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Celebrate & Serve 2015

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Just a few short weeks ago over 150 awesome KiDSCOR leaders got together to celebrate and equip themselves for the 2015-2016 school year. It was a great time with lots of yummy food and lots of training in small and large groups. In case you missed it here are some highlights.

The morning began with Lori Trupp reminding us what we value when serving in KiDSCOR. She highlighted the value of Safety and explained the importance of completing an internal background check as well as the conference’s Safe Gathering online course. To hear her talk click here (It’s only 6 minutes long)

Next we had some specific breakouts based on the age group you served with. We also had time to sharpen our storytelling skills as well as learn how to handle challenging kiddos in your classroom. Mr. Mike spoke for a few minutes on the importance of being on time when serving as well as a few other classroom challenges we may face. To hear his talk click here (It’s 11 minutes long)

Finally we gathered one more time to review our evacuation policy. We took part in a fire drill and after successfully completing the drill we got a brand new KiDSCOR t-shirt. To watch a quick video of our fire drill and learn our evacuation route click here. 

Our volunteers are awesome! Thank you for serving and taking the time to get better as a leader.

 

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Serving At Any Age

By: Brenda Thornton

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.

Discipline in the Classroom…what does that look like?

Great Article from the General Board of Discipleship…
Discipline in the Classroom

God is a God of Peace
There are certain times of the year that questions arise around discipline, and the start of a new school year is one of them. Summer vacation is over, and promotion Sunday is drawing near. This is a wonderful time to consider what discipline means in Christian community. Many times we look at this word as the definition of punishment, but as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to the discipline of love and peace.

What do love and peace look like on Sunday morning when parents drop their children off for Sunday school, or during weekday children’s ministry programs? In loving one another, we provide children with an emotionally and physically safe, intellectually stimulating, and nurturing environment. As peacemakers, we help children understand how to engage in a world, that is not always loving, in the way that Christ exemplified for us. This goes beyond rules and law to the covenant we share in Christ.

In Christian community, it is necessary to covenant together. We promise to love one another, but the accountability piece in love may get lost when leaders feel helpless to lead in a way that is true to who we are called to be as Christians. We hold a responsibility to our children to set boundaries that allow them to grow and learn in a healthy environment. More than a few times, children’s leaders have expressed frustration over – let’s just say it – bad behavior. Remember that every week for at least 35 hours, children are expected to follow rules in classrooms all over the world, and for the most part they do. Children understand boundaries, and they understand what is expected of them.

Faithful formation of our children is not easy. It takes careful planning, communication with parents and children, intentional relationship building, patience, a sense of humor, and a commitment to the call to make disciples. Most of all, it takes living into the Christian command of love of God and neighbor.


Equipped to create peace in the classroom!
A few ideas from Melanie

There are some strategies that we can use to encourage and support a healthy environment for children in the nursery, preschool, Sunday school and in other areas of ministry with children.

Create a covenant with the children at the beginning of the year. Even preschoolers understand boundaries.

Post the covenant in the room, and revisit it often. Set aside time during the year to update it based on children’s growth.

Parents share in the responsibility to prepare their children to participate with others in a way that stays within the covenant. Make sure that parents understand the expectations, and encourage them to remind their children of these expectations before church activities.

Remain calm in all situations. If needed, take a few deep breaths. Deep breaths can be quite calming.

Children are made to test boundaries, so our response the first time a boundary is crossed will set the tone for most children.

Speak positively, and encourage cooperation.

Remember that you are the adult responsible for the formation of the children while they are in your care, so check your behavior also. Children know who we are by our actions, and our words.

Melanie Gordon is Director of Ministry with Children at the General Board of Discipleship and a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference.

Thank You Sunday School Guides!!

As the school year winds down we want to thank all our guides for leading our classrooms during the school year. We are inviting all our kids to write a thank-you note for their guide and bring it with them the next time they come to KiDS COR. Click here to find a listing of all our elementary guides. Click Here to find a listing of all our Early Childhood guides.

Summer Volunteers Needed!!!

Summer is just around the corner…and we want to give our regular Sunday school guides some time off to rest and get ready for the fall but in order to do that we need parents, grandparants, aunts, uncles, friends, etc. to join Kids Cor this summer. We are looking for those who can commit from 1-4 times during the summer.

Our elementary classrooms are having a contest to see who can fill up their sign-up sheets first. Winner gets a sandy candy party! Check out the contest video below! Thanks to Ron Fugate for putting this together! If you are interested in helping out this summer email Stacy Furey @ stacy.furey@cor.org

Be Inspired Recap

Just a few weeks ago our KiDS COR Sunday School Leaders had a chance to “Be Inspired” as we celebrate the fact that we get to work with kids. Check out the highlights below and a special message from Pastor Adam.