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August Week 1 in The Cove (07/28-08/03)

On July 27, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Respect: Showing Others They Are Important By What You Say and Do

This week, we’re discovering:

In Matthew 8:5-13 we meet a centurion whose servant is terribly sick. This powerful centurion goes straight to the one man he knows can help: Jesus! But when Jesus asks, “Shall I come and heal him?” the centurion shows unbelievable respect for God!

Our Bottom Line is: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything. God set the world in motion. Respect is the proper response to the awesome character of God.

Our memory verse this month is: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a NIV This simple verse is an important reminder that everyone deserves our respect.

Bible Story: Guardian of the Galaxy (Faith of the Centurion) • Matthew 8:5-13

Bottom Line: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything.

Memory Verse: “Show proper respect to everyone.” 1 Peter 2:17a, NIrV

Life App: Respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do.

Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

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August in The Cove

On July 27, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Hello Families of The Cove!

Can you believe it is already August? Summer is coming to a close and heading back to school is right around the corner! We can’t think of a better theme to head back to school with than “Respect: Showing Others They Are Important By What You Say and Do,” where we are looking at what the Bible has to say about showing respect. Our memory verse for the month of August is 1 Peter 2:17a, “Show proper respect to everyone.”

God has always been. And at some point in history, He spoke into nothingness and created the universe—all that we see and can’t see. God controls the rain and the wind, He set the earth on its axis, and He governs the delicate balance that gives life to the fish in the sea, the animals on land, and all the people He created in His image. No one else comes close to the power of God. When you understand who God is, it’s instinctive to place yourself under the authority of the One who not only deserves but also literally has all authority. It just makes sense.

God not only has all authority, but according to the Bible, God has also established governing authorities on earth. And if we respect God, we are also called to respect the people He’s put in charge. That doesn’t mean that we will necessarily always agree with everything an authority figure says or does. It doesn’t even mean that we should submit in every situation—especially when doing so goes against God. However, it does mean that we are supposed to live in such a way that our words and our actions indicate that the God of all authority is the maker of every individual. After all, God has placed some people in temporary positions of authority for a reason. We may not always understand that reason, but we trust God, knowing He’s in control.

Having respect for others is not always easy. We won’t always get our way; our idea won’t always win out. Sometimes it means swallowing our pride in a very humbling moment or choosing our words carefully when it might be easy to say something hurtful.

This month, we all have an opportunity to live out our respect for God in the way that we respond to others. Next time you’re faced with a situation where you wonder about the respectful way to respond to a person in authority, stop and remember to use words and actions that show the other person that he or she is important and made by God, and that God has given him or her that position of authority.

Respect is showing others they are important by what you say and do. It isn’t just about how we speak and act toward those in charge. All people are created in God’s image and deserve respect.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God is in charge of everything.

(2) We show respect to God because of His ultimate authority.

(3) If we respect God, we will also respect the people He has given authority to—especially those who lead us and protect us.

We look forward to partnering with you during the month of August as we seek to raise up children who are totally committed to Jesus Christ!

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July Week 4 in The Cove (07/21-07/27)

On July 20, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Harmony: Together is Better

Over the past school year we’ve enjoyed taking kids through a contextual look at God’s One Big Story. We’ve traveled through the Bible covering the familiar stories of Abraham and Joseph, Moses and King David. We made it all the way to Jesus, Paul, and the start of the early church.

As the church started, no longer were there just a handful of disciples. These were growing congregations filled with people from all walks of life. And needless to say, they didn’t always get along. They disagreed and argued. They had a hard time forgiving and accepting each other.  At times, they even found it difficult to keep worshiping together.

Several of the apostles began writing about how to live together as believers. These writings are not presented in the form of a story. They are letters. They are sermons. Delivered by people and for people. They are historic, but they are not really a story. But we think it’s important that kids experience those letters and sermons too. So to help illustrate these important truths, we’ve wrapped them in a summer-long story about friendship. This month, we’re continuing our look at what the New Testament letters have to say about friendship.

Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. Each week, we’ll take a look at a “one another” principle that gives us a framework for loving others the way God loved us. Because these verses are short, we suggest that you take this summer to memorize each one.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1)  Friendship is a reflection of the love that God shows us.

(2)  Friendship is a response to the love we experience through Jesus.

(3)  Friendship goes beyond the people in our immediate circle.

