Wednesday, December 10, 2008
At 8:15 we will have 2 small group options for your kids. We will also continue to have the same great worship and small group experience for your kids during the 9:30 & 10:55 services. I hope that 2009 will be a year when your family will fall more in love with Jesus and His church than ever before!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Read Luke 17:11-19, about the ten lepers meeting Jesus. This encounter shows that the opportunity to demonstrate gratitude occurs every time someone meets a need for someone else. Unfortunately, only one of the ten chose to express gratitude. We don't know why the other guys didn't return. Maybe they were so caught up in celebrating with family and friends they didn't even think about it. Or maybe they thought that what was given to them was something they'd earned - sort of an entitlement mentality.
This month we are going to explore how to stop the busyness and "you owe me" excuses and REWIND AND REMIND ourselves exactly what has been done for us. We will take time to just say thank you. We will remember how others have helped us. We won't let an entitlement mentality infect our thinking, causing the wrong attitude to spoil our gratitude. We are going to make sure we let others know we see how they've helped us and take time to celebrate what God has done. So, in November we'll be talking about GRATITUDE, letting others know you see how they've helped you.
Week 1 is about Jesus healing 10 men with leprosy (Luke 17). Bottom Line: Take time to just say thank you.
Week 2 is about the list maker: Paul, making a list of those he's thankful for (Romans 16). Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.
Week 3 is Jesus' parable of the vineyard workers (Matthew 20). Bottom Line: Don't let the wrong attitude spoil your gratitude.
Week 4 will focus on the main feasts celebrated in Old Testament days (Exodus 23). Bottom Line: Take time to celebrate what God has done.
And for the 5th Week: A 252 Basics special edition on one of five "faith skills": Give to God (serve and invest). This is a "bridge" lesson, spanning gratitude (in November) and generosity (in December). You don't want to miss this one!
I can't wait to see you every Sunday in November!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
FAITH CLUB is the children's new Christian's class. Please RSVP by email to email@example.com or sign up at the Kids Registration Station.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This month's edition could be one of our best storylines. We are talking about determination. Determination is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started.
Gordo, Vinny & Tyler will be there this week. As well as our new featured virtue song as well as a new kid favorite "Boom Chakalaka laka Boom." Its going to be high energy and fun so make sure to bring your child tomorrow night at 7 PM.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Even Jesus had trouble. He was tempted, persecuted, beaten, crucified. He could've taken an easy way out, given up, and gone back to heaven. Instead, He decided it was worth it to stay and finish what He'd started, being "obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:8, NIV). Despite His trouble, Jesus had the determination needed to keep doing what God said. If our attitude is to be the same as that of Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5), we will need that same determination.
The kind of determination that will keep us doing what God says even if it's hard, and even if others don't, so that we don't miss something really good. Yep, we will have trouble in this life, but grit your teeth and don't give up because God will not give up on you. You can be sure that "he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6, NIV).
So for October, Sunday mornings are all about DETERMINATION, which is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started. Here's the line-up:
Week 1 - Keep doing what you should do even if it's hard. We'll be talking about Paul and how he was determined to finish right (2 Corinthians 11:23b-27; Acts 20:24).
Week 2 - Keep doing what God says even if others don't. This week is about Noah and the great flood (Genesis 6:6–7:7).
Week 3 - Keep doing what God says because He is God. The focus is on the Israelites leaving slavery in Egypt (Exodus).
Week 4 - Keep doing what you should do so you don't miss something really good. Sort of a continuation from last week, we'll be talking about 40 years in the wilderness (Numbers 14:1-39).
Here's what we are going to do. On Sunday mornings, no matter what hour your child attends, we are going to have one Bible story, one memory verse for the month and one main point for your child to learn. Instead of having two different curriculums between the hours, we are going to only teach one truth out of the Bible. Each hour (9:15 & 10:45) will have completely different learning activities so that your kids aren't getting lost in repetition.
Why are we doing this? Because weekends matter! We only have so many weekends to help influence your child to live for Christ and we don't want to take any chances of missing an opportunity. See you Sunday!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Special thanks to our volunteers that stayed all morning to make sure the kids had a special day. Parents I want you to know that our Kidz Team is second to none. They are as good as it gets. So make sure sometime when you are picking up your child you tell them thank you and maybe even share a something your child has come home and told you from a Sunday.
By the way, check out the slideshow to the left. We are working on becoming more Tech Savy around here. But I am the weak link. I am hoping to have a video online next week that will preview next months virtue.
On Thursday, I am going to be posting some information about some changes that are going to happen in October. Check back on Thursday to get the new scoop and why we are making these changes.
Thanks for allowing us to partner with your family in helping your kids live for Christ!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Our theme is Gordo & the Pirates of the Clubhouse. We are going to be teaching kids that "when I make the wise choice, it helps others do what God says." Throughout the morning in a creative, high energy way we are going to point kids to God's Word.
