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What's happening this month in Children's Ministry
This is a monthly resource to help parents make the most of all that our Children’s Ministry has to offer your family. We have broken it down into four sections to give you everything from big picture inspiration to a detailed overview of what we’re teaching in our Children’s environments. Sign up at the bottom of your screen to receive the Parent Newsletter email each month!
The Big Picture
10 Ways to Help Your Kids Live On Mission
The only thing better than seeing your child discover God’s love is watching them give that love away. This can happen as kids build friendships with other kids who don’t know Jesus and find ways to love and serve them.
At Southland, we call that living on mission. It’s how we unleash a revolution of love to a world desperately in need of hope. Here are ten ideas to get your family serving and living on mission today:
1. Set the example. Like every part of the Christian life, the best way to teach your kids to serve is to do it yourself. This doesn’t have to be a big deal. Look for people with a need and try to meet it. This can be a small thing or a big thing. Include your kids whenever possible.
2. Pray for God to send you people to serve. Before you leave the house each morning, take a minute and pray with your kids, asking God to send you one person to serve. At dinner ask the question, “Who did God let you help today?” Be sure to share your stories too.
3. Make the ballfield your mission field. Does your child play baseball? Do they dance or take piano? How about gymnastics or their school academic team? Whatever your child is into, use it as an opportunity to build relationships and serve. How can your whole family bless their teammates, coaches, teachers, and parents who are involved in your child’s activity?
4. Serve together at church. Southland has plenty of opportunities for your family to serve together. Whether it’s packing meals for families around the world or purchasing backpack supplies for local schools, there are always a number of ways to get on mission together as a family. You could even serve in your child’s Children’s Ministry environment!
5. Practice hospitality. Having people in your home reminds kids that life isn’t about them. Look for families who you can invite over for dinner or ice cream. Who do you know who is lonely or going through a rough time? Don’t worry about your house being clean enough or making a fancy meal. Just make people your priority and your kids will catch on fast.
6. Give stuff away. Help your kids prioritize people over stuff by giving things away regularly. You can donate toys, books, and clothes to Helping Through Him at our Nicholasville Campus or give things away to families you know who have a need. Whenever possible, anonymous giving is always the most fun!
7. Invite someone to church. Encourage your kids to invite friends to join them in the Big Picture Show. Share our What to Expect video with families who are considering attending and send them the VIP page so parents can pre-register their kids and avoid filling out paperwork on their first visit. Special events, like our family carnivals and movie nights, are also a great way to introduce a new family to Southland.
8. Serve your neighbors. Start kids serving close to home. Encourage your child to offer to rake an elderly neighbor’s leaves or deliver cookies to someone on your street who needs some love. Not only will this meet a need but it could give you the chance to develop a long-term relationship with those who live close by.
9. Make cards and lots of them. Kids love to make cards. Look for excuses to have them make cards for people who are sick, discouraged or just lonely. Cute, homemade cards from kids can really make someone’s day, and they’re something any child can do.
10. Serve with friends. Being on mission is always more fun with friends. The early church did everything in community. It was that community of believers serving together that changed the world overnight. Look for opportunities to serve with your Southland Group or involve your kids’ friends in service projects and acts of kindness. Their friendships will grow stronger, and it will give them the courage to take bigger risks of faith.
To help your family talk more about living on mission we are giving away a copy of Love Does for Kids by Bob and Sissy Goff. Just email us at email@example.com by noon on Monday, February 11th, to enter for a chance to win your free copy. You can put “free book” in the subject line.
Congratulations to Sara Donkin who won last month’s giveaway, the family devotional, I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.
Digging Deeper with Kids
Here in Children’s Ministry, we want to make it easy for you to talk about faith at home. That’s why we’ve created our new Family Resource page on the Southland website. Each month you will find this page jam-packed with devotions, discussion questions, and other resources to get your family talking about God.
Our Family Resource page makes it easy to see what your child is learning all month long on Sundays with the monthly overview. You can use that as a reference to ask questions, help them memorize their monthly Bible verse, or to read Sunday’s Bible story later in the week.
For preschool families, you will also find weekly parenting tips and suggested conversation starters for morning time, drive time, cuddle time and bath time.
For elementary kids, we have provided you with four age-appropriate devotions to go with each week’s lesson. The weekly devotions build on what we’re teaching in Children’s Ministry so that kids can take what they are learning and apply it all week long. This is a great tool to help your child develop a regular quiet time and learn how to study the Bible for themselves.
We hope you find these resources helpful and that they lead to great conversations in your family.
In our new preschool series, we will explore the “Colorific” colors of the rainbow as we teach preschoolers that God loves them, and He always keeps His promises. Kids will learn no matter how long we have to wait, God will come through. We’ll explore two great examples of this through Moses and Noah, and the BIG promises that God made them.
Join us as we kick-off our new series in the Drive-in and Backlot where we are learning about contentment. There is always something else that we think might be better, newer, or shinier than what we already have. But being content means that you choose to be okay with what God has given you.
At The Big Picture Show, we want to make it easy for you to invite your friends to church. That’s why we do our best to make our guest check-in process as simple, friendly and efficient as possible so that everyone’s first visit to Children’s Ministry is a great one.
The most important part of this check-in process is the people who make it happen, our Children’s Ministry Welcome Hosts. The leaders who serve at our guest check-in desks have one of the most influential jobs around. Each Sunday morning they get to serve on mission as the face of Children’s Ministry to every new family who walks through the door.
Here’s what one of our Welcome Hosts, Sarah, had to say about why she loves to serve in this strategic role, “I love serving as a welcome host because it’s one of the small ways I can help people feel welcome in such a large church. Parents love it when I greet their children personally, reaffirming that they are in great hands!”
It’s hard to measure the impact one Welcome Host like Sarah can make. Because Sarah helps our new families feel right at home, parents aren’t distracted worrying about their kids, and they’re able to settle in and enjoy the service. This gives them the opportunity to connect with God and hopefully consider making Southland their church home.
So the next time you invite friends to church, be assured that our Children’s Ministry Welcome Hosts can’t wait to help them have a fantastic first day. If you’d like more information about serving as a Welcome Host and making a difference like Sarah, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.