Essential Family Night #1

Patriotic Night

Join us when you can as we play games and celebrate out FREEDOM in Christ.


To keep us all safe & healthy ESSENTIAL FAMILY NIGHTS ARE COMING TO YOU online! Experience the party on Wednesday evenings in July at 6:30 {or anytime after} at facebook.com/ChampionForestKids or championforest.org/updates/kids. You will see families competing in wild challenges that your family can try at home.

Tag or mention us in your social media posts for your families chance to be featured on our next Essential Family Night video!

Theme Nights

  • July 8th, Patriotic “We are Free” Night
    Dress in Red, White, and Blue.
  • July 15th, Luau “Friendship” Night
    Wear luau gear and come prepared to have some fun!​
  • July 22nd, Camo/Campout Night​
    Dress in your best camo gear and be ready to blend in​.
  • July 29th, Splash Night ​
    Water friendly attire.

Kid Life Groups: July 12

Preschool

Isaac Was Kind
Today in KidLife Groups Preschoolers learn that people can choose to get along with others. When Isaac got into an argument over wells, he chose to move to another place rather than fight with his neighbors.

1st-5th Grade

Samson Chose Revenge
Today in KidLife Groups 1st-5th Graders learn that people can choose to do things that disobey God. Samson made choices to sin, to disobey God. Every day your family has the choice to disobey or obey God. What will you choose?

Talk about consequences of sin—disobeying God. Remind your child that everyone sins, and no one except Jesus is perfect, or without sin. Anyone can ask for forgiveness for any sin.

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
Paint Inside A Round Container
Gather: Kids Activity Page, empty oatmeal or round container with lid, paper, washable paint, marbles or small ball, tape.

  • Show how the container looks like a well because it is deep.
  • Review the Bible story and Activity Page.
  • Tell your child that he/she will be painting without touching paint.
  • Place a piece of paper in the oatmeal container.
  • Squirt or drop different colors of paint in the container (child’s preference of colors).
  • Add a marble or small ball to the container and put the lid on (you might want to secure the lid with tape).
  • Allow your child to gently shake the container or roll it on the table or floor.
  • Remove the paper and hang to dry.

Three’s – PreK
Make Music With Water
Gather: Kids Activity Page, music, drinking glasses, water, metal spoons.

  • Fill glasses with different amounts of water and place glasses on table.
  • Demonstrate how to gently tap drinking glasses with spoons to make different sounds. Encourage your child to make music as they work together to tap different glasses of water with spoons.
  • Remind your child that water played an important part in this week’s Bible story. Say that Isaac and his family needed water so they dug a well. The neighbors were upset with him, so he had to dig new wells many times. Through it all, however, Isaac was kind to his neighbors.
  • Comment that just like Isaac showed kindness to others around him, we can also choose to get along with others.
  • Play music and sing as your child taps the glasses.

Kindergarten
Build A Well
Gather: Kids Activity Page, wood blocks, boxes, or other building materials; cardboard tube; plastic cup; yarn.

  • Tape one end of the yarn to the inside bottom of the plastic cup. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard tube until the cup is next to the tube.
  • Encourage your child to build a well using the building materials provided.
  • As your child builds, discuss the Bible story. Tell him/her that Isaac chose to get along with others.
  • Say that people can choose to get along with others.
  • When your child has finished his/her well, he/she can lower the cup tied to the cardboard tube into the well.
  • Continue to talk about getting along with others and what that looks like today.

1st-5th Grade

Would You Rather…?

  • Have your kids gather in the middle of the room. Designate one side of the room A and another side of the room B.
  • Read the first statement below. Have your kids run to the wall of their choice. Regroup to the center and read the next statement.
  • After all statements have been read, remind your children: That even though these choices were pretend, we have to make real choices every day and each choice has a consequence good or bad.
  • Statements: Would you rather..
    1) A: have super strength or B: be invisible?
    2) A: be able to fly or B: breathe underwater?
    3) A: eat a dead bug or B: eat a live worm?
    4) A: never have to do homework again or B: be paid to do your homework?
    5) A: have many friends or B: have only one very good friend?

Right or Wrong?

  • Have your child get a piece of paper and draw a happy face on one side and a sad face on the other.
  • Read to the Right or Wrong Choices. Let your child answer by holding up a happy face for right choice and sad face for wrong choice.
  • Let your child know everyone is responsible for the choices they make. They can trust God to help them make good choices.

