We're excited for a fresh start to the new school year and have lots of resources to share with you! Check out what's new this month:
Reclaiming the Smartphone Videos--FREE access for a limited time!
Checklist for a Successful School Year
PHASE Guides to help parents encourage spiritual growth at each age
Wise Parenting Dos and Don'ts from 1886
Make the Most of Everyday Moments, even Morning Time!
Pediatricians May Soon Write Persciptions for "Play"
Understand the Brain Using the Palm of Your Hand
Maintain Your Schedule Sanity While Supporting Your Teen's Success
What is my child learning in Sunday School this month?
RESOURCES and events
every phase in a kid's life is a unique opportunity for parents to influence their future
Check out these age-specific guides to find out how to best leverage these distinct opportunities to encourage spiritual growth in your child.
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Through the roof
This lesson walks your child through the story of the sick man who was lowered through the ceiling by his friends so that Jesus could heal him. Through the Roof teaches your kids age 2 through kindergarten about the love and healing power of Jesus, and the faith we can have in Him.
Download Bible App for Kids so you can check out these stories with your kids. They can follow along in the story and have fun bringing the characters to life. Also, check out the Adventure Book we send home with your kids each week so you can help them review the verse and the question and answer that we hope they learn each week.
SEEING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AND DOING IT
“Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIrV
Have you ever noticed how some people have a knack for walking in a room and noticing...everything. That spilled orange juice that needs to be cleaned up; the crooked picture on the wall; the untucked shirt on someone. Maybe you are one of those people!
What if that ability is actually more about training yourself to open your eyes and pay attention more than just a natural ability? Because when it comes down to it, seeing what needs to be done is not just about training yourself to see what's around you - it's about doing something about what you've seen!
That's why this month our Large Group environment is going to be an environment that needs some cleaning up!
It's a dirty job - but someone has to do it. Shouldn't we train our kids to open their eyes, be aware of their surroundings... AND get involved??
This month's Virtue:
INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and Doing it.
We are learning a Biblical example of Initiative by studying the life of NEHEMIAH this month. Each week will be another lesson on Nehemiah's story as he took initiative and stepped up to repair Jerusalem when no one else would.
MIDDLE & HIgh SCHOOL
Hi Teen Parents!
We are excited to kick-off a new School Year with a cool Teen Program! Your teen will be bringing home a handout each week filled with notes, the key verse and something to share with you. Talk to them about it so you can continue the conversation at home.
For the month of September we will be talking about GOSSIP. Gossip, or whispering behind someone’s back, whether it is true or false never amounts to anything good. It destroys relationships, negates people, and reduces our ability to empathize.
Words have the unique ability to create worlds. God literally spoke the world into existence. Genesis 1. Words not only have the power to create life, they also have the power to destroy life. When used incorrectly, words can dehumanize and destroy people. We have to be careful about our spoken language, but also the words we choose on social media. Are we using our language to build others up and speak life, or are we destroying others? What world are we creating with our words?
This month we hope to encourage our teens to be more responsible about the language they use, but also to understand why we have the temptation to gossip and how God wants us to act instead when there is conflict or when we feel insecure.
“Keep Your Tongue from Evil and Your Lips from Speaking Deceit.” Psalm 34:13