Road to Regathering (Update #4)

Published May 31, 2020 at 11:00am

OVERVIEW:

  1. We are BACK! 😀
  2. Regathering Sunday June 7, Limited Capacity
  3. RSVP Encouraged

After saturating the Road to Regathering in prayer and intricate planning, we are ready to begin the RSVP process to help us navigate our 25% capacity guidelines at each campus. 

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

– Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)


How to Prepare for Sunday June 7th Regathering Day

Option 1: Enjoy the Service Live Online 

Now at championforest.org, when you click “Church Online” you can select your campus. All 4 campuses will go live each Sunday morning. By God’s grace, we are able to leverage technology to give you live stream access to the campus and venue of your choice. 

Option 2: Enjoy the Service Live On-Campus (In-person) 

Now at championforest.org, you’ll see a button at the top which says “Reserve Your Seat”. Select your campus and venue to help us navigate our 25% capacity guidelines. For your safety and protection, we will abide by CDC guidelines at each campus and worship venue. More details are provided online.

Champions:

Conroe: 

Jersey Village:

North Klein:


Please RSVP (English RSVPSpanish RSVP) to help us ensure a meaningful experience within our 25% capacity guidelines if you plan to attend a service live on-campus (in-person).

* You will notice we are providing two Traditions services for our Senior Adultswho feel led of the Lord to experience in-person worship within CDC guidelines. Just as many businesses provide designated shopping times for Senior Adults, we are providing options for in-person worship. 


As you know, we will continue assessing the details on our Road to Regathering and make adjustments to comply with the most recent data we receive from the medical community, the CDC, and the multiple layers of our government. 

May God be glorified as we gather to worship Him! Invite someone into the journey! 

Following Jesus Every Day, 

Pastor Stephen Trammell


FAQs

Q: What safety measures are in place?
Your health and safety are our top priority. In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are implementing the following measures at each campus:

  • Staff and Volunteers will be wearing facemasks in common areas.
  • Everyone, including staff, volunteers, and congregants, will have their temperature taken to ensure no one with a fever (100° or higher) enters the building. 
  • Facilities staff will perform a deep clean of the building between services, including disinfecting every seat in the worship center.
  • Everyone will maintain 6-feet social distancing throughout the experience.
  • Congregants will be dismissed from the worship center by row.
  • Bathrooms will be cleaned regularly throughout the morning.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

Q: Will I be required to wear a facemask?
In accordance with CDC and local health guidelines we are encouraging all congregants to wear masks, especially in common areas.

Q: Is RSVP required?
We are highly encouraging RSVP so that we can best prepare for your arrival. If you arrive without an RSVP, we will kindly ask for your contact info at the door. The main reason behind this is to be able to communicate with those who attended a service. Thank you!

Q: Is there anything for my kids?
For now, our Sunday services are “Family Worship”, meaning that the whole family is invited to come and sit together. Our kids area and programs are not open yet.

Q: Are the seats assigned?
Good question! No, there is not assigned seating, our ushers will guide you and your family to seats maintaining 6 feet of social distance.

Q: Is the 8:15am Traditions Service only for Senior Adults?
Yes. We wanted to offer a service only for those who are at risk and our vulnerable population. Much like some stores who are offering earlier opening times for Senior Adults.



PHASE ONE – Begins Monday, May 11th

  • Online Worship Continues 
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues 
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Staff Return to Offices at Each Campus 

PHASE TWO – Begins Sunday, June 7th

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 25% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes

PHASE THREE – TBD

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 50% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person (by RSVP) 
  • Limited On-Campus Adult Life Groups by (RSVP) 

PHASE FOUR – New Normal 

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person 
  • On Campus Adult Life Groups Fully Resume
  • On Campus Kids/Student Ministry Fully Resume 

A Message from Pastor Stephen

May 30, 2020

Dear Champion Forest Family, 

Our Nation is in a crisis that is deeper than COVID-19.

God tells us in His Word to “weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). This week many of us found ourselves weeping with the family and friends of George Floyd. His tragic death reminded all of us that racial tension and injustice are still a reality in our Country.  May the Church arise to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world in order to reverse the decay and to invert the darkness. 

God has given us divine direction through His Word: 

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and  what does the  Lord  require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8 (ESV) 

“If my people who are called by my name  humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) 

Jesus exemplified the Golden Rule and the Greatest Commandment: 

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is  the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (ESV) 

“‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this:  ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment  greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (ESV) 


How Should We Respond? 

