Archive for December, 2011

Week of January 1st – 7th

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

As promised! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – Follow Jesus, we are thankful for Jesus

Key Verse:“’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men’” (Mark 1:17)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus deserves our worship

(Open the bible and read to your child Matthew 2:1-12) God wanted the world to know that his son was born. To do this he placed a star in the sky so the wise men, who are called magi, could find Him. They magi went to Herod to ask him where this boy named Jesus was. Now Herod was a king who was threatened by the birth of Jesus, because Jesus was called “the King of the Jews”. Because of this, Herod lied to the Magi and told them to find Jesus so he too could worship Him. So the magi went out and found Jesus in Bethlehem. They were overjoyed and gave him expensive gifts, because this Jesus was the savior of the world. The magi had a dream telling them not to go back to Jerusalem, because Herod was an evil king and did not want to worship Jesus.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a struggle you might have (or once had) to keep Jesus first in your life. Perhaps washing your brand-new car consumes all your free time. Or maybe you spend too much time focusing on your personal appearance. Be open and honest in your evaluation, and allow your children to see what different types of worship can look like. Then talk with your family about ways you can worship Jesus both one-on-one and in a family setting. Encourage your family members to have at least one personal worship time this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week make a fun video with the family (most smart phones nowadays will do quality video). Write a letter, poem, or song of worship to Jesus and recite or perform it in front of the camera. God made laughter and has a sense of humor so free yourselves up and enjoy! Those who are brave can post the video on youtube (if you don’t know how ask your kids). Make sure you post a link on the Valley Next Gen Ministry Facebook Page!


Yak Paks Go Digital!

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents!

This is great news! In our continual efforts to partner with you so that we can ensure you are the primary spiritual influence in your kids lives, our monthly Yak Paks are now available here on this site for easy access. All you have to do is visit this site every week and you can access that weeks lesson! We will still have the monthly packets available on campus, but in case you miss out or misplace them, they will be available to you online. Be sure to also follow Next Gen Ministries on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated for all of our activities and events.

Here is a brief explanation of what the Yak Pak provides:

  1. Valuable Information! Every month we provide families with this simple tool that explains what your children are being taught at every level in Next Gen Ministries.
  2. Use the information in the Yak Pak to talk about the bible and your faith anytime, anywhere! Deuteronomy 6:5-9 tells us that it is not some rigid, legalistic ritual that you have to do, but simply a way of life! And the best part is, every child is learning the same thing in every class and at Awana! What a way to reinforce what they heard at church.
  3. Take an opportunity to do a family activity. Families bond when they spend time together. This may be difficult with sports and other activities, as families may be going in different directions, but it is well worth your time to spend time together weekly. You can try the suggested activity in the Yak Pak or you may  think of your own. Our hope is that time is taken to be together and have fun.
  4. Grow up and mature together as a family! The current curriculum that we use will take you through the bible in three years. To help your kids understand the Old Testament as a whole, learners explore it chronologically during the summer and fall quarters. Then winter and spring quarter lessons focus on the New Testament.

Use the Yak Pak however you like. You can read word for word what we have written or you can choose your own words. The sharing and activity time are there as suggestions and a guide. This does not have to be a legalistic strict mandate, but simply a time to share as a family and have fun. We want your family time to be a time of enjoyment and fellowship. Look for the first lesson next week!

Have a great holiday season!