Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Picture Of The Week

This week's picture of the week is our Kindergarten-2nd grade craft. This past weekend we talked about how we can keep the Sabbath holy. The kids decorated their cups. Then they added small strips of paper with different ideas of how they could keep their Sabbath holy. Each Sunday at home the kids will draw one strip of paper out of the cup and as family will do what is says and together they will keep the Sabbath holy!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Meet the Staff! Introducing...

Teri Chalker!!!

What is your favorite food?

All time favorite movie?
Sweet Home Alabama

Most memorable experience at KiDS COR?
When a service dog ran from bible theatre into worship service in main sanctuary

Favorite thing to do away from church?
Relax on my boat

Sum up your life in a slogan.
Try and keep up!

What was your high school job?
Taco Bell

Favorite Bible Verse?
Romans 5:3-4

Describe what you do in KiDS COR?
Get WILD with 5th graders in Youth Group

Monday, August 29, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study....IT'S YOUR MOVE!

Enjoy this week's guide!!
Remember next week is Family Worship Weekend.  Have fun with your family in church!
(Childcare for 4 and under available)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Meet the Staff! Introducing...

Stacy Furey!!!

What is your favorite food?
Carrot Cake

All time favorite movie?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Most memorable experience at KidsCOR?
Watching families come together to pack supplies for Haiti

Favorite thing to do away from church?
Enjoy Disney with my kids

Sum up your life in a slogan.
“I can do all things through Christ who
gives me strength.”

What was your high school job?
Working at a dry cleaner.

Favorite Bible Verse?
Philippians 4:6-7

Describe what you do in KiDS COR?
Find, equip, support and appreciate
Nursery Volunteers and KiDS COR Volunteers

Friday, August 26, 2011

Anyone want some Bible Cake??

Enjoy some time as a family looking up some verses in the Bible and creating a Bible cake! You will need:

4 ½ cups I Kings 4:22 (plain flour)
2 cups Jeremiah 6:20 (sugar)
2 cups Nahum 3:12 (figs)
2 T I Samuel 14:25 (honey)
6 Jeremiah 17:11 (eggs)
1 pinch 2 Chronicles 9:9 (cinnamon and nutmeg)
1 cup Judges 5:25 (butter)
2 cups I Samuel 30:12 (raisins)
2 cups Numbers 17:8 (almonds)
1 pinch Leviticus 2:13 (salt)
½ cup Judges 4:19 (milk

Cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs. Use a mixer and beat for 5 minutes on high speed. Sift flour, salt and spices. Combine honey and milk. Mix raisins, figs, and almonds together with 1 T of flour. Add flour mixture alternatively with milk to the butter mixture. Mix a low speed. Fold in the fruit. Pour into a loaf pan and bake 50 minutes at 325 degrees. Allow to cool, then serve warm with ice cream! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Faith Builders...Back to School Version

Have you purchased all the school supplies? Are you ready for all the activities coming up? Is your fall family schedule overflowing yet? This season can often be stressful and overwhelming. Everyone is getting used to the return of a bit more structure and routine. Sports, dance, and music lessons are starting back up. Homework will add extra pressure and the need for increased time management.

As you are planning your family calendar for the fall, be sure and include some time for faith and fun! As parents, we are the most important people in the development of our child’s faith, and the priority we place on it in the home teaches our kids about the priority our faith needs to take in our lives.

Do the best you can to eat at least one meal together each day. Work on your child’s GPS each week. (This is a family faith-building resource your child will receive regularly in KiDS COR and it is also available on line.) Use the family activity in the adult GPS one afternoon or evening a week. Pray for and with one another each day. Serve others. Encourage each other with uplifting and positive words.

Begin with one or two faith-builders each week. Pray and ask God to guide you as you lead your family. Enjoy growing in your faith together!

Picture Of The Week

Today we begin a new weekly post called "Picture Of The Week."  Each Sunday we'll take a picture of something awesome that happened in KiDS COR, then post it on the blog for you all to see and let you know why this picture is so cool!

This week's picture is.....

A Tray of cookies! On Sunday we gave out more than 1,000 cookies to our kids to celebrate a new school year. Yeah, Sam's Club gave us a funny look when we told them how many cookies we wanted!

Meet the Staff! Introducing...

Lori Trupp

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate Chip Cookies

All Time Favorite Movie?
Princess Bride

Most memorable experience at KiDSCOR…
Watching the VBC kids sing How Great Is Our God in the Sanctuary

Favorite thing to do away from church…
Go to Colorado with my family

Sum up your life in a slogan.
I’m Lovin It!

What was your high school job?
Detassled corn and was the blue light special person

Favorite Bible Verse
I can’t pick, but God’s word always speaks to me what I need, when I need to hear it.

Describe what you do in KiDS COR?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It's Your Move Video

Our fall kick-off theme video is below! Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study. is BACK! Fall Kick Off time!

It's Your Move!
We are so excited to be back for the fall in KiDS COR!
We will be posting tons of cool stuff for the kids and parents...
check back often.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Faith Builders

KiDS COR kick-off is this weekend and you won’t want to miss it! Our theme this year is “It’s Your Move” and our Scripture verse is “Jesus said, ‘Come, follow Me.’” from Matthew 4: 19.