Muscles! Muscles! Muscles!

  • You will need balloons, rolled up socks, balls of paper, etc. Something to make muscles out of.
  • Choose your child to be the “muscle model” and have them put on an extra large shirt.
  • Then each family member will blow up a balloon and tell a fact about Samson- then the “muscle” into the model’s shirt.
  • Keep stuffing “muscles” as much as allowed. You may want to look at Judges 13-16 for facts about Samson.
  • Take a few silly group photos and tell your kids that God used Samson even when he did not make good choices. He works all things out for good.

New Choice!

  • Your family will create a story that you guys make up as you go.
  • Take turns adding to the story. Any point during the game, someone can call our “New Choice!” and the person has to change the last part of their story. For example, if someone is telling how they got to church and their answer is “In our family’s car” their new choice may be “on a camel” or “riding a unicycle.”
  • Create a scene where your family is ordering pizza for dinner. At various points interject “new choice” to force them to do something else.
  • Let your family know that in the Bible story, Samson made choices that were not always right, but God still used Samson even when he did not make good choices. Ask God to always help you make Godly choices in your lives.

Memory Verse Review

  • On some index cards print a few words of Psalm 119:34 and place index cards in a bag.
  • Have your child find Psalm 119:34 and read it aloud.
  • Have your child blindfolded, then have the rest of the family give the child directions as they need to put the index cards in order.
  • Remind your child that following directions can sometimes be hard, but we should always follow God’s directions no matter how hard, because His choices for our life are good.

4. Missions Emphasis

  • Review the missions story or show the video “Proclaim the Name.”
  • Distribute pencils and copies of “Tough Choices.”
  • Comment that the basic needs on the list may not be available to Roma families each day. Some Roma people feel they must steal things to help their families survive.
  • Invite someone to toss the numbered cube.
  • Explain that the number on the cube determines the number of items kids may choose to provide their imaginary Roma families on that day.
  • Guide kids to circle their choices. Then repeat for each day’s list.
  • Pray and ask God to meet the needs of the Roma families each day.

5. Pray

Thank God for hearing our prayers. Thank God for sending Jesus to die on the cross to forgive us of our sins when we make bad choices. Ask God to help our hearts make good choices that please Him!



Take the D67 Challenge!

Parents,

How are you doing discipling your kids this summer? God has given you the greatest gift ever, your children. Now is the time to teach them about JESUS!!

We challenge you to take the D67 challenge this month!!

Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 CSB

Preschool families – Use the July Summer Discipleship calendar
Elementary families – Use July’s Daily Bible Reading

We challenge you to disciple your child by following these two guides each day the month of July.
Read the verses.
Do the activities.
Answer the questions.

Remember, your children will adopt your faith and mimic your spiritual habits. Watch carefully this month to see what they are learning from you!

If you’re willing to take the D67 challenge in July, post it to your social media. Invite a friend or two to take the challenge & hold you accountable. Each day share how you’ve discipled your child.

Who knows maybe not only your child will adopt your faith & mimic you’re spiritual disciplines, but maybe just one of your FB friends or Insta followers too!

Take the challenge & change a life!!
The CFBC Kids Ministry Team


Kid Life Groups: July 5

Gideon Obeyed God

Today in KidLife Groups children learn that people can choose to obey God. God called Gideon to be a warrior and defend his people from the Midianites. Gideon obeyed, and God gave the people a great victory.

Talk with your child about different choices she makes every day. Remind her that God wants her to make the choice to follow Him. Discuss what those choices might be and pray that God will help her make choices that show love and honor to 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
Make Necklaces
Gather: Kids Activity Page, yarn, clear tape, necklace items (cereal with holes, straws, large beads, etc.), scissors.

  • Cut yarn for necklaces and tape the ends. Cut straws into small pieces. Sort all the things you have gathered to make the necklaces.
  • Tell your child that he/she will be making a necklace. Allow him/her to choose what they want to include on the yarn.
  • Review the Bible story and Activity Page as your child works.
  • Say: “God wants us to choose to obey Him.”

Three’s – PreK
Build A Verse Tower
Gather: Kids Activity Page, Bible, large plastic interlocking blocks (or any square or rectangle item you can use to stack), permanent marker, scissors, masking tape.

