KiDS COR

GPS 08.28.16

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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: During the months of August and 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 your love. Thank you for listening to me, caring for me and helping me. As I start school again, please guide me to love and serve you and all people.  Help me to be kind to others and to share your love with teachers and friends at school. Please help me learn about you and how to be your faithful follower.  I love you, God and I praise you.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Parent Point: As your child heads back to school, he or she will learn a great deal about reading, math, geography and science. Teachers and other adult leaders will serve as role models, significantly influencing your child’s learning by the way they communicate and act towards your child and others. Your child also needs role models in her or his faith development. Remember that you are your child’s most important role model in their faith life, yet you are not alone!  Your church family and KiDSCOR are here to help support, guide and share the journey with you every step of the way! As you follow Christ, your kids will learn to follow Christ.  They will learn to serve as you serve and speak kindly as you speak kindly. No one is perfect, and they will also learn to forgive as we forgive them and one another.  Follow Jesus and lead your kids to Him at the same time. Make sure and have fun along the way! Blessings to you!

Elementary

Action Steps:

  • Serve and care for two people outside your family.
  • Read your Bible and listen for God’s guidance.
  • Sing a praise song at the top of your lungs!
  • Write a two sentence prayer to God.
  • Speak encouraging words to at least three people.
  • Thank God three times each day.

 

Conversation Starters

  • How can you serve others? How can your family serve others?
  • What is one fear you have? How can God help you overcome that?
  • Who are you praying for this month?
  • How can you show care and compassion to others?

 

Memory Verse: “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 3:18

Friday Faith Builder

School has started and as parents, you have probably already experienced some ups and downs with your kiddos! Transitions are rarely easy, so as you all continue to easy your way into this school year, take a look at these seven “R’s” to help make the changes a little easier! (Bonus:  These “R’s” do not include reading, writing and “rithmetic!”) Today’s post will include four—watch next week for the final three!

  1. Remember: Invite your child to remember some great experiences he/she had at school last year.  What new friends were made?  What life lessons did they learn? What new skill did she/he learn?  Add your thoughts to theirs. Doing this helps kids remember the positives of school and new beginnings!
  2. Rest: Get it! You and your child need time to rest—because if we are honest, when kids are tired and when parents are tired, family life just isn’t pretty.  When you are scheduling your fall, include plenty of time for rest.  Everyone will be happier and better for it!
  3. Relate: If your kids lost connection with some friends over the summer, plan some time for these friends to come over.  Grab some pizza and let your kids have a movie night or provide a special treat while kids work on homework together.
  4. Routine: Post a weekly or monthly calendar that shows activities and responsibilities for all family members.  In addition to school and extracurricular events, be sure to prioritize time for growing in God! Include time for worship, prayer, being in God’s creation and serving others!

See you next week for the final three “R’s”!

(Adapted from mylifetree.com)

Family GPS 08.21.16

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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: During the months of August and 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 your love. Thank you for listening to me, caring for me and helping me. As I start school again, please guide me to love and serve you and all people.  Help me to be kind to others and to share your love with teachers and friends at school. Please help me learn about you and how to be your faithful follower.  I love you, God and I praise you.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Parent Point: As your child heads back to school, he or she will learn a great deal about reading, math, geography and science. Teachers and other adult leaders will serve as role models, significantly influencing your child’s learning by the way they communicate and act towards your child and others. Your child also needs role models in her or his faith development. Remember that you are your child’s most important role model in their faith life, yet you are not alone!  Your church family and KiDSCOR are here to help support, guide and share the journey with you every step of the way! As you follow Christ, your kids will learn to follow Christ.  They will learn to serve as you serve and speak kindly as you speak kindly. No one is perfect, and they will also learn to forgive as we forgive them and one another.  Follow Jesus and lead your kids to Him at the same time. Make sure and have fun along the way! Blessings to you!

 

Elementary

Conversation Starters

  • How can you serve others? How can your family serve others?
  • What is one fear you have? How can God help you overcome that?
  • Who are you praying for this month?
  • How can you show care and compassion to others?

