Archive for March, 2012

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

 

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Our hope is for our kids to believe that: We can honor Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 11:1-11) Jesus was making his way to Jerusalem where many of the Jews were. He had become popular because of his teachings and miracles. Upon his entry all the people were praising Him and giving Him honor. This is because Jesus came as a savior to all. Not only was he a savior but he was also a king, and people generally give kings honor. Jesus however was no ordinary king, he was a king that would soon humble himself and die for all of us. It is for this very reason that we honor Jesus and give Him our praise!

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk with your kids about someone who’s a hero to you, and why. Explain how you show that person what he or she means to you. Then encourage your children to think of people they might consider heroes – and talk about ways they could show their heroes how much they admire and respect them. Finally, talk about how Jesus is our ultimate hero. Remind your children that, through our words and actions, we need to show Jesus how much He means to us.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Go on a bike ride as a family (if you are lucky enough go horseback riding). As you ride think about how the people in Jerusalem honored Jesus by throwing down their coats and palm branches before Him. When you’ve finished your ride, talk about different ways you and your family can honor Jesus today.

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Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme –He Has Risen!

Key Verse: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26)

If you are planning to go to our Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt and you have a facebook and/or Twitter account, get a twibbon! This will let everyone know! Bring your neighbors and friends! Get your twibbon here http://t.co/h4ji4zty

Words from Pastor Rodney

It is April and Easter is here! What a great time of year as we enter spring and we get to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I am so excited to share week to week and month to month the lessons that we teach your kids. I am even more excited for those families who utilize the Yak Paks, because they see value in reinforcing what their child(ren) are hearing at church. There is no right or wrong way to use the Yak Pak, it is simply a tool that provides information to you the parent.

My goal is for the Yak Pak to be easily accessible, so it is not only in all of your kids classes or the lobby, it is also available online! Every Thursday I post the Yak Pak for that coming Sunday at http://YakPak.wordpress.com. If you follow the Next Gen Ministries facebook page or our twitter account you will see a link to the Yak Pak site.

We would love to hear how you are doing with the Yak Paks, what you think of them, what changes could be made, or you can just say hello. Feel free to email me at rowens@valleychurch.com, and you can follow us on twitter @ValleyNextGen, and you can check out our facebook page at Valley Church Next Generation Ministries.

 

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Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – God sent Jesus to save us

Key Verse:“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God knows our heart

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 12:41-44) Jesus was in the temple and saw many people with great wealth give tons and tons of money to the church. Many things can be done with the money that the people gave. However, Jesus witnessed a widow who had only two coins. This was the only money she had to live on, but she loved Jesus so much that she gave everything she had. Jesus announced that she had given much more than anyone else. All of the rich people could afford to give what they gave, but this widow could not. We might think Jesus is asking us to give all of our money and possessions to him, but this is not the case. God knows our heart, and when we believe and trust in him, he is happy.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Share a time you gave something to God. Talk about how you felt before, during, and after you gave your gift. Then think about what time, talents, or resources you have as a family that your church or people around you could benefit from. Help each person in your family come up with the best gift to give to God, and encourage everyone to follow through by giving that gift this week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week spend time with your child(ren) making a special card for his or her Sunday morning teacher. Have your child use white paper and paint pens. At the top of the page, help your child write, “Thanks for giving your best to God and to me!” Then have your child draw a picture of himself or herself. Your child could trace coins around the border of the picture and use silver or gold paints to decorate the coins.

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – God sent Jesus to save us

Key Verse:“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God sent Jesus to save us

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 3:12-21) Nicodemus was part of the ruling council in Jerusalem, which means he was a very smart church leader. He came to Jesus at night because he wanted to know more about him, and also because he didn’t want people to think he was one of his followers. Nicodemus was confused on why God sent Jesus. Jesus explained in verse 16 that he came to save the world, that if you just believe in him you will have an eternal life with him and the father. Nicodemus wasn’t use to this message; he believed that if you do good things and all the right stuff God will accept you. In fact verse 17 clarifies it even more, that he didn’t come to keep track of your wrongs, but to give you a way to heaven, all without the requirements that Nicodemus thought you had to have. We can rejoice in knowing that God shows his love for us through his grace, and when we believe in Jesus we receive that grace.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you or your family was in trouble or in danger. Share how you were saved from danger and who rescued you. Talk about how that situation was similar to or different from how Jesus provided a way to save us when he came to earth to die for our sin. Then talk with your kids about how they can know they will live forever with God in heaven. (Not sure how to do this? Check out some of the following verses: Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; and 10:9.)

