This week in DIG, 8/28

Upcoming Date

Gardeners are busy prepping classrooms and training teachers for the start of a new school year! Our official DIG Kickoff Date is 2 weeks from today: Sunday, September 11!

That day you’ll receive a Family Packet with important information, and children will move up to their new grade level. We’ll also be celebrating students entering middle school during the service. It’s an exciting day, and we hope you’ll join us!

If you’re interested in getting a head start on this year’s Bible memory verses, you can order the Seeds of Purpose CD that we will be using to memorize scripture. We will also have a few copies available for purchase at the Kickoff.

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Toddlers-Esther

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This month the toddlers have been learning about Esther.  Some possible activities:

*Reread the story of Esther in the Jesus Calling Bible.

*Help your children make paper crowns and decorate them. Ask “What would you do if you were a king or a queen? What did Esther do with her special role?”

*Retell the story of Esther with help from your children, using props and costumes from around the house.

Preschool-Baptism, John 14

*I wonder how the people felt when they were baptized.

*I wonder why the pastor says the special words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

*I wonder if you want to follow the Way of Jesus.

*I wonder how you might follow the Way of Jesus.

This week in DIG, 8/21

Toddlers-Esther

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This month the toddlers have been learning about Esther.  Some possible activities:

*Reread the story of Esther in the Jesus Calling Bible.

*Help your children make paper crowns and decorate them. Ask “What would you do if you were a king or a queen? What did Esther do with her special role?”

*Retell the story of Esther with help from your children, using props and costumes from around the house.

Preschool-The Good Shepherd and the Lord’s Supper, Part 2: John 10:2-4

*I wonder how the people felt when they arrived at the table.

*I wonder how the food tasted.

*I wonder how many people can come to this table.

*I wonder if you have ever felt close to the Good Shepherd.

This week in DIG, 8/14

Toddlers-Esther

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This month the toddlers will learn about Esther.  Some possible activities:

*Reread the story of Esther in the Jesus Calling Bible.

*Help your children make paper crowns and decorate them. Ask “What would you do if you were a king or a queen? What did Esther do with her special role?”

*Retell the story of Esther with help from your children, using props and costumes from around the house.

Preschool-The Good Shepherd and the Lord’s Supper, Part 1: John 10:2-4

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*I wonder how the sheep felt when they arrived at the table.

*I wonder how the food tasted.

*I wonder how many sheep can come to this table.

*I wonder if you have ever felt close to the Good Shepherd.

This week in DIG 8/7

Toddlers-Esther

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This month the toddlers will learn about Esther.  Some possible activities:

*Reread the story of Esther in the Jesus Calling Bible.

*Help your children make paper crowns and decorate them. Ask “What would you do if you were a king or a queen? What did Esther do with her special role?”

*Retell the story of Esther with help from your children, using props and costumes from around the house.

Preschool-The Good Shepherd and the Wolf: John 10:11-15

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Preschoolers spent June and July exploring Parables, and will spend the next few weeks listening to stories about their Good Shepherd.

*I wonder how the sheep felt when she was lost/found.

*I wonder how long the Good Shepherd searched for the lost sheep.

*I wonder if the Good Shepherd was afraid of the wolf.

*I wonder if you have a Good Shepherd.

This week in DIG 7/31

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Toddlers-Samuel

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This month the toddlers explored stories of Samuel.  Some possible activities:

*Reread stories of Samuel in storybook bibles.  Stories of his earlier life are in Jesus Storybook Bible, or Jesus Calling Bible.

*Retell the story of Samuel hearing God’s voice as a child in your own words.  Use your child’s toys to be different characters in the story and have them help you retell the story with the figurines.

Preschool-Parable of the Great Banquet: Matthew 22:1-14

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Preschoolers spent June and July exploring Parables.

*I wonder how the Master felt when people were too busy to come to his banquet.

*I wonder how the Master felt when his table was full of guests.

*I wonder what food the Master served.

*I wonder if you would want to go to this banquet.

Even if you don’t have a preschooler, summer is 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.  We are using this book in the preschool classes to retell the weekly lessons.

http://www.christianbook.com/favorite-parables-bible-stories-jesus-told/nick-butterworth/9780310724322/pd/724322

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Rain for Roots: The Kingdom of Heaven is like this

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