Week 2 Recap

Preschool

Week 2

This week we kicked off the first series of 2018 with Watch This!

Preschoolers’ love showing us what they can do. They re the embodiment of Watch This moments. And it can be anything – hula hooping, swimming, headstands, or my favorite, making their eyebrows go up and down. I love it when they learn how to do that, their facial expressions are priceless. We want to help kids keep their eyes on Jesus because HE CAN DO ALL THINGS!

Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

Key Question: Who can do anything?

Bottom Line: Jesus can do anything.

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Bible Story Focus: 

Bible Story Focus: Jesus can do what is impossible.

Walking on Water • Matthew 14:22-33

We told the story when Jesus wanted to have some alone time so the disciples went on by boat to their next stop. Soon into the trip, a wild storm blew in causing the ship to rock and sway and nearly sink into the water. The disciples were terrified but then they saw a figure walking on the water coming towards them….. It was Jesus! Jesus jumped into the boat, reassured them and calmed the storm instantly, showing them that Jesus can do what is impossible. 

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the amazing things Jesus can do. He really can do anything. He can even walk on water! Thank You for giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. I pray each person here will grow up and want to be Jesus’ friend forever too. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

Parent Guide Week 2

Elementary

January brings us our new series Work it Out: Commitment

Commitment is- Making a plan and putting it into practice. 

Growing in faith is not something that happens by simply cramming information about the Bible into a child’s brain. The knowledge in their head means nothing if we don’t help kids experience what that knowledge can do in their heart. To experience faith, we want kids to practice their faith and that takes commitment.

Week 2

Key Question: How do you pray to God? Kids are just starting to discover that they can pray more than before meals and at bedtime. We hope the kids in your environments learn that they can pray to God whenever they feel like they feel like pray with whatever words come to mind. God is always there to listen.

In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus’s disciples asked Him how to pray. Jesus responds with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs, and for forgiveness. It’s a comfort to know that we can pray knowing that God knows us and wants to hear from us.

Bottom Line: Practice praying to God. They can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening. We hope kids will understand more about the faith skill, PRAY, and find that talking to God is an important part of growing in their faith.

God Times Week 2

Week One Recap

The new year gave us plenty of snow go around❄️but that did not stop us from getting to have church and starting the first week of our January kids series! With that here is your Week 1 Recap😄

Preschool

Week 1

This week we kicked off the first series of 2018 with Watch This!

Preschoolers’ love showing us what they can do. They re the embodiment of Watch This moments. And it can be anything – hula hooping, swimming, headstands, or my favorite, making their eyebrows go up and down. I love it when they learn how to do that, their facial expressions are priceless. We want to help kids keep their eyes on Jesus because HE CAN DO ALL THINGS!

Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

Key Question: Who can do anything?

Bottom Line: Jesus can do anything.

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Bible Story Focus: Jesus can do things we can’t.

Catching Fish • Luke 5:1-7

       Peter had already been fishing with his friends and didn’t catch any fish—not even one. But, because Jesus told him to do it, Peter threw his nets into the water. That’s when Jesus did something Peter couldn’t do. Jesus made Peter’s net so full of fish, Peter needed help pulling the net into the boat. Peter was amazed at all of the fish. He knew that Jesus was very special and could do things we can’t.

Prayer:  “Dear God, thank You for the Bible and all of the true stories in it. Thank You for giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. Help us remember that Jesus can do anything! We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Elementary

January brings us our new series Work it Out: Commitment

Growing in faith is not something that happens by simply cramming information about the Bible into a child’s brain. The knowledge in their head means nothing if we don’t help kids experience what that knowledge can do in their heart. To experience faith, we want kids to practice their faith and that takes commitment.

Week 1

Key Question: How can you hear from God? When kids learn they should learn to hear from God, they might have some questions. After all, when God doesn’t really speak audibly, how can I hear from Him? We hope kids wrestle with this idea and learn that through reading God’s Word they can hear from God and discover what God wants for their life.

We start our look at commitment in Matthew 7:24-27 where we can read a parable Jesus told at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Two builders took two different approaches to building their homes. One was built on a solid foundation, the other on shifting sand. Our solid foundation is built on hearing and doing what Jesus says.

Bottom Line: Practice hearing and doing what God says. We can’t do what God says until we know what God says, and that begins with listening to God. We pray that kids will learn the faith skill, HEAR, and discover how they can navigate and personalize God’s Word.

 

 

Bringing in the New Year with our January Series!

Note: The Weekend Overview will be posted tomorrow @9:30am

Happy New Years Everyone!! I hope your holiday was full of cheer as we bring in 2018 along with the life change that God will bring us this year. 😄🙌 With that here is the overview of our January Series.

Preschool

This month brings our kids series Watch This!

