Filed under: Birth-Preschool
In December, our preschoolers will discover the story of Jesus’ birth from the first announcement the angel made to Mary in Luke 1, to the journey of the wisemen recorded in Matthew 2. Christmas is magical time for families, but more importantly Christmas is all about God’s love for us!
Q: How do we know God loves us?
A: God gave us Jesus.
December 1: Mary & the Angel (Luke 1:26-53)
December 8: Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-7)
December 15: Angels & Shepherds (Luke 2:8-18)
December 22: Christmas Story Review (Luke 1:26-2:18)
December 29: The Wisemen (Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11)
December Memory Verse: [WATCH HERE]
GOD HAS GIVEN (point up)
A SON TO US.” (rock arms like holding a baby)
ISAIAH 9:6 (hold hands open like a book)
Home Tip: There are many child-friendly nativity sets (like this one) available at area stores or online. Find one that your child can hold and play with all month long. Re-tell the story again and again, while acting it out with the nativity set figures. Celebrate the birth of Jesus all month long and keep your home Christ-focused. [READ MORE IDEAS]
November 25, 2013
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November 12, 2013
Ever hear your child singing a song they learned at church but you don’t know how it goes? Here’s your chance to download them for use at home.
For a limited time, some of our popular Clubhouse songs are available on iTunes.
Our November Clubhouse play list includes R to the B (aka The Bible Rap). And last month, the kids rocked out to the song, Oh He Loves Me .
You can also check out other great Bible-based kids songs by searching Amber Sky Records on iTunes.
November 7, 2013
New Parents, save the date for our 2014 Family Dedication Experience. This 3 part experience celebrates the gift of a new baby and gives parents an opportunity to acknowledge their commitment to be their child’s spiritual leader.
Parents are encouraged to pray for their child daily, teach them about God in their home and stay actively connected to Christ’s church. In turn, the church promises to equip the parents and provide spiritual guidance for the family.
Family Dedication Class: January 15, 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Centennial Hall (required)
Family Dedication Celebration: February 8, 10:00am to 11:30am, Centennial Hall
Family Dedication Recognition: February 9, during Sunday worship services
The Family Dedication Experience is created for West Side members who are parents of children 24 months or younger, or newly adopted children. Registration closes January 14. [REGISTER HERE]
November 7, 2013
This month, our preschoolers are learning that God is always with them!
(Q) Who is always with you?
(A) God is always with me!
Throughout the month of November, we’ll look at the stories of Deborah; Ruth, Naomi and Boaz; Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego; and Daniel. Each of these people faced different challenges where they learned that God was always with them and loved them no matter what.
Our memory verse for November is: [WATCH MOTIONS]
GOD (point up)
IS WITH YOU (point to audience)
WHEREVER YOU GO (march in place)
JOSHUA 1:9 (open your palms in front of you like you’re opening a book)
HOME TIP: This month your child is learning “God is always with me.” As you travel this month (to the doctor, the park, grandma’s house, etc.) ask your child, ”Who is always with you?” Help them remember the answer, “God is always with me.” You can reinforce this concept, by praying with your child at all different places, showing them that God is available to them everywhere.
NOVEMBER BIBLE STORIES
November 3 – Deborah – Judges 4 & 5
November 10 – Ruth and Naomi and Boaz – Ruth 1 & 2
November 17 – Shadrach Meshach and Abednego – Daniel 3:10-30
November 24 – Daniel and the Lions – Daniel 6:1-28
October 31, 2013
by Jessica Schildman
While I’ve worked with kids for the greater part of my life, I’ve only been a parent for three years. One thing I’ve learned is parenting is hard…..like, really hard.
Maybe I should adjust that last sentence a bit. Parenting well is hard. Parenting with love, patience and self-control is hard. Parenting with intention is hard. Parenting in a way that reflects God’s love is hard.
I love a quote from the 1990′s film, A League of their Own. Tom Hanks character exclaims, “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.”
So to all who have chosen the hard path, read on.
Last week at our staff retreat, Eddie shared with our team that the right thing is often the hard thing. “We are bent towards sin, others are too,” he shared. Our own sinfulness and selfishness makes parenting hard. That’s why it’s vitally important, as parents, to stay connected to our Creator, the source of our strength. Connecting with God through regular worship, Bible study and community with others strengthens us for the challenging moments we face as parents.
Jesus said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in me….streams of living water will flow from within him.” John 7:37-39
As a parent, I sometimes feel a little drained and in need of a re-fuel. Opening up my Bible and finding a quiet spot to connect to God allows my drained tank to fill to the top and overflow, spilling out onto my family. Gathering with a small group, engaging in meaningful worship on Sunday morning or serving others can all re-connect you with The Creator, too. And when our tanks are full, we’re better prepared to tackle hard things.
So how full is your tank right now? Is there enough juice in there to keep persevering in this dificult task called parenting? Connect with God. He’s the ultimate parent and master of doing hard things.
October 29, 2013