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Big Things with God - GOD'S BIG PLANS FOR YOU

Last Sunday Discovery Point: Big Things with God - GOD'S BIG PLANS FOR YOU
Today we learned that if we are obedient and willing to follow where God leads us, we can do many things that will bring God glory. We can rely on God to give us the strength, wisdom and love we need to get the job done. No job is too big for God. God is such a loving father, that He allows us to participate in His plans. He guides us and helps us grow in so many ways. He is wonderful. (Scripture used: Psalm 33:16-18, Psalm 91:14-16, Psalm 118:24-26)

Memory Verse:
"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
God uses the common to do the uncommon. God takes those who are weak and makes them strong. Help your child begin to find and utilize both the spiritual and physical gifts God has given him or her. Ensure that your child uses this gifts to honor God an…

Big Things with God - ESTHER HELPS GOD'S PEOPLE

Last Sunday Discovery Point: Big Things with God - ESTHER HELPS GOD'S PEOPLE
Today's lesson was about Esther, a godly woman who put the needs of others before her own. She was a courageous woman that stepped out in faith, putting her own life on the line to save God's people. (Scripture used: Esther 4:5-5:5) 

Memory Verse:
"Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right." Psalm 106:3 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Together with your child, make a list of the seven most godly women you know. Discuss what sets these women apart from others in the community
Daily Prayer:
Heavenly Father, please give us the courage to accomplish the tasks You put before us, just as You did for Esther so many years ago. May the hardships in life help mold us into the people You wish us to become. At all times and in all things, let us take comfort in knowing that You alone are God and we are your children. Amen.

Used by God - THE BODY OF CHRIST

ast Sunday Discovery Point: Used by God - THE BODY OF CHRIST
Today the children learned that we are all part of the Body of Christ, and in unity we should work towards the common good. All gifts are important to God, needed in the Church, and no one is too young to help in some way. (Scripture used: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

Memory Verse:
"Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." 1 Corinthians 12:27 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Think back to last week when you discussed some of the Spiritual Gifts possessed by members of your church. Choose two or three these people, and along with your child write a thank you letter, create a greeting card, or simply make a point to visit them soon to let them know how important their contribution is to the church, and to you.
Daily Prayer:
Dear God, You made all of us different, yet very special. Although I am young, I know I am important to You. Thank You for caring about me and for being my Loving Father. …

Used by God - Gifts from Above

Last Sunday Discovery Point: Used by God - Gift from Above
Today the children discovered that they are not only special because they are made by God, but that God has also given them special gifts to help serve in His Kingdom. People have many needs, and the church has many areas to serve. That is why all gifts are not the same, but all are very important. Also discussed was the difference between Spiritual Gifts and talents. (Scripture used: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11)

Memory Verse:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Think of the people who attend your church, and especially those who serve in some capacity. Talk about which Spiritual Gift each person might have. Discuss how these Spiritual Gift might be used to build up the Body of Christ (the Church) and in what other ways can these gifts be demonstrated.
Daily Prayer:
Dear God, thank …

King David - The Dancing King

Last Sunday Discovery Point: King David – The Dancing King
The children learned about King David, when he displayed his joy and gratitude as he brought the Ark of God back to Jerusalem. From David’s example, the children also learned that we should be unashamed in expressing praise to our Lord, not only when in church, but in every day of our lives. (Scripture used: 2 Samuel 6:12-23)

Memory Verse:
I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever." Psalm 86:12 NIV 
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read with your child the following verses: Psalm 63:4, Psalm 149:3, and 1 Corinthians 10:31. Then, brainstorm together different ways you can worship and glorify God. Be creative. Practice as many of these ways as possible during the week. Here are some suggestions:  • Write a poem about God  • Observe a day of fasting and praying  • Play Christian music and dance to it  • Sing Christian songs together, or write some of your own  • Cheerfully offer your time or po…

