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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 month of September, the offering collected by KiDSCOR will be used to purchase band aids, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Kleenex and Chapstick for care kits.  These kits will be given to the children at our partner schools in Kansas City.  You will also be invited to donate these items.  Our goal is to assemble 2,500 care kits for kids!

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for your love. Thank you for listening to us, caring for us and helping us.  Please guide us to love and serve you and all people.  Please help us learn about You and how to be your faithful followers.  We love you, God and we praise You.  In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

Parent Point: Did you know that you are the most important person in your child’s life?  You are also the most important person in your child’s faith development, but 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:

Grades K-2  “I remind you to revive the gift of God that is within you.” 2 Timothy 1:6

Grades 3-5 “I remind you to revive the gift of God that is within you…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:6-7

Conversation Starters:

What gifts has God given you?

How can you serve others?  How can your family serve others?

Name on fact about John Wesley and why it is important to know.

What is on e struggle you have?  How can God help you overcome that?

Who are you praying for this month?

Family Activity:

How does your family approach going to church each week? Are you excited, happy and joyful? Do you complain about the weather and the walk from the parking lot? Are you struggling to get dressed and out the door on time? Is your home filled with words of encouragement, or hollering and hurried words? To help you remember you are going to God’s house for worship, consider playing some praise music as you prepare. Maybe you could say a prayer for a soft heart and positive spirit the afternoon or evening before you go. Read a story from the Bible to help center your mind on God. Nothing works perfectly in family life, but choose one way to try this week to help all of you appreciate a more fulfilling experience in God’s house!

Early Childhood

Faith Word:  SERVE

Bible words: “As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b

Family activity:

September 13th

Sing these words to the tune of “This Old Man” as your family mealtime prayer.

“God made you. God made me.

God made each of us differently.

We are all part of God’s great big family

Thank you God for making me!”

Pray for each person in your family and thank God for him or her!

September 20th

Families can look many different ways!  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.

September 20th

As your child goes to bed, talk about how you might serve others at church.  First, ask your child how he/she would enjoy serving.  Maybe your child would like to help bake treats, design cards, color pictures, greet others or pray for someone.  Then talk about who your child would like to serve.  Maybe he/she would like to bless their KiDSCOR teacher, a person in a nursing home, a pastor or a new friend.  Let your child know that the next day (or another day of your choosing) you will work together to serve the person or people your child has chosen.  The make sure and follow through!  Your child learns best about serving others by serving alongside you, so enjoy spending some time together serving others.

Nursery:

Faith Word: SERVE

Family activity: As you rock your child, sing a simple faith song such as “Jesus Loves Me.” You can play a recording of the song instead if you would like.  Consider using your child’s name in place of the word, “me.”  Eye contact with your child and your arms wrapped around him/her will help your child to experience God’s love!

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