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Children's Ministry at FUMCRB
 

First United Methodist Church of Redondo Beach offers several programs especially designed for children. For more information scroll down to view upcoming events or you can email our Children's Ministry Director at  children@beachfaith.com.
 

Children's Sunday School at 9:30 AM:


Ages 3 - 3rd grade:



Sunday School begins upstairs with song, scripture, games and crafts.  After a large group introduction to the weeks scripture selection the children are split into age-level groups to dive deeper into the lesson. 
The children are then led to the Sanctuary where they participate in communion with their parents.  

 





We're excited to introduce a new curriculum called "Spark."  Spark lessons correspond with the Revised Common Lectionary- hleping kids get more out of both Worship and Sunday School.  Basically- your kids will get the same message on a Sunday morning that you do!   Check out the scope and sequence summary here.


The Spark Curriculum is bible centered with children enteracting with their bible story books each and every week.  Uniquely designed for children ages 2-3rd Grade The Spark Story Bible  brings God's Word to life through colorful art and rich retelling of 150 of the most popular Bible stories, encouraging a childs imagination through images and text that is engaging, thought provoking, and fun! There is also an activity suggestion or query for every story.  Preschoolers and new Sunday School students will recieve a Story Bible of their own upon enrollment in class.   Current students interested in purchasing the new Bible can do so by following this link or talking with Katherine .

 

 

Grades 4th & 5th:


During the summer months, this age group is invited to participate and share in our worship service.  There are guided worksheets in the back of the sanctuary to help them make observations about the elements and purpose of worship.

During the school year, we meet regularly in the "Church R Us" room, which is located above the nursery.  We are using the Connect curriculum, a lesson plan that engages these children on a two year journey through the bible in chronological order. 

We have created a special name for the 4th & 5th grade youth, called Church R Us.  To learn more about how we have tailored our programming for this age group, visit Church R Us.

 

Children and Worship:


Children are welcome at all three of our worship services.  Spending time in worship is important for little ones, but if you are looking for a little more wiggle room, ushers can guide you to the Heath Chapel, where simple activities, books and games are available for your child to use.  The 11 a.m. service may be watched remotely in Heath Chapel.

                                 

Nursery Care


Quality childcare for children ages four and under is provided during all three worship services. Loving, paid caregivers staff the nursery and several developmentally appropriate activities are available for children to choose.  Please be sure to take a few minutes to fill out the new registration form online.  Our Nursery is overseen by our Children’s Director Katherine Stanfill, and is staffed by Adriana Hwang, Angelica Amirpanah, Daryl Thomas, and Jennifer Amirpanah.


Vacation Bible School 2014

This year's "Workshop of Wonders" Vacation Bible School will take place from 9am-12:20pm, June 23rd- June 27th. Click here for more information and registration.

 

BeachFaith Kids Drama Camp 2014

We will host a Kids' Drama Camp this summer, August 3-7. Click here for more information and registration.

 


For more information on Family Ministry events i.e. Parent Night Out, or UMKIC ...click here.

 

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Drive-Thru Style!


7/16/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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The Tuuholoaki girls take the Boulevard
"Without intending to, our Lemon-Aid stand became more of a Drive-Thru which we thought was pretty cool! People saw us from the side of the road and would stop by. We had more customers driving than walking or biking. As for spreading the word, most of our customers knew our cause before coming
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Beach LemonAid


7/15/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Brooke and Mattie Miller took their LemonAid stand to the beach and set up by the Bike path.  
 "We met lots of nice people who were interested in the Imagine No Malaria campaign.  Two different men gave us $10 and several didn't ask for change back or threw in a couple extra dollars.  It was a great day for a lemonade

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Namaste


7/14/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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From wikipedia: In some contexts, namaste is used by one person to express gratitude for assistance offered or given, and to thank the other person's for his or her generous kindness.

The divine Izzy spent Monday hosting the LemonAid Stand at her Mom & Dad's buisness: Yoga Loft in Manhattan Beach.  She offered  Sweet ...

