Welcome! Whether you have children in the KiDSCOR nursery, early childhood or elementary programs, you will find your weekly GPS activities right here! May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!
All KiDSCOR kids
Missions Project: Continuing through the month of September, the KiDSCOR offering will be shared between our Haitian children sponsored through Compassion International and purchasing items for our health care kits. The health care kits will be given to the children at our partner schools in Kansas City and will include bandaids, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Kleenex and Chapstick. Collect and bring your quarters, dimes and dollars to help children near and far!
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being so good to me. Thank you for always being faithful to listen to me and care for me. Sometimes I get lonely or sad and I know I can count on you to be with me through everything. Please help me to be a good listener to others and to care for them like you care for me. Help me to share your love through what I do and say. Thank you for being in my life. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
Parent Point: As a parent, have you ever considered the importance of nurturing your own spiritual life? Practicing what we preach is critical when it comes to sharing our faith with our children. As you teach your child to pray, does he/she see you praying yourself? Your children may attend KiDSCOR, but how are you growing in your faith through study and fellowship? You encourage your child to read the Bible, but how often do sit and read the Scriptures? You can also try different ways of nurturing your faith such as journaling, walking a labyrinth or sharing in an art like music or dance. Remember to prioritize your own spiritual nurture as you lead your child in faith development. Blessings to you!
“The Lord is the one who is marching before you! He is the one who will be with you! He won’t let you down. Don’t be afraid or scared!” Deuteronomy 31:8
In all families, we can say words that give courage and strength, or words that tear down and discourage. Read Ephesians 4:29. Create a family jar of encouragement and faith. Cut out 30-40 slips of paper. On each slip, write a word or phrase of love, support, care or hope. Think about what words lift you up and include those as a blessing to others. Place all of the slips in a jar. Any time a family member has spoken words that hurt, he or she can then pull out a slip of paper, apologize, then (from the heart) say something encouraging. Better yet, work toward not speaking hurtful words at all. When you need help, go to the jar for ideas and inspiration! Ask God to help you use your words for good.
- Draw a picture or write a note for someone!
- Ask someone how you can pray for them.
- Praise God for what he has done in the past and what he will do in the future!
- Name something that scares you and ask God for help.
- Share a special food with someone and thank God for providing!
- What is one of your favorite Bible stories?
- If you had to leave your home like the Israelites, what would you take with you?
- Who is someone you look up to or admire and why?
- Which of the plagues do you think would have been the worst?
- How would you describe God?
Faith word: Bible
Bible words: “Trust in God and He will guide you.” Proverbs 3:5-6
September 25 Play a version of “Simon Says” with your child! First, remind your child God has rules He wants us all to follow—no matter how old or young we are–and that rules are important! As the grown-up, let your child know if you begin with “(Your name) says…,” then the child should follow the direction that follows. If you only give a direction, the child should remain still. (Remind the child this is only for the game! J) Then switch and let the child lead! Pray and ask God to help you all follow God’s rules and directions all of the time
September 18 Ask your child if he/she has ever been afraid. Invite them to share their fears. (Share one or two of yours, too, in an age-appropriate way.) Ask your child what helps him/her feel safe. (Let your child know what helps you as well). Choose one activity or belonging that helps your child feel safe (holding a favorite blanket or stuffed animal, being next to you, singing a song) and practice it. Remind your child he or she can always pray to God and that God is always with them to help!
September 11 Play a fun game with your child to help him/her learn about caring! Point to different body parts on you and your child and ask how each can be used to show care!
Examples can include the following:
- Eyes: look at the person talking
- Ears: listen to others
- Mouth: use kind words, smile
- Hands: help someone
- Arms: give a hug
- Legs: walk beside someone
- Heart: love others
Pray and ask God to help you and your whole family care for others just like God cares for us!
Faith Word: Bible
Family activity: Did you know you can introduce the Bible and Bible stories to your infants and toddlers? Purchase a simple Bible storyboard book. You can find several in the church bookstore! These are designed for your child to touch, drool on and even chew! Hold your child in your lap and share a story. You can pray Scriptures for your child. The Psalms are a great place to start! Read your Bible in front of your child—you are the most important person in your child’s faith development and they will follow you! You can also sing Scripture—download some songs or choose a Christian CD. Begin placing God’s Word in your child’s heart very early in their lives and it will remain forever! The most important truth to share at this age is that God loves them and so do you!