We have had some fun on Sundays this October!
Our preschoolers will be hearing the telling of four of David’s stories this month. If there was ever a life that proves God can show up in BIG ways, it’s David’s life. God helped David and those that surrounded him do some really BIG things. Hey, that’s why the theme is Big Things!
This week we’ll be sharing how God was with David throughout his military career. God helped David do big things all through his life. God can help us do anything.
In our large group time with the preschoolers, they will see their friends from the DVD pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child. At the ROCK this year, for the 2nd year in a row, our Advent mission is going to be supporting the local community by growing the MCC scholarship fund. These scholarships are used to provide preschool education to families experiencing hardship. You can support this mission through a donation that can be used in a silent auction basket &/or by joining us for dinner the night of the auction – eat with us and bid on auction items! The dinner and auction are Wednesday, November 19th. There will also be bouncy houses on the playground starting at 5p and the Book Fair going on in MCC that night . You won’t want to miss it!
This month our Kindergarten through 5th graders are talking creativity on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. When we hear the word creativity we respond in a handful of ways.
Many of us get excited. We love everything to do with creativity. We can draw or paint, sing or dance, and LOVE the arts.
Others of us break out into a cold sweat thinking about that one art class we had to take in high school.
Still others of us simply ignore it. We think we’re just not creative. Never have been; never will be.
And if you look at your kids, I bet at least a few of them feel the same way. They hate being on stage, they have no rhythm, can’t play an instrument, and start to flip out when they see a box of crayons. For whatever reason, they’ve been taught to think about creativity in terms of arts and crafts, music and dance.
But there’s something about creativity that we all need to remember. We’re not creative because of our talents. We’re creative because that’s how God made us. He designed each of us with a mind to think beyond ourselves and imagine the possibility for, well anything.
It’s God’s image in us that gives us the capacity to see beyond the ordinary and to understand a dimension of life that a dog, or a tree, or a whale cannot experience. Our imagination—our creativity—is a reflection of His image.
That’s why we’re taking the month of October to look at CREATIVITY: using your imagination to do something unique.
It’s so important that leaders and parents work to tap into a child’s imagination and fuel their creative side. Not simply because we want to unleash a child’s potential to do unique things, but because we want every child to grow up and put faith in what God can do in their personal life and believe in what He wants to do through them.
You have an opportunity throughout a child’s life to spark his or her creativity and to say over and over again to every child: You have amazing potential to create because you were created in the image of an amazing Creator.
Really, creativity is simply imagination plus action. When your imagination leads you to do something good, to make a unique mark, to find a unique answer or solution, you are being creative.
In week 4, we take a look at one of Jesus’ familiar teachings from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16. Jesus told His followers that they are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. We can use our gifts to point others toward Jesus.
Our Bottom Line is: Use your imagination to do more good. When we use our gifts and talents to do good, we have an opportunity to show others God’s love. When people see the good we do, it points them toward God.
Our memory verse this month is Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
God wants to do something unique with our lives. We are created in His image, and because of His work in us through Jesus, we have an amazing capacity to use our creativity to do more good things.
Every parent, every leader wants the children they influence to live their lives to the fullest. When we really believe we are made in the image of God, we believe in a new set of possibilities. When you understand the image of God that is in you, you begin to look at life from a new perspective.
We are enthusiastically continuing our Learning to Use My Bible curriculum series in 3rd grade, which started September 21st. This 8 week lesson is particularly exciting because it recognizes that each of us learns in different ways. Each session in Learning to Use My Bible includes activities that will address the learning needs of the different kinds of learners. The variety of styles plus the repetition of learning reinforce the session so that children see, hear and think God’s message in their daily lives. We will use the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible that the kids received on the 14th of September. If you registered for the workshop, teaching service, or Bible blessing, you should have already received your child’s Bible. If you did not receive a Bible on the 14th and haven’t registered, please sign up at: https://www.easyreg.org/cgi-bin/acct/5RCMKS3EJ3/displayForm.pl?dir=T6S1XGTR_2014 and we’ll put one in your classroom for you. We love the CEB translation because it uses words and phrases that sound natural and conversational for today’s kids. Don’t forget to bring that Bible Sunday mornings!!
Here are the links to this week’s lessons:
Hey – you read all the way to the bottom. That’s awesome – thanks!
Do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns. See you Sunday, if not sooner!
Stacy Harrell, Director of Children’s Ministry