Songs in Antioch Kids!

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“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!” (Psalm 95:1-2)

“… Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord!” (Ephesians 5:19)

Scripture is full of places where individuals and groups of people turn to God with their voices and/or instruments! Music is a very meaningful and expressive way that people can tell God He is amazing. At Antioch Kids, we greatly value our times of music and worship on Sunday mornings!

For the next few months we are focusing on five songs for the elementary-age kids, and five for the preschoolers. We hope that the repetition of these songs will help kids become familiar with them. We want them to retain the true words from the songs and really enjoy singing them from week to week!

The link for each song is posted below in the form of a music video. We hope you have fun watching them with your kiddos, and possibly also learning them so your whole family can sing together! Enjoy!

Elementary:

Do Not Be Anxious (Philippians 4:6-7)

Every Move I Make

Grow Up

Jump

Let Your Light Shine

Preschool:

Jesus Loves Me (Remix)

Jump Around

Rainbow

Round and Round

This Little Light of Mine

Our one-year-olds don’t yet attend group worship time, but we have a special set of music just for their classroom! Hidden in my Heart: A Lullaby Journey Through Scripture is a collection of beautiful songs that use Scripture as lyrics. We love it! This album, Volume I, is available for purchase through Amazon. Also available are Volume II and Volume III: A Lullaby Journey Through the Life of Jesus.

We hope this gives you a few ideas of how to continue worshiping God through music in your home!

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What is My Elementary Child Learning in January?

We’ve all experienced them—young and old alike—moments when frustration gets the better of us and we suddenly feel like we’re losing our minds.

Temper tantrums.
Yelling at that someone for cutting you off.
Eating the entire jar of jellybeans.
Fighting on the playground.
Throwing a video game controller across the room.

This happened to my son a few weeks ago. He was playing on his device when all of the sudden I hear him yelling, “That’s SO delayed!”

One of the buttons wasn’t working and rather than being able to propel his character across a ravine, the character was jumping to his death.  He tossed the thing on the floor and stormed out of the room. Not good.

When the system doesn’t work, we can’t turn the power off. We can’t pause for a snack break. We can’t always stop before falling off a cliff. In short, sometimes we lose. My son not only lost control, but he faced a consequence and lost his gaming system for a while.

And really … that sounds a lot like life too. Self-control is important. That’s why we’re taking an entire month talking about it. We define self-control like this: choosing to do what you should do not what you want to do. And this month, we’ll learn that self-control really has more to do with God than self.

Throughout the Bible, God talks about a lot about self-control. As a fruit of the Spirit, self-control is a response to the changes that He is making in our lives. On our own, we are helpless to control anything, but with God’s power we have an advantage. We have the power of the Holy Spirit living within us and are able to do what we should do even when it’s not what we want to do.

The book of Proverbs includes several verses where God gives us wisdom to practice for those moments when we’d rather do anything but show self-control. Proverbs are not merely wise sayings. Rather, they are part of God’s story where He leans into the world that He created and whispers to us: “Here’s how you should live.” Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at self-control through God’s lens and explore four truths that Solomon captured in the book of proverbs.

As we learn to reflect the character of God and respond to His love for us, self-control is crucial. After all, how we live speaks volumes to our friends, family, and even strangers we meet every day. Our ability to show self-control in the heat of a moment could make or break someone’s view of God.

Let’s all learn together this month to pause, select the right words and actions, and most importantly tap into God’s power to show some self-control.

Our memory verse for the month is Proverbs 25:28: “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.”  This verse can serve as a great reminder for kids (or adults) in those moments when they don’t want to show self-control.

 

WEEK 1

For week one, we’ll look at Proverbs 25:28 – “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” In ancient times, the city without walls was exposed to harsh elements and cities that could conquer them. A lack of self-control exposes you to danger.

Bottom Line: God can give you the power to control yourself. We want kids to start the month realizing they can lean into God’s power to help them demonstrate self-control.

 

WEEK 2

In week two, we’ll discover more about Proverbs 16:32 – “It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city.” God reminds us having patience and showing self-control is more important than winning an argument or conquering an entire city.

Bottom Line: Pause before you lose your temper. God wants us to know that to PAUSE and show patience even when it’s difficult is better than choosing to fight our way through life.

Our memory verse reminds us that when we show self-control it protects us from harm.

 

WEEK 3

For week three, we’ll look at Proverbs 21:23 – “Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble.” We want kids to understand the power of showing self-control with the words they say.

