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I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus - A Humble Servant

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  I Wanna Be Just Like Jesus – A Humble Servant For the next few weeks, the children will be learning how they can be just like Jesus. Today's lesson was about being humble, just like Jesus was humble when he washed his disciples’ feet. (Scripture used: John 13:1-17)

Memory Verse: "Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity: The opposite of being humble is pride and being boastful. Being selfish is also not being humble. This week, help your child understand the meaning of being humble. As you watch television, go shopping, etc. play a game to see how many times each of you can point out someone who is being humble, or the opposite of being humble.

Daily Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to be just like Jesus. When something good happens to me, let me not become bo…

Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit Teaches Us

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit Teaches Us  One of the Holy Spirit’s most important jobs is to teach us more about God. When we trust Jesus as our Savior, the Spirit begins teaching us things we wouldn’t be able to learn any other way. And He is the best teacher! He tells us what we need to know to obey God. Living for Jesus can be difficult at times, but the Holy Spirit teaches us how to be like Him. When we listen to the Spirit’s guidance and obey His teachings then we will have a closer relationship with God and truly learn how to love others. Scriptures used: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
Memory Verse:
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:11-12 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Gather various coins and ask your child to identify the worth of each coin. Then combine two or three coins togeth…

Holy Spirit - Pentecost

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - Pentecost The disciples were the beginning of the early Church, and as they were gathered together one day something amazing happened: Jesus’ promise to send a helper came true at Pentecost! While some people mistakenly thought the disciples were drunk, most people recognized that Holy Spirit was an amazing gift. The Holy Spirit fills us with joy of the Lord’s presence and guides us to live obediently. (Scriptures used: Acts 2:1-28)
Memory Verse:
“You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:28 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
While playing outside, blow some bubbles together. Point out the different sizes of the bubbles and how they are guided by the air or wind. Compare this experience to the guidance of the Holy Spirit: even when we feel we have little faith (represented by the little bubbles), the Spirit is our guide. Similarly, no faith is too big for the Spirit. Encourage your child…

Holy Spirit - Jesus promises a helper

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Holy Spirit - Jesus promises a helper Jesus gave His disciples a wonderful promise – that a helper would come and show them how to obey God! Jesus also told them what the helper would do and what He would give to those who believe. The Holy Spirit is the promised helper, and He works in our lives as believers: He testifies about Jesus, helps us live an obedient life, gives us peace, teaches us how to love like Jesus, and guides us in the truth. And because the Holy Spirit lives inside believers, we should share with unbelievers that they too can experience the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit by trusting in Jesus. (Scriptures used: John 14:15-21, 25-27, John 15:26-27, John 16:12-15)
Memory Verse:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Guide your child while taking a walk, making a challenging craft, or tryin…

The Character of Easter - Jesus

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - Jesus Easter is a celebration of the new life we have in Jesus Christ. Without His death (crucifixion) and resurrection, we wouldn’t have the hope of salvation, the opportunity to have a personal relationship with Him, or the gift of eternal life in Heaven. Today we learned about the major events that God ordained to bring salvation to mankind through His Son, Jesus, whose death paid the penalty for our sins and resurrection proved that He is God’s Son. Jesus’ sacrifice provides salvation to those who choose to believe in Him and repent from their sins. And while salvation is available to everyone, we must decide if we will personally have faith in Him and become a Christian. Scriptures used: Luke 23:26-34, 44-49, 24:1-9, 36-48
Memory Verse:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galati…

The Character of Easter - The Disciple

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - The Disciple When Jesus began His ministry, He picked twelve men, or disciples, to follow Him. The disciples were ordinary men with common flaws, but Jesus lovingly poured wisdom and biblical teachings into their hearts and minds. In today’s lesson, the “Character(s) of Easter” are the disciples who most closely followed Jesus. The disciples’ overall desertion of Jesus at His crucifixion teaches us to guard our hearts from sin and to take an honest look at our own faith. Even though the majority of Jesus’ disciples did return to fellowship with Him after the resurrection, we learn from their initial examples that sin weakens our relationships to the Lord. Scriptures used: Matthew 26:36-46, 69-75, Mark 14:10-11, John 19:25-27, Luke 23:48-49
Memory Verse:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Give the following scenarios to your child. With each scena…