  • Build a block tower using five blocks. Cut tape to the size of each block and place the tape on the front of the blocks. Print one word (and the reference) of the Bible verse on the tape on each block: We will obey God. Joshua 24:24. Make a matching set of block words, using the same colors and sizes. Keep one set assembled and the other unassembled.
  • Assist your child in locating Joshua 24:24 in a Bible. Read the verse together.
  • Point to the completed block Bible verse tower. Read the words on the blocks. Guide your child to assemble a matching tower. When complete, repeat the Bible verse. Your child may repeat this step as many times as he/she likes- the goal is to memorize the verse.
  • Review the Bible story and Activity Page. Talk about how Gideon and his men obeyed God. Say the Bible verse together again.

Kindergarten
Make A Torch
Gather: Kids Activity Page, clear plastic cup, glue thinned with water, small brushes, tissue paper (red, yellow, and orange), brown construction paper, clear tape, and scissors.

  • Have your child cut tissue paper into strips. He/she can paint glue onto the inside of the cup sides and stick the tissue paper to the cup.
  • Talk about the Bible story (using Activity Page) while your child works. Remind your child the Gideon chose to obey God. Say: “People can show love for God by obeying Him.”
  • Comment that Gideon and his men obeyed God. They used trumpets and torches as God said.
  • Help your child wrap a piece of brown paper around his/her cup, rolling the paper into a cone shape to make the handle of the torch. Use clear tape to hold the brown paper shape. You may also need to add tape to attach the cup to the brown paper.
  • Go over Weekly Verse, Joshua 24:24, “People can choose to obey God. We will obey God.”
  • Talk about ways people obey God today.

1st-5th Grade

HEADS OR TAILS

  • Play a coin toss game. Explain that before each toss, the kids should guess whether they think it will be heads or tails. If they guess heads, they should raise their arms and hold both thumbs up. If they guess tails, they should hold both thumbs down.
  • Toss the coin after every person chooses his guess and makes his thumb signal. If the coin lands on heads, all those who guessed tails are out. Continue the game until just a few players remain or until only one person has not been eliminated.
  • Remark that the kids playing started with more people but became smaller. A similar thing happened in the story of Gideon. God led Gideon to reduce the size of the army based on how the men got a drink of water.
  • Ask: “Why didn’t God use all of the men who weren’t afraid to fight the Midianites?” Explain that there was not a right or wrong choice in how the men drank. God is in control of all things. He chose to prove His power to the Israelites by using only Gideon and 300 men to beat the Midianites.
  • Mention that in the coin toss game, there was no right or wrong choice either. It was just a fun guessing game, and the choices that we make are more important than tossing a coin. We honor God when we do what He wants us to do. We always can make a choice to obey Him.
  • As time permits, guide the kids to play the game again. This time let volunteers toss the coin.

BIBLE STORY PUPPET DRAMA
Supplies needed: jumbo craft stick, chenille craft stems, cloth scraps, yarn, paper, scissors, glue or tape, flashlights, Bible

  • Ask kids to recall their favorite parts of today’s Bible story. Briefly review the story.
  • Suggest kids make puppets to role-play a scene from today’s Bible story. Distribute supplies to create puppets. Guide kids to use materials for hair and clothing. Demonstrate how to wrap a chenille craft stem around the craft stick for the arms. Suggest kids draw trumpets, pitchers and torches to cut out and attach to their puppets. Assist as needed.
  • Explain that kids will stand around the room with their puppets and kazoos (if provided). ʹ Give kids flashlights to hold in one hand. As you read aloud Judges 7:17-20, kids may act out the scene using their puppets. Tell kids to listen to the Scripture verses you will read to know when to shine their flashlights and blow their kazoos. As you read the passage, use your voice to indicate when they should be quiet and when they can be loud. Remind kids that when Gideon obeyed God, he won a great victory for God! Gideon listened to God and chose to obey Him. We can choose to obey God, too.

JESUS SAYS:

  • Played just like Simon says but replace the word Simon with Jesus.
  • Have your child/children do various things using the phrase Jesus says.
  • If you don’t say Jesus says and they do the action, then they are out.
  • Explain that like the game Gideon was mindful to listen to what God was asking him to do. He had to pay attention and know that it was God speaking to him.

4. Missions Emphasis

  • Show the missions video “Proclaim the Name,” or tell the missions story.
  • Lead kids to be seated, then give a series of quick directions such as, “Move one chair to the left. Move two chairs right. Move to the chair directly across from you. Move three chairs to the left, and then move to a chair you have not sat on.”
  • Show the “Romania Map” and explain that the Roma people are considered nomadic. For generations these people have moved from place to place.
  • Pray that many Roma people will meet missionaries and other Christians so they can hear and learn about Jesus.

