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 Kids Connect - Children K-6th grade

Fellowship offers a dynamic kid-focused Bible learning experience every Sunday morning for children Kindergarten through 6th grade.
 Kids Connect Preschool - Children 3 to 5 yrs. old

Fellowship offers a fun and friendly environment for preschoolers, age 3 to 5 years.  Our loving, energetic teachers will provide an age-appropriate Bible learning time which includes a Bible story, related games, crafts, or activities to help make the story come alive, as well as a music worship time.

April in Kids Connect

posted Apr 3, 2014, 3:27 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Apr 3, 2014, 3:27 PM by Adam Olson ]


Theme:  Humility:  Be Our Guest!

 

A 2010 study by the Barna Group found that most active churchgoers see Easter as a good time to invite someone to attend worship service.  According to the researcher, “If each of those people brought just one adult as their guest, that'd be the equivalent of adding 115 new people per Christian congregation.”  Although it may not be realistic to expect everyone to bring a friend, it is clear that our churches need to be prepared to welcome guests throughout the Easter season.

The thing about hosting guests is that sometimes we have to give up some of our own comfort to accommodate their needs.  We might need to park further away, sit in a seat that isn’t our norm, wear a certain volunteer shirt, or patiently answer questions.  An accumulation of small considerations can make a big difference to a guest.  And Easter is a wonderful time to find a new way to put guests first in our churches.

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.  Putting others first is not our natural inclination.  We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first.  Jesus lived in a world like that too.  He could have looked out for Himself, but He didn’t.  Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first.  When we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first—even if it’s a bit uncomfortable and costs us something.  Our Bible stories this month focus on the events leading up to Christ’s death, along with His triumphant resurrection.  Christ’s great sacrifice is the ultimate example of humility.

The monthly memory verse is: “Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves,” Philippians 2:3, NIrV.

February in Kids Connect

posted Feb 3, 2014, 1:34 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Feb 3, 2014, 1:34 PM by Adam Olson ]


Faith:  Believing in what you can’t see because of what you can see.

 Sometimes we lose sight of what God’s doing in our lives. But we can see all of the many other ways God reveals Himself. Through the things we can see, we can believe that what the Bible says about God is true.  When we recognize God at work around us, we respond to Him with trust. We have confidence He has a plan for our lives, and we are willing to take risks to see that plan accomplished. Even in our moments of doubt, God will show us something to remind us to have faith.

During this month’s Bible Stories, our kids will see examples in Jesus’ disciples, Peter and John, as well as Nicodemus, of faithfulness, and at times struggles with doubt and fear.  We want our kids to know that although we might not clearly see and understand everything about a relationship with God, we can ask questions and read our Bibles to learn more.  Faith is believing that what God says is true, that we will live with Him forever, even when we can’t see every detail about how it happens.  As we have more experiences with God, we see more of His strength and power. 

This month’s KC service project is on Sunday, February 9th:  We will make Valentine’s Day Cards for our seniors and shut-ins.  Let us know if your family might be interested in hand delivering some cards over Valentine’s Day weekend. 

The monthly memory verse is: “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1, NIrV..

January in Kids Connect

posted Jan 2, 2014, 2:59 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Jan 2, 2014, 3:04 PM by Adam Olson ]

Theme:  Knowledge:  Getting Your Head in the Game!

Knowledge is discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you do.  We believe that God’s Word is the best place to discover something new about our world and ultimately ourselves.  And when we put those discoveries into practice it changes us from the inside out and impacts the choices we make and the way we live.  God is the source of all truth. We need to dig into His Word and discover that truth for ourselves.

The knowledge we glean from the 66 books of the Bible tells us how to live our lives day in and day out.  But that knowledge is not an end in and of itself. We can know all there is to know about God, but if we don’t put any of our knowledge into practice, it is worthless.

The monthly memory verse is: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16, NIV.  God’s Word is powerful and strong. When we discover it and put it into practice, we have its strength on our side every day of our lives.

 

This month we’ll also have some fun as we look at some unusual sports in the winter Olympics, and hold our own Kids Connect Olympic competitions.  