#1: Let’s Place the Same Value on Others that God Places on Them! 

The sanctity of life has already been established by the Creator and Sustainer of life. We are designed by God and made in His image for His glory. God established our value by allowing His One and Only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. It’s our turn now to demonstrate the value God has placed on others by loving others the way God has loved us!  

#2: Let’s Be Courageous and Contagious as Christians! 

As followers of Jesus Christ, it is time to be courageous in our Christianity by confronting the erosion of ethical behavior and the evaporation of morality in our society. Being peacemakers doesn’t mean being passive or idle, but rather confronting injustice with the truth of the gospel. Our Christianity must be contagious as we continue the ministry of Jesus on the earth to reverse the curse. 

#3: Let’s Dispense God’s Grace in the Midst of Everything We Face! 

In Christ, we have been given what we do not deserve. We have been graced with the gift of eternal life, the Indwelling Holy Spirit, forgiveness of our sin, eternal security, and the keys to the kingdom. God has graced us with His gift of grace so we can be grace dispensers. When you put God’s love into action by loving others the way He has loved you, then you activate your assignment from God as a grace dispenser.  


Join me in praying for George Floyd’s family! Join me in praying for all those impacted by incessant injustice! Join me in praying for a spiritual awakening in America! Join me in praying for revival to come to each of our 365,000 churches in America! This is no time to “be at ease in Zion” while our Country is in crisis. Let’s rise up Church!  

Following Jesus Every Day, 

Pastor Stephen Trammell 

Kid Life Groups: May 31

Preschool

Peter Told Cornelius About Jesus
Today preschoolers learn that all people need to know about Jesus. Peter thought he should only tell the Jews, but God helped him know that all people need to know about Jesus.

1st-5th Grade

Paul Taught Peter
Today 1st-5th graders learn that people can help others know how to live as believers in Jesus. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he helped Peter share the love of Jesus with all people, and not only with those who were like him.

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.

Preschool Bible Story
1st-5th Grade Bible Story


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

One’s & Two’s
Enjoy Riding or Push-Pull Toys
Gather: Riding toys or push-pull toys

  • Guide child to ride a toy or push a toy.
  • State that the people in our Bible story traveled to the town where Peter stood to tell them about Jesus.
  • Say that missionaries travel to tell people about Jesus. Discuss missionaries.
  • Remind children that missionaries learn new languages so they can tell others about Jesus, God’s Son.
  • Pray for missionaries.

Three’s – PreK
Draw Self-Portraits
Gather: Weekly Verse (1 John 4:14), Bible, paper, gel pens, crayons, nonbreakable hand mirrors

  • Go over the weekly verse in the Bible.
  • Invite child to draw portraits of themselves. They can look in the mirrors to guide them, as they choose.
  • Tell child that God wants people everywhere to know about Jesus. Look at the Bible and read the verse. Remind your child that we can tell people that God sent His Son.
  • Ask child to tell what he/she knows about Jesus.
  • If your child is able, he/she can print the verse on their portraits.

Kindergarten
Make a Verse Poster
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Bible, construction paper, glue, scissors, markers

  • Assist child to complete the Kids Activity Page.
  • Open the Bible to 1 John 4:14, point to the verse and say it.
  • On construction paper, trace your child’s footprints. Invite child to decorate around the footprints. Assist your child in writing the Weekly Verse around his/her footprints.
  • Discuss missionaries with your child. You can say, “Missionaries tell people about God and Jesus in our country and in other countries. All people need to know about Jesus and people can tell about Jesus at all times.”
  • Pray for missionaries.

1st-5th Grade

Teaching Tower

  • Gather Legos, blocks of different colors, shape, & sizes. (can also use canned goods, cereal boxes, board games, etc.)
  • Separate into 2 identical piles. Give one pile to your child and take the other for yourself.
  • Have your child turn their back to you.
  • Build a tower with your pile of blocks or items. Without letting your child see, teach them to build the exact same tower.
  • Be specific with your directions to your child.
  • After your child’s tower has been finished, compare the two towers. (what’s different and exact, was it hard or easy to build)
  • Let your child know that sometimes helping others to follow Jesus will be easy and sometimes it will be hard.

