February God Time Cards

During the month of February our elementary students are learning all about Cooperation – working together to do more than you could do alone. We would like to equip you as parents to begin a conversation about cooperation at home this month. To help do this, we want to provide you with this great resource called  God Time Cards. These are short devotions are designed for parents and kids to do together. They are fun, engaging – and we hope you love them!

Below you will find 4 God Time Cards to help you and your family continue learning about the importance of cooperation and what God has to say about working together. Simply click below to get started! Enjoy!

Week 1                    Week 2

Week 3                    Week 4

What is My Elementary Child Learning in February?

When you have a job to get done, you need the right tool. Hammers and screwdrivers work great for doing the job they were designed for, but sometimes you need something a little more complex. You need a tool that has the right attachment for the job, one that cooperates with that tool to get the job done.

Like a drill.  Without the right drill bit to do the work, it’s just a noisy paperweight.

Or a ratchet. Without the right socket, well, I guess you’ve got a shiny little … hammer maybe?  It’s just not useful unless you have both parts working together.

There are even some tools that don’t need another piece.  They need another person, like those lumberjack crosscut saws. The saw won’t work at all unless two people are working together.  That’s cooperation—working together to do more than you could do alone.

When you think about it, cooperation is huge. When you cooperate, you can build more. You learn more. You can do more.

As kids are growing they become more aware of the people around them. They have friends on the playground or in their neighborhood. They have to work in teams to finish projects in school. If they don’t learn God’s plan for cooperation, they’ll have a difficult time getting along with people. That’s why it’s important that we take some time out to discover more about what the Bible says about cooperation.

Cooperation is actually a spiritual concept that originates with God. God designed us as human beings not only to need each other, but also to need Him. Now, it’s not like God was up in heaven desperate for some help, so He made us. No, God is all-sufficient. But, He created us so we could have a relationship with Him, and so that we could participate in His work together. In other words, God put all of us together on this planet to do more together than we could ever do alone, and in some cases—with His help—to do things that might even seem “un-doable.”

So, we want every leader, every parent and every child to memorize this verse of Scripture:“Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIrV).

Just think about the difference you could make in your church if every parent, leader and child really bought into this spiritual concept of cooperation. The Bible is full of stories of people who came together in faith to do something they never could have done alone. We can’t wait to hear about what happens when kids start understanding God’s design for cooperation.

 

WEEK 1
Think about the Israelites building the tabernacle. We’ll look at different passages throughoutExodus 28, 31, 35 and 39. God could have had Moses do the work on his own, but instead God called expert artists, craftsmen, and all kinds of people to work together to build this incredibly intentional place of worship.

Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done. Cooperation starts with God. When we work together we can do the work He has for us to do and accomplish more than we could ever do on our own.

 

WEEK 2
There’s this really great and rather bizarre story in Exodus 17:8-13 where Joshua is battling a group of people called the Amalekites. As the battle starts, Moses is standing on a hill with his brother Aaron and another guy named, Hur. And there Moses is, holding up the staff of God. As long as Moses keeps his arms up, the Israelites are winning. But when he drops his arms, the Israelites start losing. So Hur and Aaron make this really great decision. They hold up Moses’ arms—and with God’s help, the Israelites are victorious.

Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed. Just like Hur and Aaron, it’s important for a child to realize that working together isn’t just about doing something for yourself. You can work with other people to help them win at life too.

 

WEEK 3
In Luke 5:17-26, we find in the life of one paralyzed man who just happened to have some really good friends. When His friends heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. In fact, as friends, they cooperated, tore a hole in a roof, and dropped their friend down in front of Jesus while He was teaching. And as a result of their faith and cooperation a miracle happened.

Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life. When we work with others, we not only help them, but we can help God change their life.

 

WEEK 4
In our final week, we look at how the Early Church worked together in Acts 2:42-47 to help those who were in need. And when they cooperated, people noticed.  When other people saw all of these different kinds of people working together, they came to know Jesus.

Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus. Our kids can learn how to be the church even at a young age. Just think about the impact they could have on the world when they realize that how they work together could impact a person’s relationship with Jesus.
This month, think about this question: “What can you do together?” What can you do together as a church to demonstrate to your children the way God designed us—not only to need each other, but also to need Him?  How can we cooperate with God on His plan to change the world?

I have this sneaking suspicion that the children who watched those friends that tore the roof apart and saw Jesus make that man walk again were never the same. They had stories to tell for generations because they had seen the power of cooperation and what happens when God shows up to put His stamp of approval on people working together. This month, help make that the story of your church too.

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Our Prayers for 2016

It’s a new year! The elders at Antioch asked the Antioch Kids staff about our prayers for 2016. We have included our response below and invite you to pray along with us!