Bottom Line: Select your words carefully. When we lean into God’s power and select our words carefully, we may show others a glimpse of God’s grace, which could change them forever.

Our memory verse shows us that self-control is like surrounding ourselves with a wall of protection from consequences that could hurt us.

 

WEEK 4

In week four, we’ll see what God says in Proverbs 25:16 – “If you find honey, eat just enough. If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.” You can have too much of a good thing. Here we are given a clear picture of what could happen if we don’t know when to stop.

Bottom Line: Know when to stop. When we are able to show self-control and stop what we’re doing, we might end up with too much of something. And having too much can cause us harm.

Our memory verse reminds us that when we ignore self-control, we leave ourselves open to responding in ways that could end up hurting us.

WEEK 5

For the final week, we’ll look closer at Proverbs 4:23 – “Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.” In order to show self-control, you need to fill your heart and minds with what will help you guard your heart. The apostle Paul gives us an idea of what some of those are in Philippians 4:8. We should think about what is noble, right, and pure, lovely and worthy of respect. When we fill our heart with these things, we’ll have a better chance of responding with self-control.

Bottom Line: Use God’s words to guide your thoughts. If we focus on God’s Word, when those frustrating moments come, we’ll be able to remember the truth of Scripture to help us show self-control.

With all of the Proverbs we discovered this month, we know that God can help us protect ourselves from the consequences of not demonstrating self-control.

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Wonderful News!

Jesus was born at the worst possible time. After all, Mary had to leave home about the time she was ready to have a baby. She had to travel eighty miles by foot to a town called Bethlehem. Then she couldn’t even find a bed when she arrived! But Jesus chose to come to us at this time to prove that God’s great love is unending.

To retell this story, Antioch created a short video using art work from The Biggest Story and some narrative from The Jesse Tree. Both books are amazing and we highly recommend them! Enjoy this video as you and your kids continue to think about the wonderful news of God’s great love for you!

Love All :: Advent Conspiracy

What is the point of Christmas?

Is your head spinning as you try to pin down an answer? Here it is: Christmas is a reminder of God’s huge love for his lost and broken world. 

Jesus, though he was rich, became poor to love the poor, the forgotten, the overlooked, and the sick. That is us! He left heaven and became a person so that we could know without a doubt that God has a huge love for his lost and broken world. He came to rescue us! This came at a huge cost: his life. Think about that for a moment. He chose to rescue us even though he knew it would cost him his life. He saw our need and did something about it!

Jesus tells us to do the same. He says he made us to be like him, specifically to see the needs of others and do something to help. Kids at Antioch have been given the challenge to be on the lookout for needs that they could meet.

While surrounded with ways to help, we have also presented two specific opportunities- one local and one global. Here in Bend, there is a new shelter for women and children needing help gathering basic supplies to help the house function.  Globally, we are partnering with The Sold Project, located in Thailand, to scholarship at risk kids in order to provide shelter and education. We challenged kids to bring coins and dollars that they have earned to help. We encourage your family to consider replacing one of their gifts with the opportunity to show love to all by using the money that would be spent to help another.

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

  • Think about God’s love for all of his creation. Look around. Everyone you see is loved by God!
  • Spend a little less on gifts and use the “saved” money to help those who need help.
  • Risk your comfort to show love to all.

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Worship Fully :: Advent Conspiracy

CHRISTMAS. Christmas pictures. Christmas shopping. Christmas carols. Christmas parties. Christmas traditions. Christmas cookies. Christmas lights. Christmas. Christmas. Christmas. It can be crazy town!

Somewhere along the way, we have lost sight of the point of Christmas.

Christmas is, first and foremost, a time to celebrate Jesus and worship God as we remember the most amazing story of love that has ever been told! But it has been overshadowed by the billions of dollars spent on advertisements and expectations.

However, we don’t think it needs to stay that way! Christmas is a time to remember the story of God’s huge love for our world and to celebrate the birth of a king. It is a time to worship!

But what does it mean to worship? In kid words, it simply means to tell God that he is wonderful! (note: It does not mean simply singing.) Worship is anything we do to show God how important he is to us. Sometimes, when we pray, we spend the whole time asking God for things. What would it feel like to tell God the things you love about Him and thank him for who he is? No asking for stuff. Just worship. Just telling God that he is wonderful.

As a family, read Psalm 95:1-7. What does this passage tell us about why God is worth worshipping?

