What's Happening in the KidZone?

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Calendaring this morning!

By Allison Rattenborg

Mama of 3, wife, friend, church leader, Jesus follower....and it's almost May! You know that that means?! The calendar is doubly filling up with end of the year parties and concerts and meetings and fun! As I sit here with my coffee and google calendar, I am thankful for my full life. I know your calendar is doing the same.

So while this is a fun and exhausting ride, where do we find peace? We find it with Jesus. I have been working hard to spend more time in God's word, and I am finding that his power and his love for me have been a huge comfort and source of hope when I am feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or inadequate.

He's waiting to spend time with you too. Despite the crazy busy schedule, plan some time with him. Don't know where to start? A good place to start is the scriptures your kiddos are learning this week, so that you can talk with them about it. (See below)

God's word will rule, and He will make it all work for you in the ways that He knows best. Trust His will. And, don't forget to add him to your calendar!

Allison Rattenborg loves supporting and cheering for families and bringing them closer to Jesus. She currently serves as the Director of Children's Ministry for Northminster Presbyterian Church, Peoria, IL. She loves Jesus, her awesome husband Ryan, her three kiddos, and her incredible friends. Oh, and coffee, dark chocolate, sunshine, giggles, and dreaming big!

Speaking of calendars....

Save the Dates!

April 27 ~ Last Wednesday night meal and Kids in the Zone

May 1 ~ Kindergarten Kid Group Orientation (Kiddos that will be moving up to Kindergarten next year are invited to come to K/1 Kid Groups with their parents to experience what it will be like next year. More info coming....)

May 6 ~ Joyful Noise Musical @ 7p ~ Sanctuary

May 11 ~ Paint and Prep for VBS ~ 9a-noon

May 15 ~ Last Kid Groups for school year

May 22 ~ Celebration Sunday (1 Service ~ Celebrating Capital Campaign) ~ Family worship

May 29 - Sept 4 ~ Summer Worship Schedule (9a and 10:30a) ~ Worship Zone offered after the children's message at both services

June 13-17 ~ Northminster Vacation Bible School ~ Cave Quest ~ 9a-12:15p (register your kiddos or to volunteer below)

Collecting Stories...

On Palm Sunday, kiddos were given a bag of plastic eggs and asked to "egg" a neighbor or friend to share the love of Christ. We would love to know your story! If your family was able to take part in this fun discipleship opportunity, please email Allison with your story @ allisonr@northminster.us.

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Kids, teens, and adults...Grow & Share Jesus' love!

Northminster Presents Cave Quest VBS ~ June 13-17, 2016 We want to share the love of Christ to kiddos, teens, and adults! Register your kids to the experience and/or yourself to make a difference in the life of a child!

April Preschool Kid Groups

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This Sunday in Preschool Kid Group...

ACTS 2:42-47 More and more people start following Jesus. Everyone shares what they have so that no one in the church goes without what they need.Preschoolers will be learning about how God asked Paul to love him and love his neighbors.

Family Challenge during car time: When you get in the car, talk with your child about where you are going and the people you will see. Brainstorm ways you can love the people where you are going so you’re ready when you get out of the car. Grocery store? A big smile and “have a nice day” works. Getting a haircut? Sitting still and saying “thank you” are great ways to show some love. Play date with friends? Sharing and giving a hug or a high five are always good ideas.

Preschool April Preview Video (Click Here)

Watch Sunny preview the ideas behind the activities and stories told in the theme "My Neighborhood". Preschoolers will learn to say "I can love God and love people."

April K-5 Kid Groups

K-5 April Preview Video (Click here)

In this preview video, we’ll learn how we can look to God for PERSEVERANCE through hard times.

Northminster KidZone

We are a team of adults and youth who love Jesus and can't wait to share his love with your kids and your family! We know that our time is limited to 40+ hours a year with the kiddos, but, as parents, your time with your kids is over 3000 hours/year. You have the most significant influence as parents! We want to partner with you, so our kids can see Jesus in the everyday stuff, not just on Sundays!