Jun 012015
 

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–Winnie and Eddie.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 Opening Video from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Unfortunately they lost tonight’s challenge from the Dark Knight and one unlucky 5th Grader was tar and feathered.

At Bible Story, we learned that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.  We saw this in the life of Daniel in Babylon and also discussed what this looks like in our lives today.

Quest – Kids Club 2015 – Monday Night Bible Story Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Bible Story Overview:

During our week together, children will learn what real faith is by examining several stories in the Book of Daniel. We will learn that real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world, trusts God in the face of suffering, is humble not proud, and perseveres to the end.

Memory Verse:

The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. Daniel 11:32b (ESV)

Tonight’s Objectives:

  1. Daniel knew that God was the one true King and lived differently because of this.
  2. Real faith doesn’t blend in or hide from the people and beliefs around us; instead, real faith follows God while seeking to do good wherever we live and wherever we go.

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Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Daniel 1-2

Questions of the Night

1. What is faith? (A lifelong trust in God as our King.)

2. What did we learn about faith tonight? (Real faith lives differently to make a difference in a broken world.) 

3. Daniel’s quest was to follow God and trust Him in some very challenging circumstances. What made Daniel’s quest so difficult? (He was taken from his homeland into Babylon; He is treated like a Babylonian/given special privileges, and encouraged to forget God and what he was commanded to do as an Israelite. He was supposed to live in Babylon and do good for the city without changing his identity as someone who followed God. He was almost put to death because of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.) 

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Worship Music:

The Quest (Daniel 11:32b) – Seeds Family Worship 

The Glory of Our King – Matt Redman

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Preschool Craft: Goblets

Elementary Craft: Tunics

Preschool Game: Jousting and Javelin Relay

Elementary Game: K-1st—Fire Game (Capture the Flag), 2nd-3rd—Storm the Castle, 4th-5th—Knights and Squires (Sharks and Minnows)

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As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

Jun 132014
 

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

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Professor Polymer made a guest appearance through the roof and was defeated by Kid Spectacular and Spectacular Sis.  He received his own punishment in the slime tank.

Professor Polymer – Thursday Night from The Crossing on Vimeo.

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

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Thursday Bible Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Word of the Night:
Omnipotent—Jesus is all-powerful. He defeats His enemies once and for all.

Tonight’s Super Hero Parallel:
All superheroes have enemies, Jesus did too.

All superheroes use their special powers to defeat their enemies.

Jesus is all powerful.  He defeats evil once and for all.  Even death has no power over him.

Citizens trust in super heroes to save them when they’re afraid because of their super powers/what they’ve seen them do in the past.  When we are afraid, we can trust in Jesus.  We know that nothing is too hard for Him.

When in trouble, people in comics call out for help from superheroes.  When we’re in trouble, we too can call out for help from Jesus.

Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: Jesus rising again. (John 20)

Supporting Scripture:

Matthew 14, 17-21, Mark 4:37-41, Luke 4:39-40

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

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

Thursday: Jesus is omnipotent. 

Question(s) of the Night:

  1. Why is Jesus the greatest hero of all?  He is omnipotent.  Jesus is all-powerful. He defeats His enemies once and for all.
  2. What does Jesus have power over?  (Everything!  Sin, death, the devil, sickness, the weather, etc…
  3. Practice the memory verse together.

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Pre-School Craft: Cross with Cape
Elementary Craft: Super Hero Flyers/Finish Wood Cross (K-2nd) and Capes (3rd-5th)
Pre-School Game: Super Hero Feats of Strength
Elementary Game: Memory Verse Scavenger Hunt (K-2nd) and Obstacle Course (3rd-5th)

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We hope to see you at Ultimate HERO Challenge is tonight from 5:30-7:30 at The Crossing.

Jun 102014
 

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

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Despite the valiant efforts of Kid Spectacular and Spectacular sis, time once again ran out on Professor Polymer’s challenge and another unlucky recruit was slimed.

