April 27th Update

Good morning!

We have finished our final week in April and there are only two weeks left of King’s Kids on Wednesday nights. What an amazing year as we continue to see kids coming excited and ready to learn from God’s Word. We even had a few new faces last night as our kids coming continue to tell their friends about our Wednesday nights. 

Upcoming Event:
Reminder that our Family event is next Friday night from 6:00 – 8:00 at King of Glory. The final day to sign up is this Sunday. WE will be enjoying some fun tv game show type games as families work as a team through each station. Along with that, families are encouraged to dress up together. It can be as simple as wearing the same shirt, or as creative as coming decked out in a family theme. Have fun with it and come enjoy a fun night at KOG.

Prek/K  room: Last night our young ones talked about obeying God. Diving into John 14:15-17 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper,[a] to be with you forever,17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be[b] in you.” The good news in all of this is that we do not have to do this by our own strength. God also sends us a helper – the Holy Spirit. As our kids continue to learn about the love of God and grow in their love for Him, they will continue to desire to follow His commandments. Working off of last week’s lesson, last night kids learned a few ways in which we can respond to God’s love for us; through prayer, reading God’s word, worshiping Him, caring for one another and growing in community with other believers.   

1st – 5th Grade: Last night was week two of our series on Perseverance. This week, our elementary kids talked about persevering, allowing others witness encourage and strengthen us. Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Our bottom line is: when life gets hard, remember how others persevered. We are not alone in our struggles, sins and pain. There are others who have gone through the same thing or something similar and we can find strength through the witnesses of others seeking to honor God with their lives. Finally the memory verse for last night came from Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust the LORD will receive a new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.” Our God has given us hope and a strength that we can cling on to as we continue to follow Him. 

As we come to our final two weeks, please continue to pray for our kids coming on Wednesday nights. Pray for the hope, joy and peace we have in Jesus encourage them to seek God in their lives. Pray also for one another as you continue to set an example for your children.

If you have any questions or if you would like any information on what is going on in the children ministry here at King of Glory, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

April 20th Update

Good morning!

We are down to our final three weeks after last night! What an amazing year it has been. It is so fun looking back and seeing how kids grow and connect with one another and with the adult leaders here on Wednesday nights. There are plenty of kids who came on the first day shy and unsure of the whole Wednesday night experience. However, as they have continued to come they have opened up and allowed us to get to know their personalities.

Preschool/Kindergarten: This week our little ones went through the first and greatest commandment – To love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength (Mark 12:30). Our kids just finished learning of the greatest love story ever told. That our God would send His one and only Son into this world for us! Jesus would pay for our sins. However, He also rose from the dead, leaving His tomb empty! Our God has conquered our sins for us! Now, we have the opportunity to respond to this great love of our Father. And first and foremost we are called to love God! Believing in Jesus leads us to love Jesus more than anyone or anything, having Him as our priceless treasure. Our kids saw an example of this call to love Jesus through a story of a rich young man in Matthew 19:16-30. Where our Treasure is our heart is also. Our prayer is that our kids begin to see the treasure they have in Jesus!

Our 1st – 5th grade students began a new series “Hanging in Tough: Perseverance”. We start off our series on perseverance with Jesus’ last words before He ascends back to heaven. In Matthew 28:20, we have the huge task Jesus gave His disciples to share His story throughout the world. In Acts 1-2, we discover how Jesus’ sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to help the disciples accomplish that task. The Bottom Line for this week is: When life gets hard, remember God is with you. Because of the Holy Spirit in our lives, God is always with us. No matter what happens, we can continue to persevere because God can give us the strength we need to continue.

As we come close to the end of our year, please continue to be praying for our kids on Wednesday nights. Continue to pray for God’s love and truth to be made known to each of them! And pray for the strength and perseverance it takes to continue to follow Jesus even when times get hard. Finally, pray for one another as you all in the middle of raising these children!

If there are any questions or if you would like any further information on the last three weeks, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Blessings!

Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-256

March 9th Update

Good morning!

