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.

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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

This week in Sunday School

Jesus' Triumphal Entry

Unit 20: Session 1- Sunday School (Preschool - 4th grade)

4.9.2017

The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday—the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God’s people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near Bethphage (BETH fayj) and Bethany near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village to bring a donkey to Him.

Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode the donkey, and people laid branches and their robes on the ground in front of Him. The people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem believed He was the promised Messiah, but they expected Him to overthrow Roman oppression and set up an earthly throne. Jesus sent a different message.

The next day, Jesus entered the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus referred to Isaiah 56:7, declaring that His kingship would not just be over the Jews but over all people. While Jesus was in the temple, He healed the blind and the lame. Jesus’ actions declared, “I am not just your King; I am also your God” (Isa. 35:4-6).

Finally, the priests and the scribes heard the children in the temple worshiping Jesus as their King. “Do You hear what these children are saying?” they asked. Jesus replied, quoting Psalm 8:2. Jesus gladly received their praise because He was worthy of their praise. Jesus is the Son of God who came to overthrow sin and set up an eternal throne.

During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)

As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

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.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • People praised Jesus as their King.

Preschool

  • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
  • People welcomed Jesus as their King.

Kids

  • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
  • People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.

 

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● Romans 10:9

This week in Sunday School

Jesus Was Tempted

Unit 19: Session 6- Sunday School (preschool- 4th grade)

Teaching on 4.9.2017

After Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness. Jesus fasted for 40 days, and He was hungry. There in the wilderness, the Devil, who is the agent of temptation and father of lies, appeared to Jesus. The Devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

If You are the Son of God? The Devil knew who Jesus is. He challenged Jesus to prove it. The Devil wanted to ruin God’s plan of redemption which was set in motion in Genesis 3. In the garden of Eden, Satan used a seemingly innocent question to arouse doubt in Eve: “Did God really say, ‘You can’t eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Gen. 3:1). Adam and Eve ate the fruit God had forbidden them to eat, and sin entered the world.

Jesus came to reverse the curse, to succeed where Adam failed. The Devil’s aim was to use a similar trick as in Eden to get Jesus to sin, to disqualify Him from the role of sinless Savior.

The Devil targeted Jesus in His weakness. He tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread, to put Himself in danger, and to worship him as a way to fulfill Jesus’ mission without going to the cross. “Go away, Satan!” Jesus replied.

Jesus was tempted, but He trusted God and never sinned. Jesus is perfect and righteous. A perfect sacrifice was required to take away sin. Jesus was that perfect sacrifice. He died on the cross to free us from sin and to give us the power to say no to temptation.

The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus, our High Priest, can sympathize with our weaknesses because He was tested in every way we are, yet He never sinned. Jesus’ actions are an example for believers, but what happens when we do give in to temptation?

Emphasize to your kids that we can boldly approach God’s throne to receive grace to help us through temptation, and mercy and forgiveness when we sin (See Heb. 4:14-16.) We have hope because Christ died for 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 God’s Son.
  • Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.
  • Jesus always obeyed God’s words.
  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Preschool

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is God’s One and Only Son.
  • Jesus was tempted.

Kids

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • Jesus was tempted and never sinned.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● 1 Timothy 1:15

This week in Sunday School

Jesus was Baptised

Unit 19: Session 5- Sunday School (preschool - 4th grade)

Teaching on 4.2.2017

Zechariah’s son, John, grew up in the wilderness. John’s ministry began when God’s word came to him, and he began preaching near the Jordan River. John worked to get the people ready for the coming of Jesus, fulfilling the Old Testament prophecy, “A voice of one crying out: Prepare the way of the Lord in the wilderness” (Isa. 40:3).

John called the people to repent of their sins, and he baptized them in the Jordan River. John also instructed the people on right living. (See Luke 3:10-14.) Some of the people suspected that John might be the Messiah, but John insisted, “One is coming who is more powerful than I” (Luke 3:16).

Jesus came from Galilee to be baptized by John at the Jordan River. Wait a second. John was calling people to a baptism of repentance. We know Jesus never sinned (see Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21), so why did Jesus come to be baptized? John was right when he said, “I need to be baptized by You, and yet You come to me?” (Matt. 3:14).

Commentators’ ideas vary about why Jesus was baptized. Perhaps He was affirming John’s work. Maybe He was identifying with sinners or showing them how they would be saved—through His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus answered John, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15).

Jesus never sinned, but He obeyed God and was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we turn from sin and start a new life—a life lived for Jesus.

Help your kids understand that baptism is not what saves us; baptism is a way we show that we have been saved. Baptism reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we die to sin and come into a new way of life—a life lived for Jesus. (See Rom. 6:3-4.)

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 God’s Son.
  • Jesus always obeyed God perfectly.
  • John baptized Jesus to do God’s plan.  
  • Everything Jesus does makes God happy. 

Preschool

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is God’s One and Only Son.
  • John baptized Jesus.

