KidZone 8/9/2015

How do we echo God's love?

When we first arrived at the MegaZone on Sunday, there was a strange echo repeating everything we said!  The voice was imitating us. Our Scripture lesson, Ephesians 4:25-5:2, told us we are to imitate God.  How do we do that?  We played a fun "Simon says" game but we called it "God says." We imitated the movements and words of the leader in our class.  

Paul said we can imitate God with his love. In other words, we can love other people like God loves us. We can tell the truth. We can forgive other people like God forgives us and we should never let the sun go down on our anger. We can share with other people like God shares with us. Boy, would that change the world!

NEXT WEEK:  We make a joyful noise and learn what Paul says about how God wants husbands and wives to treat each other.  Join us at 10am.

KidZone 8/2/2015

   Okay, so just how are we like potatoes???

Kids 5th grade and below join us every Sunday at 10am in KidZone!

Here's how:  potatoes look alike on the outside and they are full of vitamins and minerals and taste so good!  But they can be cooked many ways to become different.  We sampled mashed potatoes, tater tots and french fries. Yum! They all started out the same potato but they ended up as something totally different.

In Ephesians 4:1-16, Paul reminds us that we are all blessed by God with different gifts.  We are all people, but we have different talents. Some of us can become preachers, others teachers, or missionaries.  And no matter how smart we are or what we have done wrong in the past, we can always be forgiven and serve God. A potato can only serve one person at a time, in one way.  After we eat that potato, it is gone.  But we can serve God in many ways and many different times. This week we served God by sending messages and pictures to Erwin who lives in Indonesia and is sponsored by KidZone through Compassion International.  How will you serve God this week?

KidZone 7/26/2015

LOST BOY NO MORE

Where in this world is Sudan and what tragic events unfolded there in the 1989?  We took a look at our world map and found Sudan on the African continent.  We watched an interview of Bishop Abraham produced by 100 huntley street. We listened as he talked about the drums of war that came to his country when he was only 9 or 10 years old.  The Northern Sudanese forces raided the predominately Christian South, torching villages, kidnapping girls, and killing men and women. The boys were chased away from their homes. and that is when his journey began. But he was not alone.  After a three month walk to the Ethiopian border, there were more than 20,000 boys walking together. Along the way they dodged bullets, fought off wild animals, crossed dangerous rivers and ate leaves and roots to survive.  Thousands died. But Bishop Abraham said that God brought the boys together as a family and that they called themselves "brothers."  It was a journey he said that brought him to find his true Father.  One that would never leave him or be taken away by war. While in Ethiopia he heard a Christian preacher.  Bishop Abraham said,  "the book that changed my whole life was John 3:16.  I began to ask questions about the meaning of life when such bad things happen. But I came to know this when I became a Christian, that actually the meaning of life was on the cross when Jesus gave his life to all humankind.  Unless we discover that we will not know the meaning of life."  Bishop Abraham went on to become an Anglican preacher and was chosen to immigrate to the United States.  He is now a Bishop and has returned to his native country, South Sudan, to help his people.  He visited us this weekend. We wanted to help. But what could we, as young children, do here in the United States for Bishop Abraham?  We knew our parents could donate money but what could we do?  We decided we could pray. And there are so many things to pray for - safety for him and his family; freedom from violence and attacks from the North, money and security for the school for girls that he is building, courage and strength in the face of such instability and danger in Sudan. So, each one of the kids made a special prayer card for Bishop Abraham.  On their card they included pictures and greetings and most importantly what they and their family were going to pray for. Then they presented them to the Bishop in church.  What an amazing experience for them to see what he went through as a child and then be able to personally deliver their prayer cards to him as Bishop Abraham of Sudan. Ask your child what your family can pray for this week for Bishop Abraham.

KidZone 7/19/2015

JESUS IS THE CORNERSTONE

Ever looked through a pair of binoculars from the wrong end?

We did in KidZone and found out that our friends at the other end of the room looked very, very far away.  But when we looked through the correct end, they became very close up.  Even though they were all the way across the room, we felt as if they were standing right next to us.  In our Scripture reading, Ephesians 2:11-22, Paul said we were once very far away from God, but through Jesus, we have been brought near to him.  We were once without God and had no hope before God's love reached down and found us.  Paul tells us to always remember what we were before Jesus.  For us, Jesus is like the cornerstone of a building.  With him, we stand straight and tall.  Without him, we fall.    

NEXT WEEK

Bishop Abraham - Lost Boy No More