This week in DIG, 7/30

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Upcoming Dates

DIG Kickoff: September 10th (Classes for kindergarten through 8th grade will resume.)

Volunteer Training (PreK, K-1, 2-4): September 17th at 8:30 AM

Volunteer Training (Middle School): September 24th at 8:30 AM

Volunteer Training (Infants, Toddlers): September 24th at 9 AM

Toddlers: Samuel

During July toddlers are learning about Samuel. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories of Samuel in storybook Bibles. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Re-enact the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice with your child. Your child can make a bed with blocks or pillows to rest on, and you can quietly call her name. She can respond, “I am listening!”

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Preschool: The Great Banquet

Preschoolers are spending the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus.

  • I wonder how it felt to be invited to this great feast?
  • I wonder if these people have names?
  • I wonder why these people came and others wouldn’t?
  • I wonder how the master feels about the guests?

You can share this wonderful video with your children to reinforce this lesson!

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This week in DIG, 7/23

Infants

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Toddlers: Samuel

During July toddlers are learning about Samuel. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories of Samuel in storybook Bibles. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Re-enact the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice with your child. Your child can make a bed with blocks or pillows to rest on, and you can quietly call her name. She can respond, “I am listening!”

Preschool: The Good Samaritan

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Preschoolers are spending the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus.

  • I wonder if the man left by the side of the road has a name?
  • I wonder where the road is going?
  • I wonder why the Samaritan was a neighbor to the man left by the side of the road?
  • I wonder what it means to be a neighbor?

This week in DIG, 7/16

Toddlers: Samuel

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During July toddlers are learning about Samuel. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories of Samuel in storybook Bibles. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Re-enact the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice with your child. Your child can make a bed with blocks or pillows to rest on, and you can quietly call her name. She can respond, “I am listening!”

Preschool: The Sower

Preschoolers are spending the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus.

  • I wonder why the seeds didn’t grow among the rocks and the thorns?
  • I wonder what the seeds might really be?
  • I wonder how the sower feels when the seeds grow?

Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is a great time to dive into a thematic Bible study as a family, so join us! Here are some resources to use while exploring Jesus’ parables:

Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

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This book retells many of Jesus’ parables, and children will find the illustrations very humorous. You can borrow a copy from the DIG Library!

Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This

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The inspiration for this CD comes from the parables of Jesus. The music, written and sung by Ellie Holcomb, Sandra McCracken, and other popular Christian folk artists, is enjoyable for kids and adults alike!

 

Parables for Kids

Toddlers: Samuel

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During July toddlers are learning about Samuel. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories of Samuel in storybook Bibles. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Re-enact the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice with your child. Your child can make a bed with blocks or pillows to rest on, and you can quietly call her name. She can respond, “I am listening!”

Preschool: The Great Pearl

Preschoolers are spending the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus.

  • I wonder what could be so great that the merchant would exchange everything he had for the Great Pearl?
  • I wonder what the Great Pearl could really be?
  • I wonder how the merchant feels now that he has the Great Pearl?

Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is a great time to dive into a thematic Bible study as a family, so join us! Here are some resources to use while exploring Jesus’ parables:

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Favorite Parables from the Bible by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen

This book retells many of Jesus’ parables, and children will find the illustrations very humorous. You can borrow a copy from the DIG Library!

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Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like This

The inspiration for this CD comes from the parables of Jesus. The music, written and sung by Ellie Holcomb, Sandra McCracken, and other popular Christian folk artists, is enjoyable for kids and adults alike. This is one of our family’s absolute favorites!

This week in DIG, 7/2

Toddlers: Samuel

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During July toddlers are learning about Samuel. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories of Samuel in storybook Bibles. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Re-enact the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice with your child. Your child can make a bed with blocks or pillows to rest on, and you can quietly call her name. She can respond, “I am listening!”

Preschool: The Leaven

Preschoolers will spend the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus. You can share this video with your preschooler to reinforce today’s lesson:

  • I wonder why the woman puts the leaven or the yeast in the bread dough?
  • I wonder how the bread dough grew?
  • I wonder how the rising bread is like the kingdom of heaven?

This week in DIG, 6/25

Toddlers: How Peter Served Jesus

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During June toddlers are learning about the Early Church. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories about Peter the Apostle. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words. Use your child’s toys as different characters in the story and have him help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool: The Mustard Seed

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Preschoolers will spend the summer exploring the Parables of Jesus.

