Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

May 2016

We tend to talk about our lives using words that highlight our ownership of those things and circumstances. Words like my, ours, and mine. And those words can make a huge difference on how we see the world. As long as we keep using these words, we can tend to believe that our stuff will make us happy and that putting more stuff into our boxes will make us even happier.

But the truth is just the opposite. Something radical happens when we look at our life as not really ours. When we view our life as really God’s gift to us—it changes everything. When we see that all the stuff we have is somehow connected to God and the story He wants to tell with our lives, it begins to change the way we see everything. When our world doesn’t revolve around us, our situations look a lot different.

That’s why this month is all about contentment. It is deciding to be happy with what we have. In other words, we can choose to be happy because of what God has actually given us. We can choose to shift your focus away from what we don’t have and toward what God desires to do with the life we have. When we trust Him with our life, we become more focused on being grateful for everything He’s already given to us.

See, when it comes right down to it, contentment is a heart issue. It can’t be solved by getting the thing that’s off-limits, the thing that someone else has, or even more of a good thing you already have. In other words, contentment happens when we place our trust in the One who is able to meet our needs each day.

Theme: May 2016 – Commitment

Memory Verse: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12b NIV

Sunday, May 1, 2016 and Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Because I’m Happyyyyyyyyyy! (Be content/Paul in prison) • Philippians 4:11b-13

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, He can help you to be content.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.
Sunday, May 8, 2016 and Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I Hurt Him for the Grapevine (Naboth’s vineyard) • 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment—deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

We Can’t Get No Satisfaction (Israelites long for Egypt) • Exodus 16:2-21; 17:1-4

Points for discussion:
Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

If I Were a Rich Fool (The rich fool: Bigger barns) • Luke 12:13-21  

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got.
Bottom Line: When you focus on what you used to have, you can miss what you have now.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Together (Do not worry) • Matthew 6:25-34

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Contentment – deciding to be happy with what you’ve got. 
Bottom Line: When you focus on God, you don’t have to worry.
Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Theme: April 2016 – Perserverance

Memory Verse: “But those who trust the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.” Isaiah 40:31, NIrV

Sunday, April 3, 2016 and Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Rise Up (Ascension/Pentecost) • Matthew 28:20, Acts 1-2

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.                                                                          Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done.                                                                                           Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 and Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Tough Kept Going (Cloud of Witnesses)Hebrews 12:1 (Supporting: Hebrews 11)

Points for discussion:

                      Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.                                                                                                          Bottom Line: We life gets hard, remember how others persevered.

          Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pain Then Gain (Fix Your Eyes on Jesus) • Hebrews 12:2-3 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance – refusing to give up when life gets hard. 

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember what Jesus did for us.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Keep Calm and Persevere (Help others have perseverance) • Hebrews 12:12-15

 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Perseverance—refusing to give up when life gets hard.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember you can help others persevere.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

March 2016 – Night Light, See Through the Dark – HOPE

Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s important to help kids know what to do when life throws them a curveball—when the play doesn’t pan out the way they think it will—to let them know that life will get messy at some point. But no matter how messy or confusing, God still has a perfect plan. He is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad. To turn mess into a miracle.
Memory Verse: That’s why a great verse to get your kids to memorize is John 16:33b: “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world,”(NIrV)
Those are actually the words of Jesus. And if you want a demonstration of how God can use pain and suffering and do something powerful, just think about Jesus. More specifically, think about the message of the Gospel. The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is enough to give us all the hope we will ever need, which becomes especially important this month as we get to celebrate and discovery more about Easter.

WEEK 1: I Thought He as Dead
We start our month on hope in John 11. Here we discover a moment when Jesus brought hope to two sisters who thought all hope was lost. When Lazarus died, his sisters were devastated. But Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after he was dead. Through this story, we want kids to remember that whatever happens, then can remember that how powerful God is.

 

WEEK 2: The Savior’s Play Book
Next, we’ll look at several passages throughout John 14-16. We get the chance to eavesdrop on the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was arrested. At the Last Supper, Jesus takes one last chance to encourage His disciples with the promise of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and that He will always be with them. Through this moment in Jesus’ life, we pray kids will realize that whatever happens, they can remember what Jesus promised. It’s such a comfort to know that God is always with us and wants to be with us forever.