HERE IS AN IMPORTANT NOTE:
This is a great morning to bring a friend that doesn't normally go to church somewhere. They will want to come back next week after this experience. Let's make the invites and who knows maybe your child's friend will come to know Jesus as their savior on Sunday. Who knows. Just ask!
See you Sunday!
I want to say thank you to all the volunteers that gave of their Friday evening to make that a success. We can't effectively and efficiently help kids live for Christ without your help. You are awesome!
Monday, August 25, 2008
If you are interested in joining the Kidz Team please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kidz Team is made up of people like you who want more than anything to see kidz live for Christ. We are not group of tired people who dread our jobs. We look forward to Sundays because you just never know when you will see God in action. If you want to be apart of team that works for something bigger and longer lasting than anyone of our life spans, come join us.
See YOU Sunday!
The first Wednesday night of every month is KidzStuff. A funny, Bible based evening designed for the entire family. Many times as adults we bring our kids into our world to experience God. But KidzStuff is the place that kids bring parents to learn about God. September 3 will be our first KidzStuff for the fall. We begin at 7 PM. You won't want to miss Gordo, Tyler & Vinny. You just never know what might happen in the clubhouse.
Faith Club is the New Christians Class for Kids. If your child has put their faith in Christ or is asking questions this is the place for them. If you have more questions please contact the Children's Ministry office at 667-8221 or by email email@example.com
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I am looking for THE NEIGHBORHOOD to be packed with kids this Sunday. Let's bring our friends and we will stuff in together.
I can't wait to see you this Sunday!
Remember tonight (Wednesday, August 20) begins our Kidz @ Night. Here is the schedule:
Kidz Jam (Kidz Choir) 6 PM in room 250
Kidz @ Night 7-8:15 PM in THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Children's Area)
There are classes for adults going on during this time. You can log onto the church website to find out more information. www.fbmaryville.org
Cambell's Chicken Noodle.
Was there ever any doubt? Thanks for bringing the cans of soup. They will go to benefit the Maryville Food Pantry. Thanks for getting us started right.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
TWO more day or three more bed times. Don't miss out this week!
See you on Sunday with your favorite Soup.
AUGUST 24 is ALL STAR SUNDAY. Be an All Star and Bring a Friend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Faith Club is the new christians class for kids. This class will help kids understand what it means to be a Christian, importance of baptism and how God designed the church to function.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This new year is going to be the best yet for THE NEIGHBORHOOD Children's Ministry. I am excited about reaching more kids for Jesus in 2008-2009 and seeing boys and girls live for Jesus.
For new families I want you to know that our vision is to SEE KIDZ LIVE FOR CHRIST! We don't just want smart kids, we want kids to live each day with God's principles in mind.
See you Sunday! Kidz Living 4 Christ
I want to thank all Kidz Team members for your work over the past month. It has been fast and furious with Vacation Bible School, covering vacations weeks for volunteers and be not being right there. I just love our team. Every week you prepare and BRING YOUR BEST so that kids can learn about the amazing love of Jesus.
I want to give a special thanks to Cindy Vargo for being my lead person for those three Sundays. I know it takes everyone to make Sunday happen and we can't do it without everyone, but someone has to be the point person. Cindy, you always shy away from credit but these weeks have been crazy with new leaders observing, many leaders on vacation, substitute teachers filling in, new kindergarteners coming for a visit and leading HIGH ENERGY for the kids. I am grateful to your leadership and parents we are fortunate to have Cindy and Steve Vargo working with your kids. Thanks.
Thanks to all team members, you are awesome!!!!!!
Monday, July 21, 2008
As we begin taking our missions offering, boys and girls will be giving to provide Bible to children in Zambia, Africa. A missions team will be delivering those Bibles in two weeks to those kids who don't have Bibles. We will also be collecting money to help provide children in Madison County that need back to school supplies. It is important for kids to know it is a big world out there and we can help boys & girls learn about God by helping meet their needs.
Don't forget: Friday night is Family Night. The muscial starts promptly at 6:55 and will culuminate in the parking lot with Ice Cream & Inflatible Jumpers for the kids. Don't miss you child performing the VBS Musical on the big stage with over 250 other children. It is quite a site. Don't miss it!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
First Baptist Church Baptist Church
July 20-25 from 6:30 – 9 pm
Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to bring your child to an exciting week of VBS. Living God’s Unshakeable Truth!
· Helpful VBS Hints ·
· Nightly registration will begin at 6:15 pm
· All children attending VBS must wear the “Official Outrigger Passport” with a security number that is assigned to each family. Your child will be given a Passport on the first night and they are to wear it each night they attend. Children will receive marks on their Passport for attendance and bringing friends. Be sure to wear your Passport on Friday Family Night and redeem it for a cool prize.