  • I wonder if these birds have names?
  • I wonder if this tree could be put back into the seed after it is grown?
  • I wonder what this tree might really be?

This week in DIG, 6/18

Infants

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Toddlers: How Peter Served Jesus

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During June toddlers are learning about the Early Church. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories about Peter the Apostle. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words. Use your child’s toys as different characters in the story and have him help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool: Dorcas

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Preschoolers are exploring stories about the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Dorcas’ friends felt when she died?
  • I wonder what others thought when they saw her again?
  • I wonder how she felt being alive again?

This week in DIG, 6/11

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Infants

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Toddlers: How Peter Served Jesus

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During June toddlers are learning about the Early Church. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories about Peter the Apostle. Stories of his earlier life are in the Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words. Use your child’s toys as different characters in the story and have him help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool: Philip

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Preschoolers are now hearing about the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Simon feels hearing he cannot buy the power of the Holy Spirit?
  • I wonder how these people are feeling as they receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
  • I wonder how people feel who are healed?

Resources for the Service

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Children in the Worship Service

We are excited to have kindergarteners through 8th graders with us in the regular service until Labor Day! The whole congregation is edified when we sing, pray, praise, and learn together. It may take a little while for your child to adjust to worshipping in the regular service, but we believe that corporate worship can provide so much more for them than just “killing time.” God can speak to children downstairs, just as He faithfully does upstairs.

To make Sunday worship meaningful for your child, we’ve set up a table in the back of the sanctuary for children to grab books, Bibles, paper, magnadoodles, and art supplies to use during the service. Children can follow along as best as they are able, and use the materials provided to respond to God just as they would upstairs.

You might also…

  1. Encourage your child to bring her own Bible to church. Use a post-it note to help her locate the day’s passage. You can use a children’s storybook Bible or a readable translation like the NIV or NLT. As the pastor reads the passage aloud, follow along together in her Bible. During the sermon she can jot down questions and observations on the post-it and discuss them with you at home.
  2. Purchase a special journal for your child to take sermon notes during the summer. TJMaxx and HomeGoods often have journals on sale with decorative scripture verses on the front.
  3. If your child can’t focus during the entirety of the sermon, that’s okay! Encourage him to copy one verse from the passage, focus on that, and then draw a reflection based on it.
  4. Be prepared to engage your child with questions after the service: What was your favorite song this week? Was there a specific line of that song that stood out to you? What questions did you have during the sermon? What did you wonder about the passage? Did you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to you, encouraging you to give Jesus control of some area of your life?

For further reading: https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2012/03/06/children-in-worship-lets-bring-it-back/

Toddlers: How Peter Served Jesus

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During June toddlers are learning about the Early Church. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread stories about Peter the Apostle. Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible or Jesus Calling Bible.
  • Retell the story of Peter healing the leper from Acts in your own words. Use your child’s toys as different characters in the story and have him help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool: Peter

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Preschoolers are now hearing about the Early Church.

  • I wonder how the man feels about begging for money?
  • I wonder why the man will not look at Peter and John?
  • I wonder how the man feels about Jesus?
  • I wonder what he will do now that he can walk?

 

This week in DIG, 5/28

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Summer Schedule

Tomorrow, May 28, our summer schedule begins. DIG classes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only will meet. A table of reflection materials and Bibles will be available for older children at the back of the sanctuary during the regular service.

Toddlers: Jesus Appears to His Followers

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During May toddlers are learning about Jesus’ Ministry after the Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Reread these accounts (Road to Emmaus, Thomas, Ascension, Pentecost) together in the storybook Bibles you have at home.
  • Use your child’s figurines to retell the stories.
  • Use binoculars to help children notice things far away that they hadn’t seen before; draw connections to the disciples’ experience “seeing” Jesus anew (Road to Emmaus).
  • Fly a kite together. Discuss how the Holy Spirit was in the wind at Pentecost.

Preschool: Pentecost

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Preschoolers are now hearing about the Early Church.

  • I wonder what it felt like to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost?
  • I wonder what it was like for Jesus’ friends as they told the amazing things about God?
  • I wonder what the Holy Spirit wants us to do with God’s gifts?