I Go to Big Church Now

One of the greatest privileges a parent has is to train their children to worship. Since we are worshiping from home temporarily, now is the perfect time to begin worship training with your kids in your own home! They are going to “Big Church” now!

Here are some tips to help your family enjoy worshiping together online, beginning this Sunday. These can and should be adjusted depending on the ages and stages of your children.

  • Approach worshiping together in a happy, positive way.
  • Plan and set up your worship environment ahead of time. Give the kids ownership, and let them help! Program the CFBC worship service on the biggest screen, monitor, or tv you have available so everyone can have a front row seat and see the screen. Decide seating arrangements. Are you going to snuggle on the couch or have the kids sit on the floor in front of the tv? Do you need assigned seating to separate certain siblings during the service? 🙂
  • Practice the songs with Mrs. Beth in the videos on the Kids Ministry Facebook page, so your kids will hear familiar songs during the service and be able to sing along! If you have musical instruments, rain sticks, or bells, let the kids play along during the singing. Or if you have scarves and bandannas , they are fun for waving with the music.
  • Share your expectations ahead of time, whatever they are. Be specific. Tell them we are all going to church together at 10:00 (or 11:30 Spanish) Sunday morning, online. Explain that we will all stand and sing when it’s time to sing (movement during the early part of the service helps children focus during the later part.). We will all pray, when it’s time to pray. We will all listen, when it’s time to listen. We will whisper when we have a question, so Mom and Dad can learn about God, too. (I like to answer spiritual questions immediately, but it’s also okay to say, “I am listening to the pastor now, we can talk about your question after the service.”)
  • Go to the restroom and get a drink BEFORE the service begins.
  • Prepare a special Big Church tote bag for younger children, equipped with quiet things to do, such as colors and coloring pages, play dough, books, a snack, and a water bottle. Allow the Big Church bag ONLY when it’s time to listen, after the sermon begins. Please remember that worship is not sitting still, and children are listening even if it doesn’t look like it.
  • A listening guide for Sunday’s sermon is available online for older kids.
  • Your child learns from your example. Smile a lot. Keep expectations simple and developmentally appropriate. Enjoy sitting next to your most treasured possession, your child, while you worship, even if he wiggles, talks, or forgets the expectations.
  • In the book, Parenting in the Pew, Robbie Castleman says, “By beginning to train your child to worship, you are actually saying to your Father, ‘Daddy, I’d like you to meet my children!’”

Parents, relax! You can do this!
God is with you, God is for you! God wants you to introduce your kids to Him.

Have you in our hearts,
Your Kids Ministry Team

Champions
Stephanie Chase, Kids Minister
Becky Marshall, Preschool Minister
Annette Flores, Special Blessings
Brandy Christoph, Ministry Assistant

North Klein
Allie Kretsinger
Kids Minister

Jersey Village
Stephanie Rogers
Kids Minister

Conroe
Myrna Arana
Kids Ministry Coordinator


A Note from Your Kids Ministry Team

If you missed previous notes from Your Kids Ministry Team or just want to refer back, select a link below for past notes of encouragement.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Relax. We’re Here For You

Activity: Notes of Encouragement

Like so many nursing homes and assisted living facilities, over 120 residents of Park Manor of Tomball are unable to gather in the dining room or recreation rooms at their facility during this time. Residents are feeling anxious and lonely and a card or note would remind them they are not forgotten and they are loved. Notes could even include a favorite Bible verse and some colorful artwork.

Notes can be mailed to:
Park Manor of Tomball
Attn: Roxanne – Recreation Director
250 School Street
Tomball, TX 77375


Kid Life Groups: March 29, 2020

Jesus Taught About Giving

Today’s Bible story helps children learn about giving. Jesus taught that when we give, we worship and honor God. In the story of the poor widow, Jesus knew her heart in giving was different from all the others who gave much.

Use these simple steps to guide your family during today’s Life Group time.


Step 1: Print Activity Pages

Print one for each child. This is a great tool to have as you go through the videos. Each download includes the Activity Page for your child and a One Conversation page for you to use with the Bible reference and story.


Step 2: Watch Bible Story Video

Before you press play, sit together and pray. Thank God for this special day to worship and learn about Him. Then, watch the Bible story video together.


3. Read & Discuss The Bible Story Together

Use the Activity Page and One Conversation Page you printed to read and discuss the Bible Story together. Select an activity and talk about how it goes along with the story.

