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This fall, Sunday Kids Connection begins the programming year as a virtual gathering. We’ll connect via Zoom at 9:30 a.m. and play a game, watch a Bible story video and provide application activities to do at home. As the year progresses, programming will transition to a hybrid model and eventually return to in-person classes.
To protect kids on our virtual platform, the Zoom link will only be provided to registered Kids Connection families. Register on the Kids Connection Registration tab. Even if your family is not planning to attend until we can safely have in-person Kids Connection, please register so we can keep you updated with the latest Kids Ministry announcements.
We’ll offer a separate Parent and Child Zoom presentation for younger kids who are unable to participate in a Zoom presentation by themselves. This shortened version of Kids Connection will feature Bible stories and show and tell.
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Games are great. Board games, card games, puzzle games — they all can turn a normal day into a fun-filled day. However, if you have ever played a game, you know all games have rules and if someone isn’t following the rules it makes the game less enjoyable for everyone. Life is similar in the sense that there are unspoken rules that make life better for everyone.
In January, we will talk about five simple rules that Jesus teaches about how to treat others: Love God and love others, share what you have, work hard, make the most out of what you have been given, and use your words wisely.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.” While it may be true that words don’t cause physical pain that can be seen by you or another person, we all know words can hurt. As the Hawk Nelson song says, "Words can build you up. Words can break you down. Start a fire in my heart or put it out."
Our words can affect people positively and negatively and it is our responsibility to use our words wisely. At Kids Connection this week, we will talk about the importance of using our words to build people up and making good word choices.
We all have strengths and resources that can be used to better our community and serve the people around us. The question we have to ask ourselves is what are we doing with the things we have been given?
This Sunday, Virtual Kids Connection focuses on a parable sometimes called the Parable of the Talents. This is a parable of a boss who entrusted his talents (money) to his workers. Some of the workers took the allotted talents and found ways to increase the amount for their boss. However, one worker decided to hide the talent he was given.
There is a common misconception that if we are Christian and believe in God, that nothing bad will ever happen to us and that our life will be easy. However, bad things can happen to good people. Being a good person and making the right choices sometimes takes a lot of hard work. This week during Virtual Kids Connection, we will hear a proverb written by King Solomon about being wise and working hard.
We all have something that we can share. Resources, our time and our talents can be shared to help others. This Sunday, Virtual Kids Connection focuses on the parable of the rich man and the differences between people who are rich with material goods and those who are rich in the sight of God.
There are a lot of laws in the Bible and there are a lot of rules, spoken and unspoken, in life that we are expected to follow. However, there is one rule that if we obey it, helps us follow every other rule. This rule is called the greatest commandment and it says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbors as you love yourself. This week during virtual Kids Connection we will talk about this commandment and what it means for us in our world today.
Appreciate the simplicity of the message of Christmas and share in the joy that the birth of Jesus brings to all.
What does it mean to be grateful and give thanks despite our circumstances? We read stories about people who could have been pessimistic or bitter but chose gratitude instead. So much to learn from their examples!
OFFSTAGE: DROP THE ACT (INTEGRITY)
This month we talk about integrity and what that looks like in our lives as Christians. Integrity is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
Often when we are around people we don’t know or who are different from us, we put on a mask. Integrity is about taking off the mask and being true to ourselves no matter what. This month we hear stories about people in the Bible showing integrity despite being surrounded by people who were different from them.
BLOCK PARTY — EVERYONE'S INVITED (FRIENDSHIP)
We’ve learned how to adapt to a new normal — no large crowds and limits to seeing friends or extended family. But, people have been creative with drive-by birthday parties and celebrations or connecting on video calls.
Why do we do that? Because we need people in our lives. Because we value friendship. During September we talked about what it means to be a good friend.
Faith tells us to believe in things we can't see by using what we can see. We may not be able to see God, but we can see him in everything he has created. We share stories about different people in the Bible who had faith, even though they couldn't see God with their eyes.
Sometimes we are faced with a task that seems impossible. This is what the disciples thought when Jesus told them to go and make disciples of all nations. We learned, just as the disciples did, that nothing is impossible with God on our side.
Upside Down: Jesus Changes Everything (Humility)