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Short Term Resolutions

By Denise Mersmann

Here we are . . . just a few weeks into the new year and we can hear the sound of resolutions crashing all around us.

For some, setting New Year’s resolutions is a lifelong practice, an enjoyable way to reflect on the past year and head off on a new trail of self-improvement. For others, it can be huge burden that makes us feel guilty if we choose not to set resolutions; I mean really isn’t that like saying “I’m pretty good with the way I am and not looking to improve myself over the next 365 days”?

But is that annual life reset really beneficial? What does it really do to our emotional health when we greet Valentine’s Day with the realization that we are already wandering off our new self-improvement trail? And once we realize that we are off track, do we take a “do over” or just throw in the towel until next New Year’s Eve?

As parent’s we have the opportunity, and some obligation, to help our kids learn to access their lives and set goals to be the very best they can be. But what does “a year” look like to a pre-K kiddo or even an elementary school child? It looks like a really, really long time and is actually not something most kids can really comprehend.

Recent studies have shown that greater success can be achieved using short term goals, even if those are set to achieve a long term resolution. And, as we all know, everything is better if we can celebrate and have fun along the way.

There are many great ways to make goal-setting a fun, positive and beneficial family activity. Consider setting a “do better” program using holidays and celebrations that are already in place as your target date.

Perhaps set a family goal to “be a good sport” from now until the Super Bowl. That “good sport” goal could include not getting frustrated when things don’t go the way we want, playing our best in sports and being a good teammate or smiling when we might want to yell. After we celebrate our “good sport” success on Super Bowl Sunday, let’s look at how we can show love to others until Valentine’s Day. Maybe celebrate how well we showed love with a heart shaped cookie after dinner or pink pancakes for breakfast.

However you choose to look ahead in 2016, always remember that no matter what goals we set or how well we do at achieving them God loves us and that is something to celebrate every day all year long!

Follow KiDSCOR on Twitter @kidscorleawood and Instagram for other fun ways to set and celebrate family goals all year long!

Words Of Blessings For A New Year!

As we start the first month of 2016, you may be thinking about new beginnings or routines you would like to establish. Think about blessing your child as a gift you can give your child each day. You might use some of these words as a place to begin. You can speak them aloud or write them in a note—or both. You can use one sentence at a time or the entire paragraph.

My Child,

I ask the Lord to bless you, to meet your needs and grant you good health, joy, courage and strength. I ask God to increase your faith and fill your heart with love for Him. I pray you will be filled with God’s spirit, shining within yourself and to the world because you know you are loved by God and others. I want you to know in good times and in bad, God is by your side, walking with you and even carrying you when you need to be held. When life surprises you by turning a different direction than your plan, I pray you can embrace the new path, eager to see how God will work all things together for good. I pray you will always be surrounded by family and friends who share God’s grace and love with you. Of everything I wish for you, my greatest wish is for to share in a precious relationship with Jesus and that you will always know how very much you are loved by Him.

 

All my love,

 

Mom/Dad/Grandpa/Grandma

Family GPS 10.18.15

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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!

Elementary:

Action Steps

  • Share a Scripture verse with a friend.
  • Invite a friend to KiDSCOR!
  • Learn this month’s memory verse.
  • Ask God to forgive you for something you did wrong.
  • Serve you family members.
  • Smile at a person who seems sad or lonely.
  • Thanks God at least once each day!

Conversations Starters

How have you experienced God’s love?

What is one of our favorite promises God has made in the Bible?

How and when do you trust God?

How has God helped you through a difficult time?

Memory verse:

“Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God!  He is the faithful God!”  Deuteronomy 7:9

Early Childhood

Faith Word: Bible

Bible words: “God’s Word lights my way.”  Psalm 119:105

Family activity:

October 18

The Bible is a treasure book from God.  Enjoy a family treasure hunt by traveling through the rooms in your home and gathering the different Bibles you find.  Sit down together as a family and explore the Bibles.  What similarities and differences do you see between each of them?  Enjoy looking at the pictures and telling Bible stories aloud.  You might even share a favorite Bible verse with your child!

(If you family does not have a Bible, you can pick up a free New Testament from the Connection Point in the Narthex.)

October 11

Gather some blocks, Legos, or other building materials.  Invite your child to build a church with the blocks.  You might first talk with your child about the different parts of a church or just let him/her start building.  Work alongside your child, asking for his/her direction.  When it is complete, celebrate by praying, singing, dancing, reading a Bible story or serving others!