King David - Self Control

Last Sunday Discovery Point: King David – Self Control Last Sunday, the children learned about having self-control. Having self-control means to follow the Will of our Lord, instead of giving in to the temptations of this world. It means keeping thoughts, actions, and desires in line with God's Will by resisting things that may seem good on the surface, but are actually bad. Giving into these desires is self-indulgent. (Scripture used: 1 Samuel 24:1-22)
Memory Verse: "Those who are controlled by their sinful nature can't please God." Romans 8:8 NIRV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Discuss the difference between self-indulgence and self-control with your child. Fill in the blanks of each question with one of the following desires. food drugsgossip sassingspendingtelevision music 1. How can we indulge in _________? 2. How can we show self-control when it comes to _________? 3. What happens when do not use self-control in _________?
Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I don't wan…

King David - Friends of Life

Highlights Last Sunday Discovery Point: King David - Friends of Life
Last Sunday Key Verse: "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity."       (Proverbs17:17)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Explain to your child that friends will influence the way he or she behaves - either good orbad. It is important to choose friends that will help him or her behave in ways that willplease God. Memorize the following scriptures with your child: Proverbs 12:26, Proverbs13:20, and 1 Corinthians 15:33. Sit down together and compile a list of traits your childshould look for when choosing new friends.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank You for the friends You have given me. Please help me love my friendssacrificially and look for ways to help them grow spiritually, emotionally, and physically.Amen.

Reminders: Coming Sunday Discovery Point: King David - Self-Control
Coming SundayChairperson:Jacky
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Matthias L.

King David - The Giant Killer

Highlights Last Sunday Discovery Point: King David - The Giant Killer
Last Sunday Key Verse: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for theLord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."  (Deuteronomy 31:6)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Although we may not face a real giant like David, each of us have giants in our lives thattorment us. Small problems can seem larger than life to a young person. Ask your child toshare any struggles that they may be going through and then pray, asking God to helpdefeat these problems just as He defeated David's giant.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, we are thankful that You provide solutions to our problems. Please give us thewisdom we need to trust your solutions and move forward in victory. Amen.

Reminders: Coming Sunday Discovery Point: King David - Friends of Life
Coming SundayChairperson: Isaac L.  
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Gabrielle

King David - Anointed For God

Highlights Last Sunday Discovery Point: King David - Anointed For God
Last Sunday Key Verse: "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and theevil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of theoverflow of his heart his mouth speaks." (Luke 6:45)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity: Using a furnace filter, coffee filter, or oil filter, as an example, explain how we use filters toremove impurities. Go on to explain that if we are wise, we will use the filters God hasgiven us, the Bible and the Holy Spirit, to remove impurities from our hearts, which willhelp us live lives that will be pleasing to God.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, create in us pure hearts and sincere faith. May Your spirit empower us topursue righteousness and hate that which is evil. Amen.

Reminders: Coming Sunday Discovery Point: King David - The Giant Killer
Coming SundayChairperson:Gloria L.
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Gabrielle

Beware of forgetting God

Highlights Last Sunday Discovery Point: Beware of forgetting God
Last Sunday Key Verse: "Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done."  (Psalm 105:1)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity: During the next several days discuss what talents and abilities God has given you toprovide for your family. Discuss which talents God is developing in your children. Take afew extra minutes each day to thank God for all the opportunities He has provided.  

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for the abilities and opportunities that You provide. Let us alwaysremember that You are the source of our blessings. Let us continue to trust in You Godand not forget You during times of prosperity. Amen.

Reminders: Coming Sunday Discovery Point: King David - Anointed For God
Coming SundayChairperson:Nicole Y.
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Gloria L.

God’s Warnings: Beware of Covetousness

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
God’s Warnings: Beware of Covetousness

Past Sunday Key Verse:
"Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain." (Psalm 119:36 NIV)

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Your child's Sunday school teacher gave him/her a worksheet called "Scales of Time." Complete this activity with your child. Encourage your child to spend time with God on a regular basis.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, help us keep our lives here on earth in the proper perspective. Keep us from becoming enthralled with the things of man and let us not lose our hunger for the things of God. Help us to lead lives that are pleasing to You. Amen.


REMINDERS FOR COMING SUNDAY
Discovery Point:
God’s Warnings: Beware of Forgetting God

Chairperson: Nicole Y
Powerpoint Manager:

God’s Warnings: Beware of Pride

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:

God’s Warnings: Beware of Pride

Past Sunday Key Verse:
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18 NIV)

Pride is unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem, an excessive love of self, and a desire to be more important or prestigious than others.

