Antioch Kids Welcomes The Gospel Project!

Hello Church Family!

We’re so excited to have started a brand new curriculum in Antioch Kids this October! The Gospel Project for Kids is a three-year chronological Bible study program that shows how the entire Bible tells the story of God’s redemption of the world through his Son, Jesus, and God’s invitation to participate in his mission in the world. Check out their website here for a video explaining the heart of their program. We love the way this curriculum offers opportunities to explore the Big Story of Scripture in fun and engaging ways for all ages, and the way it encourages leaders to point out important truths through each application activity. This curriculum even provides original worship songs that relate to the theme of each unit!

The Key Passage for Unit 1 is: “there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live” (1 Corinthians 8:6). All ages will be studying the following passages, main points, and questions during the next 5 weeks!

 

Session 1 | October 2nd, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-25 | God Created the World

Main Point: God made everything.

Big Picture Question: Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.

 

Session 2 | October 9th, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:26–2:25 | God Created People

Main Point: God created people in His own image; God created them male

and female.

Big Picture Question: Why did God create the world? God created the

world and everything in it for His glory.

 

Session 3 | October 16th, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-24 | Sin Entered the World

Main Point: Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God.

Big Picture Question: What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin

separates people from God.

 

Session 4 | October 23rd, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 4:1-16,25-26 | Cain and Abel

Main Point: Cain’s sin separated him from God and people.

Big Picture Question: What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God.

 

Session 5 | October 30th, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 6:5–9:17 | Noah and the Ark

Main Point: God is holy, and He punishes sin.

Big Picture Question: What is sin? Sin is breaking God’s law, and sin separates people from God.

 

Session 6 | November 6th, 2016

Bible Passage: Genesis 11:1-9 | The Tower of Babel

Main Point: God created people to give glory to Him alone.

Big Picture Question: Why did God create the world? God created the world and everything in it for His glory.

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“The Biggest Story” for Your Summer

Happy Summer!

If you’re looking for a new God-centered story to read to your kiddos on a picnic blanket in the shade, or to a musical background of crickets and frogs at bedtime, we have an idea for you!

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The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, by Kevin DeYoung, offers a unique and informative perspective on some of the Bible’s more prominent stories. DeYoung tells these stories in a way that shows how all of the individual stories, from Genesis to Revelation, come together as God’s one, big Story. He deals with some of the more challenging Bible stories that leave us asking questions—such as God’s request for Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice—and he explains important aspects of God’s purpose for them.

This authentic telling is complemented by DeYoung’s sense of humor, which will keep older kids and adults amused and engaged. Plus there are 127 pages of Don Clark’s absolutely amazing illustrations! Check these out…

Click this link for a video introduction to the book, with narration by Propaganda. Below is a summary of how The Biggest Story takes us through the greatest Story ever told.

The story begins in the Garden of Eden, where “It was a wonderful time to be God’s children in God’s wonderful world.” We are then taken through the choice Adam and Eve made to trust the snake and turn away from God, and how every person continued to make wrong choices from then on.

Still, God promised that someday a son of Eve would “crush the head of that nasty Snake” and make everything right again. And God continued to make good promises and give good blessings and important messages to His people. Then after a long, long time, God sent the Snake Crusher: Jesus, His Son.

But surprisingly, this Savior died. It is explained that this is how God did everything that humans couldn’t do—keeping promises and choosing the right way—so we could be with Him again. We then learn of the following justice: the resurrection of the innocent, crucified King-Priest-Prophet, and how God sent the Holy Spirit to bring the “power and peace and the presence of Christ with us all the time.”

But that’s not all! We learn that “We live in the beginning of the end of the story that we are still in the middle of.” The end will find us back in a renewed, perfect Garden with God, where “forever and ever”—once again—“it will be a wonderful time to be God’s children in God’s wonderful world.”

The Biggest Story can be purchased here from Amazon. You can read more from Kevin DeYoung, here on his blog.

We love this honest, humorous, beautifully-illustrated take on God’s Story! We would love to hear your thoughts as you explore this way of sharing Scripture with your kiddos. Happy reading!

“Play Through the Bible”

Hi Church family!

