From Pastor Donne’s Desk




Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!

preschool BibleIn the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 9 | God Helps Us When we Listen and Obey

Bible Basis: Judges 4; 6 – 7; 13; 16

Bible Verse: Leviticus 19:37: “Obey all of my rules and laws. Follow them. I am the Lord.”

Bible Point: God saved his people from their enemies. When I follow God, he saves me too!

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Deborah Leads the Way” (pages 136 – 139)

“Gideon’s Battle” (pages 140 – 145)

“Samson” (pages 146 – 151)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

  • Why did the Israelite army want Deborah to go with them to fight their enemy? (She was brave and always obeyed God. They knew that God would be with them if she went with them.)
  • Was Gideon’s army bigger or smaller than the army they were fighting? (Smaller.)
  • Who cut off Samson’s hair? (The Philistines, who were Samson’s enemies.)
  • What happened to Samson when his hair was cut off? (He lost his strength, and the Philis- tines put him in jail.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from the Beginner’s Bible. Provide your child with props, such as a bathrobe and broom for a robe and staff, a baby blanket or pillow for Gideon’s wool fleece, and a length of rope to tie up your child for the story of Samson.

When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

Give your child a sticker or small treat every day for reciting the memory verse to you. If your child can say or sing the verse for several days without help, the reward could be an extra bed- time story or play time.

  • Teach your child the memory verse by singing it to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

NOTE: You will sing the memory verse three times to complete one full verse of the song. You can also do this to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

  • Encourage your child to be the teacher and tell the Bible stories to dolls or stuffed animals.
  • Play ‘Mother, May I?’ and allow your child to take two or three steps toward you for every correct answer to a question about the Bible stories of the week and for reciting the memory verse. When your child reaches you, give a big hug. Say how proud you are of your child for obeying you and God and how much you love your child.

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Heroes-Ruth and Loyalty

heroesbible-imageIN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:

Today we learned that big heroes are loyal. Naomi had so little. Her husband and both of her sons had died. She had no money or means to provide for herself. And she was in a strange land. But Naomi did have one thing – the loyalty and devotion of her daughter-in-law, Ruth. It was because of Ruth that Naomi’s life was changed for the better. When we are loyal to our family and friends, we can be heroes like Ruth.


Make this week’s lesson real:

As you watch television programs or movies this week, talk to your kids about the relationships that are portrayed on screen.

Where do they see loyal friendships?

How did people show their commitment to one another?

What qualities do they see in that character that they would like to emulate?


Here are some great discussion starters

– What had made life so difficult for Naomi?

– How did Ruth prove her loyalty to Naomi?

– What does it mean to be loyal?


Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)


What you need to know:

Who do you know that is going through a difficult season? Take some time this week to reconnect with them. Offer to help them in any way that you can. Reassure them of your loyalty to them.








12/11 Advent: Remember your children are participating in Advent this coming Christmas Season. They are already practicing and getting excited about the event. This video of the song will be great to listen to during the week to help our preschool and grade school students become familiar with the song.

12/24 Christmas Eve: The Children’s Ministry has been special requested to join in the Christmas Eve Festivities! This song, as well as the song we are singing for advent, will be the songs we will be singing on Christmas Eve. If you have any questions or concerns or want to volunteer to help let Pastor Donne know!

1/8 Pie Day: The Grade School Class, until January 8th, has been challenged to bring their Bibles consistently to church. If the kids accomplish this task and bring their Bibles for a total of 144 times, their name will be placed in a drawing to have the opportunity to PIE some of their faithful teachers and Pastor Donne in the face! Here are more details! This is all a chance to partner with you as you encourage your children to build a good habit of bringing and using their Bibles in their daily lives. Contact Pastor Donne if:

  1. You want to join in being ‘pie’d’ on January 8th
  2. You want more information.
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