Professor Polymer – Tuesday Night from The Crossing on Vimeo.

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

Tuesday Bible Intro from The Crossing on Vimeo.

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Word of the Night:
Exalted—Jesus ranks far above everything else because He is God. 

Tonight’s Super Hero Parallel:
All super heroes have a secret identity.  On the surface, they appear to be just another person.  People are unaware or confused about their identity.  The same is true of Jesus.  People were often confused about who he really was, even the disciples and those closest to him.

When a superhero’s glory is revealed, people respond to them very differently.  There is sense of wonder, awe, fear, and even worship.   The same is true of Jesus on the mount of Transfiguration.

Tonight’s Bible Story Connection: The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-13)

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 He is exalted.  He ranks far above everything else because He is God.
  2.  When we understand who Jesus really is, our response is wonder, awe, fear, and worship.

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

Questions of the Night:

  1. What makes Jesus the greatest hero of all?  He is exalted!  He ranks far above everything else because He is God.
  2. What happened on the mount of transfiguration?  Jesus took three of his disciples up the mountain.  Jesus’ appearance changed.  He no longer looked like an ordinary human.  His true glory was revealed.  God spoke and said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am pleased.  Listen to him!”
  3. Practice the memory verse together.

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Pre-School Craft: Masks and Cuffs
Elementary Craft: Mask and paint wood cross (K-2nd) and Mask and Wrist Cuffs (3rd-5th)
Pre-School Game: Super Hero Gear Race
Elementary Game: Obstacle Course (K-2nd) and Speed Training (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.

Feb 212014
 

God’s work is extraordinary.

Yet, God uses ordinary people to do his extraordinary work for His glory. This is a mystery. Consider ordinary Moses, whom God used to bring His people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. Consider ordinary Mary, whom God used to bring His one and only Son into our broken world to save us. Consider ordinary Paul, whom God used to proclaim the good news of Jesus and build the foundation of His church.

God’s extraordinary work continues today through the lives of the ordinary. Consider ordinary Don Richardson, whom God used to bring the light of Christ to the Sawi people of Indonesia. In 1962, Don and his wife, Carol, took their 7-month-old baby, Steve, to live among the Sawi and share the gospel with them. God used Don and his family to bring the Sawi out of darkness and today these people proclaim Christ as their Savior!

Fifty years have passed and Steve returned to visit the Sawi along with his father, Don, and his two brothers who also grew up in the village. Watch this amazing fifteen-minute video to see the Richardson men reunited with the Sawi. It is a story of God’s extraordinary work in the lives of ordinary people.

There are so many extraordinary “take-aways” from this story, but the thing that stood out to me most was the way God used one ordinary man and his family to reach the hearts of hundreds of people for His glory. I love that Don and Carol raised their three sons right in the middle of this mission for the Kingdom. Their kids were a part of what God was doing. These were ordinary parents raising ordinary children in Indonesia, yet believing in the extraordinary power of God to change lives.

This video is entitled Never the Same – and with good reason. Not only will the Sawi people never be the same after hearing the gospel, the Richardson family will never be the same after witnessing God’s extraordinary work and allowing them to be part of it.

Oct 242013
 

Why do we do Night Crossing for Kids?

Why do we seemingly feed kids with sugar, pump them up, and then send them home?

Why are we trying to teach tired kids who just want to play? Is it worth it?

Are we just providing child care?

And what’s with all the shoes boxes?!

 

You may start the evening like this…

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… but go home like this?

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Sorry if this is your experience – whether as a volunteer or parent! Night Crossing for Kids has developed over time. It does provide child care, enabling many adults to take the various classes. But it does so much more.

 

Our Mission:

To partner with families to help kids develop a lifetime relationship with Jesus.

Our hope is that kids will grow in their faith and have a blast at the same time on Wednesday nights while their parents are attending Night Crossing.

