Our Covenant-Making God

Hello parents!

We’re excited to begin our second unit of The Gospel Project for Kids! Over the next three weeks, kids will learn that God is a covenant-making God. Below is a summary of the passages and main points for Unit 2.

Unit 2 Key Passage: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3).

Big Picture Question: What did God promise? God made a covenant to bless His people.

Session 1 | God’s Covenant with Abraham (Nov 6th)

Bible Passage: Genesis 12:1-3; 15:1-21; 17:1-9

Main Point: God promised to bless all the world through Abraham.

Session 2 | God Tested Abraham (Nov 13th)

Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19

Main Point: Abraham trusted God, even when he didn’t understand God’s plan.

Session 3 | The Promise Reaffirmed (Nov 27th)

Bible Passage: Genesis 25:19-26; 26:1-6; 28:10-22

Main Point: God reminded Abraham’s family that He always keeps His promises.

In Session 1, kids will learn how God spoke to Abram, calling him to leave behind his family and his lands to go to a place God would show him. God made a covenant with Abram, promising to bless all the world through one of his descendants (Gen 12:1-3). By faith, Abram obeyed. God was serious about the covenant; He always keeps His promises. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “Father of a Multitude.” God promised to bless all the earth through Abraham. At just the right time, Jesus was born into Abraham’s family. (Gal. 4:4-5) Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham. (See Gal. 3:8.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Through Him, all the nations of the earth are blessed.

In Session 2, our journey takes us to an event that occurred after Abraham and Sarah had their son of promise, Isaac. Abraham received another message from God. It was a test, actually. God instructed Abraham to take his son Isaac, the son of promise, and sacrifice him on a mountain God would tell him about. Abraham had waited so many years for this child! But what did Abraham do? He woke up early the next morning and set out with Isaac to do what God commanded. By this point, Abraham had supreme faith that God was able to do anything. Hebrews 11:17-19 gives us a peek inside Abraham’s mind: “He considered God to be able even to raise someone from the dead.” Abraham showed both his love for God and his trust in Him by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. God provided a ram for the burnt offering in place of Isaac, who was spared. This is how God showed His love for us: He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that we could have eternal life through Him.

In Session 3’s Bible story, God reaffirmed the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac and to his grandson Jacob (Gen. 26:3-4; 28:13-14). When Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, became pregnant with twins, the babies struggled with each other in her womb. God explained their future. The older son (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob). Their families would separate and become two nations, one stronger than the other. These things came true, but not in the way Isaac’s family would have expected. Jacob tricked his father and brother to steal the blessing. To escape his brother’s anger, Jacob fled to his uncle’s house. On the way, God spoke to Jacob in a dream. Jacob saw a stairway to heaven, and he saw God there. God repeated the promise to Jacob. He promised to be with Jacob. Explain to your kids that, like the stairway in Jacob’s dream, Jesus bridges the gap between heaven and earth. (See John 1:51.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Sin separates people from God, but when people turn from their sin and trust in Jesus, Jesus brings them into God’s family.

We can’t wait to dive into this exciting unit where we learn about the amazing God who loves us and keeps His promises! Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App or the Big Picture Cards for Families (click here for Preschool & Elementary cards) for ways to interact with the Bible content each week. We’ll see you soon!

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Parent Cue: March!

We want to equip parents with easy-to-understand information about what Antioch Kids is teaching kids on Sunday morning so that it is fun and purposeful to continue teaching kids about the same Biblical truths throughout the week!

Meet one of our favorite parent resource’s: The Parent Cue. This resource offers a short summary of what kids are learning on Sunday mornings and also suggests a few fun ways to continue teaching them throughout the week. Below you will find a Parent Cue for parents of preschoolers and also a Parent Cue for parents of elementary aged kids. All you need to do is keep reading!

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If you want to print out the preschool Parent Cue, use this link: Preschool, Parent Cue

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If you want to print out the preschool Parent Cue, use this link: Elementary, Parent Cue

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!

What is my Elementary Child Learning?

The International Olympic Committee recently released their updated Olympic Charter in preparation for this year’s Winter Olympics. In it’s PDF form, the Charter is 105 pages long and lists the rules and bylaws governing the Olympic organization. It does not list the rules for individual events, but refers readers to their individual documents. So, an athlete participating in the Olympics has a lot of rules to learn as they train to do their best.

Knowledge is discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you doWe believe that God’s Word is the best place to discover something new about our world and ultimately ourselves. And when we put those discoveries into practice it changes us from the inside out and impacts the choices we make and the way we live. God is the source of all truth. We need to dig into His Word and discover that truth for ourselves.

The knowledge we glean from the 66 books of the Bible tells us how to live our lives day in and day out. But that knowledge is not an end in and of itself. We can know all there is to know about God, but if we don’t put any of our knowledge into practice, it is worthless.

