KiDSCOR

Friday Faith Builder

My husband, Chris, is the Associate Pastor at Resurrection West.  A couple of years ago, the campus pastor, Jason Gant, preached on the Parable of the Lost Sheep and as part of his sermon, he included a live sheep.  My husband was the person chosen to hang out with the sheep and lead her on and off the stage during Jason’s sermon.  I had such fun watching Chris as he gently talked to the sheep, petted her and walked calmly beside and in front of her.

Caring for animals is a responsibility God has given to each of us.  God placed people at the head of all creation and asked us to be stewards of all He had made.  With spring around the corner, now is a great time to help your kids learn about animals and how to care for them. Enjoy two or three activities below and help your family care for all of God’s creatures!

*If you have a pet, invite your child to feed and water him/her and take your pet on walks together.

*Offer to pet sit in a friend’s home.

*Visit a farm or zoo.  Learn about how the staff and volunteers care for the animals.

*Check out a book or two from the library and learn about different kinds of animals.

*Create a bird feeder or bird bath and enjoy watching and listening to the birds.

*Volunteer at an animal shelter.

*Learn about endangered animals and how you can help protect them.

Have fun as a family caring for God’s world!

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Family GPS 02.26.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Family Activity:

Every day is a gift from God! No matter our situation or our age, we can celebrate and give thanks, even when we face challenges and fear. Encourage your family members to choose one day this week where they will be intentionally aware of the world around them. Invite them to use their senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell to soak in God’s presence in the everyday ordinary-ness of life. When you gather in the evening, ask each person to share God’s gifts in their day. You can draw, make a list or create a collage of what your family experienced. Seek to become more aware of God’s goodness and blessings on a daily basis and thank God often. When you feel anxious, review your lists or look at your pictures and thank God for being present always.

 

Action Steps:

  • Collect offering for our new building
  • Carry a small stone in your pocket to remind you God is always with you
  • Use blocks to build a church or a temple
  • Pray for all who will enter our new building

 

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

 

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Amie Littrell

Childhood is magical. A child experiences something brand new for the first time every day, every week, or every month – slides, airplanes, cake, bonfire, snow, giraffe, starry sky, roller coasters, losing teeth – life is so exciting! The newness and excitement of life that children carry around with them can be incredibly contagious – but it can also be ignored.

When was the last time you looked in awe-filled wonder at the sky? Or tried a new ice-cream flavor? Or noticed someone’s laughter that was unique – a laughing style you’d never heard before! As adults, many of us get so busy with our worries, our work, our responsibilities, and our images that we quit noticing things all around us. Day after day of this kind of lifestyle leaves many of us drained of wonder, imagination, excitement, yes, and even joy.

Most parents think often about what they want to teach their children. Jesus told his disciples, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, CEB) Today, think for a moment about what you can learn from your children. Get off your phone and notice your children. Truly notice them. Watch the ways in which they play and interact with their world. Share their sense of wonder. Don’t get too busy taking care of business that you forget to enjoy your children! Listen to what they say. Play with them while you still can! Let time stand still and don’t be in a rush. Soak in the moments together as they come.

Dr. Edward M. Hallowell says that simply enjoying children is one of the best pieces of parenting advice that he has. “Let [children] activate those parts of you that had already started to go dead before they were born and let those parts of you energize your work, your friendships, your spiritual life, every part of your life that there is.” (Edward M. Hallowell, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Random House Publishing Group, 2002.) So take a break today and have some fun. Let your child help you to rediscover the small joys of life.

Family GPS 02.19.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Action Steps:

  • Collect offering for our new building
  • Carry a small stone in your pocket to remind you God is always with you
  • Use blocks to build a church or a temple
  • Pray for all who will enter our new building

 

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

 

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Family GPS 02.12.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Conversation Starters:

  • Discuss a time you have been scared and how God helped you.
  • Name three characteristics of God.
  • Discuss how to keep God the focus of your life.
  • Talk about what you need to finish that you have started.

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

When our girls were younger, our family used to venture out in the cold to ice skate at Crown Center.  One time, as I was making my way around the rink, I observed some connections between ice skating and life.

  1. Old and young need each other.
  2. We all fall down sometimes.
  3. When we do fall down, it is important to get back up and try again!
  4. A helping hand makes the adventure a little easier.
  5. Sometimes we just need a break.
  6. Laughing at ourselves makes everything much more fun.
  7. Taking a risk opens the doors for new learning!
  8. Encouragement means a lot!
  9. Time outside can renew our minds, bodies and spirits.
  10. Dress in layers and make sure to always have shoes that fit. (We get less blisters that way.)

Which of these does your family resonate most with right now? Which one might you explore further? What might you add to the list?

God reveals spiritual truths to us through everyday moments. Our role is to pay attention with all of our senses to discover God and God’s leading.

Encourage your family’s faith development by acknowledging God’s presence in everything you do.  Be reminded that God is always with us and always wanting to show Himself!  Pray and ask God to help you seek Him always.  And have fun!

Family GPS 02.05.17

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By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

 

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens.

The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it. Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

On February 26 and March 5, the KiDSCOR offering will be contributed to our all-church capital campaign. The money the kiddos bring those two weeks will be given to help build a special place for mission and ministry that will serve for generations to come!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for always being near to me.  Thank you for helping me when I am afraid.  Thank you that I can worship you wherever I am and for a very special church who understands that all people are valued and important to you. Please help me share your love with people near and far. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

 

Elementary

Memory verse:

“I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14

Bible stories

  • February 5   David and Goliath    I Samuel 17
  • February 12    The Twelve Spies   Numbers 13 and 14
  • February 19    The First Church    Acts 2:42-47
  • February 26    Solomon Build the Temple    I Kings 6

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

I recently attended a church event designed for children and families.  I enjoyed seeing the many children learning and serving together alongside their parents, grandparents and friends.  At one point, I happened to walk by a table where an eight or nine-year old boy was serving with his grandma.

