This week In Sunday School

JESUS HEALED A WOMAN AND RAISED A GIRL

UNIT 24: SESSION Three

TEACHING ON 8.19.2017

Jesus had just returned from the region of the Gerasenes, where He had healed a man with an unclean spirit. He crossed the Sea of Galilee and came on shore, where He was surrounded by a large crowd of people. News of Jesus’ teachings and healings was spreading, and people wanted to see Jesus. They wanted to learn from Him and be healed.

Jairus, a leader in the synagogue, came to Jesus in crisis. His daughter was at the point of death. Without Jesus’ help, she would surely die. Jesus went with Jairus, but as He walked, a woman in the crowd came up behind Him and touched His robes. She too was desperate for healing. The woman believed that Jesus’ power was strong enough to heal her even if all she did was touch His robes. Because she had faith, Jesus healed her.

Imagine Jairus’s devastation when he heard that his daughter had died. The people suggested that Jesus was too late to help her, but Jesus proved them wrong. He went to Jairus’s house and raised the little girl from the dead.

By healing the woman and raising the little girl from the dead, Jesus showed His power as the Messiah. Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save people from sin and death. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and changes us to be more like His Son.

As you talk with your kids, point out that the woman and the father of the little girl came to Jesus in faith. They needed Jesus’ help, and they trusted in Jesus’ power to heal. After Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He ascended to heaven. Even though Jesus is not physically on earth today, we can pray and ask God to heal people who are sick. Whether or not God grants physical healing, we can rest knowing that He brings ultimate healing through His Son, Jesus.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

 

Thinking about Volunteering?

Woodlands Kids is looking for volunteers! 

There's no where else in the church that can use volunteers with so many different giftings, skills, backgrounds and time commitments. Can you serve once a month? We can use you! You're looking for a weekly, intensive service opportunity? We can use you! New Christian? Old Christian? Still learning about Christ, but want to get plugged in at Woodlands? Teen? Adult? Parent? Grandparent? Like to be up front? Like to be in the back? It doesn't matter - we can use you!

The majority of men and women who know Jesus as their Savior point to a moment when they were in elementary school as to when God chose to use a man or women or a moment to step into their lives. Not only is KidMin easy to get into, but it's also amazingly easy to have a huge impact through KidMin. Here's a list of the type of people we need in KidMin

  • People who can draw
  • People who are good at creating designs
  • People with muscles who can carry stuff
  • People with a passion to hang out with children
  • People who can love on high needs children
  • People who love playing games
  • People who love worshipping
  • People who can teach
  • People with a great imagination
  • People who can pray
  • People who can sit next to a child and help them calm down
  • People who like setting up games
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We have serving opportunities available for our Tuesday night Kid's Crossing Program, our Sunday school program, and nursery volunteers. 

 

Do you see yourself somewhere on that list? I bet you do! So what are you waiting for? Fill out the form and our Volunteer Coordinator Jami Wilhelm will contact you! 

 

This week in Sunday School

JESUS HAS POWER OVER EVIL

UNIT 24: SESSION TWO

TEACHING ON 8.13.2017

Jesus had enemies. In the midst of His public ministry, the Jewish religious leaders began plotting to kill Him. (See Mark 3:6.) So one day, Jesus went to a land on the east side of the Sea of Galilee where Gentiles lived. Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles was not a backup plan after the Jews rejected Him; when Jesus was an infant, Simeon prophesied that His work would be for all people—both Jews and Gentiles. (See Luke 2:30­32.)

In that land was a man who needed help. An evil spirit was inside the man, and he suffered greatly. The people had tried to control the man by tying him up with chains, but the man broke free. So he lived alone in the tombs, crying out day and night.

When Jesus stepped ashore, the man ran to Him and kneeled down. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many evil spirits were in the man, and Jesus gave the evil spirits permission to go into a herd of pigs. They did, and the man was healed.

The healed man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told the man to go home to his own people and tell what the Lord had done for him. The man obeyed Jesus. He testified to the cities in that area about the Lord’s mercy, and the Gentiles were amazed.

Jesus is Lord over all things, good and evil. In His teaching, Jesus said, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Matt. 12:28). Jesus—as well as the Bible—is clear that Satan exists, and he and the demons work against God and His purposes.

Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus has power over evil, and He used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

This week in Sunday School

Jesus and the Four Friends

Unit 24: Session One

Teaching one 8.6.2017

Jesus was in Capernaum, a city on the Sea of Galilee. The Pharisees and scribes—teachers of the law—came to listen to Jesus’ teaching. They were curious about His message and wanted to make sure He was teaching things that were true. So many people came that they crowded the house; there was no more room.

That day, four friends came to see Jesus. The four men carried their friend who was paralyzed. Jesus had healed people before—even people who were paralyzed. (See Matt. 4:24; 8:6.) The men believed Jesus came from God, and He could heal people. So their faith led to action. Because the friends could not get through the crowd, they carried their friend to the roof and lowered him down to Jesus.

The man who was paralyzed needed to be healed. Jesus knew this and did something even greater; Jesus forgave his sins, and then He healed the man. Because Jesus is God, He has the power and authority to heal and forgive. Jesus forgives those who trust in Him.

Jesus’ words to the paralyzed man surprised the Pharisees and teachers of the law. Rather than saying, “Get up and walk,” Jesus said, “Your sins are forgiven.” The religious leaders kept quiet, but Jesus knew their thoughts. They accused Jesus of blasphemy, dishonoring God by claiming to do what only God can do. But Jesus did not blaspheme. He is God, and He has authority to forgive sins.

Jesus asked them, “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?” Simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven,” seems to be the easier thing, but to actually forgive sins is harder, something only God can do. As God, Jesus has the power and authority to heal and forgive. And Jesus knew He would take the man’s sins upon Himself on the cross—an act of love that would cost Him His life.

Jesus healed the paralyzed man to prove to the religious leaders His power to forgive. Mark 2:12 records the crowd’s reaction: “They were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’”

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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JESUS Provided Bread From Heaven 

UNIT 23: SESSION 2

TEACHING ON 7.23.2017

Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side.

Jesus saw the crowds. He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost—like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost. (See Luke 19:10; John 10:14.)

The miracle Jesus performed that evening—feeding 5,000 men plus women and children—is the only miracle during Jesus’ earthly ministry that is recorded in all four Gospels. God was clearly at work. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.

By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life.

But Jesus didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. No one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.

Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (See John 6:41.) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread—a symbol of His death on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26.)

As you talk about this Bible story, help your kids know that God can and will provide for our needs. We can trust Him for our “daily bread.” (See Matt. 6:11.) God met our greatest need in giving us salvation through Jesus. Will He not graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week

This Week In Sunday School

Jesus Turned Water Into Wine

Unit 23: Session 1

Teaching on 7.16.2017

Jesus’ ministry had begun. He called disciples and traveled to the region of Galilee. Jesus spent His time on earth teaching and performing miracles, preparing for His ultimate mission: to die on the cross for the salvation of sinners. Jesus’ miracles were signs that pointed to greater truths about who Jesus is and why He had come.

John 2 records Jesus’ first miracle at a wedding in Cana. Jesus’ mother told Jesus that the wine had run out. Culturally, running out of wine was a big deal. Weddings were important events, and the celebration could last a week. To run out of wine was a social disaster. But Jesus responded in a surprising way: “What has this concern of yours to do with Me, woman? My hour has not yet come” (John 2:4).

To understand Jesus’ answer, remember that Jesus’ miracles were not an end unto themselves. They were signs, pointing to something greater. When the wine ran out, Jesus turned water to wine to show that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus offers us something greater than wine—Himself. Jesus is the true Vine. On that day, His hour had not yet come. Jesus knew what lay ahead; to give us Himself, He would shed His own blood by dying on the cross for our sin.

When Jesus’ disciples witnessed His miracle, the jars of wine were not the focus of their awe and wonder. Through the miracle, Jesus displayed His glory and His disciples believed in Him. Jesus was driven by His Father’s plan—not to simply solve the problem of lacking wine, but to solve the deepest problem we face, the problem of sin. As you talk with your kids, point them beyond Jesus’ miracles to see Jesus for who He is. 

