KidZone Family Connection

From the Kids' Ministry of First Advent Christian Church

February 2022

Dear Parents,

The second month of 2022 is here- February. One of the most anticipated days of the month for kids is Valentine's Day. Candy is everywhere, and who doesn't enjoy a box of chocolate? But, Valentine's Day can be more than getting and giving candy. Why not use this celebration as an opportunity to learn more about showing the love of God using the Bible as our guide? In this issue, you will find some ways to help kids learn about sharing the love of God with others.

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What's Coming Up? February Wednesday Activities


KidZone & KidZone Jr. Sundays

During February, KidZone Children's Church (ages 6-12) will begin a unit called The New Spirit which focuses on the new birth experience with Christ and the subsequent life as a Christian. KidZone Jr. Children's Church (ages 4 & 5) will begin a unit called Through the Roof. This five-part lesson walks preschoolers through the story of the sick man who was lowered through the ceiling by his friends so that Jesus could heal him. Through the Roof teaches kids about the love and healing power of Jesus and the faith we can have in Him.



Each month, we want to introduce one of our KIDZONE Volunteers. This month, we want you to meet Sheila Dilworth. Sheila is a teacher in KidZone Jr. Children's Church, our preschooler group, and in KidZone Children's Church. She has been married 39 years to her husband Jack. She has one daughter, two-step sons and one step-daughter. Sheila is a customer service representative at Valdese Weavers and plans on retiring this spring. We appreciate Sheila and all the care and love she gives our kids!



Jesus loved people. He loved thieves, prostitutes, tax collectors, diseased people, poor people, children and His followers. He loved people who were devoted to Him and those who were different from Him. He even loved difficult and dangerous people.

And His love is the same today as it was 2,000 years ago.

Because we are loved by Him, we are called to love like Him. The extent to which we love one another validates and communicates our faith (John 13:34-35).

The New Testament contains 54 “one another” passages that teach us how to love. Parents can show their children how to love like Jesus by living out the following “one another” passages.

Forgive one another (Colossians 3:13). The ultimate example of forgiveness was displayed when Jesus hung on the Cross and cried out for those who were crucifying Him: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). We should forgive others even when they don’t deserve it or ask for it. That demonstrates a love that keeps no record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5).

Accept one another (Romans 15:7). To truly love someone, you must avoid trying to change the person for your own purposes. Accepting love is patient and kind, even when someone does not meet your expectations (1 Corinthians 13:4).

Honor one another (Romans 12:10). Honor means to esteem someone as highly valuable. It leads us to treat others as though they are personally autographed by God. When we value others above ourselves, we are emulating the attitude of Christ (Philippians 2:3-5).

But what if the person you are trying to love does not receive it? Loving others isn’t always easy, but a Christlike love means forgiving, accepting and honoring even those who are different and difficult. Our ability to love others comes from God (1 John 4:7). We can only give love when our hearts are full of God’s love. That is the formula. Any other attempt at loving one another simply does not work.

Do your kids know what true, biblical love looks like? The activities and discussions below are designed to help your kids understand and embrace God’s command to “love one another.”

— Ted Cunningham

Source: CUNNINGHAM, TED. “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” Focus on the Family, 18 Oct. 2016, Accessed 4 Feb. 2022.

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Family Memory Verse

John 13:34
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Scripture Study

For a more in-depth look at love, read these Bible passages:

  • Matthew 5:43-48
  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-7
  • Galatians 5:6
  • Ephesians 5:1-2
  • 1 John 3:11-19
  • 1 John 4:7-19

Activities For Preschool-Tweens

Source: CUNNINGHAM, TED. “LOVE ONE ANOTHER.” Focus on the Family, 18 Oct. 2016, Accessed 4 Feb. 2022.


"First Sunday, First Fruits"

Sunday, Feb. 6th, 10am-12pm

211 Lenoir Road

Morganton, NC

The first Sunday and Wednesday of each month, KidZone collects items for our outdoor "Blessing Box Little Food Pantry". Food items with pop-top lids, beef jerky, tissue packets, toothbrushes, gloves, snack crackers, and granola bars are good choices for winter months. If you would like to donate any items, please send them with your child.