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September 13, 2020 

Elementary

Good morning!

It was so good to see many of you last Sunday night at our first service together in such a long time!  It looks like the weather is going to be a lot cooler tonight.  I hope to see many of you at 6 pm in the west lot!  Be sure to visit the Kids Ministry table to grab an activity bag for your child before the service.

Today we are learning that God is the Lord.

After watching the video lesson:

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Just as God cared about Moses and the Israelites, God cares about your life. God introduced Himself to Moses as the Lord, the King of Kings, and the Holy One, and God desires for you to know Him in that way too. When we say that God is Lord of our lives, we’re saying that He’s in control. He’s in charge.

As a family, think about some areas in your lives where you can declare God is the Lord. Areas where He’s in charge! Some areas might be at home, at school, in friendships, in the backyard, at the grocery store, at work, etc. 

Take turns sharing and saying “God is Lord in…” followed by the ideas that you shared together. 

Parents- Once everyone has had a chance to share….highlight how amazing it is that God can be Lord over so many different areas of so many different lives!

As we continue through The Big God Story, we’ll hear more and more about how God loves His people and wants to be in relationship with them. He proved this when He sent Jesus Christ—His Son—to die for us on the cross. Because God did this, we can be His people and worship Him for all time!

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

Thank God for being Lord in your life and offer the areas you mentioned above to Him in prayer.

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

Questions for younger kids:

  • What did God ask Moses to do? Exodus 3:9–10

  • Why did God want to free His people from the Egyptians?

  • What did God say His name is? Exodus 3:14

  • How did God show His people that He loved them?

  • How can we respond to God when He speaks to us?

Questions for older kids: 

  • How old was Moses when God called him? Acts 7:23, 30
  • What did God want Moses to do? Exodus 3:9–10
  • What did God say His name is? Exodus 3:14
  • How did God show His people that He loved them?
  • How has God shown you that He loves you?
  • How can we respond to God when He speaks to us

We  hope to see you tonight in the West lot as we gather to worship God together!!

Early Childhood

Happy Sunday!

It so was good to see many of you last week as we gathered together in the west lot to worship together.  If you didn’t make last week, we hope to see you tonight at 6 pm!  Be sure to visit the Kids Ministry table and grab an activity bag for your child before the service!
Today we are learning that God keeps His promises!

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

I wonder … How does it make me feel to be in God’s family?

I wonder … What promises has God kept to me?

I wonder … Will I get to meet everyone in God’s family?

Check out a fun video on Right Now Media entitled “The Story of Abraham & Issac (Session 1).  Don’t have a Right Now Media account?
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In The Big God Story, we heard how God promised Abraham He would give him such a big family that he wouldn’t be able to count them.  God kept His Promise
God has a great big family too, and He promises that anyone who believes in Jesus can be a part of that family!
We look forward to seeing you tonight at 6 pm as we worship God together!!  Have a great week!

September 6, 2020 

Elementary

Hello!

It’s finally time!  Join us tonight at 6 pm in the West lot for our first outdoor worship service!  Bring a blanket and/or a chair as we worship together.  We will adhere to social distancing protocols and ask that you wear a mask when moving to and from your seats.   Although we will not have a separate program for your kids, we will have an activity booklet available for them. Be sure to visit our kids table to pick one up.  Just look for our Kids Ministry banner.  The booklet will have activities pertaining to this morning‘s Bible lesson, so we suggest having you kids watch the video before tonight‘s service!
Today we will be learning that God is worthy of worship!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

God is worthy of our worship. He’s amazing! And He goes everywhere with us. Where are some places we worship God? Take some time to talk about this as a family.

Maybe you said places like: at home, at work, at a park, at church, at school, sports fields, dance studios, grocery stores, while we are in the car, etc…

Next talk about specific ways that you worship God in those places.

God is worthy of our worship, and He created us to worship Him—not just on our own, but also in community. In fact, when Scripture speaks of worship, it mostly speaks of worshipping within community.