October 4

While you are riding in the car, talk about the words of Jesus.  What does it mean to serve someone else?  When you arrive home, role play some situations where it might be difficult for your child to serve like Jesus. Sharing a favorite toy or using kind words could be examples.  Make sure and praise your child as he or she grows to serve like Jesus.  Affirm your child throughout the week as he or she serves others!

Nursery:

Faith Word: Bible

Family activity: When you are changing your baby’s diaper, rocking your baby or feeding him or her, say these words:  “God made (baby’s name) and God loves (baby’s name)!”  You could also have fun touching your little one’s legs, hands face, and feet and saying, “God made (baby’s name)’s legs” or “God created (baby’s name)’s toes!  Thank and praise God aloud for creating your precious child!

All KiDSCOR kids

Missions Project: During the month of October, KiDSCOR will continue to collect money which will be used to purchase bandaids, 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 who you are and for all you have done for me.  Thank you for being with me at home, school, church and in all my activities.  Thanks for being my friend, no matter what is going on in my life.  Please help me to care for others the way you care for me. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Parent Point: Many kids struggle with asking for help, yet God encourages us all to ask Him for help and is always faithful to answer. Consider how you react or respond when you or someone else is in need of assistance.  Are you willing to accept a helping hand when you need it?  Do you offer help when a friend or neighbor is in need? Do you turn to God in prayer, asking Him for guidance and strength, modeling reliance upon Him?  Teach your kids to ask for and receive help from God and God’s people through your words and your actions.

Family GPS 10.11.15

GPS KiDSCOR-05

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 October, KiDSCOR will continue to collect money which will be used to purchase bandaids, 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 who you are and for all you have done for me.  Thank you for being with me at home, school, church and in all my activities.  Thanks for being my friend, no matter what is going on in my life.  Please help me to care for others the way you care for me. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

Parent Point: Many kids struggle with asking for help, yet God encourages us all to ask Him for help and is always faithful to answer. Consider how you react or respond when you or someone else is in need of assistance.  Are you willing to accept a helping hand when you need it?  Do you offer help when a friend or neighbor is in need? Do you turn to God in prayer, asking Him for guidance and strength, modeling reliance upon Him?  Teach your kids to ask for and receive help from God and God’s people through your words and your actions.

Elementary:

Memory verse:

“Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God!  He is the faithful God!”  Deuteronomy 7:9

Conversations Starters

How have you experienced God’s love?

What is one of our favorite promises God has made in the Bible?

How and when do you trust God?

How has God helped you through a difficult time?

Early Childhood

Faith Word: Bible

Bible words: “God’s Word lights my way.”  Psalm 119:105

Family activity:

October 4

While you are riding in the car, talk about the words of Jesus.  What does it mean to serve someone else?  When you arrive home, role play some situations where it might be difficult for your child to serve like Jesus. Sharing a favorite toy or using kind words could be examples.  Make sure and praise your child as he or she grows to serve like Jesus.  Affirm your child throughout the week as he or she serves others!

October 11

Gather some blocks, Legos, or other building materials.  Invite your child to build a church with the blocks.  You might first talk with your child about the different parts of a church or just let him/her start building.  Work alongside your child, asking for his/her direction.  When it is complete, celebrate by praying, singing, dancing, reading a Bible story or serving others!

Nursery:

Faith Word: Bible

Family activity: When you are changing your baby’s diaper, rocking your baby or feeding him or her, say these words:  “God made (baby’s name) and God loves (baby’s name)!”  You could also have fun touching your little one’s legs, hands face, and feet and saying, “God made (baby’s name)’s legs” or “God created (baby’s name)’s toes!  Thank and praise God aloud for creating your precious child!

Family GPS 10.04.15

GPS KiDSCOR-05

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 October, KiDSCOR will continue to collect money which will be used to purchase bandaids, 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 who you are and for all you have done for me.  Thank you for being with me at home, school, church and in all my activities.  Thanks for being my friend, no matter what is going on in my life.  Please help me to care for others the way you care for me. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

 

Parent Point: Many kids struggle with asking for help, yet God encourages us all to ask Him for help and is always faithful to answer. Consider how you react or respond when you or someone else is in need of assistance.  Are you willing to accept a helping hand when you need it?  Do you offer help when a friend or neighbor is in need? Do you turn to God in prayer, asking Him for guidance and strength, modeling reliance upon Him?  Teach your kids to ask for and receive help from God and God’s people through your words and your actions.

