Easter Sunday!

With Easter right around the corner, we want to give you more (free!) resources to help your family think about and thank God for what He did! Jesus did some amazing things and made some incredible statements about Himself that even some of His followers had trouble believing. And Jesus proved that everything He said was true by doing the hardest thing- coming back to life! This proved that what He said was true. When we have doubts about God, we can remember He kept the biggest promise of all.

Check out the resources below for parents, for preschool kids, and for elementary kids! Enjoy, and we can’t wait to see you on Easter morning! Remember, services are at 8:45 am and 10:45 am.

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Baby Dedication: April 21st

Have you ever wondered why we do child dedication services at church?

“Whenever something belongs to God, it’s dedicated to God,” says Ken Wytsma, pastor of Antioch Church. “It’s holy.”

In I Corinthians 7, Paul says that children of believing parents, or even one believing parent, are holy. “You’ve got Paul literally saying that it’s not just that kids are good or that God likes kids, but that kids are holy, meaning they belong to Him. They’re set aside unto him.” When parents are believers, they are in a covenantal relationship with God, and He is at the center of their household, working with them and through them and loving their kids. “

“There’s something exciting about presenting them to God as kids that He wants to call unto himself.” To hear more about this topic, watch the short Redux video below!

The next child dedication service is coming up next month, April 21st! If you are interested in having your child dedicated or would like more information about the child dedication, please email Linda!

Antioch Kids: Preschool!

What is your favorite gift that God has given you? Think abou it. God has given you and me many gifts! Included in that list, did you include the gift that God gave when He sent His Son to die for you and for me? This gift is almost bigger than we can digest!

This month, we want your preschooler to say “Wow!” when they think about God. He has given so many good gifts. We want them to be wowed by the miracles that Jesus performed while He lived among us. We want them to be wowed by the awesomeness of His power. We want them to be wowed by His entrance into Jerusalem, and we want them to be wowed by the fact that He came alive on Easter day.

It is a month of WOW moments. We’d love it if you took time to talk to your preschoolers about the (true!) stories they are learning on Sunday morning! Below, you will find a resource to help you do this well!

Help them to see that Jesus was the ONLY one who could perform those amazing miracles. Help them to feel the excitement of Palm Sunday. Help them to experience the joy of Easter.

And as out them to bed each night, let them thank God for the amazing things He has done and given! Wow!

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Antioch Kids: Elementary!

God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did. God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did. God told Mary that she would have a baby boy—she did.

Jesus said He would die and rise again three days later—He did!

Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true; He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God.

But the same should be true in our own lives. If we want other people to trust us, we need to live honest lives. When we tell the truth and we follow through with our promises, other people learn to trust us. But when we cover up who we are, what we’ve done, or we constantly break our promises, then the people around us stop trusting us. They begin to wonder if, in the Moment of Truth, can you be trusted?

The monthly memory verse is: “An honest person has respect for the Lord,” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV. Living a life of honesty shows that we respect God and the people we care about. We can find a way to be truthful and still careful of the feelings of those we care about.

In Week One’s Bible story, Jacob’s sons lie to him about what’s happened to Joseph (Genesis 37:17-36; 45:25-28). They broke their father’s heart by telling him Joseph had been attacked by animals. Our Bottom Line is: When you are not truthful, you can hurt the people you care about. Regardless of our reasons for lying, someone eventually gets hurt.

In our Week Two Bible story, we meet Gehazi, Elisha’s trusted servant (2 Kings 5, NIrV). When Gehazi lies about accepting gifts, he can no longer be trusted and suffers a great loss. Our Bottom Line is: When you are not truthful, you lose trust. Honesty is also about consistently speaking and living truthfully and acting on what we say.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Zacchaeus was a thief and considered a traitor to his people (Luke 19:1-10). When he decided to follow Jesus, Zacchaeus worked hard to earn his community’s trust. Our Bottom Line is: When you are truthful and make things right, you build trust. When we admit we have not been truthful, we can earn back other’s trust.

In Week Four, Judas betrays his Teacher and Friend for thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14-16, 20-25, 45-50; 27:1-5). Judas spent every day with the Truth but still chose dishonesty. Our Bottom Line is: You can lie so much that it’s hard to remember what’s true. So often in our lives, one lie leads to another as we have to cover up the stories we told before.

Week Five is Easter! In this week’s Bible story, we’re examining some of the amazing things Jesus said and the most amazing thing He did (John 3:3, 16; 14:1-6, 28-29; John 18-20). Jesus made some incredible statements about Himself that even some of His followers had trouble believing. But our Bottom Line is: When Jesus came back from the dead, it proved that what He said was true. When we have doubts about God, we can remember He kept the biggest promise of all.

Living an honest life may sometimes be hard. It might mean admitting when we’ve done something wrong or made an embarrassing mistake. It might mean passing up a chance to sneak an extra turn and win the game while your friend isn’t looking. Or it may be as simple as following through on the things we have promised. Whatever the circumstances, this month look for ways to be honest so that others can trust you.

By Daniel Scott ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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