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Sunday at KidSpring… (July 26, 2009)

07.27.09

SpringTown & Treehouse (Preschool)

Need to Know: I Can Have Courage! Motions:  I (thumbs to chest) Can Have (fists closed pull elbows to sides) Courage! (one fists punch to sky). Bible Story: Joshua and the Spies (Numbers 13-14:25), On My Own Reader Bible Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Review This week, during our skit, Tess Trailrider and Cowboy Billy discovered the importance of having courage.  Cowboy Billy got selected to go ahead and scout out the land they were heading to with the cows On the Trail.  The land was full of green pastures and fruit trees.  One of the best things about the land was that there were no mosquitos!  Unfortunately, to get to the beautifully awesome land, Cowboy Billy and the rest of the crew would have to travel through the “badlands” where there was no grass and no fruit trees and lots of mosquitos.  Cowboy Billy was not excited about traveling through the badlands, but with the help of a story from God’s Word, gained the courage to press on.

Our Bible story and everything we did today in small group, pointed to the importance of having courage when we are afraid.  God promises to always be with us.  

This Week At Home When your child has trouble facing a certain fear, remind them of God’s promise to never leave them. Pray together and discuss how God was with Joshua and Caleb giving them the courage. God can give them courage to overcome their fear, too!

ImagiNation, Jump Street & Shockwave (Elementary School)

Need to Know:  I Can Choose to Believe God’s Promises! Bible Story:  12 Spies and Israel’s Rebellion (Numbers 13-14) Memory Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. ’” Jeremiah 29:11

Review

Promises are special to children.  Whether they make a promise or someone makes a promise to them there is always a choice involved.  You can choose to believe the promise or not.  It is the same with God’s promises, we choose to believe or not to believe.  Our goal this week was to teach your children that God promises them eternal life and its their choice whether or not to accept it or believe it.  Psalm 146:6 “God always keeps His promises”, 

This Week At Home Take time to discuss some of the promises God has given.  Look up the following promises in the Bible:  Proverbs 8:17, Psalm 46:1, Proverbs 1:33.

 

The best thing you can do for your family is to be an example! Reward and praise your child when he or she applies what they’ve learned. We can’t wait to see you On the Trail this coming Sunday!

Sunday at KidSpring… (July 19, 2009)

07.21.09

SpringTown & Treehouse (Preschool)

Need to Know: Church is Better with You! Motions:  Church (hold arms out to the sides palms up) is Better (two thumbs up) with YOU! (point to others). Bible Story: The First Church (Acts 2:42-47), The Beginner’s Bible Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Review This week, during our skit, Cowboy Billy and Tess Trailrider took notice of all the Buckaroos who were out On the Trail with them—all of our preschool kids and the volunteers who make church great!! Both Cowboy Billy and Tess Trailrider began to see how much better the trail was because of everyone who was there doing their part.  Your family makes church better.  Thank you for making it a priority to be here with us each week!!

This Week At Home Help your child make thank you notes for him or her to give to someone who is making church better this Sunday.  Talk about all of the people you notice serving you as you walk into church.  Be sure to acknowledge these wonderful volunteers with a smile and a “Thank you!”. You can make church better by serving, too!

ImagiNation, Jump Street & Shockwave (Elementary School)

Need to Know:  Church is Better with You! Bible Story:  God Uses People to Build the Tabernacle (Exodus 25-31:1-11; 35-40) Memory Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11

Review Believe it or not, your children make church great!! Church will always be good, but the involvement of your family will make it even better!  Our goal this week was for your child to understand that church will always be better when they are involved.

During our skit today, we saw another great adventure of Tex and Cookie on the cattle drive.  Tex had made several embarrassing mistakes and wanted to quit and go home.  Cookie explained to him that even though he made a few mistakes, he was the best tracker they had.  The cattle drive was better because of him.

In small group, we looked at the Bible story of how the tabernacle was built. It would not have been a place suitable for God’s presence if all of the people had not helped out.  As we looked at our own tabernacle (NewSpring), we realized that it is the people serving and participating who make church a place for others to come and hear about Jesus.  We made thank you notes to give to volunteers who make church better each week by doing their part .

This Week At Home Take time to discuss the volunteer positions you see each week as you pull into the parking lot of NewSpring.  Pray for each one of our teams who serve. (Ex:  Parkers, Greeters, Ushers, Nursery, Preschool, Elementary School, Student Ministry, Care, Finance, Facility Cleaning Crew, Medic Team & others)

Do something special to show your appreciation to at least one volunteer this coming Sunday who makes church better by being involved.  Encourage your child to find ways to be involved each Sunday too!

 

The best thing you can do for your family is to be an example! Reward and praise your child when he or she applies what they’ve learned. We can’t wait to see you On the Trail this coming Sunday!

Sunday at KidSpring…(July 12, 2009)

07.12.09

SpringTown & Treehouse (Preschool)

Need to Know: Love God!  Love Others! Motions:  Love (hug yourself) God! (reach toward heaven) Love (hug yourself) Others! (point to everyone). Bible Story:  Ten Commandments (Exodus 19-29), The Beginner’s Bible Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Review This week Cowboy Billy had a very important lesson to learn while out On the Trail. Cowboy Billy decided to take a rope that belonged to someone else, but Tess Trailrider came along to save the day and shared a story from the Bible about how God wants us to love Him and love Others.