The monthly memory verse is: “God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right,” 2 Timothy 3:16, NIrV. God’s Word is powerful and strong. When we discover it and put it into practice, we have its strength on our side every day of our lives.

In Week One’s Bible story, Jesus models the importance of seeking knowledge even as a young boy (Luke 2:41-52). Our Bottom Line is:Since God knows everything, it’s important to discover what God says. The Bible is God’s Word to us. That’s why it’s important to read the Bible and ask questions to someone we trust.

Help your child continue learning with the Week 1 God Time Card here: God Time Card: Week 1

In Week Two’s Bible story, John the Baptist dedicated his life to preparing the way for Jesus (John 1:19-42; supporting – Matthew 3, Mark 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-22). Because he knew God’s Word, he could lay the groundwork for Jesus’ ministry. Our Bottom Line is:Discovering what God says helps me know Jesus. The more we read God’s Word, the more we understand about who Jesus is and what that means for our lives.

Help your child continue learning with the Week 2 God Time Card here: God Time Card: Week 2

In Week Three’s Bible story, Jesus is tempted by Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13;supporting – Matthew 4:1-11). But Jesus was prepared! He knew all of Scripture and was ready for any and all of Satan’s tricks. Our Bottom Line is: Discovering what God says helps me make the wise choice. That’s why it’s important for us to find out what God says and know His words well enough to use them when we are tempted to do something wrong.

Help your child continue learning with the Week 3 God Time Card here: God Time Card: Week 3

In Week Four’s Bible story, Jesus tells His followers a story about two men who learn a valuable lesson about building on a strong foundation (Matthew 7:24-29). It reminds us that when we put God’s words into practice, they will help us stand firm when life’s storms blow our way. Our Bottom Line is:Knowing and doing what God says makes me strong. Knowledge doesn’t change anything unless you do something about it.

Help your child continue learning with the Week 4 God Time Card here: God Time Card: Week 4

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

New! Parent Cue

One of our main goals at Antioch Kids is to equip you, the parents, to continue teaching your kids about who God is and what matters to Him throughout the week! We know this can sound overwhelming,but the “Parent Cue” (below) will help you know what your child is learning and also give you some fun and easy ideas to continue teaching your kids about the God who made us and loves us! There is a Parent Cue for both the preschool program and the elementary program and both can be found below!

The Parent Cue communicates four things to you:

1. The month’s virtue or faith skill

2. The month’s Bible verse

3. The week’s Bible story

4. A specific question for parents to talk to their child about, accompanied by an idea to make it fun.

Preschool Parent Cue (Click here for the PDF)

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Elementary Parent Cue (Click here for the PDF)

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What is my preschooler learning?

It’s Christmastime! It’s Christmastime!

All month long, your preschooler will be learning that God gave His Son to us!  What a wonderful thing to celebrate! Your child will be learning Isaiah 9:6, which says “God has given His Son to us!”

The key question that we are going to ask your child all month long is “How do we know God loves us?”. We know because God gave us Jesus!

Week 1, kids will learn that God told us He would give us Jesus in the story of  The Angel and Mary • Micah 5:2; Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46

Week 2, kids will learn the story of Jesus’ Birth • Luke 2:1-7

Week 3, kids will learn about the angels as they brought an important message to the Shepherds! Luke 2:8-18

Week 4, kids will celebrate Jesus being born and review the Christmas story! Luke 1:26–2:18

As your child learns a little part of the Christmas Story each week, he or she will be creating stick puppets to help remember the story!

If your child looses a character or misses a Sunday, we don’t want you to miss out! Simply click on the link below. Print the Christmas Stick Puppet activity page, let your child color the characters, cut them out, then glue them on popsicle sticks. Enjoy, and we can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

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Baby Dedication: December 1st!

The next child dedication service is coming up next month, December 1st! If you are interested in having your child dedicated or would like more information about the child dedication, please email Linda!

Have you ever wondered why we do child dedication services at church?

Our pastor, Ken Wytsma, said “Whenever something belongs to God, it’s dedicated to God. It’s holy.”

In I Corinthians 7, Paul says that children of believing parents, or even one believing parent, are holy. “You’ve got Paul literally saying that it’s not just that kids are good or that God likes kids, but that kids are holy, meaning they belong to Him. They’re set aside unto him.” When parents are believers, they are in a covenantal relationship with God, and He is at the center of their household, working with them and through them and loving their kids. “

“There’s something exciting about presenting kids to God as kids that He wants to call unto himself.” To hear more about this topic, watch the short Redux video below!

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!

