helping kids find and follow Jesus

Week of JUNE 20, 2021

WATCH THIS:
DO & SAY THIS:
God told Gideon to take his small army to battle the big Midianite army. Gideon trusted God’s plan and told each soldier to take a trumpet, a torch, and a jar with them. They snuck into the Midianite camp and when Gideon told them to, they blew their trumpets, broke their jars, and yelled ‘For the Lord, and for Gideon!’ The Midianites ran away, and God’s army won! Let’s pretend to be Gideon’s small army. Hold up your pretend torch like this. (Demonstrate.) Now, let’s sneak over here. Oh, I see the Midianites. Let’s blow our trumpets and shout, ‘I can trust God!’ (Blow trumpets and shout.) They ran away. Let’s see if we can find them over here. (Sneak to another part of the home.) Here they are! Blow your trumpets and shout! I can trust God! Continue sneaking and saying ‘I can trust God’ as long as there is interest. Great job! You are never too small to trust God. You can trust God, and I can trust God. Who can you trust? ‘I can trust God.’
ASK THIS:
Our Bible story was about how God used Gideon to do a really big thing, even though Gideon and his army were small. Gideon trusted that God could use him, so he did everything God told him to do. Gideon and his army carried the torches, broke the jars, and played the horns. (Play your hand horn.) And it worked! Gideon’s army won the battle! God can use you and me, no matter what, too. We just have to trust God and not be afraid. That’s why we’re learning this verse. It says . . . ‘I trust in God. I am not afraid,’ Psalm 56:11. Let’s practice it together, with the actions. ‘I (point thumbs to chest) trust in God (point up). I am not afraid (cross hands back and forth and shake head),’ Psalm 56:11. (Open hands like a book.) (Repeat the verse with motions a few times.) Yes! And I hope you always remember to trust God and not be afraid, because who can trust God? ‘I can trust God!’ Yes, you can! Let’s make a list of things that sometimes make you afraid. We all feel afraid at times, even me. So, tell me one thing that sometimes makes you afraid. Is there anything else that makes you afraid? Thanks for sharing! Let’s talk to God about being afraid.
PRAY THIS:
Dear God, we can trust You. It doesn’t matter if we’re big or small, we can always trust You. Please help us trust You when we have doubts. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

WATCH THIS:
DO THIS:
Get some sticky notes and a pencil/pen (optional) What You Do: Tell your child that you’re going to play “four corners”— but in a different way than they may be used to. Find a room in your house that you can easily move around in. Designate the corners as corner one, two, three, and four. (Make sure your child is clear on which corner is assigned to which number. You could affix numbered sticky notes onto the wall at each corner.) Say, “For each round, I’m going to list four characteristics that God has given people. Then, you choose which one applies to you the most. If it’s option one, you’ll go to corner one. If it’s option three, you’ll go to corner three. Got it?” Then, read from the list below. After each round, ask your child to explain their choice. (Play along by running to the corner that best applies to you!) Four Corner options: Round 1 (1) Great singing voice, (2) the ability to make people laugh, (3) A math brain, (4) Good fashion sense Round 2 (1) Artistic ability, (2) A love for sports, (3) Someone who can make people feel welcome, (4) Good at playing games Round 3 (1) Good at writing, (2) Organized, (3) Loves to cook or loves food, (4) Likes to build things Round 4 (1) Really good helper, (2) Strong, (3) Full of creative ideas, (4) Can run fast Round 5 (1) Loves music, (2) Generous, (3) Thinks ice cream is the best thing ever, (4) Can remember lots of lines from movies 

ASK THIS:
In our story today, who were the Midianites? (People who took over the Israelites’ land) What did the Israelites do when they lost their land? (They asked God for help.) Who did God use to save the Israelites? (Gideon) How did God use Gideon? (With God’s power and help, Gideon and 300 men conquered the Midianites.) Do you ever feel like Gideon did— like you’re not good enough for God to use you? Parent: Share about a time when you felt useless or like you weren’t enough, but God changed your mind and gave you confidence.

SING THIS:
MEMORY VERSE:
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV

PRAY THIS:
“God, thank You for this amazing story about Gideon. You used Gideon even though he didn’t feel smart enough, good enough, or powerful enough to beat the Midianite army. The truth is, You are a big, great, LOVING God who wants to use us no matter what! Show us how we can make a difference and help the people around us. We love You. Amen.”