I overheard him say, “Grandma, thanks so much for bringing me here.  I really like this place and I really like doing this!” (They were creating crafts for kids in a residential treatment center.) I lingered a bit longer and listened in to a brief conversation about how he wanted to invite his friends next year.  He and his grandma enthusiastically agreed they would and they moved on to the next activity.

A little while later, I saw Grandma standing by herself.  I decided I would let her know I had overheard their conversation and encourage her in the time and effort she was investing in her grandson.  I said, “I heard what your grandson said to you earlier about being here and how he thanked you for bring him here.  Good job, Grandma.”  And I patted her on the shoulder.

She smiled and shook her head and expressed gratitude for my comment. I thought about how often I encourage children and how that compares to how often I encourage the adults in their lives. I thought of friends, neighbors, colleagues and even those I see in the grocery store whose names I don’t know.  I know how much it has lifted my spirits when someone has noticed my attempts at loving and caring for my own kids and I decided I would work more intentionally to notice and acknowledge the positive efforts of others.

Would you join me in encouraging your fellow parents along this challenging and blessed journey of raising kids? Can we come together and support and lift each other and each other’s children up no matter what the circumstances may be?  God has given us numerous verses in the Bible about encouraging one another, and not only will it bless the other person, but it will bless us, too.

Family GPS 01.29.17

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By Lisa Holliday

Welcome! If you have kids in elementary school, this home-based, faith resource is for you! If you have children in early childhood, their home-based, faith resources will be handed out in KiDSCOR! Kids of all ages will participate in the same monthly offering for missions and that information is included in the first paragraph below. May your family be blessed by God as you choose to spend time with each other and Him!

 

All KiDSCOR kids (Nursery, Early Childhood and Elementary)

Missions Project: During the months of January, February and March, KiDSCOR will be receiving offering for food-related mission projects in Haiti and in Kansas City. Due to the extreme devastation of natural disasters in recent years, Haiti’s crops have been destroyed.  Part of the money we collect will provide Haiti with trees and seeds for new gardens. The Souper Bowl Food Drive will receive the money for people in Kansas City. Food will be purchased and distributed to local food banks where children and adults will receive it.  Every coin and dollar received will be used to share Christ’s love with children in these ways.  Please share your blessings!

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for our many blessings.  Thank you for food, shelter and clothes. Thank you for always being with us, even when we are scared or afraid.  Please help us know you are near, even when we can’t feel your presence.  Thank you for the people in the Bible whose stories teach us how to trust in you. You are such a good God, and we praise You.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Elementary:

Family Activity

At times, everyone fears feeling alone or unloved. As a family, share ideas about how you can work with God to bring comfort and care to others. Discuss each person’s unique gifts and abilities. How can those be used to comfort others? How can those same gifts be combined with those of other family members to care and help? Use construction paper to create the symbol of a heart. On it, write or draw the gifts of each person. Also write or draw about how they can be used to comfort people who are sad or lonely. Pray together, asking God to help guide you to use your ideas and gifts. Thank God for giving them to you. Display your family’s “heart” as a reminder to comfort others this year.

Action Steps:

  • Read the Bible stories for each upcoming week!
  • Play “I Spy” then talk about times when you have seen God.
  • Memorize this month’s Bible verse.
  • Play on monkey bars, a teeter totter or a balance beam. Do you need help to make it across or did you do it on your own? Do you need God’s help in life?
  • Help someone at school who may be scared or anxious.
  • When you feel afraid, take deep breaths and say, “God is with me and loves me.”

Conversation Starters:

  • When have you been afraid?
  • How do feel when you are scared?
  • Who helps you in your fears?
  • When have you been brave and courageous?
  • When have you trusted in God?
  • How can you learn to trust God even more?

Bible stories

  • January 8th Peter Walks on Water  Matthew 14:22-33
  • January 15 Esther Saves the Day   Esther 4, 5:1-8, and 7:1-6
  • January 22 Gideon Called by God  Judges 6
  • January 29 Jesus Heals Two Women  Luke 8:40-56

 

Memory Verse:

Grades K-2   “Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God.” Isaiah 41:10a

Grades 3-5   “Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will hold you with my strong hand.”  Isaiah 41:10

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

As I share these ideas for faith building, remember you don’t have to do everything! You know what works best for your kids and your families.  Here in KiDS COR, we want to offer you several choices so you can choose what makes sense for your family.

This week, try one or more of these ideas:

*Prayer—Prayer is how we relate to God and we can do it in a number of ways. Prayer is talking, listening, being still, moving, creating, praising, and so much more!  The book of Psalms is filled with prayers and can be found right in the middle of your Bible.  Read some aloud (Psalm 150 is a great one for kids!). Have regular times of prayer as a family—maybe at mealtime, on the road and at bedtime.  Pray for yourselves, others and the world.  Remember those who are lonely or sick. Share joys and concerns.  Spend time with God in prayer each day as a family.

*Celebrations!—God loves parties!  On birthdays, celebrate the birthday person as a gift from God.  Tell him or her how special he or she is to you and to God.  Create a special plate, cloth or banner celebrating the person.  Celebrate a regular day—enjoy a picnic in God’s creation, play games, spend time with friend and thank God for all your blessings.  On Easter and Christmas, focus on the faith meanings of these holidays in fun, creative ways!

*Worship –At Resurrection, worship is for everyone.  Whether worship is in TreeHouse Park, Bible Theater, the Student Center, the sanctuary or elsewhere, coming together to now, love and serve God through worship is critical to faith development.  Make sure your entire family worships God regularly. You will be glad you did—and so will God!