Preschoolers’ love showing us what they can do. They re the embodiment of Watch This moments. And it can be anything – hula hooping, swimming, headstands, or my favorite, making their eyebrows go up and down. I love it when they learn how to do that, their facial expressions are priceless.

Pretty much anything a preschooler can do falls into the WATCH THIS category, simply because they think anything they learn how to do deserves a WATCH THIS moment.

This month we’re going to run with that theme, fasSASSAor all of you science experiment fans, you’re going to have a blast! Any messes that will be made will be TOTALLY worth it. We want to invite preschoolers to WATCH THIS as we do a few impressive things so we can lead them to the ONE who can do ANYTHING!

We want to help kids keep their eyes on Jesus because HE CAN DO ALL THINGS!

Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV

Key Question: Who can do anything?

Bottom Line: Jesus can do anything.

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

 

Story Focuses:

Week 1: Jesus can do things we can’t.

Week 2: Jesus can do what is impossible.

Week 3: Jesus can do what is impossible.

Week 4: Nothing is too hard for Jesus.

Elementary

January brings us our new series Work it Out: Commitment

Growing in faith is not something that happens by simply cramming information about the Bible into a child’s brain. The knowledge in their head means nothing if we don’t help kids experience what that knowledge can do in their heart. To experience faith, we want kids to practice their faith and that takes commitment.

God keeps all His promises and puts His plans into action. Because God has kept His promises to us, we can make a plan and stick to it. One of the best plans you can make is to commit to an ongoing relationship with Jesus. Commit to practicing faith by reading God’s Word, praying to Him consistently, talking about Him with friends, and living out your faith every day.

 The Key Questions:

How can you hear from God? 

How do you pray to God?

Who can you talk with about God?

How can you live for God?

I can’t wait for all 2018 has in store for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Years Weekend Recap! (Week 5)

Geez….. It already New Years it seems just yesterday we celebrated Christmas and now we are into 2018 bringing us our new resolutions, and plans for the year ahead of us (Kind of hoping it goes slower this time). With that here is your Week 5 Recap.

Preschool

This week we continued into the fifth and final week of our series Special Delivery🎁 where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often overlooked story of the birth of Jesus! 

Week Five

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

Story: The wise men come to see God’s son.

The Wise Men • Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11

We talked about the story of how the wise men had come to find baby Jesus.

When he was born a star that shone brighter than all the others shone in the sky, it was this star they followed right to Jesus!  As soon as they arrived they immediately knew they had found him, worshipped him and gave him many gifts. But they were some of the first to know that Jesus was going to be the greatest gift ever given to the world!

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank You for placing the star in the sky so those wise men could find Jesus and know that You love them too! Thank You for sending Jesus to us. Help us to remember that You LOVE us so much. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.”

Week 5 Parent Guide 

Elementary

This week we brought to a close our December series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box!🎄 where we are talking about Generosity: Generosity is making someone’s day by giving something away!

Week Five

Key Question: How can you be more generous? Isn’t it true that although we know we should be generous, we often do the bare minimum when it comes to giving? What if kids decided to go above and beyond with their generosity? We think that if kids were generous with their time and energy, with their patience and grace, that life would look different for them. They’d show others what it means to follow Jesus and show the world a glimpse of how generous He is to us.

We wrap up Christmas week in Matthew 2:1-12, and find wise men traveling from the East to show generosity to a newborn king. After discovering a unique star in the sky, they followed it and it led them to the home of Jesus. Each one of their gifts for Him was thoughtfully chosen and fit for a king.

Bottom Line: Give like you’re giving to God. While Christmas is a time to think about giving big, we want kids to realize that they can give big all throughout the year. As we focus on the people God has put in our lives, we’ll soon notice how we can be generous towards them. When we show big generosity, we live like we’re giving to God.

God Times Week 5

Christmas Weekend Recap!🎄

It may be the day after but ill still say it anyways….. Merry Christmas to everyone! and I hope you all had a blast celebrating with your friends and family! With that out of the way, here is your Waters Kids Christmas Weekend Recap.😄

Preschool

This week we continued into our fourth and very special week of our series Special Delivery🎁 where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often overlooked story of the birth of Jesus! 

Week Four

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

Story: 

God gave us Jesus because He loves us.

Happy Birthday, Jesus! • Luke 2

We talked about how Jesus is the greatest gift anyone can receive (even cooler than any Hotwheels car or doll) and took the time to celebrate Jesus’ birth the Savior of the World! we even got to sing happy birthday to him. Prayer:  “God, thank You so much for what today means! It’s Jesus’ birthday. Thank You for sending Your only Son to show us how much you LOVE us. What an amazing gift. Help us to remember that today is ONLY about Jesus! We love You, God. Amen.” 

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we celebrated Christmas in our December series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box!🎄 where we are talking about Generosity: Generosity is making someone’s day by giving something away!