FAMILY ACTIVITY
During the next week, discuss prideful behavior as you or your child encounter it. Prideful behavior won’t be hard to find; sporting events, school, work, television, newspapers and magazines are filled with people acting prideful. Ask how the people in these prideful situations could have acted humbly instead.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, teach me to be humble in all my ways. Instead of seeking attention and glory for myself, help me use my life to glorify You. If I boast, let me boast in You Lord God. In Jesus name, Amen.


REMINDERS FOR COMING SUNDAY
Discovery Point:
God's Warnings: Beware of Covetousness

Chairperson: Shelley C
Powerpoint Manager: Matthias L

Names of God: El Elyon

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Names of God: El Elyon

Past Sunday Key Verse:
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High who delivered your enemies into your hand.” (Genesis 14:19-20 NIV)

Abram (who later became Abraham) was a Godly man who faced a challenging task involving a family member. While numerous kings all around him fought for land and power, Abram trusted El Elyon, or the Most High God, to secure his efforts against the enemy kings. In today’s lesson, we learned how El Elyon protected His servant, Abram, and how we should also respond to the exalted God we serve. The invading kings recognized that God, or El Elyon, is above earthly circumstances and comes to the help of His people. We too can trust that El Elyon will help us because He is the Most High God. Scriptures used: Genesis 14:11-20

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Check out a book from the library about outer space. Look through the pictures with your child as you discuss G…

Names of God: Adonai

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:

Names of God: Adonai

Past Sunday Key Verse:
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 66:18-19 NIV)

God promised His people that they would receive very special land. However, before they could live on the land, their leader, Joshua, was met with a challenge of disobedience from among one of the Israelite families. Even though God, or Adonai, had already shown the Israelites that He was their Lord and Master, sin was committed and Adonai required that the sin be removed from His people. In today’s lesson, we will learn that God requires obedience because He is our loving Master.

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Find lists of rules by searching the Bible, the internet, or newspapers (e.g. the Ten Commandments, rules for participating in an activity, or laws). Talk with your child about the importance of obeying earthly rules as well as Biblical (Godly) rules. Help him or her un…

Names of God: Yahweh

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Names of God: Yahweh

Past Sunday Key Verse:
God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14 NIV)

Throughout the Bible God presented Himself as “Yahweh,” a Hebrew name that means “eternally present.” This special name was revealed to Moses, an old man whom God chose to free His people. Through extraordinary events, Yahweh proved to Moses and the Hebrew people that He is in complete control of all His creation. Yahweh has always existed, He’s here in the present, and He will always exist in the future. He is in complete control of events, people, and nature. Yahweh shows us His power by providing helpers, like Moses, to fulfill His plans. We should treat Yahweh’s name with respect because it represents His awesome power and eternal nature.

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Point out a few worn items around your house (furniture, torn clothing, broken toys, etc.). Ask your child to consider if t…

Names of God: Elohim

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Names of God: Elohim

Past Sunday Key Verse:
“Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” (1 Kings 18:37 NIV)

Throughout the Bible God presents Himself as “Elohim,” a Hebrew name that means “full of power and strength.” One of the times He especially proved His power was at Mount Carmel where the prophet, Elijah, challenged the false god, Baal. Through this amazing event, God’s people turned away from evil because He proved there is no god but Elohim! Elohim also provided a way for salvation through His Son, Jesus. When we accept the gift of salvation and believe in the Lord, then our hearts will also be filled with strength through the Holy Spirit.

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Talk about good opinions and bad opinions. For example, tell your child about a time when you followed someone’s good opinions or advice and what happened as a result. Then tell him or her about a t…

Names of God: El Shaddai

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Names of God: El Shaddai

Past Sunday Key Verse:
“Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.” (Psalm 89:8 NIV)

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Go cloud-gazing with your child. Spread out a blanket in your yard or at a park on a nice day and observe the unique shape and appearance of each cloud. Discuss how the same God who took the time to make each cloud special takes the time to care for us. Further explain that one of His names, El Shaddai, teaches us that He is all-powerful and provides for our every need. Encourage your child by reminding him or her that El Shaddai takes special care of us because He loves us.
PRAYER
Thank you, Lord, for being our El Shaddai. Because You created us and provide for us, we know that we can turn to You and trust Your plan. Thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to die for our sins. Amen.