We realize in this season of distancing this has been tricky, but perhaps you have a circle of people you connect with…close family and friends…what are some ways that you worship God with them?

Also, as a point of action: Take some time as a family to plan out some ways that you can worship together, as a family, this week.

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

You can get started right away worshipping God together as a family by spending time in prayer as you worship God by talking with Him in prayer.

Keep the conversation going all week! 
…Try choosing a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.
Questions for younger kids:
-How did the first people break their perfect relationship with God? Genesis 3:6
-How did God restore this relationship? John 3:16
-What did the people in Shinar decide to do to make themselves famous?
Genesis 11:4
-What did God do to stop the people from building the tower? Genesis 11:7–8
-Why did God call Abram to leave his family? Genesis 12:1–3
-What does God say about worshipping other things or people? Luke 4:8
-How can we worship God together?

Questions for older kids

-How did the first people break their perfect relationship with God? Genesis 3:6

-How did God restore this relationship? John 3:16

-What did the people in Shinar decide to do to make themselves famous?

Genesis 11:4

-What did God do to stop the people from building the tower? Genesis 11:7–8

-What are some ways people today worship themselves?

-Why did God call Abram to leave his family? Genesis 12:1–3

-Why does God give us the desire to worship Him?

-How can we worship God together?

-How can we worship God by ourselves?

We hope to see you tonight in the West lot as we gather to worship God together!!

Early Childhood

Hello!

It’s finally time!  Join us tonight at 6 pm in the West lot for our first outdoor worship service!  Bring a blanket and/or a chair as we worship together.  We will adhere to social distancing protocols and ask that you wear a mask when moving to and from your seats.   Although we will not have a separate program for your kids, we will have an activity booklet available for them. Be sure to visit our kids table to pick one up.  Just look for our Kids Ministry banner.  The booklet will have activities pertaining to this morning‘s Bible lesson, so we suggest having you kids watch Today we will be learning how God created the whole world!

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

I wonder … How did the garden look and smell?

I wonder … What did Adam and Eve talk to God about in the garden?

I wonder … How did God feel when He made the promise to send a Savior?

I wonder … How does my heart feel about God right now?
Check out a fun video on Right Now Media entitled “Bed Bug Bible Gang: Creation Celebration”.  Don’t have a Right Now Media account?
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At the very beginning of The Big God Story, we hear how God had a plan to take care of His people. God has always had a plan for us. God made a promise to send a Savior so we could be with Him forever!  We look forward to seeing you tonight at 6 pm as we worship God together!!

August 30, 2020 

Elementary

Happy Sunday!

Each year, in September, we begin a study through the entire Bible beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelations in August.  This week in Kids Church, as we begin The Big God Story, we will be learning that God is our Redeemer.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Just as Adam and Eve’s sin separated them from God, our sin also separates us from God. But God sent Jesus, the Redeemer, so our sins can be forgiven and we can be in relationship with God forever! When Jesus died on the cross, He paid for our sin and healed the broken relationship between God and people caused by our sin. 

Because Jesus loves us so much, He doesn’t want us to hide from Him when we feel like we’ve done something bad. He knows about it anyway! God wants us to come to Him with our worries, our fears, and our sins and give them over to Him. God wants to free us from the things that keep us from having a relationship with Him

Let’s take some time in personal reflection. What hard things are you dealing with? What things do you need Jesus to redeem in your life? Maybe you need to ask Jesus to forgive you from sin. Maybe you know He’s forgiven you but you need Him to take your guilt. Or maybe you’re struggling with fear, shame, or worry. 

Next take some time to read through the following verses that speak directly to your reflection time:

Guilt: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7).

Sin: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23)

Fear: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Shame: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

Worry: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

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

Spend some time in prayer talking to God about the things you reflected on. He longs to hear from us and carry our burdens.

 

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

Questions for younger kids:

  • In the very beginning, where did the first people live? Genesis 2:8

  • Would you have liked to live in the garden? Why or why not?