Elementary:

Memory verse:

“Know now then that the Lord your God is the only true God!  He is the faithful God!”  Deuteronomy 7:9

Early Childhood

Faith Word: Bible

Bible words: “God’s Word lights my way.”  Psalm 119:105

Family activity:

October 4

While you are riding in the car, talk about the words of Jesus.  What does it mean to serve someone else?  When you arrive home, role play some situations where it might be difficult for your child to serve like Jesus. Sharing a favorite toy or using kind words could be examples.  Make sure and praise your child as he or she grows to serve like Jesus.  Affirm your child throughout the week as he or she serves others!

Nursery:

Faith Word: Bible

Family activity: When you are changing your baby’s diaper, rocking your baby or feeding him or her, say these words:  “God made (baby’s name) and God loves (baby’s name)!”  You could also have fun touching your little one’s legs, hands face, and feet and saying, “God made (baby’s name)’s legs” or “God created (baby’s name)’s toes!  Thank and praise God aloud for creating your precious child!

Friday Faith Builder

This upcoming Sunday we will be enjoying our KiDS COR Rainbow celebration with our three year olds and their parents! Worship will be the focus of our time together and kids and parents will be learning ways to share in worshiping God together. We will describe to families that worship is expressing our love for God and making God’s heart happy. We will also explore and experience some components of worship, which apply to kids and adults of all ages! As you look through this list, choose one or two ways your family can grow in worshiping God!

W ord of God

O ffering

R ead the Bible

S ounds of Praise

H elp Others

I magine and Wonder

P rayer

Kids are amazing at letting God know how much they love Him through song, dance, serving, laughter, art, prayer, learning, and even being quiet and still. They love characters and stories from the Bible and enjoy learning about God’s creation. Realizing Jesus is their best friend forever is also a truth they celebrate! Enjoy worshiping God as a family in new ways and deepen your relationship with one another and with Him!

Family GPS 9.27.15

GPS KiDSCOR-05

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!

Family GPS 9.20.15

GPS KiDSCOR-05

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?

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.

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!

Family GPS 9.13.15

GPS KiDSCOR-05

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

Early Childhood

Faith Word:  SERVE

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

Family activity:

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!

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!

Screen Time!

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By Denise Mersmann

Over the next week, our daylight time grows shorter by about 15 minutes.  Less daylight often brings with it less time outside and requests from our kids for more “screen time” to provide entertainment.

The thought of more screen time can create concerns for parents including kids not getting enough exercise and fresh air, kids focusing on screens and not engaging with people and the possibility that kids will come across content that is not appropriate.

So how do we ensure that our kid’s tech time is a blessing for them and our families?  With a little advance planning and research you can create a technology environment that it is beneficial to everyone.

Before you hand over those tablets, laptops and smart phones and settle in front of the fireplace, think about what most concerns you about your family’s use of technology.  Once you have determined what your concerns are, you can establish guidelines that will ensure positive results.  Making your screen rules specific and easy to understand will increase the likelihood that they will be remembered and followed.  When you are comfortable with your screen rules, go over each of them with your family.  This is also a good time to outline consequences if the rules are not followed.

With rules in place, you can now shift your focus to how you can actually utilize technology as a solution to some winter woes.  With over 1.5 million apps to choose from, taking a few minutes to research what is available and add some new options to your family’s app library can be time well spent.

There are a lot of great apps that encourage physical activity and exercise.  Those can help keep kids and adults moving and even introduce fun new ways to stay in shape.  As a family, setting aside some time every day to practice yoga or try zumba dance helps everyone burn some calories and enjoy some fun time together.  And, if you dance like I do, your kids will reap the benefits of a really good laugh!

Incorporating educational game apps can help your kids learn without them realizing they are actually not just playing!  Look for apps that allow multiple players at one time to encourage some interaction and prevent kids from isolating with the screen and shutting out other people.

Another fun option is to use technology to encourage our creativity.  There are many music and art apps that allow us to paint, draw or compose our own masterpiece.  Creative apps can be great for combined projects teaching kids how to share, comprise and work as a team.

Technology is a huge part of each of our lives and we can’t escape it.  We can, with a little planning and effort, utilize it as a tool to benefit our entire family!