REMINDERS FOR COMING SUNDAY
Discovery Point:
Names of God: Elohim

Chairperson: Eunice L
Power…

Gr5/6 + Youth BBQs

Children's Ministry and the English Youth Ministry invite the
Grade 5 and 6 kids
to a BBQ with the Youth
on Sunday July 08 from 4:00pm-6:30pm
at Calgary Chinese Alliance Church! Parents and family are invited to come as well!
This summer, we have two BBQs planned again for the gr5/6s and youth: one on July 08 and another on August 12. These BBQs are great opportunities for grade 5/6s to connect with the teens in the Youth Ministry, as well as to get to know a bit about the youth programs (ROCK Fellowship, Youth Sunday School) and the people who lead them.

If your gr5/6 would like to come to the BBQ on July 08, please RSVP by July 07.
If your gr5/6 would like to come to the BBQ on August 12, please RSVP by August 10.



On the BBQ Sundays, we also invite the Grade 6s to join the 1:00pm English Worship Service before the BBQ starts! The grade 6 students can experience the English adult service before they move on to youth ministry programs in September.


Hope to see everyone there!   Enjoy y…

Summer 2018 Sunday Schedule

Hello Parents!

There are changes to the Sunday Children's Program schedule for the summer months.

Starting Sunday July 01 until September 02,
TODDLER - there is program at 9:30am Mandarin and 11:00am Cantonese Services, NO program at 1:00pm English Service (the room will be open for parents to use at 1pm if needed)PRESCHOOL/K - there is normal program during all three services at 9:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pmELEMENTARY - the programs are switched:Sunday School at 9:30amChildren Worship at 11:00amNO program at 1:00pm English Service
On Sunday September 09, the schedule will change back and the kids will move up a grade that week (kindergarten to grade 1, and grade 6 to youth).

If you have any questions about the changes, leave us a comment!

Thanks!

Names of God: Alpha and Omega

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Names of God: Alpha and Omega

Past Sunday Key Verse:
“I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13 NIV)

FAMILY ACITIVTY
List the names that describe both you and your child (including actual names, nick names, and titles such as “son”) on a piece of paper. Then think about the different names for God, such as Lord, Father, Abba, and Alpha and Omega and write them on the bottom of the paper. Ask your child to think about why one person can have so many names (because each name represents a unique characteristic or status). Help him or her understand that the Bible gives different names for God because each name teaches us something about Him, just like each of our names reveal something about us.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for being Alpha and Omega. Because You hold everything in Your hands, we can trust Your plan for our lives. Thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to die for our sins. Amen.


REMINDER…

Helpers in the Bible: Silas

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Helpers in the Bible: Silas

Past Sunday Key Verse:
"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one." (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV)

FAMILY ACTIVITY Write secret messages to your child this week to encourage him or her. You may tuck each day’s note inside a lunch box, dresser drawer, or other place that is frequently visited by your child. Consider writing both words of affirmation and scripture verses on the notes. If your child is interested, he or she may also write secret messages to you. At the end of the week, speak with your child about the power of uplifting and godly messages. Encourage him or her to take the time every day to share a special message with someone who is in need.

PRAYER
Thank you, God, for giving us strength when we serve You. Give us opportunities to work hard and persevere as we help others. Thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to die for our sins. Amen.


REMINDERS FOR COMING …

Father's Day - Go and Do

HIGHLIGHTS
Past Sunday Discovery Point:
Father's Day - Go and Do
The children learnt about the importance of honoring their word and following through in obedience even when they do not feel like it.

Past Sunday Key Verse:
"If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever." (John 14:15-16 NIV)

FAMILY ACTIVITY
Talk to your child about being a child of action. Take a sheet of paper and write "Action Paper" at the top. Help your child list three things on a sheet of paper that he or she learned about at church or in Sunday school this year. Talk with your child about how he or she can follow through with these teachings in his or her everyday life this week. For example, if your child learned about being thankful, your child could pray each morning and thank God for at least three things instead of just asking God for things. Put this "Action Paper" some place very visible…