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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
Helping Your Kids with Friendship
Friendship can be complicated for kids in a normal year. It’s not always easy to make friends, and keep those relationships going. But, of course, 2020 is not exactly a normal year. In a season of quarantine, social distancing and virtual learning, friendships are harder than ever before.
With so much of normal life disrupted, many of the activities where kids traditionally connect have been altered or cancelled. On top of that parents vary on what they feel comfortable allowing their kids to do.
If your family falls on the more cautious end of the spectrum, you may have already had to make all kinds of hard decisions about whether or not to allow your children to play sports, visit a friend’s house, or go to a birthday party or a sleepover. On the other hand, if your kids have been doing all of those things and more, you may be struggling to help them stay connected with other friends who aren’t getting out as much.
In the midst of NTI work and everything else your family has going, focusing on friendships right now may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. Our kids, however, need to stay connected to friends now more than ever.
Here are a few thoughts that might help:
To get the conversation about friendship going with your kids, you can check this devotion from our online devotional, The Adventure Begins.
Also, this month we’re giving away five friendship pix chains, to encourage kids to pick their friends wisely. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win by September 14th.
This simple chain comes with nine guitar-style picks, each one listing a Bible verse reference about friendship. Kids can memorize each verse and wear the chain to remind them to treat others the way they want to be treated.
Congratulations to Jana Penner for winning the school supplies in last months drawing.
Big Picture Show Online
We would love to see you at one of our campuses this Sunday, but if you can’t make it live and in person, make sure your kids don’t miss out on our weekly online services.
Each week we provide worship, creative Bible teaching and a fun family activity to help you follow up on what your kids are learning.
Your children can participate in the Big Picture Show online in two different ways. Either hop on the online campus Sundays at 9:00am (preschool) and 9:30am (K-5th grades) or head over to our Facebook page to watch the videos on demand at any time. We post new services every week at 7:00am.
You can also check out devotions that go with each week’s service here.
This month, we are going to use the super sweet theme of Ice Cream Sundae, along with the life of Joseph, to teach preschoolers that God has a plan for them. When we put all of the parts of Joseph’s story together—just as with an ice cream sundae—it gives us a sweet reminder that we can trust that God has a plan for me, and it is always best. We just have to wait until God is done putting all of the parts together.
Jesus showed us the greatest example of love when He laid down His life for His friends. With His words and actions, He showed friendship to everyone He met. We can reflect Jesus’ love best when we treat one another with Friendship. This month we will learn what friendship is supposed to look like through God’s eyes.
Love Your Community
God created each of us to live in community. When we are invested in our community, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact in the lives of others. Since September 13th, 2015, we have seen God unleashing a revolution of love at our Georgetown Campus. Dotty Harney was there from the start as the Georgetown Children’s Pastor. She has built a community of volunteers that love kids and their families in our ministry. Read on to learn more about Dotty!
Q. Where are you from?
A. My dad is a preacher so we lived all over the country. Dad had preaching spots in Indiana, Northern California, Oklahoma, then in 1988 he moved back here. He was born and raised in Lexington. I’ve lived in all those spots plus went to college, so home is wherever they’re at. I feel like I’m a Kentucky girl even though I wasn’t born here.
Q. When did you start at Southland?
A. I came from a ministry in Missouri. I came here 2004. When I came, we were down a lot of people, so I said 'where is your greatest need'. At that point it was in Preschool. I was there for 4 years and then I went to the Drive In.
Q. What’s your job now?
A. I’m the Children’s Pastor for Georgetown. Everything has morphed, we changed. I’ve gone through rebranding. I did a little bit of this and a little bit of that. [I’ve done] a little bit of everything.
Q. What have you learned from children’s ministry?
A. That kids are eager to learn about God. We are all born with something spiritual in us. [When a kid] goes 'I want to know more about who God is', that’s when I really feel like I've done what the Lord has called me to do.
Q. What are you excited about with Georgetown?
A. The potential here is huge, Georgetown is a thriving city and it’s growing. The potential for getting the word of God out to people and letting them know they’re loved.
Q. What’s your favorite children's ministry memory?
A. We used to do this thing called Who’s in the House. I loved doing that. That was the highlight of my year, it took you off your weekend stuff and it got you into doing more creative stuff. I loved doing costumes. Family came together for it. So it was fun to see mom, dad, and kids all laughing and sing.