The Reality of Faith!

Sometimes complex words, such as “faith”, can be a bit abstract for kids. But faith does not have to be abstract! Faith is simply believing in things that are not seen because of evidence that is seen. It is something that we do every single day. Help your kids understand the reality of faith using our ideas below!

First, help your child think of three things that they know exist but that they can not see. For example, you see the effect of the wind as it rushes through trees, but have you ever seen the wind? Or, you know that you breathe air in and out every few seconds because you can feel it in your nostrils, but have you ever seen air? Last, you know that the microwaves warms up your food using small little waves because your food goes in frozen and comes out warm, but have you ever seen those small little electrical waves? See if your kids can come up with more items to add to the list. And no, Santa doesn’t count!

Now that your kids realize that they have faith in lots of things, help them think of things they don’t have faith in. This might include flakey friends, broken down vehicles, and slimy sandwich meat. Ask your child, “Why don’t you have faith in them?”. A good answer might be “Because they have not gained my trust. ” It is natural to loose faith in things that you know are not reliable. 

Encourage your kids to take a look around. Ask them, “What do you see?” Maybe they see a cloud. Ask them, “Can you form a cloud?” Suggest that they might not be able to, but God can! Maybe your child see’s another person. Ask “Can you create a person?” Hint that they probably are not able to, but God can! Maybe they see a flower. Ask, “Can you design a flower and give it a beautiful scent?” Recommend that they probably cannot, but God can! God has created so many amazing things! Ask your child “What is your favorite thing that God created?” and let them come up with their most perfect answer.  All the things that God has created is evidence that God is good. This evidence makes it easier to have faith in Him.

God has also done many miracles, like heal a blind mand and bringing a dead child back to life, to name a few. He has done all these big and amazing things to help us know that He can be trusted and deserves our faith. All these things, and a whole lot more, help us to have faith that God is good and is deserving of our trust.

Once you trust God, it is a lot easier to have faith in Him! Look up the following  verses about faith. Then, as a family, pray and ask God to help you have faith in Him even when it is hard!

2 Corinthians 5:7

Hebrews 11:1

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Summer Swamp: July 15th-18th!

We can’t wait for July 15th-18th. By far, it is one of the highlights of the summer! We want to make sure you have saved the dates on your calendar, know all the important information, and know how to register!

Date: July 15th-18th

Time: 10 am-12 noon

Age: Kids ages three (and potty trained) through fifth grade are invited to join us for Summer Swamp!

Location: Blakely Park, 1101 SW Brookswood Blvd, Bend, OR 97702

Cost: $25 per child, max $50 per family (max)

Theme: We invite your kids to join us for a superhero adventure as we take an up-close look at the power of justice in the world! Your child will learn about biblical and modern day heroes who teach us to stand up for what is right, even when it is hard. Each day will also include a craft, game, snack and memory verse challenge. Hope to see you there!

Mom’s: Join other women from Antioch for coffee from 9:45-10:30 when your drop off your kids! We will have delicious Back Porch coffee piping hot for you to enjoy, as well as delicious biscotti!

Register Here! We can’t wait to see you at Summer Swamp!

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Teaching Kids to Trust!

Faith comes by trusting, right? All month long, we will be teaching the preschoolers at Antioch that we can trust God. He does what He says He will do. That’s a hard one for preschoolers because they can’t really see God keeping His promises. And, let’s face it. It’s a hard one for us adults too. God keeping His promises doesn’t always look the way we THINK it’s going to look. We’re teaching two stories this month that show just how great God is at keeping His promises.

The first story we’re teaching is the story of Noah. Preschoolers love this one because of all the animals! We will be talking about how God had promised to keep Noah and his family safe. And, He did. Then, there is the promise of the rainbow. That’s one of the most beautiful promises God has made. The best part is that we get to remember it every time we see one.

The second story we’re sharing is of Gideon. Here was a guy who was just a farmer doing his thing when God called him into action to do something great. And, God kept His promises all the way to the end. Because Gideon trusted God to do what He said He would do, the battle was won with a small army and a quick “battle.” Amazing things can happen when we trust in God to keep His promises.

We are  praying that your child will  have moments filled with wonder as we give preschoolers a “first look” at the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Make sure to check out the (free) parent resources, found at the Antioch Kids resource table,  to you to help you continue teaching your child throughout the week! Click here for the PDF download version of the SmallTalk resource.

Check out this short movie to learn more!

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Challenge Your Kids!

All month long, all of Antioch is learning about and being challenged to live by faith. All the adults. All the youth. And all the kids. We couldn’t be happier to hear about the conversations of faith happening all throughout Antioch Church!

We want to help motivate your kids to think about faith throughout the week, learn what God says about faith, and memorize Hebrews 11:6 which says “Without faith it isn’t possible to please God.” To do this, we have created a weekly challenge worksheet. These are easy worksheets that will help your child understand what it means to live by faith. If your child brings back a completed worksheet, we are thrilled to reward their dedication with  an entire package of Starburst’s candies.

If you missed the worksheet as you left the Antioch Kids hallway, not to worry! Just on the linke below and it will begin to download!

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See you Sunday!

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The Paradox of Faith!

We are excited for June! Not only because summer is right around the corner but because the entire church will be learning about the paradox of faith. Yup, even the kiddos! We are stoked!

We want to encourage your kids to think about the importance of faith and begin living by faith! To motivate your child to engage in this conversation of faith, we have designed a little challenge! Each week there is a short, fun Bible activity designed for elementary aged kids (week 1 is pictured below).

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It is a short worksheet that is designed to help a child explore the importance and reality of faith. Each week, there is a new worksheet available for your elementary aged child. If your child brings back a completed worksheet on Sunday morning and shows their teacher on Sunday morning, we will reward their diligence with a delicious pack of starbursts! Yum!!

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We hope to motivate your child to continue learning about God throughout the week and realize that our God can be trusted no matter what! To view all 5 bible worksheets, simply click here: GodTimeCards

Hope to see you Sunday!