Brookside Kids restarted meeting in person for all our age groups on October 4th! We're excited to see everyone in person! At both our Millard and Elkhorn campuses, we're ready to welcome our kids back into classrooms.
We want you to be well-informed as your kids return. Check out the video below for a walk-through of what to expect as we restart in-person Kids ministry.
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week of October 18, 2020
In our Bible story, Hagar and her son were very thirsty because they didn’t have any water. Who was with them, even in the big, hot desert? (Pause.) Yes! God was with them. Who did He send to help them? (Pause.) Yes, He sent an angel to show Hagar where there was water. God was with Hagar and her son. God heard them. And God gave them what they needed. God will hear you and give you what you need, too. God is always with you, and no matter what happens, God’s got it! Who’s got it? God’s got it!
DO & SAY THIS:
The Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember that God is always with us, too. It says . . . (Turn in your Bible to Joshua 1:9.) “God is with you wherever you go, Joshua 1:9. (Close Bible and lay it down.) Let’s say that together with the motions.
“God (point both hands straight up) is with you (point out to a friend) wherever (wave hands in a circle) you go (march in place), Joshua 1:9.” (Open hands like a book.)
(Repeat the verse with motions a few times.)
You sound SO good! Way to go!
Dear God, You know everything we need because You are always
with us. Thank You for loving us and giving us what we need. Help us trust that You know what is best and You have the power to give us what we need. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Paper and writing utensil
Pre-draw ten Tic-Tac-Toe boards on the sheet of paper. Challenge your kid to a Tic-Tac-Toe competition. Play ten games and whoever wins the most of those games will be declared the ultimate Tic-Tac-Toe champion!
We all want to win when we play a game, right? When have you been tempted to cheat to win a game? (Allow for response and share your own example.)
Someone in our story today told a lie to get what he wanted. Who was it? (Gehazi)..... Who showed integrity in the story? Give an example how they showed integrity. (Naaman—apologized when he was wrong; asked for forgiveness; offered thanks and gifts)..... Who did not show integrity? (Gehazi)..... Why does lying get us in trouble? (We lose trust with the people and break relationships. Lying hurts our reputations and how people will trust us in the future.)..... Because God is trustworthy, He wants us to be trustworthy. He wants us to protect our relationships with each other by always choosing to be honest, no matter what the outcome might be.
“God, we pray that our family would be one that’s known for its integrity all the time. Help us to remember that when we’re honest, we build trust and strengthen our relationships with each other. We pray that we are like Naaman—that when we’re wrong, we’re quick to apologize and ask for forgiveness. Thank You for loving us and forgiving us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Gather a piece of paper, a red writing utensil, and a green writing utensil. If you don't have red and green just use two different colors. Look up our memory verse for the month, Proverbs 10:9. "Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught." (NIrV) Write the first sentence of the verse, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely” on one side of the paper, using the green marker. "Living without blame" means to live with integrity. Draw a circle below the verse and write "INTEGRITY” in the center of a circle, using the green marker. Write the second sentence of the verse, “But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught” on the other side of the paper, using the red marker. When we “take a crooked path” it is similar to living without integrity. Draw a circle with a “NOT” line through it below the verse and write “INTEGRITY” in the center of a circle, using the red marker.
After reading Proverbs 10:9 and doing the activity above, discuss what the verse says about living with integrity versus living without integrity. Write words from the verse on the green integrity side of your paper that show integrity and write the words that mean the opposite of integrity on the NOT integrity side.
Why do you think integrity is so important? Why is it important for people to trust you? What happens if we’re dishonest with someone a few times in a row? How does that affect what that person thinks of us and our relationship with them? When we choose to be dishonest, can we ever be sure our dishonesty won’t affect anyone? Why or why not? (Lead kids to understand that even if we don’t get caught, there are still consequences in terms of how we feel in our hearts. Sometimes we think that being dishonest won’t affect anyone, but we forget that it always affects us.) How can choosing to be truthful affect our relationships with others?
Monthly Bible Verse:
Open up your Bible to Proverbs 10:9. We are going to review October's memory verse! Try and continue to memorize it so you can be equipped with God's Word! "Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught." Proverbs 10:9 (NIrV) Be prepared next week to try and say it first, before reading it!
This week, make your prayer personal. You may pray silently or aloud. Your prayers can be short and simple. Begin by asking God to help you be truthful in whatever you say and do.
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
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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
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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!
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.
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.