  • What did the first people do to break the relationship between God and people? Genesis 3:6

  • What is a redeemer?

  • Who is the Redeemer whom God sent, and what did He do for us? John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7

  • What is The Big God Story, and how can we be a part of it? Romans 10:9

Questions for older kids:

  • In the very beginning, where did the first people live? Genesis 2:8
  • What did God put in the garden? Genesis 2:8–9

  • What do you think God sounded like walking through the garden?

  • **What kind of relationship did God want for the people He created—with one another and with Him? **

  • What did the first people do to break the relationship between God and people? Genesis 3:6

  • What is a redeemer?

  • Who is the Redeemer whom God sent, and what did He do for us? John 3:16; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 1:7

What is The Big God Story, and how can we be a part of it? Romans 10:9

May you know that God, Creator of the heavens and the earth, also created you. May you find peace knowing that He has made the way for you to be in relationship with Him.  Have a great week!

Early Childhood

Hello!

Today is a Remember & Celebrate Sunday!  Every 7 weeks or so, we look back at the previous 6 week’s Bible Stories and do a quick review.  We’ll remember God’s faithfulness as we look back at what He has shown us about Himself from The Big God Story.  Let’s join Teacher Becky and see how much you remember from the previous weeks.

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

  1. What is your favorite thing God made? Why is this your favorite?
  2. What is one thing you love about God? Why?
  3. What is one thing God has given you that you’re thankful for?
  4. What are some things you would like us to pray for together?

God has given us so many good things. Many of those things we’ve remembered and celebrated together today.  May you never forget that God loves you very much, and He is always with you.  Have a great week!

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

August 23, 2020 

Elementary

Morning Everyone!

We’re so glad you continue to join us on Sunday mornings for Kid’s church!  Although we don’t know when we will be able to gather together again at Kid’s Church, we pray it will be soon!  We miss you!

Today is a Remember Celebrate Sunday!  We take a Sunday every six or seven weeks to review what we’ve learned.  Download the zonk questions below and let’s see how may you can get right!

After watching the video lesson:

The Festival of Jubilee was a time of celebration for God’s people, the Israelites. During the celebration, their land was returned, their debts were forgiven, and they were free! 

We are free, too! God sent Jesus to pay for our sins and free us from sin! This is definitely cause for celebration! 

Take time as a family and CELEBRATE by dancing together with joy!

Play some fun upbeat worship music! Dance together, or take turns one family member at a time to take the lead and lead others in your happiest, coolest, or silliest dance moves! Have fun with it as you thank God for freedom!

Discuss as a Family:

Questions About God’s Freedom

– What does the word freedom mean?

– How did God offer freedom to the Jewish people?

– How did Jesus offer us freedom through His death on the cross?

Close your family time together in prayer. (Thank God for the freedom we receive because of His huge sacrifice!)
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 6 weeks.
*Lesson 7, God Wants Everyone to Know Him: After this lesson did you take time to share God’s love with the people you thought about? Did you write them a letter or decide to talk with them? How has God led you to show love to others?
*Lesson 8, God Delivers: How do you know that God is the Deliverer and can deliver you from whatever you’re dealing with in your life?
*Lesson 9, God Is the Living God: During this lesson, we learned many things that are true about God. In what ways have you shared what is true about God with others?
*Lesson 10, God Calls Us His Own: Do you know God as your Heavenly Father? When did you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior? …And if not? Maybe TODAY is the day?
*Lesson 11, God Calls Us to Life with Him God says we are chosen, forgiven, and saved children of God. How have you been chosen, forgiven, and saved by God?
*Lesson 12, God Is the Beginning and the End: In this lesson, we learned that Jesus will return, and we read some names of God. What is your favorite name for God? Why is that your favorite?

The Festival of Jubilee only happened once every 50 years. During this festival, people had their debts forgiven. Also, people whose land had been taken away from them received their land back. This festival was a time of great rejoicing for the poor, enslaved, and oppressed because during this festival they became free!