· Helpful Hint – Once your child leaves VBS hang their Passport on your rear view mirror that way it will be ready for the next day.
· Once your child has their Passport, it is not necessary for you to stop at the
table again unless you bring guests or you lose your Passport. If you lose your Passport, we will not be able to replace your marks.
· All children must be escorted by their parents to the main auditorium and you will pick them up at 9 pm in the same location. Children (ages 4 & Pre K) will need to first check in at the Preschool table first before going to the auditorium and picked up is in the Preschool Department. For your child’s safety we cannot allow them to be drop off at the door.
· When picking up you will be asked to say the security number that is assigned to your child. If someone else is coming in your place, please provide them with the security number.
· If you have any questions regarding picking up or dropping off, please visit the Registration Table in the main foyer
· When you bring a friend be sure to have your Pass Port punched by the staff at the Registration table in the lobby. Please wear shoes that are appropriate for outdoor activities.
T-Shirts & CD's will be available for sale on Sunday morning on the second floor. Also, families that have pre-registered can pick up their Passports on the second floor as well.
The Island is just about prepared let's see how many kids we can put on the Island!!!!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Pre Register this week for Vacation Bible School. Just fill out a blue form and turn it in upstairs in the Children's Ministry area. We are moving fast and this year is going to be great. We already have 193 registered for VBS. Get signed up this week.
Also, you can purchase this year's VBS T-Shirt on Sunday. The shirts are $6 and can be purchased on the second floor near the Chilren's Ministry area. The VBS music CD's are also available for $3. Get your VBS gear and get ready for your Outrigger Island!
See you Sunday!!!!
Friday, July 4, 2008
Have a good July 4th and enjoy the fireworks. See you on Sunday!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Many people are making preparations and clearing their schedule to be here. Don't miss out. Don't let your kids miss out. Because if they are not here they will miss out on a complete blast. The music, drama, games, crafts, snacks, mission stories and Bible teaching.
VBS is filled with a bunch of fun and games, but I want you as a parent to value the fact that your child will encounter each day a Bible truth that will help build them into a spiritual champion.
Don't let other things get in the way of your schedule during this week. Mark it off. Bring your kids and while you are at it-- why don't you come join the fun as well!!!! We still have a place for you. Contact the Children's Ministry office at 667-8221 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Don't miss Vacation Bible School this year! We start on Sunday and end with a big musical production with drama, singing, lights and video. It is really cool to see and hear a 250+ kids choir sing and move.
There are still volunteer spaces available. Email Rich at email@example.com for more information. VBS T-Shirts go on sale Sunday, July 6 and they will be $6. You can visit the registration table on the second floor beginning on July 6 to register your child(ren).
More info to come. The Island Awaits Us!
Vacation Bible School is only four weeks away. The dates are Sunday, July 20 - Friday, July 25. We are gearing up for the best VBS we have ever had. Make sure you invite a few friends to come with you. We'll set a goal and if you reach it you will make me (Pastor Rich) and a few of my closest friends into a Human Sundae. Yuck!!!!!!
See you on Sunday morning!
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
1st Grade 311
2nd Grade 214
3rd Grade 246
4th Grade 281
5th Grade 283
This is an incredibly close game. I don't think there is one grade out of contention. The friend points can add up quickly. So bring your friends this week. Also, Perfect Attendance points can add up fast.
See you on Sunday with all your friends!!!!!
Monday, April 21, 2008
1st Grade= 148
2nd Grade= 108
3rd Grade= 113
4th Grade= 117
5th Grade= 138
It's a close race after week one. First Grade is in the lead by a small margin. Here's a hint in how to win the game of Skittles. 1) Bring a friend. 2) Perfect attendance points will total up fast so come for 2 more weeks.
Help your team win the much anticipated Skittles Pizza Party.
See You Sunday!!!!!!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
To sign up you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or let someone at the registration desk know this Sunday morning.
The Faith Club is our new Christians class for kids. We will talk about salvation, baptism, why attend church and the Lord's Supper.
Here's the breakdown of how to earn SKITTLES:
2 for Attending
5 for Bringing their Bible
10 for Brining a friend
20 for Perfect Attendance
Skittles will be placed in a jug for the appropriate grade. The Skittles will be counted at the end of the three weeks and the winning team will earn a Skittles Pizza Party!
See you Sunday Morning and I will be ready to count those Skittles!
There is a Kidz Camp Meeting this Sunday night (APRIL 20) at 5:30 in room 224 (the large area in the children's ministry area). Please make sure to attend this meeting. We will pass out what to bring (what not to bring), talk about basic guidelines, give a synopsis of Bible teaching for the week and have a time of Q & A.
