I just wanted to share some good news on this Tuesday. Ready? We have started the dirt work on the “New Day in the Bay” building project! The heavy equipment has started to roll in and the Baby Bay playground is no more. But we are super excited to see this project start and can’t wait to get to the finished product. Here are a couple of things that might affect you.
The West Entrance is now closed. You will have to use the South Entrance or the entrances located in the north area where the Coffee shop and The Student environment are located. The West Entrance will be shut down for the majority of the project.
Starting this Sunday, Father’s Day, you will see red KidzWorld Welcome Wagons in the north & west parking lots. These are going to be out and about helping young families make it into the building safely with their kids. So be sure if you need a little extra help getting into church that you take advantage of this ministry!
Continue to pray and give towards the building expansion. Our goal is to pay for this without borrowing any funds. Hope you have an awesome week and don’t forget to celebrate Father’s Day here at NewSpring Church this weekend!
Written by Ashleigh Bryan, assistant to Karla Stinson, Director of Adventure Avenue
I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE the rock bands from the 80’s. Journey, Def Lepperd, Styx, Queen…the legends. So when I found out that we were doing a “Kids Rock” theme in Adventure Avenue all summer long, to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement.
Oh, by the way, HAPPY SUMMER!!! There’s just something about summer that, no matter how old you are, brings about a sense of freedom, and fun, and relaxation, annnnd…boredom. Oh, yeah. There’s a lot of that, too. For many of you parents, you are reveling in the newfound freedom of no more homework folders to sign, no more crumpled up drawings to stick on the fridge, YOU. ARE. FREE.
For about a week. Then, without fail, the kids will come to you and say, without a doubt the most famous saying in all of summer history, “I’M BORED.”
Wait a minute…what?! Just last week your kids had a list a mile long of things they wanted to do this summer and were getting along so nicely. But now they’ve succumbed to the mind-numbing hypnosis of the television, the allure of video games, and they’ve become even more creative in the topics of their fights.
Let’s face it—as much as we love summer, it does disrupt the routine. Nights get longer, mornings get later, and eventually, somewhere around mid-July, you’re the parent who lets their kid eat ice cream for breakfast because WHO CARES ANYMORE?!
It’s no different for preschoolers. All school year long, they have a routine. Either they are going to school or daycare, or they are used to their older siblings being gone, and then summer comes. Suddenly, they might be home for the whole day without seeing their friends and there’s this other person in their home, also there all day long, just brimming with ideas to make them mad.
Sometimes it can seem like our kids are just that…kids. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that someday, when they’re older, they’ll do something great. It’s even something parents often dream about—what will my kid be when they’re older? What will they accomplish? What will they be known for?
But, here in KidzWorld, we believe that kids can do great things right now. Even preschoolers! Which is why all summer long, we are dedicating our weekends to stories from the Bible about kids who rocked by doing what God wanted them to do. We believe kids ROCK! And so does God.
Which can be hard to believe when your kids are running around the yard covered in dirt and screaming their heads off. (It’s okay, you can admit it!) But our memory verse this month is “God made us to do good works,” Ephesians 2:10.
There’s no “when you grow up” or “when you’re older” after that verse. We were made to do good works. Period. No matter how old you are. So that means that, yep, your little three year old with chocolate dribbling down her face? Made to do good works. Your five year old who never stops asking why? Made to do good works. Your two year old who just can’t seem to master the idea of potty training? Made to do good works.
All summer long we’ll be introducing your preschoolers to other kids in the Bible who did great things for God, from Jesus teaching in the temple, to David and Goliath, to Miriam watching out for her little brother, Moses.
And to help you out with that summer boredom, we have a great thing for you to do with your kids. We believe that they were made to do good things, so we have a “Do Good Challenge” for them. It’s simply a piece of paper with rows of smiley faces on them. Each time they “do good,” encourage them to color in a smiley face. Once an entire row is complete, you can celebrate as a family. Hopefully it will keep them busy all summer long thinking of all the things they can “do good.”
