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?

DIG Celebration 2017

Thank you to all who made this year’s DIG Celebration possible, especially our wonderful DIG Gardeners, our storyteller Richard Band, and our talented sound and worship teams. Yesterday was truly a special day of intergenerational worship. Enjoy these beautiful photos from our friend Laura Bicknell!

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DIG Celebration! 5/21

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration Tomorrow!!

Be sure to join us tomorrow as our children lead us in worship and share what the Holy Spirit has taught them this year! Childcare will be available during the service for Infants and Toddlers only.

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

 

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.

This week in DIG, 5/14

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

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: The Ascension

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Preschoolers are now hearing about the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt when Jesus went away?
  • I wonder if they kept looking for Jesus?
  • I wonder how they knew Jesus was still with them?

K-1st Grade: A New Way to See

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Younger elementary children are now learning about the Early Church.

  • I wonder why Saul disliked Christians so much? 
  • I wonder what it was like to hear Jesus’ voice on the road to Damascus? 
  • I wonder what changed Saul’s heart?

2nd-4th Grade: Peter Heals the Beggar (Acts 3:1-10)

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Older elementary students are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder what it would be like to have never been able to walk, like the lame man?
  • I wonder why Peter and John told the lame man to look at them?
  • I wonder how it felt for the lame man to walk for the first time?
  • I wonder what it means that “faith through Jesus” has healed the lame man?

5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration!

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This week in DIG, 5/7

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

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-4th Grade: Review

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Preschoolers and elementary students are reviewing the stories they’ve heard this year and choosing their favorite reflections to display at the DIG Celebration.

  • I wonder what your favorite reflection was this year?
  • What did you like about the reflection?
  • What was your favorite part of that story?
  • What do you still wonder about that story?
  • How can we find answers to the questions you still have?

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5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration.

This week in DIG, 4/30

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Upcoming Events

DIG Celebration: May 21

Summer schedule begins: May 28 (DIG available for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers only)

April’s Memory Verses

Toddlers-4th Grade: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

(“Trust in the Lord,” Seeds of Purpose, Track 5)

5th-8th Grade: The Lord’s Prayer (from Matthew 6:9-13)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

7th-8th Grade: John 20:22-23

Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Toddlers: The Miracle of Easter

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During April toddlers are learning about Christ’s Resurrection. Possible activities to do with your toddler:

  • Act out the story with your child using plastic or wooden figures.
  • Read the accounts of this story from Sally Lloyd Jones’ Tiny Bear’s Bible or Jesus Storybook Bible.

Preschool: Jesus Commissions the Disciples

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Preschoolers are now hearing about Christ’s Resurrection.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends know that this is Jesus?
  • I wonder how they feel being close to Jesus again?
  • I wonder if they will always follow Jesus even when they can’t see Him?

K-1st Grade: God Sends Help

Younger elementary children are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder how Jesus’ friends felt, huddled in that dark room? 
  • I wonder what the wind felt like that came through the room? 
  • I wonder what the flames looked like above everyone’s heads?
  • I wonder if Jesus has come to live inside you?

2nd-4th Grade: Pentecost (Acts 2:1-13, 42-47)

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Older elementary students are now focusing on the Early Church.

  • I wonder what the wind felt like that came through the room? 
  • I wonder what the flames looked like above everyone’s heads?
  • I wonder why they were speaking in other languages?
  • If wonder if the Holy Spirit lives inside of you?
  • I wonder how the early church was different than the church today? I wonder how it was the same?

5th-8th Grade: Semester Review & End-of-the-Year Projects

Middle schoolers are wrapping up their year in DIG by creating special projects that reflect their growth in Christ this year. Students will share their projects at the DIG Celebration!