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3 Part Summer Challenge for 1st-5th Graders


This is a challenge for our 1st-5th grade children’s church kids.

Prizes:
IMG_0090Complete one part: Choose “big” prize from children’s church
Complete two parts: Kiwi Loco gift card
Complete all three: Trip to Roaring Springs in August (day TBD)

Scripture Challenge:
Memorize Philippians 2:1-18. You may choose the version of the Bible you would like to use. It does not have to be word perfect, but it needs to be very close. You must recite it all at one time.

IMG_0001Creed Challenge:
Memorize the Apostle’s Creed. This creed helps state what we believe as followers of Jesus.

Mission Challenge:
Read 2 of our missions books and turn in a short report on the books. The report should answer questions like, Where did the story take place? Who are the missionaries involved? What was your favorite part? What did you learn from the story?

You have until August 4th to complete the full challenge. You can use the whole summer to work on each part of the challenge at a time. You do not have to do all three things at once. For example, you do not have to recite the scripture and creed at the same time. Whatever you complete by August 4th will determine your prize.

Your parents can help you along the way! Examples of how they can help are by listening to DSC_0081you practice your memorization, helping you come up with memorizing tools, reading the books with you, thinking of a good question to answer in your report, or reading your report before you turn it in.

If you have any questions, ask!


The Yo-Yo Lesson


Recently, as an introduction to a lesson about knot tying, we were discussing Proverbs 5:22 in one of the children’s classes I teach. It says,

The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them;
    the cords of their sins hold them fast.

My question (what is this saying?) after reading the verse was immediately followed by that “deer in the headlights” looks from about 95% of the group.

Awesome. Let’s try this again, I thought.

We read it again, and again I asked, “What is this communicating?” I got a couple of answers this time and then the thoughts started coming…

“I think it’s saying the more you get in sin, the harder it is to get out….” Good.

“Oh, it’s kind of like evil will tie you up.” Yes- now you guys are on track…

Then a couple thoughts (and a lot of distractions) later, I noticed the demeanor of one of the girls change… her eyes lit up, she sat a little taller in her chair, and as soon as she made eye contact with me, she raised her hand up in the air. “I’ve got it!” she exclaimed.

“So my brother used to do yo-yo- like A LOT. He would do yo-yo tricks all the time. Well, if he got a knot in the string, the trick just would not work. It just doesn’t work to have a knot in the string. That’s what it’s like for us. If we get sin in our life, it just makes life not work. We can’t do things like we are supposed to. That’s what it’s about. Sin messes us up.”

“That’s brilliant,” I said. There really was not much more I could add to that. I think they figured out the proverb….


Counting On God


Last night we had a special service at our church. Since it is an extra time of gathering, we have not had our kids in the services but instead, the kids are gathering for their own worship and learning time.

One of the things we like to do when it’s just the kids is crazy songs with lots of actions! They really like to dance around and sing super loud. Well, one of the songs we did last night is a song we often sing as a whole congregation. The music video started and most of the kids jumped out of their chairs yelling, “I love this one!” and began singing as loud as they could. It was pretty impressive. They really liked the song!

Well, when it was done, I asked them, “So what are you counting on God for? We just got done singing over and over, ‘Counting on God, I am counting on God.’ So what is in your life that you are counting on God to do?”

Their answers were amazing. A few were of course a little silly! But for the most part, they were identifying relationship that they are trusting God to take care of, friends who they are trusting God to care for, and needs for which they believe whole heatedly that God will provide. It was encouraging and challenging to me.

So my question for you today is the same, What are you counting on God for? What is happening in your life that all you can say is “I am counting on God!”


Walk and Talk, Dec. 4th


Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea: Peace – I am free from anxiety because things are right between God, myself, and others.

Memory Verse:  Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: 2 Corinthians 13:11-14

Day 2: Isaiah 9:2-7

Day 3: Psalm 23:1-6

Day 4: Micah 4:1-5

Day 5: Isaiah 35:1-10 (This passage will help prepare you for Sunday morning.)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, is there anything that helps you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage? Is there something that Jesus wants you to do today?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

As we prepare for Christmas through Advent (the “coming” of Jesus), what can you praise God for? What specific ways are you praying for your family and friends during this season?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“May you keep ___________ in perfect peace, as his/her mind is kept on you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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Walk and Talk Devotion


Here is the at home devotional for this Thanksgiving week. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Remember together!

Start the week by remembering the Big Idea from Sunday and the spend time memorizing the scripture focus. Put the memory verse in a place that your family will see it through the week.

Big Idea:  Final Judgment – We believe that everyone will face the judgment of God with its rewards and punishments.

Memory Verse:  “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:12-13

 

Read Together!

Spend time each day reading the passages for the week.

Day 1: Psalm 119:145-160

Day 2: Psalm 121

Day 3: Psalm 122

Day 4: Psalm 123

Day 5: John 4:1-42 (reading this passage will help you prepare for Sunday morning)

Talk together!

Discover biblical truth by talking together about the scripture.

What good things have you seen this week? What do those good things show you about God’s character? After reading the passage, what can you give thanks to God for? Are there things in the scripture that help you remember or know who God is? What do you learn about Jesus from the passage? How does the passage influence or change or shape your thinking? What do you think Jesus wants you to learn from the passage?

Pray together!

Recording praises and requests in a journal will help you (and your family) continually recognize what God is doing!

This week, try using the majority of your time praying together just giving thanks to God. It’s the season of Thanksgiving, but this is habit that we should always have! So what are you thankful for to God? What has God been doing in your life/in your family that you can turn into praise?

Pray God’s will for your child, your friends, your family, by praying scriptures. Insert someone’s name in the blank as you pray.

“Lord, may __________ rejoice in your promise, like one who finds a great treasure!” Psalm 119:1632


A Tip For You


If you have been reading with us through the Engage the Word passages you may have noticed that some of the passages are rather long. You may have especially noticed this if you have tried reading with someone under the age of 7 or someone with the attention span of Twitchey the squirrel from Hoodwinked.

So here are two things I would say to you–

First- Don’t give up on reading! Keep it up. Even if it seems easier to just not read the passage, don’t give up on the habit you are building. It will be worth it!

Second- Trying reading some of the stories from a children’s Bible. I’m including all the passages for the rest of the week with their “Story Title.” That way if you have a children’s Bible at home, maybe just find the general story and read that together. Children’s Bibles give a condensed version of the story, usually pictures, and a way for your family to continue reading about God together.

I am praying for your family’s journey! Keep it up!

Wednesday: Exodus 13:17-14:31 (Crossing the Red Sea)

Thursday: Exodus 19:1-20:21 (10 Commandments)

Friday: Joshua 1:1-18 (Joshua)

Saturday: Joshua 3:1-4:24 (Joshua and Jordan)

Sunday: Joshua 5:13-6:27 (Fall of Jericho)


Praising God


A small devotional thought. It’s designed with kids in mind…..

Start by reading Psalms 118:26.

Did you realize what a big job it is to praise God?

Read Luke 19:39-40.

What will happen if we don’t praise Jesus?

Jesus is to great to forget about or stop praising. What is something that you can praise Jesus for today?

Ask God to help us to always remember to be praising Jesus.

Who can you pray for today?