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Round up the neighbors


7/14/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Our very own Prayer Lady extrodinare Leila rounded up her neighbors to host a LemonAid stand to end Malaria in Anderson Park last weekend.  
From Leila: "I should say that my neighbors daughter and her friends did most of the work and were very professional!  We raised $40. I took the leftover lemonade to my tennis class ... and ...

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What we do= inspires others!


7/12/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Melinda Dodge Associate Pastor at Los Altos United Methodist Church heard about our LemonAid stands at the UMC Church conference.  Here is a picture of the stand she held with her daughter.
"Lucie is excited to help fight and end malaria! We are so grateful that we have the gifts to be able to help others! Thank you to Cal-...

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Lemon AID Stand Kick Off!


7/9/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Written by Mele Tuuholoaki (Children's Summer Intern)

On July 4th we toasted the country’s birthday over some ice cold lemonade! Kicking off our Imagine No Malaria Lemon-aid Stand, we chose to host the stand during our Annual July 4th Block Party. We set up the canopy, pulled some chairs, set up the lemonade stand and were ready to go! ...

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Kids passionate for Missions!


7/3/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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By Mele Tuuholoaki (Children's Ministry Summer Intern)
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Reflecting on such an amazing week, I am both in awe and humbled by the kids passion. One of the highlights of my week was seeing how driven our “Visioneers” were about our missions. Not only were our Visioneers learning and motivated to exceed our goal that week but also ...

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Behind The Scenes of VBS


6/27/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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By Mele Tuuholoaki (Children's Ministry Summer Intern)
"Having been a volunteer for VBS in the past, I too shared some curiosity as to what exactly goes on while everyone else is rotating from station to station. Recently I’ve been asked this question during VBS week from some of the volunteers and I reply; “Oh, we are still ...

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Game Time at VBS


6/26/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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(written by Luke McCandless- Summer Intern)
"I remember being a kid at VBS. Among my favorite stations was Games. It was the place where I could have fun with my friends. Naturally, I was both excited and nervous when I found out that I would be leading it this year. I wanted to share my experience with the children, but I was wondering if

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Meet Our Summer Interns!


6/4/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Welcome to our Summer Interns in Children and Family Ministries
Our Staff-Parish Relations Committee is very pleased to announce that we have hired two summer college interns: Mele Tuuholoaki and Luke McCandless. Both are members of our congregation.



They have already begun their work--both will be with us part-time through the summer,
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Road to Emmaus


5/14/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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​Would you recognize Jesus if he approached you on the road?

Last week’s Bible story was The Road to Emmaus from Luke 24:13-35. During Sunday School we had different kids volunteer to leave the room and come back in with something "changed". The challenge was to see if we could recognize the slight differences in our

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College Care Packages- Packed by kids of FUMCRB


5/5/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Packing Care packages for our Church college students!

Beachfaith Kids are the best. Last week they came with their families after church to make cards, wrap up bottles, stuff Starbucks gift cards and sticker cookies to suprise our college students for finals week.  

Here is an email we recieved back saying "Thank you":
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Thank you Egg People!


4/27/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Our Easter Sunday Egg Hunt (held on Easter Sunday Morning) was a huge hit!
Visit our Fliker site to see photos from the event!
Thank you to everyone who stuffed a dozen eggs. We had enough eggs for every child to have over 8 fun-filled plastic suprises. You all were so creative!  Stuffings included: tattoos, candy, stickers, erasers, ...

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"Why did the Chicken WALK across the Road?" CropWalk Contest


4/22/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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 Opportunity to Win  Free Vacation Bible School Registration

Announcing a coloring contest (ages 3-JR High) for a $35 credit to our VBS (June 23rd-27th)

I'm hosting a contest this week in the hopes of bringing attention to the wonderful work of our church in its involvement with the Crop Hunger Walk. On Saturday, May ...

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Palm Sunday (Special Moments)


4/21/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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I witnessed a beautiful display of God's Wondrous Love at our Palm Sunday Celebration. Following the Procession of Jesus and the Donkey "Jessie" into church, the children (older and younger) spent time taking turns nuturing, and observing the animals in our visiting petting zoo.  Everyone in attendance was on their best behavior,...