 

Our Goals:

Quality Bible Lessons: Kids will learn about God through a fun, age-appropriate large group lesson, high-energy songs, and hands-on games and crafts each week.

Consistency with the Sunday Morning Routine: We will maintain a routine that is similar to what kids experience at Crossing Kids on Sundays.  Kids can expect free play, circle time, a lesson, snack, and playground time.

Safety in the Classroom:  All of our sitters must go through an extensive, nation-wide background check, an application process, and attend our training session.  In addition, we will continue to enforce our registration system for dropping off and picking up children.

 

Sitters – have a look back at your training packet. Read it through again (I find its amazing how quickly I forget things!). Absorb the helpful discipline and classroom management ideas, preventing behaviour problems and managing those that arise. Remember we want to be prayerfully loving and modelling Christ to the children in our classrooms.

This semester we’re using the memory verse from Mark 10:45 to teach children to serve – following Jesus’ perfect example.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mark 10:45.

Jesus, creator and ruler of the heavens and earth, high King and judge… didn’t come to be served but to serve. He ultimately served his people, by giving up his life for them. Rejected by people, and by his heavenly Father. Not just suffering physically, but spiritually taking upon himself the sins of the whole world. The prophet Isaiah foretells that the promised rescuing Messiah would be ‘a man of sorrows’, ‘despised and rejected by men’…

“Surely he took up our infirmities

and carried our sorrows,

yet we considered him stricken by God,

smitten by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us

peace was upon him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

We all like sheep have gone astray,

each of us turned to his own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:4-6.

Wow. I know I too easily forget this, or simply pass it by with a ‘I know this’ attitude. As we teach truths to children, our hearts also can remember, be thankful, warmed and overwhelmed once more with the grace of the Gospel.

Finally, the ‘what’s with all the boxes?’ question…

Operation Christmas Child sends boxes of gifts to children in over 150 countires and territories who would otherwise receive nothing.

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Samariten’s Purse lies behind this wonderful service project. They aim to teach children the great news that Christmas reminds us of. To teach them about the Son of Man, who did not come to be served, but serve, and give his life and a random for many. The Crossing is partnering with Operation Christmas Child. Below is the list of suggested gifts. Please bring them by next Wednesday (Oct 30) as we’ll be filling the boxes the following week (Nov 6). Join us in following Jesus’ example of service.

Click here: Operation Christmas Child Promo Video

Items Needed: 

  • Old Shoe Boxes 
  • New School Supplies : Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, notebooks, coloring and picture books, etc…
  • Toys : Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch, slinky, etc…
  • Hygiene Items : Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc…
  • Other : T-Shirts, socks, ball, caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries), etc…
  • Do Not Include: Used or damaged items, war-related items such as toy guns, knives, or military figures, chocolate or food, out of date candy, liquids or lotions, medications or vitamins, or breakable items.

 

Jun 052013
 

We hope your child had as much fun as we did Tuesday night at Kids Club. Here’s a sneak peek into what we did. Be sure to check out our Facebook page for additional video, photos, and information.

Jimmy participated in our second of four pirate challenges and defeated one unlucky fifth grader.  As a result, she had to walk the plank.

Kids Club 2013 Tuesday’s Challenge from The Crossing on Vimeo.

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Brad Eiffert.

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Jeff Fox.

Captain Patchybeard and a few Crossing Kids introduced us to our image of the night: a light.

Kids Club 2013 Word of the Night for Tuesday from The Crossing on Vimeo.

We took a closer look at how God’s Word, the Bible, is like a light at Treasure Cove, our Bible Story portion of the evening, practiced our memory verse and participated in several games and crafts that reinforced this point.

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Bridget Hopewell.

Tuesday Night:  God’s Word is LIGHT.

Definition:  Brightness that takes the darkness away and allows us to see.

Main Point (Light Explanation): God’s Word is like a light. It shows us the darkness of our sin and guides us to Jesus, who takes our sin away.

