First Look-Parent Cue ~ September 2011

On September 1, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

Memory verse for The Reef -3′s – kinder, “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13. Basic Truth:  God loves me, Bottom Line:  God can help me do anything. Key question:  Who can help you? Find out more about all of this and the Bible stories that The Reef is studying for the month of September.

Download the Parent Cue for September First Look here.

Memory verse for The Reef -3′s – kinder, “I can do all things through Christ.” Philippians 4:13. Basic Truth:  God loves me, Bottom Line:  God can help me do anything. Key question:  Who can help you? Find out more about all of this and the Bible stories that The Reef is studying for the month of September.

Download the Parent Cue for September First Look here.

Parenting Tip

On August 30, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

Helping Kids Deal with Emotions

Many families ignore emotions or view them as a nuisance. But emotions affect children more than they realize. One of the keys to helping children understand emotions is to teach them the difference between the feeling and the response. It’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t justify treating people unkindly.

When Joel was thirteen, his dog, Skippy, died. Joel had raised Skippy from a puppy. They played together, slept together, and Joel had taken care of Skippy when he was sick. Now his beloved friend was gone. Joel’s heart was broken. The pain was intense. He spent the next few days bouncing between lashing out at those around him and withdrawing into himself.  His heart was working hard to absorb this unwanted new experience: life without his loyal friend.

Mom was patient with Joel, giving him space to grieve and work things out. She initiated conversation with him often and looked for ways to comfort him. Sometimes Joel used his sadness as an excuse for being unkind or disrespectful, but Mom made it clear that grieving was okay; meanness was not. Over time, Joel adjusted to life without Skippy. Mom’s approach was successful because she considered Joel’s heart during that time.

Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Emotions are a part of life. Children often need help recognizing and dealing with their emotions. They haven’t learned yet how to process all the feelings their hearts experience.

Teaching children about their emotions and the appropriate ways to deal with them will prepare kids for experiencing even deeper joys and sadness in the future. Helping children separate what they feel from how they treat you and others is an important part of that process.

Helping Kids Deal with Emotions

Many families ignore emotions or view them as a nuisance. But emotions affect children more than they realize. One of the keys to helping children understand emotions is to teach them the difference between the feeling and the response. It’s okay to feel sad, but that doesn’t justify treating people unkindly.

When Joel was thirteen, his dog, Skippy, died. Joel had raised Skippy from a puppy. They played together, slept together, and Joel had taken care of Skippy when he was sick. Now his beloved friend was gone. Joel’s heart was broken. The pain was intense. He spent the next few days bouncing between lashing out at those around him and withdrawing into himself.  His heart was working hard to absorb this unwanted new experience: life without his loyal friend.

Mom was patient with Joel, giving him space to grieve and work things out. She initiated conversation with him often and looked for ways to comfort him. Sometimes Joel used his sadness as an excuse for being unkind or disrespectful, but Mom made it clear that grieving was okay; meanness was not. Over time, Joel adjusted to life without Skippy. Mom’s approach was successful because she considered Joel’s heart during that time.

Romans 12:15 tells us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Emotions are a part of life. Children often need help recognizing and dealing with their emotions. They haven’t learned yet how to process all the feelings their hearts experience.

Teaching children about their emotions and the appropriate ways to deal with them will prepare kids for experiencing even deeper joys and sadness in the future. Helping children separate what they feel from how they treat you and others is an important part of that process.

GOD TIME ~ 08.28.11

On August 28, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

This week we have wrapped up our focus on Grace-getting something great that you don’t deserve. We have taught our first – fifth graders in The Cove  that God shows us grace,  focusing on the rescuer, Jesus, and that His love for us is unimaginable and unconditional.

Download the family fun God Time here to find out about the lost son.  There is helpful material to start up a discussion on what they learned this week.

August 4A Download

August 4B Download

This week we have wrapped up our focus on Grace-getting something great that you don’t deserve. We have taught our first – fifth graders in The Cove  that God shows us grace,  focusing on the rescuer, Jesus, and that His love for us is unimaginable and unconditional.

Download the family fun God Time here to find out about the lost son.  There is helpful material to start up a discussion on what they learned this week.

August 4A Download

August 4B Download

GOD TIME ~ 08.21.11

On August 21, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

God will always love us more than we can imagine.   We can’t do anything to make God love us more. We can’t do anything to make God love us less.  That was a key teaching in one of Jesus parables. Download the weekly family fun and find out all about what your child learned in The Cove this week. If you are new to Shoreline, The Cove is the Sunday school class for 1st-5th graders.  We meet during all three services. Download the weekly “handout” materials here to find out what we are up to in class. All materials are for download only.  We went GREEN in January in order to save resources.  If you prefer, you can download the same materials through the Parent Cue app available on iTunes or the Android Market.

August 3A Download

August 3B Download

God will always love us more than we can imagine.   We can’t do anything to make God love us more. We can’t do anything to make God love us less.  That was a key teaching in one of Jesus parables. Download the weekly family fun and find out all about what your child learned in The Cove this week. If you are new to Shoreline, The Cove is the Sunday school class for 1st-5th graders.  We meet during all three services. Download the weekly “handout” materials here to find out what we are up to in class. All materials are for download only.  We went GREEN in January in order to save resources.  If you prefer, you can download the same materials through the Parent Cue app available on iTunes or the Android Market.

August 3A Download

August 3B Download

AWANA Fall 2011

On August 19, 2011, in Children's Ministry (Anchor Bay), by Children's Ministry

>>Registration is now open!<<

Awana begins Wednesday, September 14th from 6:30-8 p.m.

>>Registration is now open!<<

Awana begins Wednesday, September 14th from 6:30-8 p.m.

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