5. Pray

Point out that we make many choices every day. Some choices are easy, but others are hard. Explain that people can choose to obey God. Read Psalm 119:34 aloud together again. This time instruct kids to stand up and sit back down on the words me, I, and my.

Lead kids to repeat, “God helps me obey what is written in the Bible.” Mention that the most important choice they will ever make is to choose to trust Jesus as Savior and Lord. Remind kids that Jesus chose to die for our sins and was raised again.

Pray and ask God to help us choose to obey Him. Thank God for the Bible.



July Daily Bible Reading

With July’s Daily Bible Reading kids will focus on PEOPLE in Scripture who made choices—both good and bad. God gives people the right and ability to make choices. Those choices can either honor God or dishonor Him.

As you read the the DBR together, utilize the various Bible stories to help kids understand that everyone sins. It can be easy for kids to think about people in the Bible as perfect heroes who always did everything right. Remind kids that the people in the Bible are not characters—they were real people who walked this earth just like all of us. These people were presented with opportunities to make choices, and with God’s help, many of them chose to glorify God with their actions.

Use the following link for all Daily Bible Reading Plans and Posts.

The Church Meets the Needs of People

This week we are learning that God uses the church to meet people’s needs as an expression of His love. Make a list of ways you can help Christians who are in your church, in your community, and around the world. Below are just a couple of examples and great conversation starters.

  • Introduce your child to our Community Ministry Center and involve them in donating food to the center that helps our local community! For more info about the CMC, visit www.championforest.org/updates/helping-one-another.
  • You can also explain to your child that while not everyone can go on an international missions trip, everyone can pray and give offering money to missions, like International Treasure House. The church meets the needs of people.

Daily Bible Reading

Use the link below to follow along with us as a family with our Daily Bible Reading Plan.

Daily Bible Reading Plan

VBS 2020 Recap

VBS was a blast this year! We were able to enjoy 3 weeks of Virtual VBS with activities to do at home. Then, we closed out with one big Worship Rally during VBS @ The Drive-In at Steamboat Drive-In Theater. It’s been a beautiful month discovering Jesus as the foundation of our lives!

If you missed any of the activities, below are links to all of the Virtual VBS videos, the VBS @ the Drive-In movie, and a playlist for all the VBS songs. Our prayer is that these songs, activities, and Bible stories will continue to permeate your home throughout the summer!

VBS Activities

VBS 2020 Songs – Concrete and Cranes

If you have any questions or we can pray with you or your child, please e-mail or call us. We love partnering with you as you teach your child God’s word & lead him/her to Jesus.

Your CFBC Kids Ministry Team
Allie Kretsinger // North Klein, akretsinger@cfbc.org
Stephanie Rogers // Jersey Village, srogers@cfbc.org
Myrna Arana // Conroe Spanish, marana@cfbc.org
Natalie Bowman // Conroe English, nbowman@cfbc.org
Stephanie Chase // Champions, schase@cfbc.org


Kid Life Groups: June 28

The Antioch Church Helped

Today in KidLife Groups children learn that the church helps fellow Christians. The church in Antioch sent food to help the Jerusalem church during a time of famine. What are some ways you can reach out to other Christians?

Involve your child in donating food to the CFBC Community Ministry Center that helps people in our community or volunteer to do yard work for a senior adult in your neighborhood. Find a job in which your child could participate.

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
Move Across On The Verse
Gather: sidewalk chalk, Weekly Verse (Galatians 5:13). Tip: you may also print each word of the Weekly Verse on separate papers and tape to the floor with clear contact plastic to play inside.

  • Draw six squares in a row on the sidewalk. Print each word of the Weekly Verse and the reference in a separate square.
  • Say the verse to your child.
  • Ask him/her to hop from one word to the next as you say the verse.
  • Allow your child to go across the verse several times.
  • Suggest different ways to move (walk forward, walk backward, skip, jump)

Three’s – PreK
Paint With Forks
Gather: Kids Activities Page, paper plates, plastic forks, paint in shallow pans, painting smocks.

