KiDS COR

Family GPS 09.25.16

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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!

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

 

 Family Activity:

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.

Action Steps:

  • 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!

Conversation Starters:

  • 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?

 

Early Childhood

Faith word: Bible

Bible words: “Trust in God and He will guide you.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Family activity:

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!

 

Nursery

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!

Friday Faith Builder

We know that eating family meals together is one important one of staying connected, but what do we do on days when the timing just don’t allow it? Below is a list of some additional ways to share fun and meaningful time together and with God.  Choose one each day or one each week—whatever works best for you and yours!  Or even better, create one of your own! Pray and ask God to bless your time together!

*Listen to praise and worship music in the car.  Find out everyone’s favorite song and why.

*Pray for people in the homes, office buildings and stores you pass while driving from one activity to the next.

*When you hear a siren or pass a fire station, pray for those involved in the accidents, including the emergency workers.

*Bless a neighbor by bringing them treats you baked earlier in the week.

*Decorate cards or create crafts on a day you have some time, then take a moment to share with those in a local nursing home.

*Read a passage of Scripture—the Psalms are a great “go-to”—and give thanks to God for something or someone.

*Pause, take a deep breath, and thank God for the gift of this day.

Family GPS 09.18.16

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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!

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

 

 

Action Steps:

  • 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!

 

Conversation Starters:

  • 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?

Early Childhood

Faith word: Bible

Bible words: “Trust in God and He will guide you.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Family activity:

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!

 

Nursery

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!

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

 

I am going to guess you have a family calendar.  You probably have dance lessons and sports practices listed.  You might have dinner plans and weekend fun written down.  You might include time for exercise, errand running, and household chores.  But I wonder if you have scheduled consistent family time with God? In our busy lives, we need to be intentional about our spiritual life as a family.

 

Begin this fall by placing a specific time on your schedule for each week. You may be able to set aside the same time or you may need to vary it.  Begin with a fifteen or twenty minutes time period. Read a Scripture passage and participate in the family activity found in the adult GPS guide each week. Choose a way to serve others. Pray the blessing over your children you can in the KiDS COR newsletter each week. Share the high and low points of the past few days, then share prayer concerns for yourselves and others. Pray together, thanking God for your blessings and asking for guidance in the days ahead.

 

Do something unique to your family as you grow in your faith.  You might go on a walk and celebrate God’s creation.  You might invite friends over.  Maybe you want to design a creative project. Cook a yummy treat to share.

 

Give thanks to God for the gift of time and pray for the wisdom to use it wisely.

Staff Spotlight-Sherri Espinoza

Hello KiDSCOR families!

My name is Sherri Espinoza. I am one of the coordinators in Nursery and Childcare. I am married to Alex and have two sons, Nikolas and Noah. I have worked in Nursery and Childcare for just over three years. Every year has been an awesome experience!

All you need to know about me is this:sherriespinoza

I am passionate about teaching the children how to build a meaningful relationship with God. I want the children to walk out of our classrooms and know that they are loved by God! Teaching the children about God is my favorite part of this job. I want the children to know just how awesome He is!

 

I am passionate about Star Wars. I’ve been known to drop Star Wars quotes during normal conversations. “Do or do not. There is no try” is my favorite quote. It applies to life on a daily basis.

I love my family! They are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

I love to make people laugh. Life is short. I’m short. Let’s laugh about it.

I love the word awesome! How many times have I said awesome in this? Not enough.

I am truly blessed to work among the awesome children, volunteers and staff at Kids COR!

Family GPS 09.11.16

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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!

 

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

 

 

Conversation Starters:

  • 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?

Early Childhood

Faith word: Bible

Bible words: “Trust in God and He will guide you.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Family activity:

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!

 

Nursery

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!

Friday Faith Builders

Screens and technology certainly have an important place in society. However, God created us to be creative and use our bodies and minds to play and be active in many ways!  This week, turn off the screens for an evening (or an hour!) and enjoy playing together using a free and open-ended material:  CARDBOARD BOXES!

Anyone who has had a toddler or preschooler knows that the joy of opening gifts is often found in the container and not in the actual toy inside.  So gather your family and some boxes, large and small, and play together!

Here are some ideas:

Create a box city.  Draw windows, doors, signs and murals on the boxes and set up your very own neighborhood!

Assemble a vehicle—a car, plane or truck can all be created with the use of boxes and paper plates for wheels!

Cut head and arm holes to design a robot.  Invite each person to take a turn wearing the boxes!

Design mailboxes for each family member.  Encourage everyone to write letters or draw pictures for each person and place them in the mailboxes. You might even add Scriptures to your mail.

Do you want to expand the fun and creativity beyond your family?  Share in fellowship together by inviting neighbors and friends for a box-building party! Ask everyone to bring some boxes to play with along with a snack or drink to share that is found is a box—juice box, box of crackers, etc. Take pictures and post them on social media, encouraging others to explore their God’s given creativity and spirit of fun!  Blessings on your family as you play!

(Adapted from TruceTeachers.org)

Friday Faith Builders

Today we are continuing the list of seven “R’s” for back-to-school! Last week we covered remember, rest, relate and routine. Today, let’s take a look at three more ways to help make the transition back into the school year a little smoother and easier for everyone!

  1. Recreation: Build some play time into your family schedule! You might want to choose a family night once a week and/or be intentional each day about enjoying each other! Though it might be tempting to always have a family movie night, consider some “screen-free” ideas as well! Playing outdoors, visiting neighbors, enjoying a simple meal out, serving others, playing board games and discovering a new venue are all ideas of ways to have fun as a family!
  2. Review: Each evening, chat informally about the highlights (and lowlights) of your day. Invite open-ended responses with openers such as “How was…” or “I wonder about…” Affirm what has gone well and listen carefully to challenges. Pray as a family, thanking God for celebrations and asking for God’s help and guidance with difficulties.
  3. Renew: Place spiritual growth as a priority for your family! Renew your hearts and minds through prayer, worship and serving. Read Scripture together—include children’s Bibles—and spend time appreciating the world God created. Care for your bodies through good nutrition and exercise. Slow down and be grateful for all of God’s gifts.

Blessings on your new school year and may each of you experience God’s peace and love!

(Adapted from mylifetree.com)

KC Partner School KiDS thank our KiDSCOR KiDS!

Last spring, the Children’s Sunday School Offering was used to buy books for the Resurrection Bookmobile. The bookmobile distributes free books to children in the Kansas City area.  We donated $1,489.50 for books this year. Here are a few of the thank you cards that the KC KiDS wrote to our KiDS!card 2

 

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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