Kids

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● 1 Timothy 1:15

THIS WEEK IN SUNDAY SCHOOL

Jesus at the temple

Unit 19: Session 4- Sunday School(preschool- 4th grade)

Teaching on 3.26.2017

The Book of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His time at the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). Both stories set the stage for Jesus’ ministry on earth as an adult.

Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews. They had dedicated the baby Jesus according to the law of Moses, and they traveled to Jerusalem each year to celebrate Passover. God had commanded the men to appear before Him three times a year to observe certain festivals. (See Deut. 16:16.) Once a year, those who followed God’s law would travel to Jerusalem—often in large groups—to celebrate Passover.

In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood, social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem, Joseph might have taken Jesus around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and explain the purpose of the Passover feast.

Jesus’ parents started the journey back home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. Mary and Joseph traveled for a day before they noticed Jesus was missing. They went back to Jerusalem and found Him at the temple.

When Mary asked why He had done this, Jesus answered Mary’s question with a question: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin.

Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan. As Jesus grew up, He became strong and wise. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

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 God’s Son.
  • Jesus went to the temple to worship God.
  • Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan.
  • Jesus honored God the Father and His earthly parents too

Preschool

 

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is God’s One and Only Son. 
  • Jesus came to earth to do God's plan.

Kids

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • Jesus came to earth to do His Father's plan.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ●  TIMOTHY 1:15

FLYTE CURRICULUM from April 2nd - April 30th

FLYTE: faith. life. together

Curriculum for 5th and 6th graders

How many times have you said to yourself or someone else, “It’s not fair”? Your preteen is entering a phase of growth in which he or she will be making that kind of statement for a lot of different reasons.

Think of the changes you were going through at that age. Did it seem like some friends always had it better? Someone else had the things you wanted and never had to deal with the challenges you faced. Did you wonder why, no matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t make things work out for yourself?

During this unit your preteen will be finding out how to deal with these kinds of frustrations through some pretty intensive Bible study. Here’s an outline of what to expect:

Unit Theme – It’s Not Fair!

4/2 – Why can’t I have what they have? (Luke 15:11-32)

4/9 – Why is this happening to me? (1 Samuel 19–20)

4/16 – Easter Sunday

4/23 - Why can’t I do it all? (Exodus 18)

4/30 – Why do people die? (Genesis 3; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24)

Our memory passage for this unit will remind preteens that God always has a plan. Encourage your preteen to commit Jeremiah 29:11-12 to memory. Agree to memorize it together!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

 

This Week in Sunday School

Jesus Was Born

Unit 19: Session 4- Sunday School (Preschool-4th Grade)

Teaching on 3.19.2017

Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan.

After Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a manger. A king in a manger! It was so unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent in the most humble of positions, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).

Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel brought them “good news of great joy.” (See Luke 2:10-11.) The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all.

The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be their King forever.

Some time after Jesus’ birth, wise men came to worship Jesus. They brought Him gifts suitable for a king—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Jesus is the King who will rule forever, just as God promised King David. (See 2 Sam. 7.)

Remind your kids that Jesus came because we needed Him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is about rejoicing over the greatest gift we could ever receive. God’s own Son came to earth to be our Savior and our King.

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 God’s Son.
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • Jesus is the Savior, the Lord.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us

Preschool

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is God’s One and Only Son.
  •  Jesus was born as God promised.

 Kids

  • What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE ● 1 Timothy 1:15

December Backpacks for Hope Focus

Backpacks for Hope is a fantastic ministry at Woodlands Church that provides weekly meals for families in our community through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Portage County. It's a blessing to have such a strategic partnership, and it's a blessing to be able to so tangibly impact lives!

During December, we'll be giving all of our Sunday School offering gifts to Backpacks for Hope -we've set an initial goal of $500. Each week, kids will be encouraged to bring in tithe money to put in their classroom backpack - we'll collect, count and update classrooms each week with how much money they've brought in.

At the end of the month, we'll celebrate the great work the kids have done, and the classroom that brought in the most money will also win a donut party in early January! Won't that be fun?

Ultimately, we love to encourage boys and girls that they're money can be used to bless and transform other people's lives as well. Tithing is an essential component of the Christian life, because it continually reaffirms our dependence on God, rather than money or anything else.

Please encourage your son or daughter to bring in money (or provide some for them) and give it to Backpacks for Hope!

Centershot Ministry

Centershot Ministry

We're very excited to continue our CenterShot ministry!

Yes, we are launching an archery ministry in KidMin! Yes, it's at the church. Yes, it involves real bows and arrows and targets. Yes - everyone is safe. ...I know what you're asking. No, I'm (Pastor Dave) not leading this. We can all rest easy!

I'm incredibly thankful to a great group of leaders who are continuing to look for opportunities to build relationships with boy and girls and to point them toward Christ. During the summer, our Hooked for Life program is a great success, and during the fall and winter, we want to pair that with Centershot.

The next session of Centershot runs from October 31st through December 19th, on Monday nights from 6-8pm in the gym. 

Each evening will include intentional, real archery training, instruction and practice, as well as a relevant and intentional Bible lesson and life discussion.

