BGMC: “Operation Christmas Child”

It is another month of BGMC! We are excited to continue to raise money for missions, while learning about another area of the world! I am so thankful that even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! God is so good! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “Operation Christmas Child!”

We will be focusing on Operation Christmas Child in Kids’ Church on Sunday, Nov. 15!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to provide God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

MISSIONS MOMENT – Operation Christmas Child


The Amazing Journey of a Simple Shoebox Gift

Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication

1. PACKING

From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country.

2. COLLECTING

Churches and groups of all sizes collect boxes from their communities. Some churches also serve as drop-off locations for shoeboxes the third week of November every year.

3. SHIPPING

Thousands of volunteers serve annually inspecting and preparing shoeboxes for international shipping. Every hour work stops for a few minutes to pray for the children who will receive the boxes.

4. WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION

Long before shoeboxes arrive in more than 100 countries, volunteer National Leadership Teams train pastors and community leaders who want to share the message of the Gospel and bless children. The leaders learn how to host child-friendly outreach events, and how to implement The Greatest Journey follow-up discipleship program.

5. OUTREACH EVENTS

Pastors around the world host outreach events in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients.

6. DISCIPLESHIP & MULTIPLICATION

As a result of what they learn in The Greatest Journey,
boys and girls grow in Christ and share with friends and family.
The students also invite others to their graduations where the Gospel is shared. This often brings parents, siblings, and friends to accept Christ and become active members in the local church. Families are reached, churches grow, new churches are started,
and communities are transformed.


“WHAT GOES IN THE BOX IS FUN; WHAT COMES OUT IS ETERNAL!”
Franklin Graham

PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

• Pray for the children receiving these shoeboxes – for God’s provision in their life and that they would hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and receive Him as their Lord and Savior.
• Pray for the discipleship opportunities that follow the box distribution through the local churches.
• Pray for the staff that will be preparing these boxes.
• Pray for the missions teams that will be delivering these boxes.
• Pray for Samaritan’s Purse, as they continue to minister the Gospel to all nations.
• Pray for God to provided the boxes and money needed to reach kids in countries that Operation Christmas Child has never reached before.


Winnie’s Wecipes:
The Recipe of a Shoebox, with Bob and Larry!

Unable to get to the store to pack a box?? No worries!! You can use this link to pack a box completely online!! Feel free to share this link with friends and family! 🙂

https://build-a-shoebox.samaritanspurse.org/view/8f76ee3f-d902-4226-bc04-677e4a356038




KIDS CHURCH AND BGMC!

We are so excited to be relaunching Kids’ Church next Sunday, November 8th! We have a new t-shirts for everyone, as well as a few other fun surprises! We will be focusing on Operation Christmas Child on Sunday, November 15th! So plan to bring your Buddy Barrels that Sunday (Nov. 15th) as well as any shoeboxes you pack!! Our goal is 50 shoeboxes! Let’s work together to bless these kids in other countries…not only with a fun gift, but with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Even if you can’t pack a shoebox, you can bring your Buddy Barrel to help fund the shipping of the boxes we collect. Every penny counts!

We look forward to continuing to grow together!

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky & Mrs. Green

ROUTE 65 KIDS – REVIEW & ANNOUNCEMENTS

We just completed a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We learned about obedience and what it means to obey God. Today we will review what we have learned and talk about some exciting things coming up!


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Are you excited for Kids Church to relaunch??? Vote below!

What to expect at Kids Church:

  • NEW T-SHIRT! Everyone will be gifted with a new kids t-shirt. It will have the logo of our next series, “One Thing”. The shirts are free…our gift to you!!
  • MASKS – We will have to wear masks at kids church. Anytime you are not seated in your chair you will have to put your mask on…so that means you should have your mask on when you arrive, while walking around, and when you are leaving. We will help you remind you, and we will also be giving you another gift – a Route 65 Kids lanyard. It is a string you can put around your neck that you can clip your mask to. This way when you sit down and take your mask off, it will hang in front of you. This will stop your mask from falling on the floor and getting dirty or even lost.
  • CHAIRS – We will have the chairs spread out through the gym. While having fun together at Kids Church, we want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy. So the chairs will be spaced to maintain social distancing…but don’t worry…we will still have a blast! We will have white boards with dry erase markers at each of your seats…this way we can play some games and you can write things on your board. These are not to keep and take home…we will wash them every week so we can keep using them at Kids Church.
  • GAMES – We will still be playing games at Kids Church, but they are just going to look a little different. Don’t worry…we will still have a blast!



