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July 5, 2020 

Elementary

Happy Sunday!

We are so glad to have you join us for Kid’s Church today and we hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!   Every 6 weeks, we take a Sunday to review what we have learned in the past 5 weeks. In addition to our review, we will learn about the Feast of Tabernacles: Remembering and Celebrating God’s Blessings.
God’s people celebrated this festival with thanksgiving to remember God’s many blessings. For seven days they lived in tents or temporary shelters they decorated with colorful ornaments. The New Testament significance of this feast reminds us that this life is temporary, and that all of our lifelong dreams, hopes, and aspirations will one day be fulfilled in our future home and inheritance with Jesus.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY: Feast of Tabernacles: Remembering and Celebrating God’s Blessings

After watching the video lesson:

When we take time to remember and celebrate, we can become overwhelmed by thankfulness for the many blessings we’ve received—blessings we take for granted and may not even have noticed. We realize that even though we may be thankful for these blessings, we may not have praised God for them yet! 

God is the giver of every good gift, including the greatest gift: relationship with Him.

Take a moment and look around you. If you’re inside, thank God that you have a roof over your head. If you’re outside, thank God for the sun, the mountains, or the sea. Notice the small things and ask God to remind you of the important things. Take time to thank God for these blessings—small and large. Praise Him for the blessing of His presence in your life.

Discuss as a Family:

– What is a blessing?

– How have you been blessed?

– How does God bless us?

Close your family time together in prayer. (Thank God for His many blessings!)

Keep the conversation going all week!  
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night. The following questions match the main themes learned in the lessons during the past 5 weeks.

  • Lesson 1, God’s Love Compels: In this lesson, we read 2 Corinthians 5:14–15 and considered how Christ’s love compels us to live our lives for Him. Has Christ’s love compelled you to do anything for others in the past few weeks?
  • Lesson 2, God Restores Relationship: During this lesson, if you hadn’t already, you had a chance to say yes to a relationship with Jesus for the first time. Did any of you accept Christ? What was that experience like? 
  • Lesson 3, God’s Spirit Changes Everything: How does it make you feel to know that God is always with you?
  • Lesson 4, God’s Power Changes Everything: We learned in this lesson that God’s power changes everything. Where have you seen God’s power in your life?
  • Lesson 5, God’s Son Changes Everything: How has Jesus changed your life?We are thankful for the blessing of you, our church family.  And, we can’t wait until we can worship our amazing God together again!

Early Childhood

Happy Sunday!

We hope you had a fabulous 4th of July, celebrating America’s freedom with your family!  Today we are going to learn that God wants everyone to be a part of His family. Teacher Robbie Young is going to tell us the part of The Big God Story about a man named Zacchaeus.

Keep the conversation going all week….
Choose a question to discuss at the dinner table.

I wonder … How do I become part of God’s family.
I wonder …  What do I think is the best part of being in God’s family.
I wonder … How does God feel when people finally know him?

Today we heard the story about Zacchaeus and his great desire to see Jesus.  Jesus saw into his heart and provided the way for him to be part of God’s family.  God wants everyone to be part of His family.  When you choose to follow Jesus, you’re part of His family.  But, He wants us to invite others to become part of His family as well.  Who do you know that might want to be a part of God’s family?

We hope you have a great week.  Looking forward to when we can all be together again!

June 28, 2020 

Elementary

 

Hello ARC Families!

There are some stories Jesus told us in the Bible about things that were lost. He was talking with some people who were lost because they didn’t know God. Jesus was telling the people how much God loves them and wants everyone to be part of His family.  
Today, Becky Robbins, who teaches our 4 & 5 year olds each week, is going to tell us three stories from The Big God Story.

Keep the conversation going all week…
Choose a question to discuss over breakfast or dinner each day.
I wonder … Have I ever been lost? How did that feel?

I wonder … How did it feel when I was found?

I wonder … How does God feel when people are lost because they don’t know Him?

Just like the son who left his father, then came home and was forgiven, God always forgives us and welcomes us home. Jesus’ three stories from The Big God Story help us to see that there’s celebration when the lost are found. That’s how God feels about each of us. God loves each person He made and wants everyone to be part of His family. And He has made the way for us to find Him. Because of Jesus we can know God and be with Him forever. When we choose to trust and obey Jesus, we’re no longer lost; and , we become part of God’s family. God wants everyone to be part of His family!  

We miss all of you so much!  We continue to pray that you are well and can’t wait until we can be together again.  Please know that we miss all of you so very much!

Early Childhood

 

Happy Sunday!

In our Bible Story today we’re going to hear about a man who wanted to hurt people who believed in Jesus.  But, as he was on his way to a town called Damascus, a light flashed from heaven and Jesus spoke to him.  After that, Saul couldn’t see anything for three days!  Let’s find out what happened…

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Paul devoted his life to telling the story of how God’s Son completely changed His life. This man who once persecuted believers in Jesus became a passionate disciple dedicated to proclaiming His story.

What is the story of your relationship with Jesus? Whether you had a dramatic conversion experience or have had a steady relationship with the Lord since childhood, think about the ways your story fits in with The Big God Story. This week, consider sharing the story of your relationship with Jesus with a friend or family member.

After your discussion time, close your family time together in prayer.

*Spend time thanking God for the ways that Jesus has changed your life and pray for opportunities to share Jesus with others.

Keep the conversation going all week!  
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

Questions for younger kids:

Why did Saul want to arrest people who believed in Jesus? Acts 26:9–10

– Why did Jesus talk to Saul? Acts 9:5–6

– Where did God send Ananias? What happened there? Acts 9:10–19

– How did Jesus change everything in Saul’s life? Acts 9:20–22

– Has Jesus changed your life? How?

