Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of the best nights of the year to a kid! You get to dress up and eat candy!! What could be better?

Of course when you, the parent, wake up the next day, you won’t want your kids to eat the entire bag of candy they have collected. That’s where this blog post comes in handy! This year, help your kids practice Luke 6:31 which says “Do to others as your would have them do to you.”

It’s simple. Have your kids count how many pieces of candy they have. Then, give half of the treats away! This gives them the opportunity to “treat” others as they are “treating” themselves.

But where should you take it? Here are three suggestions!

1. Donate it! Lots of organizations like homeless shelters, nursing homes, children’s wards at the hospital, retirement centers and  food pantries would happily out your candy to good use. If you simply want to put it in the mail and be done with it, check out Operation Gratitude, which sends candy to troops overseas! For more information, click here!

2. Sell it! Zooka! has an annual buy-back of Halloween candy. Use the money from the candy sale to help meet a need for someone you know.

3. Give it away! Make small packages with the candy to be given away, and use it to brighten someone’s day! Leave it on a friend’s windshield with a kind note, give it to a teacher, or thank the bus driver!

We hope you have a Happy Halloween!

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Missed the Sunday message?

We know that life is busy with kids. They get sick. You feel tired. And sometimes Sunday mornings are a struggle.

When those mornings happen, we’ve got you covered! Simple visit the Antioch website and click on the tab on the right titled “messages”. Check out past sermon series, the most recent sermons, or top ten sermons and download them all to your iPod or watch the vodcast!

The best part is, all of this is available for free from the comfort of your own home.

So next time your kids are sick and you can’t catch the sermon… don’t despair! Simply click here to catch a sermon! And next time you talk to Kip Jones or Ben Larson, tell you that you think this is awesome! They are the masterminds behind this brilliance!

October Antioch Kids: Elementary!

Our God is a unique, one and only God. There is nothing and no one like Him in all the universe. It only makes sense that everything He creates is also unique and one-of-a-kind. No two people are exactly alike. Even identical twins have uniquely different fingerprints. We are each an original—even you!

The amazing thing about being uniquely created is that you have “good works” that only you can do. Every day you get opportunities to make a difference by doing something specially designed for you. No one else can combine your experiences, your abilities, and your relationships to follow God’s leading and make a difference in your world like only you can.

The same is true for each of the kids you’ll be leading this month. God has created each of them to have unique stories, talents, and gifts that He can use to make a difference in the world around them. This month’s memory verse teaches kids that they don’t have to wait to be used by God: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV

This verse is from a letter that Paul sent to Timothy, a young leader in the early church who was facing a challenging situation. But God had uniquely designed Timothy to be in just this situation at just this time. The way God used Timothy’s individuality to make a difference shows us how He can use us, too. So, we’re going to spend all month learning from Timothy’s example.

In Week One, we learn that Timothy’s family is unique, giving Timothy the ability to relate to different people. When Paul’s missionary journey brings him to Timothy’s hometown (Acts 14:1-23), Timothy decides to connect his story to God’s story. Our Bottom Line is: Jesus wants to use your story to make a big difference.

In Week Two, we see that the believers in Timothy’s hometown recognized his God-given talent of teaching (1 Timothy 4:14). But Timothy didn’t just learn that he was a good teacher and pat himself on the back. He put his giftedness to good work and used the talents God had given him by joining Paul’s next missionary journey(Acts 16:1-2). Our Bottom Line is: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference.

In Week Three, we learn that Paul and Timothy had traveled to Corinth and started a church of believers. But they later received word that there was trouble in the Corinthian church, so Paul sent Timothy to the Corinthians and he also gave them the message of 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27. The same message applies to us today. But each of us is gifted in different ways, and that’s a good thing. Our Bottom Line is: When we use our gifts together, we make a greater difference.

In Week Four, Paul and Timothy have traveled to Ephesus and taught the church there. When Paul is called to Macedonia, he leaves Timothy in charge. But the church in Ephesus has false teachers, so Timothy has a tough job ahead of him. Paul encourages Timothy with a letter that contains our Bible story this week: 1 Timothy 4:12-16. Our Bottom Line is: You can make a difference right now.

When we allow God to combine our unique story with our talents and our relationship with others, we can make a big difference in our world. The first step is discovering who you are meant to be—your own, individual place in the world.

By Jessica McKee ©2012 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

October Antioch Kids: Preschool!

October introduces the theme “David’s Story” to preschoolers. This theme will continue through November and share some of our favorites stories of David while teaching children that God has one Big Story. Not only will they learn that God has a Big Story, but they will see that they are a part of that story!

This month’s David stories teach preschoolers that God can help us do big things. Stories include David saving his sheep from the lion, Samuel anointing David as king, David facing Goliath, and David being strong in battle.

Check out this short video! Can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/49776789″>FL Preview : David’s Story, Part 1 (October 2012)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/whatisorange”>Orange</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

Night of Worship!

We want to make sure you mark your calendar for October 14th! On this evening, you and your family are invited for a night of worship and communion.

Have you ever wondered how to explain communion to you kids? If so, here is a simple explanation!

When Jesus was here on Earth, he told his disciples that he was going to have to do something terribly difficult. We know that he was talking about dying on the cross for our sin. We also know that because of God’s great power, Jesus didn’t stay dead, but rose back to life!

Jesus didn’t want his disciples, or any one else for that matter, to forget the amazing miracle that God did when He brought Jesus back to life! Before Jesus died, he taught his disciples to eat and drink a special meal so they would never forget. We still eat that meal today! If you believe and live for Jesus, this small meal will help you never forget the amazing miracle that God did, too!

When you take communion, which simply means eating some bread and drinking some juice, we are remembering the amazing love that God showed us by raising Jesus back to life! When you eat the bread, remember what God has done for you- He has forgiven you of all your sin and called you His child! And when you drink the juice, remember God’s great love for you- He created you and wants you to tell everyone you know of His unending love! This communion meal is designed to help us never forget God’s great love.

Here are the details:

– October 14th at Bend High.

– The Night of Worship begins at 7:00pm and is finished by 8:30 pm.

– Kids are invited to participate in the worship experience!

– During the time of communion, kids are given the option to do a “kids-only” activity in the common area if they are not ready to participate in communion.

– It’s an amazing night. You should be there!