This Sunday in Preschool our Gospel Project question is Why did God require a blood sacrifice?
Why did God require a sacrifice of blood? Simply, God is holy and because of that His forgiveness requires a sacrifice. The Book of Romans teaches us that the penalty for sin is death. The ultimate example of a substitution for sin is, of course, Jesus Christ. Christ died so that sinners wouldn’t have to die for their sin.
This is the last Sunday of our school year. The next Sunday, June 2 will be our Promotion Day. Our children classes are based on the grade your child will be in for the 2013/2014 school year. Children’s Church is for children who will be entering 1-4 grade. If your child just completed 4th grade he/she will now remain in worship to learn from the sermon rather than attending Children’s Church. If your child is entering 7th grade – you are now a part of the youth group.
Why is the Passover important? God saved His
people at the first Passover.
God rescued His people from the hands of the Egyptians by the shedding of blood. The sacrifice of a lamb and its blood over the doorpost was the only thing that kept the family inside safe from the wrath of God. Through the shedding of Jesus’ blood, we no longer have to face the punishment of eternal separation from God because of our sin. Jesus died so we wouldn’t have to.
Parents will worship through communion this Sunday in worship remembering God’s provision for sin. Our children will be answering the question Why is the Passover important and will be sharing in communion during Children’s Church. Have some great home conversations in preparing for Sunday.
It’s time to register for Kids Camp. If your child has completed 3-6 grade and is ready to attend camp please contact Andrea Heaton if you need a registration packet. We attend Prescott Pines Camp as guests of North Phoenix Baptist Church. Camp is June 10-14, $250. A $75 deposit is due by end of April. The theme is Brave – a journey with God.
If you are a church member and would like to apply to be a camp counselor or serve on the rec staff please contact Andrea Heaton for an application and info on training.
Vacation Bible School
VBS is June 23-27 from 6:15-8:30pm and is for all 3year-completed 6th graders. Preschoolers who are 2 1/2 years old and regularly attend COM are invited to attend. VBS is free and friends are welcome.
You may also volunteer to serve at VBS at the registration site. Crew leaders, snack helpers, photographer, staff meal providers, registration helpers, AV techs are needed.
Easter Weekend for Preschoolers and Kids
On Good Friday preschoolers and kids will join their families for a soup dinner at 6:00 in the worship center. Then at 6:25 before the service begins at 6:30 child care will be offered in the preschool building room 1 for all babies-2 year olds. Preschool Church for 3 year – Kinders will begin then too on the preschool playground. Please walk your child over to meet Lesley Murphy. All 1-6 graders will have a special children’s church on the 7 things Jesus said on the cross beginning at 6:30 on the preschool playground. Please have these children meet Andrea Heaton on the preschool playground. Note that 5-6 graders are included at this time.
Easter morning Worship Care for babies-2 year olds will open at 10:30am. Preschool Church (3year-Kinder) and Children’s Church (1-4 grade) will be dismissed to regular classrooms prior to the sermon.
Following the worship gathering we will have Easter Egg Hunts for all preschoolers and children. Preschoolers and parents need to gather around the preschool playground wall. Babies-toddlers egg hunt will be first, then the 2-3 year olds, ending with the 4-Kinders. Each preschooler needs to pick up a blue egg hunt bag when they begin the hunt. Children 1-6 grade will meet on the main lawn and be given a blue egg hunt bag and instructions. Their hunt will be around buildings 7, 8, 9.
In March during Gospel Project we move from the introduction of God’s covenant with Abraham to bless all people to seeing how the covenant is renewed with Isaac and again with Jacob. Through the line of the patriarchs, God brought His ultimate plan for salvation.
Despite difficult circumstances, God remained faithful to the people to whom His promise was given, in preparation for the salvation that would come through Jesus Christ.
This month’s Big Picture Questions include:
- How did people know God’s plan?
- What can stop God’s plans?
- What new name did God give Jacob?
- Who is always with us?
- Why did God send Joseph to Egypt?
Be sure to spend to some each week with your child going over the Big Picture Question and discover the answer together. Help your child make the Christ Connection.
Last Sunday in Gospel Project our children had the question: Why did God choose Abraham? This question opened the unit on God’s covenant with people. God chose Abraham to be a par tof HIs covenant plan to send Jesus to earth to bring us salvation.
This Sunday’s lesson is God Tested Abraham. The question this week is: How can we show we believe God’s plan? We obey God even when He asks us to do things we don’t understand.
And next week is the last lesson in this unit – The Sons of Abraham with the question: Who always keeps His covenant? God is always faithful to keep His covenant; people should always trust God.
If your child has missed a week in Gospel Project please talk with the children’s church teacher about getting the Big Picture Card from the week you missed.
Gospel Project this Sunday - Job
The Book of Job speaks volumes to the problem of human suffering. It is also an important picture of how a suffering person should relate to God. Though Job sometimes doubted God, he never turned away. Job’s suffering actually brought him closer to God.
God is all-powerful, sovereign, and good. We can trust Him when we don’t understand the pain we experience. At the cross, God used the ultimate pain to bring about the ultimate good: our future and final salvation from sin.
Our question this week is who is in control?
Our 5-6 graders will begin a unit on Fair Play during the 9:30 teaching time.
Gospel Project – The Tower of Babel
Even after God had destroyed all life on earth through the flood, and graciously saved Noah’s family and the animals, it wasn’t long before people disobeyed God again. Instead of bringing glory to God by following His plan, people decided to ignore God’s plan and glorify themselves.
When God confused the languages of the people, they moved away from one another and into people groups and nations bound by single languages. Eventually one of these nations would become God’s chosen people. Through the nation of Israel, Christ would come to save the world.
Prepare your 1-4 grade child for this Sunday’s question – What happens when people choose to sin?
Our 5-6 graders will finish up their study of how to make godly decisions.
In Gospel Project last week the 1-4 graders looked at the question What is Sin?
Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from a holy God. When Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, sin entered their lives and became a part of all of mankind.
Christ Connection – God chose not to leave Adam, Eve, and all of humanity without hope. God sent His Son, Jesus, to live as Adam didn’t—perfectly sinless. Jesus was God in the flesh sent to rescue people from their sin.
This coming Sunday the question is Why does Sin separate people from God? The story will focus on Noah and the ark.
Our 5-6 Graders are exploring how to make decisions during the 9:30 teaching time. They are focusing on lessons from Moses.
On Wednesday nights in Team Kid we are enjoying lessons based on Lord of the Rings. We are memorizing Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
This Sunday, January 6, Gospel Project begins!
Children in the 1-2 gd and 3-4 gd Sunday School classes at 9:30 and children church class for 1-4gd will begin Gospel Project this week. Your child will receive a Big Picture Card at the end of Children’s Church. This card is to help with family Bible study and discussion at home.