Questions for older kids:

– Why did Saul want to arrest people who believed in Jesus? Acts 26:9–10

– How do you think Saul might have felt while he was speaking with Jesus on the road? Acts 9:4–6

– Where did God send Ananias? What happened there? Acts 9:10–19

– How did Jesus change everything in Saul’s life? Acts 9:20–22

– How does Jesus still change people’s lives today? Acts 3:19; Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 5:17

– Has Jesus changed your life? How?

Some of you might feel like Saul on the road to Damascus. You’ve never met Jesus and you wonder who He is. Some of you might feel like Ananias: God is asking you to take a step of faith, and you need the power of His Holy Spirit to move forward. Take some time now to talk with Jesus. Ask Him to show Himself to you in a new way, and ask Him to change you. If you don’t know God, today could be the day you meet Him!

We continue to pray for each of you and miss all of you so much!  We pray that we will be able to gather together again soon.  Until then, know that you are thought of often.

June 21, 2020 

Elementary

Hello Families!

We hope this finds you well and enjoying time with your family!  All of us here at Arbor Road look forward to when we will be able to be together again.  Until then, we are glad to be able to worship with you at home!  Today, we are doing something a little different!  Zach Rogalski is still going to bring us our Bible story for our Elementary students.  But if you have an Early Childhood student as well, look for an additional email with a Bible story just for our littles!  Today, Zach is going to tell us about how God’s power changed everything for a crippled beggar.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

When we’re children of God, He helps us to see what’s around us from His perspective. Whether it’s here at home or on the other side of the world, we can see people who desperately need God’s power in their lives. And we can see how God’s power is at work wherever we go. As a family, share some examples of how you’ve seen God’s power.

After your discussion time, close your family time together in prayer.

*Spend time thanking God for the ways you see His power at work and pray for the areas where we need and want God’s power. 

Keep the conversation going all week!  
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

– In whose name did Peter heal the beggar? Acts 3:6

– How did God use Peter to change the life of the lame beggar? Acts 3:7–8

– How did people respond when they saw the beggar was healed? Acts 3:9–10

– How does it make you feel to know that God’s Spirit lives in you?

– How have you seen God’s power on display in your own life?

God’s power is just as active today as it was in the days when Peter was alive. When we believe in Jesus, God’s Spirit still comes and lives inside us. His Spirit still changes everything in our lives. We might not be able to heal people like Peter did, but God still wants to do amazing things as His power works through us.
May you be still this week and know God’s power in your life. May you feel God’s Spirit changing you and helping you follow Him.

Early Childhood

Hello Parents!

We miss all of you so much!  Over the past couple of months, we have combined our Sunday morning teaching with our elementary students.  But, this morning we are bringing our early childhood students a Bible Story just for them!  Today, Wendy Shavelle, who teaches our 3 year olds every week, is going to tell us the part of  The Big God Story where a widow had very little to give but she gave all she had.  Let’s learn how God is our model for generous giving!

Today in The Big God Story, Jesus was in the temple while people were giving their offerings.  Jesus was pleased at the offering of the widow because even though she was poor, she gave everything she had from her heart.  She gave generously to God.  God is generous to us so that we too can be generous.

Keep the conversation going all week…
Choose a question to discuss over breakfast or dinner each day.

I wonder … How is God generous to me?
I wonder … How can I give back to God?
I wonder … What are some things I can give to others?
I wonder … Is there someone I could give generously to?
As God has been generous to you, may you go out this week and be generous to others.  Until we can be together again, we continue to pray that you would see how faithful God is, as He continues to work in each of our lives.
Also, please know that social distancing precautions were taken during the filming of this video.  We look forward to gathering together again, on campus, when it is deemed safe to do so.

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

June 14, 2020

Hello!

We hope this finds you well and officially in “summer” mode!! The weather has been so beautiful lately! Time to start spending some time outside, soaking up the warm California sun!!
So, what is the good news – the best news ever? It’s the news of Jesus Christ dying on the cross and rising again so people can be in relationship with Him! This changed the world forever. Let’s watch as Val VanWinkle tells us how God’s Spirit changes everything. But wait! We’ve got a surprise for you this morning. So, get off that couch and put your dancing feet on!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Some of the highlights from the lesson…

When God sent His Holy Spirit to earth, it changed everything. Through faith in Jesus, all people can experience the joy of the God of the universe living inside them! And because God lives inside us, we’re never alone. When we need comfort because we’re scared, God is there. When we need guidance about how to deal with a confusing situation, God is there. When we need love, God is there.

Also, we can talk to God anytime! We don’t need to have our mom, our dad, or our pastor talk to God for us. He is right there waiting for us to reach out to Him. And we can know the Holy Spirit is always praying to the Father for us!

Thank you, God, for your Spirit.

After your discussion time, close your family time together in prayer.

*Spend time thanking God for His Spirit.

Keep the conversation going all week!  
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:

– Before He left them and went into heaven, what did Jesus command His disciples to do? Matthew 28:18–19

– What happened to the people at Pentecost? Acts 2:2–4

– How can we receive God’s Spirit? Acts 2:38

– How did God’s Spirit change everything?

– How has God’s Spirit changed you?

For Older Kids:

– Before He left them and went into heaven, what did Jesus command His disciples to do?  Matthew 28:18–19

– How would Jesus always be with them when He was physically leaving them? Matthew 28:20

– What gift did Jesus promise to send when He left the earth? Acts 1:4–5

– What does the Holy Spirit do?

