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Good News, Christ is Born for you!

We had a full crowd for both of our Christmas worships this past Saturday.  Luckily the snowy weather waited so we could fit this in!  This is truly one of my favorite things (and one of the things I will most miss once I retire.)  The sound of children singing songs that tell the story of Jesus’ birth is precious to me and to all the teachers.  I hope this short, child-centered worship touched your hearts as well.

This year the message and the children’s story focused on the animals,  During the message the animals each brought something for baby Jesus.  The donkey carried them to Bethlehem.  The cow shared her manger and the hay to make a soft bed.   The sheep shared a blanket made from her wool.  And the dove shared her sweet song to sooth Jesus to sleep.

With snow on the ground this week we continue to have our morning music time (I get to kind-of be the indoor recess option.)  I love that children continue to ask for songs from our Wriggly Nativity story.  This story has definitely made a mark on their hearts as well.  If you were unable to attend, or you want to have your children share the songs with your extended family, you can find the song recordings on our website WHAT’S HAPPENING page.  Just simply click on those words and the link will take you there.

We are all so grateful for your generous donations to our mission; Mission Southside’s BackSnack program.  I know your kindness will be felt far into the new year!

We captured a little of the morning in pictures.

 

Good news, Christ is born for you!


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Happy Halloween – let your light shine

This week we had a devotion worship.  This is a short worship experience that includes songs, prayer, scripture and a short message.  This week we focused on shining the light of God’s love.

We began by singing the song

A Pumpkin Orange and Round

tune: Farmer in the dell

A pumpkin orange and round, a pumpkin orange and round,

Happy, Happy Halloween, A pumpkin orange and round.

Two circle eyes . . .

One triangle nose . . .

One happy mouth . . .

Now he’s a jack-o-lantern . . .

And we sand “If You’re Happy Cause God Loves You”

Recently we have add the verse “If you’re happy cause God loves you, wave to a friend.”  I always mention that God wants us to share the love he gives us.

 

When the children arrived they saw a pumpkin sitting at the front of the worship center.  This represented our hearts before we know God.  Our hearts are good and we feel love even before we know God.

But then the pumpkin changed just like our hearts change once we know God.  Our hearts are extra happy!  Just like the face on this jack-o-lantern

In fact our hearts shine the light of love that God gives us.  Just like this flashlight shines love into my heart and it reflects to everyone around me.  We shine the light of love when we are kind to others, when we are helpful, when we care about others.

We read about this in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (paraphrased)

“It started when God said, ‘Light up the darkness!  and our lives filled up with the light of knowing God did.”

Just like a jack-o-lantern.  So as children see those on Halloween perhaps they will remember the light is like God’s light of love shining to the world.


We ended with a prayer.

“God, we love you.   We are so happy that you love us.  Help us to always share your love so people see me light a shining light.”

Happy Halloween everyone! 

Have fun and be safe!

 


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He is risen

Happy Easter! 

Did you know it is this Sunday?  The kids are very excited!  Yesterday we had a Devotion Worship and talked about Easter and the real reason we celebrate this day.

 

  

 

We began, as we always do with some songs.

“If You’re Happy Cause God Loves You,” “My God is So Big” and our “Rhyming Easter Egg song.”

I love singing with the kids.

I had some items that helped us talk about this special day.

  a stick off a bush with new leaves – we think about the new life that Jesus gave us

a cross – we think about Jesus dying on the cross (it was a very sad day)

a

rock – we think about Jesus’ body in the tomb for three days

And then, surprise – Jesus’ body wasn’t there.

Jesus was alive!  

He walked on earth again and told about the special gift that God gives; life after death.  We know we can live again in heaven!

 

The older kids had lots to say about all of this.

(I also explained that only God and Jesus can live again on earth.  After we die we live again in heaven.)

But then I had an Easter bunny and an Easter egg.

We remembered having talked about Santa Claus at Christmas time, Jesus’ birthday.  Santa Claus is a special fun way to celebrate the special gift of Jesus birth.

The Easter Bunny and Easter eggs are the same thing; a special way to celebrate the special gift of new life!  Eggs also helps us think about new life such as baby chicks.

I showed them that at our house we hid a few empty eggs.  We remember the empty tomb and celebrate!

To end our time together, I lit a candle and talked about celebrating Jesus’ new life – kind of like a new birthday.  I also talked about the Bible saying that Jesus is the light of the world.

Then I blew it out.  We talked some more and WOW, the candle re-lit all by itself.  As you can imagine the kids wanted me to do this a few times.  Jesus is alive – again!

We closed with prayer.

He is risen!

 

 


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1,2,3 God Loves Me

Today we had our February devotion worship.  It was the perfect time to talk about God’s love for us and how he want’s us to share that love with others.  There’s a certain holiday coming up tomorrow that is all about love.

