Parenting in the Pew

For parents with little ones, that time before children’s church can be a bit harrowing. We wonder: How do we keep our kids engaged? Are the people behind us distracted by the wiggling little bodies next to us? Do we allow the ipods, the books, the paper and crayons? How do we contain that loose change for the offering that always seems to drop loudly on the floor just as everyone bows for ... Read More

Praying with your Child: Praying Scripture

Praying a verse from the Bible can be a powerful way to reflect upon the meaning of God’s word. Choose a simple verse, read it together, then pray it back to the Lord. Here’s an example: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. “Dear Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you gave us ... Read More

Going on a Prayer Walk

Too often, kids develop the mistaken idea that prayer is BOR-ING! Sitting still for a long time with eyes closed and heads bowed can be challenging for active little ones. We can help children to engage in prayer by making it active. One way to do this is to take your child on a prayer walk. Try walking around your neighborhood, asking God’s blessing on each family. Or take a walk in the woods, ... Read More

Praying With Your Child: Spontaneous Prayer

Our God encourages us to come to Him in prayer anytime, anywhere. This is a wonderful thing to model for our children! The next time your child is worried, upset, or angry, try turning to prayer first. (“I see how mad you are at your sister. Lord, help us to work out this problem in the way You want us to.”) You can also look for opportunities to pray for others this way (“Oh, that little boy ... Read More

Praying a Blessing

Praying a prayer of blessing on your child’s life each night at bedtime can bring comfort, reassurance, and hope to your child. Pray for God’s favor, protection, and peace. Thank the Lord for a specific gift, talent, or quality in your child. You can use a Bible blessing such as Psalms 5:12 or Numbers 6:25, or speak from your heart. When you pray scriptural blessings, you are speaking words that ... Read More

Raising Children of Faith

  In today’s high tech world, we can find a wealth of online resources  to help our children develop a lifetime faith that lasts forever One great resource is TommyNelson.com, which features blog posts and free printables designed to help moms and dads raise faithful kids. ... Read More

Prayer Baskets

A Prayer Basket is a simple, concrete way to keep track of prayer requests and praises. Here’s how to use one: Fill a basket or container with writing utensils and paper (index cards or sticky notes work well). Be sure to keep it someplace central! As prayer requests or praises come up, encourage your child to add them to the basket (young children can draw a picture or dictate their ideas). At ... Read More

December 2015

Here’s what we’re learning in Children’s Church this month: We are continuing a unit called Our Story. It is the story of God’s redeeming plan for us. We started by looking at the creation story in Genesis. Next, we learned about the fall. This month we’ll explore our redemption through Christ. Finally, we’ll explore how God is restoring creation. Key Truth: Jesus came to fix our broken ... Read More

The Gift – Part 3

Pastor Jim continues his series in Galatians on, The Gift. He's talking about God working in the life of someone you know through you. Put another way, how God can use you in powerful and impactful ways in the lives of friends, co-workers, spouses, strangers...etc I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a ... Read More

Kids’ Advent Adventure – 2015

All kids kindergarten-ish through age 12 are invited to come for Advent Adventure this Saturday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30. Children will explore various Christmas "shoppes" to hear stories of advent, and make crafts to wrap and give as gifts. Plus, there will be an opening kids' worship and lighting of the advent wreath with our puppet friends. We'll follow everything with a ... Read More