– How can we receive God’s Spirit? Acts 2:38

– What are some ways that God’s Spirit changed everything?

– How has God’s Spirit changed you?

When God sent His Holy Spirit to earth, it changed everything. Through faith in Jesus, all people can experience the joy of the God of the universe living inside them! And because God lives inside us, we’re never alone. When we need comfort because we’re scared, God is there. When we need guidance about how to deal with a confusing situation, God is there. When we need love, God is there!
Have a great week knowing that God’s Spirit is with you!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kid’s Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

June 7, 2020

Hello Arbor Road Families!

Wow! We sure miss all of you! It seems like such a long time since we have all been able to meet together! But, we trust that God is with you, keeping you well and safe. Our Arbor Road Staff miss all of you so much and are looking forward to a time when we can worship together again!

In today’s lesson we see the high point of the story God has been telling. The brokenness that entered through sin will begin to be mended through the death of Christ. It is through Him that our sins are forgiven and our relationships restored. Through Jesus, all things will be made new – our relationship with God, with each other, with His creation. Let’s listen as Sam Zabel, our Kid’s Church Coordinator, brings us God’s word today.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

 

Discuss as a Family

Some of the highlights from the lesson…

Jesus is alive! His death and resurrection is the key to The Big God Story. Faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross is the key to our relationship with God forever! Talk about what these statements mean to you personally. 

After your discussion time, close your family time together in prayer.

*Spend time thanking God for his great love for us and desire to be in relationship with us!

*Spend time thanking Jesus for His death and resurrection…the key to the Big God Story, and ultimately the key to restored relationship with God.

Keep the conversation going all week!  
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:

– What does it mean to restore something?

– Why did Jesus have to die?

– Whom did the women find at the tomb? Luke 24:2–4

– How does it make you feel to know Jesus died in your place?

– How can we have a restored relationship with God?

For Older Kids:

– Why didn’t Pilate want to crucify Jesus? Luke 23:22

– Why was Jesus the perfect sacrifice?

– What did the women find when they went to Jesus’ tomb? Luke 24:2–4

– How did God plan from the beginning to restore the broken relationship between mankind and Himself?

– How can we have a restored relationship with God?

– How does it make you feel to know Jesus died for you?

Jesus is alive! His death and resurrection is the key to The Big God Story. Faith in Jesus and what He did for us on the cross is the key to our relationship with God forever
No longer are we separated from God.  No longer do we have to offer sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus is our perfect sacrifice, and you and I have a new story to tell – that we are saved by grace!
Have a great week everyone! And, don’t forget to sign up for a Sand & Sea “Staycation” Activity Kit. Registration ends tomorrowClick Here to sign up!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kid’s Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 31, 2020

Hello Arbor Road Families!

I pray this finds you safe and well. We can’t wait until the day we can be together again! Last Sunday was a Remember & Celebrate Sunday where we reviewed what we have learned and we talked about the Day of Atonement. I hope you and your family enjoyed going through the Zonk! questions to see how much you remembered from the last 6 weeks. In The Big God Story today, we will hear about how Jesus was betrayed in the garden of Gethsemane, located on the Mount of Olives.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Photos from this lesson

Discuss as a Family

We see Christ’s love for humanity through His agony in the garden and His silence during the unjust trial. Throughout all of it, Christ proved that His love for us compelled Him to endure the humiliation and pain.

Second Corinthians 5:14 says, “Christ’s love compels us” as well. When we have a true relationship with God and experience His love for us, we’re compelled to live our lives in ways that please Him. In effect, we’re compelled to treat others with love as He did. Our care for others comes from an overflowing of God’s love—because God loved and respected them first.

Spend time reading through 2 Corinthians 5:16–18. This passage describes Christ’s atoning sacrifice, which allows us to be reconciled with God and makes the way for our ministry of reconciliation with others. Spend time thinking about the many beautiful images of reconciliation, such as the fact that we’re a “new creation.”

As you close your family time together in prayer.

*Pray that Christ’s love will compel you to see other believers as “new creations” in Christ. 

*Pray that His love will give you the earnest desire for unbelievers to be reconciled to God. 

*Ask Him to fill you so fully with His love that you can’t help but be compelled to love others.

Keep the conversation going all week!  

…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:

– What does compel mean?

– Why did the woman anoint Jesus? Matthew 26:12

– What did the disciples say when Jesus told them He would be betrayed? Matthew 26:22

– Why did Jesus allow Himself to be arrested, betrayed, and eventually put to death? Romans 5:8

– What does Jesus’ love compel you to do or say?

For Older Kids:

– What does compel mean?

– Why was the woman compelled to anoint Jesus? Matthew 26:12

–  What did Jesus ask His Father in the garden while He was praying? Matthew 26:39

– What was “the cup” Jesus was referring to? Matthew 26:39

– Why did Jesus heal the servant’s ear when His disciple cut it off? Matthew 26:51–54

– Why did Jesus allow Himself to be arrested, betrayed, and eventually put to death? Romans 5:8

– Does Christ’s love compel you to do something? If so, what?
Everything Jesus went through leading up to the cross shows His love for us.  Because of Jesus’ love, we can let God’s love compel us this week to love others. If we ask God to fill us with His love, God can help us live a life compelled by His love as we show that love to others.

In Him,
Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 27, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Last week we learned that Jesus spent a lot of time with people while He was on earth. Can you remember some of the people we’ve heard about the last few weeks? We saw that people came to Jesus and He healed them.  He met with people in the synagogue, and Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.  Did anyone believe Him? Not exactly. Many people didn’t understand. Nicodemus went to talk to Jesus at night. Jesus taught that we must be born again. In today’s story, “Jesus and the Samaritan Woman,” we will see how Jesus interacted with all people – not just Jews.