Jesus performed miracles to help people believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus has power over everything, and those who believe in Him will have eternal life.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

This Week In Sunday School

THE PHARISEE and the tax collector 

UNIT 22 : SESSION 5

TEACHING ON 6.1.2017

Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem—the place where everything written about the Son of Man would be accomplished. (See Luke 18:31­33.) Jesus moved between towns and villages, teaching Pharisees and scribes, tax collectors and sinners, and His own disciples along the way. Luke 18:9­14 describes a parable Jesus told to a specific group: “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else” (Luke 18:9).

The parable presents two men who went up to the temple complex to pray. The first, a Pharisee, was proud and believed he was righteous because of his own deeds. He stood up and prayed, thanking God that he was not as sinful as other people.

The second, a tax collector, humbly acknowledged his sin and asked God for mercy. Jesus explained that the tax collector—and not the Pharisee—went home justified.

The tax collector knew he needed God to forgive him, and he cried out to God. Everyone is a sinner who needs forgiveness. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross. We can cry out to God like the tax collector and because of Jesus, God will forgive us.

As you talk with your kids, explain that God rejects the proud but gives grace to the humble. (See Jas. 4:6.) The sin of pride keeps us from Jesus. Pride is thinking we are better than we really are. Someone with the attitude of the Pharisee sees no need for Jesus. The Pharisee focused on sins he had avoided rather than confessing his sin, but the tax collector knew he had no standing before a righteous God. He asked for mercy, and God was merciful to him. God did not look at the Pharisee—nor does He ever look at us—and say, “Wow, that’s impressive.” God sees us for who we really are: sinners in need of forgiveness. Jesus took the punishment for our sin by dying on the cross.

God wants everyone to be saved (see 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9), and we can come to Him with nothing but empty hands of faith. We can cry out to God like the tax collector and because of Jesus, God will forgive us.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

This Week in Sunday School

THE THREE PARABLES

UNIT 22 : SESSION 4

TEACHING ON 6.25.2017

In Luke 19, Jesus went after Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector. Zacchaeus was not well liked, but his interaction with Jesus led him to repent of his wrongdoing. Jesus said to him, “The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

Who is “the lost”? What does it mean to be lost? In Luke 15, Jesus told three parables to the crowd of tax collectors, sinners, Pharisees, and scribes. Jesus’ teaching brought gospel truth to the tax collectors and sinners—those whose unrighteousness separated them from God—and to the Pharisees and scribes—those whose relied on their own righteous efforts for salvation.

The first two parables are similar. In one, a man loses a sheep. He leaves his flock to find the missing sheep, and he rejoices when it is found. In the second, a woman loses a silver coin. The woman carefully searches her home until she finds it. Then, she calls her neighbors and friends to celebrate with her. Heaven rejoices when even one sinner repents. Finally, Jesus told a parable about two sons. The younger son asked for his inheritance, wasted his money on immoral living, and decided to return to his father. Rather than rejecting his wayward son, the father embraced him. The older son, who had always been obedient to his father, reacted with anger.

As you read Luke 15, think about the crowd Jesus was speaking to. The focus is often placed on the younger son—the one with whom the tax collectors and sinners could identify—but Jesus also made a point about the older son. He was like the Pharisees and scribes, focused on his own morality and feeling entitled to his father’s favor.

The religious leaders complained that Jesus welcomed sinners. Jesus told these parables to teach about God’s forgiveness. God sent Jesus so sinners can be forgiven. As Savior, Jesus seeks sinners. He paid the ultimate price—His own life—to save people from sin.

Jesus taught what God is like. He seeks sinners who have wandered far from Him, and He seeks sinners who try to earn salvation by their good works. As you talk with your kids, help them understand that being lost means not knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. God loves us, and He actively seeks to bring sinners to Himself.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Mark 6:34

This Week In Sunday School

The Good Samaritan 

Unit 22 : Session 3

Teaching on 6.18.2017

Jesus was meeting with His followers when an expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Him a question. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus pointed Him to the Scriptures, which say, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” (See Deut. 6:5; Lev. 19:18.)

