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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
Five Ways to Make the Most of Summer with Kids
It’s hard to believe that summer is finally here. Whether your kids are staying busy with camps or just hanging around the house, summer has a different pace and is a great opportunity to reconnect as a family. It will be gone before you know it, so here are five ideas to make the most of the season together.
1. Get outside.
Go to the pool. Play at the park. Take a hike. Hang out in your backyard. Whatever it takes, go outside and enjoy the season. Not only are there huge health benefits for kids playing in the great outdoors, but time out in creation helps us to reconnect with our Creator. Talk to your kids about the beauty you see around you and marvel at what God has made together.
2. Connect spiritually.
For school-age kids, summertime usually means no homework! Take advantage of the extra time to help your family focus on God together. If you’ve never had a family devotion time, now’s a great time to start one. It’s also a prime time to encourage kids to start their own quiet time with God. You can use one of our online devotionals like Jesus Party or The Adventure Begins or devotions found on the Family Resource Page to get you into the Bible together.
3. Use technology to stay connected to church.
Between vacations, sports, and other activities, summer can be a tough time to make it to church regularly, but Southland makes it easy to stay connected. For grown-ups, you can still worship with your Southland family wherever you happen to be thanks to our Online Campus that hosts a worship service every Sunday at 10:00. Kids can catch their Big Picture Show Bible story video on the Parent Cue App and dive in deeper with the Family Resource Page devotions.
4. Put your devices away.
Yes, technology can help us stay connected but it can also distract us from the people around us and cheat us out of enjoying summer together. Be intentional about putting your phone away and limiting screen time for kids. Make it a game and see how long you can go without texting and checking social media. Prioritize face-to-face conversations over Facebook.
5. Enjoy God and love life!
You can’t control what your circumstances are this summer but you can choose how you will respond to them. This is the only summer you will get with your kids at this age, so enjoy it. Give your burdens and anxiety to God, lighten up, play more, laugh harder and be present. This summer is a gift, so make the most of it and have fun.
To help kick the season off right, we’re giving away a Summer Fun Pack loaded with all kinds of goodies, including water toys, free ice cream and some devotional activities your whole family can enjoy together. To register to win, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 10th.
Congratulations to Amie Eubank who won last month’s Phase Guide giveaway.
A great way to keep God in the center of your kids’ summer is to listen to music that points them back to Him. Here are two albums that feature some of the songs your kids will know from the Big Picture Show along with several new tunes that are sure to become their favorites.
We are going to Power Up through the next two months with the hope of creating a super fun and engaging experience for little ones to learn about the fruit of the Spirit. When we are connected to Jesus, our real source of power, we produce fruit that shows others Jesus’ love.
God created us in His image, and He sent His Son to show us the way to live. God also knew we would need help or a power up; that's why He sent us the Holy Spirit. In this new series, elementary kids will learn that with the power of the Spirit, we can produce the fruit that points others to Jesus.
Why Do I Need My Driver’s License for Children’s Ministry?
Have you ever lost your child’s security tag in church? It can be frustrating, especially if you’re in a hurry to get out the door. However, we love your kids too much to take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
In the Big Picture Show, the security of our children is our highest priority. We work hard to create the safest environments possible for kids to learn about Jesus and that means that sometimes our safety practices will feel inconvenient. We wish this wasn’t the case because folks lose their tags all the time, but in Children’s Ministry safety will always trump convenience.
If you ever lose your parent pick-up tag, you will be asked by a Children’s Ministry leader to present a driver’s license so that they can use that to verify your identity in our database, fill out a special check-out form and get you and your child checked out of their environment as quickly as possible.
Over the years we’ve discovered that many parents do not carry their driver’s license to church, but if you’re checking children into the Big Picture Show, it’s essential you carry your license because it will take much longer to complete the special checkout process without one.
Sometimes this may feel a little silly when you have a close relationship with those who serve in Children’s Ministry. They may be in your Southland Group, live right next door or be a part of your own family. Why would you have to go through the special checkout process if the leaders in Children’s Ministry know who you are?
Because we find that the more consistent we are with our safety practices the easier it is to make sure our team always knows the right thing to do. We never want our volunteers or staff to have to make a judgment when it comes to releasing a child. We want to give them reliable processes they can follow every time. In fact, we follow the same special checkout policy even for staff members. Obviously, we know those kids and parents go together, but we practice a no exceptions rule to help our leaders protect kids.
So the next time you or your child loses a security tag, plan on it taking a little extra time at checkout. We apologize for that inconvenience but it’s all a part of our team’s efforts to create the safest environments possible for your kids to discover God’s love.