One of our beginning songs goes like this;

1, 2, 3 – God loves me.

4, 5 – I’m glad I’m alive.

6, 7, 8 – God is great.

9, 10 – Let’s sing it again/God’s love never ends (second time)

Our bible verse was Colossians 3:12-14 (living Bible)

Since (God loves you and has chosen you,) you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others.

We talked about how we have been sharing God’s love through our kindness campaign.  And BOY, WE HAVE WE!!!

We also talked about what bodies and faces look like when the person is feeling sad, mad, frustrated or happy.  We learned that pictures sometimes use color to help us know the feeling of what is being portrayed.  Vibrant colors are often used when someone is feeling happy or excited.  Muted colors portray sadness, etc.  A youtube video demonstrates that beautifully.  The kids really enjoyed this one.

(Click on the picture for the link to the video.)

Next we played a game with a feelings meter.  My poster board had lots of colors on one side to represent happy feelings and grey and black colors on the other to represent sad.  The kids helped me know which side to show for the following:

You fall down  . . . . . . . . . and someone helps you up and gives you a hug.

You don’t have anything to do . . . . . . . . . . . .and someone asks you to join their game.

You have a very hard job to do (like maybe folding all the laundry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone offers to help you.

You are a baby that is kind of fussy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and someone makes silly faces or sings you a song.

The kids were proud to know that all of those actions were things that our kids have done during the Kindness Campaign.  So now . . . it was time to see just how long our kindness chain has grown.  Each link on this chain represents a kind action done by a child.

       

Can you believe it?

IT STRETCHES ACROSS THE WHOLE SANCTUARY!

Amazing!  Wonderful!  Exciting!  Heartwarming!

We were so exited we danced to a fun song; Give it Away

 

We ended our devotion with a prayer;

   

Dear God,

Thank you for loving us.  Thank you for showing us how to love others.  Help us always look for ways we can be kind.  We want to share your love everyday.

Amen


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Kindness is contagious!

Isn’t it amazing how just taking time to focus on something seems to manifest even more of that.  That is how I feel about our Kindness Campaign.  It is amazing how often I see children do kind things or hear a teacher talking about a kind action.

I LOVE IT!

Our teachers are sharing the kindness strips that our families send in during their circle time.  The children just BEAM when their kind deed is announced.

 

Again, I LOVE IT!

Our kindness chain is sure growing!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Perhaps this focus has even helped you become more aware of kind actions all around you.  I sure hope so.

One little guy make cookies and took them to the Police Station to thank them for keeping us safe.

Today I noticed a little guy in the Blue class giving a thumbs up to his friends as they were performing a play of The Three Little Pigs.  I know that made them feel great.  He got to add a link to our chain.

I’d love to see any of the kindness activities your buddies are encouraging the children to do.  Please drop us an email or add it as a comment to this blog post.

As another way to carry the kindness focus into the homes you may want to pick up a couple of books about kindness from the library.  I found this wonderful blog post about books that encourage kindness.   HERE   I hope you enjoy some from it.

 


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Christmas Worship – There was no room at the Inn

We had a wonderful time celebrating Jesus’ birth at our two Christmas worship services this past Saturday.  Wow, we had large crowds.  I think we had the most people we’ve ever had before.  I’m so glad our families were able to join us!

It is wonderful to take a short time to focus on Jesus!  I love singing with the kids each day as we prepare to share the story through word and song.  I hope they sang out loud enough for you to hear their sweet voices.

We have the songs on our website but I thought we would add them here too so you can always have access to them.  I’m glad to know that the kids want to continue singing them well past the Christmas holiday.

Our Songs: 

Born in a Stable

Hush There’s a Baby

On the Day that Jesus was Born

Somethings Going to Happen in the Stable

We’ve got No Room

Here are some photos we took of the wonderful morning.

I thank all the staff and families that helped us share the message.  It is my hope to share a message that is meaningful for both the kids and the adults.  We hope everyone makes Christmas preparations and celebrations for focusing on Jesus – the true reason for Christmas!

We love the large crowds – and hope you were able to find a good spot to see your child.  I laughed when I saw this photo of a mom capturing the moment on her phone.  I hope you all appreciate how easy it is to get these moments with your kids.  Back in our day we had to lug in a large DSL camera if we wanted to have any quality pictures.  Just saying.  🙂

 

And, of course, we especially love the sound of those sweet voices.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.  Hearing them sing is truly a Christmas gift we enjoy each year!

        

Our Collection:

We are so thankful for you – our generous families.  Mission Southside is such an awesome ministry that serves youth right here in our area.  We are very glad to be able to share such a wealth of items to stock their BackSnack program.  THANK YOU