The Character of Easter - The Crowd

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  The Character of Easter - The Crowd Before Jesus was crucified, He encountered crowds with drastically different responses to His position as God’s Son. Even though Jesus taught with Godly authority and had performed many miracles and healings, the people He encountered constantly changed their opinions of Him. Today’s “Character(s) of Easter” are the people who were easily swayed by the jealous, Jewish leaders: the crowds who witnessed Jesus’ final entrance into Jerusalem and ultimately sent Him to the cross. We learned to think about our motives when we respond to others. Because of peer pressure, instead of actual guilt, Jesus was crucified. However, God allowed these things to happen because He knew it would lead to Jesus’ resurrection (and victory over sin and death). Scriptures used: John 12:12-19 and Matthew 27:11-26 
Memory Verse:
“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for th…

2019 Events

Here are the Children's Ministry events planned for 2019:
March 01, Friday - registration for VBS 2019 Summer Camps startsMarch 15, Friday - registration for Away Camp 2019 startsApril 07, Sunday - Plan to Protect Training IMay 26, Sunday - Volunteers Appreciation EventJune 23, Sunday - Kids Graduation!July 07, Sunday - summer schedule startsJuly 22-26, Monday to Friday - VBS 2019August 09, Friday - Gr5/6 + Youth BBQAugust 25-29, Sunday to Thursday - Away Camp 2019September 08, Sunday - new school year startsSeptember 08, Sunday - Plan to Protect Training II

Colossian - Obey and Grow

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Colossian - Obey and Grow Becoming a mature believer takes dedication to hard work and obedience. Today’s lesson taught us how faithful perseverance shapes our minds to serve God and share the gospel. A mature Christian knows that there are always opportunities to share the love of Christ! As we work for the Lord and grow, we will have an increasing desire to share His love with others so that they too may know Him. And it’s important to know that even as mature Christians we will still sin – the difference is whether we allow God to continue shaping our hearts for His glory even when we mess up. Jesus desires a close, personal relationship with each of us, so we can move forward in our faith with confidence because of His sacrifice. Scriptures used: Colossians 3:23-25, 4:2-6
Memory Verse:
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Have an honest conversation with your child ab…

Colossians-Put Jesus First

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Colossian - Put Jesus First The Bible teaches that both our actions and words must match the new life we have in Christ when we become believers. But what does it mean to have a “new” life? How do we even begin to change our thoughts and actions to better represent Him? Today’s lesson taught us the difference between living for Christ and living for ourselves. When we commit to our faith and take steps toward obedience and growth – such as daily Bible study, prayer, and service – then we will begin to notice the emergence of our new lives in Christ! We can think and pray about how God wants us to “set our minds on things above,” and make the decision to obey Him today. Scriptures used: Colossians 1:17, 3:1-4 & 8-11 
Memory Verse:
“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Help your child clean out his or her closet while discussing what happens to things that are old (they are thro…

Colossian - Only Jesus can Complete me

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Colossian - Only Jesus can Complete me Being a Christian means more that reading our bibles and going to church: Our day-to-day actions must also reflect our love for Jesus. Today we learned how our Christian conduct, or behavior, should be motivated by our desire to represent Jesus instead of fitting in with the world. And while there are many things that can “fill” our time, thoughts, and hearts, only filling ourselves with Jesus gives true contentment. His victory over death makes it possible for us to persevere and rely on Him. And because we know that God has our best interests in mind, we can trust His plans and obey His word! (Scriptures used: Colossians 2:6-15)
Memory Verse:
“For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” Colossians 1:13 NIV
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
While shopping, teach your child about using a credit card. Explain the benefits (being able to borrow money, pay bills, …

