January has been a great month in Bible Theatre. (Bible Theatre is our large group experience that all K-5th graders visit at some point on Sunday during KiDSCOR. In Bible Theatre we play games, watch skits, praise God, and much more.) Everything we do in Bible Theatre is focused on our theme or topic of the day. In January we’ve seen God at work in the lives of Ruth, David, Jonathan, Elijah, and Elisha. We’ve learned that God is with us during difficult times, brings good out of bad, and has a purpose for our lives.
Not only that, we’ve also had some cool object lessons and games where kids have smashed eggs on people’s heads, watched Elephant toothpaste come out of water bottle, and seen balloons withstand fire. Recently we’ve tried to capture what’s been happening in Bible Theatre on video. We’ve created short 2-3 minute clips and have been posting them to our youtube channel. On the channel you can see our memory verse of the month, a few of the science experiments in action, and the general happenings in Bible Theatre. This is a great way to check things out if your kiddos misses a Sunday or if you want to see what we do upstairs in Bible Theatre. Click here to check out our youtube channel and see some videos from the month of January or watch one of the videos right here.
As we gear up for the school year, I am often asked the question of the difference between what we do on Wednesdays with our elementary kiddos and what we do on Sundays. Here’s my attempt to answer that question in a very brief blog post.
Wednesday nights have 2 programs running at the same time. ZONE, which is for K-4th graders & Wild 1’s a 5th grade youth group. Those who participate in ZONE get their first taste of a small group. Each kid is assigned a small group and 1 leader. They will spend the entire semester together experiencing ZONE and learning more about their faith. In ZONE you will not finding us memorizing scripture or opening our Bibles to focus on the details of a certain Bible story, rather our focus is all on the relational part of our faith. We do have a Bible story and theme for the night, which serves as our springboard. There are 3 relational opportunities for each kid at ZONE:
With the other kids in their group
With their small group leader
We hope kids make new friends at ZONE, have a positive leader who points them to Jesus, and finally their faith and relationship with Jesus grows stronger. Everything we do in ZONE points them to making these 3 relationships great!
Wild 1’s is our 5th grade youth group, this group is also all about relationships, but also has the goal of preparing 5th graders for the transition over to Rez Life when they enter 6th grade. You’ll find we give the 5th graders a little more freedom; we take field trips, and run the night much like a traditional youth group with lots of large group activities.
Sundays also have the relational component but we also include a lot more Bible knowledge. We encourage kids to memorize Bible verses, open their Bibles, ask questions, and really focus on one Bible story and what it can teach us about God and how we are to live. We have large group worship and small group/classroom experiences all focused on one particular Bible story/theme.
So which one should your child attend?? Both of course! Both are awesome in my opinion and kids can benefit from each program. However, we know each family is different when it comes to schedules and other factors play into your church attendance during different seasons. If you would like to chat more about this drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: At the time this post was written ZONE is looking for small group leaders if you are interested email me (Nick).
As a kid, I remember growing up going to grandma’s house cooking, gardening and hanging out with her on some weekends. I cherish those times developing a bond with her and learning a lot from just talking with her. I might have missed out on it if I didn’t take the time to visit. We can learn from all generations.
In KiDSCOR we see dedicated parents and youth volunteering with the kids but honestly not an abundance of the mature generation. The first thought I have is I hope that the rest of the church doesn’t feel like they have to have kids or be of a certain age to serve with our kids. I always thought that having multiple generations around gives kids a good sense of the world, just like I felt with my grandma.
This isn’t your grandparent’s Sunday school class anymore with all the high tech things we enjoy and are blessed to have, but it is a place that still needs grandparent types to share their wisdom and experience and help teach another generation what they learned. We develop bonds by learning things together, so you don’t have to know it all. That’s one reason God wants us to gather together at church in the first place, to learn and grow together. As the 25th anniversary of the church celebrates Serving, bring a friend and make it the any age Sunday school class again.
This week in Sunday School we got to show off our speed skills AND learn about forgiveness! Our teams raced against each carrying full water coolers to help show how carrying around our anger or bitterness can really hinder us. Instead, we should forgive those who may have hurt or upset us and it will lighten the load we have to carry each day! We learned about the servant in Matthew who was forgiven a large debt, but failed to forgive someone else’s minor debt. That servant was punished for life! Overall, we learned that it might be hard to forgive, but it will only hurt us not too! And God wants to forgive us, so for Him to do so, we must also forgive others!
We had an amazing weekend in KiDSCOR celebrating groundbreaking of the new sanctuary. We gave each kid a plastic construction hat. The kiddos roamed around and got signatures of their friends or leaders to commemorate the day and who they were with. Then each kiddo got a ribbon and wrote the name of one person who doesn’t go to church. They were to pray for them and invite them to church when the new building was done or sooner if they wanted. They could also draw a picture or symbol on it reminding them that God was here (cross, heart, etc.) These ribbons were tied to the construction fence which will be up for the next couple of years and as they see the ribbons on the fence they will be reminded to pray for the name they wrote. Here are a few pics and videos from the weekend.
Finally our theme song has been Bless The Lord/10,000 Reasons for this campaign. Here’s a great video one of our volunteers put together of our kiddos singing it.