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UPDATED: Our next Parent Night Out!


4/17/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Ms. Sheli and Ms. Adriana are meeting tonight to plan our next Parent Night Out on Friday, April 25th!
Details:
5:30pm-8:30pm Drop off your children at church for three hours of programming. The evening costs $20.00/family. Not only do the parents benefit from a night out, but the children are finding time to fellowship with their church ...

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Printmaking class Week 5


4/9/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Week Five: The Betrayal and Arrest
Luke 22:47-53
 
47While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” 49When those who were around ...

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The salty and sweet parts of Good Friday


4/8/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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The Children of FUMCRB love "experiments" so I was knew I would have lots of volunteers last Sunday for my "Salty/Sweet Good Friday" demonstration. To introduce the very sad (and to many of the small children "scary") story of The Day Jesus Died to the kids I had them sit around two bowls of salt and sugar.  ...

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Printmaking class Week 4


4/3/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Our Printmaking Lenten class is going strong....Here's a copy of our class plan:
Week Four: The Last Supper
Matthew 26:17-30

Class Plan:
Intro activity— Draw an example of a way in which you experience "God's Wonderous Love"
 
Bible Story—Spend a minute looking carefully at the art image first—what do ...

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Maundy Thursday: Learning the Sequence


4/1/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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What is Maundy Thursday?
Lots of the kids in our Sunday School class were unfamiliar with the name of holiday that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus. While communion is served every week in our church (and the children are accustomed to the sacrament) they did not understand it's significance in the sequence of events surrounding Jesus'...

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Egg Stuffers needed


3/31/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Needed:  Egg “Stuffers”
 This year on Easter Sunday, Family Ministries is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for Children immediately following the 9:30am service (at 10:30amish) 
 

We need volunteer Egg Stuffers! 
- Eggs are packaged by the dozen. (Availible for pick up at our Family Ministry Board in Courtyard at ...

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Hosanna! Hosanna!


3/27/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Children Practicing "Hosanna" (click here to watch video).  This is a song they will sing in Church on Palm Sunday, April 13th after we process into the 11am service with the Donkey!

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Printmaking class for kids: Weeks 2 & 3


3/24/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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We've been having the most incredible time with Pastor Molly these last few weeks during Lent!  

On Monday nights during the lenten season we've been ffering a "family option".  There is a dinner for anyone participating, and a printmaking art class for children at the same time as the Bible ...

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Toilet Paper Prayer


3/24/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Jesus had good friends! In the story of "Lazarus" we see Jesus' love for Mary, Martha and their Brother Lazarus who recently passed away. Jesus is so upset by the news of Lazarus' passing that he cried and cried ..... but he also carried a message of hope for his friends. When he came to visit the tomb he called out to the people ...

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Lazarus come out!


3/14/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Here are a couple videos of our children from our Sunday School lesson on Lazarus rising from the tomb. The focus of the lesson was on Jesus' relationship with Mary, Martha and Lazarus: With God all things are possible! We can share God's amazing love with our friends.
Wrapping up Lazarus ("our friend")

S
etting Lazarus free! (&...

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Holy Week begins sooner than usual


3/13/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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This Sunday we'll be reading two smaller stories that are part of a big story called Holy Week. Holy Week has lots of smaller stories in it. The beginning of Holy Week is much different from the middle of Holy Week. The middle of Holy Week is much different from the end of Holy Week. We'll spend time in class thinking of commonly known ...

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Our Printmaking Art Class for kids begins during Lent...


3/13/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Our Lenten Art Class on "Printmaking" for kids was a big success!  

