What is my elementary student learning?

It was a cool, fall afternoon and we had a couple hours of free time, so we grabbed my phone and decided to find a nearby geocache. The GPS coordinates led us to some greenspace in the back of a neighborhood. Although we were determined to find this geocache, it was hidden well and we started to feel conspicuous hunting behind people’s backyards. It became very awkward when one mom and her son came out of their house, and we were sure they were watching us push through the tall grass and leaves. We were just about to give up when the boy approached us and asked if we were looking for something. We explained and he smiled, waved to his mom, and said “I hid that geocache and you’ll never find it on your own. Let me help you.”

This young geocacher knew exactly what we should do to find the cache. When we followed his wisdom, we successfully found what we’d been seeking. So much of life is that way, too. When we look for wisdom and actually follow it, we’ll make better decisions in life.

Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. When we seek wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us. He will help us figure out the wise choice when we need to make a decision. We can find God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and asking trusted Christ-followers.

The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her,” Proverbs 8:10-11, NIrV.No matter how big or small the decision, God will help you make the wise choice. It might be tempting to compromise wisdom for quick and easy gain, but Solomon teaches us that choosing wisdom first is best.

In Week One’s Bible story, God was pleased with King Solomon and offered to give him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:4-15and was rewarded. Our Bottom Line is: God wants to give you wisdom. Anytime we have a decision to make or a situation we aren’t sure how to handle, we can ask God for wisdom.

In Week Two’s biblical principle, Solomon, the wisest person who ever lived, teaches us to choose our words wisely. “Thoughtless words cut like a sword. But the tongue of wise people brings healing,” (Proverbs 12:18). Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, think before you speak. When we’re upset or emotional, we may be tempted to blurt out hurtful words that we might regret after we’ve calmed down. Speaking without thinking can cause damage. But wise words can help.

In Week Three’s Bible story, King Rehoboam needed to make an important decision (1 Kings 12:1-15a)The king decided to follow his buddies’ advice, and his decision led to a split in the nation of Israel. Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, hang out with wise people. Proverbs 13:20 says: “Anyone who walks with wise people grows wise. But a companion of foolish people suffers harm.”

In Week Four’s Bible story, King Josiah was very young when he started ruling (2 Kings 22-23). He could have followed in the footsteps of the kings before him and disobeyed God’s law. But when he found God’s words, he realized this was not wise. Our Bottom Line is: If you want to be wise, look before you leap. Proverbs 22:3 says: “Wise people see danger and go to a safe place. But childish people keep going and suffer for it.”

If you would like to know more about what your child is learning, check out this short video!

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We are excited about the month ahead and hope your child grows in wisdom, stature and favor with God and man! See you Sunday!

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


What is my preschooler learning?

This month, we’re introducing preschoolers to the truth that God is always with them. When they’re in the car, He’s there. When they’re at home, He’s there. When they go to preschool, He’s there. When they are making wise choices, He’s there. When they’re making not-so-wise choices, He’s there. He is ALWAYS with us. Always.

As we unpack the stories of Deborah, Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and Daniel, we will show our preschoolers various situations where God was right there helping the entire time. Because they can’t see God with their eyes, it is harder for preschoolers (and many adults) to understand that He’s there with us every minute of every day. By learning and investigating these stories from the past, we hope to show them that God is with us even though we can’t see Him.

Want to learn more? Watch this short video!

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All month, we will be talking about Joshua 1:9, which says ” God is with you wherever you go!”. We are excited  about the month ahead of us and hope to see you and your preschooler on Sunday morning!


What is my elementary child learning?

All of God’s creation is important to Him. Jesus told us that God remembers each sparrow, even though there are thousands (Luke 12:6-7). But Jesus said that people are even more valuable to God. In fact, God counts every hair on our heads! God shows us how important we are to Him when He pursues a relationship with us. And He started in the very beginning when He sought out Adam and Eve in the garden. God shows us how much He values us because He loves us.

