Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Faith Builders

We have focused on this book, Generation to Generation, by Wayne Rice all summer.
Find awesome, practical ideas on how we can raise our children to have faith and to love and know God.
Doesn't get much better than that!
Enjoy this book and pave the way for your kids.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Picture of the Week

Drama Time In Bible Theatre!

This past Sunday our elementary kiddos got to hear the story of Moses as told by our drama team. Our drama team is made up of youth and adults who help tell the Bible story in a unique way. On stage in this picture is Annika, Kajsa, Morgan, and Mr. Keith! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study.

Who has enjoyed having fun tips about how to use the lesson during the morning, meal time, road time and night time?  Check out some of the activities to do during these daily moments.  
Let us know any great ideas!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Faith Builder

Today we will continue exploring thoughts from Richard Carlson’s book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. In one chapter, Carlson encourages families to actually schedule time for kindness. Though it sounds a bit odd initially, further exploration reveals its value and purpose. Of course, we hope to be people of kindness in our everyday living and interactions with others. But what might happen if we set aside ten or fifteen minutes each day to express intentional kindness? You might write a letter, make a phone call, or help a neighbor with a small project. You could schedule one hour a week and help with a food bank, walk for a cause, or a serve in missions at church. Encourage your children to choose a time at school or home to focus on sharing kindness. Maybe that could include doing a chore, playing nicely with siblings or creating a gift or card for someone. By sharing kindness as a family, your family will be blessed, and you will be blessing God and the lives of many others!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Music is an important part of what we do in KiDS COR, it's one of the ways we worship God. We've created a couple of itunes playlists below that contain some of the more popular songs with our kids. Check them out and ask your kiddos if they recognize any of these songs.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Picture of the Week

This past Sunday was Three Year Old Celebration to look back and also look forward on their faith passage.  All rainbow classes and their parents attended their class and enjoyed different stations, moved to Tree House Park for praise and worship and then the parents stayed to hear helpful tips and information from Pastor Lisa Holliday and Amy Fulton.  We all celebrated with some cookies and freebies at the end!
Here are some pictures from the celebration!

A time of prayer.

Families doing a favorite three year old song, "Making Melodies!"

Monday, September 19, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study.

Enjoy this week's GPS guides!
Kids...try the "Stump the Grown-Up!" section this week...
let us know who wins!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Faith Builders

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring a few thoughts from Richard Carlson’s book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with Your Family. Within the responsibilities, demands and expectations of parenting, we will take a moment to be reminded to embrace the joys, pleasures and privileges of family life as well! So, take a deep breath and let these reflections soak in to your soul and spirit. On page 101, Carlson encourages us to “Keep a Sane Pace.” Technology, fast food, expectations for our kids to grow up faster, and societal expectations to work long hours all contribute to the accelerated pace of life we are living in. What if, instead of rushing off to the next moment or activity, we would choose to stop and be present in the current one? What if we chose to do four things in a calm and peaceful manner rather than five things in a rushed and hurried way? What if we spent relaxed, intentional time with our families at home instead of filling every moment with an outside activity? Pray about your current family schedule. What changes or adjustments might God be leading you to make? You family is a gift from God. 
 Take time celebrate and enjoy your gift!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Star Quest anyone?

Our elementary theme is about the qualities of God that are out of this world; like the stars of the sky are out of this world. We are on a quest to get to know God a little bit better in September.  Check out the video!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Picture of the Week

One of our dedicated KiDS COR volunteers, Bill Bandt, shared some pictures of bags decorated by our very own kids at KiDS COR to be distributed when his wife hands out sack lunches at Westport UMC.   How cool is that?!  Please see his story below.  What an amazing way to reach out with God's love.

"For some time, my wife has been volunteering in the Missions ministry which prepares sack lunches for distribution to the needy and homeless out of Westport UMC.  As a long time teacher in Kids COR (Pre-K and Second grade), I used the example of those meals to illustrate our classroom Bible lessons last April, and some of the kiddos were so taken with the idea, they asked how they could help.  So, I started asking my students if they wanted to decorate some bags for my wife to fill, and they did!  I have probably ended up with 40-50 of these cute bags over the last few months, all of which have since been filled by my wife and distributed out of Westport UMC."  

Thank you Bill for sharing!  
If you have a story or picture to share, please feel free to contact us on the KiDS COR Facebook page.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Grow. Pray. Study.

Check out the elementary GPS guides if you missed out last week!
Don't forget granola bars if you want to donate to "Backpacks for Hunger."
Thanks everyone!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Faith Builders


  Most of us remember the events of September 11, 2001. We recall where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt when we heard the news. We remember the lives that were lost, the events that led to the tragedy, and how America and the rest of the world reacted in response. Many of our children were not yet born, or they were very young and have no recollection of that day at all. However, since then, our kids may have learned about September 11th in school or heard about in other ways. They may be asking questions or sharing feelings surrounding the devastation and death. Listen to your child’s concerns and fears. Assure him or her of your love and God’s love. As appropriate for your child’s age, teach your child that God does not cause these things, instead people make choices and that sometimes, sad and bad things do happen in life. Focus on reminding your child that God is always with him or her and loves him or her very much. Also, as appropriate, talk about how we can be people of peace and kindness. We can accept people who look, act and think differently than we do. God made each person unique and just as God loves each person, God wants us to love others, too. 
 As this weekend approaches, pray for guidance and wisdom to respond to your children’s questions and thoughts with grace and patience. If you need additional support, please feel free to contact KiDS COR. We will be honored to share in the journey with you and your child in this way. Grace and peace to each of you and to your precious children.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Picture of the Week

Janet Dupuis, a KiDS COR Childcare Leader, got creative with the white boards in the nursery wing.  We strive to bring Jesus to all ages!  Even those sweet babies hear how much God loves them.  
Enjoy your week!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Meet the Staff! Introducing...

Gail Gunnerson!! 

What is your favorite food? 

All Time Favorite Movie? 
Finding Nemo 

Most memorable experience at KiDSCOR… 

Favorite thing to do away from church…
Read books the old-fashioned way-no electronic version! Ride my bike 

Sum up your life in a slogan. 
Shine for Jesus 

What was your high school job? 
Working the breakfast shift at Hardee’s making biscuits 

Favorite Bible Verse 
Nehemiah 8:10 

Describe what you do in KiDS COR? 
All the fun stuff! 
Special events like VBC, basketball camp, overnight camp, 3rd grade Bible and more!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday Faith Builders

How often do you encourage your children? If someone asked me that question, I would probably say, “At least once a day—usually more.” That would sound pretty good—until someone would ask me, “How often do you discourage your children?” I would have to respond with, “At least twice a day—usually more.” (And my daughters who are 11, 13 and 14 might think I was being too easy on myself!) Sometimes it is so easy to comment on the dirty clothes and dishes, the outfit, the attitude, the manners, and/or the music, that those become my focus—(please tell me I’m not alone!). I love my children with all of my heart, but some days I am not sure I show that very well.

What if we each created a list of encouraging words to say to our kids and to each other? We could include some of the following: “I love you,” “I am so glad I get to be your mom/dad!” “You are special to me.” “I love the way you__________.” “I really enjoy spending time with you.” Look your child in the eyes. Smile. Wrap your arms around him or her. And I’ll do the same with mine.

Blessings to you on your parenting journey!