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
This month we’re on a Treasure Hunt….Searching for Wisdom. Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. When we seek wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us. He will help us figure out the wise choice when we need to make a decision. We can find God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and asking trusted Christ-followers.
The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose
knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her,” Proverbs 8:10-11, NIrV.No matter how big or small the decision, God will help you make the wise choice. It might be tempting to compromise wisdom for quick and easy gain, but Solomon teaches us that choosing wisdom first is best.
In Week One’s Bible story, God was pleased with King Solomon and offered to give him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:4-15) and was rewarded. Our Bottom Line is: God wants to give you wisdom. Anytime we have a decision to make or a situation we aren’t sure how to handle, we can ask God for wisdom.
In Week Two’s biblical principle, Solomon, the wisest person who ever lived, teaches us to choose our words wisely. “Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing,” (Proverbs 12:18). Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, think before you speak. When we’re upset or emotional, we may be tempted to blurt out hurtful words that we might regret after we’ve calmed down. Speaking without thinking can cause damage. But wise words can help.
In Week Three’s Bible story, King Rehoboam needed to make an important decision (1 Kings 12:1-15a). The king decided to follow his buddies’ advice, and his decision led to a split in the nation of Israel. Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Proverbs 13:20 says: “Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm.”
In Week Four’s Bible story, King Josiah was very young when he started ruling (2 Kings 22-23). He could have followed in the footsteps of the kings before him and disobeyed God’s law. But when he found God’s words, he realized this was not wise. Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Proverbs 22:3 says: “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.”
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
This month, our preschoolers are learning that God loves them!
(Q) Who can I count on?
(A) I can always Count on God!
Throughout the month of October, we will explore different stories in the Bible about real people who counted on God for help. God loves each and every one of us and He wants us to count on Him!
OCTOBER BIBLE STORIES
October 6 – Elijah and the Fire- 1 Kings 18:1-39
October 13 – Esther- Esther 2:2-8:17
October 20 – Rahab and the Spies- Joshua 2:1-22, 6:1-25
October 27 – Battle of Jericho- Joshua 6:1-20
Our memory verse for October [WATCH HERE]
BE STRONG (show muscles for one hand)
AND COURAGEOUS (show muscles for the other hand)
DO NOT BE AFRAID (swing hands back and forth)
FOR THE LORD, YOUR GOD (point up to God)
GOES WITH YOU… (point to another person)
DEUTERONOMY 31:6 (open your palms in front of you like you’re opening a book)
HOME TIP: This month, help your child develop generosity and kindness through our partnership with Feast for 500. We are encouraging kids to help in 2 ways.
- Stop by the Feast for 500 table in the concourse on October 6, 13 or 20 to donate $5 which will provide a meal for 1 person. In return, your child will receive a bracelet to remember their gift and show their support.
- Bring in individually-wrapped candy for goody bags that will be given to kids at Feast for 500. Kids can bring their candy to Studio 1 on Sunday morning.
October 1, 2013
Two of our high school students, Katie Engle & Jordan Verhulst, are taking on a God-sized challenge to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving. [READ KATIE & JORDAN'S STORY]
During Dancing with the Scars, our children’s ministry will encourage kids to help those who are hurting through our partnership with Feast for 500.
DONATE A MEAL FOR $5 On October 6, 13, & 20, stop by the concourse table with your child to donate $5 towards a meal for 1 person. In return, you’ll receive a bracelet that you can use to remind your child of their gift.
DONATE INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED CANDY Our children’s ministry will be collecting individually wrapped candy during the month of October through November 3 in Studio 1, Studio 2 & Rooms 204 & 205. This candy will be used to make treat bags for Feast for 500. You can even encourage your child to donate their Halloween candy- as long as it is individually wrapped.
October 1, 2013
by Missy Farley
Okay, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love movies….all types action, adventure, animated, comedy, documentary, romance, suspense. Watching a movie allows me to escape for a couple hours to an unknown destination. I get sucked into the storyline. At the end of each movie I always identify a ‘life-lesson’. While I’m confessing I should also let you know I’ve been known to tear up on occasion while watching a movie, actually more often than not.
Last night I had the pleasure of watching Kirk Cameron’s latest movie UNSTOPPABLE. Kirk takes you on a personal and inspiring journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raiser in faith; Why? Kirk goes back to the beginning – literally – as he investigates the origins of good and evil and how they impact our lives…and our eternities. Reminding us that there is great hope, UNSTOPPABLE creatively asks and answers the age old question: Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?
We’ve all experienced our own ‘tragedy’ in this broken world. In October, West Side will dive deeper into God’s plan for each of us in light of our own personal scars and wounds during our upcoming series Dancing with the Scars. Our mighty, powerful, loving, faithful God has been there every step of the way. He has commanded and equipped each of us to walk alongside one another in these valleys. Love one another. Encourage one another. When’s the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
Who do you know that needs to hear God’s message of hope? Why not invite them to West Side this Sunday?
September 25, 2013