 

WEEK 3: The Greatest Story Ever Told
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate how Jesus was worshipped as He rode into Jerusalem. Yet, as we’ll see through passages in John 18-19, less than a week later, Jesus went to the cross for us. It was painful, but He endured all of it for us. We know that now, but when Jesus died, His disciples must have thought it was over—that everything they had hoped for would never come true. But, God wasn’t finished yet. Just like the disciples didn’t yet know the end of the story, sometimes our kids can’t see how there story will turn out. We pray that as they go through those times, they’ll remember God is always at work.

 

WEEK 4: The Son of God is Alive
Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate that we can have hope because Jesus is alive! In John 20:1-18, we’ll find out that all the promises that Jesus made are true. Everything that Jesus said and did lead to this moment. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and came back to life making it possible for us to be with God forever! This is something to celebrate! We want all the kids to leave believing that whatever happens, they can know that God loves them.

Here’s the reality: No one knows at what point kids may be going through a dark time that doesn’t make sense. But as leaders or parents, we have an opportunity to lay a foundation so that whatever happens in their life they can have hope.

They can have hope—

because of what Jesus said about heaven,
because of what happened at the resurrection,
because God’s story is much bigger than the one they see,
and because Jesus promised that He would always be with them!

Theme: February 2016 – Cooperation

Memory Verse: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV
Sunday, February 7, 2016 and Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Extreme Makeover: Tabernacle Edition • Exodus 28:1, 3; 31:1-11; 35: 21, 25, 34; 39:42-43

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done.

Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.


Sunday, February 14, 2016 and Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Biggest Losers • Exodus 17:8-13 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Yes, I Think I Can Dance! • Luke 5:17-26 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone. 

Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Flip This Church • Acts 2:42-47 (Supporting: John 13:35)

 

Points for discussion:

Life Lesson: Cooperation—working together to do more than you can do alone.

Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus.

Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.


Memory Verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV
Sunday, December 6, 2015 and Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Topic: God Loves Us, Everyone” • 1 John 4:9-12
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love others?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 and Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Topic: “Yes, Mary, This Is a Savior” • Luke 1:26-38
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Topic: “How the Lord Gave Christmas” • Luke 2:1-7
Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God gave us the greatest gift ever! What will you give?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Tuesday,  December 29, 2015

Topic: “Shepherd Guys Are Comin’ to Town” • Luke 2:8-20

Points for discussion:

Compassion – caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Bottom Line: God gave us great news. Who will you tell?
Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

 

Eleven 22 Kings Kids Present: Heroes and Harvest

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It is time again for our Annual Heroes and Harvest Celebration!

This event will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. We will have Biblical heroes, storytelling, petting zoo, arts and crafts, pizza, candy an FUN, FUN, FUN!Please come out and enjoy this awesome celebration with us!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email Rev. Renee Jones!

Theme for October 2015 – Individuality

Memory Verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an ample for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV

Sunday, October 4, 2015 and Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Topic: “What’s Your Story?” 1 Timothy 1:12-16 NIV (Supporting: Acts 9:1-19, Acts 16:1)
Points for discussion:
Individuality – discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference.
I can trust Got no matter what.
October 11, 2015 and Tuesday, October 13, 2015
 
Topic: “Paul and His Partner (Paul chooses Timothy)” Acts 16:1-6 NIV

Points of discussion:
Individuality – discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference.
I can trust God no matter what.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Topic: “Oh, the Gifts We can Gift” (Paul writes to the Corinthians) 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27 (Supporting: Acts 18:1-18 &19; 1 Corinthians 1:11; 4:17, 7:1a; 16:10)
Points for discussion:
Individuality – discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.
Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we can make a greater difference.
I can trust God no matter what.
 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Topic: “Timothy, Called to Lead Now” (Timothy as a young leader) 1 Timothy 4:12

Points for discussion:
Individuality – discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference. 
Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now.
I need to make the wise choice.

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