You can’t get to Easter without getting through Good Friday

Of all the things that will surprise us in the resurrection morning, this I believe will surprise us most: that we did not love Christ more before we died. J.C. Ryle

The old hymn, “Before the Throne”, states the astonishing:
Because a sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free-
For God, the Just, is satisfied to look on Him
… and pardon me.

Pardoned. Forgiven. Redeemed. (Oh, how I love that word.) The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
How thankful we are for a Holy God who found a perfect way to redeem us! May we never get over it.

But you can’t get to Easter without getting through Good Friday. You just can’t. And I’ve always wondered what was so “good” about it. Good Friday is uncomfortable, painful, numbing…hard to breathe if you let yourself really think about it. Jesus endured for us seemingly unending sleeplessness, torture, beatings, and even mocking’s of who He is and His very nature. Yet was powerfully quiet, still. He took the nails to take our pain. His tears are sweet to us, because our God is acquainted with grief. He was broken. We are broken, saddened, bruised. Love will always cost you grief, but it is always worth the price. So give thanks for the heart of a God who bleeds with yours. Believe in and be held by a God who not only dies for you, but cries with you. The God who touches you and frees you and blesses you and heals you. A God that knows you.

And then our darkness all gives way to Easter! Easter – the day that for Christians gives all other days meaning. The ground shakes, the world rings out with the news, as incredibly miraculous today as it was over 2000 years ago -HE IS NOT HERE, FOR HE IS RISEN. Those words from the angel echoed off the walls of the empty cave, ricocheted through the empty tomb and out into the sunlight that Resurrection morning…at first a conundrum to the grief-stunned followers of Jesus and then a clear revelation of Truth, of life over death, of victory! Of overcoming.

He is Risen, indeed!
We can’t be thankful enough.

Your CFBC 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
I Go To Big Church Now
Warriors not Whiners

Warriors not Whiners

Hi Parents,

This is Becky, writing on behalf of the Kids Ministry team.

I think we all hit the wall this week when we realized this is not a sprint…it’s a marathon. It got a little overwhelming…did you feel it? Personally, when I heard we’d be social distancing at least through April 30, my heart sank. So, I called my mom.

Mom is 92 years old. She lives alone in a retirement apartment in McKinney. We tried to get her to move in with my brother for a few weeks during the Corona virus, but she is comfortable in her own space and decided to stay put. As she told me, “We made it through the Great Depression. We made it through World War II. We’ll make it through this.” And then, she told me about only being allowed one pair of shoes during the war, having to use rationing coupons to purchase gas, sugar, and other necessities, and how at least this time… we have everything we need. All we have to do is stay home. My Mom isn’t a whiner, she’s a warrior. And she wants to finish well. That makes me want to be a warrior too. And finish well.

So my weary friends, let’s choose to be warriors. Join me in knowing these few truths:

  • Ephesians 1:22 God put all things under His (Jesus) feet. That means all people, all circumstances, all diseases, all trials, all afflictions, all emotions. If Jesus has all authority, that means someone has none. Ummm…me. I have none. (Even though I’d like to, because I’m a control freak.) And COVID 19 – it has none. And fear or weariness – none.
  • Isaiah 49:16 I will not forget you. I have engraved you on the palms of my hands. That’s comforting when the world is overwhelming, you’re on 24/7, managing multiple zoom calls a day with multiple kids and multiple teachers, preparing three meals a day, the kids are fighting, your head is splitting, you’re trying to work from home OR you’re heading out into the unknown because you are an essential worker. He’s holding you right now.
  • Luke 18:1 We should always pray and not give up. No explanation needed. Warriors, not whiners.
  • Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. This speaks to it all, not growing weary, not giving up, the fact that this is for a season, and if we persevere we will reap a harvest. Have you thought about what you are sowing and what you hope to reap at the end of this season?
    • Love is spelled “T.I.M.E.” My prayer is that you are sowing love as you spend time with your kids. My hope is you are sowing memories of pillow fights, or picnics in the backyard, or s’mores nights, or worshipping together as a family on Sundays, or sitting at the table eating dinner together and actually talking to each other. My prayer is that you redeem the days. When Tropical Storm Alicia hit the Gulf Coast in the 80’s, we spent fourteen days without electricity. To this day, my kids don’t remember the sweltering August heat, the flooded streets, or the unrelenting mosquitoes. All they remember is showering in the rain and dancing in the dark by candlelight. May it be the same for you. Make good memories.
  • Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Zero in on the words, “the life I now live.” The life we now live is not the life we lived a month ago. But the life we now live is a faith journey…and we are honored and privileged to be taking our kids with us. We are not stuck at home, as Steven Morris said in his message Wednesday night, but we have been sent home to grow in our faith and love our people.

So rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice! Wait, what? I have to rejoice, then I have to do it again? Yep. Because we are warriors!

Have you in my heart,
Becky, on behalf of the 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
I Go To Big Church Now

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

Relax, We’re Here for You

Dear Parents,
Relax. (Insert deep breath here.)
One of the long-held purposes of the CFBC Kids Ministry is to equip parents to be the primary faith disciplers of their children.
You’re in the laboratory, big time, now. You were thrown into this season with little warning and no time to plan. Some of you are trying to be homeschool parents for the first time. And all of you have just become your child’s KidLife Group teachers. But relax. We are here to help. We promise to support you, with prayer, ideas, curriculum, and lots of love along the journey.

First a thought about life in general.
There is lots of grace here, and it’s not going to be perfect. Nothing about this is optimal. So it’s ok to relax and learn to enjoy your kiddos. And laugh and play together. And some screen time is okay for a few weeks, too. And you don’t have to teach every second, you’ll wear yourself out. BUT MAKE A SCHEDULE FIRST, for sanity sake. Kids need boundaries and routine. Then feel free to throw it out on any given day. Just know that life needs to feel normal, and together we are learning a new normal.

Now about our faith journeys.
But FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS!!!!! This is your concerted crash course chance to live out your faith with your kids and teach it as they sit at the table, walk in the way, and lie down at night. At least we have water and electricity, and are not having to do mudouts!!! We hope everyone can look back on these days with joy, because of the closeness it brought to their families, not the inconvenience and pain …

Habakkuk 1:5 mysteriously encourages us to “Look among the nations and observe. Be astonished! Wonder. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” Covid-19 didn’t catch God by surprise. He reigns seated on His throne, a conquering king. He is not pacing about anxiously wondering what is going to happen next. Let’s tap into the WOW (wonder of the work) that is upon us. Let’s be a part of the work He is doing among the nations and in our own families. Let’s redeem the days.

And relax.

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


How to Talk to Your Child About Coronavirus

God gave your children to you intentionally. You are the one to care for and lead them through each phase of life, including now. Pray for your child this week. Read the Bible together. Resolve to redeem this time for God’s glory.

Make it your goal, when your children are grown and hear the words “Coronavirus,” they smile and say, “That was the time I learned the most from my mom and dad. They taught me to trust God. They loved me well in a difficult season. They gave me the wisdom I needed most.”

We hope these simple steps will help guide you as you disciple your children during this time. We love you deeply and are praying for you and your family!

– Stephanie, Becky, and Brandy


1. Remain calm and reassuring.
Remember God is in control. We trust Him. Your children will react to what you say and how you say it. Make sure they hear your faith in God. Say often this week. “God is good.” “God loves us.” “God is in control of all things.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

2. Limit what your child hears & make memories.
Reduce screen time. Too much information about a topic can increase anxiety. Instead of watching & scrolling, make the best use of your time. Play outside. Build forts with blankets (add flashlights for fun). Play a board game together. Say to your child often this week, “I love you.” “I like spending time with you.”

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

3. Be Available & Honest.
Make time to talk. Go for a walk. Snuggle on the couch.

Be sure your child knows they can come to you with questions. Answer honestly and at your child’s developmental level. Keep it simple. Too much information can create confusion.

If you are nervous about conversations with your child, pray and ask God for help.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5