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Sunday Rules
By Youth Ministry Staff
October 18, 2017

On Sundays when I was growing up, it didn’t matter if we were facing imminent danger or in the chaos of a disaster, or even on vacation, we were going to church.
 
I can’t remember not being woken up every Sunday morning at 8:00am—because, of course, church was always preceded by a solid hour of Sunday School (bless those volunteers).
 
I remember some Sundays thinking, If we could just stay home this ONE Sunday and watch cartoons and relax . . . But, nope. It’s church-day.  
 
I don’t write this to guilt you into attending church, or think church is the cure-all. Or because I think all people in church make perfect decisions. Or because I think going to church makes you a better Christian. But when I look back on my tween and teen years, there were always one or two people I was connected with that kept me (and my siblings) on-track.
 
Mr. and Mrs Richardson. Pastor Ralph and Sue. Dan. Kevin. Lloyd. My youth group peers.
 
Where would I be without these relationships? I’m not sure, but I can tell you that having these voices speak truth to me during some of the darkest years of my life brought light and hope and the chance to be vulnerable. I needed them. I needed someone other than my parents. And by attending church, youth group, and church-related outings, my soul got the nourishment it needed.
 
Fast forward.
 
I now have five kids. On Sundays, when that alarm starts blaring, I am 100 percent tempted to sleep in. To let my kids watch cartoons and play video games. To rest from a busy weekend of playing sports. To sit around the breakfast table and not rush out the door.  But then I remember the 13-year-old me who needed to be buoyed by multiple relationships—relationships that ultimately kept me from drowning. I certainly want them to experience the same richness found in being surrounded by wise and caring adults. 
 
Whether it be a BYN small group, a serving co-leader, a club leader, a teacher, or a hand-chosen mentor, our teens need other voices in their lives.

How have you been impacted by other caring adults?



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babyZone: Jesus loves Children
By Children's Ministry Staff
October 11, 2017

“Jesus loves the children.” Mark 10:16

Little Activities for Little People

TODDLER

  • When your toddler plays near another toddler, make sure you have several toys available. Children at this age play side by side in their own little worlds – unless one has a toy that another just has to have! Having several interesting toys help solve this problem. Sharing is a concept yet to be learned by toddlers.
  • Help your child safely explore a variety of seasonal items: pumpkin, Indian corn, squash, fall leaves. Talk with your child about the variety of colours and textures. Say, Look at the colours of these leaves. I see an orange leaf. I see a yellow leaf. God made leaves. God loves you.


TELL IT! Jesus loved the Little Children
Jesus loved the little children
Mommies and Daddies brought
their children to Jesus.
Jesus held the babies close.
Big boys and girls walked to Him
all by themselves!
Jesus smiled at the all the children.
And the children 
Smiled at Him too!
Some children came and sat near Jesus.
Some children climbed right up on His lap!
Jesus loved each one!
(See Mark 10:13-16)

SING IT! Each Little Child
(tune: “Mary had a little lamb)
Jesu loves each little child,
Little child, little child.
Jesus loves each little child,
He loves you, yes, He does.
Sing this song to your child, inserting your child’s name in place of “each little child.” Show your child a picture of Jesus. Say, Jesus loves you!
Sing the song. Point to the picture of Jesus when you sing His name. Point to your child when you sing his or her name.

DO IT! Jesus loves All
Who are the children Jesus loves?
Jesus loves us all!
He loves us when we clap;
He loves us when we craw.
He loves us when we walk; 
He loves us when we fall.
Who are the children Jesus loves?
Jesus loves us all.
Jesus loves you!


Show your child a picture of Jesus from a child’s Bible story book. Point to Jesus and say His name. Tell your child that Jesus loves every child. Say the finger play making the motions with your fingers. If your child is interested, repeat the finger play slowly and encourage him or her to act out the actions with you by clapping, crawling, walking and plopping down on the floor. Say your child’s name in the last line of the finger play.