For our Kid U Students:

Activity: Reversing Arrow Demonstration. Draw two parallel left-facing arrows on white heavyweight paper. Position the paper behind a glass cup so kids can see the arrows through the glass. Slowly pour water into the glass until the water level is just above the bottom arrow. The arrow should flip horizontally, appearing as a right-facing arrow. Move the cup to show kids that the drawn arrows still face to the left. Return the cup to its place in front of the arrows, add more water so the top arrow appears to change directions as well.
SAY: How did that happen (invite kids to explain) Nothing is special about this water; this demonstration is a example of refraction – light bending when it passes through different materials (like air, glass, and water). In the story we will hear today, Jesus told a woman He could give her living water. It wasn’t a trick, though. Let’s find out what Jesus was talking about.

Kid U Questions:

Discussion Activity

1.  What is living water? Where does it come from?Guide kids to recall that Jesus offered living water to the Samaritan woman. The living water Jesus was talking about is the Holy Spirit. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to those who trust in Him. He saves us from our sins and gives us eternal life.
2.  Why is sharing your testimony important? Help kids recognize the power of the Samaritan woman’s testimony. She told others in her town what Jesus had done, and they believed in Him. Emphasize that everyone can tell others what God has done in his or her life. Jesus calls us to build relationships with others and tell them the good news of the gospel.
3. What are some ways you can show love to others? How can you remember to put others first? Allow kids to share their ideas for practically serving others. Suggest kids paint one fingernail a bright color, wear their watch upside down, apply a sticker to a place they’ll see frequently (such as the toe of a shoe). When kids see the paint, watch, sticker, they can remember to live with an others-first attitude.

For our Preppie Students:

Activity: “Types of Travel”  Name a mode of travel and invite kids to act it out.(examples: on a bus, bicycle, boat, train, horse, airplane) Allow children to name other types of transportation.
SAY: We have so many ways to travel! Usually, we take the shortest and easiest way to get from one place to another. But, the Jews took a longer way around Samaria because they didn’t like the people there. Jesus didn’t avoid anyone though. He walked straight through Samaria because Jesus loves all people.

Preppie Questions:

Discussion Activity

1.  Where did Jesus stop to rest? (a well in Samaria)
2.  Why was the woman surprised that Jesus talked to her? (Jews did not like Samaritans.)
3.  What is the living water Jesus told the woman about? (God’s Spirit)
4.  Who did Jesus say He is? (the Messiah)

Jesus offers something better than physical water; He gives us Himself. Jesus gives the Holy Spirit to everyone who comes to Him by faith. He completely satisfies us. He is the Prophet who gives us power to worship Him as Lord and Savior wherever we are. Jesus is the Messiah who brings salvation for all who trust in Him.

What a great message to end our Kid U and Preppie year on! Tonight mark’s our last Kid U and Preppie night of the year. We sure wish we could have celebrated all of you with a huge party out in the west lot! But, rest assured we are using this time to plan ahead for next years program!  We can’t wait to see everyone in the fall!
Be on the lookout for summer calendars coming soon!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 24, 2020

Happy Sunday!

Today is one of our Remember and Celebrate Sundays! Today we are celebrating that God is righteous. Everything He does is right and fair. Because God is righteous, offerings and sacrifices needed to be made by God’s people in order for their sins to be forgiven. Every fall, Israel celebrated a day called the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. It was considered the holiest day in Israel’s calendar. Let’s see what our Kids Church Bible Teacher, Val VanWinkle, has to say about the Day of Atonement.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY

After watching the video lesson:

Discuss as a Family

– What does the word righteous mean?

– In what ways is God righteous?

– How does it make you feel to know that Jesus sacrificed Himself for your sins so you could have a relationship with God?

Close your family time together in prayer.

Download the “Zonk” quiz below and see how much you remember from our previous Sunday lessons!

Keep the conversation going all week!

…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night. The following questions match the main themes learned in the lessons during the past 7 weeks.

Lesson 6, Jesus Is King: When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the Israelites recognized Him as King. How have you been able to honor Jesus as King in your life recently?

Lesson 7, The Big God Story: Jesus came to erase our sins and restore our relationship with God. What is your favorite part of The Big God Story?

Lesson 8God Is Love: God loves the world—what an amazing fact! Have you had any chances to share about God’s love with anyone since this lesson? 

Lesson 9Jesus Is Compassionate: Compassion means “to suffer with.” Compassion isn’t just a feeling; it leads to action. How has God used other people to have compassion on you? How has God given you compassion for other people?

Lesson 10, God Is Near: Jesus is near to us just like He was near to Peter when he started to sink. Have you had any situations in your life lately where you knew Jesus was near?

Lesson 11Jesus Restores: How does it make you feel to know that Jesus can restore our hearts to wholeness in Him? 

Lesson 12, Jesus Is Life: It’s amazing to know that Jesus is life! Did you share your testimony with your family? Or did you make a decision to follow Jesus? 

When we trust and obey Jesus, we are made new. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) You and I don’t need to sacrifice animals on the Day of Atonement anymore because Jesus was the ultimate sin sacrifice. His perfect life and death on the cross made it so that we no longer have to offer sacrifices.
Through Jesus, God sees us as righteous! How awesome is that?!

I hope you have a great Memorial Day!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 17, 2020

Hello!

