Summer Swamp pictures and video!

We had so much fun last week at Antioch’s annual Summer Swamp! Below, you will find our top 45 favorite pictures- look at them with your kids and listen as your kids tell you about the memories they made. We hope you enjoy!


And here is the recap video to watch as a family- enjoy!

<p><a href=”″>Summer Swamp 2013</a> from <a href=””>Antioch Church</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Summer Swamp, 2013!

We had so much fun at Summer Swamp, 2013! The goal of the week was three pronged:

  1. To help kids understand what justice is: “Seeing what is wrong in the world and making it right”.
  2. To help kids understand that God is just. God gave us the ultimate example when He saw something that was wrong in the world (people separated from God) and made it right (by sending Jesus to die for our sin).
  3. To help kids know how to pursue justice.

This year, our VBS was superhero themed. Captain Justice, Captain “J” for short, challenged kids to “Rid the world of all that is wrong”. Each day, kids learned a new way to do this. These four behaviors are a great way to help kids develop a basic theology of justice. They include:

  1. We want to make sure that every person’s needs are met.
  2. We want to make sure that every person is treated kindly.
  3. We want to make sure that we do all we can to make life better for others.
  4. We might not be able to help everyone, but we can make life better for a few.

We hope that the above “superhero mantra” will help your kids realize that justice is a pursuit that is worth their time, energy, and attention.

Over the course of the week, kids memorized Zechariah 7:9-10 which says “This is what the LORD says: Judge fairly, so mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress others and do not scheme against each other.” We hope that this verse will remind kids, for years to come, how to treat others.

As the summer continues, we encourage you to give your kids the opportunity to use their superhero skills to rid the world of wrong! Check back next week for pictures and video from Summer Swamp 2013!



Antioch Kids: Preschool

That tree outside your window—it was made my God. The sun shining in the sky—it was made by God. That beautiful/handsome face you see when you look in the mirror—it too was made by God. God made everything. Everything! Pretty exciting, isn’t it?

It’s that excitement, wonder and awe that we want to share with our preschoolers at Antioch this month. Everywhere they look, everything they smell, the grass under their feet—it’s all made by God.

Each week this month,  preschoolers will hear about another part of creation. We’ll play in water, look at the sky, investigate the dirt, and have fun with pictures of animals. We’ll end the month talking about God’s most amazing creation—you. Me, you, our preschool friends—we were all made by God. That’s pretty special.

Want to know more about what your preschool will be learning? Enjoy this short video that is designed to do just that!

<p><a href=”″>First Look Preview Made By God (June 2013)</a> from <a href=””>Orange</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

And don’t forget to check out the “Small Talk” resource! This resource is designed to help you continue teaching your preschooler about God throughout the week. To check it out, click on the link below!

Antioch Kids Small Talk

Hope to see you Sunday!

Antioch Kids: Elementary

Jesus’ followers witnessed so many amazing things while He walked the earth with them. They saw Jesus perform miracles and they heard Him teach a whole new way of thinking. Through it all, God was preparing them to carry Jesus’ ministry into the world. He was teaching them the basics:

Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice.

Faith – I can trust God no matter what.

Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

When we focus on these ideas, we can also begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us. We’ll learn from Jesus’ teachings that we, too, can make a difference.

The monthlymemory verse is: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill can’t be hidden,” Matthew 5:14, NIrV. When we choose to love God by loving others, you will help God’s love shine on all people.

In Week One’s Bible story, Jesus loves and forgives Peter for denying Him (John 18-21). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me so I will love the people around me. When we love the way Jesus loves us, we forgive when others wrong us, we serve and help meet others’ needs, and we sacrifice what we want for what’s best for others.

In Week Two’s biblical principle, Jesus is teaching the people how to be kind to others, even people who mistreat you (Matthew 5:41-41). In Jesus’ time, the Roman guards could force people to carry their belongings for a mile. But Jesus taught that, to show God’s kindness to the guards, the people should go an extra mile. Our Bottom Line is:God is doing something in me so I will love people who are hard to love.

In Week Three’s Bible story, Jesus commands His followers to go into all the world and tell about God’s love (Matthew 28:16-20). Our Bottom Line is: God is doing something in me to show the world who He is. Each of Jesus’ followers had a story of when God had shown them love, and they were able to share that story with other people.

In Week Four’s Bible story, Jesus commanded that we should love God with all our hearts and love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Our Bottom Line is:God is doing something in you to change the world around you. Often, one of the best ways we can love God is by loving His people. Regardless of who the person is or what they’ve done, God still loves them, and we can too.

Use the links below to find a take home resources that correlate with each week and help your kids continue learning about the importance of faith, wisdom and friendship. See you Sunday!

Week 1 Family Resources

Week 2 Family Resources

Week 3 Family Resources

Week 4 Family Resources

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By Jessica McKee ©2013 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. *Used by permission.