Monday, January 31, 2011

New Providence Kids page!

Hey everyone,

We are up and running over at the new Providence Kids blog. Check it out HERE!

Go to our page from now on for new memory verse calendars, take home sheets and more. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

January Memory Verse Calendar

In Providence Kids, we believe that families should be in the Word on a regular basis. Parents often don't know where to start or how to engage their young children in spiritual matters. For that reason, we have decided to post a monthly memory verse calendar that includes our memory verse, weekly activities as well as what your child will be learning each Sunday.

Our hope is that you would use this to engage your children spiritually throughout the week, not just on Sundays. We pray that Sunday mornings becomes an extension of what happens in homes throughout the week.

Print these pages out, put them on the fridge or somewhere you will see it often. Enjoy!

Click on the image to make them larger.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Computerized Check-in

Parents, this is the day you've been waiting for..

Self check-in! As of June 6th, the days of writing out every single nametag and keeping up with multiple tags will be a thing of the past. Once your children's information (including birthdays) are in CCB, we are ready to go.

Here are the (very) simple instructions on how check-in will work:

When a family approaches a self check-in station, they will see a search box and instructions to enter their phone number.

Note: A 7 or 10 digit phone number must be entered. The system will look in all individual profiles, so it does not matter which phone number is used, provided it appears in one of the family members' CCB profile.

Once the phone number has been entered, click 'Search' or hit 'Return' on the keyboard. This will bring up the family check-in screen.

The individual will click the box next to the event they are checking into. Click 'Print & Check-In' and the name tags will print immediately after clicking the button.

Note: If no matches or duplicate matches are found, a message in red will direct the individual to a manned station to check in (below). This manned station is located behind the normal check-in desk, which will be used solely for visitors or those with self check-in errors.

Easy enough!

Go here to update your children's information :

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Appreciating our teachers

If you have a child in our preschool or children's ministry, chances are you also serve in our ministry and teach on Sunday mornings (and if you don't, let us know- we'd love for you to jump on board). If you faithfully serve in our ministry, we want to say a big THANK YOU!

We are having an event on April 10th at the church to celebrate what God's doing in the midst of our ministry and church body. If you didn't get the invite, please email me and I'll definitely send it your way!
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Hope you can all make it! :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Easter Craft Idea

Here is a great Easter craft you can do with your children at home. This activity has repeatability; that is, your child can tell and retell the story of Jesus and His resurrection with this craft. (Each of the dozen plastic eggs have items inside, as well as the Scripture reference that it goes with.) Keep the plastic eggs in a regular egg carton so they can all stay in order and in the same place!

Resurrection Eggs

1 - A piece of a cracker, broken (Matthew 26:26)
2 - 3 silver dimes (3 pieces of silver) (Matthew 26:14-15)
3 - 1 purple piece of cloth (felt or material - represents the purple robes) (Mark 15:17)
4 - Thorns (from any bush or rose) (Matthew 27:29)
5 - Scourge (piece of thick string or rope tied to a twig) (Matthew 20:19)
6 - Cross made of toothpicks (John 19:17-18)
7 - 3 Nails (John20:25)
8 - Sign that says "King of the Jews" (Luke 23:28)
9 - Sponge (Matthew 27:48)
10 - Spear (toothpick or straight nail) (John 19:34)
11 - Rock (Matthew 27:59-60)
12 - The tomb is empty!!! (Matthew 28:6)

Talk about the significance of His resurrection and that we can find new life in Jesus, just like He found new life being raised from the dead!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Children's Worship

This month's Loop article this month was all about worship. If worshiping with your kids isn't exactly a normal practice, it's okay! No better time to start than today. :) Here are some great CD's that you can listen to at home or in the car.

iWorship series

This series is great music that is fun and still centered around God. The iWorship series includes songs you recognize but done in a fun, upbeat way that children respond well to. Even so, it's fun and upbeat for adults too!

I personally like volume 3, which includes songs such as "Blessed Be Your Name" and "Trading Sorrow".

You can hear a preview of the album here: Amazon Music.

Hillsong Kids- "Tell the World"

If you and/or your kiddos like to rock out, this is a great CD for that! You may be familiar with Hillsong (we sing a few of their songs during our worship service at Providence!) or even Hillsong United. This is Hillsong Kids. I love that they allow worship to be accessible, no matter how old you are. They have videos to some of their songs posted online and they show thousands of children worshiping God together.

I must admit, I've caught myself listening to these songs on more than one occasion. My particular favorites are "Tell the World", "I Want the World to Know" and "Yours Alone". This is a CD you can set on repeat.

Preview it here: Amazon Music.

Seeds Family Worship: Seeds of Faith

We LOVE Seeds here at Providence. We use them quite a bit for our memory verses. What's great about these CD's is that they use Scripture rather than lyrics. After listening to them a few times, you'll catch yourself memorizing these turn, memorizing Scripture! They are simple and fun.. kids and adults alike love Seeds. There are albums based on faith, encouragement, purpose and courage.

One of my favorites on this album is called "Faith" based on Hebrews 11:1.. also your child's memory verse this month!

Preview it here: Amazon Music

What are your favorite worship songs/CD's to listen to with your kids?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010 is here.

We now have an entire year ahead of us - a clean slate to work out whatever resolutions we've set, plan for improvement.. only to break them and re-resolve to work harder. If you're anything like me, you may even forget your resolutions by mid-April. With all this resolution talk, it begs the question - what resolutions do you have for your children?

As they grow older and wiser (per your guidance!), your children and preteens will start to ask more and more questions that will push you beyond your comfort level. For example, some of our lovely moms came to help us put together furniture for our children's area. We all got to chatting and we somehow got on the subject of their children asking some pretty challenging questions. They responded in love and grace and with one of my favorite, and appropriate, responses - "Let me pray about it and get back to you."

Over the years, the Lord has continued to stir up a passion in me to help equip families to teach biblical principles in the home. Honestly, if I could have an unlimited book budget for a personal library, I would snatch up all kinds of resources to read and lend out to all of you.. but alas, this is sadly not the case...yet.

So let's hear it: what kinds of plans do you want to implement for your kids or in your home in general? Also, what kinds of articles would you like to see on the blog for the new year? Ideas for devotionals? Resources for specific topics?

Let us know!