SIMON SAYS: REVIEW QUIZ

Below are 10 review questions from our 7 week series entitled, Simon Says. Feel free to look back through the lessons to help answer the questions. The goal is to learn God’s Word and become more like Him…so consider this an open book quiz! 🙂 The answers are below the BGMC announcement. Don’t look at the answers until you have completed the entire quiz.

  1. What is the “key to our life”? (hint: Deuteronomy 30:20) – [WK 1]
    A. Reading the entire Bible in one year.
    B. Going to church and praying before every meal.
    C. Loving God, obeying God, and committing our life to Him.
  2. What does Romans 14:12 remind us? – [WK 1]
    A. God sees everything and our choices matter to God.
    B. We need to have a good memory of everything we have done.
    C. We will still have time to blame our bad choices on others.
  3. How should we approach the Bible, God’s Word? – [WK 2]
    A. With a daily Bible reading plan.
    B. With questions…eager to learn more!
    C. With reading glasses and a magnifying glass…if the font is super small.
  4. Why does honoring God help us to better obey God? – [WK 3]
    A. It doesn’t.
    B. Because we will be scared of Him and won’t want His consequences.
    C. Because He will be first in our mind and heart – so we will want to obey Him.
  5. Who was strengthened by the Holy Spirit to obey God, even though Lions could have eaten him? – [WK 4]
    A. Jonah
    B. Daniel
    C. David
  6. Attitude is 100% _______________? – [WK 5]
    A. Terrible
    B. Controlled by others
    C. Choice
  7. True or False? There is a big difference between obeying with your actions and obeying with your heart. – [WK 5]
  8. True or False? God is ok with us disobeying if it spares us from having to be embarrassed? [WK 6]
  9. God keeps things simple for us…what two things are we commanded to do?
    Hint: All of His commandments come down to these two things. [WK 7]
  10. “OBEYING GOD IS _______________ GOD.” [WK 7]

BGMC: Operation Christmas Child

November’s BGMC focus is going to be “Operation Christmas Child”. This is a ministry where people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Each shoebox you pack helps a local church around the world tell a child about Jesus, the greatest gift of all. The shoeboxes are handed out at outreach events where the Gospel is presented. This is an incredible ministry that goes around the world!

For BGMC we will be collecting packed shoeboxes (challenging your family to pack and shoebox, or two, for kids around the world) and raising money to help cover the cost of shipping these boxes around the world. This Sunday, November 1, be sure to check out our BGMC post! Packed Shoeboxes will be collected Sunday, November 15 in Kids’ Church!


ANSWERS TO THE SIMON SAYS REVIEW QUIZ:

1(C); 2(A); 3(B); 4(C); 5(B); 6(C)
7: TRUE – Our attitude and heart matter when we obey. It is not just about “doing” what we are told…we should want to honor God and please Him with our actions.
8: FALSE – God calls us to obey, no matter who is watching. We need to have the courage and self-control to stand up for what is right, even in front of our friends.
9: Love God and Love People. The first 5 commandments are about loving God, and the final 5 commandments are about loving people.
10: “LOVING” – Obeying God is loving God. When we truly love God we WILL obey God. Do you truly love God? Do your actions match your answer?

SIMON SAYS – Week 7

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…MYLES GREEN!!! Congratulations Myles! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Elijah Longchamps, Luke and Andrew Harper! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how no matter what is going on around us, we simply need to obey God.

LIFE CAN BE COMPLICATED…

Have you ever felt like there was too much going on around you? Like you had too much to do? Too much to worry about? Too many things to think about? Maybe for school some days you feel like there is too much work to do… too many assignments… too much homework. What do you do in those moments? Do you freeze and just panic and worry about how you will get it all done? Do you cry and get mad because you feel it isn’t fair you have to do it all? It can be tough sometimes to push on, to move forward, to keep a good attitude and do everything we need to do. But the solution to the problem isn’t complicated… it is simple actually. Just keep moving. Just keep pressing on, keep working, keep chipping away until you are done.

