Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Just a quick update on some loose ends and upcoming events.

Operation Christmas Child is in full swing. You can pick up an informational brochure upstairs at SHOEBOX Central. The big day for shoeboxes to be returned is Sunday, November 11. Please follow the instructions in the brochure and bring it back to SHOEBOX Central. Remember to have your family pray that the boy or girl that will receive the box will know that God loves them.

Upcoming FAITH CLUB. FAITH CLUB is the new christians class for kids and will meet on Saturday morning November 17 from 9:00-12:30. Please RSVP at the registration table upstairs or by email me at richc@fbcmonline.com. If your child is attending I would like for parents to return at 12:00 so that I can talk about what will happen next for your family in your child's faith journey.

Remember Script is a good way to save money for Kidz Camp 2008. For information give us a call at 667-8221. The date for camp is June 9-13.

We will see you Sunday in THE NEIGHBORHOOD and we will have a brand new virtue. I will reveal the new virtue later in the week and let you know what your child will be learning about over the next few weeks.

Coming Soon: www.leavethemark.blogspot.com I believe that the strength of our children's faith will be based mostly on the quality of spiritual conversations that are happening at home. I think parents want to talk about God with their kids, but we just aren't sure their interested or confident in what to say to them. Let's journey together. Deutoronomy 6:4-9 See you there!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


We are often repelled by change. A couple of weeks ago we made some changes to our Sunday morning experience for kids. Many of you have noticed because your child's class is not in the same location anymore. To tell you the truth I was pretty nervous about. Not because I was unsure if it was the right move, I believed in my heart it was the only thing to do, but because the first few weeks would be hard and maybe even confusing for you and our leaders.

Our Kidz Team is second to none though. They want more than anything for your child to live for Jesus and so they are working even harder to see that become a reality for your family. The big question is why did we make these changes?

Two Reasons:
1. We were out of space and needed to create more room. All of our classes had atleast 25 children in them and some were pushing 35. So we are working to create two classes for every grade (we still need lead teachers, come join a great team and invest in kids that matter to God).

2. We created two large group worship / teaching times in the 9:15 hour. One for K through 3rd grade and another for 4th and 5th graders. This allows us to communicate to those age kids better so that when they leave on Sunday AM they really get it!

Here's the bottom line. Life is too short. We have to help these children live for Jesus. That's why we do what we do. We are working hard to provide great learning moments every week. Don't let your child miss one. Because your child needs every spiritual experience possible!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tis the Season to Shoebox

It's shoebox time once again! So Ladies here is your chance to go shoe shopping for a good cause.

We are partnering with Franklin Graham's organization ,Samaritan's Purse, and we will provide Christmas gifts to children that live in war torn areas of the world. I think this is one way that we can help our children understand that God does love all the people in the world. This Sunday, October 28, we will have a brochure for you to use as a shopping guide and it will provide you with all the instructions. I encouarage you to take your child shopping with you and talk with them about caring for people all over the world.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

It's HERE!!!!!!

The very first post on THE NEIGHBORHOOD's very first blog. We are getting extremely high tech around here. The purpose of this blog is help keep you, moms & dads, up to speed with what is going on here at First Baptist Church, Maryville and THE NEIGHBORHOOD Kidz Ministry.

Please make sure and sign your friends up to receive the blog as well. That way other people know what is going on as well. Let's not make THE NEIGHBORHOOD the best kept secret in the Metro East.

This month we are talking all about RESPECT. Can I get a high five on teaching this one? Respect is responding with words and actions that show others they are important. Don't let your kids miss out on one week as we spend the next 2 weeks helping boys and girls learn how to be respectful.

If you are interested in the FamilyTimes Devotion kit for $8 please the Kidz Registration Desk this Sunday and they can assist you. See you lat