Happy Thanksgiving. Help your child understand that this holiday is both a time for thanks and for giving. Reminder that we will not meet this week for Team KID on Wednesday night.
Also, if you did not get your Christmas Pack on Sunday be sure to get one this week. Advent begins this coming Sunday and there is a devotion booklet to guide you through the season along with other family activities focused on Christmas. As you go through this Christmas Pack please remember to pray for our friends in Scotland. We sent a box of gifts and Christmas Packs to them this week.
Please remind your child too that the Lottie Moon Christmas Post Office begins this Sunday, Dec. 1 on the patio at church before and after worship. All kids need to help receive and deliver Christmas Cards each Sunday until Dec. 22. This is our inter-church mail service where families may share cards and rather than paying postage through the US Postal Service you may give a donation to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and have a Team KID child deliver the card for you.
There are 2 new resources in the Church on Mill Book Stall for families. Check them out this Sunday.
1. Have you seen the video series from Phil Vischer (Veggie Tales guy) called “Buck Denver asks What’s in the Bible?” These are a wonderful chronological presentation of the Bible for preschoolers and children. The segments are 25 minutes and have 2 per DVD. In the book stall are copies of “Why Do We Call It Christmas?” This is a longer, 1 segment DVD.
2. Are you kids missing cards from Gospel Project? You might check their cubby to see if they are there. Or you can now purchase a set of cards. One set is $2.50. This is one unit’s worth of cards. There are also full sets of cards from the beginning to the unit we will begin next available for $15. Do be careful when you purchase cards because they come in both a preschool version and a children’s version. These cards are a wonderful home conversation starter.
3. Coming November 24 at our Thanksgiving Dinner, Andrea will be handing out Family Christmas Packs filled with activities and Bible discussions your family can do throughout the Christmas season, including a booklet to guide you through celebrating Advent. One per family.
This Sunday, October 27, the 1-6 graders will combine classes at the 9:30 -10:30 Sunday School time. We will have a guest speaker, Suzanne Jackson, from 20Schemes ministry.
This ministry is focused on beginning churches in the Schemes (housing projects) of Scotland. We adopted this group for our missions empahsis at Vacation Bible School this past summer. We raised money for Tasha Davidson, intern at Niddrie Community Church.
The kids on Wednesday nights at Team KID are developing pen pal relationships with kids at this church. We have traded gifts.
Please prepare your child for this special time on Sunday. Get on the internet together and read about 20Schemes. Look up pictures of Scotland. Read about Niddrie Community Church. Help your child come with questions about Scotland, how God is at work, and what your child can do to be a part.
We began Gospel Project for our 1-4 graders in January 2013 and we have made it to part of the Bible where Israel complains to God that they want to have a King like everyone else. This is a great unit to talk with your preschoolers about Jesus being King and what that means as He leads our lives, loves us, provides for us, protects us. It’s also a great time to talk about the word OBEY and why we listen to God.
Keep using your Big Picture Cards at home to have discussions after each preschool church lesson. Don’t forget about the Gospel Project App too. This app has all the videos and music we use plus coloring pages, games, and Big Picture Question.
Our 5-6 graders continue to be challenged to grow in the Word as they use the FLYTE curriculum walking through topics that relate to pre-teen years seeing what God has to say.
On Wednesday nights at Team KID the kids are walking through 13 really bad days and how God fixed them. We are working on memorizing Psalm 23 learning that God is in control and meets our needs. We are continuing connections with our friends in Indonesia and Scotland. We just received our first batch of pen pal letters from kids in Scotland. Suzanne Jackson from 20Schemes will be with the kids on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 9:30am.
The fall session of Team KID begins on Wednesday, August 14, 6:30-8:00pm in the kids building. This fall the kids will be taking a journey through 13 very bad days and how God fixed them.
The kids will begin on the playground with a 5 minute recess moving into a game time that introduces the lesson. Then the Bible study time will take place in the main room of the kids building. After that there will be 3 activity stations set up and the kids will rotate through each experience helping them process the application points of the Bible study.
For the last 20 minutes the kids will work on Bible skills focusing on memorizing Psalm 23 and have a time of missions education/service. We hope to begin our pen pal letters through 20 Schemes in Scotland soon (our VBS mission connection).
Please remember that Team KID ends at 8:00pm. For safety, we will need you to come into the kids building and pick up your child. We will not be dismissing them to the playground. We will open the door when class has ended.
All 1-6 graders are invited to a fun night of Minute to Win It games on Wednesday, August 7 in the COM Children’s Building. We will play games, have a back to school devo, and a fun snack from 6:30-8:00pm.
Team Kid will resume on Wednesday, August 14.
Thanks everyone for a wonderful week of Kingdom Rock VBS. We learned to Stand Strong for God.
Pray for our offering as it heads to Scotland and 20Schemes – both money and pen pal letters.
Here are some God Sightings from our VBS week:
- I saw my son praying and talking about God more than usual thanks to VBS.
- free oil change
- new family of birds on front porch is a reminder that God will take care of you and answer prayers
- song on KLOVE spoke to me about how I am redeemed
- I accepted God into my heart
- animal sounds
- new friends from China came to VBS
- the Bible and the Gospel
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Just a reminder that Kids Camp – BRAVE begins on Monday, June 10, 9:00 am at North Phoenix Baptist Church located at 5757 N Central Ave, Phoenix. Please come prepared to check in with luggage at the Worship Center by the cross. Bring your medicines in ziploc bags with notes for the nurses. And please remember to pick up your child from North Phoenix on Friday, June 14 at 2:45 at the Chapel.
Also remember to sign up now at www.churchonmill.com/vbs for Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School. Kids will learn how to stand strong for God. We will look at what helps us stand strong – God’s love, family and friends, prayer, trusting God, and the Bible.
VBS is Sun-Th June 23-27 from 6:15-8:30pm. VBS is for preschoolers ages 3-5. Completed kindergarteners register as a child and will be in the children’s are for VBS. Child care for the under 2 kids is provided for VBS staff. Please register if you need child care.
Our missions offering for the week will go to support a ministry in Scotland called 20 Schemes. Check it out www.20schemes.com.
T Shirts will be available to purchase on June 16 and during VBS. $5 for child sizes and $8 for adult sizes.
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.