See you this Sunday night at 5:30!
To sign up all you have to do is pick up a bright green Events Envelope from the registration desk. And it is okay to bring friends but they need to follow the same registration steps.
Prepare for camp as we JOURNEY BELOW THE EARTH!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Each grade will compete against the other grades. Kids earn Skittles for their team's jar:
For bringing a Bible
For bringing a friend
For Perfect Attendance over 3 weeks
Each grade will get to eat the Skittles they have earned on May 11 and the winning class will win a SKITTLE Pizza Party!
Let's earn the Skittles and fill up the jars. SKITTLES, SKITTLES & MORE SKITTLES!
Monday, April 7, 2008
There is a Parent Meeting on April 20 at 5:30 in room 224 (the large room in the children's area). If you would like to be a sponsor please fill out a Volunteer Application with the Kidz Camp logo on top. I need that information so we can make plans.
It is also okay for you to bring friends but please sign them up ASAP.
It's going to be fun so plan now to attend!
But please make sure and sign your child up so that we can plan for the right about of food and drinks.
We also need adults and teenagers to help with the lock in. If you are interested please let me know at email@example.com
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Kidz Camp is filled with lake activities, major slip n slide action, water balloons, snow cones, Bible study, Kidz Worship and much much more. Sign up to reserve your spot now!
This week we are also talking about some crazy stories in the Bible. And trust me their are some unusual stories in the Bible. Make sure your child is here this Sunday at 9:15 or 10:45. They don't want to miss this special week.
Monday, March 24, 2008
It's gonna be good so bring a friend (but please sign them up too so we don't run out of pizza) and prepare for fun!!!!!
April 18, 6-10 PM
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Our Kidz Camp meeting dates are April 20 & May 18 at 5:30. Also the parent and camper meeting is June 1 at 5:30. Mark these dates and don't miss out.
Remember your child can bring friends, but they need to sign up and attend the meetings too. This year is going to be another great experience for your family. If you have questions please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
The camp dates are June 9-13 at Lake Williamson near Carlinville, IL. If you are interested in attending as a volunteer please let the Children's Ministry office know ASAP, complete and return a Camp Volunteer Application in early February and begin praying about how God can use you to help a child live for Christ!
Space will be limited for campers and volunteers so please consider your calendars now and sign up when registration opens.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Please don't miss Sunday, February 3. We will have an exciting large group, including a friend from the past. Don't miss this great day!
The reason we do Connect Sunday every year is because we know it is so easy to miss connecting with a Small Group Bible Study. There is so much value to spending an hour each week with other adults in the same life stage to listen/discuss how the Bible answers real life questions like family, money, job and many other topics. Make this a time where you, as moms and dads, connect in a Bible Study.
This is so important becasue the best thing you can give your child is a mom or dad that wants to know more about God. If you have questions about what Bible Study to attend please send an email to email@example.com for more specific information.
Don't let another year pass without attending a Small Group Bible Study (Sunday School)!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
We have just discovered that God created the world in a specific order for a purpose. This Sunday we are going to be talking about what Jesus said was the greatest commandment. You know when you put God first everything else falls into place.
Don't forget FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 7 PM. Parents bring your child and enjoy watching Charlotte's Web the updated children's classic. We will have popcorn and lemonade. No drop off of children. This event is for kids and parents.
Make sure and bring your child this Sunday so you won't miss out on anything going on in THE NEIGHBORHOOD!
Monday, January 7, 2008
This month we are talking about ORDERLINESS. What a way to start the year! I am guessing that is something that can be talked about at your house. Gordo and the gang will be there this week and there something to do with the Wizard of Oz.
See you this week at 7 PM!
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
We will be watching Charlotte's Web. We will show the movie in the large area of THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Come on, bring the family and enjoy some popcorn. This will be a fun night for the entire famly!
6 PM Eat Dinner (Bully's BBQ, please RSVP, Childcare is Provided)
6:40 Pastor Fred will speak about exciting opportunities for 2008
7:00 Kidz Team in ROOM 224 (the large group area)
We will cover:
a. Upcoming dates, Super Sunday in March and additional classes
b. Sharing the Gospel with Kids
c. The Missing Link in Kidz Ministry Today & Why it Matters to You!
Please RSVP so that we can plan appropriately for food and childcare. You can do that by filling out a form that is upstairs and turning that in at the greeter station or by emailing Pastor Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make this meeting. We all need to be on the same page because we have many kids who are sponges for Jesus right now. Remember, it is about Kidz Living 4 Christ!
Faith Club is the new Christians class for kids at FBCM. If your child has become a Christian and is asking questions about baptism please bring them to be apart of this classs. For more information or if you have questions please email them to Pastor Rich at email@example.com.