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Family GPS 01.15.17

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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:

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

 

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?

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 we enter 2017, consider placing family faith formation as a top priority in your home!

Begin by using one or more of the ideas below to grow in your faith as a family.

*Eat meals together as often as possible.  Prepare dinner together or ask family members to set the table while a parent cooks.  Pray together before eating.  Share stories about your day. Laugh together.  Share the table with friends occasionally.

*Create memories through special days and vacations as possible.  Remember that family fun does not have to be expensive.  A day fishing, hiking, or discovering a new museum or park can be transforming for your family.  A day spent together away from home can offer important time for problem-solving, conflict-resolution and compromise.  Pray for safe travels.  If you are on a long trip, attend church while you are away. Give thanks to God for all your new discoveries and experiences.  Thank God for the time with your family.

*Serve others.  Watch for needs of a neighbor, spend time in a nursing home, recycle, prepare lunch for Habitat for Humanity workers, or care for animals. How can you match up your family’s God-given abilities and gifts with other ways to serve in church or in your community? Discuss how you are serving God as you serve others. Invite others to join you!

Happy New Year!

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

Happy New Year!  As your family starts off this new season, consider sharing together in the following faith building activity.

You will need a Bible, a large empty bowl and several of one small item to toss into the bowl such as buttons, coins, pebbles or tokens.

Remind your family that during this month of January, people often set goals they would like to achieve in the coming year.  Invite them to play a game and imagine that the large bowl represents 2017—a new year ready to be filled with new experiences, activities and people.  Let them know the game is to toss every small item into the bowl from three feet away.

After every person tries to get every single object in the bowl ask, “Were you able to achieve your goal every time?”  (Most likely not.)

Share with your family that God has a special goal for each of to strive for every day and every year, then read Philippians 3:12-14 aloud.  Let your family know that Paul was one of the greatest people to ever follow Jesus and yet he didn’t feel as if he ever reached the goal of becoming all God called him to be.

No one can achieve perfection, and yet God desires for each of us to be faithful. God wants each of us to continue to follow him and continue to try to know, love and serve Him the best we can. Discuss ways each of you can work towards the goal of following Jesus this year.  Pray and ask God to help you.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from KiDSCOR! Here’s a great prayer you can read with your family on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day!

 

Dear God, thank you for Jesus.  Thank you for the amazing night when he was born in a manger surrounded by Joseph, Mary and the animals. Thank you that Jesus came to bring love, peace and hope to all people.  Help our family to share the love of Jesus with others.  Open our hearts to care for those who are hurting, lonely and sad.  Help us bring the light of Jesus into all the world. We praise you, God for the joy that Jesus brings to the world.  As we celebrate Christmas, help us to always remember Jesus and His love!  In His name we pray, Amen.

Advent Prayer

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Trying completing this prayer together as a family!

God, this Christmas season we are thankful for…

Please forgive us for…

Please be with…

Please help me…

I praise you for…

Thank you for loving our family.  Please help our family to share your love with everyone all year long.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Advent Week #2 Prayer

Trying reading this prayer with your family a few times this week!

 

Dear God, when we see the Christmas lights, help us remember Jesus is the Light of the World.  When we hear Christmas music, remind us of your gentleness and peace.  When we taste yummy bread, help us remember you are the Bread of Life. When we send Christmas cards, help us remember to share your love with everyone.  Help us to see You in every part of the Christmas celebration. Thank you for your love and goodness.  We celebrate you!  In the name of Christ we pray, Amen.

An Advent Prayer

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During The Advent Season read this prayer together as a family.

Dear God, thank you for Advent and for Christmas. Thank you for this time when we can focus on Jesus and His love.  When we hope for presents under the tree, help us also hope for more of Your presence in our lives. Please help our hearts be open this season so we can grow to know, love and serve you more deeply each and every day.  Help us to share your love with all people.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Advent Photo Challenge!

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Advent, the season of waiting, begins today Sunday, November 27th.  During Advent, we prepare to receive God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ.  Yes, we may have heard the story many times.  Yes, we may feel like we have seen or experienced it all. But God speaks to us in new ways as we are opening to seeing and hearing Him in new and exciting ways!

This year, we invite your family to participate in KiDSCOR’s Advent Alphabet Photo Challenge!  To the left you will find a list of Advent words—one for each day in Advent—and one for each letter of the alphabet! (Click on the picture to get a bigger version).