 

Antioch Kids: Preschool

All month long, preschool kids at Antioch are going to be learning about Joseph! Joseph’s story is amazing! Crazy thing after crazy thing happened to Joseph, but he still loved God and trusted Him. He did his best in every situation because he knew that’s what God wanted from him.

While preschoolers learn Joseph’s story, they will also learn that they were made by God—that they are special. They are unique beings made by the Creator of the universe. You see, God made Joseph the way He did because He had a plan for Joseph. And, God has a plan for you and me and each one of our preschoolers.

God doesn’t promise that the journey will be easy. Joseph’s story is proof of that. God does promise to be with us on the journey. God does promise that He has a plan. God does promise to love us and care for us in every circumstance. And, if we trust like Joseph did, God can use us to do amazing things. He used Joseph to basically save an entire region of the world.

If you want to learn more, click below to watch a short video!

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We provide easy-to-use resources to help you talk to your kids about these Bible stories and truths. Click here to check them out: Small Talk!

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

Antioch Kids: Elementary!

From the very beginning, God set up leaders on earth. We see in Genesis 1, God instructed Adam to rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, and the livestock that moves on the ground. Much later in the Old Testament, God called out prophets, judges, kings, and priests to lead His people. Each of these leaders, although different in many ways, had one main thing in common. Their job was to follow God. An interesting pattern can be seen when they trusted and obeyed God—the people under their leadership prospered.

Obedience is trusting those who lead you by doing what you’re asked to do. God asks us to trust Him by giving us specific things to do to accomplish His work around us. He may even ask us to do something that seems too hard or too uncomfortable. But we can choose to trust that He’ll work out the details and take care of our needs. Then it’s easier for us to choose to obey and act on what we know, because we trust our ultimate Leader.

The monthly memory verse is: “Obey your leaders. Put yourselves under their authority.” (Hebrews 13:17, NIrV) Often, it’s hardest to obey when God asks us to trust another person that He has chosen to lead us. But, as long as their instructions line up with God’s commands, do what they ask of us.

In Week One’s Bible story, God places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden with just one command (Genesis 1, 2, 3:1-24). When they make their own plan and disobey God, it has profound and lasting affects. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when I think my way is better. Our leaders see the bigger picture and understand the greater consequences.

In Week Two’s Bible story, Noah had a history of trusting God, and continued to obey God to the smallest detail while building the ark (Genesis 6–8). Even when everyone else disobeyed, Noah followed God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even when others don’t. Developing a pattern of obedience might prepare us for trusting God in a moment when the stakes are even higher.

In Week Three’s Bible story, God makes a big promise to Abraham, and then asks Abraham to move to a new place (Genesis 12:1-5; 13:2-18; 15:1-6). Abraham doesn’t know where or how God will keep His promises. But he trusts God. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if I don’t know how it will all work out. We always know we can trust God, so we can confidently obey.

In Week Four’s Bible story, God asks Abraham to do something shocking (Genesis 15, 18, 21, 22). When Abraham is willing to obey and sacrifice what he loves, he demonstrates his unwavering trust in God to keep His promises. Our Bottom Line is: I should trust and obey even if it costs me something. We can trust that God wants what’s best for us.

We want to make it easy for you to continue teaching your kids about these things throughout the week! We provide you will resources to do just that! Simply download them by clicking the links below.

Week 1 Resource,   Week 2 Resource,   Week 3 Resource,   Week 4 Resource

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

Antioch Kids: Preschool!

Choices. We have to make them EVERY day. Do I want to wear this pair of shoes or that pair of shoes? Do I want this sandwich or that sandwich for lunch? Those types of choices aren’t life altering, but some of the choices we make are. Do I want to take this job or do I want to move and take that job? That’s a big decision. And, where can we go for help making that decision? Why, God, of course. Because God knows what’s best for me.

Now, preschoolers aren’t deciding where they need to move yet, but they are making some important decisions in their world. Should I obey mom? Should I share with Suzy? Even they can look to God for help with answers. We want to teach them to look to Him now with the easier stuff (although it’s not easy for them) so they will look to Him for the harder stuff later in life.

Preschoolers will see how God knew what was best for our Bible friends so many years ago as they investigate the stories of Adam and Eve, Jonah, Naamen, and Joshua and Caleb. While visiting these stories, we will discuss the hard choices they had to make and that the best results always came when they chose what God wanted them to do. Because (say it with me) God knows what’s best for me.

We will be praying that your preschooler has moments filled with wonder as we give preschoolers a look at the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.

We want to encourage you to keep teaching your preschoolers these things throughout the week! Here is a free resources to help you do just that: Family Resource for Preschoolers (click to download).

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

We want to encourage you to keep teaching your preschoolers these things throughout the week! Here is a free resources to help you do just that: Family Resource for Preschoolers (click to download).

Can’t wait to see you Sunday!

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