 

Memory Verse: “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

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Today completes our series of “Prayers for Parents.”  As your child heads back to school, I hope these are a blessing to you!

Dear God, thank You for all the gifts and abilities you have given our children.  Thank You for creating each one unique and for loving them as if they were they only one to love.  Please help our children to always remember everything they have and can do is because of You and who You are.  May they use their gifts to honor and glorify You always. Help them to use their skills and abilities to help and serve Your people near and far and may they always draw strength from You.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen

(Based on Ephesians 2:10)

Dear God, thank You for always being near to my child and to me.  Thank You for your constant and faithful presence every moment of every day.  Help me child to know You are with him/her in all circumstances and at all times.  When my child is nervous, fearful or anxious, help my child turn to You and draw calm and peace from Your love. Surround my child with your comfort and protection, God, and help my child to share Your peace and comfort with others.  In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

(Based on I Peter 5:7)

Family GPS 08.14.16

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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: During the months of August and 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 your love. Thank you for listening to me, caring for me and helping me. As I start school again, please guide me to love and serve you and all people.  Help me to be kind to others and to share your love with teachers and friends at school. Please help me learn about you and how to be your faithful follower.  I love you, God and I praise you.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 

Parent Point: As your child heads back to school, he or she will learn a great deal about reading, math, geography and science. Teachers and other adult leaders will serve as role models, significantly influencing your child’s learning by the way they communicate and act towards your child and others. Your child also needs role models in her or his faith development. Remember that you are your child’s most important role model in their faith life, yet you are not alone!  Your church family and KiDSCOR are here to help support, guide and share the journey with you every step of the way! As you follow Christ, your kids will learn to follow Christ.  They will learn to serve as you serve and speak kindly as you speak kindly. No one is perfect, and they will also learn to forgive as we forgive them and one another.  Follow Jesus and lead your kids to Him at the same time. Make sure and have fun along the way! Blessings to you!

 

Elementary

Memory Verse: “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

 

School Prayers #2

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Today, we continue with our “Prayers for Parents” series.  As school begins, parents may have some concerns and fears about your children beginning or returning to school.  Always remember you are not alone!  God is with you in every circumstance and KiDSCOR is present to partner with you on this parenting journey!  Feel free to use one of these prayers as a beginning place for your own conversations with God.

 

Dear God, I pray my child would find all of his/her strength in You. Thank you for being so faithful to my child and our family.  Thank you for celebrating with us in our joys and holding us up through our struggles.  Please help my child be willing to stand up for others when they see injustice or harm being done.  Help my child to always have a spirit of love and hope and to remember that nothing is impossible with You.  In Jesus, name I pray, Amen.

(Based on Philippians 4:13)

 

Dear God, thank You for blessing our child in so many ways.  Please give our child eyes to see Your love and people in need.  Help him/her to have ears to listen to You and to the cries of others.  Please give our child hands to raise to You in prayer and to serve others.  Please help our child use his/her feet to follow You and guide others in Your ways.  Thank You for loving our child even more than we do—which we can hardly imagine, but we believe is true.  We praise You, God.  In Christ’s name, Amen.

Back To School Prayer

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As a new school year gets going, take some time to read this prayer with your kiddos before they head off to school. Don’t just do it on the first day but do it for the first week!

Dear God, as I head to school soon, I want to thank you for always being with me in the lunchroom, the hallways, my classroom or on the playground.  Thank you for loving me when I am excited about a great grade or sad when I feel alone or afraid.  Thank you for the chance to learn new stuff and to respect the teachers who are leading me. God, please help me to be a friend to all people just like you are to everyone.  Help me to listen, to be patient and kind, to share a smile, to invite someone to eat lunch with me or to play with me at recess. In school or out of school, help me to always learn about you, grow in my friendship with you, call on you, and praise you!  You are an awesome God and I love you!  Please always help me share your love with everyone! Thanks, God for caring about all this and so much more! In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

 

Pastor Lisa Holliday

Back To School Prayers

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Can you believe it is already August and school will be starting in just a couple of weeks?  Even amidst the excitement, as parents we often have concerns and fears that come in to play this time of the year.  Over the next two weeks, I will be sharing a few prayers you might find helpful as you send your child off into the world!  May you be filled with God’s peace and promises! God is with you as you parent—rely on Him always.