Practice True Friendship

  • Have your child look up and read these verses in their Bible. Galatians 6:9, John 14:6, Philippians 2:3, and Ephesians 4:25
  • Print the True Friendship printable.
  • Match each situation with the correct verse. And discuss how we should handle each situation.
  • Remind your child, we are believers in Christ and we are to help each other grow. It is also important to be loving and not judgmental of others when they mess up, because we all mess up sometimes.

Bible Verse for all Missionaries (Everywhere)

  • Look and read Acts 1:8 aloud. Have your child say the verse too.
  • Repeat the verse but replace you with your own name, Jerusalem with Houston, Judea with Texas, and Samaria with USA.
  • Tell your child that God helps us to do His work in our community and He gives us the power to tell others about Jesus.

4. Missions Emphasis

  • Hide 10 pennies in the room. Challenge kids to locate and bring you the pennies hidden in the room. Explain that the cost to keep an international missionary on the job for one minute is about ten cents.
  • Review the missions story or show the video “A True Story.” Ask: “Why is every minute important to a missionary working with people who have never heard about Jesus?”
  • Pray and thank God for providing everyone with the ability to give offerings to missions, whether the amount is large or small. Ask God to protect and guide the missionaries as they do their work.

5. Pray

  • Guide and protect our church, pastors, teachers, and volunteers to do Your work in our community.
  • Teach children to be bold and give them the courage to tell others about Jesus.
  • Show children how to live in a way that honors You, Lord.
  • Help our children to learn about You, God, and seek wise help from other Christians.

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Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

The Champions Solid Rockers Choir shares a testimony in song

The hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness was written in 1923 as a simple reminder that our God is always faithful. Each verse of this song contains a reminder of His faithfulness. In the first verse we are reminded that He doesn’t change and He never fails. The second verse describes how the rhythm of the natural world bears witness to his faithfulness. And the third verse declares the faithfulness in the forgiveness of sin and hope for tomorrow in Christ.

Hebrews 10
22
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Consider the steadfast nature of God. When things are changing rapidly in the world around us, we can rest in the reality that we are children of a faithful God who holds our future in His hands. The price for salvation has been paid and that can give us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow!


Lyrics

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Road to Regathering (Update #3)

Published May 22, 2020 at 11:25am

OVERVIEW:

  1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7
  2. Important Lessons Learned this Past Sunday
  3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

Please watch this video from Pastor Stephen Trammell, and read the below information.


OVERVIEW:

  1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7
  2. Important Lessons Learned this Past Sunday
  3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

– – – – –

1. Reopening Date Moved to June 7

As you know, we originally planned to transition into “Phase Two” on May 31st enabling us to gather for the first time. We have decided to move opening day to Sunday, June 7. 

  • New Service Schedule Beginning June 7:
  • (On Campus and Live-Streamed Online)
  • Champions: 9:30am English / 11:45am Spanish
  • North Klein: 9:30am English / 1pm Spanish
  • Jersey Village: 9:30am English / 11:15am Spanish
  • Conroe: 10am English / 6:00pm Spanish


2. Lessons Learned So Far in Our COVID Journey

This past Sunday, CFBC staff at all four campuses had full service “rehearsals”. We practiced taking temperatures of all who entered, performed deep cleans of the facilities in between services, ensured the technology worked to stream all four campus’s services online, and practiced social distancing in the Worship Center. It was incredible to finally worship together again as a staff. 

The rehearsals acted precisely as they were intended – they helped us find potential areas that needed attention in preparation for our official regathering. 

On Tuesday, we got word that one of our praise team members at the Jersey Village campus tested positive for COVID-19. This person spent Sunday morning in the vicinity of most of our JV staff and other volunteers. I have personally talked and prayed with this individual and ask you to join me in prayer for a speedy recovery. 

We immediately began working with local officials, the CDC, epidemiologists and other medical professionals to respond appropriately. The Harris County Public Health Department assigned us a specific Team Leader from their Contact Tracing Team whom we have been working with very closely. 

Anyone who was within 7 feet of this praise team member for at least 5 minutes on Sunday morning has entered a 14-day quarantine period which involves four of our Jersey Village staff members and 14 volunteers. Because this 14-day quarantine extends through May 31, we will continue church online and move our timeline back one week to June 7 for all four campuses.


3. Measures to Protect the Ongoing Ministry of the Church

In addition to the measures we already had planned (temp check, masks, social distancing, cleaning, etc.), we are putting in place additional layers to avoid disrupting our ongoing ministry.