Week Four

Key Question: What does Christmas mean to you? The Christmas story is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible—even if you didn’t grow up in church. At some point, kids need to decide for themselves if they believe it’s true if Christmas is more than the presents and time with family.

We pray this will be the Christmas many kids will see Jesus in a new way and decide to put their faith in Him. It’s Christmas! We head to the familiar story in Luke 2:1-18. While people expected a new king born in a palace, God had other plans in mind. Jesus was born in a place where they kept the animals. No royal robes, not much public fanfare, just Mary and Joseph cuddling Jesus for the first time. God announced His gift to shepherds helping us realize that Jesus was a gift for everyone.

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus. Kids will get the chance to celebrate Jesus, God’s most generous gift. They’ll discover why God sent Jesus to us, and what it means for us to show they show generosity to the people in their life. God Times Week 4

Week 3 Recap

I can’t believe it! Christmas is only a week away and I’m super excited for all the things we have in store for you guys this weekend, with that here is the week three recap.

**Note: Next weeks blog post will be Tuesday @ the normal 9:30am and Merry Christmas everyone!

Preschool

This week we continued into our third week of Special Delivery where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often overlooked story of the birth of Jesus! 

Week Three

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

Story: The angels tell about Jesus.

The Shepherds • Luke 2:8-20

           Jesus is at long last born and the world can rejoice but how will the world know about his arrival is Mary and Joeseph are in a cave in one of the smallest towns in all of Isreal? God, like he did with Mary, sends his angels out to spread the word and the first people the angel appears to is a group of shepherds attending to their sheep. Now shepherds job is to keep their flock safe imagine how they felt as they were enjoying a peaceful night and suddenly angels appear to them? (yeah time to get the sheeps and run) All jokes aside, the angels told them not to be afraid and said “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloth and lying in a manger.” – Luke 2:10-12 They went immediately to find Joeseph and Mary to see if what the angels said were true. They found them and told them all they heard and the shepherds went everywhere they could spread the news of Jesus’ birth.

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 3 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we continued our Christmas series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box! where we are talking about Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away!

Week Three

Key Question: What are some ways you can give this Christmas? By this time in the month, kids might know what gifts they are giving to others. This question isn’t about the physical gifts kids can give, but the creative ways they can show generosity to others throughout the Christmas season.

We will take a look at important generosity principle Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 6:18. Command the rich to do good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share, (NIrV). Paul knows that our wealth isn’t based on how much we have but in what we do with it.

Bottom Line: Look for creative ways to give. As we have gifts and giving on our minds, Christmas is a natural time to talk to kids about generosity. Often, they feel like they don’t have anything to give. Thankfully, all of us can be rich in good deeds. We’ll help kids discover how they can look around and discover all sorts of ways they can give to others with their time and the talents God has given us!

 

Week 2 Recap

Preschool

This week we continued into our second week of Special Delivery where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often overlooked story of the birth of Jesus! 

Week Two

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

Story: Jesus is Born

Luke 2:1-7

          As you may recall God told Mary that she was going to have a baby and the time was coming to give birth. Joeseph who was traveling with Mary on a donkey came to his hometown of Bethlehem in search of a place to stay. However, the inn that they visited had no places left to stay and traveled to another one where there was also no room. The innkeeper did say that there was a small place in the stable with the animals where they could stay. It did not take long before God’s gift to the world arrived and Jesus is born! It was here that Christmas was born because through Jesus and his love for us we may be with him forever.

God did not have to give us his son, in fact, Jesus didn’t have to go on the cross either, he was sinless and could have just saved himself from the pain. Yet he stayed and took it all for us because he wanted us to to be free from our sins!

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 2 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we began our Christmas series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box! where we are talking about Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away!

Week Two

Key Question: Why is it important to give to others? Kids have been told since they were very young that they should share and give to others. As they grow into their teenage years, it’s important for them to understand why that’s true. We’ll give kids a chance to answer that question for themselves, and discover that generosity changes your entire perspective on the world God made. Life isn’t about me. It’s about what God is doing through me to show His love to the world.

In Luke 12:13-21, we find Jesus sharing a parable of a rich young man. This rich man experienced such a harvest that he ended up with more than he needed. Instead of seeing how he could use the extra to help others, he stores it up for himself. He loses his life and doesn’t get to enjoy it anyway.

Bottom Line: Don’t miss your chance to give. Sometimes even when we are thankful for all we have, we often still want the next best thing and always want more. Like the farmer, he did anything he could to make sure he could keep as much for himself as he could. We want kids to understand that when we focus on others, we’re more likely to see the needs around us and be generous in how we help meet those needs.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 2

Week 1 Recap

Preschool

This week we decked the halls with our first week of Special Delivery  where we take the time to celebrate the wonderful but often brushed over story of the birth of Jesus! 

Week One

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

Story: God Told Us He Would Give Us Jesus.