Honor is letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. Like God’s honor is fueled by His love for us, we show honor back to God because we love Him. And we follow God’s example when we show honor to others. Showing honor demonstrates that we see others as God sees them. Every person we meet has value to God and deserves our honor.

The monthlymemory verse is: “Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” Romans 12:10, NIrVWhen we spend the time to get to know people, we are showing them that their ideas, feelings, and abilities are valuable. We give them honor by recognizing the contributions they can make in our lives.

In Week One’s Bible story, David didn’t seem like someone who would be the next king, and he sure didn’t look like he could defeat a giant (1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1-58). But God could see David’s heart and knew he was worthy of honor. Our Bottom Line is:Honor others by giving them a chance. Everyone deserves a chance to be more than we expect.

In Week Two’s Bible story, Jonathan is a prince and rightful heir to the throne (1 Samuel 18:1-9; 19:1-7; 20:1-42). ButJonathan chooses to honor God and David by stepping aside and helping his friend take the throne. Our Bottom Line is: Honor others by putting them first. When we take the time to think about what the other person wants or needs, and put them above our own desires, it shows how important they are.

In Week Three’s Bible story, David had promised to treat Jonathan’s family with kindness when he became king. Many years later, David kept that promise by taking care of Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth (2 Samuel 9:13 and 4:4). Our Bottom Line is:Honor others by keeping your promises. It shows we value them enough to be truthful and work to do what we said we would do.

In Week Four’s Bible story, David led the Israelites in celebrating an historic moment in the kingdom (2 Samuel 6:12b-22a). He was celebrating something God had done, so he wanted to bring more honor to God than to himself. Our Bottom Line is:Honor God by giving Him the credit. God has given us everything. So, when we are successful at something in life, we can celebrate that and thank God for what He’s done for us.

Help your kids continue to be challenged by using the provided God Time cards for Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4! We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

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

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What is my preschooler learning?

Most preschoolers want to be “super.” Does your preschooler dash through the house with a towel, repurposed as a cape, attempting amazing feats that sometimes find them poised to jump off the dresser to see if they can fly? The thing these kids don’t know yet is that you don’t have to have special powers to be super. No, you can be super with God’s help. And, you can ALWAYS count on God.

This month, our preschoolers will learn they can be brave like Elijah and believe in the one true God. They can be strong like Esther and love God with their whole heart. They can be courageous like Rahab and trust God. They can be wise like Joshua and obey God. When they are like these awesome people whose stories are told in the Bible, they can be a Super Kid and do “super” God’s way.

To learn more about what your preschooler is learning this month, check out this short video:

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And don’t forget to use the October Small Talk take home resource to continue teaching your preschoolers all week long! We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

Bring Your Bible!

We want kids to get in the habit of bringing their Bible’s to church! We want to teach them how to navigate their Bible and help them understand that the Bible is filled with God’s words!

Let’s work together to help your kids start a healthy habit now! This month we’re implementing a Bible rewards program to help kids remember to bring their bibles to church on Sunday mornings. We’d love your help reminding your children to bring God’s Word with them each week.

When an elementary child brings his or her Bible, they will be given a raffle ticket. Each Sunday, we will draw one ticket and that child will be awarded a fun prize!

When an preschool child brings his or her Bible, they will be given a fun sticker!

We hope to help your kids get in the habit of bringing and using their Bibles!

If your child is in need of a Bible please let us know and we’d be happy to help! Email us at linda@antiochchurch.org




Come Bounce With Us!

We are  excited to invite you to join us at Bouncing Off the Walls, a family fun center filled with inflatables! Kids and adults can bounce, bounce, bounce… and then enjoy a delicious root beer float in celebration of Antioch’s 7 year anniversary!

When: October 13th, from 4-6pm.

Where: Bouncing Off The Walls, 1134 SE Centennial Ct, Bend, OR 97702

How Much: A $2 donation is appreciated per bouncer (Adults can jump, too!!)

Please note: Every jumper must have socks, and also must fill out an electronic version of a liability waver (click here). Please fill this out before arriving as to not create a bottle neck at the door.

Hope to see you on Sunday afternoon!

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