Memory Verse:  Psalm 119:72, “The law you gave is worth more to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”

Question(s) of the Night:

  1. Why do we need light? (Takes the darkness away and allows us to see.)
  2. What is sin? How is sin like darkness? (Sin is disobeying God in our heart and actions; it separates us from God. Sin is like darkness because it keeps us from seeing the path to our greatest treasure, Jesus.)
  3. How is the Bible like a light? (It shows us the darkness of our sin and guides us to Jesus, who takes our sin away.)

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Brad Eiffert.

Pre-School Craft: Plastic Lantern and Service Project
Elementary Craft: Night Lights and Service Project
Pre-School Game: Tunnel Mazes with Flashlights
Elementary Game: Obstacle Course

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Jeff Fox.

As you can see from the pictures below, there was also plenty of time for laughter, food, friendship, serving, dancing, worship, and fun.  See you tonight for night three of Treasure Island!

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Jeff Fox.

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Bridget Hopewell.

Tuesday night at Kids Club, 2013. The Crossing. Photo by Bridget Hopewell.

Mar 012013
 

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A few weeks ago, Keith Simon led a parenting seminar, “How Good Parents Ruin their Kids,” where he discussed the idea that parents are perhaps doing too much for their kids. Parents often strive for the ultimate goal of keeping their kids happy at all costs. While this might seem like a good thing in some ways, kids are struggling to cope with the challenges life throws at them because they have often been to coddled, sheltered, and protected from any difficulty.

Keith reminded us of our ultimate goal as Christian parents: to help guide our children to love and serve Jesus. This means allowing God to bring hardship into our kids’ lives to mature them in their faith. When we allow our children to experience hardship, challenges, and difficulties, we have an opportunity to use those experiences to point them to Jesus.

With these ideas in mind, I have long been intrigued by the concept of the outdoor classroom. Outdoor education is most popular in Europe, but is gaining some popularity in certain parts of the United States. The idea is simple – teachers facilitate meaningful learning in a outdoor environment exposing children to the hardship and beauty of the elements. Kids are allowed to experience the discomfort of being cold and hot and wet as they learn. They are encouraged to explore without the “safety” of the playground – they climb trees, cross streams, and get dirty. Teachers encourage kids to learn using real tools – matches to light fires, hammers, nails, & saws to construct, and pots and pans to cook over an open stove.

Watch this six minute video of an outdoor kindergarten in Norway to get a taste of the outdoor classroom.

While none of these schools are actively teaching Christianity (that I know of), I think this model would be ideal for pointing kids to God through enjoying the world He made – and the challenges and beauty in it. Since we don’t have any outdoor schools in Columbia, perhaps the next best thing would be to take our kids for hikes on the Katy trail or a camping trip in the Ozarks. Playing in the snow, climbing trees, pitching a tent in the backyard, collecting leaves, and planting a garden are all ways to help our kids experience the challenge and joy of God’s world.

What do you think about the idea of the outdoor classroom?

Dec 202012
 

Hey friends! Remember Gergu from Bolskavia?

You know, he was Jimmy’s #1 Fan at Kids Club this past summer. Here’s a video that might jog your memory about our good foreign-exchange friend, Gergu.

Anyway, he is a swell Bolskavian guy and sent all of us Christmas Greetings via a video! Are you ready?

By the way, if you’re wondering when you might get to meet Gergu again, Kids Club will be June 3-7. Get ready for pirates at Treasure Island! (Shhh, you didn’t hear that from me. This insider Kids Club news is off the official record.)

Be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and let Gergu know how much we miss him!

Aug 272012
 

Welcome friends!

If you weren’t able to make it to Story Street yesterday, have no fear because my friends decided to make a video for you to keep you up to date!

All month we have been learning that “P” is for Protector and that God protects us.  If you want to catch the story, check out the video below.  Hope to see you back next week!

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