The same is true in our walk with God. It can seem overwhelming and complicated if we try to remember every command, every rule in the Bible, everything we are supposed to do. But God never intended it to be that way. He doesn’t want us to worry about everything in life and wonder what He will want us to do tomorrow. Instead, He simply asks that we love Him in everything. You see, if we continue to press on and obey God (love Him with our actions), then we WILL be doing what He has planned for us and we WILL get through even the toughest situations. Let’s take a look at someone in the Bible who had a lot going on around her, and yet by simply obeying God and walking in faith, she changed the world!



“MAY I APPROACH, YOU, KING”

Play “Mother May I” with your family or friends, but call it, “May I Approach the King”. Appoint one person to be the king (mother) and they will stand on one side of the room…everyone else stands on the opposite side. Each player takes a turn asking the king, “May I approach you, king, with ________?” Filling in the blank with an action and amount — baby steps, giant steps, jumping jacks, scissor kicks, crawls, etc.

The King will then respond with either yes or no…making sure to be nice and fair to all participants 😉 First player to reach the king wins, and they then become the next king.

In today’s Bible story Queen Esther did not have permission to approach the king, but she went to the king because it was the right thing to do. And she made sure to do so with respect for the king and obedience towards God.


Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

2 John 1:6 (October’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

SIMON SAYS – Week 6

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…Nathan Schirrmacher!!! Congratulations Nathan! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Evelyn Green, Olivia Vicente and Emma Vicente! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how obeying God even when those around us are not.

WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL WHO WE OBEY…

Have you ever been to a sporting event? Or watched a sporting event on tv? At stadiums they have giant screens that show different things throughout the game. One thing that gets put on the screen often, is commands for the crowd. For example, the screen may say in giant letters, GET LOUD! This means they want everyone in the stadium to start cheering. The screen may show hands clapping and it means they want everyone to start clapping. There are many different commands the screen will give throughout the game…the crazy thing is that people follow the screen! They “obey” the screen! A group of strangers will all do the same thing because a screen told them to do it…and because everyone around them is doing it. They don’t want to stand out as the one who is not following along.

This a fun example because unless you are cheering for the “away” team, there is nothing wrong with following those directions and having fun with other fans. The problem is that we often do this in other areas of our lives as well. We are often tempted to “follow the crowd”. If you over a friend’s house and they turn on a tv show or video game that you know your parents don’t approve of, do you speak up and say you can’t watch/play it, or do you just sit quietly and go along with it? If you are with someone and they start making fun of someone else…do you speak up and say they shouldn’t do that, or do you stay quiet and just laugh along with them. Or do go a step further and actually join in? Having a heart that obeys God, goes further than respecting our parents and obeying the 10 commandments. Let’s take a look at today’s Bible story…



Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

2 John 1:6 (October’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

SIMON SAYS – Week 5

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…Andrew Harper!!! Congratulations Andrew! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Myles Green, Elijah Longchamps, and Matthew Kotsyuba! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how obeying God is not just one action a day…it is a way of life.

OBEDIENCE IS MORE THAN A VERB…

A “verb” is a word used to describe an action. It is something you DO. For example you jump, run, swim, stand, speak, eat, laugh, and so on. Those are all verbs…they are all actions. Obedience takes action. To obey means to DO something… specifically, it means to DO what you have been asked….whether by your parents, your teacher, or even God. If your parent asks you to clear the table, it requires action (a verb) to obey – you must get up, pick up the dishes, and deliver them to the kitchen counter/sink/dishwasher… all of which takes action on your part. So obedience requires action – obedience involves VERBS (things you do). But is that all obedience is? Before you answer that, let me give you another example…

Once again, a parent asks a child to clear the table. The child gets up while rolling their eyes and picks up all the dishes while exhaling the air in their lungs very loudly (aka huffing and puffing). Then, while carrying those dishes to the sink their feet are too heavy to walk quietly (aka stomping their feet), and then they just plop the dishes on the counter followed by a glaring stare toward their parent…expressing that they “obeyed” the “command” and couldn’t possibly get in trouble for not washing the dishes, loading the dishwasher or doing anything else to help, because ALL that was asked of them was to “clear” the table.