This Week At Home The Ten Commandments may seem a bit overwhelming to your preschooler. That doesn’t mean they are something we should avoid teaching. They can be simplified in the following manner…

  1. Worship Only God: There is only ONE God, so we shouldn’t worship anybody else.
  2. Don’t Make Any Idols:  Idols are things we love more than God. We should not love anything more than God—not even our parents, our toys, our friends, or our food.
  3. God’s Name is Special: Since God’s name is special we should never use it to mean something bad.
  4. Worship God & Rest on the Sabbath: One day a week, we should rest—not do any work. On this day we can come to church and worship God.
  5. Love & Obey Your Parents: Always follow your parents’ instructions and always be nice to them.
  6. Do Not Hurt Other People: We should never hurt or kill anyone.
  7. Respect Marriage: When you grow up one day and get married, keep your promise to the person you marry and never leave them.
  8. Do Not Steal: Do not take things that are not yours.
  9. Tell the Truth: Never tell a lie. Always say what is right.
  10. Be Happy with What You Have: If someone has something that you would like, do not be jealous of him or her. It’s okay not to have everything!

We discussed each one but summed them up with what Jesus teaches in Matthew 22:37…Love God!  Love Others!

ImagiNation, Jump Street & Shockwave (Elementary School)

Need to Know:  Love God! Love Others! Bible Story:  The Ten Commandments (Exodus 19-20) Memory Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11

Review Following the rules is important, especially when those rules come from God.  Our Bible story this week came from Exodus 19-20. In this story God shows His power to the Israelites and speaks directly to Moses in front of them. He gives Moses the Ten Commandments to follow. These were some of the first laws that God had ever given to man. Ultimately these ten laws were about loving God and loving your others. 

In our skit, Tex decided that he wanted a rope that didn’t belong to him. He then decided to break as many rules as he could to get that rope. Cookie explained that Tex should treat other people the way he wanted to be treated, but Tex refused to listen. Cookie turned the table on him and showed Tex what it feels like when people don’t obey the rules. Tex learned his lesson and returned the rope. Just like Tex and Cookie, we need to think about how we treat other people.  We need to show love to God and then to others.

This Week At Home Take time to discuss the Ten Commandments as listed below…

  1. We shouldn’t have any other gods except God: We shouldn’t worship or love anything or anybody more than we love God.
  2. We are not supposed to have any idols: We shouldn’t treat anything or anybody like it is God.
  3. We must not misuse the name of God: When we’re talking we should not talk bad about God or use His name to mean something bad.
  4. We should remember the Sabbath Day: We should have one day each week where we don’t work; we should rest and thank God for all that He has done for us that week.  One thing you can do on your day of rest is come to church and worship God with us.
  5. We’ve got to honor our dad and mom: We need to obey what they tell us to do and not talk back or be disrespectful.
  6. Don’t kill people.
  7. God said not to commit adultery: He was talking about a promise that a husband and wife make to each other.  If they break that promise then they’ve committed adultery.  God doesn’t want us to break our promises or cause someone else to break a promise.
  8. Don’t steal or take things that are not ours.
  9. We should always tell the truth and NEVER lie.
  10. We shouldn’t covet what other people have: Be happy with what we have and don’t be jealous that someone has something we don’t.

 

The best thing you can do for your family is to be an example! Reward and praise your child when he or she applies what they’ve learned. We can’t wait to see you On the Trail this coming Sunday!

Sunday at KidSpring…(July 5, 2009)

07.05.09

SpringTown & Treehouse (Preschool)

Need to Know: God Gives Me Everything I Need! Motions:  God (reach to heaven) Gives Me (hands down to chest) Everything I Need (spread arms open wide and rub tummy). Bible Story:  Food from Heaven (Exodus 15:22-17:7), The Beginner’s Bible Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5

Review This week Cowboy Billy had a bad case of the complaints while out On the Trail. The sun was really hot and Cowboy Billy grew tired of always eating the same ol’ beans.  It took a story from God’s Word to teach Cowboy Billy that God gives us everything we need. God provided manna and quail for the Israelites while they were in the desert and God provided Cowboy Billy’s needs while On the Trail as well.

This Week At Home Play a game of Needs/Wants with your preschooler.  Point to items in the room where you are and ask him/her to give you a thumbs up if the item you point to is a need.  Remember that while there are many things we want, God promises to give us everything we need.

ImagiNation, Jump Street & Shockwave (Elementary School)

Need to Know:  Thank You God for Meeting My Needs Bible Story:  God Provides for the Israelites (Exodus 15:22-17:7) Memory Verse: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11

Review This week we learned the difference between needs and wants. When we have a need, we shouldn’t worry or complain.  Instead, we should thank God for what He’s already done for us and ask Him to meet our need.

During our large group time together, Tex had some trouble determining the difference between wants and needs.  Tex was hungry but didn’t want beans that Cookie had made, instead, Tex wanted cookies. Tex didn’t want the water that Cookie had and asked for some soda instead.  Does that sound familiar?  We learned the importance asking God for things we need (not want) and also how we need to be thankful for what He’s already given us.

This Week At Home Take time to discuss some of the needs and wants you have as a family.  Recognize the way that God provides those needs for you.  Pray and thank God for the ways he provides everything you need.

 

The best thing you can do for your family is to be an example! Reward and praise your child when he or she applies what they’ve learned. We can’t wait to see you On the Trail this coming Sunday!

iTunes Playlists for KidSpring

07.01.09

Heading out of town for the 4th of July? Need some new tunes for the car ride? Well, now you can get the same songs we’re playing at KidSpring!

Elementary School Playlist (K-5th)     Preschool Playlist (2yrs-5yrs)

Just follow the links and you can purchase the songs on iTunes! These are just a few of the songs we play on Sundays. Unfortunately, some of our favorite KidSpring tunes are not available for download. However, you can download other songs by the artists featured on these playlists on iTunes and Amazon. Have fun!