 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week play a game of “Tic-Tac-Toe Prayers” with your child(ren). On a piece of paper, draw a Tic-Tac-Toe grid. Take turns naming friends and family members who need Jesus in their lives. In each square of the grid, help your child write someone’s name, draw the person’s picture, or glue a photo of him or her. Using pennies for markers play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe, but each time you place a coin on someone’s picture, pray for that person personally to come to Jesus.

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – God sent Jesus to save us

Key Verse:“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: God loves our worship

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 2:13-22) Jesus loves the church, in fact the church is called the bride of Christ. So we can understand why Jesus became angry when he saw the leaders of the church being dishonest with the people going to the church. Back then as part of worship, people needed animals that were perfect and without blemish. The leaders would tell them the animals they brought weren’t perfect, which would cause them to purchase their animals at a much higher price. Jesus loves our worship, and he doesn’t want any stumbling block in our way of worshiping him. This is why Jesus overturned their tables and drove out all the animals. The church was made as a place for worship, safe for all who attend. Jesus did not want anything to hinder that.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time in church when something funny happened during worship, and your entire family was distracted. Maybe someone fell asleep and was snoring loudly, or maybe the worship team got mixed up about which song to play. Then talk about the things that most commonly distract you when you worship, such as thinking about your upcoming week or watching other people around you. Discuss ways you can help each other stay focused on worship and God.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Brainstorm with your child different ways that you can worship God together, such as going to church, singing a song, praying, dancing to praise music, or doing something kind for someone. Write one idea for each day of the week on  piece of paper, and put the papers in a bible or daily devotional, and then draw out one of the slips and do the worship activity together.

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – God sent Jesus to save us

Key Verse:“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: There is no shame in following Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 8:31-38) The message Jesus was giving his disciples in this passage was not only difficult for them to hear, but it is also difficult for us to hear. Jesus is telling his disciples that bad things are going to happen to him. Peter, one of the disciples really close to Jesus began to argue with Jesus saying that this will never happen. Jesus had to explain to Peter that these things are necessary in order for us to be with him forever. Jesus continues to say following him may not be easy, but we can be brave because Jesus was brave for us. When we try to be bold and brave by ourselves we will lose, however, if we are bold and brave with Jesus we shall win, because Jesus has won. This is why we do not need to ashamed of following Christ. The things we could gain here on earth are nothing compared to the things we can gain forever. What we gain on earth will decay, perish, get old, and eventually disappear, but what we gain with Jesus, will last for eternity.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you were scared or ashamed to admit you are a Christian. Then share a time you were brave and bold to be a follower of Christ. Remind your kids that we can be bold and brave when we are following Jesus. It’s not always easy, and you might not always make the right choices, but you can always know that God loves us without us having to do anything. God doesn’t keep a record of our wrongs and is always there for us. Encourage your kids to embrace God’s grace every day. Challenge and encourage your kids in that area throughout the week.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week make a special treat with your kid(s). Encourage your child to follow your directions during the process. Have your child help with any mixing, pouring, and baking. Tell your child that you’re proud that he or she followed your directions well. Say that we make Jesus happy when we follow him, too!

Spread the word! Yak Pak goes digital! You can also pick up a hard copy at Valley Church this weekend.

Monthly Theme – God sent Jesus to save us

Key Verse:“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”
(John 3:16)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: There is no shame in following Jesus

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Mark 8:31-38) The message Jesus was giving his disciples in this passage was not only difficult for them to hear, but it is also difficult for us to hear. Jesus is telling his disciples that bad things are going to happen to him. Peter, one of the disciples really close to Jesus began to argue with Jesus saying that this will never happen. Jesus had to explain to Peter that these things are necessary in order for us to be with him forever. Jesus continues to say following him may not be easy, but we can be brave because Jesus was brave for us. When we try to be bold and brave by ourselves we will lose, however, if we are bold and brave with Jesus we shall win, because Jesus has won. This is why we do not need to ashamed of following Christ. The things we could gain here on earth are nothing compared to the things we can gain forever. What we gain on earth will decay, perish, get old, and eventually disappear, but what we gain with Jesus, will last for eternity.

Share:
(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about a time you were scared or ashamed to admit you are a Christian. Then share a time you were brave and bold to be a follower of Christ. Remind your kids that we can be bold and brave when we are following Jesus. It’s not always easy, and you might not always make the right choices, but you can always know that God loves us without us having to do anything. God doesn’t keep a record of our wrongs and is always there for us. Encourage your kids to embrace God’s grace every day. Challenge and encourage your kids in that area throughout the week.

 

Activity/Challenge for Families:
This week make a special treat with your kid(s). Encourage your child to follow your directions during the process. Have your child help with any mixing, pouring, and baking. Tell your child that you’re proud that he or she followed your directions well. Say that we make Jesus happy when we follow him, too!