Rising 1st and 6th Grader Lunch and Ministry Orientation

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!

Staying Connected – Parent Resources

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.

Bringing the Lesson Home – Monday, April 8, 2019

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.

Save the Date! VBS 2019

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!

November: The Month of Cooperation

During the month of November, we’re teaching kids about cooperation, working together to do more than you can do alone. Our graphics are anchored in the idea that a band works, plays, and sounds its best when all of its members work together. When we all work together, we give room for different kinds of creativity, different perspectives, different personalities, different sounds, different skill sets.

Part of working together is appreciating the parts that others play. The Father’s Vineyard staff began this week by appreciating and serving all of our wonderful volunteers. On Tuesday, we celebrated our ability to work together as a nation to elect leaders on local, state, and federal levels. November 10th marks the Marine Corps’s birthday, and on the 11th we’ll honor the courageous men and women who have devoted themselves to the preservation of our nation, our veterans. As November nears its end, we will celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday is the direct result of people working together as the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to adapt to and survive in the New World. Because the Pilgrims worked with the natives, those settlers were able to survive and thrive rather than die of starvation in a strange land.

November truly is a month that treasures cooperation, whether we’re honoring our armed forces, our volunteers, or our history. It is a clear reminder that when we work together, we can do more than we can alone.

September Lessons Overview

This month we’ve been learning about initiative, seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Rather than discovering what initiative looks like through a different passage of Scripture each week, September’s sole focus is a guy named Nehemiah. As we explore the book of Nehemiah, we find an individual who had a good job (although potentially fatal) and what seems like a pretty good life, but when he received word that the wall around Jerusalem was still a pile of rubble and the people there were in desperate need of help, Nehemiah took action. He could have sat back and left the problem for someone else. After all he wasn’t living in Jerusalem, and as a cup bearer he probably had little to no skill in repairing city defenses. However, he allowed none of that to stop him from taking initiative, rebuilding the city’s wall, and helping the people of Jerusalem.

In Week 1, our Bible focus was Nehemiah 1:1 – 2:9 wherein Nehemiah heard about the wall. Our Bottom Line was “Be on the lookout for what needs to be done”, and we asked “What around you needs to be done?”.

Week 2 was all about Nehemiah planning to rebuild the wall (Nehemiah 2:11-18). Our Bottom Line was “Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done”, and we asked “What keeps you from doing what needs to be done?”.

Our Week 3 lesson featured Nehemiah pausing work on the wall to help Jerusalem’s poor in Nehemiah 5:1-12. This week our Bottom Line is “Don’t wait for someone else to help people in need”. The Week 3 Key Question is “Who do you see being treated unfairly?”.

In Week 4, we’ll learn about Sanballat’s efforts to distract the people of Jerusalem from their work on the wall (Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, 6). Our Key Question asks “What distracts you from doing what needs to be done?”, leading us to consider when and where we let Sanballats of our own draw our attention away from the tasks ahead of us. Our Bottom Line reminds us to “Stay focused on what needs to be done”.

Finally, we wrap up the month in Nehemiah 3-4, 6:15-16, 8:1-17. The wall is completed in 52 days, and the people gathered together to hear the word of the Lord and celebrate what God had done. Week 5’s Bottom Line is “Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.” “What is God doing in your life that you can celebrate?”

Each week we are reminded that when we take initiative, we should act with all of our heart!