The Festival of Jubilee offers a beautiful symbol of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He freed us from our enslavement to sin. He freed us when we couldn’t free ourselves. Let’s celebrate God’s gift of freedom for those who believe!
Have a great week everyone!

Early Childhood

Happy Sunday!

In today’s Big God Story, we will learn that Jesus is preparing a place in Heaven just for us!  Let’s join Teacher Robbie Young as she tells us how Jesus wants us to live with him in Heaven forever!

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

I wonder … Is Jesus still working on preparing heaven?

I wonder … Whom will I see in heaven?

I wonder … What kind of music is in heaven?

I wonder … How do people get to be in heaven?

Today, Christ Jesus is preparing a place for us to dwell with Him in His Father’s house. We too must wait faithfully, knowing He will return and bring us to Himself, where we will live with Him for all eternity.
Have a good week resting in the knowledge that He prepares a place for you!

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

August 16, 2020 

Elementary

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today we’re going to be learning about how Jesus is the Beginning and the End.  Let’s join our Kidstuf Bible teacher, Val VanWinkle as we learn more from The Big God Story.

God Is the Beginning and the End
After watching the video lesson:

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

We just heard about how Jesus will return and how amazing it will be for those who believe. God’s people will finally see Him in all His glory! It will be a day of great celebration for God’s people. 

We also heard some of God’s names. Names like: The Beginning and the End, Creator, Faithful and True, Healer, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Mighty God, Redeemer, Savior, and Shepherd.

Take some time as a family to talk through some of your favorite names of God and tell why that name is one of your favorites.

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

Spend some time in a prayer of praise as a family. Celebrate that Jesus is coming back and that God made the way for us to live in heaven with Him forever!

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

– When will Jesus return? Revelation 22:12

– What does the Bible say Jesus will look like when He returns? Revelation 19:11–12

– What will He be riding? Revelation 19:11–12

– How do you know Jesus will return? Revelation 22:12, 20

– How do you know God wants you to live with Him forever? John 14:3

Questions for older kids:

– When will Jesus return? Matthew 24:36; Revelation 22:12

– When you think of Jesus, what images come to mind?

– What does the Bible say Jesus will look like when He returns? Revelation 19:11–12

– How do you know Jesus will return? Revelation 22:12, 20

– How do you know God wants you to live with Him forever? John 14:3, Revelation 21:3

– How can you become God’s child?

God said, “I am making everything new!… I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”

May you experience joy because of the gift that God has given you—the gift of eternal life with Him.
We hope you have an fantastic week!  We look forward to seeing many of you at our outdoor worship service on September 6th!

Early Childhood

Hello All

In today’s part of The Big God Story, we’re going to hear about a group of people who pray, and how God responds to their prayers.  Let’s watch as our Early Childhood Lead Teacher, Wendy Shavelle, tells us about the story of Peter in jail.

Keep the conversation going all week….
Choose a question to discuss at the dinner table each night.
Today in The Big God Story, God sent an angel to free Peter from jail. He responded to the prayers of His people.

I wonder … How did the people feel as they prayed together all night for Peter?

I wonder … How did Peter feel when he knew God had saved him?

I wonder … How will I see God answer my prayers?

God hears us when we pray, and He responds. The people in The Big God Story prayed for Peter all night long, and God responded and sent the angel to free Peter from prison. God listens to us when we pray too. And even though He might not always act in the way we want or expect, He will always respond for our good and for His glory!

Have a great week!

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

August 9, 2020 

Elementary

Hello everyone!

Today, we will be learning that God calls us to life with Him.  Let’s listen as Zach Rogalski, our Pastor of 45 Ministry, brings us God’s word today.

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Jesus turned Paul’s whole life around. From the day Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus and throughout all of Paul’s journeys and challenges, God was in Paul’s life. God led Paul through some pretty crazy experiences, and Paul responded with faith, following God’s call to tell people about Jesus Christ.