WATCH THIS:
SING THIS:
DO THIS:
Get sticky notes and a pencil/pen (optional). Tell your child that you’re going to play “four corners”—but in a different way than they may be used to. Find a room in your house that you can easily move around in. Designate the corners as corner one, two, three, and four. (Make sure your child is clear on which corner is assigned to which number. You could affix numbered sticky notes onto the wall at each corner.) Say, “For each round, I’m going to list four characteristics that God has given people. Then, you choose which one applies to you the most. If it’s option one, you’ll go to corner one. If it’s option three, you’ll go to corner three. Got it?” Then, read from the list below. After each round, ask your child to explain their choice. (Play along by running to the corner that best applies to you!) Four Corners options: Round 1: (1) Great singing voice, (2) the ability to make people laugh, (3) A math brain, (4) Good fashion sense Round 2: (1) Artistic ability, (2) A love for sports, (3) Someone who can make people feel welcome, (4) Good at playing games Round 3: (1) Good at writing, (2) Organized, (3) Loves to cook or loves food, (4) Likes to build things Round 4: (1) Really good helper, (2) Strong, (3) Full of creative ideas, (4) Can run fast Round 5: (1) Loves music, (2) Generous, (3) Thinks ice cream is the best thing ever, (4) Can remember lots of lines from movies
ASK THIS:
In our story today, who were the Midianites? (People who took over the Israelites’ land) What did the Israelites do when they lost their land? (They asked God for help.) Who did God use to save the Israelites? (Gideon) How did God use Gideon? (With God’s power and help, Gideon and 300 men conquered the Midianites.) Do you ever feel like Gideon did—like you’re not good enough for God to use you? Can you think of some ways that God has used you in the past? What are some qualities that God has given you as an individual? How could you use those qualities to make a difference in the lives of others? Parent: Share about a time when you felt useless or like you weren’t enough, but God changed your mind and gave you confidence.

MONTHLY BIBLE VERSE:
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13, NIV
PRAY THIS:
“God, thank You for this amazing story about Gideon. You used Gideon even though he didn’t feel smart enough, good enough, or powerful enough to beat the Midianite army. The truth is, You are a big, great, LOVING God who wants to use us no matter what! Show us how we can make a difference and help the people around us. We love You. Amen.”

Birth - Pre-K
We want our littlest ones to know Jesus loves them and that He is their friend. They’ll experience interactive Bible stories, worship, and hands-on activities designed just for them.
K - 3rd grade
In our elementary environments, we desire to help kids learn about Jesus and build relationships with others through high energy worship, engaging Bible stories and small group activities.
4th and 5th Grade
We call it "45"! This is a pivotal time in a pre-teens' spiritual life when they often begin asking questions about faith. We want to offer them a fun environment and show them how to apply truths from the Bible to their lives at school, with friends and family.
Special Friends Kids
-- NOT CURRENTLY OPEN -- A sensory-friendly experience for kids and teens with special needs. Special Friends volunteer staff and "buddies" engage kids through modified Bible stories, sensory play, music, and prayer. Join us as we learn about God through hands-on teaching with our Special Friends! Meets Sundays during the 10:45am service in the Special Friends Room (upstairs)
The Hangout Room
-- NOT CURRENTLY OPEN -- The Hangout is a fun, safe environment where volunteers' kids can go while they serve on Sunday mornings. Giving kids a good experience while their parents volunteer, paints a beautiful picture of serving others and being the hands and feet of Jesus. Additionally, it gives parents ease of mind that their kids are in good hands and having a stellar time!

K-12 Anchors

As we work together to help Brookside kids and youth find and follow Jesus, these seven Anchors keep us fixed on this goal. Our programs and events center around these priorities. Click the button to find out more.

K-12 Anchors

Infants and Preschoolers

We offer parent-child dedications for parents of infants and very young children. Dedications happen as part of our Sunday service and provide a way that we, as a church, can stand alongside you as you commit to raising your child in a way that honors Jesus. Find out more by clicking the button below.

PARENT-CHILD DEDICATIONS

Discussion Questions About Baptism 

Parents, ask yourself these questions:

Is this decision coming from me or my child?
Does my child understand the Gospel?
Is there evidence of the Holy Spirit working in my child's life?

Ask your child these questions:

Who is Jesus and what did He do for you?
Why do you want to be baptized?

Questions about Kids' Baptisms

Baptism Class - or Splash Class - is offered periodically throughout the year, usually in the spring and fall.

Next Splash Class:
Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30pm

SPLASH CLASS REGISTRATION

FIRST TIME GUEST

If you're a first time guest, filling out a registration form will help your visit run smoothly. We have a safe and secure check-in process to keep your kids safe while they learn about Jesus.

REGISTER YOUR KIDS HERE 

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