  • All staff is divided into two teams and will alternate when each team is on-campus.
  • Full-time ministry staff capable of FULLY working from home are encouraged to do so.
  • Staff from each campus will be “firewalled” from any other campus.
  • Preachers at each campus will keep 7 feet of social distance on Sunday mornings.

FAQs

Q: How are the JV Staff and volunteers doing?
A: Great, none have experienced symptoms so far. Please continue to pray for them as they quarantine.

Q: How do I RSVP for June 7?
A: One week before, a link to RSVP will be emailed out and also made available on our website.

Q: Is there anything for my kids on June 7?
A: During this season, our Sunday services are “Family Worship”, meaning that the whole family is invited to come and sit together. We have an exciting summer planned for our next generation!



PHASE ONE – Begins Monday, May 11th

  • Online Worship Continues 
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues 
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Staff Return to Offices at Each Campus 

PHASE TWO – Begins Sunday, June 7th

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • 10am in English and 12:30pm in Spanish
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 25% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes

PHASE THREE – TBD

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus (by RSVP) 
    • 10am in English and 12:30pm in Spanish
    • Select campus and select venue
    • 50% Capacity, 6 feet social distancing, alternating rows
    • Families can sit together as a unit
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person (by RSVP) 
  • Limited On-Campus Adult Life Groups by (RSVP) 

PHASE FOUR – New Normal 

  • Online Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Online Midweek Worship Continues for Each Campus
  • Virtual Life Groups Continue (Tailgates and Home Groups allowed)
  • Offices Open at Each Campus 
  • Sunday Family Worship in Person at Each Campus
  • Sunday Watch Parties in Homes
  • Wednesday Night Family Worship in Person 
  • On Campus Adult Life Groups Fully Resume
  • On Campus Kids/Student Ministry Fully Resume 

Church family, these are unique days we are navigating. Please know that our number one priority is to ensure your health and safety. I know this… God is on His throne, and He is faithful. 

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Cor. 1:9

Thank you for staying connected. We will get through this together!

Following Jesus Every Day,

Pastor Stephen Trammell

Kid Life Groups: May 24

Preschool

Paul & Silas Sang to God
Today preschoolers learn that people can tell about Jesus at all times. Paul and Silas were chained in prison, but they sang praises to God. The jailer heard them and became a believer.

1st-5th Grade

Paul Preached to an Angry Crowd
Today 1st-5th graders learn that people can tell about Jesus, even in difficult times. Paul stood on the steps of the temple and spoke to an angry crowd. He knew why they were angry, but that did not deter him from sharing the good news about Jesus.

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.

Preschool Bible Story
1st-5th Grade Bible Story


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

One’s & Two’s
Step Up and Step Down
Gather: Step stool

  • Place the step stool near the wall in case your child want to hold on to something other than your hand.
  • Hold child’s hand and help him/her step up onto the stool.
  • Instruct the child to boldly say: “Jesus said to tell others about Him.”
  • Help your child step down. Repeat as many times as he/she is interested.
  • Thank him/her for telling everyone about Jesus.
  • Remind your child that Paul and Silas told many people about Jesus.
  • You may also have your child say the Weekly Verse with you from the step stool.

Three’s – PreK
Explore Nighttime Play
Gather: Bible, robes, sleeping bags, blankets, quilts, baby dolls, cribs, child-size rocking chair

  • Mark Acts in your Bible.
  • Spread sleeping bags on the floor. Invite your child to play out bedtime or other nighttime rituals.
  • Suggest your child look through the Bible for pictures of Jesus. Ask him/her to tell a friend (or you) about Jesus while lying on a sleeping bag.
  • Encourage your child to prepare dolls for bedtime. They can dress the dolls, wrap them in blankets, rock them, and lay them in the crib or sleeping bag.
  • Tell your child that Paul and Silas were praying and singing while in jail. In the nighttime, while the jailer was sleeping, an earthquake came. Continue talking about the Bible story.
  • Open the Bible to the Book of Acts. Say that in this Bible book, we read about Paul and others telling about Jesus.
  • Mention that missionaries today sometimes visit scary places. But God helps them tell about Jesus, even if they might be afraid.

