By Lisa Holliday
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: Do you and your children have beds to sleep on? Do you have food to eat and a roof over your heads? Do you have people who love and care about you? Beginning this month and continuing through December, KiDSCOR will be collecting money for kids and their families who would answer, “No” to one or more of those questions. All KiDSCOR offering will be shared between providing beds and bedding for kids in Kansas City, helping with education and food for orphans in Malawi, Africa and sponsoring our children through Compassion International. Every coin and dollar you bring is used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways. Please share your blessings!
Prayer: Dear God, we praise You for the many ways you show your love. Thank you for always being with us, for forgiving us, for listening to us and for filling us with peace. We also thank you for Jesus and for the friend and example he is to us. Please help us to love one another and our neighbors as he has loved us. Guide us in all we say and do and help us to follow in your ways. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Parent Point: Most parents enter parenthood with the very best of intentions. We read parenting books, design rooms, choose the safest car seats and purchase the healthiest of foods. We imagine our families sitting around the table together, using nice manners and sharing stories of our rose-colored days. And then reality hits. We eat pizza four nights in a row, forget the treats for the school bake sale, show up a day late for an important meeting and facilitate tantrums and sibling fights. How blessed we are to be children of the only perfect parent—God—who does not expect perfection from us, but instead longs for us to in relationship with Him and to lead our kids into relationship with Him. Today, thank God for his perfect love for you and your family, pizza marathons and tantrums and all.
During the month of October KiDSCOR is collecting new and gently used Coats for Ava’s Angels. 13 year old Ava Jones was only 8 when God laid it on her heart to start collecting coats for those in need. Since that time Ava has grown her group of “Angels” to over 40. They have set a goal to collect over 1000 coats this year. These coats will be donated to our KC mission organizations for those in need of a warm coat this winter. Bins will be located on both floors of the Children’s wing. Please help Ava and her Angels meet their goal and keep people warm this winter.
Create a family giving chain. Cut several sheets of colored construction paper into strips. Every week, give each family member one strip of paper. Have each person write his or her name on the paper strip and one way he or she served or gave to others that week. In addition to giving time or energy, also include ways your family is giving money to church and others. Form the first slip into a circle and staple or tape the ends together, then add to that circle by connecting the strips together to create a chain. At the end of each month, review the acts of giving your family has shared in. Thank God for the privilege of giving to God and to others.
- Write names of 30 people on a monthly calendar. Pray for one person each day.
- Invite a neighbor to your home for a meal.
- Write someone a note of encouragement.
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day.
- Tell about a time you were lost. How were you found?
- How does God show his love to you?
- How can your family welcome others into your home?
- What were the best and worst parts of your day?
- Discuss the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
- How is Jesus your friend?
Memory verse: “Happy rather are those who hear God’s Word and put it into practice.” Luke 11:28
October 23 Help your child make a list of everything he or she is thankful for, including the church! Dance, sing and cheer for God in celebration of all the blessings He has given you!
October 16 Help your child learn the meaning of giving. KiDSCOR receives offering each week. The money is used for specific mission projects each month.
Read the beginning of this Family GPS to see what our mission projects are for October!
Give your child some coins to bring to church for the offering. You might even ask your child to earn the coins by doing a very simple chore. Pray and thank God for the opportunity to give to others.
October 9 Each time you have a meal, pray together as a family. You might have fun praying through the alphabet! At one meal, think of all the things you can pray for that begin with the letter “A.” The next meal, pray using the letter “B.” Remember to praise and thank God as well as ask God for things, too! You might want to draw pictures or write words to help you remember these prayers. Enjoy your family alphabet prayers!
October 2 Families can look many different ways and are created to share love with each other. Sometimes kids live with both parents and some live with only their mom or dad. Some kids are born into their family and some are adopted. Some kids live with their grandparents or other relatives. Kids in the same family can look the same or very different from each other.
As your child wakes up today, say a prayer together thanking God for your family. Remind your child that your family is loved by God and is very important to Him. Also remind your child he/she is part of God’s family! Pray for other families, too and thank God for His love.
Faith word: Worship
Bible words: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.” Mark 12:30
Faith Word: Worship
Family activity: When we have infants and toddlers at home, how do we help them begin to develop their faith? How about play? Even better, how about faith play? As you push your child in a stroller during an outdoor walk, tickle his/her cheek with a flower and say, “God made this flower and God made you!” Play some upbeat worship music and sing and dance along to the tune! Look at yourselves in the mirror, make different faces and say, “God always loves you and me!” Hug a pet together and talk about caring for animals. Use your imagination to connect faith and play every way you can! Pray and ask God to guide you.