Summer is approaching! However, the cold and rain still visit us on some days, making the playground a less desirable destination for you and your children. When outdoor play isn’t an option, we have a solution! Blogger Liz came up with some creative ideas to “Play Through the Bible” in 25 weeks with her toddler. While her plan is geared toward toddlers, it can be expanded upon for older preschoolers.

You can click this link to view Liz’s full introduction of her “Play Through the Bible” program. I have provided a brief summary below.

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The idea is to provide a simple (short and repetitive), basic, and engaging way of teaching the messages of Scripture. For each week, Liz presents the following:

  • Bible Story: One story in the Bible with a big idea! Examples include: Creation, Adam & Eve, Joseph, and Holy Week.
  • Focus Point: A main message to repeat. Ex. “God created everything.”
  • Story Time Tips: Ideas of how to make the story more engaging. Ex. While learning about creation, switch the lights on and off, point outside to the sky, and make animal noises.
  • Activity: A game or activity that reinforces the story. Ex. Go for a walk or read a book, point to things, and ask “Who made this?”
  • Discussion: An ongoing conversation to have with your child. Ex. Ask your child, “Who made you?” and teach them the answer: “God!”
  • 5 Crafts: One easy craft for each day of the week. Ex. Yellow strips on a piece of black paper, showing how the first lights may have been placed in the dark sky.

You can follow her schedule (five days a week for 25 weeks) or go through her program at your own pace—say, choosing one project whenever a rainy day approaches. Liz recommends using The Rhyme Bible Storybook and The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers as you read each week’s story. We suggest using the Jesus Storybook Bible as an additional resource—you could even read the same Bible story from a different Bible each day for one week!

Click this link for the complete list of stories and activities.

We hope this is a fun and meaningful way to explore God’s story with your preschoolers! We would love to hear your stories of aha-moments, laughter, and successes as you engage in this goal—please feel free to comment below or email us 🙂

Blessings,

Chelsey

Antioch Kids | Preschool Coordinator

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. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

October Antioch Kids: Elementary!

Our God is a unique, one and only God. There is nothing and no one like Him in all the universe. It only makes sense that everything He creates is also unique and one-of-a-kind. No two people are exactly alike. Even identical twins have uniquely different fingerprints. We are each an original—even you!

The amazing thing about being uniquely created is that you have “good works” that only you can do. Every day you get opportunities to make a difference by doing something specially designed for you. No one else can combine your experiences, your abilities, and your relationships to follow God’s leading and make a difference in your world like only you can.

The same is true for each of the kids you’ll be leading this month. God has created each of them to have unique stories, talents, and gifts that He can use to make a difference in the world around them. This month’s memory verse teaches kids that they don’t have to wait to be used by God: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV

This verse is from a letter that Paul sent to Timothy, a young leader in the early church who was facing a challenging situation. But God had uniquely designed Timothy to be in just this situation at just this time. The way God used Timothy’s individuality to make a difference shows us how He can use us, too. So, we’re going to spend all month learning from Timothy’s example.

In Week One, we learn that Timothy’s family is unique, giving Timothy the ability to relate to different people. When Paul’s missionary journey brings him to Timothy’s hometown (Acts 14:1-23), Timothy decides to connect his story to God’s story. Our Bottom Line is: Jesus wants to use your story to make a big difference.

In Week Two, we see that the believers in Timothy’s hometown recognized his God-given talent of teaching (1 Timothy 4:14). But Timothy didn’t just learn that he was a good teacher and pat himself on the back. He put his giftedness to good work and used the talents God had given him by joining Paul’s next missionary journey(Acts 16:1-2). Our Bottom Line is: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference.

In Week Three, we learn that Paul and Timothy had traveled to Corinth and started a church of believers. But they later received word that there was trouble in the Corinthian church, so Paul sent Timothy to the Corinthians and he also gave them the message of 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27. The same message applies to us today. But each of us is gifted in different ways, and that’s a good thing. Our Bottom Line is: When we use our gifts together, we make a greater difference.

In Week Four, Paul and Timothy have traveled to Ephesus and taught the church there. When Paul is called to Macedonia, he leaves Timothy in charge. But the church in Ephesus has false teachers, so Timothy has a tough job ahead of him. Paul encourages Timothy with a letter that contains our Bible story this week: 1 Timothy 4:12-16. Our Bottom Line is: You can make a difference right now.