Happy Sunday to all of you!  I hope you are ready for a great Sunday morning learning more about Jesus!  This morning our Kid’s Church Coordinator, Sam Zabel, brings us the story of Lazarus, which teaches us that Jesus is Life!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family:
We just heard one of the most amazing descriptions of who Jesus is.  Through God’s story we know that Jesus is life!  He has power over death and over all things in our lives.  And death could not hold Jesus – He is our risen Lord!

In the Bible, Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”  (Mark 8:34)  Those are powerful words.  Jesus is saying that His way is the best way because only He can bring life.  When we decide to follow Jesus, we are following the One who loves us the most and wants to give us His best for each of our lives.

As a family, discuss the following:
Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the giver of life?  If so, take turns sharing about how and when you accepted Jesus and His free gift of eternal life. (Parents – You may know your child’s story already, but have you ever shared your story with them?)  Take time to share these testimonies with one another..

Close your family time together in prayer.

Keep the conversation going all week!
….Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:
-Why did Jesus bring Lazarus back to life?  John 11:4, 41-42
-How would you have responded if you had seen Lazarus raised from the dead?  John 11:43-45
-Why is it important to know Jesus has power over death?  Ephesians 2″1-5
-What are some ways we need Jesus’ power in our lives?
-Have you decided to follow Jesus so you can live forever with Him?  If not, would you like to?
*Pray with children who indicate that they want to follow Jesus.

For Older Kids:
-Why did Jesus bring Lazarus back to life?  John 11:4, 41-42
-How would you have responded if you had seen Lazarus raised from the dead?  John 11:43-45
-Do you think seeing this would have changed your life?  Why or why not?
-How does Jesus’ power over death affect our lives?  Ephesians 1:18-20, 2:1-5
-Have you decided to follow Jesus so you can live forever with Him?  If not, would you like to?
*Pray with children who indicate that they want to follow Jesus.

The Bible says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins….But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ.” (Ephesians 2:1, 4-5)  In Lazarus’ life and in our lives, God has power over death, and He uses that power in our lives because He loves us.  He is life!  Have a great week!

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 10, 2020

Hello Kids Church Families!

A special Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms!! We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating you!
We’ve seen Jesus’ great love for people as He answered their questions, healed them when they were sick, fed them when they were hungry, and even allowed Peter to walk on water with Him. Jesus also restored people. To restore means to take something that’s broken and repair it to make it the way it’s supposed to be. Let’s use our Bibles to see how Jesus restored a man in our Bible passage today. Grab your bibles, turn to John 9 and let’s get started!

Take some time as a family and look up the following verses
Psalm 51:12
Psalm 71:23
Psalm 80:19

Discuss as a Family:

What do these verses tell us about God?
How does it make you feel to know that God is the only One able to fix what is broken in our lives?

Close your time together in prayer.

Keep the conversation going all week!
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:

  1. How did Jesus heal the blind man? John 9:6
  2. What does the word restore mean?
  3. How does God restore us today?
  4. Is there a place in your life where you need God to restore you? What is it?

For Older Kids:

  1. What does the word restore mean?
  2. How did Jesus’ healing show He was the Messiah? John 9:31–33
  3. Why do you think Jesus used mud to heal the blind man? John 9:6
  4. How can we be open to God’s restoration?
  5. Is there a place in your life where you need God’s restoration? What is it?

There is no one else like Jesus who can restore everything in our lives. His love for us is so great and He cares about us so much that He wants to take the broken things in our lives and make them whole again. Jesus can restore you. And one of the best parts of this is that after God restores us, we get to be part of His story by introducing others to Him so He can restore them too.

Have a wonderful week!

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kid’s Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 6, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

I hope all of you are finding a cool spot to ride out this little heat wave we have going! It would be great weather for our Wednesday Kid U and Preppie programs though! I look forward to being together again, hopefully soon! Today we are learning about how Jesus came to earth as Immanuel, which means “God is with us.”  Jesus began His ministry when He was about thirty years old. He called disciples to follow Him and spent much of His time with people. We’ll find out today how Jesus changed the lives of many people through His early miracles.

For our Kid U Students:

Activity:  “Miracle Matches” Print three sets of the “Miracles of Jesus Game” printable (linked below) on colored paper or write the words on paper if you don’t have access to a printer.  Wad the statements into small balls and scatter them over the floor.
Explain that the paper wads describe eight miracles Jesus performed. The players task is to match the miracles. Each miracle has three statements. One team will play at a time.  Each player will have 30 seconds to open the papers. If a person finds all three of the matches, they earn one point. When time is up, instruct players to wad up the statements and return them all to the floor. Play multiple rounds until kids find the sets for eight miracles.
SAY: The Bible records dozens of miracles Jesus performed. Today we will hear about some of the miracles Jesus performed early in His ministry.

Kid U Questions:

1. How did Jesus’ miracles show His care for creation? Guide kids to discuss how Jesus’ miracles restored parts of creation that were affected by sin coming into the world. Jesus cast out unclean spirits, made sick people well, and healed skin diseases. Explain that later in His ministry, Jesus also raised people from the dead, gave sight to people who were blind, and ultimately brought the greatest healing – forgiveness of sins – through His death and resurrection.
2. Do we need to see miracles to believe in Jesus? Why or why not? Point out that many people saw Jesus’ miracles and believed, but Jesus said those who do not see and still believe are blessed. The Bible tells us everything we need to believe in Jesus.
3. In what ways does God reveal Himself today? Lead kids to recognize that God shows us what He is like through the Word – the Bible. The Bible says we can also understand what God is like by looking at His creation. Invite kids to share observations of creation that tell them something about what God is like.

