Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
ZONE is our Wednesday night program for kids in Kindergarten-4th. This semester we have 31 small groups taking part in ZONE! One of the cool things about ZONE is at the end of the night, small groups of 5-6 kids takes a few minutes to journal together about what's going on in their week and how the Bible story applies to their life. Below is some of our ZONE kids hanging out together during their journaling time!
Friday, March 16, 2012
My best friend of 23 years and I are extremely different. My friend loves small town living. Next to Kansas City, New York City is my favorite place to be. My friend homeschools their kids. I am extremely grateful for public school. She eats healthy. I love donuts and cupcakes. Our political votes cancel each other out and she is as laid back as I am wired.
My friend and her husband have eight children. We have three. Their kids range in age from 10 months to 25 years. Our girls are 12, 13 and 14. They are a mix of African-American and Caucasian. Our daughters are from Russia. Though the differences are many, and most would consider some of them significant, we are held together by a shared love for Jesus.
Though we are by no means perfect, our hearts seek after God. We seek daily to pass on our faith to our children. We love to enjoy God’s gifts of nature, fun, and family. Church and worship are important parts of our lives. We pray for each other and each other’s families. We help each other discern God’s will. And we do both love chocolate.
Differences have the power to divide, but God’s love can overcome it all! Open your heart to God’s gifts and you will be blessed! Now that is something we can all agree on!
Pastor Lisa Holliday
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Through the offering your children bring to KiDS COR each Sunday we are able to sponsor two children through Compassion International. The first Sunday of each month you'll see signs like the ones below in the Children's Area. On these Sundays are kids will have the opportunity to write a note of blessing to these kids!
Posted by KiDS COR at 11:31 AM
Monday, March 12, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
If you have children in school, you know that Spring Break has begun! For some this is an exciting time. Maybe your family has planned an adventuresome trip far away to a place that includes a beach or mountains. Maybe you are enjoying more of a “staycation”—a time when you explore new places nearby while staying in the comfort of your own home. Maybe, overall, it will be “business as usual” and not much will change this week at all.
Whatever your Spring Beak brings, make sure and incorporate some time for rest, renewal, relaxation, and fun. Discover a new park or restaurant. Choose a different movie. Enjoy a walk, some basketball or soccer, or a game of tag. Spend time with friends and family. And celebrate God’s presence in it all.
Add in some extra time for reading your Bible or attending worship. Create a new family prayer or song. Explore a new way or place to serve others. Grow in your faith by knowing, loving and serving God in a creative way you have been thinking about for a while.
In times of busy-ness and times of play, in times of work and in times of rest, in all of life, celebrate and give thanks for God’s presence! Blessings on your break!
Posted by KiDS COR at 11:30 AM
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I recently came across a great article published online at Children’s Ministries Magazine that sparked an idea for Lent. Rather than giving something up, what if you decided to serve once a week together as a family? When serving others becomes part of what you do together as a family, not only will those you are serving benefit, but your children will too! By serving together, you will be spending quality time with your kids, and it will give you the opportunity to model and train your children how to serve others. It will also give your children the opportunity to meet people who may be different than they are in some ways, but will also demonstrate what they have in common. Serving others will also help your children develop compassion, understanding, and even friendships with people in different circumstances. Perhaps serving together will become a holy habit for your family that extends well beyond Easter Sunday, helping your children develop a sense of gratitude and a passion for giving that will stay with them well into adulthood. Click here for a link to the article with some great service project ideas for your family.
May you be blessed by blessing others this Lenten season!
Lori Trupp-KiDS COR
Posted by KiDS COR at 1:20 PM
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Like most of us at Church of the Resurrection this past Sunday we learned about the healing power of Jesus. At the end of our large group time our 3rd-5th grader were encouraged to write the name of one person who needed healing on our prayer wall. Below you'll see a picture of one of these prayer walls.
Friday, March 2, 2012
“I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore your people will praise your name forever and ever!” Psalm 45:17
I am blessed. My grandparents have always been a very integral part of my life. One set lived a few blocks away and one set lived over a thousand miles away, but they each have touched my life deeply. Though my grandpas have both passed away, my grandmas are alive and well.
My children have special memories of their great-grandparents, and they are creating many wonderful memories with their own grandparents—one set who lives close by and one set who lives over a thousand miles away.
Whether your child’s grandparents and great-grandparents live on in stories and memories or are a part of their everyday lives, family members and friends of older generations enrich our lives in incredible and magnificent ways. No matter what your family situation is, be intentional about building relationships with people of older generations.
Listen to their stories. Design cards and crafts for them—better yet, with them! Share a song or dance. Pray with them if they wish. Read a story. Take pictures together. Watch funny movies. Sit with them at church. Volunteer to take a meal.
Remember they have lots to share, too. Listen to their wisdom. Ask them to teach you a new skill. Look at their pictures from when they were growing up. Play a game. Enjoy simply being together.
Honor God by honoring those of older generations. They will be blessed and so will you.