November in Kids Connect: Cache in on Wisdom

posted Nov 1, 2013, 1:09 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Nov 1, 2013, 1:16 PM by Adam Olson ]



Geocaching is a fun, modern day treasure hunt in which you use a GPS or smart phone and plug in coordinates that lead to a hidden cache or treasure, usually a small token or object.  There are actually many hidden caches in Racine.  Check it out on the internet, it’s a great family activity!  Using the theme of geocaching, we will explore Bible stories about King Solomon, and find great treasures in the wisdom found in Proverbs. 

Wisdom is finding out what you should do and doing it. When we seek wisdom and ask God for it, He will give it to us. He will help us figure out the wise choice when we need to make a decision.  We can find God’s wisdom by reading the Bible and asking trusted Christ-followers.

The monthly memory verse is: “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her,” Proverbs 8:10-11, NIrV.  No matter how big or small the decision, God will help you make the wise choice. It might be tempting to compromise wisdom for quick and easy gain, but Solomon teaches us that choosing wisdom first is best.




October in Kids Connect: The Road to Glory

posted Oct 7, 2013, 9:24 AM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 9:28 AM by Adam Olson ]


Theme:  Honor

Honor is letting someone know you see how valuable they really are. Showing honor demonstrates that we see others as God sees them. Every person we meet has value to God and deserves our honor.

This month’s theme verse is: “Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves.” Romans 12:10, NIrV.  Through Bible stories from the life of David, we will learn how he showed honor to others and to God.  Through David’s actions we will learn about ways to honor others by putting them first, giving them a chance, and by keeping our promises.  We will also learn that we honor God by giving him the credit for the success in our lives. 

We’d love to hear about a time that your kids showed honor to someone else in a big or small way.  Some examples are holding the door open for an elderly person, helping a parent without being asked, or making a donation of their own time or money to a charity.  Send an e-mail to Linda.Koetz@racinefellowship.org, post a message on the Fellowship Facebook page, or slip a note to the Bible story teachers on Sunday!  We want to surprise them by shining a spotlight on their good deeds when we draw a note from the Honor Box each week this month.

 

September in Kids Connect

posted Aug 30, 2013, 1:18 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Aug 30, 2013, 1:31 PM by Adam Olson ]

We are very excited for the start of a new ministry year and a new format in Kids Connect!  Starting September 8th, we will begin our expanded children’s programming.

 At 10 AM we will start off in the large group “Power Up” room for our Bible story and music worship time.  This month’s theme is Survivor:  Phobia Island!  Our life application is courage being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid.  Through Bible stories about the lives of Joseph, Moses, Joshua and Caleb, as well as Abraham, we will learn that as we approach scary situations, we can remember that God is big enough to handle anything.

 During the 10 AM hour we will also enjoy games in the gym, and towards the end of this month, we will work on a service project for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Starting next week, we will also begin collecting an offering each week that will go towards postage for shipping out the OCC shoebox gifts.

 If your family is heading home after the 10 AM service, please pick your children up in the “Chill Out” room at the very end of the Kids Connect hallway.  But we do hope you stay for the expanded family growth hour.

 During the growth hour, children will be connected to a small group of friends and leader. They will participate in activities and discussion to help them understand how the Bible stories apply to their lives and help them grow in their walk with Christ.  Each week during small group, children will receive a God Time devotional card to work on at home either with an adult or independently.  Monthly, we will send home a Scripture Memory Verse Card for the kids to work on at home, and bring back each week.  If your child is participating in small groups, we recommend that you purchase a binder for the God Time and Scripture Memory Cards. 

 For more information on how you can extend the learning at home during the week, go to orangeparents.org.  There is a great source of parenting articles, podcasts, videos, etc. on this website.  studio252.tv is a fun website with games, stories and videos for children to help reinforce what your kids are learning on Sunday.  You will need a special access code to enter the site, which you can get down in KC.  If you have a smart phone or iPad, you can download the Parent Cue app for songs, videos, activities, stories for your family to enjoy together.  

June in Kids Connect

posted Jun 3, 2013, 11:03 AM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Jun 3, 2013, 11:03 AM by Adam Olson ]

For the next nine weeks in Kids Connect, we’re setting up camp, Base Camp, that is!  At Base Camp, we’re going to be reminded of the importance of getting back to the basics of following Christ as we look at the life, teachings, and example of Jesus. Luke gives us some insight into how Jesus grew up. Luke 2:52 notes that Jesus grew in wisdom and in favor with God and others. Throughout our lives, we should also circle back to these ideas as we seek to live like Jesus.