For our Preppie Students:

Activity: Describe a job in simple terms and invite children to guess whom you are talking about. You may describe a teacher by saying “someone who helps a class of children learn things,” or describe a doctor by saying “this person helps you stay healthy.” End the activity by describing Jesus as “the Son of God who came to save us.”
SAY: You knew exactly whom I was talking about! The people in our Bible Story today knew that Jesus was the Son of God by the things He said and did. Let’s listen to find out how exactly they knew who Jesus was!

Preppie Questions:

1. What did Jesus do for people who were sick? (He healed them.)
2. When did Jesus go out by Himself to pray? (early in the morning)
3. Where did Jesus want to go so He could preach more? (nearby villages; throughout the land)
4. Does Jesus care about people? (Yes?)

Jesus’ miracles proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. They strengthened people’s faith and met their needs. Through Jesus, God did what is impossible for us to do on our own. He provided forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life.

Have a great week everyone! Please know that we continue to pray for each of you and can’t wait to be together again.

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kid’s Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

May 3, 2020

Hello Families!

Last week we learned about God’s faithfulness aa we explored the story of Jesus feeding a crowd of 5,000.  This week we are going to learn about how God is alway near.  After the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Jesus sent His disciples away in a boat.  Check out the video to see what happened!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:
Take some time as a family and look up the following verses
Psalm 57:1-2
Psalm 136:1
Psalm 139:1-6
Psalm 34:17-18

Discuss as a Family:
What do these verses tell us about God?
How do we know God is near?
How can these verses help us trust God?
How do you need God to be near you?

Close your time together in prayer.

Keep the conversation going all week!
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.

For Younger Kids:
-How do you think the disciples felt in the middle of the storm?  Matthew 14:24; John 6:16-18
-How would you have felt if you had been Peter stepping out onto the water?  Matthew 14:28-29
-Why did Peter start to sink?  Matthew 14:30
-Why can hard times be a good thing sometimes?  Job 23:10
If you’d like, take time sharing your own stories of how a hard time was a good thing.

For Older Kids:
-Why did Jesus send His disciples out on the water, knowing there would be a storm?  Mathhew 14:23-24
-If you had been in Peter’s shoes, would you have walked on water to Jesus? Matthew 14:29
-How does God help us in hard times? 2 Corinthians 1;3-5
-How did Jesus serve Peter through this situation? Matthew 14:31
-How does God strengthen us in times of fear or uncertainty?  Isaiah 41:10

-If you’d like, share a story about experiencing God being near to you.

Click Here to learn how to make your own paper boat!

For most of us, facing the storms of life is not our favorite thing. We wish God would just blow away the storms, but often this is where God meets us. He comes to us in the middle of the storm and asks us to step forward to a new level of faith and trust. He grows us in the scary times, walks with us, and shows us new things about Himself.
Especially for our parents:  What storms are you and your loved ones facing today? . Take a few minutes to journal or talk about how God has been near to you in this storm … has He sent you people to walk alongside you? Has He met you in worship and strengthened you with His presence? Has He grown you to a higher level of faith and trust than you had before?
Read Isaiah 43:1–4.
No matter your storm this week, God has promised to be with you, to love you and strengthen you. Turn your eyes from the wind and waves and focus on His face … He is near.
May you know that God is near you in hard times.  May He give you patience, peace, and joy, and may your faith grow as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.

In Him,
Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

April 26, 2020

Good Morning!

In today’s part of The Big God Story we’ll hear about a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Pharisees were important Jewish Leaders. They were very religious and thought perfect obedience to the Old Testament Law would cause God to send His Messiah. That Messiah was Jesus. The Pharisees expected the Messiah to be a king who would rule Israel and overthrow Israel’s enemies. But this wasn’t God’s plan for Jesus quite yet…

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family: 

When Jesus encountered the crowds, He showed compassion on them as He healed and taught them. Even though Jesus is God, He humbled Himself and served others, asking, “What needs to be done?” We should also stay sensitive to the needs of others and ask ourselves the question “What needs to be done?” in every situation.

Spend some time thinking as a family…are there people in your life that you can show compassion to? What are some tangible ways that you can do that? Select a note taker to record the people and ideas you come up with.

After your family discussion time, take time to pray as a family thanking God for His great compassion! Pray also for Him to give you a spirit of compassion, a “What needs to be done?” mentality, and to open your eyes to situations or people that need to receive compassion.  

Questions:  Keep the conversation going all week!  Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night!  

For Younger Kids:

– Why did Jesus feed the people? Matthew 14:14

– Do you remember the definition of compassion? 

– How did Jesus have compassion on the people? Matthew 14:1419–20

– If you had been in the crowd, how would you have described what happened? Matthew 14:20–21

– How can we have compassion on people?

For Older Kids:

– Why did Jesus feed the people? Matthew 14:14

– If you had been in the crowd, how would you have described what happened? Matthew 14:19–21

– What does this tell you about Jesus? Matthew 14:14

– What is the difference between compassion and simply feeling bad about something?

– Have there been times you felt compassion but didn’t act on it? What were the reasons for that?

– How can we act on our compassion for people?

Right now, with everything so upside down in the world, it’s easy to think only of ourselves. Instead of focusing on what we want or need, I wonder what it would look like for you to be compassionate and think about your family, friends or neighbors first. What might they need? We are called to be more like Jesus. How could we be more compassionate to those around us today?  What needs to be done in your house or for those around you? I hope we all can continue to become more like Christ every day! Have a great week and enjoy some of this early summer weather!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

April 19, 2020

Good Morning!

