Last week as Wednesday service came to an end, one of my fifth grade students asked me a question. “How much longer do I get to stay in kids church?” I looked at the calendar. My fifth graders have one Sunday and one Wednesday until they transition to middle school and Echo Student Ministry. I’ve had the honor of ministering to a few of my fifth graders since they were old enough to enter our elementary ministry. Some of them joined us later, and what a joy it has been to see them all grow in their faith and as young people.
Studies show that children are in church for an average of 40 hours a year, only 40 out of the 8,760 hours in a year. The elementary ministry team works hard to make every one of those 40 hours count. We want our cumulative 200 hours with each student to build trust, love, and faith, and as those 200 hours over the course of 5 years draw to an end, we hope we’ve made a positive difference in the lives of our students.
As ministers, we’re only with your children for a little while in the grand scheme of life, but you, you are the constant. Parents, guardians, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you are constant influences in the life of the children around you. Cherish that time. Leverage that influence. On average, a child has 936 weeks of life from birth to graduation. 936. How many have gone by already? How many does your child have left before they leave the nest and begin their new adventure?
If there’s one thing we know for certain (and are very aware of during times of transition), it’s that every second counts. Before you know it, those 936 weeks will be over. For ways to make every week count, check out the Parent Cue app (available through the iTunes store and Google Play) or visit the Parent Cue blog for inspiration, encouragement, and ways to reinforce your child’s faith.
It’s that time of year again. The school year is coming to an end; summer is right around the corner. This season is certainly one of transition as students advance in school, moving from one grade to the next, and this transition reaches beyond school to church as well. On June 9th, we want to celebrate rising first and sixth graders, as first graders join our elementary ministry and sixth graders join our youth ministry. Immediately after service on the 9th, rising first and sixth graders and their parents are invited to join the elementary and youth ministry leaders for lunch as we celebrate the transition of these students to new ministries. After we eat, first graders and their parents will meet with our elementary leader team while sixth graders and their parents meet with the youth leader team. We plan to have a great time as we strive to make this time of transition informed and less stressful for you and your rising first or sixth grader.
Be sure to RSVP either in the form below or at the Communications Center in the Sanctuary, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for June 9th!
We understand. Life gets crazy. Between family gatherings, vacations, sickness, and so much more, it is impossible to be everywhere at once, and, if we’re honest with ourselves, attending Sunday service is not always at the top of our priority lists. That’s why we want to remind you of a few of the resources available to you at any time and any place.
http://Studio252.tv This website features a variety of awesome tools you can use to view and interact with each Sunday’s lesson. Orange, our curriculum provider, offers this site for you the parent/guardian to make lessons real at home. Remember the old VeggieTales slogan, “Sunday morning values, Saturday morning fun”? That’s the kind of content Orange makes available on this website. There are relevenat videos to watch, activities to do, and more, all updating each week to keep up with what we’re teaching on Sunday mornings.
The Parent Cue App This app is available in both Apple and Google Play stores and is an incredibly convenient tool for smart phone users. Once you download the app, you’ll be asked to provide some basic information on your child which is used to deliver the right content for you and your child. Have multiple children? No problem! You can “add” each child to your profile, and the app will create a separate feed for each. This is especially helpful if you have children in our preschool and elementary ministries as both of those ministries use Orange which means you can use this one tool to reinforce the elementary lesson with your elementary kids and also reinforce the preschool lesson with your preschool kids. But wait! There’s more! Not only is the Parent Cue app useful for encouraging the spiritual growth of your child(ren), it also provides tips and encouragement for you as the parent/guardian because we believe that our ministry works best when we minister to parents as well as their children.
God Time Sheets Each Sunday we hand out God Time Sheets as your child(ren) leave(s). These sheets always have four devotions, two on the front and two on the back, and they serve as launching points for your child to make their faith personal as they interact with the various devotional activities each week. We encourage you to set aside time for your child to engage this material. Be intentional with it. And if you can’t or don’t want to keep track of the paper once you leave on Sunday mornings, fill out the form below and we’ll email it to you every week because we want to set you and your child up to win.
Yesterday, Mr. Mike kicked off our April lesson series on Hope! We dug into John 11:1 – 45, when Lazarus dies and Jesus resurrects him. Through this miracle we learned that whatever happens, we can remember how powerful God is!
For more resources to keep the lesson alive throughout the week, check out http://Studio252.tv where you’ll find free videos, games, crafts, and more created by the very same people who write our weekly curriculum.
Are you ready for spring? Already looking ahead to summer? Then pull out your calendar because the dates for Father’s Vineyard’s VBS have been announced! Join us every evening July 14 – 18 for an amazing adventure across five continents and through history as we learn about the race (the human race!), the tower of Babel and its aftermath, and everyone’s need for the One Savior! From Bible time to snacks to games and science crafts, every kid age 3 – 12 is guaranteed to have a blast while interacting with the Word of God! So save the date! We can’t wait to see you there!