Make Spring Break Meaningful!

Hello Antioch Families!

Looking for ways to keep your kids entertained over Spring Break without just turning on the TV?  Well, that’s just what Mission Kids aims to do!

We invite you to visit the Mission Kids web page and check out the activities.  The activities are broken down into categories – 1-2 hours, 1-2 days, and 1-2 weeks.  Choose the activity depending on how much time you have to spend on it.  Since it’s Spring Break, you might even have enough time for a 1-2 week activity.

Going on vacation?  Print out some kid close-ups and have your kids read them in the car.  Many of the kid close-ups have activities to compliment them as well as ways you and your kids can pray as a family for the different kids.

Don’t forget about the Mission Kids CD!  With music and lyrics that both kids and parents will enjoy, it makes a great soundtrack for the family road trip.  You can download it on i-tunes, buy it at the book cart at Antioch on Sunday mornings, or buy it at the Mission Kids Store!

Do you have ideas on how to make Spring Break more meaningful?  Post your ideas and stories in the comments section below!

Stephanie & Linda


St. Patrick’s Day!

Hi friends!

St. Patrick’s Day is nearing and we just wanted to shed some light onto the history of the holiday!

Nobody really knows for sure when St. Patrick was born, but historians believe he lived between 432 – 461 A.D.  He was born in the Roman British Isles and was captured at the age of sixteen by a band of pirates.  He was sold into slavery in Ireland and turned to religion in his time of need.  After being a slave for six years, he escaped and returned to his home in Britain.

When back in Britain, Patrick decided to become a priest.  He decided to return to Ireland after having dreams that he was to return to the Irish people and convert them to Christianity.  St. Patrick studied and prepared for several years before traveling back to Ireland as a Christian missionary.

Some people in Ireland were already Christians, but St. Patrick was able to convert many more. He even was able to convert nobles and other people in a position of power who then  lead many more to Christianity by their example.

It is estimated that St. Patrick’s mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years!  He died on March 17th which is the day we celebrate each year!

Patrick’s mission in Ireland is said to have lasted for thirty years. It is believe he died in the 5th century on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick’s Day is commemorated each year!

Share this story with your kids then do some fun St. Patrick’s day crafts and activities!  Don’t forget to check out this month’s kid close-up – his name is Patrick and he is from Ireland!

Antioch Mission Kids Webpage

Do your kids ever tell you they are bored? Well, we are excited to offer you great resources that will not only keep your kids entertained, but also teach them how to be more compassionate and mission-minded.  Below, you will see a photo of what the webpage looks like.  Click the photo below or the logo in the bottom right corner of this blog entry to visit the Antioch Mission Kids webpage!

You will love the resources available on the Antioch Mission Kids website – check out two of the many activities below! New activities are added weekly and kid close-ups are added monthly!

Read about Merci and learn about life in Malawi! Kid Close-Up

Do your kids like animals?  Do this activity together as a family! Mission Kids Activity

At the end of each blog entry, you will see the Mission Kids logo.  If you click on the logo on ANY blog entry, it will take you to Antioch’s Mission Kids webpage!

This month’s virtue…

This month your child will be learning about the virtue Conviction — standing for what is right even when others don’t.

Be sure to help your kids practice the memory verse! As a family, find a fun way to help your kids easily memorize God’s word – you could make up some hand motions, or sing the words to a familiar melody!

“Never tire of doing what is right.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13, NIV

This Sunday, kids created their very own Parent Packs – everything in this pack will help them understand conviction.

There are weekly God Time devotionals to do with your kids, a memory verse challenge, and a table topper to help them remember the basics about this virtue.

At the end of the month, if your child has completed the God Time devotionals, memorized a verse from the memory verse challenge, and can recite the virtue and its definition, they will be rewarded with a certificate for a free personal pizza!

If your kids missed out on making Parent Packs, don’t worry! You can pick one up next Sunday morning!