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Jesus is there when I need Him

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It’s time for our preschoolers to learn that He is with them ALL THE TIME and He is all they need.

Throughout the month, our children will hear how Jesus was there for people in the past. He was there when the blind man needed Him. He was there when a man lowered from the roof by his friends on a mat needed Him. He was there to heal the deaf man and the lepers who needed Him. He was there to calm the storm when the disciples needed Him.

Just like He was there when all these people needed Him in the past, He will be there when we need Him in the future. That’s what we want to plant in the hearts of our preschoolers this month. Jesus is all we need, and He’s with us ALL THE TIME.

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Put a Bow on it!

Joy is a response to the character of God.    

When God created the world, He made it to be a place of peace and contentment. In the Magnificent Paradise, God provided fruit trees that were pleasing to the eye and good to eat. And He personally walked with His creation! But when sin entered the world, so did greed and jealousy. As circumstances changed and life presented more challenges, people found it harder and harder to be happy. However, even now in this broken world, God wants us to have joy.

Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependant upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recogize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God.

Jesus is the reason we find joy.

God sent His only son as a baby, born in humble circumstances. Jesus wasn’t what anyone expected, but this was how God wanted to rescue the world. God made good on the promise He made hundreds of years before. This December, we pray that through the story of Jesus, elementary kids realize that God loved them so much that He sent His Son to be here on this earth. The story of Christmas can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.

That’s why it’s important for us to help our  elementary kids and families discovery more about joy—finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.

Our Memory Verse for December comes from Philippians 4:4. When Paul wrote this letter to the church at Philippi, he wasn’t saying to have joy only when it’s easy. Paul was writing from prison and learned the secret of having joy no matter what his circumstances looked like. Paul’s faith in God made him strong and gave him the ability to find joy, even in the difficult times.

In Philippians 4:4, we read, Always be joyful because you belong to the Lord. I will say it again. Be joyful! (NIrV) As our elementary kids memorize this verse, we hope they remember that their joy is not tied to their circumstances. Instead, we find joy when we realize that we belong to God. When we trust God no matter what, we can find joy knowing that whatever happens He is in control.

Our elementary kids, grades k-6,  will spend the month of December taking a closer look at the way joy shows up throughout the Christmas story.

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Don’t forget about JingleJam!

Coming on December 18 at 3pm:

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Celebrate Advent. . .

This is the time of year when joy should abound, yet many of us still find ourselves searching for it. Homes are filled with families rushing through the season filling their schedules and shopping carts to overflowing. But, as you already know, these things just don’t produce the joy for which our souls were created.

Maybe it’s because joy is not a thing to be found, but a person to be known. And, when we choose to live as Jesus showed us, joy will naturally follow.

At the Children’s Welcome center starting November 27,  the 2016 Advent calendar created by GoWeekly.com will be available for our families at BCN.(Downloadable version available here. . . adventcalendar_8-5x11_2016)

Use this calendar with your family each day of Advent, starting December 1.  Each day has a part of the Christmas story from Luke to read and an activity families can do together that focuses on joy. The entire month is visible so parents can look ahead to pick and choose which activities they are able to do. Our hope is that families can do some of the activities that have been proven to help us experience more joy and read the story of the One who came to give us a forever joy.

Two other variations of the same 2016 Advent Calendar, are available for download below as well. Choose the one that works best for your family.  Daily reminder posts will also be shared via our social media sites(Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) at 7pm the night before!!

Visit our Advent and Christmas board on our Pinterest site for some other activities you could also incorporate.

Serving faithfully,

BCNKids Leadership Team

 

Countdown to Christmas

Don’t you just  love December! The sights, the sounds, the smells (my favorite)—all these things fill the days as we count down to the MOST important day of December, the day we celebrate Jesus.

That’s the plan for our preschoolers this month. We’re going to count down to Christmas with them as they learn the different parts of the Christmas story. First, they will hear how the angel came to tell Mary that she was going to have a special baby. The next week, Mary and Joseph will travel to Bethlehem, and a special baby is born! During week three, the children will pretend they are shepherds as they hear how the angels came to tell the shepherds in the field that Baby Jesus had been born.

Then, it’s Christmas Day!!! That’s right, Christmas Day is a Sunday this year. We will review the Christmas story and have a birthday party for Jesus. So kids COME IN YOUR PAJAMA’s.  It’s going to be so much fun!

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Don’t Forget about Jingle Jam!

Coming December 18 at 3pm

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Mark Your Calendars!!

Looking for something exciting for the whole family this holiday season?

Take a break from the mall.  Stop starting at those packages, and come chill with us at the coolest party this side of the North Pole.

Don’t miss JINGLE JAM!

December 18 at 3pm

Bedford Church of the Nazarene

365 Center Road

Bedford

Totally FREE and we are not kidding, it’s big enough for your entire family.

Invite your friends, neighbors and extended family.  Here are several ways:

  1. Stop by the church and pick up some printed postcards.
  2. Visit, https://goo.gl/4UcbWn, to download a pdf to print postcards from your home computer to give to your kids to take to school and give to friends, mail to grandparents, or hand out to neighbors. (2 8.5″ by 11″ pages print Front/back, 4 postcards per pg)
  3. Visit, http://www.bcn.org/invite-a-friend, and invite via email.
  4. Visit this Facebook Event, https://goo.gl/NuWYvD , created specifically for this event to specifically invite friends from your Facebook Community and/or simply share on your timeline.  The discussion area of this page is where exciting sneak peaks and updates will be shared in the coming days.