Our very real goal is to keep our adult:kid ratio as low as possible, so that boys and girls have opportunities to build relationships with these great volunteers (fully screen and intentionally trained). We cap registration at 20 kids.

At this point, we're opening Centershot registration for boys and girls 3rd grade and beyond. You can submit and application right here. Moreover, if you know of boys or girls who might benefit from this type of intentional ministry, please let us know. We would appreciate a donation of any amount to help offset costs, but that's not required to participate.

If you would like more information on volunteering at Centershot, please email Pastor Dave.

How to Kid's Crossing

How to Kid's Crossing

Kid's Crossing launched last week after many months of prayer, work and preparation - and we had a great launch! Now, we can't wait to get into the curriculum. To help you - mom and dad - make the most out of the curriculum - here are some starting thoughts:

  • The Bridge is YOUR book - your kids don't need to bring anything with them. Each night, they'll receive their weekly card, with teachings, their memory verse, application questions and an application idea for this week.
  • Make sure you spend some time looking through the Bridge Ideas for thise week (pages 16-21 for this week). Take advantage of the ideas, extended reading (you can use them for ReadIT!) and the Marriage moment. Ask to hear the verse your kids learned!
  • Remember, Kid's Crossing is geared around the question - from you - "What did you learn tonight?" So ask it when you pick up your kids!
  • Kid's will need to get their nametags FIRST THING each evening. Those nametags should stay at church - we build custom hangers for them. When you come in, you'll be able to quickly find their nametags!
  • Last week, we weren't super clear about pickup - this week, as you drop off your son or daughter, check their nametag for their pickup location. It's on the back of Mids and Majors nametags - and the front of Minis. 

If you have any questions, please ask! We can wait to hear how Kid's Crossing tied in with your family!

The Parent's Series

The Parent's Series

We're excited to announce The Parent's Series at Woodlands Church! Our goal, as much as possible, is to provide quality resources and tools for parents - to partner with parents in their journey as disciplemakers and followers of Christ.

To help, we're putting together four practical, helpful and diverse workshops for parents. These will take place in October, during the 9:15am service on Sunday mornings in the Kitchen Classrooms. They're absolutely free, and we'd love to see you attend just one or all four or anything in the middle! So, that October 4, October 11, October 18 and October 25.

We'll be officially releasing the workshop titles and speakers - and preregistration info - in the next week, but would love for you to mark the dates on your calendars! Again, free, practical and helpful are the name of the game here!

What's Up with Sunday School in the fall?

What's Up with Sunday School in the fall?

Let's get some clarity about Sunday School starting September 6th!

We've switched to a brand new curriculum - The Gospel Project for Kids. All of our classes, from 3 years old through 4th grade will be using TGP each week - for the next three years! During those years, kids will see the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and how it fits into God's story of salvation for his people. 

The Preschool Classes - our 3's, 4K and Kindergarten classes, will continue to meet in the back classrooms - rooms 305A, 305B and 307. Similar to summer, they'll gather for opening activities, come together for teaching and worship, and then finish with snacks and activities! You can drop your preschool aged kids off and pick them up in their classrooms.

1st-6th grade will all gather at the beginning of service in Celebration Square for worship and brief announcements. Please drop your elementary aged kids off at Celebration Square! Then, after about the first 10 minutes, 1st-4th grade will be dismissed to their classrooms for teaching and activities. Their classrooms are:

1st Grade: Room 405
2nd Grade: Room 301
3rd Grade: Room 303
4th Grade: Room 302

Each class has two teachers, each hour, who can't wait to meet their kids and share with them!

5th and 6th grade will continue in Celebration Square for the rest of the morning. So, please pick up your elementary aged kids in their classrooms.

Of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! The nursery is available during the 9:15 and 10:45 service. We'll see you at Sunday School!

KidMin Kash and ReadIt!

KidMin Kash and ReadIt!

Well, we've got some new things to get you up to speed on, starting next week, September 6th! When we launch fall KidMin programs in Plover, we have two new "framing ministries."

The first is called KidMin Kash, and it's a simple, easy way to reward kids for participating. If kids participate in one of 4 ways, they'll get a "KidMin Kash Coin." These will be simple gold, plastic coins that kids hang on to (it's up to the kid to hang on to them). Then, on the first Sunday and first Tuesday of each month, the Family Resource Center will become "KidMin Kash Out," a place for kids to spend their coins on fun toys, prizes, books and other rewards.

The four ways kids can earn a coin:

  • Attend Sunday School (they'll get their coins as they leave).
  • Finish their nightly section at Kid's Crossing.
  • Bring a friend to any KidMin program (they'll get two - and so will their friend!)
  • Turn in a ReadIt! Slip!

Which leads to ReadIt! Similar to BookIt, we want to reward kids for getting into God's Word. So, throughout the church, starting this Sunday, kids and parents can pick up ReadIt! Slips. These simple slips have places for kids to record where in the Bible they read that week. If they read 5 our of the 7 days - anywhere in the Bible - any amount or for any time - they'll get a KidMin Kash coin. Slips can be turned in at Sunday School or Kid's Crossing.

Simple! If you have questions, email me! Thanks!

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