Here is where the challenge comes in!  Grab your family or friends or neighbors or pets and take a picture with a representation of the word for the day! Be creative in your expression—“angel” doesn’t have to be the one of top of your tree.  Maybe it is a person in your life you think of in that way!

Next, share it in on the KiDSCOR Facebook wall (Facebook.com/kidscor), or on Instagram & Twitter with the #kidscordoesadvent. Prizes will be award randomly during the advent season for most creative pictures!

Enjoy and have fun! KiDSCOR is praying for your family you wait and watch for the coming of the Christ child!

Friday Faith Builder

By Pastor Lisa Holliday

If your family has Christian faith in its background, the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas might be wonderful opportunities to share stories of faith from past generations with your children.   Some of these ideas can be used even if you are the first generation of Christians in your family! Consider one or more of the following options:

*Encourage each family member to share why he/she loves God.  Ask each person to share his/her own story of growing in God’s love.

*Create a family tree together. Include names and dates as well as a word or two describing the faith of each person.

*Ask each person his/her favorite Bible verse.  Using a family Bible or a new one purchased for this purpose, invite each family member to highlight their special verse and write their name beside it.

*Purchase a new light colored tablecloth, some paint and some permanent markers.  Encourage each person to paint their hand, place it on the tablecloth, then write their name beside it and something they want to praise God for.  Bring out the cloth each year and add to the list of people and praise God!

Blessings to you and yours as you pass on your faith!

Family GPS 11.20.16

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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: 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, thank you for your love, your comfort and for always being with me.  Thank you for Jesus and how I can count on him to be my friend no matter what.  Thank you for family, friends, food and my church home.  Please help me share all of my blessings with others so they can know your love, too.  Please help me follow you and learn your ways.  In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Parent Point: Every parent has a limited number of weeks to significantly impact their son or daughter. Typically, this number is 936.  That is the estimated time between birth and high school graduation. (If you have not had your children since birth, you will want to adjust this number.) What would happen if you filled a jar with 936 marbles—or whatever number fits your family?  Then each week, remove one marble.  Now this can sound like a lot of pressure, but try and visualize the time you can focus on and be intentional in your parenting…every week.  KiDSCOR offers many resources to help you do this, many of which can be found on our blog at kids.blogs.cor.org.  Many blessings to you as you parent!  And feel free to connect with KiDSCOR at any time for additional resources and support. We are in this together!

Elementary:

Action Steps:

  • Do a kind deed for someone each day this week.
  • Create a list of what and who you are thankful for.
  • Pray at one meal each day.
  • Join the third graders in reading the Gospel of Mark this month!

Conversation Starters:

  • Name an event in your life that started out bad but turned out good.
  • Who do you need to forgive and why?
  • How did you help someone this week?
  • Where have you seen God at work in your life? In your family? In the world?

Memory verse: “You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it.”  Genesis 50:20

Early Childhood

Faith word: God

Bible words: “Give thanks to God for He is good. His love lasts forever.” Psalm 106:1

 

Family activity:

Nov. 20

As you are driving, help your child to be aware of all of God’s creation. When you return home, create a Thanksgiving tablecloth.  You will need a light colored tablecloth and several colored fabric markers.  Trace each person’s hand onto the tablecloth.  Write each person’s name underneath his or her handprint.  Ask each person to draw pictures or write words identifying what he or she is thankful for. Praise God for all God has created!

Nov. 13 Invite each family member to name one or two of their friends. Ask your child why he or she has chosen those people as friends. Talk about what make a good friend and how we can be good friends to others. Pray for your friends and remind your child that Jesus is the very best friend of all!

Nov. 6  Today in KiDSCOR, your child threw wadded up paper “stones” at tape on a wall. They also brought home a cup of pom-poms representing stones. Visit with your child about his/fears.  Create a list, draw pictures or cut pictures out of magazines identifying these fears.  Tape this list or collage to a wall.  Encourage your child to throw the pom-pom stones at the list of fears and say, “God is stronger than you” or “God is always with me!” Pray and thank God for always being with you and your family.

Nursery

Faith Word: God

Family activity: Have fun with your little one and puppets! Finger puppets and hand puppets are lots of fun and readily available to purchase.  You can also use a decorated paper bag or sock as a puppet!  You can use puppets to tell Bible stories, teach kind ways to act, sing praise songs and even help around the house as your child grows a little older!  Help your child have fun learning about God and growing in faith with all kinds of puppets! Your puppets can even help your child learn to pray!