During this week take some time as a family to think about people in your life that need to hear the good news of Jesus dying on the cross to pay for our sins and rising from the dead. Practice with one another what you would say if you had an opportunity to share with them.  Or even, like Paul, you could write it down in a letter and mail it to them.  

After your discussion time, 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.

Questions for younger kids:

– What is faith? Hebrews 11:1

– What is something you’ve done that required faith?

– What are some of the things that happened to Paul as he followed God’s call to tell the world about Jesus? Acts 27:23–26; 28:1, 11, 16, 30

– Why was Paul telling everyone about Jesus? Romans 1:16; 10:13–14

Questions for older kids:

– What is faith? Hebrews 11:1

– What is something you’ve done that required faith?

– Was following God easy or difficult for Paul? Why? Acts 9:16

– What are some of the things that happened to Paul as he followed God’s call to tell the world about Jesus? Acts 27:23–26; 28:1, 11, 16, 30

– Why do you think Paul encouraged the Romans to live their lives as “living sacrifices”? Romans 12:1

– Why was Paul telling everyone about Jesus? Romans 1:16

– What do you feel like God might be calling you to step out in faith and do?

God calls us to a radical life lived for Him. Each day this week, before you walk out of your house, take time to fully release your day to God. Ask Him to open your eyes and your heart to situations where He can work through you for His glory.!

We continue to pray for all of you and look forward to worshiping together again very soon!

Early Childhood

Happy Sunday!

Today, Teacher Becky is sharing the story of the church in Antioch responding to God’s love by meeting the needs of a sister church.

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

I wonder … When have I felt really loved by someone?

I wonder … How does it feel to be loved?

I wonder … How can I share God’s love with a friend?

I wonder … What is a way God wants me to give love to my family?

Today in The Big God Story, we saw that God is love. We also heard about the church in Antioch and how God’s love helped them to share His love with others.  We hope you have been able to share God’s love with someone close to you during these past couple of months.  We miss you all so very much and hope to see you soon!
Have a great week!

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

August 2, 2020 

Elementary

Happy Sunday!

Thanks for joining us today for Kids Church “At Home”.  Today, Sam Zabel, our Kids Church Coordinator, will sharing about Paul’s encouragement to the Ephesians to be joyful and to “put on the new self”.  We’re glad you’re here, let’s get started!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

Paul encouraged the Ephesians to be joyful because God had chosen them to be a part of His family. 

After this, Paul told them to “put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24

The “new self” is our new identity as followers of Jesus. In Christ, we’re chosen, redeemed, blessed, forgiven, given an inheritance, given new life, saved, brought near, made members of God’s household, unified with all believers, and children of light (Ephesians 5:8) Wow! ❤

Take time as a family to share…a time that maybe you experienced before…a time when you really wanted to belong, to be chosen, to be picked to be a part of something. 

Then discuss this: You’ve been chosen, by God, to be a part of His family! Is there anything better than that? Choosing to trust and obey Jesus, God’s Son, is how we become a part of God’s family.

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

Spend some time thanking God for our identity in Him.  Thank Him for the things that are true of us, who He says we are, in Him.  

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

Questions for younger kids:

– Why was Paul in Ephesus?

– What are some things that describe you on the outside? (for example, hair color, best subject in school, or hobbies)

– What are some words that describe the way God sees us? Ephesians 1:4–5

– How does it make you feel to know God chose you to be His child?

Questions for older kids:

– Why was Paul in Ephesus?

– What does the world tell us to place our identity in? (for example, appearance, social status, money)

– How does it make you feel to know that God “chose [you] in Him before the creation of the world”? Ephesians 1:4

– What are some words that describe our new identity in Christ? Ephesians 1:1–14

– What things, if any, make it hard to remember your identity as God’s child?

– How does knowing you belong to God affect your daily life?

We hope that you are well and we look forward to the time we can meet together again!

Early Childhood

Good Morning!

Today’s part of God’s story shows us how God’s love changed everything for a man named Paul.  Let’s listen as teacher Wendy, shares the story with us today!

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

I wonder … Whom does God love?

