Children's Ministry Spring 2012 Newsletter
News, information and inspiration for parents at Calvary Church, Grand Rapids.
ContaCt information Calvary Church: 956-9377 Joel Shank Pastoral Representative ext. 5194 email@example.com Brian nix Assistant Pastor, Elementary Facilitator ext. 5053 firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Barry LUMIN8 Co-Director email@example.com valerie Bierlein LUMIN8 Co-Director firstname.lastname@example.org Carla Boon-Julien Administrative Assistant ext. 5067 email@example.com Sara tibbe Curriculum Facilitator ext. 5073 firstname.lastname@example.org Heidi Storms Nursery & Preschool Facilitator ext. 5161 email@example.com Ministry Times Sunday: 8:10am 9:40am 11:15am 6:00pm Birth to 4-years Birth to 4th Grade Birth to 4th Grade Birth to 5-years WedneSday (September-May): 6:00pm 6:30pm Lumin8 Choir Practice 4-years to 6th Grade WOW 3-years to 4th Grade calvary church spring 2012 newsleTTer Glocal Impact Days Thinking Globally | Acting Locally "Glocal" is a term that means having a ministry heart that is both global and local in concept and practice. So how do we live out this ministry heart desire? Join us for Calvary's Glocal Impact Days to learn! Children will be able to participate with their parents in either of these events. Sunday evening april 15 6:00pm A special (and shorter than usual) service at 6:00pm will be followed by interactive stations around the church focusing on international people groups living in Grand Rapids. Kids and adults will come away with a greater awareness of what really makes up our local area. The evening will end with ice cream for everyone in the Fellowship Hall. Saturday, april 28 8:00am to 4:00pm Calvary families will gather together in one location to participate in one project together with Habitat for Humanity. There are jobs for all ages and abilities: construction, painting, preparing and serving snacks and lunch, as well as projects for children ages 14 and under in a special children's area (which will also need adult helpers). All will take place in one giant warehouse. Sign-ups for April 28 (Glocal Impact Saturday) are already taking place each Sunday in the Calvary Caf�. To get more information or sign up, contact Chris DeHaan in our Missions and Outreach department (cdehaan@ calvarygr.org) at 956-9377, ext. 5022. Upcoming Family Services April 8 and May 27 will be family services. Nursery is available; children preschool age and older are encouraged to attend the service with their family (activity boxes are available at the desk near Entrance N). If needed, room 254 is open for children ages three through five. Palm Sunday Celebration palm Sunday, april 1 | 9:40 and 11:15am Join us as we celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter in Sunday School: � Two-year-olds will make a palm branch craft. � Preschoolers will have a palm parade through the sanctuary. � Elementary classes will experience the Easter story presented through drama in an extended large group time. Heaven's Heroes Volume 4 of Children's Ministry's "Heaven's Heroes" will be available to all families beginning march 7. These CDs contain audio stories of heroes of the Christian faith (such as Fanny Crosby, C.S. Lewis and Amy Carmichael) that will inspire and encourage your family in your walk with Christ. Volumes 1-3 are also being offered. This year's CD is available free for children in our WOW Elementary program on Wednesday nights, or for a suggested donation of $2.00 in our church library on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights, and also at the Media Desk on Sunday mornings. CSI 2012: Save the Date Exciting speakers, teachers, labs and activities are being planned for CSI 2012! Kids five years old (by December 1, 2011) through fourth grade are invited to come and learn about God's amazing creation as we discover mind-blowing details about this year's themes � Rock'n Reptiles, Chemical Reactions, and the Human Machine. Start thinking now what friends you will invite, and mark your calendar for June 12-14, 9:30am-12:00pm. csi serving opportunities Now is the time to sign up to serve at CSI 2011! If you have been part of the CSI team in the past, you know what a blast it is, and the impact it can have on kids for eternity. If you have never volunteered for CSI, why not consider it this year? CSI is June 12-14, 9:30am-12:00pm. Register online at (calvarygr.org). Any questions contact Zoe Carmichael (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 822-8896. LUmin8 Spring Recital Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 13, at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary and plan to attend our children's choir, LUMIN8 Spring Recital which will include Child Dedication song, a performance of the James Chapter 3 memorization. Professionally pre-recorded CDs will also be available for purchase that night - Don't miss it, and invite some friends to join you! Join us in the Fellowship hall for a reception afterwards. Daylight Savings! Daylight Savings Time begins March 11. Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour ahead! RESEARCH INSIGHTS � 16%ofparentsofchildrenunderage18 reportnevertalkingtotheirkidsabout usingmoneywisely.(Visa) � 54%ofparentssaytheyhaven'tdiscusseddifferencebetween"needs"and "wants." (CapitalOne) Handling money wisely is one way to worship God, the giver of all good things. � Morethan2,000Bibleversesaddressthe topicofmoney,andabout30%ofJesus' parablesareaboutmoneyorstewardship. (ChristianPost.com) TEACHABLE MOMENTS 1. Little Givers--Discusshowyousetaside aportionofyourfamily'searningstogive backtoGod.Thenshowhowtoearmarka portionoftheirallowancetochurch. 2. Learn on the Go--Turnshoppinginto lessons.Givechildrenshoppinglistsand showthemhowtohuntforbargains andusecoupons.Lettheminteractwith cashiersandcountchange. 3. Be the Change--Together,choosea charitytosupportthroughmoneyand prayer.Encouragefamilymembersto collectchangeortogowithoutspecial treatsforaperiodoftime.Convertthe changeintoamoneyordermadeoutto yourcharity.Ifpossible,hand-deliverthe donation. Instill Lessons About Stewardship Christian stewardship is about more than just pledging donations or placing money in an offering plate. A steward manages resources, ncluding time, talent, and money. Because God has given us so many blessings, we respond by using them wisely and also sharing them with others. Children observe their parents' financial habits and learn about the role of money at a young age. So it's important to model appropriate attitudes about saving, spending, and giving. When we're honest about everything from our daily transactions to our yearly taxes, we demonstrate how to be trustworthy. And when we contribute to church, charities, and neighbors in need, we teach the joy of being generous while assisting other people. Experts recommend using an allowance system that works for your family so children can save for the future, spend money on desired items, and donate a portion of their earnings. Such habits can set the foundation for a lifetime of financial stability as well as God-honoring stewardship. Begin a conversation about stewardship by asking these questions: 1) Why does God give us money and talents? What does he want us to do with these things, and why? 2) How do you decide how much of your money to spend, save, or give away? 3) How can you handle money wisely without honoring it too much? poWerSourCe aSK god: To guide you to be examples of Christian stewardship in your home & community. To help your children be faithful and trustworthy with the resources God provides. To enable you to give willingly & cheerfully. March 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday 4 5 6 Wenesday 1 Thursday 2 Friday Saturday 3 Veggie Tales Movie Matinee 10 Parenting Insights cHiLD DeDication: At our Child Dedication services, extended family members and friends have the opportunity to show support as parents commit their children to the Lord. Our next Child Dedication is May 7; to participate, contact email@example.com at ext. 5067 by April 30. 7 Heavens Heroes CD 14 8 9 11 Daylight Savings Time Begins! 18 12 13 15 16 17 March Madness Event: Families Welcome! 19 20 21 22 23 24 LUMIN8 CD Recording 31 25 26 27 28 29 30 april 2012 Sunday Monday Tuesday 1 PALM SUNDAY Celebration @9:40 & 11:15am 8 EASTER Family Services 15 Glocal Impact Sunday 22 2 3 9 10 11 Wenesday 4 Spring Break: No WOW or LUMIN8 Thursday 5 MAUNDY THURSDAY Friday 6 GOOD FRIDAY HOLIDAY: Church Saturday 7 Offices Closed DivoRce caRe FoR KiDS: On Tuesday, May 1, from 6:308:30pm, the 13-week DivorceCare for Kids ministry for elementary age children begins. DC4K provides a safe, neutral, fun place where children learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, improve their self esteem, develop coping skills, and are introduced to biblical concepts that bring comfort. A typical evening is filled with activities, discussions, journaling, music, a story, and video dramas. The cost is $15 per child. Scholarships are available. Childcare will be provided for children birth through preschool. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at ext. 3618 to register. *Please note that DC4K is designed to run alongside of DivorceCare for adults; the topics covered in DC4K correlate with those discussed in the adult sessions. 12 13 14 16 17 18 WOW Global Missions Night 25 19 20 21 23 24 26 27 28 Glocal Impact Saturday 29 All Church Food Drive 30 May 2012 Sunday Monday 6 Child Dedication 13 MOTHER'S DAY LUMIN8 Spring Recital 20 7 8 Tuesday 2 Wenesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 1 DC4K Begins 9 Last Night of WOW 16 10 11 12 14 15 17 18 19 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Family Services 28 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY: Church 29 30 31 Calvary Church 707 East Beltline NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 956-9377 | calvarygr.org Offices Closed