The Angel and Mary • Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46-49

Mary loved God with all her heart and knowing this God decided to make her the very first person to share the news of his gift to the world with! God sent an angel to talk to Mary….. now imagine just going about your day and an angel shows up to talk to you….. (show of hands) whos going to just start a conversation with them? Most people including myself would be terrified let alone Mary who was told she was going to have God’s son! He instructed her to name him Jesus and that he will be a gift for all. Mary though frightened by all she heard she loved God and trusted all that he wanted her to do, but what was so important about Jesus? God wanted to give us Jesus because without him none of us would be able to be with him. The greater thing is God never had to do this, he could have let us all chase God in the hopes we will let us in but in loving us he wanted us to have a way back to him.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 1 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we began our Christmas series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box! where we are talking about Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away!

Week One

Key Question: What do you have to give? Kids don’t immediately know what they have to offer. They don’t have a lot of money, and may not have a lot of stuff either. Thankfully, generosity isn’t just about money and stuff. Kids will discover the heart of generosity and realize that they have more to give then they might have thought.

We start our look at generosity in 1 John 4:9-11 where we discover that generosity starts with God. Because God loved us so much, He sent Jesus to be our savior and make it possible for us to be with God forever.

Bottom Line: Because God gave, I can give. John goes on in this passage and writes, Dear friends since God loved us this much, we should also love one another, (NIrV). As kids respond to God’s generosity in their own life, we pray they will be generous with their family, friends, and neighbors.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 1

 

Tis the Season for our December Series!

The Weekend Recap for Week 1 will be posted tomorrow morning at 9:30 Am

The leaves have fallen and the turkey has been eaten so you know what that means…….. Christmas is upon us and with it our Kids December Series!!!!!

Preschool 

This month brings our kids series Special Delivery!

Every year the story of Jesus’ birth is told in a thousand different ways and it is easy to forget the importance of this story, not to mention there are many kids who will get the chance to hear this story for the first time this year!

Memory Verse: “God has given a son to us.” Isaiah 9:6, NCV

Key Question: How do we know God loves us?

Bottom Line: God gave us Jesus.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom Line: God Gave Us Jesus

God Told Us He Would Give Us Jesus.

Jesus is Born.

The angels tell about Jesus.

God gave us Jesus because He loves us.

The wise men come to see God’s son.

Elementary

The holidays bring us our Christmas series The Big Give: Think Outside the Box! where we are talking about Generosity: Making someone’s day by giving something away!

Every good and perfect gift comes from God. In fact, generosity is a massive part of who God is – we know this because even though did not have to, he sent his only son Jesus who wanted to give his life so we could live in him! Jesus’ gift to us also shows us that we can give to others too! 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says “God loves a cheerful giver. Think back to a time where you gave something to someone and remember the feeling it gave you….. maybe all warm and fuzzy inside and a lot of joy to see them be so thankful for the gift you gave them. That amazing feeling is there because God wants us to be able to give to others and know that it is good. Not only that but when we are generous towards others, we prove that we love God by loving the people He loves. We pray that this Christmas, as kids celebrate God’s amazing generosity, they’ll see how they can be generous with their family, friends, and neighbors.

The Key Questions:

What do you have to give?

Why is it important to give to others?

What are some ways you can give this Christmas?

What does Christmas mean to you?

How can you be more generous?

December brings us so much joy, and we are equally as so with all that is in store this Christmas Season!

 

Week 4 Recap

Preschool

This week we concluded our kids November series Recipe for Thanks, where preschoolers are exploring all the ingredients for a grateful heart!

Week Four

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV

Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.

Basic Truth: God made me.

Story: I am thankful God gives me what I need.

The Lord is my Shepherd • Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. (ESV)

       This famous psalm written by David came partially from his background as a  shepherd, and like a shepherd their job is to care for the flock, making sure they are safe, nourished, calm and happy at all times. Not only that but they are vulnerable to predators because sheep themselves cannot run very far nor are they always smart enough to escape the danger….. sound familiar? There are an endless amount of things that come our way that we may not be able to overcome on our own, that’s why God is always here for us always! We hope through this that the children know I am thankful God gives me what I need.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we end our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look where we have been talking about how Gratitude is a response to the character of God.   

Week Four

Key Question: What’s keeping you from being thankful? As we continue to talk about how to refocus on what God has done for us, we help kids take a closer look at what gets in the way of gratitude.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we read, Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” There are many times we might not want to give thanks, but our hope in Jesus allows us to be thankful regardless of our circumstances, (NIrV).

Sometimes our sports team does not always win, sometimes we do not get to do the things we used to. Those times and so much more are where it is the hardest to be thankful for even the smallest blessings God has given us in our lives.

Bottom Line: Always be grateful. Kids will learn that no matter what is happening in their lives, they can always find a way to say thank you!

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 4