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Family GPS 01.29.17

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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:

Family Activity

At times, everyone fears feeling alone or unloved. As a family, share ideas about how you can work with God to bring comfort and care to others. Discuss each person’s unique gifts and abilities. How can those be used to comfort others? How can those same gifts be combined with those of other family members to care and help? Use construction paper to create the symbol of a heart. On it, write or draw the gifts of each person. Also write or draw about how they can be used to comfort people who are sad or lonely. Pray together, asking God to help guide you to use your ideas and gifts. Thank God for giving them to you. Display your family’s “heart” as a reminder to comfort others this year.

Action Steps:

  • Read the Bible stories for each upcoming week!
  • Play “I Spy” then talk about times when you have seen God.
  • Memorize this month’s Bible verse.
  • Play on monkey bars, a teeter totter or a balance beam. Do you need help to make it across or did you do it on your own? Do you need God’s help in life?
  • Help someone at school who may be scared or anxious.
  • When you feel afraid, take deep breaths and say, “God is with me and loves me.”

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?

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

 

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 I share these ideas for faith building, remember you don’t have to do everything! You know what works best for your kids and your families.  Here in KiDS COR, we want to offer you several choices so you can choose what makes sense for your family.

This week, try one or more of these ideas:

*Prayer—Prayer is how we relate to God and we can do it in a number of ways. Prayer is talking, listening, being still, moving, creating, praising, and so much more!  The book of Psalms is filled with prayers and can be found right in the middle of your Bible.  Read some aloud (Psalm 150 is a great one for kids!). Have regular times of prayer as a family—maybe at mealtime, on the road and at bedtime.  Pray for yourselves, others and the world.  Remember those who are lonely or sick. Share joys and concerns.  Spend time with God in prayer each day as a family.

*Celebrations!—God loves parties!  On birthdays, celebrate the birthday person as a gift from God.  Tell him or her how special he or she is to you and to God.  Create a special plate, cloth or banner celebrating the person.  Celebrate a regular day—enjoy a picnic in God’s creation, play games, spend time with friend and thank God for all your blessings.  On Easter and Christmas, focus on the faith meanings of these holidays in fun, creative ways!

*Worship –At Resurrection, worship is for everyone.  Whether worship is in TreeHouse Park, Bible Theater, the Student Center, the sanctuary or elsewhere, coming together to now, love and serve God through worship is critical to faith development.  Make sure your entire family worships God regularly. You will be glad you did—and so will God!

Family GPS 01.22.17

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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:

Action Steps:

  • Read the Bible stories for each upcoming week!
  • Play “I Spy” then talk about times when you have seen God.
  • Memorize this month’s Bible verse.
  • Play on monkey bars, a teeter totter or a balance beam. Do you need help to make it across or did you do it on your own? Do you need God’s help in life?
  • Help someone at school who may be scared or anxious.
  • When you feel afraid, take deep breaths and say, “God is with me and loves me.”

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?

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

 

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

Last week, I shared a few activities for your family to try as you grow in faith together. This week, choose another activity—you may even want to share the choices with your kids and see which one they are particularly drawn to!

*Bible reading—Place a Bible on a table in your home.  Make sure it is age-appropriate for kids so they feel comfortable using it!  Choose a Scripture or a story to read once each day.  Consider acting it out, drawing pictures about it or creating the characters out of clay.  Thank God for the Bible and for its meaning for all your lives.

*Art center—Gather miscellaneous art supplies, place them in tubs and make them   available for your kids. Read the creation story from Genesis. Celebrate that God is a creator! Talk about how creativity is a gift from God for us, too.  Use the art supplies to imagine, explore, discover and create!  Display your creations in your home.  Use them as a reminder of God’s creation and creativity.  Thank God for creation!

*Watch television—Yes! Really!  Choose a specific movie or television show to watch as a family. Discuss how the characters displayed Christ-like qualities such as love, peace, patience, kindness and self-control. How did the characters display qualities that were not Christ-like such as rudeness, selfishness, complaining, or whining?  Discuss how each person can grow to have more Christ-like qualities in their lives.  Pray and ask God to help that happen.

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.