Hope to see you all there!

BCNKids Leadership team

Do you see what I see?

Chances are if you have kids in sports or competitions of any kind, you have a growing collection of ribbons and medals, sashes and badges, certificates, trophies, or plaques. Some might hang on your walls or sit propped up on shelves somewhere. But if we’re honest, others get stuffed into a drawer and eventually thrown out. These were so important when they first came into our homes, but at some point they just lost their value. All those awards and medals can only mean so much, because honor has a deeper meaning.

People should not just be honored because of what they do; they should primarily be honored because of who they are. Stuff will lose value over time, but not people. At its core, honor is seeing people the way God sees people. We’re naturally wired to put ourselves first, but honor is the opposite of self-centeredness. It is something that flows from your relationship with God. In a sense, one of the best ways we can HONOR God, is by honoring those who reflect the image of God.

Throughout Scripture we see how much God loves us:

He created us in His image.
He knows the number of hairs on our heads.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
He pursued a relationship with us even when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
He sent His only Son to pay for our sins to make an eternal relationship with Him possible.
And He did all of this for us without us even asking.

Jesus was the ultimate example of someone who showed others their value.

When Jesus came here, He showed us how to love and show honor to those around us. He taught us to love our enemies, care for the “least of these,” and become the servants of all who puts others’ needs before our own.

That’s why it’s important for us to help our kids and families discovery more about honor—letting someone know you see how valuable they really are.

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Hand in Hand

This month we’re helping preschoolers learn to say thank you for the people who help them. And there are a lot of people who help preschoolers!

First, there’s family. I mean family is like at the top of the list! Our preschool friends will hear how Aaron helped his brother Moses this month. Then, there are community helpers all around us who help us just as Nehemiah’s community helped him rebuild the wall.

There are all kinds of other people helping preschoolers by giving them what they need—people like you! You give them hugs, snacks, and best of all, God’s true stories! We need all kinds of people to help us! Elisha got some great help from a woman who prepared an entire room for him.

Oh, and last but not least—friends. Preschoolers need friends. You and I need friends. We all need friends! Friends help us have fun, do what’s right and they come in handy when we forget our snack. I’m pretty sure Elijah was thankful for his new friend, the widow, when she shared her food!

Our preschoolers need help, tons and tons of help. And, we want them to grow up with eyes that see the people who help them, and a heart that says thanks. That’s the goal this month.

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Courage

Sometimes it would be nice to be a superhero. Most of the time, it’s like they act without a single ounce of fear. They see a problem and without thinking they jump to the rescue to save the day, conquering evils and injustices in their tracks.

Yet, none of us will ever be a superhero or have some super-human power from an alien planet or radioactive spider bite. But with or without the super powers, we will face moments in our lives when it feels like the odds will not be in our favor, the obstacles will seem overwhelming, and we will have to overcome that which seems impossible. And when those moments happen, where will we find the courage we need to face the everyday enemies or evils in life?

In truth, we’re all called to do heroic things every day. And those moments can be scary.

One of the most difficult things we will ever learn to overcome is fear. In fact, it’s unrealistic to expect anyone to become completely fearless. That’s why our goal as leaders and parents should be to help our children not become paralyzed by those fears, but learn what to do in the face of them.

That’s why we’re taking the month of October to discover what God says about courage as—being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid.

Think about that—even when you’re afraid. The truth is, you WILL be afraid. So, the question is, when fear is present, where do you find the courage to stand up, or push through, or keep going?

Our goal as parents and leaders is not to raise superheroes, but to raise everyday heroes. We want our children to grow up facing the world with a different kind of courage—courage to stand up against the bully, courage to speak out for the sake of others who may not have a voice, courage to refuse to do the wrong thing even though the crowd seems to be pushing them in that direction.

We need our children to understand, because they believe and trust in God, they have a unique source of strength and courage. There will be times when we’re going to be afraid. But we can trust in a God that is bigger than us. And put our hope in a God who is with us and is in control of every situation. Because of God, we can find the strength to be courageous, every day heroes.

This month we’ll take a look at some everyday heroes from the Old Testament, men and women who had no superpowers except for the fact that they knew God had a mission for them and they trusted in His promise to always be with them. We can’t wait to hear how God shows up in the lives of families and kids when they study these stories, trust God, and show courage in the situations they face.

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God’s Way is PERFECT!

This month is all about one man, one GREAT adventure. This month we’re talking about Moses! What a guy. What a life. What an adventure! God spoke to Moses through a burning bush. (You don’t see that every day.) And, Moses watched God part a sea. (You don’t see that every day either!)

Think about all that Moses would have missed if he had said “no” to God’s plan?

No pillar of cloud in the day.
No fire at night to guide him.
No water from a rock when he was thirsty.
No leading God’s people.

He would have missed out on the greatest adventure he could have ever imagined. One thing is for sure, we don’t want you or your preschoolers to miss out on one moment of the great adventure God has planned for you and them. That’s why we have filled an entire month with activities and stories and music that will help us all remember that God’s way is perfect. That’s right

God’s way is perfect! God’s way is right! God’s way is awesome! And, God will show us the way.

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