In today’s part of The Big God Story we’ll hear about a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus was a Pharisee. Pharisees were important Jewish Leaders. They were very religious and thought perfect obedience to the Old Testament Law would cause God to send His Messiah. That Messiah was Jesus. The Pharisees expected the Messiah to be a king who would rule Israel and overthrow Israel’s enemies. But this wasn’t God’s plan for Jesus quite yet…

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

After watching the video lesson, discuss as a family:

Take time to look up this passage and read it together as a family: John 19: 38-42

Nicodemus was there with Joseph of Arimathea…what do you think this could mean, after hearing the lesson about his conversation with Jesus?

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16) God loves the world!  You and I are a part of a cause bigger than our individual lives. Once we’re born again, we become a part of helping the whole world know about Jesus, God’s Son, who gave His life so we could receive eternal life.
After your family discussion time, take time to pray as a family thanking God for His great love for us! Pray also for Him to give you a bold spirit that joyfully shares about His love with others around us!
Questions: Keep the conversation going all week! Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night!
For Younger Kids:
-What was the name of the man who spoke with Jesus? John 3:1
-What was that man’s job? John 3:1
-Why did God send His Son, Jesus, to earth? John 3:16-17
-Can we become children of God all on our own?  Why or why not? John 3:5
-How do we become born again? Romans 10_9

For Older Kids:
-Who was Nicodemus, and why did He want to speak with Jesus? John 3:1
-Why did God send His Son, Jesus, to earth? John 3:16-17
-Why did Jesus say that wind was like God’s Spirit? John 3:5-8
-In what way did Jesus say He was like the bronze snake Moses set up? Number 21:8; John 3:14-15
-Can we become children of God all on our own? John 3:5
-Why do you believe in God?

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son”. God loves the world!  You and I are a part of something bigger than our individual lives.  Once we’re born again, we become a part of helping the whole world know about Jesus, God’s Son, who gave His life so we could receive eternal life. Our first step in telling the world about God’s love is to pray for them!
May our faith help others come to know God’s Son, Jesus, the Savior of the world, as we continue to look to Him during the days and weeks to come. We love and miss each of you!  If you have a specific prayer request that we can be praying for, feel free to email me. Our Kids Ministry team would love to be praying for you!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

April 12, 2020

Happy Easter Arbor Road Families!

He is not here; he has risen.  Luke 24:6-7. The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. When we turn from sin and trust in Jesus, we have hope and new life! Jesus brings forgiveness and life with God forever!
I’m so excited to share today’s Bible story with you! Our Kid’s Church Bible teacher, Val VanWinkle, walks us through The Big God Story. How did we get to Easter, where Jesus conquers sin and death? Let’s find out…

Application Activity:

WOW!  We just heard The Big God Story from beginning to end, and isn’t it beautiful how it all points to God’s Son, Jesus!  God had a plan all along to send Jesus to earth to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins and make the way for us to be in a relationship with Him.

Discuss as a family:

What is one of your most favorite parts of the Big God Story?
How does it feel to know that you’re a part of the Big God Story?

After your family discussion time, take time to pray as a family thanking God for His Big God Story, for Jesus, and for his great sacrifice on the cross for us.  Give thanks that He has overcome death and is our Risen King!

Questions:  Keep the conversation going all week!  Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night!

For Younger Kids:
-Who is the promised Redeemer?  Luke 1:67-69; Galatians 3:13
-What did Jesus do to redeem the world?  Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18
-Have you asked Jesus to be your Redeemer?  If not, would you like to? (See Attachment below for help in explaining God’s Salvation Plan)

For Older Kids:
-How did the relationship between God and the Israelites show how much God loves the people He created?  Genesis 6:18; 17:7; 2 Samuel 7:23; Isaiah 48:17
-How does the promised Redeemer fit into The Big God Story? Genesis 3:15; 12:3; Samuel 7:13-16; Matthew 27-28
-What is a redeemer?  What does it mean to redeem?
-Who is the promised Redeemer?  Luke 1:67-69; Galatians 3:13
-What did Jesus do to redeem the world?  Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18
-Have you asked Jesus to be your Redeemer?  If not, would you like to?  (Click here for help in explaining God’s Salvation Plan)

A huge thank you to Val VanWinkle for bringing us God’s word today, and for those amazing drawings!  Did you know that you, too, can tell people about Jesus, using the gifts that God gave you?  It might be by drawing pictures like Miss Val, making Playdoh figures, using costumes to act it out or maybe it’s with legos!  Click here to see how our own Gavin Ohrberg told the Easter Story with legos or check it out on our Family Activities Page.
We hope you have an amazing Easter, celebrating our Risen Savior!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

April 5, 2020

Hello Families!

Happy Palm Sunday!  Be sure to join us for our main service live stream today at 10am  (live.arborroad.com) to catch a glimpse of some of your kids waving palm branches!  You don’t want to miss it!!  Although our celebration looks different from past years, we are still grateful to be able to celebrate Palm Sunday with you.  Sam Zabel, our Kids Church Coordinator, shares our Bible lesson today, “Jesus is King”.

Let’s start our time together with a worship song!  Click Here for “King of Kings.”

Application Activity:
When Jesus entered Jerusalem riding on a donkey, the Israelites recognized Him as King. The problem was, they didn’t know what kind of king He was.
We, however, have the privilege of knowing Jesus for who He really is: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Discuss as a Family:
Where do you see Jesus as the mighty King of Kings in your life?
How does it make you feel to know He rules over everything and everyone?
Are there areas of your life you need to submit to Jesus, your King?

After your family discussion time, take time to pray with and for one another.