Dear God, as our child returns to school, please help him or her to grow and become more like Jesus.  As our child learns reading and math, help him or her also learn about You and Your ways.  Guide our child to be kind to others, focus on You and grow in Your love.  Help him/her know and understand what it means to love and follow You.  Strengthen me to be a model for our child and help me grow to know, love and serve You, too.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

(Based on Luke 2:52)

God, you know this world can be a hard and difficult place.  Kids and adults say unkind things and hurt others physically and emotionally.  Please surround my child with good, positive examples.  Please bring others outside her family to stand beside her, strengthen her and encourage her.  Help him/her to be an example of living in Your ways of peace, kindness and compassion. Thank you for loving my child always and through everything.  In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

(Based on Titus 2:6-8

Parents, these are only ideas.  Remember you can always bring your joys and requests before God in any words that are meaningful and comfortable for you!

What A Summer!

By Nick Ransom

As we wrap up this summer and head into the new school I thought it might be cool to take a look back and see all the cool stuff that happened in KiDSCOR. It was truly an awesome summer and wow did it go by fast!!

nycmissiontrip#3Our summer began with 2 groups of 5th graders serving in New York City, not only were they serving, but they were also learning about poverty and the real life struggles people deal with everyday. Pastor Lisa lead this group and had an amazing time with them.

 

slugger We move onto VBC and our “Meet the Royals” week. Campers learned about the Kings & Queens of the Bible with a baseball spin. Over 1,000 kids and 250 volunteer leaders made for an incredible week! We raised over $8,000 for Honduras and packed hundreds of meals for the hungry. I could spend this whole blog post sharing all the cool stuff that took place at VBC, but I’ll stop now!

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We then had 2 weeks of basketball camp with over 450 kiddos attending. The campers learned basketball skills and to always Represent Christ! We also collected hundreds of shoes for Kicks For KC! We even took our camp on the road to Welborn Elementary in KCK!

Finally, we headed out to Youthfront for 2 amazing sessions of camp with our 2nd-5th graders. We enjoyed awesome lake fun and had a great time learning about Moses!youthfrontpiccrop

Wow! What a summer! Thank you to everyone who participated in camp and a BIG THANK YOU to those that served. As we move to the school we hope to see you on Sundays and Wednesday nights!

Friday Faith Builder

By Lisa Holliday

I recently vacationed with friends in Sanibel Island, Florida.  I had never been to Sanibel and was amazed by its beauty.  The sunsets were brilliant shades of pink and purple.  The ocean displayed varied shades of blue, green and turquoise. Walking along the beach, I saw sand dollars, sting rays and sea anemones. While I was “shelling,” (yes, it is a verb), I discovered dozens of shell types and colors—each uniquely intricate and beautiful.

I gave thanks to God for His creation was reminded once again of God’s creativity.  Nature and creation are God’s art galleries, free for all to enjoy. God designed, created and blessed us with carnations and roses, hummingbirds and blue jays, butterflies and bugs, snails and seashells, water and sky, sand and dirt, and so much more.

Summer is a wonderful time to stroll through different parts of God’s art gallery.  Take a drive through the country.  Walk beside a lake or a stream.  Stroll through a flower garden and eat from a vegetable garden.  Chase butterflies and lightening bugs.  Play in the water and view clouds in the sky.  Breathe in fresh air. Visit the zoo.

God has given us so many gifts. Take some time and enjoy them.  Give thanks for them.  Celebrate both creation and the Creator!  And invite someone along for the journey.  Blessings!