Last week we started our Printmaking Art class in correspondance with the 6-week Lenten Adult study.  Here is a glimpse into the class lesson:

Week One: The Raising of Lazarus

John 11:38-44

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave

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The Last Shall be First


2/27/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5: 44

The kids were very reponsive to our lesson on "loving our enemeies".  It was amazing how many kids shared stories about struggles they have with their siblings, other children at school and even their parents. They really understood

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Healing Hearts - Jesus teaches about anger


2/27/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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For the entire month of February we studied Jesus Sermon on the Mount. Each week the kids explored ideas that Jesus thought were soooooooo important for everyone to hear he climbed up a tall mountain so that all in the crowd could listen!
For one lesson on Matthew 5:21-37 the kids talked about how Jesus felt about "anger". After a ...

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Visioning the next level of great programming for our children and their families!!


2/7/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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These are the words submitted by members of our congregation when asked to fill in the blank "I believe children's Sunday School is __________".  This week the newly forming Children's & Family Ministry Team will sort these words into a "vision" statement and began setting goals/dreams for the future of our ...

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Fishing for Men! (A lesson on the 12 Disciples)


2/5/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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A Boat and Two Fishing Games!!!!

I was so pumped up about last weeks lesson I decided to build a boat right in the Third Grade classroom!  This was in addition to the many, many, many great ideas I got on Pinterest to support the story of Jesus calling his 12 Disciples.  As you can see from the photo we centered our focus on the story of ...

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Collecting offering for church in Sunday School


1/23/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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We encourage you to talk to your child about bringing an offering to Sunday School each week. This is an excellent way to help your child form a good habit of “giving back” to God. A time will be set aside during class each week to pray over and recognize the offerings received. Our new offering jar adds up each weeks contributions as ...

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Unique and Special


1/22/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Last week in Sunday School class we took time to celebrate the life and service of Martin Luther King JR. a man who reminded us all  that even though God made each one of us to be different from anybody else, and he loves us all the same
When the children arrived they choose either a green, orange or yellow label sticker to wear on the ...

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Celebrating the important ministry of Martin Luther King Jr.


1/18/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Tomorrow in Sunday School (9:30am) the children will be hearing about the amazing ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. Children learn about the power of God's words and how Martin Luther King, Jr. used words to change a bad situation.

There are also several family activities taking place on Monday (King's Birthday) all over Los Angeles (...

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Snow Day!


1/13/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Snow Day!

While their parents attended our Marriage Seminar the children of FUMC Redondo Beach enjoyed a "Snow Day" in the Nursery. Each child made their own batch of "snow". They had a marvelous time burying winter animal figures together. After a puppet show and viewing of the 1982 classic film "The Snowman" the

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Remember your Baptism


1/12/2014 by Katherine Stanfill
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Recently the Children's Sunday School class spent time "remembering" their baptisms. Each child made a frame out of popsicle sticks and seashells (a baptism symbol). We then read aloud the story of Jesus' Baptism in the Jordan river (Matthew 3:13-17). The children heard about John the Baptist and his ministry. We talked about how ...

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Activities for Kids- Imagine No Malaria


12/12/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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One of my goals here at FUMCRB is to make it EASY for parents to connect Bible lessons and Mission projects into their home life. Our Advent devotion, Weekly Family Pages and take-home activities are all designed to give busy care-givers the tools to bring "church" home.  Here, I've assembled some fun activity sheets on our ...

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Joining the Fight Against Malaria


12/12/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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This month at church, Family Ministries ihelping to spread the word about Cal-Pac's 2014 commitment to preventing the deaths of 300,000 people in Africa. Our conference has pledged 3 Million dollars over 2014 to the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign. This organization has already made tremendous strides in eradicating this deadly

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Getting ready for "All-In-One-Fun"


12/3/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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The "All-In-One-Advent-Fun" is going to be THE church event for you and your family this season. We're hard at work in the office preparing ornament crafts, "gifts to make and give" that will be fun for the whole family. Beautiful poinsetta ornaments are ready to paint and glitter, and Lisa has bought all the ingredients to ...

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God's love lasts forever


11/22/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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[Jesus said], "As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down." Luke 21:6

Last week in Sunday School the children explored the idea that "God's love is Forever" by building their own strong "temple walls" out of sugar cubes!  It was a

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"Gac-ing" it up!