Then the lawyer asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Rather than give a list of whom the man should love, Jesus responded with a parable about a man in need. The priest and Levite—men dedicated to serving God—neglected to help the man in need. By showing mercy, the Samaritan (whom Jews considered a social outcast) proved to be a neighbor to the man in need. Jesus told the lawyer, “Go and do the same.”

Jesus’ story about the good Samaritan surprised the people who heard it. Like the good Samaritan, God saw that we needed to be rescued. He sent His Son to save us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose again so we can have eternal life. God calls us to show His love for the world by helping people in need.

Jesus did not directly answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The lawyer asked the wrong question; he was seeking to justify himself, to meet the minimum requirements of the Old Testament law with the hope of gaining eternal life. Rather, Jesus taught that the lawyer should love without limits and demonstrate love with action.

In this parable, we see the beauty of the gospel. Point out to your kids that like the good Samaritan, God saw that we needed to be rescued. We were dead in our sin and unable to help ourselves. God showed His love when He sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from sin.

Jesus came to us and provided salvation, forgiveness, and everything we need. As we look to Him, He continues to take care of us. Emphasize that, as a result, God calls us to show His love for the world by loving others as He has loved us.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Mark 6:34

Kidmin in the Park

CALLING ALL WOODLANDERS! 

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DATES ARE:

Monday, June 19th

 Tuesday, July 18th

Monday, August 21st

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us this summer for relaxed gatherings of fellow Woodlands families, kids, volunteers, or friends! KidMin in the Park will happen once a month - pack a picnic and meet at the lower pavilion at Iverson any time between 5pm-7pm.

Kids can play together and parents can chat in a low-pressure environment.

Summer in theory is a time for rest; yet it seems to be a crazy busy season with vacations, travel, and camps simultaneously. Summer can be a very dry season spiritually- with life groups letting out, bible studies postponed, and weekend travel that keeps people from coming to Sunday service- we need to be intentional about fellowship over these three months.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
— Psalm 133:1

So we here at KidMin vote we take advantage of this very unWisconsinlike weather, get outside, and connect with one another! 

P.S. this could also be a great opportunity to invite families you know from outside of Woodlands to join in this noncommittal time of rest and fun!  

This Week In Sunday School

The Unmerciful Servant

Unit 22: Session 2

Teaching on 6.11.2017

Jesus had been teaching His disciples when Peter asked Jesus, “How many times should I forgive my brother when he sins against me?” Peter suggested seven times. Jews considered it standard to show forgiveness three times (see Job 33:29­30), so Peter probably thought he was going above and beyond. Jesus answered Peter’s question by telling a story about an unmerciful servant.

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In the parable, a servant owed his master ten thousand talents. A talent was equal to about 20 years of wages. Ten thousand talents represented a debt that could never be repaid. Faced with debtors’ prison, the servant begged for more time to repay the master. Instead, the master released his servant and forgave the great debt.

The same servant went out and confronted a man who owed him a hundred denarii—about 100 days of wages. The man begged for more time, but the servant refused and put the man in prison. When the master heard what happened, he was angry that the servant who had been forgiven a great debt did not show mercy to the man who owed a small debt. So the master put the man in prison until he could pay his debt. Jesus concluded the parable by explaining that God would react in the same way to anyone who does not forgive his brother.

We are like the servant, and God is like the master.

Nothing we do is enough to pay the debt we owe God and take away God’s punishment for our sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to pay for our sin and take the punishment we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin completely. We can forgive others because God has greatly forgiven us.

As you talk with your kids, emphasize that God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others—not just three times or seven times, but many, many times—not keeping count. We have been forgiven a great debt, so we can forgive others when they sin against us.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.


UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Mark 6:34

 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

VBS IS COMING!

VBS PREVIEW DAY

To start off Summer Sunday School we are doing a VBS preview day! (Scroll down to the past posts see information on the changes to come with this Sunday). 

What is VBS preview day? 

So happy you asked! We will be teaching the kids some of the songs to come this summer and talk about how VBS can be a ministry to their peers and kids who don't attend Woodlands Church. We will also give a short lesson from the Gospel Project and really celebrate the start to summer as a large group!

This Sunday for Preview day you will also have a chance to sign up your kiddos or yourself as a volunteer. 