So, let me ask you again, is obedience simply an action, simply a verb? Did they obey? Technically they obeyed the “action” requested of them…BUT let’s be clear…in NO WAY did they show a heart of obedience. There is a big difference. Let’s take a look at a Bible story where someone represented a heart of obedience, proving it is more than just a verb…



OBEDIENT ATTITUDE

Attitude is 100% choice. We each choose our attitude in every situation. We can choose to obey with a good attitude or a bad attitude…but only one of those choices honors the Lord. Let’s take a look at God’s Word and see what God says about attitude.

  1. How does Philippians 2:14 tell us to obey?
    A. with a fake smile
    B. huffing and puffing
    C. without complaining or disputing (arguing)
    D. whining and pointing out how unfair life is
  2. What does Proverbs 17:22 compare a joyful attitude to?
    A. good medicine
    B. spoiled milk
    C. poison
    D. a barking dog
  3. What does Philippians 4:8-9 tell us to focus on?
    A. ourselves
    B. our technology
    C. whatever we want
    D. what is true, right and honors the Lord
  4. According to Philippians 2:3-4, what should be our goal each day?
    A. making ourselves happy
    B. putting others before ourselves
    C. getting our own way
    D. doing whatever we want to do
  5. So considering these 4 verses, how should it impact our attitude in obedience?
    A. Obeying our parents without complaining about it
    B. Choosing a good attitude no matter how long our chore list is
    C. Focusing on God each day, helping our hearts WANT to serve and obey
    D. Listening to our parents/teachers the first time, to show we are putting them
    before our own interests and desires
    E. All of the Above
  6. How can you do better this week with your attitude of obedience?
    (discuss with your family)

This week…and every week…let’s do our best to work towards obeying to the best of our ability, with a good attitude, without complaining, putting others before ourselves, and right away (the first time we are asked). This is what honors the Lord.

ANSWERS: 1 = C; 2 = A; 3 = D; 4 = B; 5 = E


Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.

2 John 1:6 (October’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

BGMC: “South Africa”

It is another month of BGMC! We are excited to continue to raise money for missions, while learning about another area of the world! I am so thankful that even though we can’t have BGMC Sunday at the church, we can still have it from HOME! God is so good! So grab your Bible and Buddy Barrel and let’s have BGMC – “South Africa”!

Below you will see a message from Mrs. Green about South Africa…a yummy recipe you can try…and a true missions story! Are you ready for BGMC Online?!

About BGMC

BGMC is a missions education program for kids! BGMC equips kids to know, to care, to pray, to give, and to reach the lost. We have a two-fold purpose, to reach the children of the world and to create a heart of compassion in kids. BGMC stands for, “Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge”.

Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


Welcome to South Africa – below is a map of its location and the country’s flag!

MISSIONS MOMENT – South Africa


TRUE MISSIONS STORY: Mourning Into Dancing

Below is a true story about missionaries Wayne and Delight Peercy and an incredible miracle! CLICK PLAY and the story will be read aloud.
Follow along with the pictures below.


PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS MONTH:

• Pray for our missionaries as they work with these growing churches.
• Pray for the kids and youth of South Africa, and for more trained workers to help reach them for Jesus.
• Pray for the Bible schools and training programs as they help pastors, even older pastors, to better know God’s Word.
• Pray for the three people groups in South Africa who need workers among them: the Jews, the Indian Hindus, and the Cape Malay Muslims.


Winnie’s Wecipes:
Romany Creams!


LEARN THE LANGUAGE: Zulu

ENGLISHZULU ENGLISHZULU
hello sawubonaone kunye
thank you siyabongatwokubili
go well (“good-bye”)hamba gahlethreekuthathu
Jesus Jesufourkune
father (also used for
God the Father)
babafivekuhlanu
Welcome!Ngiyakwemukela!sixisithupha
How are you?Unjani?sevenisikhombisa
I’m fine, thanks.Ngikhona, ngiyabonga.eightisishiyagalombili
Hey, friend!Heyi, Mngani!nineisishiyagalolunye
What’s new?Zithini ezintsha?tenishumi
Nothing much.Lutho oluningi.