Activities

Babies-Kinder

1s & 2s: LISTEN FOR SOUNDS
Gather and set out various containers of different sizes, and lids (flat canning lids are ideal.)

  • Demonstrate how to drop the lids into the containers.
  • Listen for the difference in the sounds.
  • Comment to boys and girls the differences in pitch and tone.
  • Talk about the Bible story and how some people dropped many coins that made much noise.
  • Remind the children that Jesus said the woman gave the most because she gave all she had

1s & 2s: LOOK THROUGH BINOCULARS
Gather: A Bible, or another favorite book; purchased toy or homemade binoculars (cardboard tubes, tape)
Do: Make homemade binoculars by taping two tubes side by side.

  • Invite a child to look through the binoculars.
  • Mention that Jesus and His helpers watched people give their offerings.
  • Suggest children look out windows or at specific areas of the classroom.
  • Let children look at the book through their binoculars as you read it aloud.
  • Comment that Jesus taught about giving to God. Say we can give because Jesus loves us.

3–Pre-K: SORT COINS

  • Place a variety of coins in a small bowl beside a muffin pan. Suggest the preschoolers sort the coins in the muffin pan by color, type, or size. Talk about how the coins are similar or different.
  • Talk about the Bible story. Say that even though the woman only gave two coins, Jesus said she gave the most. She gave all she had to God.
  • Encourage preschoolers to talk about any experiences they have giving money at church. Perhaps they have put money in an offering plate or basket or carried an offering envelope to church with their families.
  • Remind the children that Jesus taught His disciples about giving to God.

Kindergarten: COIN TOSS

  • Place a bucket near a wall. Make a tape tossing line several feet from the bucket.
  • Invite a child to toss “coins” (canning lids) into the bucket.
  • As the child tosses, talk about the Bible story. Comment that Jesus saw the woman give two small coins and she gave all she had.
  • After the child has tossed all the “coins,” help him say the Life Point: Jesus taught about giving to God.

1st-5th Grade

1st-3rd Grade: OFFERING ENVELOPES
Materials: envelopes, fine-line markers, paint pens, foam shapes, glue sticks

Give each kid an envelope. Tell kids to use the art supplies to decorate their envelope to use to collect their offerings to bring to church. Talk about the Bible story as the kids work. Suggest they write the words of Mark 12:44 on the backs to their envelopes to remind them how much the widow gave. Say the Life Point. Tell kids to collect money during the week and bring their offerings next time.

4th-5th Grade: GIVE IT AWAY
Materials: paper, masking tape

In your home, garage, or outside, use masking tape to create one square area for each family member. Wad paper to make a lot of paper balls. Each family member stands in a square. Divide the paper balls between family members. On your signal each family member “gives” the paper balls to the other family members by tossing the balls into the other squares. The goal is to give away all of your balls. After a minute or so, call time. Count the paper balls in each square. Determine which family member has the fewest paper balls. Ask that family member a question about the story. Redistribute the paper balls and play again. Continue until you have reviewed the Bible story. Talk about the Life Point.


4. Missions Emphasis

Watch and talk about the mission video.
Play a memory game by naming items kids might need for a missions journey to a Lesotho village that has no electricity or other modern conveniences. The first player begins: “I think I’ll pack a blanket.” The next player adds: “I think I’ll pack a blanket and a flashlight.” Continue the list until everyone participates or it becomes too lengthy to remember. Encourage kids to pray sentence prayers for the Flora family and the Basotho people.


5. Pray

Ask kids to whisper their prayers to God, telling Him what they thought about during your time together. When kids have finished their prayers, invite them to draw a picture of their prayer. Place the papers in a gift bag. When all prayer pages are gathered, say “Amen.” Place the gift bag in a special place in your home. Encourage children to write or draw prayers to God throughout the week and place in the bag.


LifeWay Digital Pass

For additional resources and videos, check out the LifeWay at Home Digital Pass.

Bible Reading: God Loves a Cheerful Giver

Today we’re celebrating two things! Watch this Bible Reading video to find out what. Then watch one of Mrs. Stephanie’s favorite giving songs here.


Daily Bible Reading Plan

With Daily Bible Reading (DBR), your child will discover new and amazing things about God, Jesus and the Bible! It will also prepare 1st-5th Graders for their lesson in Life Group on Sundays. Encourage your child to have a journal and write what they learn each day about God. Set a goal to spend time daily reading the Bible and praying with your child. Or encourage them to do so independently. Use the following link for your copy of our Daily Bible Reading Plans.


