October: Individuality

In October, we are going to take a look at individuality. Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.

We will be looking at three bible lessons this month that will emphasize INDIVIDUALITY. Remember, we are having a special program on October 18th.

October 4th: Onesimus

October 11th: Epaphroditus

October 18th: Special Programming (Captive Free)

October 25th: The One and Only

We hope that you join us as we take a look at individuality. It is going to be an important month. I think that it is vital for us to “figure out” who we are so that we can make a difference in our world.

Be the Change !


Music Class

Here is a “peak” into what occurred during music time last Sunday.

Preschoolers are having fun marching to the beat, singing songs, and playing rhythm instruments. 

K-3 graders are singing, learning about notes and beats, reading and playing rhythms on instruments, and doing motions to music in time.

 4-6 graders showed their expertise in knowing note values and reading rhythms.  We’re moving ahead to a lot of music reading and chime ringing in the future.  We also have fun passing “eggs” around the circle to the beat of the music, without dropping them!

We are excited that each age group and that everyone now has the opportunity to participate in music. We are so glad that Daphne is willing to give us her time and talents to make this aspect of the ministry a great experience for our children.

Pictures: September 27, 2009

Here are some of the pictures from SNL on September 27th, 2009. I hope that you enjoy them. Also, be watching for a photo board that we will be working on in Room 300 and a photo collage wall in one of the upstairs rooms.

Recap: September, 27, 2009

We had a great night yesterday. I am so thankful for all the children, youth, parents and adults that have been coming out to Sunday Night Live.

Last night, we finished up our segment on wisdom. There were two key words for the night. Knowing and Doing. It is not just enough to know what the wise thing to do is but you (we) must do it.

Also, last night, we made a small shift in the programming and it helped the K-6 ministry immensely. We have broken the children down into two groups (K-3 grade and 4-6 grade). The breakdown helped us accomplish many things. The two biggest accomplishments were that now each child will get to do both options and the children are now with their peers during class time.

We had some fantastic pictures from the night that will be up later this week and we will have specific write-ups about bible connection, church notes and the parent chat group.

Keep checking back as the web-blog is updated a few times each week.

September 27: Scripture

At SNL on September 27th, we are going to be looking at Proverbs 22:3

A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple man keeps going and suffers for it.

We hope that through the verse and the bible teachings tonight that the che children and parents will learn how to be “prudent” and take refuge from the dangers. This will occur when we make wise choices.

Parents: Create a Rhythm

Impress them on your children. Talk about it when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

The scripture above comes from Deuteronomy 6.

Parents, I know that it can be difficult to create a rhythm in your life and in your families lives, but I want to challenge you to do so. I believe that if we can do this, our children will grow strong in the Lord.

in the scripture, we see that there are four times where we can impress our faith/values upon our children. Take a look at it from this standpoint:

Parents, talk to your children when you sit (eat meals together) at home and when you walk (travel together) along the road, when you lie down (tucking the children in bed) and when you get up (morning routines)

Each time, we can have a different communication method, role and goal for the conversations. Below can be a helpful example:

Morning Time

Communication: Encouraging Words, Role: Coach, Goal: Instill Purpose

Drive Time

Communication: Informal Dialogue, Role: Friend, Goal: Interpret Life

Meal Time

Communication: Formal Discussion, Role: Teacher, Goal: Establish Values

Bed Time

Communication: Intimate Communication, Role: Counselor, Goal: Build Intimacy

Parents, if you have any stories to share about creating a rhythm, please include them in the comments section.

Minor Tweaks at SNL

Our first SNL was a great success but there were a few things that we noticed. Thus, we are making some tweaks on the fly and these tweaks will take place on this Sunday.

We are going to adjust the time of Big Group by a few minutes to make sure that we are finished at 6:40 instead of 6:45. This aspect of the tweak may or may not be noticeable. We are going to try to start a few minutes earlier then we did last week. However, we will be monitoring the DZ dinner situation and what time those attending DZ will be coming up stairs. We do not want them to be rushed or for them to miss out on the beginning of Big group Time.

The children will notice a difference in their option this week. Instead of having to choose one of the two options; they are going to attend both. Each child will attend bible connection and church notes for 25 minutes each. Thus, the timing will be 6:40 – 7:05 and 7:05 – 7:30.  The rooms are right next to each other.

The other difference that the children will notice is how the groups are broke down. Instead of all kids being together, we will be having two groups. The groups currently will be broke down into the following manner: K-3 grade and 4-6 grade.

Our youth will be helping out with Big group Time instead of being in youth bells and depending on how the night goes; they will have fellowship time during class 1 or helping out during class 1. Then during class 2, they will be having their discussion group.

if you have any questions, please let me know.