Weekly Scripture Challenge! Week 2

We are already in week 2! Our weekly scripture challenge begins with a new verse each Sunday. This week’s scripture is an old favorite for adults: John 3:16. “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son. God gave his Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.”

If you would like to print the complete file of verses, please see the attached file. Also, there are a limited number of printed copies available.

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New Year – New Exciting Things!

There are a lot of new things in the Children’s ministry this year. We have a new president, Deacon Wendy Bullock, and we have three new year long initiatives. Please follow the links below to read blog posts dedicated to each initiative.

Birthday Club – We want to celebrate each child this year!

Weekly Scripture Challenge – We want to learn 52 Bible verses this year!

Children’s Worship Bulletins – We want each child to have their own bulletin each week!

 

Join our Birthday Club!

We want to celebrate each child this year. We could not think of a better way to do that than by remembering each child on their birthday. To do that, we need your help!

Please email tbcchildrensministry@gmail.com with the name of your child, their birthdate (month, day, year), and the child’s mailing address. If your child has a January birthday, please submit this information today!

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Weekly Scripture Challenge

Let’s learn God’s Word! What if I told you by next year this time you could know 50 Bible verses? Would you think it was a good use of your time? Of course, it would.

This year, let’s teach our children one new Bible verse per week. The plan is attached. You can print the cards and post a new one each week on your refrigerator, bathroom mirror, or child’s wall. There will be a limited number of cards available at church on Sunday (January 3, 2016). Throughout the year, we will provide children with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge.

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Children’s Worship Bulletins

We are so excited to begin a new initiative for our children this year! We have subscribed to a service which provides us with bulletins for children ages 3-6 and for children ages 7-12. Pastor James will provide guidance on Sunday on how these will be made available for children. They will also be available via email if you receive emails from tbcchildrensministry@gmail.com. This week’s bulletins are below. pwb_gospel_color_20160103cwb_gospel_color_20160103

We believe providing these bulletins will focus children during worship services, provide students with a tangible reminder of God’s word and Christian principles, as well as help our children view church as a place for them and not just for adults since this bulletin is just for them.

A New School Year Routine

A new school year means as a family we strive to be more disciplined and more organized. Gone is the loosey goosey schedule of the summer to be replaced with a school day that starts at 7:20am. Each evening, we have to fit in dinner, homework, reading, family devotions, bath, and maybe even hair. If we are going to get all of this done and get our daughter into bed by 8:30, we cannot afford to not be disciplined and organized. We post a schedule on the fridge so we all know what we should be doing when we should be doing it. How does your family’s routine change for the new school year? What will you do differently/better this year? 

This year, consider adding something new your commitment to discipline and organization. Something aimed at your child(ren)’s spiritual development. Attached is a 31 day prayer guide for parents. Though the guide is designed for parents, any one can use it to pray for a child. What better way for a child to experience the perpetual renewal of the beginning of the school year than for an adult to pray for that child! lwcF_kids_31_days_prayer

 

Thoughts on Back to School

 

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I love this time of year. While other people get excited about singing ‘auld lang syne’, champagne, or kissing at midnight, I get excited about new pencils, composition books, and colored pens as well as all of the wonderful possibilities awaiting in a new school year. For me, each school year signals the opportunity for a do-over. A new school year means a student can decide to become a completely better student than the previous school year.  

Another thing a new school year reminds me of is God’s redemption. We can always begin again in Him. It does not matter who you are or what you have done, you can always start over and become more like Him and closer to who he designed you to be. Remind our children of this. Be sure to let them know a new school year offers opportunities to be better students and God offers opportunities each day to become better Christians. There is even a scripture for that. Take a look at Lamentations 3:22-23. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (New International Version)

 

Why?

No, this is not a post about how exasperating it can be to have a precocious toddler who asks “Why” constantly! Rather, this is a post about why we (the Children’s Ministry at TBC) do what we do. What is the real reason behind it all? What is the heart of the matter? 

I am passionate about children’s ministry. I would be involved in it no matter where my family chose to worship. If you asked me about my motivation for my passion for children’s ministry, I could wax on for quite a while about why it is important to me, to God, and should be to every other Christian. Since this is something I love to talk about, I never really thought about editing my thoughts into something that could be expressed concisely. Enter the Word of God to once again solve a problem I had not even realized I had!

The scripture cards we printed for the backpacks this year were actually part of a set of 26 alphabet scripture cards. The last card in the set is a “Why?” card. This card is meant to explain why the 26 alphabet scripture cards should be introduced to children. As I read the card and thought about it, I realized this card explains why children’s ministry is important to me and should be important to you too! Deutoronomy 6:5-7 is quoted on the card. “So love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. Memorize His laws and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time. Whether you’re at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning.” (Contemporary English Version) I should also note here my husband Ellis has always maintained the book of Deutoronomy is his favorite book of the bible because it best details God’s love for us. 

Thus, we do children’s ministry because God told us to! Us having a relationship with Him is so important He wants us to begin cultivating that relationship in our children. 

[Author’s note: The alphabet scripture cards are attached.] ABC-Scripture-Cards