When we allow God to combine our unique story with our talents and our relationship with others, we can make a big difference in our world. The first step is discovering who you are meant to be—your own, individual place in the world.

By Jessica McKee ©2012 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

October Antioch Kids: Preschool!

October introduces the theme “David’s Story” to preschoolers. This theme will continue through November and share some of our favorites stories of David while teaching children that God has one Big Story. Not only will they learn that God has a Big Story, but they will see that they are a part of that story!

This month’s David stories teach preschoolers that God can help us do big things. Stories include David saving his sheep from the lion, Samuel anointing David as king, David facing Goliath, and David being strong in battle.

Check out this short video! Can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!

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Antioch Kids: Elementary

Our God spoke into the darkness and created the entire universe. He is big enough to control the wind and the rain, yet able to meet the needs of the smallest sparrow. God knows all things and still desires to hear each of our prayers.

As we learn more about who God is and what He does, respect becomes a natural response to God’s character. But not only does God have all authority, according to the Bible, He also sets up governing authorities on earth. So showing respect to those in authority over us is an extension of showing respect to God.

This month’s memory verse is a quick and easy reminder of exactly that: “Show proper respect to everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17a, NIV) Proper respect acknowledges what is appropriate given the situation and position of the person. The person in authority over us was made by, is loved, and was placed in authority by God. We show them respect with our speech, actions, and attitude.

But what if we disagree with our authority? Sometimes respect means we won’t get our way or that our idea won’t win out. It might mean swallowing our pride in a very humbling moment. Or choosing our words very carefully when it would be easier to lash out or say something hurtful or defensive. When we stop and remember to respond with words and actions that show our authorities they are important, that they are made by God, and that God has given them their position, we show respect to our authority and to God.

In Week One, the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) helps us recognize God’s ultimate authority. The centurion is a man who knows respect and demands it from the soldiers under his command. Yet, he humbly respects Jesus’ authority even though he isn’t even a Jew. He understands who is really in charge.  Our Bottom Line is: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything.

In Week Two, we come to understand that God puts authorities in our lives to help protect and guide us, whether we agree with or even like them. Romans 13:1-5teaches that God has established the governing authorities in our lives. When we respect them, we respect God. Our Bottom Line is: Respect God by respecting the people He’s put in charge.

In Week Three, when David spares Saul’s life (1 Samuel 24), he demonstrates that often those in authority haven’t earned our respect. When we have the self-control to show respect with our actions and attitude, God is honored. But respect doesn’t mean letting someone hurt you or others. David was smart to run away and get help. The Bottom Line is: Respect those in authority, even if they don’t deserve it.

In Week Four, we hear the contrast our words can create when we aren’t respectful (James 3:9-12). We’ll learn the importance of being consistently respectful with our speech. Respect or disrespect is obvious in our tone and the words we choose. In some cases, what we don’t say shows the most respect. So, our Bottom Line is:When you respect others with your words, you show respect to God.

In Week Five, The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-13) teaches us that when we pray we are discovering what God desires and then cooperating with it. As we recognize that God already knows what we need, we approach Him with an attitude of respect. Prayer is an important faith skill because it reminds us that we’re not in charge and that we need help. The Bottom Line is: What you think about God determines how you talk to Him.

Respect is truly a question of how we respond to our authorities. Will we assume that everyone has something they can teach us? Or will we stubbornly work to get our own way? When we choose to elevate our attitude and think a little higher, we show others they are important because God has given them their authority.

We are excited to look at the virtue of respect and understand why God says it is important! We’d love if you were a part of this adventure by talking to your kids about respect at home! Make sure to grab a Parent Pack to make the conversation easier!

See you Sunday!

Linda

Memory Verse Resource!

We all know that memorizing verses from the Bible is important! But sometimes it is hard to do! We are excited to introduce you to a free, online resource that will help make it easier for you and your family to memorize Scripture!  This program a great way to let your kids practice their typing and computer skills. Watch this short demo video to see if it would work for your family, then visit the website! Enjoy!