If you aren't sold on VBS here are just two reasons that it's important to the Church:

1. VBS creates memories! 

How many of you have been to a VBS and don't remember a thing? My guess is VERY few of you! VBS is a celebratory event that teaches kids everlasting truths in a fun way! Whether it's a craft that they stamped the verse on, an engaging storytime experience, or a catchy song; something is sure to stick. 

I know that I personally can remember a song I was taught as a five year-old even today. 'Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you, wherever you go!" I remember singing myself this song when I couldn't sleep for fear of monsters. VBS songs were my childhood prayers as I lay awake at night

2. VBS is an evangelistic opportunity  

VBS is created to reach kids for Christ. Every day they have the chance to give their lives up to a Savior as they are taught the gospel. We want to get kids from the community to be surrounded by Christ following families, and get children from our Church to learn more about what their parents believe and how they can make it their own. 

There is power in the gospel and VBS is a huge way to get more kids and families to hear it. 

Reach Kids -- > Reach families --> Connect them to Woodlands --> Ultimately connect them to Christ 

This week in Sunday School

Jesus and Zecchaeus

UNIT 21: SESSION 4 - SUNDAY SCHOOL (PRESCHOOL- 4TH GRADE)

TEACHING ON 5.21.2017

Zacchaeus lived in the town of Jericho. He was a chief tax collector. Zacchaeus’s job was to collect money from the Jews for the Roman government. Many people knew Zacchaeus, and many did not like him.

The Bible says that Zacchaeus was rich. Tax collectors often collected more money than necessary and kept the surplus for themselves. His greed and dishonesty led Zacchaeus to being looked down upon as a “sinner.” But Zacchaeus treasured his wealth more than his reputation.

Zacchaeus probably never imagined that his entire life would change in a single day. When Jesus came through Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see him. He couldn’t see over the crowds, so he climbed a sycamore tree and watched Jesus from a distance.

Imagine the crowd’s surprise when Jesus approached the tree and called out to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down because today I must stay at your house.”

Of all the people in Jericho, Jesus chose to visit Zacchaeus! The other people complained. What was Jesus thinking, going to stay with a sinner like Zacchaeus?

The story reveals that Zacchaeus’s encounter with Jesus changed him. He offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back four times what he had cheated from others. Zacchaeus no longer treasured his wealth. He realized that Jesus offered something so much better. Jesus confirmed this evidence of a changed heart: “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came after us—sinners who do not deserve Him—and He rescues us from sin. Jesus died on the cross for our sin, and He is glad when we repent and trust in Him.

People who encounter Jesus do not walk away unchanged. Pray that your kids encounter the real Jesus, the One who came into the world because we needed Him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost—people like Zacchaeus and people like us. “I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Mark 2:17). When we repent and trust in Jesus, He changes us.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Nicodemus went to see Jesus at night.
  • Jesus gives people life forever with God.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Preschool

  •  Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s plan.

Kids

  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again.

- See more at: http://woodlandschurch.org/kidminupdates/#sthash.YIdFjlbA.dpuf

Summer Sunday Kids Programming and Some Changes

Summer Sunday Kids Programming and Some Changes

We have Sunday programming for kids 6th grade and below, but there are always some changes and updates and tweaks. I want to walk through some details so you're informed and aware!

Graduate at the END

We graduate kids at the END of the summer (except for VBS). So kiddos in the current Kindergarten class will stay in the Kindergarten room until graduation day - September 3rd. Likewise, 6th graders can continue hanging out through the summer. 

Elementary Together

We love the ability to give our regular teachers the summer off to relax, refresh and re-energize. As a result, all the elementary kids (1st-6th grade) will be together for Kid's Worship in Celebration Square throughout the summer. We'll sing, play, learn and discuss together as we continue through our curriculum, The Gospel Project.

Major Checkin Changes 

Get ready! When you come to church on June 4th, you'll notice major changes in the way we've organized and laid out our checkin stations. The long checkin counter is going AWAY, and being replaced with a smaller Kid's Welcome booth for new families. Instead of heading to the counter to checkin, we'll be utilizing iPads located in three places: by the exterior doors in the nursery hallway, behind the Kid's Welcome booth, and across from the giant circular timeline in the back hallway. You can checkin at any of these stations. The nametags and pickup slips will still be the same, and the checkin process will be similar. You'll see more information in the next few weeks. 