In 2016 we pray that:

  • we will develop relationships with the Bend High teachers whose classrooms we use, and learn of ways to know them and serve them instead of merely appease them.
  • we will creatively maximize the Bend High space to create an environment that is safe and fun for kids.
  • adults serving in Antioch Kids will develop relationships with kids and families allowing for discipleship and encouragement.
  • we will remove the guilt-culture of volunteering and reframe kids ministry as an awesome opportunity to pass on the Christian faith.
  • we will show our appreciation to all who serve at Antioch by inviting them to not only a once-a-month commitment, but also into a meaningful relationship with a church family.
  • we will see kids choose to trust Jesus and grow in their understanding of his love.
  • we will invite parents into a grace-based parenting model.
  • we will better equip parents to continue teaching their kids about God throughout the week.
  • parents will develop family patterns that encourage regular church attendance and involvement.
  • Antioch Kids staff will attend the adult service twice a month.
  • Antioch Kids classrooms will be properly staffed every Sunday.
  • we will, with great hope, await the surprises God has in store for the year ahead.

We love you, church family!

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We Believe in Kids!

At Antioch, we believe in kids ministry because God loves kids!

Psalm 127:3 tells us that kids are a blessing from God. In Luke, Jesus welcomed children and affirmed their value. Make no mistake, kids matter to God and He longs for them to know of His great love!

Serving in Antioch Kids isn’t about checking a box by making a Sunday morning commitment. Instead, it is an opportunity to teach the youngest generation about God’s great love! If you are interested in learning more about serving in Antioch Kids, simply let us know. We’d love to serve kids and families together!

To learn more, check out the links below and watch our new video!

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Antioch Kids Training Booklet

Volunteer Application

 

Preschool Parent Cue for January

Happy New Year!! This month we can’t wait to teach kids about the power of Jesus! Our memory verse for January is “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, NIV). Our bottom line is “Only Jesus can do that!” We are going to hear five Bible stories about Jesus doing some amazing things. The Parent Cue below includes ideas of how we can continue to talk about God’s power during different times of the day at home, like in the car or during play time!

Preschool Parent Cue – January

What is My Preschooler Learning in January?

Hello Antioch family!

Happy New Year!! It’s January and this month on Sunday mornings our preschoolers are going to be learning about the power of Jesus! Our memory verse is “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26, NIV). Each week kids will hear a story about something amazing that Jesus did! We will ask the question “Who can do that?” and teach the bottom line that “Only Jesus can do that!” This month’s Bible stories are listed below.

  • Catching Fish • Luke 5:1-7 | Jesus can do things we can’t. When Simon Peter and his fisherman friends couldn’t catch any fish, Jesus told Simon Peter to try again. He obeyed, and caught two whole boats full of fish!
  • Feeding the 5,000 • Mark 6:31-44 | Nothing is too hard for Jesus. The disciples thought it would be too hard to feed 5,000 people—they didn’t have enough food or money! They only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. But Jesus fed all of those people using that tiny amount of food!
  • Walking on Water • Matthew 14:22-33 | Jesus can do what is impossible. Jesus’s friends were in a boat on the sea, when a big storm began! Jesus walked to them across the water, and helped Peter walk on the water, too!
  • Calming the Storm • Matthew 8:23-27 | Jesus has power over everything. Jesus’s friends were sleeping in a boat out on the sea, when another storm began! Jesus told the storm to stop, and it did! He has power over even the wind and water.
  • Water to Wine • John 2:1-11 | Jesus came to do amazing things. At a party, they ran out of a super fancy party drink, but Jesus took some water and turned it into the party drink so they had more! He was showing that he can do unbelievable things!

We are so excited to teach kids about the power and love of God this month! Below are some links to songs about the power of God. We love these video versions of these songs because they celebrate kids’ voices, nature, diversity, tradition, and creativity!

We invite you to watch them with your kids at home, or use these ideas to find other songs to listen to, watch, sing, dance along with, or even play on your own instruments! Worshiping through music is one fantastic way to learn about and praise our amazing God!!

How Great Thou Art

My God is So Big

Awesome God

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Elementary God Time Cards for January

To kick off the new year, our elementary kids will be learning all about self-control this January. Self-Control is defined like this: choosing to do what you should do, not what you want to do.  We would like to equip you to begin a conversation about self-control at home this winter. To help do this, we want to provide you with this great resource called God Time Cards. These short devotions are designed for elementary aged kids to do during the week. They are fun and engaging – and we hope you and your kids will love them!

Below you will find the God Time Cards for January to help you and your family continue learning about the importance of self-control in their lives. Simply click below to get started!

Self-Control Week 1          Self-Control Week 2

Self-Control Week 3          Self-Control Week 4

Self-Control Week 5