Justification - Grace Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - Grace Matters Being justified, or perfected by God, involves both obedience (the law) and grace (God’s unmerited favor). Today’s lesson taught us the necessity of His grace for our salvation. We could never earn grace, so God provided a solution for the payment of our sins. His justification depends on a perfect, sacrifice for our sins, and grace matters because it bridges the gap between the punishment for our sins and eternal life. Without God’s provision of grace through the death of His Son, we would never be fully justified. Receiving His grace through faith means we accept the gift of Jesus’ shed blood as payment for our sins. And through faith, we are fully justified before God. (Scripture used: Romans 3:21-31)
Memory Verse:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 NIV 
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Challenge o…

Justification - The Law Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - The law Matters Being justified, or perfected by God, involves both obedience (the law) and grace (God’s unmerited favor). Today’s lesson outlined the importance of the law by identifying the reasons it was created. Because all have sinned, the law has a very special part in justification. However, there is a distinction about the law that many misunderstand: God requires more than obedience to truly be justified. While God’s standards teach us that we are sinful and need Him, obedience alone cannot justify us and make us perfect. Obedience leads to salvation through grace. And the law matters because God desires that we reflect His nature through our words and actions. (Scriptures used: Romans 3:10- 20)
Memory Verse:
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.” Romans 3:20 NIV 
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Review your child’s “God’s Law” craft …

Justification - God's Faithfulness Matters

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - God's Faithfulness Matters Today’s lesson was the second in a series about God’s justification in our lives (how He perfects us to be more like Him). When we become believers, there should be a continual change in our desires, thoughts, and actions toward the things of God as He justifies us. However, sometimes people misinterpret God’s perfect faithfulness and think it’s okay to still sin since He can make good come from it. Today we learned how human reasoning and judgments can keep us from truly understanding God’s purposes as He seeks to make us more like Him, and it’s never right to sin. Everyone is a sinner, so we all have the opportunity to receive salvation and allow God’s justification to change our hearts and minds. And that’s why His faithfulness matters! (Scriptures used: Romans 3:1-9)
Memory Verse:
"He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”…

Justification - Matters of the Heart

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  Justification - Matters of the Heart Today we started a new series about God justifying us to receive salvation and eternal life. We learned that “justification” means being made and seen as perfect through the eyes of God. Because we sin there must be a way for God to save us (or be justified). Thankfully, He provided the way through Jesus’ death and resurrection! And God cares more about our hearts than outward appearances. He desires for us to be people of honesty, integrity, and love. While obeying Him certainly has importance, we should obey Him because our hearts are changed and not because we want to look good in front of others. Our hearts matter to God, and when we are truly changed by the Spirit our obedience will reflect the love and sacrifice of Christ. (Scriptures used: Romans 2:17-24, 28-29)
Memory Verse:
“The Lord does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b NIV…

NEW BEGINNINGS - We plan, God guides

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  New Beginnings – We plan, God Guides Today, your child learned that we make plans and set goals that seem best to us. There are times when our plans turn out as we had hoped and other times when they turn out quite the opposite. While it may be hard to fully understand, we need to realize that the Lord is in control and will at times establish our steps according to His purposes for our lives. (Scriptures used Isaiah 55:8-9.)
Memory Verse:
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read Isaiah 55:8-9. After reading this passage, discuss why God’s ways and thoughts are better than ours. Read Proverbs 16:9 and Proverbs 19:21. Discuss why is it important to plan and set goals. We are to use our wisdom and discernment when planning anything from small to big. As we plan, God’s purpose for us will prevail and guide us. Sometimes our plans change for the good or get adjusted causin…

NEW BEGINNINGS - On With The New

Last Sunday Discovery Point:  New Beginnings – On with the new Today, your child learned, that as believers, we are to get rid of our old sinful nature and become a new creature in Christ, living our lives in such a way as to best represent Him to the world. (Scriptures used: 2 Corinthians 5:17-22)
Memory Verse:

Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception……..Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:22 & 24)
Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-22. After reading this passage, discuss why it is good to get rid of things which hinder us from becoming who God wants us to be. Have each family member go to his or her room and see if there is anything in the room he or she can get rid of because it is broken, useless, or basically just taking up space. Place all the items in a pile on the floor and have each family member discuss why he or she wants to get rid of the item…