large group, and seeing kids overcome that separation anxiety so that their parents can go to service worry-free is the greatest! You may not know this about Emily, but she LOVES (seriously, LOVES) peanut-butter.

 

 

 

Megan Owens: Early Childhood Intern

AKA: Browens, “Single N Megan”

 Megan

 

Megan has been a Crossing Kids Intern for a little over a year. She is a Junior at Mizzou studying Journalism in Strategic Communications. She hopes to one day work with a non-profit that allows her to travel. Megan loves getting to know all of the families and kids on Sunday mornings, as well as hanging out with the rest of the interns and Crossing Kids staff. When she’s not being an intern Megan likes to hike, travel, read, and hang out with friends! You may not know this about Megan, but she lived in Russia for a while as a kid.

 

 

 

 

Sep 062015
 

Little Ones

Big Idea: God is with His people.

Monthly Image: Temple

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon asks for wisdom

Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will have the chance to learn of Solomon asking God for wisdom. The children will learn that God granted this request, and blessed Solomon. Children will also hear of Solomon building a Temple, a house for God, so that God could be with His people.

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Preschool

Monthly Image: Temple

Big Idea: God dwells with his people.

Memory Verse: “I will live among my people Israel.  I will not desert them.” (1 Kings 6:13)

Bible Story Focus: Solomon asks God for wisdom (1 Kings 3)

Lesson Overview:  In this lesson, kids will hear of David’s son, Solomon taking over to be King. They will understand that he did not feel fit to be a king and asked God for wisdom.  This lesson will lead into the following as we introduce the idea of a temple. Children will learn that God dwells with his people.

Circle Time Discussion:  If you could ask for anything you wanted, what would you ask for?

I Wonder Questions (snack time discussion):

I wonder… What did Solomon ask God for? (Solomon asked God for wisdom.)

I wonder… What did God give to Solomon (Wisdom, riches, and the respect of the people!)

I wonder… Where does God dwell? (God dwells with his people.)

Activities For the 8:00 and 11:00 service the kids will play a matching game with pipe cleaners and crown beads. They will then make a king made out of a paper cup. During the 9:30 class, the kids will chip away at an ice temple and then it they will make a bracelet.

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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 watch “Pilgrim’s Progress” and celebrate the different things they learned about our journey of faith this summer.

Activities: Pilgrim’s Progress Storyboard