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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
Preparing Your Kids for the Future
Believe it or not, summer is winding down and back-to-school is right around the corner. If you have school-age kids, you’re probably neck-deep in hunting for elusive classroom supplies and trying to prepare your children for the fall. You may be filling out paperwork, attending school orientations and doing some last-minute shopping just to make sure your child has everything they need.
None of us wants to send our kids out into the world unprepared. That’s why we pack lunches and help them with homework and make them go to practices and rehearsals for whatever extracurricular thing they might be into.
Even with our preschoolers, we do all we can to help them learn letters and numbers so that someday when they do go to school, they won’t be behind.
All of these things we do to help our kids are great, but there’s one thing we can give them that will prepare them for any situation. That’s helping them to love and learn the Bible.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (NLT). That means if kids understand God’s word, it will show them how to live God’s way wherever they go. What could prepare them better for life than that?
This fall we want to partner with your family to help your kids discover just how amazing and helpful the Bible really is. In our nursery and preschool environments, our August series theme is Treasure Hunt, which teaches kids that God’s Word is better than gold. In our elementary environments, we will begin a journey through God’s Big Story, an overview of the entire Bible that will take us through the end of May.
Here are four things you can do to help your kids make the most of this opportunity to learn about God’s word in a deeper way to prepare them for a lifetime of faith:
1. Use the monthly overviews and weekly devotions on the Family Resource Page to help your kids memorize Bible verses and talk more about what we’re teaching at home.
2. Use the Parent Cue app to watch the Bible story videos that we use in your child’s weekend environments. They are super fun and kids love them.
3. Watch our God’s Big Story video as a family to help your children get an overview of what the Bible is all about and how the pieces fit together.
Another great way to motivate kids to learn God’s word is to get them their own Bible. We recommend The Beginner’s Bible for preschool children and the NIrV Adventure Bible for elementary kids. This month we will be giving away a couple of those for free. If you’d like to enter to win, just email email@example.com by August 8th and put “free Bible” in the subject line.
Congratulations to Brookelyn Lail who won last month’s family dinner at Chick-Fil-A.
Praying for Your Kids
We all want to pray for our kids, but sometimes we are overwhelmed by schedules or daily obligations. This fall is a great time to start a new routine in your family. Here is a great resource that can help you be more intentional praying for your kids. It will walk you through 30 days of ways you can pray for them as they start the school year.
This month, we will uncover some nuggets of truth and set our little ones on a lifelong search for treasure - the kind of treasure that is better than gold! So grab a Bible, and get ready. We’re going on a treasure hunt!
God is the creator of the world. He’s in charge of everything. We show that we trust God by obeying Him and His plan for our life. Jesus showed the ultimate act of obedience when He chose to obey His Father’s plan to die for our sins.
More Than Motions
Have you ever seen your child worship God? I’m talking about truly all-out hands in the air, shouting praises, and jumping for joy kind of worship? Seeing a room full of kids worshipping God is one of the most incredible parts of Sunday mornings in the Big Picture Show.
This amazing worship experience wouldn’t be possible without the help of our awesome worship leaders. But don’t take our word for it, Ashlyn a worship leader for the past seven years talked to us about her experience as a worship leader in the Big Picture Show.
Q. Why have you continued to serve as a worship leader?
A. I continue to serve as a worship leader because I feel it is my current calling to help younger kids learn that praising Jesus is something we should all do and we can have fun while doing it.
Q. What have you learned by serving in Children's Ministry?
A. Serving in Children's Ministry, I have learned that what you do has an impact on the lives of children and that by showing people God’s love I can help them know they are loved by Him.
Q. How have you seen God through this ministry?
A. I have seen God through the kids, especially when I help lead the motions in songs like “Happy Day”, and “This Little Light.” Everyone in the room dances to the motions and sings the lyrics. It makes me so happy to see them get so excited about worshiping God.
Q. What is the time commitment?
A. The time commitment is once a month, both services on Sunday. I prepare for the weekend by practicing the songs the week before. If the song is a new song it takes about 30 minutes for me to completely memorize it. If I have done the songs before then, I just run through them once or twice.
Q. What would you say to others who might be considering serving in Children's ministry?
A. I always loved watching the worship leaders leading when I was younger. I wanted to help others learn about Jesus. I felt helping to lead worship would be a great opportunity to do that.
If you are considering serving in Children's Ministry, I would suggest finding the age group that you enjoy hanging out with and serve them. It is such a blessing getting to know all the kids.
We have many awesome worship leaders across all of our campuses who serve by leading your child in worship each Sunday. If you or your child are interested in finding out more about becoming a worship leader, let us know here!