Filed under: Elementary Posts
By Missy Farley
Study after study has proven that schools with high parental involvement produce successful, thriving students with high test scores and an appetite for learning. We believe, the same is true for churches. When parents are highly involved and engaged in the children’s ministry, kids thrive spiritually and are excited to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
In 2012, we shared that only 17% of parents were volunteering in the children’s ministry. Since then, we’ve seen a number of parents answer the call, and get in the game. But we still fall far short of our goal! If parental involvement=success, we want the majority of our parents to JUMP into action!
West Side Kids is busting at the seams! We’re growing in every way—numerically and spiritually. Yet, we still believe God has called us to something greater.
The primary goal of West Side’s Family Ministry is to help parents become the primary spiritual leaders in their child’s life. One of the best ways for a parent to help their family develop spiritually is to volunteer in the children’s ministry area where their child participates. We believe our parent volunteer team can and should be much stronger! We hope to see the majority of West Side parents serving alongside their kids. Are you ready to JUMP in?
The benefits of JUMPING in whole heartedly, with both feet:
Parents who volunteer have given us valuable feedback! There are many reasons why parents should be eager about diving into the volunteer game with West Side Kids.
- Parents often suggest volunteering in kids’ ministry has helped them become a better spiritual leader to their own child. They take home useful tips on how to talk with their kids about God and His Word. And, volunteer parents are better able to reinforce concepts from church at home during the week.
- Parent involvement often helps children enjoy church more. When children see the value their parents place on serving and worshiping with them, they often enjoy and appreciate church more than ever before. Volunteering creates a shared experience between kids and parents.
- Parent that actively server as volunteers help West Side Kids become an even more attractive place. We all want our kids to have a thriving church home where volunteers are lovingly guiding them toward Jesus. If West Side is to continue to grow, we need more all-star volunteers to make church fun and relevant for kids.
August 1, 2013
We’re excited to kick off our new ‘Some Assembly Required’ series this month. From
the very beginning, God set up leaders on earth. We see in Genesis 1, God instructed Adam to rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and the livestock that moves on the ground. Much later in the Old Testament, God called out prophets, judges, kings, and priests to lead His people. Each of these leaders, although different in many ways, had one main thing in common. Their job was to follow God. An interesting pattern can be seen when they trusted and obeyed God—the people under their leadership prospered.
Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do. God asks us to trust Him by giving us specific things to do to accomplish His work around us. He may even ask us to do something that seems too hard or too uncomfortable. But we can choose to trust that He’ll work out the details and take care of our needs. Then it’s easier for us to choose to obey and act on what we know, because we trust our ultimate Leader.
The monthly memory verse is: “Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority. They keep watch over you. They know they are accountable to God for everything they do. Obey them so that their work will be a joy. If you make their work a heavy load, it won’t do you any good.” (Hebrews 13:17) Often, it’s hardest to obey when God asks us to trust another person that He has chosen to lead us. But, as long as their instructions line up with God’s commands, do what they ask of us.
In Week One’s Bible story, God places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with just one command (Genesis 1, 2, 3:1-24). When they make their own plan and disobey God, it has profound and lasting effects. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. Our leaders see the bigger picture and understand the greater consequences.
In Week Two’s Bible story, Noah had a history of trusting God, and continued to obey God to the smallest detail while building the ark (Genesis 6–8). Even when everyone else disobeyed, Noah followed God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when others don’t. Developing a pattern of obedience might prepare us for trusting God in a moment when the stakes are even higher.
In Week Three’s Bible story, God makes a big promise to Abraham, and then asks Abraham to move to a new place (Genesis 12:1-5; 13:2-18; 15:1-6). Abraham doesn’t know where or how God will keep His promises. But he trusts God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if I don’t know how it will all work out. We always know we can trust God, so we can confidently obey.
In Week Four’s Bible story, God asks Abraham to do something shocking (Genesis 15, 18, 21, 22). When Abraham is willing to obey and sacrifice what he loves, he demonstrates his unwavering trust in God to keep His promises. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if it costs me something. We can trust that God wants what’s best for us.
July 29, 2013
Friday, August 2 is the Sharefest Family Day! Families are welcome to serve at both Springfield Sharefest sites: McClernand & Jane Addams Elementary.
Family Serve Day is an opportunity for you and your kids to serve together making a difference for kids in our community. There will be a variety of age-appropriate tasks available that day.
Although projects will vary based on the school, families will help:
- Create artwork to welcome students and teachers back to school
- Help with the final cleaning of the school buildings
- Help put final touches on landscaping projects
Due to limited space, you must register in advance at: [Register Here]
You can read more about Sharefest at SpringfieldSharefest.org
June 26, 2013
We’re looking forward to continuing our BaseCamp series during the month of July in The WILD.
Jesus’ followers witnessed so many amazing things while He walked the earth with them. They saw Jesus perform miracles and they heard Him teach a whole new way of thinking. Through it all, God was preparing them to carry Jesus’ ministry into the world. He was teaching them the basics:
Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice.
Faith – I can trust God no matter what.
Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
When we focus on these ideas, we can also begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us. We’ll learn from Jesus’ teachings that we, too, can make a difference.
The months memory verse is: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden,” Matthew 5:14. When we choose to love God by loving others, you will help God’s love shine on all people.
In Week One’s Bible story, Jesus loves and forgives Peter for denying Him (John 18-21). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me so I will love the people around me. When we love the way Jesus loves us, we forgive when others wrong us, we serve and help meet others’ needs, and we sacrifice what we want for what’s best for others.
In Week Two’s biblical principle, Jesus is teaching the people how to be kind to others, even people who mistreat you (Matthew 5:41-41). In Jesus’ time, the Roman guards could force people to carry their belongings for a mile. But Jesus taught that, to show God’s kindness to the guards, the people should go an extra mile. Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me so I will love people who are hard to love.
In Week Three’s Bible story, Jesus commands His followers to go into all the world and tell about God’s love (Matthew 28:16-20). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me to show the world who He is. Each of Jesus’ followers had a story of when God had shown them love, and they were able to share that story with other people.
In Week Four’s Bible story, Jesus commanded that we should love God with all our hearts and love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in you to change the world around you. Often, one of the best ways we can love God is by loving His people. Regardless of who the person is or what they’ve done, God still loves them, and we can too.
June 25, 2013
Next Friday, May 31st from 5:30-7:30PM the Family Ministry Team at West Side is excited to host another great Family Night Live event! This time around we’ve got a very special scavenger hunt planned all around Springfield. It’s designed for your whole family, whatever their age. We’ll meet in The Hub at 5:30PM and give instructions before sending everyone out to their vehicles to begin the adventure. We’ll wrap it all up with ice cream treats together at our final mystery destination. Hope to see you there!
May 20, 2013
Friday, May 31, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Grab dinner with your family then join us as we send families on a city-wide scavenger hunt. Come ready to solve the clues so you don’t miss out on dessert afterward. Last one there is a rotten-egg! No need to register, just show up!
May 2, 2013