We will also have some collector cards each week with the kid from the Bible story we talked about that weekend. They can grab the new one each weekend to help remind them that, even though they’re kids, they were made to do great things and God knows that kids ROCK!
It’s going to be an AWESOME summer in Adventure Avenue and we can’t wait to see you there!
And for those of you parents who are already struggling with the summertime blues? All I can say is…61 days until September! GOOD LUCK!
Summer break is almost here…or maybe it is already here for some kids. There are lots of ways to have fun during the summer. But summer can be a great time to do something new or impact the lives of others. Here are 10 ideas of things a kid can do during the summer that will make a difference in their own life or the lives of others.
- Memorize a Bible verse a week…or maybe a chapter. If you are looking for a really BIG challenge, memorize Proverbs 3:1-15.
- Do something kind for someone every day. (Don’t forget that your brothers and sisters need kindness too)
- Learn a new skill. Maybe you would like to learn to draw or juggle or do magic tricks.
- Read a book a week.
- Ask your parents for a special new assignment each week, such as a new chore you could master.
- Learn to cook (with some help from an adult).
- Play a game that your younger brother or sister likes each week.
- Write a letter to a different school friend each week to ask how their summer is going.
- Learn about the lives of kids in a different country.
- Start a journal. Write a few sentences about what you did or how you felt each day.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, make sure that you always remember:
I need to make the wise choice.
I can trust God no matter what.
I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Have a great summer!
Thank you for your service and willingness to impact others for Christ!
Do you have a new child under age 2? We would love to have you participate in our Baby Dedication Celebration at NewSpring Church in Wichita, KS. It’s a great opportunity to gather your family and friends and commit to raising your child to know and love God. Registration is required: newspring.org/babydedication.
Families, we have some great fun coming up this Friday, March 31st at 7 p.m. It’s called FX which stands for Family Experience. It’s a chance for your whole family to enjoy a FREE hour of fun and games and learning about God’s Big Story. We only offer FX four times a year so you won’t want to miss out! Join us in the South Auditorium at NewSpring Church this Friday. We will even offer childcare for kids age 3 and under. This is a great event to invite friends so they can see the kind of fun we have in KidzWorld and encourage them to come back on the weekend.
Can’t make it for some reason? We’re going to live-stream the event at newspringonline.org!
It’s a construction theme throughout KidzWorld for the month of March!
In Baby Bay and Adventure Avenue kids will be learning how to build each other up in love.
Bottom Line: How can I love like Jesus? I can love everyone!
Memory Verse: Love one another. John 13:34, NIV
Don’t forget to pick up a placemat for each child to help them remember the teaching for the day.
In Route 252, kids are learning how to “fix up” problem situations by asking or giving forgiveness.
Big Idea: Forgiveness, deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.
Memory Verse: “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13, NIrV
The monthly take out for 252 is pretty simple but hopefully an effective reminder of forgiveness. If you didn’t get a chance to pick one up this weekend, you can make your own. Just take a bolt with 3 or 4 nuts that fit it.
Instructions: Add a nut to the bolt when you do something for which you need to ask forgiveness or when someone wrongs you. Take a nut off the bolt when you ask for forgiveness or when you forgive someone else.
Goal: Hopefully, your bolt will not have any nuts on it at the end of the day!
When I look back on summers as a child, one set of memories that stick in my mind is my summer camp experiences. Summer camp was a great experience for me to get to be part of the great outdoors–hiking, swimming, learning new skills, playing awesome games. It was also an opportunity to get away from the routine and spend some time focusing on what really matters–the things that will last for eternity, most importantly a relationship with Jesus. Camp gives kids a chance to bond with leaders who love Jesus and want to share that love with the kids. We are praying right now that God will allow us to take a group of kids who are ready to know Him personally and to serve Him with their lives.
KidzWorld Camp is open for kids who will enter 2nd-4th grades in Fall 2017. Current 4th graders are invited to attend reWired Camp with The Wire ministry so that they get a chance to meet the leaders and others students that are part of that ministry. You can get more information about either camp at newspring.org/camp. Invest in your child’s spiritual well-being today by signing up for camp!