I wonder … How does God show me His love?

I wonder … How can I show God love?

I wonder … How can I serve God?
Have a great week!

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

July 26, 2020 

Elementary

Happy Sunday!

Every week we are reminded of how very much we miss all of you.  We pray that you and your family are well and that we will be able to worship together soon!  This morning, Val VanWinkle is going to share the part of The Big God story where Paul courageously tells everyone he meets about Jesus,

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

It took a lot of courage for Paul to stand in front of so many people and talk about what he believed. He knew what he believed, and he told it like it was. Paul knew God is so good, and Paul wanted everyone to know about Him.

We still live in a world where people don’t know the truth about God. God still uses people to show others what He is like and to tell them about Him. What do you know to be true about God? Do you know He is good, He is living, and He is wonderful? Take time as a family to discuss what you know to be true about the living God. 

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

Spend some time thanking God for all of the attributes you just listed off as a family…things that you know are true of God.  

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

Questions for younger kids:

– What did Paul do as he traveled? Acts 17:2–3

– What did the Greeks worship? Acts 17:16

– What is the difference between false gods and the one true God? Acts 17:24–26

– How can we help others know God? Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 10:17

Questions for older kids:

– What did Paul do as he traveled? Acts 17:2–3

– What did Paul say about God? Acts 17:22–29

– What is the difference between false gods and the one true God? Acts 17:24–26

– How did the people in Athens react to Paul? Acts 17:32 

– How can we help others know God? Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 10:17

I pray that God would give us all the courage to share Jesus with everyone we know! Have a fantastic week!

Early Childhood

Good Morning ARC Families!

In The Big God Story today, Peter meets a man who couldn’t walk. Because Peter trusts in God, God uses Peter to heal the man’s legs. God’s Spirit is powerful!  Let’s check in with Teacher Robbie as she tells us the story of Peter!

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

I wonder … How did Peter feel when the man asked him for money?

I wonder … How did the man feel when God’s power healed his legs?

I wonder … How will God show His power in my life?

We hope you have a wonderful week and we pray that we can be together again soon!

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

July 19, 2020 

Elementary

Hello!

Happy Sunday everyone!  We sure wish we could be together today as Sam Zabel, our Kid’s Church Coordinator tells us the part of The Big God Story about Paul and Silas at Philippi.  Let’s watch as we learn that God is our Deliverer!

APPLICATION ACTIVITY:

Discuss as a Family

In the account of Paul and Silas at Philippi, we saw God deliver many people. He delivered the slave girl from the enemy of God and from bondage to her owners. He delivered Paul and Silas from prison. He delivered the jailer and his family.

The word deliver means “to save, rescue, free, or redeem.” God saves us from a life separated from Him. He rescues us from sadness. He frees us from fear. He redeems us from our sin. God is so amazing!

Take a moment and think: Are there any situations in your life that you need to be delivered from? Maybe things that are hard for you and you don’t know what to do, or things that make you afraid or sad? God can also save us from sin and deliver us from separation from Him.

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

Spend some time asking God to help deliver you from any areas you feel… loneliness, sadness, physical pain, family problems, friend problems, etc.

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

– Why were Paul and Silas put in jail? Acts 16:18–19

– What did Paul and Silas do while they were in jail? Acts 16:25

– What does the word deliver mean? Psalm 34:17107:6

– How did God deliver Paul and Silas? Acts 16:26–2833–34

– How does God deliver us from hard situations in our lives? Psalm 56:132 Timothy 4:18

Questions for older kids:

– What is a missionary? Acts 16:6

– Why were Paul and Silas put in jail? Acts 16:18–19

– What did Paul and Silas do while they were in jail? Acts 16:25

– What does the word deliver mean? Psalm 34:17107:6

– How did God deliver Paul and Silas? Acts 16:26–2833–34

– How does God deliver us from hard situations in our lives?  Psalm 56:132 Timothy 4:18

– Is there anything you or your family need to be delivered from?