  • Help child put on smock before painting. Guide them to press the forks into paint and then drag or press the forks on the plate to make designs.
  • Read the Bible story from the Kids Activities Page. Comment that the people in Judea did not have enough food. Review the story with questions as your child paints.
  • Say that people at church give and help others.
  • Name ways our church helps other people. Consider buying and taking food to the Community Ministry Center this week.
  • Pray for our church ministries and the people who need food.

Kindergarten
Taste Food
Gather: Kids Activities Pages, Bible, small plates, napkins, any fruit, small crackers, cheese cubes, and tray.

  • Prepare the food tray.
  • Say, “People at church give and help others.” Explain that churches provide ways for people to help others.
  • Allow your child to select the food of his/her choice from the tray.
  • Open the Bible to Acts 11 and read verses 19-30 aloud as you and your child eats.
  • Remind your child about how people at the church in Antioch helped others by giving to help others who would be without food.
  • Pray and thank God that people at church can help others. Thank God for food to eat. Consider donating to the Community Ministry Center at church this week with your child.
  • Have your child complete the Kids Activities Page.

1st-5th Grade

Inside/Outside Musical Chairs
You will need chairs, balls of paper (any item will work), and music. Gather up enough to have 1 less chair and ball than people playing.

  • Place chair in the middle of the room and balls against a wall.
  • Explain to your family that when music starts they will begin walking in a circle around the chairs.
  • When you stop the music, shout “Inside!” or “Outside!”
  • If “Inside” your family will find a seat on the chairs. If “Outside” they will run to the wall to pick up a ball.
  • Whoever doesn’t find a chair or grab a ball is out. Continue playing by removing a chair and ball. **If not enough family members to play, switch turn being the music master.
  • Remind your kids that helping fellow Christians can happen inside AND outside of church.

Helping Hands

  • Gather all your family members together in a circle (the more the merrier). Huddle up together and close your eyes.
  • Put your hands in the middle and hold hands with each other.
  • Open your eyes then try to untie the knotted hands to form a group circle. BUT you cannot let go of the hands you are holding.
  • Explain to your kids that you have to help one another and work together, and helping others is an act of worshiping God.

Bible Verse Look-up

  • Grab your Bibles and have your children look up and read aloud. Galatians 5:13, John 13:14-15, Isaiah 58:10, & Matthew 20:28
  • Ask what all the verses have in common. Mention how serving others is an act of worship to God.

Work Together

  • Have your children partner up with their sibling or parent. Take paper and crinkle into a ball. (Need a ball per team)
  • Work together to move the ball across the room to a designated finish line. BUT you can only use body parts called out at that specific time.
  • For instance, start by letting your children only use their hands, then should out feet can only be used, then shout out elbows can only be used.
  • You can play multiple times and use different body parts, OR if you have enough people teams can race to get the ball across the room.
  • Tell your child that this week’s Bible story is about people in a church that helped each other.

4. Missions Emphasis

  • Remind your child that a group from Oklahoma went to Poland to lead a Vacation Bible School and a camp to help Polish people learn English.
  • Think about supplies the missions group might have packed.
  • Invite your child to play a memory game. Player 1 should say: “The team that went to Poland packed ____________,” filling in the blank with an item such as “decorations.” Player 2 might say: “The team that went to Poland packed decorations and snacks.”
  • Continue adding to the list.
  • Tell your child that while not everyone can go on an international missions trip, everyone can pray and give offering money to missions, like International Treasure House. The church meets the needs of people.

5. Pray

  • Thank God for showing us many ways we can worship.
  • Ask God to help your family find a way to serve.
  • Ask God to give you eyes and compassion to see others in need.
  • Ask God to help you and your family know how to meet the needs of others.


Essential Family Nights

To keep us all safe & healthy ESSENTIAL FAMILY NIGHTS ARE COMING TO YOU online! Experience the party on Wednesday evenings in July at 6:30 {or anytime after} at facebook.com/ChampionForestKids or championforest.org/updates/kids. You will see families competing in wild challenges that your family can try at home.

Tag or mention us in your social media posts for your families chance to be featured on our next Essential Family Night video!

Theme Nights

  • July 8th, Patriotic “We are Free” Night
    Dress in Red, White, and Blue.
  • July 15th, Luau “Friendship” Night
    Wear luau gear and come prepared to have some fun!​
  • July 22nd, Camo/Campout Night​
    Dress in your best camo gear and be ready to blend in​.
  • July 29th, Splash Night ​
    Water friendly attire.