Questions:  Keep the conversation going all week! Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night!

For younger kids:

  1. Why did Jesus ride on a donkey? Matthew 21: 1-5
  2. What did donkeys symbolize in Bible times?
  3. What did the people shout as Jesus rode into Jerusalem? Matthew 21:9
  4. What does hosanna mean?
  5. How can we show Jesus that He is our King?
  6. How can we worship our King?

For older kids:

  1. Why did Jesus ride on a donkey? Matthew 21:1-5; John 12:14-15
  2. Why did the people wave palm branches?
  3. What did palm branches symbolize in Bible times?
  4. What did the people expect the Messiah to do?
  5. What kind of king is Jesus?
  6. What does hosanna mean? Is there a place in your life where you feel like shouting, “Hosanna!” to Jesus?
  7. How can we show Jesus that He is our King?
  8. How can you recognize Jesus as King of your life?

This week, try remembering that Jesus is King. Spend a few minutes with God each morning.  Before pouring out all of your requests to Him, spend a few minutes praising and worshipping Him. Thank Him for all that you have and all that He continues to provide for you during these uncertain times. No matter what the future brings, know that God is in control, He is faithful and Jesus is King!
Be sure to check out more family time ideas, Good Friday and Easter activities, as well as helpful links that will be added on our page at www.arborroad.com/familyactivities/

Blessings,
Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

March 29, 2020

Happy Sunday everyone. We miss all of you so much! What an amazing day it will be when we can all worship together again. I can only imagine the stories that will be told of the ways that our God has been faithful during these weeks of uncertainty. Have you started a list of the ways that He has been faithful in your life? Maybe you could take a piece of paper and list the ways that He has provided for your family in the past couple of weeks. Post it on your refrigerator or somewhere you will notice it every day, as a reminder to praise Him for is faithfulness.

Speaking of faithfulness, that is what we are learning about in Kid’s Church this morning. To get your morning started, click here to download the “Zonk Questions” and review what your kids have learned in the past couple of weeks. Once you’ve finished the Zonk review, click the link below for this week’s Bible Story Video. Zach Rogalski, our 4th & 5th Grade Pastor will be featured this morning!

Application Activity: God is Faithful

Things are pretty different these days…but God is still faithful!!! 
Review the definition of faithful: loyal, constant, and steadfast

*Take time as a family to sit together and share the ways that you see God’s faithfulness in your life.  

In hard times or even uncertain times, God is still on the throne! He sees it all, knows it all, and is God over it all! Be encouraged that God sees all we are going through!

*After talking about God’s faithfulness to you and your family, next, spend some time in prayer. Thank God together for all of the ways that you see His faithfulness!

Enjoy your week together! If you are looking for some fun activities to do as a family, check out the list of fun family activities at the link at the top of this page. We’ll be updating that weekly, with new ideas to keep the fun going. Stay well!

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

March 22, 2020

Good Morning!

During this ever-changing and challenging time, I’m so grateful for a God who never changes! It is our hope that today’s lesson will remind our kids (and you!) that God is always with us, He is listening and that He is our help. Val VanWinkle, our Bible teacher from Sunday morning Kids Church and Wednesday night Preppies, brings us the part of The Big God Story where 3 people cried out to Jesus for help. So, round up the kids and grab a bible as we learn that “God is Help”.

Application Activity: Take time as a family to sit together and share some of the ways you may need God’s help. You could even assign one person to be the note taker and record the things you want God’s help with.

God longs for relationship with us and is eager to hear from us! He also longs to help when we call out to Him. 

After talking about areas where you need God’s help, spend some time in prayer as a family. As you pray, ask God for His help in the areas you talked about or listed on your note paper.  

Questions: Keep the conversation going all week! Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night!

For younger kids:
What is a leper? (Matthew 8:2)
Why was it so amazing that Jesus touched the leper (Leviticus 13:9, 11)
Why did the woman touch Jesus’ clothes? (Mark 5:28)
Have you ever asked God for help before? How did you see Him help you?
Is there anything that you need God’s help with today?

For older kids:
Who were the three people whom Jesus healed? (Matthew 8:2, Mark 5:22-23, 25)
Why was it so amazing that Jesus touched the leper? (Leviticus 13:9-11)
Why do you think God wants us to have faith in Him? (Ephesians 2:8; Hebrews 11:1, 6; John 5:4)
Have you ever cried out to God for help before? How did you see Him respond?
Is there anything that you need God’s help with today?

In Him,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com

March 15, 2020

Hello Arbor Road Families!

Although we miss seeing all of your sweet kids this morning, we are excited for you to worship together as a family. Today our Kid’s Church Coordinator, Sam Zabel, brings to you the part of the Big God Story where Jesus heals a paralyzed man.  Following the link to our Bible Story video, you will find an application activity to do as a family and the link to our Take Home Weekly page. If you haven’t taken a peek at the Take Home weekly, it is a great resource to keep the conversations going all week long! It is our hope that these resources will assist you in talking to your kids about the way God forgives!!  So, grab a bible and let’s get started!

Application Activity: Take time as a family and share some of the struggles (sins) you may be dealing with…the things that are like heavy weights in your “back pack” that weigh you down.. (Maybe things like: putting other things in your life before God, losing your patience, being mean to a sibling, disobeying your parents, etc….)

God wants us to give him those things so that we don’t carry the weight and burden anymore…

After talking about those things, spend some time in prayer as a family.  As you pray, give the struggles you talked about to God, ask for forgiveness for those things, and also ask that He will give you the strength to make right choices and walk in obedience.

Praying you have a great week together.

God Bless,

Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kid’s Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com