Look what BGMC has done in South Africa:

  • Supplied laptops, projectors, tvs, cameras, & sound systems
  • Funds to create/supply Children’s Resource Centers
  • Children’s ministries equipment, curriculum, materials
  • Kids’ camp scholarships
  • Worker training courses and materials
  • Purchase library books for South Africa Cape
  • Funding for South Africa School of Theology
  • Scholarships for pastors to attend Bible school
  • Funds for small water drilling rigs
  • Funds to construct/develop Lake Buddy Activity Center
  • John Deere Gators® (4 wheelers)
  • Set-up expenses to do Royal Family Kids Camps
  • Equipment and supplies for the baby shelter
  • And so much more!


SCRIPTURE PICTURE”

Can you recite the verse (Luke 10:9) by using these picture clues to figure out the words?

For example, if we take a look at the first clue, it is pointing at the heel of a foot…heel if spelled with one letter different can mean to make well – HEAL.
Give it a shot! 🙂

HINTS: the cash register is for the word “tell” – a teller runs them. The bottom of the shorts is the “hem”. And the three circles represent the trinity…oh and the bottom blue symbol is a number, not a letter.


BGMC Station

Have you enjoying learning about other countries, missionaries, and how God is working through us? We have a BGMC area set up at church – it is located where the self check-in station used to be (across from the main Kids’ Check-In). There is a BGMC poster with a handout about South Africa and a Soccer Challenge activity sheet. Be sure to grab one of each! Hope you have been able to put some spare change in your Buddy Barrels. Keep up the great work of filling those banks and raising money for missions!

We look forward to continuing to grow together!

Much love and care,

Pastor Vicky & Mrs. Green

SIMON SAYS – Week 4

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…Nathaniel Kotsyuba!!! Congratulations Nathaniel! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Luke Harper, Andrew Harper, and Jaiona Miller! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

IT IS HARD TO OBEY GOD SOMETIMES…

Can you name any superheroes? Right now try and name five superheros… ready, go! The first five that come to my mind are Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-man, and Iron Man. There are so many superhero movies, comics, tv shows, and books! Why do so many people like superheroes? Maybe it is because we like the idea of someone who can do something nobody else can do…like fly, super-human strength, be invisible, fight bad guys, and more! Superheroes all have some sort of “POWER.” But is it real? NO! We focus all this attention on stories about made up people who do powerful things. Do you know that GOD IS POWERFUL?! God has power!

God’s power is extra special for many reasons. First, because it IS REAL! It is not a made up story…God is real and has real power! Second, God’s power is unending. It never gets weak…there is no kryptonite (like Superman’s weakness) to God’s power. It is forever! Third, God’s power is full of goodness. God never uses His power for anything bad…it is pure goodness! And lastly, God’s power can live inside of us!!! Yes, we can have God’s power! He wants us to have His power inside of us, and He gives it to us through the Holy Spirit. But why? So we can have the POWER to do what is right, to live with God’s goodness, and to obey His Word in all situations. It can be hard to obey God…it may require courage, patience, or a lot of self-control. Let’s take a look at a Bible story where God gave His power to someone to obey Him, even when it became really scary to obey…



SIMON SAYS WORKOUT!

How did Daniel have the courage to obey God after the king’s law had been passed? Well, take a look at his life… did he wait until he was in trouble to ask for God’s strength? Nope. Daniel became strong with God’s power because of his EVERY DAY faithfulness to God… BEFORE the trouble came.

Have you ever worked out? I want you to grab an object as a “weight” and I challenge you to complete this workout below.

WORKOUT:
10 Jumping Jacks
5 Pushups
10 times, grab the “weighted object” in your hand and lift it over your head
5 Pushups
10 Jumping Jacks

Follow Up Question: Will doing this workout just once make you incredibly strong?
No way! Working out makes you stronger and healthier when you do it regularly…even better…daily! It requires repeating it for it to make a difference in your body. In the same way, SPIRITUAL STRENGTH comes from regular PRAYER, BIBLE STUDY, and OBEDIENCE. If we want God’s power and strength in our life for times that are hard…we cannot wait UNTIL hard times. We have to regularly, daily, be strengthening our spiritual hearts to have God’s power ready inside of us. Talk with your family about ways you can “exercise” your faith in God.


