The Importance of Loving Everyone

Story: The Woman at the Well

John 4:1-30

 In John, we see this beautiful story of the interaction between Jesus and a Samaritan woman when he stopped to drink from a well. The woman was shocked to see that Jesus was speaking to her, Jews were supposed to hate Samaritans (their heritage was half Assyrian half Jewish). On top of this she has had 5 husbands and was now with a 6th man, the town had outcasted her. Instead of rebuking her, Jesus ministers to and she goes out to the town and told everyone what had happened. Her testimony was heard by the entire town and many were saved, all because Jesus took the time to talk to her.

  God stressed loving others, it is the very reason why he made it the second commandment “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39). However, we find ourselves often struggling to follow this every day. It’s hard to love others when we see so much negativity in the world… We see so much violence and pain in the news, jealousy in our social media, the stress of our careers. We all face those days where we just want to tune out the world and go home and nothing more. It is important to notice the world we live in and those around us, there is always someone who needs to be loved. 

Think about it: Imagine if Jesus didn’t talk to the Samaritan woman, she would have continued to be lost not ever knowing that she was beautifully and wonderfully made by God.

   Growing up I was bullied hard, we hear this all too often in a world of social media. I never had any friends to talk to and with so many people against me. Despite this, the things that when someone took the time to talk to just have a conversation with me. It made me feel like I was actually worth something, that’s what the Samaritan woman felt like when Jesus talked to her. 

   Jesus ministered to all, even outcasts of society because he knew that everyone is valuable to God.“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”- Romans 5:8. 

 

 

 

 

February Curriculum Overview!

Okay, real talk…. it felt like new years was last week and now it’s February the month with by far the most holidays and love is in the air.  With that here is the overview of our new series coming up this month!

Orange Room

This month brings our kids series, Sweet Shop!

February is a time full of sweets and love, but what love is sweeter than that Jesus has for us? We will hear and talk about stories about people in the bible who nobody else loved. Throughout this month our goal is to teach the kids that no matter what, Jesus will always love us!

The stories of the month

Week 1Jesus loves everyone.

Woman at the Well • John 4:1-30

Week 2: Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong.

Zacchaeus • Luke 19:1-10

Week 3: Jesus loves us when no one else does.

The Unloved Woman • John 8:2-11

Week 4: Jesus never stops loving us.

Peter’s Denial and Restoration • Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75;

John 21:15-17

 

Red Room

This Month brings us our new Elementary series  Rewind: Kindness deserves a replay

Even though we are sinners, Jesus still chose to die for us because he loved us that much. He was the embodiment of kindness and because of that, we can be kind to everyone around us! Jesus may have been kind to us but he also stressed us being kind to others (the golden rule among others) but by following even that simple rule we get to live the way God always wanted us to!

Questions we will ask this month:

What does kindness look like?

When is it hard to be kind?

Have you ever received unexpected kindness?

How can you be kind to people you don’t get along with?

Our hope this month is for the kids to know that kindness is one of the greatest gifts we can give someone, the same way Jesus showed us. Whether we are helping a friend in need or volunteering at a soup kitchen, there are thousands of ways we can show it to others.

We are beyond excited to get to spread the love and kindness of Jesus this month!

 

 

Week 4 Recap

Okay, can anyone tell me how January is already over? This year already has been jam-packed with so much so I am curious how the rest of the year is going to play out. With that here is your Week 4 Recap!

Orange Room

Week 4

This week we finished our 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. 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 anything.

Water to Wine • John 2:1-11

one day, Jesus was at a wedding party. Everyone was having fun and then Jesus’ mother said, ‘Oh, no! We don’t have any more super fancy party drink (wine). She went to Jesus so He could help because she knew [Bottom Line] Jesus can do anything.

Jesus saw six large jugs. He told a helper to go and fill the jugs with water. They did what Jesus said and filled the jugs with water. When they dipped some of the water out, something amazing had happened to the water  Jesus had turned the water into super fancy party drink! And it was the best kind of super fancy party drink! Jesus just did it, because he can do anything!

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for all of my friends here today. Thank You for giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. Thank You for the Bible that has true stories about how much You love us. You are the best, and we love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Red Room

Week 4

Work it Out: Commitment

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

Key Question: How can you live for God? Kids might think that they only practice their faith when they are at church. But when you practice living for God, you discover that whatever you do—work, play, read, sing, listen, whatever—can be a way you worship God with your life.

We finish out our month in Mark 12:41-44. Jesus is with His disciples and notices how wealthy people are giving lots of money, but then came a poor widow. She gave just two small coins. While this seemed like such a small gift, Jesus says this woman actually gave more than the rich people because she gave everything she had.

Bottom Line: Practice living for God. We know that most kids love to sing and worship God. But worship isn’t just something we do when we sing at church; worship is really how we honor God with our whole lives—through how we love others and serve them, how we give of our time and talents, how we obey and praise God, even how we rest. We want kids to practice the faith skill, LIVE, and discover that worship isn’t just singing loud, it’s living loud.

 

 

 

Week 3 Recap

Well the 2 days of warm weather were nice while they lasted (though I kind of like the cold) but snow or shine we still we get to spend some time learning all about God! With that here is the week 3 recap!

Orange Room

Week 3

This week we continued our 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. 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: 

Nothing is too hard for Jesus.

Feeding 5,000 • Mark 6:31-44

Two fish. Jesus took the five loaves of bread and two fish (hold the bread and fish in your hands) and He said, ‘Thank You, God, for the bread and fish You have given us.’ Then He told His friends to start giving all the people some bread and fish. Jesus’ friends didn’t think there would be enough bread and fish for everyone, but they did what Jesus said.

Wirth only two loaves of bread and five fish, Jesus planned to feed Five Thousand People!

Then the most amazing thing happened. Jesus made the five loaves of bread and two fish feed everyone! Everyone’s tummies were full of food.

Nothing is too hard for Jesus because Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus can do anything. It’s true! Jesus really can do anything! Who can do anything?”

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. 

Week 3 Parent Guide

Red Room

Week 3

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.

Key Question: Who can you talk with about God? Talking about what God is doing in your life is an important part of growing in faith. But not every child knows the best person to talk to about their faith. We hope kids figure out the trusted people who can be a sounding board to listen to their faith stories.

In Matthew 16:13-20, Jesus asks His disciples about who people think He is. Then, Jesus turns the question on them. After everything they’d seen Jesus do and heard Jesus say, who did they think He was? This gave Peter the perfect moment for him to declare what he believed about Jesus—that Jesus truly is the Son of God.

Bottom Line: Practice talking about God. We can know God better by talking about Him with others. But this isn’t just about talking about Jesus with people who don’t know Him yet. There’s also another important element of talking about God. As kids process their growing faith, they will have questions and doubts. We want kids to practice the faith skill, TALK, and learn how to talk through their questions about God with others who believe in Jesus.

Prayer: “Dear God, You ARE awesome. We’re so thankful that the Creator of the universe wants us to talk to Him. Thank You for giving us this model prayer so that we can practice praying for You. Forgive us for sometimes neglecting to talk to You. We know that when we do talk to You, we are more likely to make wise choices and treat others the way we want to be treated. So this week, help us to spend time practicing praying for You. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.”

God Times Week 3

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, for 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!