We are currently holding virtual programs for our kids (Preschool - 5th Grade) on Fridays and Sundays. If you have not done so already, you may register your child for both/either program using the links provided below:
As we stream our church services online, we wanted to provide you with resources that you can use to worship with your kids at home. We are currently holding Virtual Sunday School meetings for your children via Zoom, and we'll continue to send out their weekly lessons so that you can help them stay connected to what they've learned throughout the week!
HOW DO WE WORSHIP AT HOME? Family worship is as simple as gathering your family to:
1. READ 2. SING 3. PRAY
Read. Go through the Bible passage together as a family. Play the lesson video (links below). Ask your kids appropriate level follow up questions. Sing. Sing the selected worship songs provided for your children below, or any praise song your family enjoys to sing to Jesus!
Pray. Share prayer requests and pray together. You can read, sing, and pray in ANY ORDER. Just keep it short and fun!
Bible Lesson for Sunday 12/6 Gospel Project: Unit 28, Lesson 1 Story Point: God kept His promise to send the Holy Spirit.
Discussion: (pick the questions that work for your kids) Younger Elementary:
1. What did the disciples hear as the Holy Spirit came upon them? (A sound like a rushing wind, Acts 2:2)
2. What languages did the disciples preach the gospel in? (Many languages; each listener heard his own language, Acts 2:6)
3. Which prophet did Peter quote to explain the miraculous events the Holy Spirit was causing? (Joel, Acts 2:16-21)
4. How can we receive the Holy Spirit? (Guide kids to think about the gospel and what it means to believe the gospel to be saved. Remind them that works cannot save us, and we must come to Jesus in faith. Help them see that all who repent and believe the gospel receive the Holy Spirit.)
5. How has the Holy Spirit affected your life? (Guide kids to talk about ways they have seen the Spirit working in their lives or the lives of their family members who are saved. Help them think through the kinds of traits God said would mark a believer, such as love, kindness, faithfulness, and so forth.)
6. Who can we tell about Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit? (Explain that with the Spirit’s power, we can tell everyone the gospel. Guide kids to think about specific people they can share the gospel with. Help them plan a time and a way to talk about Jesus, and encourage them to trust the Spirit for boldness.)
1. How did the people know what Peter said was the truth? (Help kids recognize that the Holy Spirit is the One who helped the people realize what Peter was saying was true and that they needed to be saved. Option: Choose a volunteer to read Acts 2:37.)
2. How does the Holy Spirit help us carry out the Great Commission? (Help kids recognize that without the Holy Spirit, we could never carry out the Great Commission. God has given us the job of sharing the good news with everyone, but only the Holy Spirit can cause people to realize their sin and their need for the Savior. Option: Choose a volunteer to read 2 Pet. 1:21)
3. How should believers live, knowing they have the Holy Spirit? (Help kids recognize that believers can live boldly for the Lord because they have the power of the Holy Spirit within them. Believers have everything they need to serve the Lord and do His will for their lives. Optional: Choose a volunteer to read Luke 12:12.)
Monthly Memory Verse and Question Memory Verse:2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (CSB) Big Picture Question: How does the Holy Spirit help Christians? The Holy Spirit comforts us, shows us our sin, and guides us as we live for God's glory.
Every week, we want to provide our nursery parents with tips on how to cultivate core spiritual disciplines in their children and how to help them connect with God throughout the week.
Songs of the Month Putting a melody to words always helps us to memorize them better! Because of this, Teacher Rebecca has helped me to compile a list of children's worship songs for your child that communicate simple truths about God and His Word. Our little ones learn best when things are repeated, so the list of songs that I'm providing you with will be utilized for the rest of August. Some of the songs may be familiar to your child, as they've been sung at least once in their Sunday School class before!
We recommend that you take some time each day to review at least one of these songs with your child. We've selected example videos with body motions, so you can dance and worship alongside him/her! This month, we wanted to focus on having joy in the Lord and being His light in the world.
Helping Your Child Develop a Habit of Prayer Teaching your child to cultivate a habit of prayer from an early age is an effective way to help him/her to build living, lasting faith. If you don't already have a prayer system in place for your child, here are some suggestions that we've come up with for you to do each day!
Lead your child to pray before mealtime: This song is sung to the tune of "Are You Sleeping."Before each meal, have your child say a short, fun, and structured prayer such as this one to help them develop the habit of prayer before eating and learn to thank God for his provision of food!
Lead your child to pray before bedtime: It can be hard for our little ones to know what to pray for when asked. So, this month, we are providing you with prayer prompts (boys/girls) via email to lead your child in prayer at night, or really any time of the day! Praying with your child gives you, the parent, an opportunity to encourage and speak biblical truth to your child, especially if something happened during the day!
The B-I-B-L-E Did you know that it's not too early to teach your child how to read the Bible? If you read to your child regularly from a simplified bible for tots, it will help your child to develop an appreciation for/eagerness to read God's Word early on in his/her life. I personally love to use Sally Lloyd Jones' Jesus Story Book Bible to introduce the stories of the Old and New Testaments to kiddos. They love it, because of all the colored pictures! If you would like a copy of a simplified Bible for your child, please contact Ms. Valerie and let her know.
Start by Becoming a Praying Parent Helping your child to become a faithful Christ-follower begins with YOU, the parent. Parents are called to impress God's commandments on their children (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), but the only way for them to do this effectively is if they surrender their children to the Lord and rely on His strength and Spirit to guide them. Because of this, I will be sharing a collection of prayers with you from the book The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian to help you learn how to put your child's life in God's hands and lead him/her according to His ways.
This week's prayer is on praying through your child's room:
Lord, I invite Your Holy Spirit to dwell in this room, which belongs to (name of child). You are Lord over heaven and earth, and I proclaim that You are Lord over this room as well. Flood it with Your light and life. Crowd out any darkness which seeks to impose itself here, and let no spirits of fear, depression, anger, doubt, anxiety, rebelliousness, or hatred (name anything you've seen manifested in your child's behavior) find any place here. I pray that nothing will come into this room that is not approved by You, Lord. If there is anything here that shouldn't be, show me so it can be taken out.
Put Your complete protection over this room so that evil cannot enter here by any means. Fill this room with Your love, peace, and joy. I pray that my child will say, as David did, "I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set nothing wicked before my eyes" (Psalm 101:2-3). I pray that You, Lord, will make this room a holy place, sanctified for Your glory.
In Jesus' name I pray Amen
More Ways to Stay Updated on Children's Ministry News:
1) Join our PCAC Children's Ministry Facebook Page. 2) Sign up for weekly parent emails. Not on our mailing list? Email [email protected] and request to be added! 3) Check the Children's Ministry section of our church bulletin.
For questions, concerns, or to get connected, please contact Children's Minister Ms. Valerie.