Nursery Switcharoos

More change?!? Yup. We're excited for this one, too! Starting June 4, you'll see we've shifted some nursery rooms. Our current infants nursery will serve as a Nursing/Family room, with private nursing areas and an space for families with kids who are squirmy or who won't go into traditional childcare solutions to view the sermon. Then, everything else will shift: the current Ones nursery will become the Infants, the current Twos will become the Ones, and the Twos will shift over to classroom 405 (by Celebration Square). This gives us more room for all our classes and space for our kiddos. We'll post clear signage - you won't miss anything!

If you have questions about any of the updates or changes, please contact us at Woodlands Kids!

#stokethefire

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Date Nite is back! 

June 2nd from 6-8PM Woodlands Church will take the kids FREE OF CHARGE while parents enjoy a few hours with each other! 

Sign up is a breeze! Just go to our Date Nite webpage and fill out the form. 

<--- Check out this list of fun ideas to do with your spouse or create your own two hour getaway!

Courtship isn't always easy once you have kids! But it doesn't have to end; continue pursuing each other and making time for a healthy marriage. We hope that this date nite helps! 

 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:2-3

Use the hashtag #stokethefire and enjoy your night out - or night in ;) - on us!  

 

This Week In Sunday School

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Jesus Rejected in Nazareth

UNIT 21: SESSION 4 - SUNDAY SCHOOL (PRESCHOOL- 4TH GRADE)

TEACHING ON 5.14.2017

Jesus was about thirty years old when He began His ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then, He headed north to Galilee. He went through the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman.

Jesus began teaching in the synagogues. He went to the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. This was where Jesus grew up.

On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone’s eyes were on Him as He explained, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” What was Jesus saying? Jesus was saying, It’s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some of the people might have remembered Jesus from His youth. They asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus knew their thoughts; Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people wanted Jesus to do miracles in His hometown too. Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament accounts. Many widows lived in Israel when the prophet Elijah was there, but God sent Elijah to help a widow in another country. And Elisha likely encountered Israelites who had leprosy, but he healed Naaman the Syrian.

Jesus wanted the people to understand that His miracles were an act of grace—a gift. No one deserves God’s grace, so God may show grace to whomever He pleases—even Gentiles. The people were angry. They drove Jesus away, intending to kill Him, but Jesus escaped through the crowd.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. He would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and told everyone who was listening that He is the promised Messiah.

Help your kids see that Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set the captives free. He came preaching good news to all the people groups. Finally, the Messiah had come! Jesus was God’s plan to save sinners. Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Nicodemus went to see Jesus at night.
  • Jesus gives people life forever with God.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Preschool

  •  Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s plan.

Kids

  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again.

FLYTE CURRICULUM FROM MAY 7TH - MAY 28TH

FLYTE: faith. life. together.

CURRICULUM FOR 5TH AND 6TH GRADERS

Like many families, you’d probably say there is never a dull moment in your home! There are so many challenges facing today’s families. If there have been major changes in your family in the recent past, there are even more “stuff” to handle.

Over the next four weeks, your preteen will be discussing family “stuff.” Specifically, we’ll be attempting to answer several questions about the topic:

UNIT THEME: RELATIONSHIPS 

5/7- Why Do I Have to Be in This Family? (Genesis 25:19-34; 27)

5/15- Are They Really My Family? (Ruth 1; Matthew 12:46-50)

5/21-  Why Can't I Have My Own Space? (Genesis 26:12-22)

5/28- How Can I Help My Family? (John 1:35-51)

The purpose of these lessons is to teach preteens to consider their place in their families and how they can make family life better.

As you talk with your preteen about these matters, I would encourage you to share your own family frustrations you had as a kid. Also share precious family experiences you remember. Help your preteen see that being part of a family has both challenges and rewards!