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

SIMON SAYS – Week 3

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Alina Schirrmacher!!! Congratulations Alina! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Nathan Schirrmacher, Jaiona Miller, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

WHO DESERVES OUR HONOR AND PRAISE?

Honor means to show highest respect, to give great credit, to treat with value and worth. Some people honor athletes…they give great respect and value to Lebron James, Steph Curry, or Tom Brady — because of their talent. Some people honor singers and bands, like Toby Mac or Kari Jobe, because they like their music. Some people honor their coaches, teachers, or friends. As humans we will naturally give honor to someone…we like to look up to people, admire them, and often it is because we want to be more like them. We are impressed by their talent, or we are jealous of it and wish we could be them. When we honor someone, they receive our focus and attention — we think about them often, talk about them a lot, and we would only pay attention to them if they were around. So, who receives greatest honor in your life?

If I asked who DESERVES the greatest honor in your life, most of you would probably answer, God or Jesus. But the real question is, DO you give GOD the greatest honor in your life? Or do you spend more time honoring someone other than God? Now, the Bible DOES command us to honor our parents and to honor those in authority over us, but today we are specifically talking about God. Do you think about God often, you do talk about God often, do you realize that God is always with you? If you truly give God all the honor He deserves, you will in turn honor your parents and those in authority, because you will want to obey God’s Word. Honor brings about obedience. God is POWERFUL. God is in CONTROL of all things. There is no one in life who can compare, and yet often times we honor people we have never even met more than we honor God. Today’s Bible story talks about a time when a group of people honored a PIECE OF WOOD more than they honored God. Let’s take a look at this Bible story…



SIMON SAYS HOW MANY…?

Here is a fun little competition. You need two people to compete with each other. So either, you ask the questions and two other people race to answer…or…someone else asks the questions and you race another person to answer. To make it more fun, grab a deck of cards and give each person competing one of the suits (hearts, clubs, diamonds, etc.) making sure they have numbers 1 (ace) through 10 (the jack, queen and king are not needed). Once each competitor has their set of cards, proceed to ask each question. Each question will be answered with a number…so the first person to hold up the card with the correct number on it wins that round. See who wins the most rounds.

  1. How many wheels are on a tricycle?
  2. How many days are in a week?
  3. How many innings are in a baseball game?
  4. How many quarters are in one dollar?
  5. How many donuts are in a half dozen?
  6. How many hands does one person have?
  7. How many sides are on a stop sign?
  8. How many toes are on one foot?
  9. How many pennies make up a dime?
  10. How many gods are there?

ANSWERS: 1=3; 2=7; 3=9; 4=4; 5=6; 6=2; 7=8; 8=5; 9=10; 10=1


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

SIMON SAYS – Week 2

We are in a series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are learning about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Luke Harper!!! Congratulations Luke! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Jazlyn Miller, Nathaniel Kotsyuba, and Myles Green! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

WHY SHOULD WE OBEY GOD?

Why do you ask questions? Do you have a mystery to solve? DO you need to discover what to do next? Are you curious to learn something new? Good questions help us find truth and direction. Good questions allow us to grow. Just like we may ask our parents what is for dinner tonight, or what are we doing this weekend…we should also ask questions about the Bible. We can ask God, “Why is this story in the Bible? What are you trying to teach us and what we can learn from this? What should we do?”

Today’s Bible story is from Joshua 6:1-21. It is the story of Joshua and the Israelites (God’s people) as they approach the city of Jericho. This is a story that can bring about a lot of questions…this one is crazy! God gave Joshua a VERY unusual battle plan. I don’t think it ever would have occurred to him to walk around a giant wall, for several days, and then shout and watch it fall down. It doesn’t even make sense! So why was did God do it this way? Why did God ask them to do so many weird things to conquer this city? Let’s take a look at this Bible story…



SIMON SAYS WHAT?