Such a timely message for all of us today! I encourage you to spend some time reading Psalm 91 this week and getting to know God as your refuge, your strength, and your Deliverer. Let the words seep into the damaged, tired, and broken places in your soul. Ask God to strengthen you with His tender love, to “cover you with his feathers” (v. 4).   As always, we look forward to the time we can be together again.  Stay well.

Early Childhood

Happy Sunday!

We sure wish we could be together today as we hear a very special part of the The Big God Story.  Let’s watch and listen as Becky Robbins, one of our amazing early childhood lead teachers, brings us this very special story.

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

I wonder … What would it be like to see the empty tomb?

I wonder … How does it make me feel to know that Jesus is alive?

I wonder … How do I feel about God right now?

Today we heard a special telling of The Big God Story. We heard how Jesus died for us and rose from the grave! He is alive! Because of Jesus, we get to be with God forever and ever. He wants us to be a part of The Big God Story.
From all of us in Kids Ministry, we miss you, we love you and we hope you have a great week together as a family.
In Him,
Michelle Collins
Pastor of Kids Ministry
Arbor Road Church
michellecollins@arborroad.com 

July 12, 2020 

Elementary

Hello Arbor Road Families!

I pray this finds you well and able to enjoy some fun summer activities, especially with the great weather we’ve been having. All of us in Kids Ministry miss doing life with you!  We miss our community!   Today, Zach Rogalski, our Pastor of 45 Ministry, is bringing us the story of the first Christians at Antioch, a community that loved and cared for each other.  But first, let’s get ready to worship!

Discuss as a Family

As a family, read 1 John 4:7–21. Discuss: What does this passage tell you about God? What does this passage say about living together as God’s people? 

With the first Christians at Antioch, we saw a community that loved and cared for one another and was full of faith and joy because of Christ. And the reason this community was so loving was because God’s Holy Spirit was with them. God’s Spirit is with us today, too. As a family, think about this question: How have we shown God’s love to other people? Or come up with a plan of how you can show love to others this week.

Ideas:

*Using a large map of the world, point to a country or place and pray for the people there. Pray they will know the one true God. 

*Write down prayer requests for people you know and pray for them throughout the week. 

*Create a little love gift that you can place at your neighbors doorsteps.

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

*Spend time asking God to help you share the love of Jesus and the Good News with those around you.

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

Questions for younger kids:

– Why did people call the first believers Christians? Acts 11:26

– How did the first Christians love others? Acts 11:29–30

– How can we love others? Philippians 2:5–11

– How did the first Christians love others who weren’t Christians? Acts 11:20–21

– How do you think God might use you to show others His love?

Questions for older kids:

– Why did people call the first believers Christians? Acts 11:26

– Why did many believers leave Jerusalem? Acts 11:19

– What were some of the “firsts” that happened at Antioch? Acts 11:26

– How did the Christians in Antioch act toward other Christians? Acts 11:27–30

– How did the first Christians love others who weren’t Christians? Acts 11:20–21

– Why does God want everyone to know Him? 2 Peter 3:9

– How do you think God might use you to show others His love?

In time, I know that we will be able to worship together again.  Until that time, I pray that you are able to show God’s love to those around you.  May the joy of the Lord surround you as you find ways to bless others this week.

Early Childhood

Hello Arbor Road Families!

Boy, oh boy, it’s been hot lately.  I hope you and your family have found some great ways to beat the heat, and have spent some great time together as a family!  This week in Early Childhood, we are reminded to remember and celebrate all that God has done and continues to do.
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.  Today, Lead Teacher Wendy Shavelle, is going to review the last couple of lessons we have learned as we remember and celebrate the amazing things God is doing in our lives.

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

What is your favorite thing that God made?  Why is this your favorite?

What is one thing you love about God?  Why?

What is one thing God has given you that you’re thankful for?

God’s love is amazing, as we’ve seen in His big story.  And, we are all part of His big story!  That’s something to celebrate!

We hope you have a great week!

In Him,

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

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