This week in Sunday School

Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman

UNIT 21: SESSION 3 - SUNDAY SCHOOL (PRESCHOOL- 4TH GRADE)

TEACHING ON 5.7.2017

At the time Jesus was on earth, the social food chain went like this: Jews don’t talk to Samaritans. The strife between the two groups stretched back hundreds of years, to the Babylonian exile.

When the Babylonians attacked Judah, they moved a large group of God’s people away from their homes. But some of the people—the poorest, sickest, least able to work—were left behind in the region that became known as Samaria. The exile lasted 70 years. During that time, those left in Samaria began to mingle with their neighbors to the north. They intermarried and practiced foreign customs. While the Samaritans still believed in God, they adapted their beliefs.

The Jews who returned home from Babylon to rebuild God’s temple in Jerusalem rejected this new way of life. They were dedicated to obeying and worshiping God, and they didn’t agree with the Samaritans’ practices. The Samaritans opposed the Jews’ efforts to reestablish their nation. In time, the Jews’ hate for the Samaritans grew—so much so, that a Jew traveling from Judea to Galilee would take a longer route to travel around Samaria rather than through it.

Jesus broke down barriers when He traveled to Galilee by way of Samaria. Even more surprising, Jesus stopped at a well around noon and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. Jewish men did not speak to women in public.

But Jesus was kind to her, and He offered a gift—living water. The woman didn’t understand, but Jesus revealed His knowledge of her past. He even gave her a glimpse of the future. The Samaritan woman expected a Messiah to come and fix everything. Jesus said, “I am He.”

Jesus offered the woman something no one else could give her—living water. Jesus wasn’t talking about water that she could physically drink; Jesus was talking about the Holy Spirit who would satisfy her spiritual thirst. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who come to Him by faith.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Nicodemus went to see Jesus at night.
  • Jesus gives people life forever with God.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Preschool

  •  Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s plan.

Kids

  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● JOHN 14:6

This Week In Sunday School

Jesus Met Nicodemus

Unit 21: Session 1 - Sunday School (preschool- 4th grade)

Teaching on 4.30.2017

Jesus’ ministry had begun. His first miracle was at a wedding, turning water into wine. He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem and performed signs, and “many trusted in His name” (John 2:23). Jesus likely spent a large part of His day teaching. When the day was done, He spent time alone or with His disciples. One night, however, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus.

Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews; that is, he was a religious leader who taught God’s law, and he was a member of the Sanhedrin—a Jewish governing body. Nicodemus was part of an exclusive group of apparently moral men. He held to the belief that if a person was a law-abiding Jew, he would be accepted by God. Jesus gave Nicodemus a lesson that would turn his belief system on its head.

Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), so the religious teachers likely assumed He didn’t know theology. But they had seen Jesus’ miraculous signs in Jerusalem. Nicodemus had to conclude, “You are a teacher come from God” (John 3:2).

Nicodemus initiated the conversation, but Jesus chose the subject. His words perplexed Nicodemus: “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus explained that spiritual birth is not unlike physical birth in that a person cannot do it himself. It is something that happens to him.

Jesus reminded Nicodemus of an Old Testament account, the disobedient Israelites and the bronze snake. The Israelites could not help themselves, but when they trusted in God and looked to the bronze snake lifted up on the pole, they were healed. (Num. 21:4-9)

Nicodemus needed new life—eternal life—but he could not do anything to earn it. Eternal life is a gift that comes only from God. God showed His love in this way: He sent His One and Only Son to save the world. Everyone who believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life.

Emphasize with your kids that every person is born a sinner—spiritually dead and alienated from God. It is by God’s Spirit—not our own effort—that we are born again. We look to Christ and His finished work on the cross for our salvation.

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Nicodemus went to see Jesus at night.
  • Jesus gives people life forever with God.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Preschool

  •  Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is God’s Son.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s plan.

Kids

  • Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus he must be born again.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● John 14:6

This Week In Sunday School

Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection

Unit 20: Session 2 - Sunday School (Preschool- 4th grade)

Teaching on Easter Sunday

4.16.2017

God’s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God’s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin.

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place.

Jesus came to live and die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)

Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21)

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life.

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is alive.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us

Preschool

  • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
  • Jesus died on the cross and is alive.

Kids

  • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
  • Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Romans 10:9

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