Peace: can you hear it?

The past couple weeks I have seen Peace on Earth written all over the place and heard that saying in church and on the radio. But what is PEACE on Earth?  Does it mean no war? Does it mean everyone is getting along? According to the dictionary the definition of Peace is the Freedom from war, freedom from disturbance, calm, content, tranquil. According to the Bible it says that Jesus is our Peace.

Isaiah 9:6-7:  A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. Power and peace will be in his kingdom. It will continue to grow. He will rule as king on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom. He will make it strong, by ruling with goodness and fair judgment.  He will rule it forever and ever. The Lord of heaven’s armies will do this because of his strong love for his people.

If Jesus is our Peace than how come we don’t just turn to Him, our freedom from disturbance, calmness, contentment, tranquility?  I believe it is because we choose not to listen. If we listened to Him we know the answers. It’s just  like having the answer key to a test. One of my favorite verses from the Bible comes from John 16:33.

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If we listen to Him through the Bible and Listen to Him though prayer we would have more Peace, The kind of peace that we hear a lot about during this holiday season. Starting this January  we are going to be teaching our kids at our church how to LISTEN, in a series we are calling:

LISTEN UP

This series is based on James 1. Starting January 5th in Adventure World let’s discover how to listen like God has intended for us and maybe then we can discover this PEACE on earth that we have been singing about.

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What is Christmas all about?

This month at our church we doing a series called “I’m dreaming of an Orange Christmas”. Through this church-wide series we are focusing on helping families discover and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Through this series we are offering the Advent Devotionals. In order to get families to get into God’s Word together, we will be demonstrating from the stage what family devotion time could look like as we have families from our church do a small 5 minute or less devotion with their children each week.

I am excited about this because last Christmas I did this online FAMILY ADVENT CALENDAR  with my child and it was so much fun watching her fall in love with Jesus and come to an understanding of what Christmas is all about.

One of the Advent devotionals that we are doing that is focused on the family is called What is Christmas all about? : You can go each day of Advent and click on the corresponding day.

It is easy to remember —–> www.FamilyAdvent.com

Here are some things you may want to know from  Kidmin Thoughts Blog

 // WHAT IS IT? //

Each day families go to familyadvent.com and click on the Christmas light that coordinates with the date.  They will then be linked to a devotional for that day.  Each devotional includes:

–  a few verses of Scripture to read together (there are even links where you can read it online and even have it read to you)

–  some discussion questions and thoughts

–  a suggested activity to do together

–  usually some online activity, either a video to watch together or a game to play

–  a prayer prompt for your family

 // WHEN DOES IT START? //

The first devotion will be posted on December 1.  A new one will be available each day through December 27.  You can click back on previous days, but you can’t jump ahead.  It adds to the suspense/fun for the kids.

// FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS //

 How long will it take to do this?

We recommend that families block out about 15 minutes a day.  You can make it as long or as short as you want.

What if we miss a day?

Not a problem.  Just jump right back in.  You can go back and read the missed day if you want, but you can also just keep moving ahead.  The important part is to NOT QUIT.

What if we don’t want to do the activities or don’t have time? 

That is absolutely fine.  Just DO SOMETHING.  Just reading the verses with your kids is huge.  We know not every family can or will do every activity.  Again, that is fine.  Just do as much or as little as you want.  Just do it!

SEE A SAMPLE HERE AT:  jennyfunderburke.com

Verse Memory Fun

This month in our Children’s Ministry we have been learning Philippians 3:14. I wanted to share how we make memorizing scripture FUN.

VERSE CARD: Each month we send home baseball card size verse cards printed on card stock paper so that the kids have the Bible verse accessible at all times. We have even given the younger children verse cards with magnetic strips so that they can be put on the refrigerator. Below is a sample of the series DRIVE that we just finished last week.

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VERSE VIDEO: Each series we come up with a creative ways to teach motions so that the kids can have fun learning the Bible verse. We make it accessible to teachers, parents and even put it on YouTube so that kids can watch it outside of a Sunday Morning.

VERSE GAME:  This week we used red SOLO cups with a word on each cup. We mixed them all up and divided the kids into teams. The object was to form a complete set in order. This was a super exciting way to practice what they learned. below are some pictures of the fun.

 

Hijacking Sunday

This past Sunday at our church, the children’s ministry took control of the service and we used it as a chance to communicate with parents about what we currently do and plan on doing to minister to their children together. It was an interactive service where everyone received a remote control upon entering the auditorium. At points in the service everyone was asked to fast forward or rewind as we took them on this adventure. The service ended with our pastor painting a picture (literally) of the importance to work together family and church to reach their child for Christ so that when they grow old they will not depart from Him. You can watch the whole service online HERE.