Here are some multiple choice review questions to see what you learned. Write down the letter of the answer you think is correct for each question…and once you finish, scroll to the bottom of the page to check your answers! 🙂

  1. What surrounded the city of Jericho?
    A. A beautiful river
    B. A thick wall
    C. A moat full of alligators
    D. A thick cloud
  2. What was God’s plan for the Israelites to take over Jericho?
    A. They would throw rocks at the wall until it fell down.
    B. They would yell “CHARGE” and all try to push the wall down at the same time.
    C. They would try to climb the wall to get into the city.
    D. They would march around the city and the walls would fall down.
  3. On each day of the first 6 days, how many times did they walk around the city?
    A. 1
    B. 2
    C. 3
    D. 6
  4. What did Joshua tell the soldiers to say as they marched?
    A. “Left, Right, Left…”
    B. “Hi Ho, Hi Ho, to Jericho we go…”
    C. Nothing; to be quiet
    D. “The men go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah…”
  5. On the 7th day what happened after they marched around Jericho the 7th time?
    A. The priests blew their trumpets
    B. The soldiers shouted
    C. The walls fell down
    D. All of the Above
  6. What did the soldiers do after the wall fell down?
    A. They did a happy dance and threw a party
    B. They stood frozen in awe that God’s plan actually worked
    C. They went into Jericho and captured it
    D. They ran away in fear
  7. Why should we obey God?
    A. God is faithful to keep His promises when we obey Him.
    B. God deserves our respect, obedience, and honor.
    C. God loves us and always has His best planned for us.
    D. All of the Above

ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE – SCROLL DOWN WHEN FINISHED WITH YOUR GUESSES.


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.

REVIEW QUESTION ANSWERS: 1-B; 2-D; 3-A; 4-C; 5-D; 6-C; 7-D

SIMON SAYS – Week 1

We are starting a new series entitled, “Simon Says”. We are going to learn about obedience and what it means to obey God. We will search God’s Word to learn how we are called to obey God. Simon says…let’s go!

This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is……Juliette Miller!!! Congratulations Juju! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Jaxson Miller, Emma Vicente, and Andrew Harper! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.


Our current theme is, “Obeying God.” This week we are going to talk about how God deserves our obedience, and that consequence comes with disobedience.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO OBEY GOD?

What is a consequence? It is something that happens after a choice is made. It is the effect or result of something that happened earlier. Think about a ball…if you throw it high in the air, what is going to happen? It is going to fall back down. If you choose to throw the ball high over a neighbor’s fence, what is the consequence going to be? The ball is now going to be in their yard. If you throw a raw egg high in the air, what is the consequence going to be? It will either smash in your hands or on the ground…and make a mess! And then you may get another “consequence” from mom or dad…whoops! Did you know that God gives us consequences for our actions?

The 10 commandments “command” us to honor God through our lives – both internal actions (with our hearts and minds) and our external actions (what we do and how we treat others). Does your life honor God? Do you make good choices and obey God? Or bad choices that disobey God? Romans 14:12 reminds us that we are going to have to stand before God and give reason for all of our “actions” on earth…does that make you excited or nervous? That makes me a nervous, because I know not all of my actions are good…and they deserve bad consequences. Let’s take a look at an example of when some people obeyed God and others did not…



SIMON SAYS!

Do you have the electronic game, “Simon”? Or do you have a “Bop-it”? Or maybe you have neither but you have played the in-person game Simon Says. All of these games have one thing in common…you must follow the commands in the right order. If you don’t listen, you will lose the game. Your “consequence” is being knocked out of the game. These games are fun to play, but can also be good reminders that obeying the rules is important…and more importantly, obeying God matters! And just like the games have consequences, so does our behavior…the good news is, even when we sin and disobey God, He offers us a second chance…if we confess our sin (admit what we have done wrong), ask for forgiveness (Jesus died on the cross so we could be forgiven), and repent (turn from our sin and do better next time).

Take a moment to pray and ask God to help you search your heart for any sin you may be struggling with. If God brings something to mind (maybe the way you treat your brother or sister, or the attitude you give mom or dad, or complaining, ungratefulness, etc)…confess your sin, ask God for forgiveness (and maybe the person you sinned against), and repent – do better moving forward!

Play it! If you have one of those games (Simon, Bop-it), then play a few rounds! See how high of a score you can get! If you don’t, ask your family to play a couple rounds of Simon Says. Explain that these games remind us of how we are to listen to God’s commands and obey them…or there will be consequences! 😉


“You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life.”

Deuteronomy 30:20 (September’s Memory Verse)

LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes

Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.