11/19/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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Our creative volunteers!
Last week at Parent Night out our Nursery Director Adriana Hwang set out a series of fun and interactive actvities that proved fun for everyone! The "Gac" station proved to be a crowd favorite. Kids were encouraged to watch the "Gac" (a combination of starch and glue) ooze through a crate. It was a full
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A Cosmic Christmas: Our Christmas Pageant will be out of this world!


11/14/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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The Christmas pageant has been written and there are parts to fill! (ALL ages 2-3rd grade)

Children's Christmas Pageant
December 15th @ 10:30am
 A Cosmic Christmas is the story of a group of believers who live in a colony on the "Shepherd moons" of Saturn, eagerly awaiting the news of a Savior. Along with Kings from a ...

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Bible Bags! The start of something new...


11/12/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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Bible Bags!
Last week we deviated from our normal lectionary based lesson to focus on learning more about the many different books of the Bible. The Sunday School attendees rotated between 3 different stations. At one station they played a Bible learning dice game where they "rolled" the first 6 books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviti
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Zaccheaus comes to collect!!!!


11/6/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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The story of Zaccheaus, the "wee little" tax-collector who climbs a tree to see Jesus is a popular one to teach to children. They always seem to relate to the idea that poor "wee little" Zaccheaus couldn't see over the crowd. One of the harder parts for  children to understand is why Zaccheaus was so ...

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Parent Night Out -November plans in the works!


11/5/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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Parent Night Out returns Nov 15th!

Last month we (the kids & Sunday School teachers) had an amazing time at Parent Night Out. We are pretty sure the Mom's and Dad's did too! That's the great thing about this ministry- it gives the kids a time for fellowship to develop church friendships and it gives their parents a time to reconnect....

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Our Nursery Library


11/3/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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News from the Nursery:

Adriana is doing amazing things to update our nursery and make it a place for parents not only to drop off their kids but also to receive tools, books and activities to assist in child rearing. If you come by for a visit on a Sunday morning you will see information about all our upcoming family events in addition to a library
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How a smiling Pumpkin can remind us of Jesus' Love!


10/31/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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Happy Halloween! Last week in church at the 8:30am & 11am service I shared one of my favorite Children's Sermons (from www.sermons4kids.com): Look for the smiling pumpkins tonight while you are Trick or Treating and be reminded of how Jesus' love can shine through us!

"How many of you have ever made a Jack o' Lantern? If you

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Pray & Play


10/29/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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This week in Sunday School the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade class worked together to brainstorm all the different ways and places in which we pray. My favorite part was listening to them remember and then realize all the different types of prayer that occur during a chruch worship service. Several kids shared "The Lord's Prayer" with the

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Trick or Treat!


10/25/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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 This coming Sunday, October 27th at each of our 3 services (8:30am, 9:30am, 11am) children are invited to come to church in their friendly Halloween costumes and "Trick or Treat" for UNICEF.  We will invite the children up for a special "Halloween" themed Time with Children. Then the children will recieve their very ...

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Rich Man/ Poor Man


10/24/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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In September we had a special UMKIC mission day where we raised close to $1000 for Oppurtunidad (a food ministry and outreach program centered in East​ LA for poor and marganilezed LGBT immigrants). Pastor Molly and I were thrilled the week before when we realized that the mission project fell on the Sunday were the Bible lesson was the Parable of ...

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Family Pages


10/21/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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Have you had a chance to try any of the activities on the weekly Spark Family Pages?
Every week our Sunday School kids bring home a Family Page filled with devotions, prayers, activites and fun ways for you to connect as a family. Guiding questions and talking points help you to share what you got out of Pastor Molly's sermons with what we did ...

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Ten Men Healed


10/15/2013 by Katherine Stanfill
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 We had a totally funny moment on Sunday after hearing the story "Ten Men Healed" from the Gospel Luke 17:11-19.  In the story ten men with leprosy call out to Jesus and warn him to keep his distance.  Jesus heals all of them instead! To try to get the kids to understand how debilitating leprosy is I gave them all a sheet ...

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