Pre-Reading & Pre-Writing Activities

Alphabet Soup

Learning coupled with play makes learning so much fun. Hands-on activities, like this Alphabet Soup, is one of those activities: learning takes place while playing.

Pool Noodle Name Activity

This hands-on activity is a great way for kids to practice identifying letters and spelling his or her name, and also is good to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

Alphabet Sensory Bag

Here is a fun and easy alphabet writing sensory bag for kids. This is hair gel and magnet letters filled sensory bag is for early learning. Play a game of I-spy to call out the letter you see. 

Road to Regathering (Update #1)

Published April 29, 2020 at 7:40pm

UPDATE: We are continuing our Church Online experience over the next few Sundays.

SURVEY: Help Us Prepare for Regathering…

The road to regathering is being paved by God’s grace! We are continuing to assess the most recent developments and data made available to us during this COVID-19 season. Your health and safety are our top priority!

As we continue building our Road to Regathering, we value your input. Please take a few moments to complete our church-wide survey. Your feedback will help us get a feel for your level of comfort related to regathering.

As we continue our Church Online experience over the next few Sundays, we are exploring the possibility of regathering on Sunday, May 31st, at each of our four campuses by RSVP.

Please help us by taking the church-wide survey now by selecting this LINK!

Let’s stay connected!
Pastor Stephen Trammell

Science

Science Safari

We know that “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth (Gen 1:1),” but He created the Earth for more than just people.  Look outside.  Can you see plants and animals that share our home?  Let’s practice our scientist skills by observing the world around us.

Grab a notebook, a pencil, and if available, a magnifying glass and head outside.  Find as many living things as you can.  Remember our livings things song that said, “it eats, and breathes, and grows”.  When you spot something, sketch it in your notebook.  When you have found at least 10 items, you can move to the next step.

Look at your drawings.  Try to label the parts of your living things.  You may have drawn a tree, so you could label the trunk, the branches and the leaves.  You could also have found an insect.  You would perhaps label the head, the antennae, the abdomen, the thorax, the wings, etc..  you may need a parent or older sibling to help with this part!  Scientists use arrows to point to the parts they are labelling. 

On another day, you may take a color walk.  Grab a box of crayons and see how many of the colors you can match with an object outside.  Don’t forget about the little critters that may be hiding.  You may need to move a around some leaves or kick up some dirt to see the most!

Another day, you could go on a sound search.  I know this sounds impossible, but don’t say anything, just listen!  Do you hear birds singing?  Crickets chirping?  Wind blowing?  Leaves rustling?  Are the sounds different at night than during the day?

I hope this helps you learn to be observant and to appreciate the wonderful things that God has given us!

The Love Languages of My Children

Psalm 127:3-5 New International Version (NIV)
Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

If I said my love language is “words of affirmation,” would you know what I am talking about? God designed many of you the same way. Others of you love giving and receiving gifts. Still others feel and give love through acts of service. The huggers in the crowd live for heart-felt moments of physical touch. And many people think that love is spelled T.I.M.E. and desire quality time with those dearest to them.

Collectively, these 5 ways of expressing and receiving love are known as the five love languages, developed by well-known Christian author Gary Chapman. People who have discovered their love languages have learned how to be better spouses, parents, and friends. Not only can adults find out how God has designed them to show and receive love, Chapman has also written quizzes for teens and children (https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/).  I recently encouraged my kids to take the assessments, and there were a few surprises in the results.

My oldest, Allison, shows and receives love primarily through quality time. As a teenager, she loves to spend time with her friends, but she also invests time in the lives of her siblings. She will invite her younger sister to hang out in her room, or to grab fast food with her brother. One thing I need to do is intentionally invest more one on one time with her.

Nathan, my middle child, also desires quality time. Many times, he has asked me to shoot baskets with him and challenged me to a game of around the world. He is not just driven by competition. He also enjoys the one on one time with his dad. He would rather play with someone else, no matter the activity, than spend time alone.

Audrey, our youngest, is the one who surprised us with her results. My family thought her primary love language would be physical touch. She loves to give hugs. I mean lots of hugs. But more than that, she loves to give and receive words of affirmation. She writes notes and draws pictures on sticky notes and leaves them for others to see. She is a nurturer who lets those she cares about know it.

One of the surprises is that, for all three of my kids, receiving gifts and physical touch were the least desired ways for expressing and receiving love. I would have thought otherwise, but it is not surprising that children raised in the same home would have similarities in their preferences. Now as a dad, it’s my responsibility to show love to them in ways that speak to their hearts, and fortunately for me, the current coronavirus crisis has given us lots of quality time together. What an unexpected blessing!

PARENT CHALLENGE – take the quizzes at https://www.5lovelanguages.com/quizzes/ and see how you can better love your family!

Leonard Prater
Associate Pastor of Adults

Bible Reading: God’s Plan for the Cure

Yesterday we learned Jesus is the cure. Today, have fun discovering God’s plan to bring Jesus to us.


