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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
What Is the Big Picture Show?
It’s hard to miss the Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island. It’s a ninety-foot tall candy-cane striped tower rising high above the waters of the Calibogue Sound. My five-year-old couldn’t wait to see it. She had never been in a lighthouse, and she talked about it all the way to South Carolina.
“We’re going to the lighthouse! We’re going to the lighthouse,” she chanted, as she danced down the sidewalk in Harbour Town.
But when we finally got there and climbed to the top, I could tell she was upset about something. She stood on her tiptoes, shaded her eyes with her hand and looked out over the water. “I can’t see it,” she said.
“Can’t see what?” I asked.
“The lighthouse! I don’t see it anywhere.”
I couldn’t help but laugh. “Honey,” I said, “This is the lighthouse. You’re standing on it.”
Sometimes when you’re really close to something, it’s hard to see the big picture. That’s not just true for lighthouses but also for God’s story.
God’s big story has been unfolding since before the beginning of time and is still going on today, and we get to be a part of it. However, in the day-to-day busyness of family life, it’s easy to miss.
That’s why we call our Children’s Ministry the Big Picture Show. We use a fun movie theme to help our kids, parents, and leaders discover the epic story of the Bible and find their place in it.
It’s easy to see the Bible as a collection of random stories and our lives as a series of random events, but when we understand that all of Scripture and our daily lives are a part of the story of Jesus, it changes everything.
Here’s what our teaching pastor Scott Nickell had to say about this in a recent message from the Meat and Potatoes series, “You need the big picture in order to understand the snapshots well and Jesus is the big picture. He’s the centerpiece.”
When our kids understand the big story of the Bible, it fills their lives with hope and purpose. It helps them value eternal things over the things of earth that don’t last. It gives them perspective to persevere through hard times, and it helps them to recognize God’s activity in their lives each day.
Here are three things you can do to help your kids step into God’s big story:
To help you get started we’re giving away a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible. If you’d like a chance to win a copy, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “Bible” in the subject line by Feb 10th. Congratulations to Morgan Pyles and Stacey Dexter for winning January’s Starbucks giveaway.
Discovering God's Big Story
As a parent, you are fielding ALL THE QUESTIONS and it’s easy to feel the pressure to have all the answers to those burning inquiries. Especially those questions about faith, the Bible, or Jesus.
In the Big Picture Show, we’re committed to helping kids find their place in God’s Big Story. In order for them to find that, we want them to understand that there is a story behind the story of God’s Big Story. If you’re wanting to dive into that at home, there are tons of great resources and kid Bibles for you to use. Two of our favorites are: The Jesus Storybook Bible and The Big God Story.
Both of these books present scripture as one connected narrative, with all of the stories weaving together God’s plan by pointing readers to the promise of a coming Redeemer. When you read scripture in story form, you see that God has been weaving the tapestry from the beginning of time.
This month preschoolers are setting sail in our new series Anchors Away. Throughout this series they will learn God’s way is perfect. Your child will understand there are lots of different ways that we can choose to go in life, but God’s way is always the right choice!
Paul used to be called Saul, but his name wasn't the biggest change in his life! In our new Elementary series "What's the Story," kids will learn how Saul went from killing Christians to becoming one of the most influential Christians of his time spreading the love of Jesus to everyone he met.
Pulling Back the Curtain
Anytime I pick my kids up from school, parties or church I always ask questions like, “What did you do?” and “What did you learn?” And if your kids are like mine you probably get an answer something like, “Nothing” or “I don’t know.” Knowing full well more than “nothing” happened, I continue to ask questions to try to get the full picture of their day. We want parents to have a full view of what their kids are doing and learning in The Big PIctures Show so we are pulling back the curtain on Sunday mornings.
Sunday mornings start early with a team of staff and volunteers making final preparations for your child’s arrival. We hit the ground running with storytellers, worship leaders and tech volunteers running full-scale rehearsals. Just before doors open, staff and volunteers huddle up to pray for your kids and to prepare their hearts and minds for the morning ahead.
When the clock hits 9:15, the doors open for the first time that morning to the Big Picture Show. Small group leaders greet your child and spend that time connecting and catching up on the week’s events. Next, all our small groups prepare for a fun and exciting time of worship and learning in our Large Group program.
Our Large Group programs throw boring Bible teaching out the window. Worship leaders take the stage to lead kids and leaders in worship through songs and motions. Then skilled communicators unpack serious Bible truths in a seriously fun way. Using creative storytelling, videos, and captivating visuals, our teachers help kids discover how God’s word can change their lives.
From there, your child really gets the chance to dig deeper into the Bible lesson during their Small Group time. Each group gets 15-20 minutes to do a fun activity that’s designed to help them apply each Sunday’s lesson to their everyday lives. This time allows for leaders to get to know your child and talk about what matters. Small groups wrap up their morning together by sharing prayer requests and praying together before parents arrive.
The Big Picture Show is here to help your child learn to love and follow Jesus every day of their lives.