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

  • Think about Jesus. Why is he wonderful? Tell him!
  • Consider ways you can worship Jesus more fully.
  • Get excited about God’s love! What does your family do when they celebrate? Do you throw a party? Consider throwing a party on Christmas morning as a way of worshipping Jesus!

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Give More :: Advent Conspiracy

We know what you’re thinking: “Spend less and give more? This doesn’t make any sense!”. 

Before it will make any sense, let’s think about the big story of the Bible.

God wanted his creation to know that he still loved everything he had made, even though it had become messed up. He said this over and over— by doing things (miracles) to catch the attention of people and reminding them of his love. He also sent people (called prophets) to remind the world of God’s love. But people kept missing it. No one seemed to get it! So instead of doing things and sending messages, he chose to come to us. Did you catch that? The God of the universe chose to put on flesh and come be with us. Why would he do such a thing? He wanted everyone to know that God still loved his creation!

While here, Jesus helped and cared for so many people— the sick, the sad, the ignored, the kids, the elderly, the rich, the famous, and everyone in between. He chose to spend time with others because he wanted to know them and care for them. The challenge to give more is a challenge to serve, know, and care for the people you want to wish a Merry Christmas! 

In the spirit of Advent Conspiracy, we challenge you to:

Give more of yourself by asking “what can I do” or “what does this person like to do?”, then making time to do it!

Give more by giving gifts that are needed instead of wanted.

Give more by stepping out of the pressure of consumerism and into the servant-hearted example of Jesus– using your time and energy to know and care for the people in your life!

The activity below is designed to help you and your family begin to implement this new approach to Christmas!

What you need: blank paper, scissors and a pen (or use this free printable: https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5514/11455456636_c3043f029b_b.jpg)

What you do: Think of people you want to give a gift to— list them out! Then, go through the list and think of ways you could help them. What is something you could do to help this person smile or feel special? What could you do know this person better? Write your idea on the coupon, then wrap it up and top it with a note explaining your intent to follow through on your promise.

What you say: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity. A good gift is something that helps another and makes him or her feel special and loved. The challenge is to give meaningful gives that will create great memories.

If your creativity is running dry, here are some ideas of coupons to gift: 

  • Make breakfast in bed for a friend or family member who is tired.
  • Complete a chore for someone else.
  • Babysitting for a single mom.
  • Yard work for an elderly person.

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What is My Preschooler Learning in December?

Hi there!

December is here! This season is so exciting, because we are thinking about Christmas. When kids think about Christmas, they often think about presents, too. On Sunday mornings in Antioch Kids we will get to tell kids about the most amazing gift ever given! This gift, of course, is when God sent His own Son into the world to be with us! Here is the plan for each week in December:

  1. Jesus is Born • Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46-49; 2:1-7 | An angel came and told Mary she was going to have a baby. This baby would be God’s Son, and he would be called “Jesus.” Right before Mary was ready to have her baby, she and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem. Every inn was full, so Jesus was born in a stable.
  1. The Shepherds • Luke 2:8-20 | God chose shepherds to be the first people to hear about His Son’s birth.
  1. The Wise Men • Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 | Some wise men knew a baby King was coming, and they followed the star that led them to him.
  1. Family Service | On December 27th our kiddos and adults will get to learn together about the story of the young boy Jesus in the temple!

Below are two videos from the Jesus Storybook Bible that present the stories from weeks one and two. The third story can be found in the print version of the book, which can be purchased here (The Wise Men | “The King of All Kings”).

During the first three weeks, we will also be introducing the remaining three pillars of Advent Conspiracy to our preschoolers.

  • Give More (Dec 6) The best gift ever was God sending His Son Jesus to be with us. We can follow His example by giving relational gifts, our time and shared experiences, rather than just stuff.
  • Worship Fully (Dec 13) The Christmas story teaches us to worship fully by choosing to celebrate our king Jesus with every breath.
  • Love All (Dec 20) Jesus came into the world in order to love people. We can love others by noticing their needs and doing something to help.

This is such a special time of year, when we celebrate the coming of our God, because He loved us so much! We can’t wait to continue talking with your kiddos about the love of our great God!

Merry Christmas!

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Preschool Parent Cue for December

Christmastime is nearly here! This December, we are teaching preschoolers the bottom line that God gave us Jesus and the memory verse: “God has given a Son to us” (Isaiah 9:6, NCV). We are excited to teach kids about the most important gift that was ever given: Jesus, Immanuel, “God with us”! Below in this month’s Parent Cue, you will find some ideas for continuing the conversation at home.

Merry Christmas!!

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