These are the basics: Wisdom—I need to make the wise choice; Faith—I can trust God no matter what; Friendship—I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

The monthly memory verse is: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men,” Luke 2:52, NIV.  When we respond to God and follow where He leads, we will see ourselves develop in wisdom, faith, and friendship. Then we will be able to set the example for other people.

On Wednesday, June 26th from 5-9 pm, we will be traveling to the FMSC packing facility in Vernon Hills, IL to package meals that will be sent around the world to children in need.  This is a fantastic service opportunity for kids going into 3rd grade this fall on up to serve along with their parents and other families.  This month, we will be collecting an offering each week to donate to Feed My Starving Children when we serve at the end of the monthIn KC, we will be challenging the kids to raise $80 in the next three weeks which will feed one child for a whole year! 

 

May in Kids Connect

posted May 1, 2013, 12:26 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated May 1, 2013, 12:26 PM by Adam Olson ]

Playing it Cool:  Patience

As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is a foundational way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us. But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix.

The Bible has a number of examples that we will learn from this month including Esau who was so hungry that he couldn’t wait to eat and foolishly traded his inheritance for a bowl of stew, and the Israelites who grew impatient for Moses to finish meeting with God and convinced Aaron to build an idol for them to worship.  From the book of Proverbs, we will learn the wisdom of being patient.

The monthly memory verse is: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but our trust in God gives us the strength to wait well.

Check out the website orangeparents.org.  It offers terrific podcasts, articles and blogs on many parenting issues.  If you have a smart phone, the Parent Cue App is a fantastic way to stay connected with what your kids are learning each month.  There are also videos and activities on this app for your kids.  Take advantage of all these free resources!  

April in Kids Connect

posted Apr 3, 2013, 5:58 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 5:58 PM by Adam Olson ]

Theme:  Friendship

Two peas in a pod, stuck like glue, go together like peanut butter and jelly... how would someone describe your friendships with others?  

 At Jesus’ final meal, He spoke with His disciples about what it meant to have a lasting friendship with Him. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13, NIV)

Days later, Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross to take the punishment for our sins, setting the example for ultimate friendship. But Jesus demonstrated friendship throughout His life. He walked alongside His friends. He helped their hurts. He never shied away from discussing important topics. He surprised them with acts of service.

Friendship is spending time with someone you trust and enjoy. Just as Jesus spent time with His friends so they could get to know Him better, we can build trust and have fun with our friends as we spend time with them.

This month we will learn a lot about friendship from the apostle Paul through the letters he wrote and the instructions he gave to the early churches about caring for and serving one another. 

We often take friendship for granted. We have friend requests on Facebook and conversations through email that make us feel hyper-connected with anyone on the other side of the Internet connection. However, real friends are Stuck Like Glue and won’t let go when times get tough.

Our memory verse for April is: “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” (Proverbs 17:17 NIrV). 

March in Kids Connect

posted Mar 1, 2013, 8:17 AM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 8:17 AM by Adam Olson ]

Moment of Truth

Life Application:  Honesty

God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was. God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did. God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did. God told Mary that she would have a baby boy—she did.

Jesus said He would die and rise again three days later—He did!

Honesty is important because it builds trust. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. What God says is true; He has shown us that time and time again. And that’s one of the reasons we know we can trust God.

But the same should be true in our own lives. If we want other people to trust us, we need to live honest lives. When we tell the truth and we follow through with our promises, other people learn to trust us. But when we cover up who we are, what we’ve done, or we constantly break our promises, then the people around us stop trusting us. They begin to wonder if, in the Moment of Truth, can you be trusted?

The monthly memory verse is: “An honest person has respect for the Lord,” Proverbs 14:2a, NIrV. Living a life of honesty shows that we respect God and the people we care about. We can find a way to be truthful and still careful of the feelings of those we care about.

Living an honest life may sometimes be hard. It might mean admitting when we’ve done something wrong or made an embarrassing mistake. It might mean passing up a chance to sneak an extra turn and win the game while your friend isn’t looking. Or it may be as simple as following through on the things we have promised. Whatever the circumstances, this month look for ways to be honest so that others can trust you.

Our monthly challenge is to invite a friend to Kids Connect.  Or better yet, your family can invite a whole family to church!  The Easter Eggstravaganza and Easter Sunday are perfect opportunities to reach out and invite friends for fun and worship.  We have special prizes for the kids and their visiting friends!

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