We have all received an invitation from Jesus to follow Him, and He is kind enough to allow us to decide whether or not we will follow Him. KiDs COR encourages all families to make your move towards following Jesus by attending church, prayer, worship, serving, reading your Bible, creating, and praising.

You can begin this year of fun and faith by attending the Family Faith and Fun Game Night next Friday, August 26th from 6:30-8pm in the church narthex. All you need to bring is a favorite family game, a sweet snack to share and your own beverages. We will provide popcorn, Bingo, a cookie walk and other family games to enjoy!

Let’s join the journey with Jesus—and remember, “It’s Your Move!”

Monday, August 15, 2011

Meet the Staff! Introducing...


What is your favorite food?
All Time Favorite Movie?
Most memorable experience at KiDSCOR…
Go Fish Concert
Favorite thing to do away from church…
Watch Curious George with my kids
Sum up your life in a slogan.
Don’t worry be happy
What was your high school job?
Stocked shelves at a local grocery store on the night shift
Favorite Bible Verse
Colossians 4:23
Describe what you do in KiDS COR?
Bible Theatre Guy On Sundays & ZONE Guy On Wednesdays.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Discipline in the Classroom...what does that look like?

Great Article from the General Board of Discipleship...
Discipline in the Classroom

God is a God of Peace
There are certain times of the year that questions arise around discipline, and the start of a new school year is one of them. Summer vacation is over, and promotion Sunday is drawing near. This is a wonderful time to consider what discipline means in Christian community. Many times we look at this word as the definition of punishment, but as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to the discipline of love and peace.

What do love and peace look like on Sunday morning when parents drop their children off for Sunday school, or during weekday children’s ministry programs? In loving one another, we provide children with an emotionally and physically safe, intellectually stimulating, and nurturing environment. As peacemakers, we help children understand how to engage in a world, that is not always loving, in the way that Christ exemplified for us. This goes beyond rules and law to the covenant we share in Christ.

In Christian community, it is necessary to covenant together. We promise to love one another, but the accountability piece in love may get lost when leaders feel helpless to lead in a way that is true to who we are called to be as Christians. We hold a responsibility to our children to set boundaries that allow them to grow and learn in a healthy environment. More than a few times, children’s leaders have expressed frustration over - let’s just say it - bad behavior. Remember that every week for at least 35 hours, children are expected to follow rules in classrooms all over the world, and for the most part they do. Children understand boundaries, and they understand what is expected of them.

Faithful formation of our children is not easy. It takes careful planning, communication with parents and children, intentional relationship building, patience, a sense of humor, and a commitment to the call to make disciples. Most of all, it takes living into the Christian command of love of God and neighbor.

Equipped to create peace in the classroom!
A few ideas from Melanie

There are some strategies that we can use to encourage and support a healthy environment for children in the nursery, preschool, Sunday school and in other areas of ministry with children.

Create a covenant with the children at the beginning of the year. Even preschoolers understand boundaries.

Post the covenant in the room, and revisit it often. Set aside time during the year to update it based on children’s growth.

Parents share in the responsibility to prepare their children to participate with others in a way that stays within the covenant. Make sure that parents understand the expectations, and encourage them to remind their children of these expectations before church activities.

Remain calm in all situations. If needed, take a few deep breaths. Deep breaths can be quite calming.

Children are made to test boundaries, so our response the first time a boundary is crossed will set the tone for most children.

Speak positively, and encourage cooperation.

Remember that you are the adult responsible for the formation of the children while they are in your care, so check your behavior also. Children know who we are by our actions, and our words.

Melanie Gordon is Director of Ministry with Children at the General Board of Discipleship and a member of the South Carolina Annual Conference.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Parenting Perspectives

We will be highlighting chapter 4 and 5 this week...
For children to walk in faith, they need to figure out a few characteristics of why your beliefs are what they are.
1.  What do you believe?
2.  Nail it to the Doorposts
3.  Family Mission Statements: 
Wayne Rice describes it as, " intentional effort on the part of parents to put into words what they believe and value and how they want to raise their children."
We have the ability, as parents, to use our resources to teach our children.  Every parent is equipped to teach their kids about Christ.  Remember these principles as shared in the book:
1.  No child is too young
2.  The more you teach, the more they learn
3.  Every learner learns best in his or her own way
4.  You can't teach a teenager like a toddler
5.  Don't forget the words
6.  Reinforce words with concrete
7.  Practice makes perfect
8.  Happy learners are better learners
Check out the book to learn more about these principles and also to find out how to create your own FAMILY CULTURE. 
Each family is unique but what a great idea to use traditions, devotions and fun to make your own family culture.
Next week we will wrap up the book!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Meet the Staff! Introducing...

Chris Bradshaw

What is your favorite food?
Blackberries, Mango, Strawberries

All Time Favorite Movie?
Sound of Music

Most memorable experience at KiDSCOR…
Seeing kids excited to read their Bible, ask questions about, and want to learn it

Favorite thing to do away from church….

Sum up your life in a slogan.
You are representing God in all you do. Do everything with excellence.

What was your high school job?
Secretary’s assistant

Favorite Bible Verse
2 Corinthians 5:21 & Proverbs 3:5-6

Describe what you do in KiDS COR?
Manage the nursery & childcare ministry. (We’re open 6 days a week!)