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KidZone Scripture Verses: Oct 15-29
By Children's Ministry Staff
October 11, 2017

JK-SK
October 15- Joseph forgives his family - Genesis 39:2
Focus: We are learning that God is always with us. Kids will review the story of Joseph and his brothers.
Memory Verse: “God was with Joseph and things went very well with him.” Genesis 39:2


October 22- Gideon - Judges 6-7
Focus: We will are learning that we can trust God. Kids will learn about Gideon, how God used him to fight the Midanites. Gideon had to learn to trust God.
Memory Verse: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5a. 


October 29- Joshua – Joshua 6:1-21, 24, 27
Focus: Children will hear the story of when Joshua and the Israelites obeyed God and marched around the Jericho for seven days.
Memory Verse: “We must obey God rather than men!” Acts 5:29. 


GRADE 1-3
October 15- JOSHUA & CALEB – Numbers 13:1-14:9
Focus: Children will hear about the 12 spies who checked out the Promised Land. 10 were afraid to enter the land; and 2 spies believed that God was with them!
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous….for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 


October 22- Bezalel and Oholiab – Exodus 25:1-8; 31:1-11; 35:30-36:7
Focus: Children will learn about Bezalel and Oholiab who used their gifts and talents to design and crat the furniture and drapes for the tabernacle.
Memory Verse: “But be sure to have respect for the LORD. Serve Him faithfully. Do it with all your heart. Think about the great things He has done for you.”1 Samuel 12:24 NIrV 


October 29- Elisha – 2 Kings 5:1-17
Focus Elisha told Naaman to wash seven times in the Jordan Rover. Although he was angry about this, Naaman washed and God healed him. 
Memory Verse: “Give praise to the LORD and announce who He is.  Tell the nations what He has done.” Psalm 105:1  NIrV 

GRADE 4-6
October 15- What does it mean to be a Disciple? -  Mark 1:14-20, John 1:35-49
Focus: We should be passionate about worshipping God and showing our love for Him.
Memory Verse: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,  rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7


October 22- What is most important to me? -  Luke 10:38-42
Focus: Mary’s choice to be with Jesus showed He was most important to her. Let’s talk about our choices and reveal our priorities.
Memory Verse: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33


October 29- How does knowing the truth make a difference in my life? -  James 1:22-27, 3:1-3
Focus: We’ll discover that God’s Word is like a mirror that shows us truth about ourselves.
Memory Verse: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5



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October 11, 2017

Family Devotions is the topic we’ll be covering in this month’s Online Parenting Class. Family devotions don’t need to be a full-blown church service. They don’t even have to be very long—especially if you have young children. The goal and purpose of family devotions is to create an atmosphere in your home that says God is number one and that your family values the truth of the Word and wants to live in faith and obedience.


This video helps show you how you can use family devotion times to enhance your family’s relationship with God.


When deciding how to do family devotion time, don’t lose sight of the fact that the purpose is to grow and enhance everyone’s personal relationship with God. If you need suggestions on supplemental books other than the Bible, please don’t hesitate to ask me. I have lots of great resources I would be happy to share with you.


https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/149140804/e3056ffbbb


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October 11, 2017

Never fails: After an exhausting day at work, you are getting your child ready for bed and gently tucked in. You lean down to kiss his forehead softly and turn away to close the bedroom door. On your way out you flick the switch to his lamp off. Suddenly, there is uncontrollable sobbing and your child’s rapid heartbeat. You stand in the doorway debating whether or not to go back inside and comfort your child or simply close the door and let him cry it out.


But, you must ask yourself, what is he thinking? Is he thinking that he cannot see what is out there and he feels unprotected in the dark? Most children are afraid of the dark on some level – it is a very common fear of the unknown. To combat this fear, try teaching your child how to turn on lights around the house, and add a night-light to his bedroom. Allow your children to control the amount of light they have on when they go to sleep and gradually decrease it over time. Help your child understand darkness by going on a night walk together and discussing all the new and interesting things you can see when it is dark


Take some time to check out this month’s video to see how you can deal with your child’s fear. Later in the month you’ll receive some practical tools for how to prevent some fears and help your child deal with fears when they do take place.


https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/102090867/95aa561824


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