This week, we’re discovering:

We will take a look at the importance of worshipping together. The writer of Hebrews talks about this in Hebrews 10:24-25.

Our Bottom Line is: Friends worship with each other. Life can be hard sometimes. When we are connected to a community of friends who can encourage us and remind us of God’s love, it makes those times a little easier. We shouldn’t give up meeting together with our Small Group and friends at church.

This week’s memory verse is, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25, NIV. We all need some encouragement now and again. When keep meeting together, we find some great opportunities to keep cheering each other up. 

Bible Story: Friends Worship as One (worship with one another) • Hebrews 10:24-25

Bottom Line: Friends worship with each other.

Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV

Life App: Friendship—treating others the way you want to be treated.

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

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July Week 3 in The Cove (07/14-07/20)

On July 14, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Harmony: Together is Better

Over the past school year we’ve enjoyed taking kids through a contextual look at God’s One Big Story. We’ve traveled through the Bible covering the familiar stories of Abraham and Joseph, Moses and King David. We made it all the way to Jesus, Paul, and the start of the early church.

As the church started, no longer were there just a handful of disciples. These were growing congregations filled with people from all walks of life. And needless to say, they didn’t always get along. They disagreed and argued. They had a hard time forgiving and accepting each other.  At times, they even found it difficult to keep worshiping together.

Several of the apostles began writing about how to live together as believers. These writings are not presented in the form of a story. They are letters. They are sermons. Delivered by people and for people. They are historic, but they are not really a story. But we think it’s important that kids experience those letters and sermons too. So to help illustrate these important truths, we’ve wrapped them in a summer-long story about friendship. This month, we’re continuing our look at what the New Testament letters have to say about friendship.

Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. Each week, we’ll take a look at a “one another” principle that gives us a framework for loving others the way God loved us. Because these verses are short, we suggest that you take this summer to memorize each one.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1)  Friendship is a reflection of the love that God shows us.

(2)  Friendship is a response to the love we experience through Jesus.

(3)  Friendship goes beyond the people in our immediate circle.

This week, we’re discovering:

In week 3, kids will discover how they can encourage each other. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul tells the church that they should build each other up in how they speak to one another.

Our Bottom Line is: Friends encourage each other. We have hope because of Jesus. When we share that hope with others, we can encourage them to keep going even when life is tough.

This week’s memory verse is, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11, NIV This is a great reminder of why it’s important for us to encourage each other.

Bible Story: Fan Club (encourage one another) • 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Bottom Line: Friends encourage each other.

Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV

Life App: Friendship—treating others the way you want to be treated.

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

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July Week 2 in The Cove (07/07-07/13)

On July 7, 2014, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

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Harmony: Together is Better

Over the past school year we’ve enjoyed taking kids through a contextual look at God’s One Big Story. We’ve traveled through the Bible covering the familiar stories of Abraham and Joseph, Moses and King David. We made it all the way to Jesus, Paul, and the start of the early church.

As the church started, no longer were there just a handful of disciples. These were growing congregations filled with people from all walks of life. And needless to say, they didn’t always get along. They disagreed and argued. They had a hard time forgiving and accepting each other.  At times, they even found it difficult to keep worshiping together.

Several of the apostles began writing about how to live together as believers. These writings are not presented in the form of a story. They are letters. They are sermons. Delivered by people and for people. They are historic, but they are not really a story. But we think it’s important that kids experience those letters and sermons too. So to help illustrate these important truths, we’ve wrapped them in a summer-long story about friendship. This month, we’re continuing our look at what the New Testament letters have to say about friendship.

Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. Each week, we’ll take a look at a “one another” principle that gives us a framework for loving others the way God loved us. Because these verses are short, we suggest that you take this summer to memorize each one.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1)  Friendship is a reflection of the love that God shows us.

(2)  Friendship is a response to the love we experience through Jesus.

(3)  Friendship goes beyond the people in our immediate circle.

This week, we’re discovering:

We’ll learn about one of Paul’s teachings on forgiveness, found in Colossians 3:13. At some point, one of our friends will let us down. We should let go of what we’re holding against them and forgive them.

Our Bottom Line is: Friends forgive each other. We should forgive others because God forgave us first. Putting up with each other means we don’t hold onto the things others do that have hurt us. When we forgive them, we get to show them how much God loves them too.

This week’s memory verse is, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13, NIV God forgave us first. We should show forgiveness to others.

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