Made A Way

Made A Way

In today’s worship moment, we are singing “Made A Way” by Travis Greene.

As stock markets crashes, jobs disappear, and the economy tumbles, there may seem to be no path forward. But the God above it all will make a way. Let’s hold on to His truth as we navigate uncertain waters.


Lyrics

Standing here, not knowing how we’ll get through this test,
but holding on to faith You know best.

Nothing can catch You by surprise;
You’ve got this figured out,
and You’re watching us now.

And when it looks as if we can’t win,
You wrap us in Your arms and step in.

And everything we need You supply.
You’ve got this in control, and now we know that

You made a way.

when our backs
were against the wall,
and it looked as if it was over.

You made a way,
And we’re standing here,
only because You made a way.

Now we’re here, looking back on where
we’ve come from.
Because of You and nothing we’ve done
to deserve the love and mercy You’ve shown.
But Your grace was strong enough
to pick us up.

You made a way,
when our backs were against the wall,
and it looked as if it was over. You
made away.
And we’re standing here, only because
You made a way…
You made a way, when our backs
were against the wall, and it looked
as if it was over.

Youmade a way.

And we’re standing here, only because You made a way.

You move mountains,
You cause walls to fall.
With Your power, You perform miracles.
There is nothing that’s impossible.
And we’re standing here only because
You made a way.

You move mountains,
You cause walls to fall.
With Your power, You perform miracles.
There is nothing that’s impossible.

And we’re standing here only because
You made a way.
You move mountains,
You cause walls to fall.
With Your power, You perform miracles.
There is nothing that’s impossible.
And we’re standing here only because
You made a way.

You move mountains,
You cause walls to fall.
With Your power, You perform miracles.
There is nothing that’s impossible.
And we’re standing here only because
You made a way.
And we’re standing here, only because

You made a way….

standing here, only because
You made a way.
You made a way.
You made a way.

Daily SOAP with the Student Staff: #8! Mark 4

Join us for Mark 4 today! Get out your Bible and journal and let’s read God’s Word and allow the Spirit to make us more like Jesus today! If you need a reminder about what the SOAP method is, see below:

  • Scripture: write out all of the words in each verse that stuck out to you the most.
  • Observation: write down several things that you noticed while reading.
  • Application: how can you apply what you read to your life today? The more specific, the better!
  • Prayer: tell God what you are thankful for, confess any sins, and ask Him to give you all that you need to be able to apply His Word to your life!

At 3pm today we gathered on ZOOM! If you missed it, check out this video and join us on our next live gathering as we let the word of God continue to shape us and mold us into more of the image of Jesus! Join us weekdays at 3pm here: https://zoom.us/j/9187062349

Parent Resources For Quarantine

Champion Forest Student Ministry wants to partner with parents to disciple their students in order to see them follow Jesus for the rest of their lives!

Below are some helpful resources to help you disciple your student well during the current global pandemic.

Establish Rhythms

You’re probably navigating how to help your student do school at home while juggling a million other things. Daily rhythms and routine can be a tremendous help!

  • Daily Bible Reading and Prayer– Join the rest of our church and read a chapter of Mark each day. Find the time that works best for your family to read Scripture and pray together. Find the daily devotionals here!
  • CFSM Daily Bible Reading Discussion– At 3pm each weekday we are jumping on a Zoom call to discuss the daily reading. Make this a part of your daily homeschool routine. This is a great way for your student to connect with the Word and other brothers and sisters. Join us here!
  • Worship on Sundays– This is a weekly rhythm we already have! Even though we might not be able to gather, let’s continue to make it a part of what we do each week. Join us on Sundays at 10am in English and 11:30 in Spanish. Our friends at The Village Church put together some helpful best practices for family worship here! Check them out.
  • Life Groups on Sundays– Our Life Groups are still meeting via Zoom! Be sure your family is connected to life groups during this time
  • Worship On Wednesdays– Join your campus pastor at 6:45 and then the student ministry at 7:15 each week via Facebook live and/or Instagram live.

Podcasts

What a perfect time to listen to some podcasts! Here are some of our favorites:

YouTube Channels

Did you know YouTube is the most popular form of social media for the youngest generation? Let’s follow some solid channels that produce good and Godly content like:

Helpful Articles and Other Resources