Kindergarten
Explore Nighttime Play
Gather: Bible, robes, sleeping bags, blankets, quilts, baby dolls, cribs, child-size rocking chair

  • Mark Acts in your Bible.
  • Spread sleeping bags on the floor. Invite your child to play out bedtime or other nighttime rituals.
  • Suggest your child look through the Bible for pictures of Jesus. Ask him/her to tell a friend (or you) about Jesus while lying on a sleeping bag.
  • Encourage your child to prepare dolls for bedtime. They can dress the dolls, wrap them in blankets, rock them, and lay them in the crib or sleeping bag.
  • Tell your child that Paul and Silas were praying and singing while in jail. In the nighttime, while the jailer was sleeping, an earthquake came. Continue talking about the Bible story.
  • Open the Bible to the Book of Acts. Say that in this Bible book, we read about Paul and others telling about Jesus.
  • Mention that missionaries today sometimes visit scary places. But God helps them tell about Jesus, even if they might be afraid.

1st-5th Grade

Pray for Missionaries
Complete the Kids Activity Page.

  • Ask a child to read the definition of a missionary.
  • Remind the kids that missionaries are called by God to tell another group of people the good news about Jesus. Help the kids understand that Paul was a Jewish man. Ask: “What other group of people did he tell about Jesus?” (Gentiles) Explain that telling the Gentiles about Jesus made some of the Jewish people angry at Paul. Point out that sometimes missionaries today encounter difficult times when they tell people about Jesus. They need to be encouraged and know that people are praying for them. ʹ
  • Invite the children to fold the construction paper in half to make a card. They can decorate the card to pray for missionaries. Brainstorm Scripture verses or words of encouragement to write in the card. Let the children hold the cards and pray for the missionaries that are all over the world serving
  • Have the children keep the card posted on mirror in their bathroom or in their bible to remind them to pray for missionaries everyday

TAKING ON A TOUGH TASK

  • Invite kids to try difficult challenges. Several kids may try the same task, or only one person may try with others encouraging him.
  • Suggestions of difficult challenges:
    • Tie a shoelace with one hand.
    • Tie a shoelace without looking.
    • Stack blocks while blindfolded.
    • Say a tongue twister while holding your lips.
    • Close eyes and walk along yarn placed on the floor.
  • Ask the kids: “If you were going to receive $10 for each task you completed, how motivated would you be?”
  • Inform the group that someone in today’s Bible story thought that something was important enough to keep going even when it was hard.

CLOSE IT OUT

  • Guide the kids to stand in a circle and hold hands or link arms. Mention that kids can always tell others about Jesus. Ask the kids to call out characteristics that they know to be true about Jesus such as: He loves us, He cares about us, He provides for us, He protects us, and so forth.
  • Close in prayer. Thank God for missionaries who are called by God to tell another group of people the good news about Jesus.


4. Missions Emphasis

  • Download the Missions printable above.
  • Review the missions story and have fun with the “All Tied Up” activity. You will need string, scissors and a hole punch. Lead kids to review the prayer prompts on each strip. Invite kids to read the instructions and make prayer reminders.
  • Encourage kids to pray for Christians who work with unreached people groups in Africa. Suggest that kids use their reminders to pray at home this week.


5. Pray

Thank you, Jesus for our family, and thank you for our church and all that have been unable to be together. Please keep our family safe and keep us focused on you and the courage to share about you when we are given the opportunity. Jesus, we love you and we want to honor you in all our thoughts, actions, and words.


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Call Upon the Lord

Call Upon the Lord

CFBC North Klein Band

“He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Did you know that our Heavenly Father is always present and available to hear our every cry? Often times, we think we can handle our own struggles until we are so weighed down with shame and guilt. Take it the One who brings us freedom and salvation. 

“For freedom Christ has set us free.”
Galatians 5:1a


Lyrics

We need no other hiding place
Our hope is safe within Your name
This we know
This we know

You promised never to forsake
What You began You will sustain
This we know
This we know

I will call upon the Lord
For He alone is strong enough to save
Rise, your shackles are no more
For Jesus Christ has broken every chain

All of the heavens and the earth
Announce the fullness of Your worth
This we know
This we know

And every enemy will flee
As we declare Your victory
This we know
This we know

Jesus Name will break every stronghold
Freedom is ours when we call His name
Jesus name above every other
All hail the power of Jesus name



Bible Reading: Confessions of a Non-Peace Maker

When people are mean or bullies come our way, how do we respond? If we are not being peace makers, what do we do?


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 .