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. DBRs are posted to the Kids Ministry Facebook page or click HERE .

Scripture Memory: Transformation Through Renewal

“Therefore” because of what God has done for you, He sought you, and called you out of darkness. (1 Peter 2:9)
1. With that salvation comes. New Life. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
2. With that new life comes great privileges and responsibilities.

Your responsibilities are:

  1. Not to be conformed to this world. Conformed means to be pressed into its mold. Physically your life is being molded by what you feed it. Spiritually, same concept applies – read, hear, see, think. Question is…what are you being conformed to?
  2. Be transformed by renewing your mind. The word renew means to exchange for something new. So how do you do that? How do you exchange your mind? I believe the answer is found if Scripture Memory and Meditation!
  • Scripture Memory puts “the word” in your head (and)
  • Meditation transforms your heart

What does the word meditation mean to you? Many times the word meditation scares people because they conjure up images of some far Eastern mystical guru chanting some mantra. Not talking about transcendental meditation, talking about scriptural meditation.

Biblical Meditation is focused thinking.
Anyone have a problem keeping your thoughts focused on anything for very long? As our technology advances it helps train our minds not to focus but jump from image to image and sound bite to sound bite. We must take time to renew our minds! We must get away, retreat, focus on the Word. Not just read it but memorize it and meditate on it.

Meditation helps you:

  1. Digest and assimilate the truth into your spiritual bloodstream. When you eat something, that which is digested and assimilated, is what gives you nourishment. Ever wonder why you can’t remember a teaching/message after 2 or 3 hours? It’s because you have no plan to digest and assimilate the most important parts of it!
  2. Meditation will help you think from God’s perspective not your own. The reason why is because when you memorize the scriptures you saturate your mind with the Word of God. (Philippians 2:5) That’s what Paul meant when he said in 2 Corinthians 4:16, “Inwardly you are being renewed day by day”.
  3. Meditation helps you evaluate the spiritual condition of your heart. There is enormous power in our thought life. All our actions begin with a thought. Our thoughts produce our attitudes which determine our actions which in turn build our character. A person’s character is formed by what he thinks! (Proverbs 23:7 and Matthew 12:34)

A.W. Tozer said “Our thoughts not only reveal what we are; but they predict what we will become. We will soon be the sum total of our thoughts.”

Why should we memorize and meditate on God’s word?

  1. We are commanded. “Keep my words, store my commandments within you. Write them on your heart.” (Proverbs 7:1,3). “If anyone had an excuse not to meditate it would have been Joshua. Moses just died and Joshua was to take over the leadership of God’s people (Joshua 1:8). This is the first time in history that God tells man to live his life according to the words of a book.
  2. We are to follow Christ’s example. (Luke 4: 4,8,10) The word of God is our most effective weapon against the evil one! War is raging in our hearts, it’s called spiritual warfare.

Wade Liberator
Associate Pastor of Adult Ministry & Evangelism

Unit & Activity Ideas

Two-Year-Olds: We Enjoy Day and Night

Bible Study

Bible Story: God made day and night

Bible Verse: “God made the moon” (Gen 1:16), “ God made the sun: (Gen 1:16), “God made the stars” (Gen 1:16)

Art Suggestions

Other Activities

Teaching Points

  • God made daytime
  • God made nighttime
  • The sun gives us bright light during the day
  • The moon gives us light to see in the dark
  • Daytime is the opposite of nighttime
  • God listens to us when we talk to Him
  • God wants us to be kind to one another

Three-Year-Olds: God’s Beautiful World

Bible Verse : “God gives food to animals” ( Psalm 147:9)
Bible Story : ” Noah Cared for the animals” ( Genesis 6:9-10,14-22)

Bible Story

Activity: Nature Walk

Let’s go on a nature walk! If you can, take the kids on a nature walk around the neighborhood, the front or backyard will work too! I’ve attached a fun checklist of things they can find in nature. Let’s see how many they find! 

This is a great way to stimulate a child’s appreciation for the natural world. Ask them to tell you what they see, hear, smell or feel. Encourage them to feel the texture of rocks, barks of trees and dried up leaves. 

Four-Year-Olds & Five-Year-Olds: Insects

Bible Study

Bible Verse: ” God Made The World” (Acts 17:24)
Bible Story:   “Jesus Taught About God’s Care” (Matthew 6:25-34) – See attached link. https://youtu.be/PG1LjFO99dA

Cooking:  Lady Bug Cupcakes

Craft Ideas

Caterpillar Necklace

Egg Carton Bumble Bee

Egg Carton Spider

Finger Print Jar Craft

Paper Bowl Lady Bug

Spider Web Craft

Letter of The Week

First Letter of your Child’s name. Have him or her create something starting with that letter. 

Science Project: Edible Pudding Slime

All About Insects Video