I just want to once again praise God for the excitement our kids have about Wednesday nights. We continue to see new faces and hear about kids inviting their friends to join them. Along with that, while there is a lot of enthusiasm and some distracting energy, I have been so encouraged hearing from our small group leaders. Our kids are continuing to have fun while learning and remembering the Word of God.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! After many discussions and ideas we have set dates for our VBS camp this summer. VBS this year will be held August 7 (Sunday) to 11th (Thursday) during the evening hours. We will be doing this years Group VBS titled “Cave Quest”. Along with this, our VBS will look similar to the last year as we continue to seek to reach out past King of Glory. One of the main factors for moving our VBS to August is the hope to have a smooth transition from an outreach of VBS to our weekly Wednesday night King’s Kids next fall. Instead of waiting for 2 months before kids programming begins once again. Along with this, we are starting to plan later this year since we do have a few extra months! If you are interested in being a part of the planning/preparing team for our VBS please let me know!! I am really excited for the opportunities that may present themselves with this years outreach VBS!

This week in the preschool/Kindergarten room, our lessons shifted over to the lead up to Easter week. Throughout this curriculum, a common theme of people, including us, falling short of God’s call has been clear. Along with that, we also learn of an amazing love and example through Jesus Christ. This week we see that Jesus knows what is coming soon. He has told His disciples about the betrayal and what would happen to Him, and yet He continues to be patient and loving as He does not turn away from His mission. Wednesday night, our little ones looked at the story of Jesus praying in Gethsemane. Jesus turns to His Father in heaven and asks for God’s will to be done. At the same time that we see Jesus being strong and faithful, we also see the disciples fall asleep. We know that we are weak but we know that God is strong. As we get ready for this Easter season, our kids will continue to learn about the humble and loving heart that Jesus has for sinners.

In our 1st – 5th grade room we finished our theme of Cooperation. We have gone through working together to;  get God’s work done, help someone else succeed, and to change someone’s life. This week we looked at how working together can point people to Jesus. In our final week, we look at how the Early Church worked together in Acts 2:42-47 to help those who were in need. And when they cooperated, people noticed.  When other people saw all of these different kinds of people working together, they came to know Jesus. Our kids learned that even at a young age, they can too can work together to point others to Jesus. Along with this, our kids got to see an example of how they have already done this together. Awhile back, our kids worked together to fill backpacks for kids in Liberia. Those backpacks have arrived and Pastor Samuel was able to share some pictures with us to show the excitement and joy the kids in Liberia had when they received them. There is a power, strength and success when we work together! Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil”.

As our kids continue to come and learn about truths from Scripture, please be praying for the Word of God to form their thoughts now at a young age. Pray the excitement and energy to continue to come and grow in relationship with each other and with God continues. And pray for one another as you all go through this stage of life together.

If there are any questions about our King’s Kids ministry, or if you would like to know more about what Wednesday nights look like, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Blessings
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

February 24th Update

Good afternoon everyone!

I want to send a huge thank you to all our volunteers and leaders for our Wednesday nights King’s Kids program. It is such a blessing to have so many people here on Wednesdays and last night it was even more obvious for me as I was at home sick. I also know that there are several of you who were or are home sick with your children. Praying for all of you and your health!

Mark your calendars! Friday May 6th we are hosting a family event here at King of Glory! As we continue to get closer to the 6th keep your eyes peeled for more information!! 

Wednesday night recaps:

Pre-Kind – This week in the younger classroom our kids continue to learn about the mission and Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus has come to proclaim His message to all people, revealing that the good news He has is for people of all nations through Faith in Jesus Christ. Looking at the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman (John 4:4-26, 39-42), we see that there was a clear separation from Jew’s and Samaritans that was well know at the time. Still, through the interaction with Jesus and this woman, we learn that Jesus has come to bring salvation for all people. The separation and differences will be put aside. This is great news for us as we hear that God’s salvation is for us as well! Jesus has come to make it possible for us to be sons and daughters of God!

1st-5th Grade: This week our kids had their second week of our Cooperation theme – working together to get more done than we can do alone. This week our kids learned that we can work together to help someone else succeed. Learning from Exodus 17:8-13, we see that Moses even needed help at times. And through the help of Aaron and Hur Moses was able to keep the staff raised up allowing his people to win the war. Often times, I think we forget that it is ok to ask for help. We are not required to be the best or able to do everything alone. Working with others can bring a much great success than trying to do everything on our own. Ecclesiastes 4:9 “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil”. 

As we continue to go through these two curriculum with our kids here at King of Glory, please continue to pray for our kids, our leaders, volunteers, and for one another.

If there are any questions, or if you would like to know more about what we are going through on Wednesday nights please feel free to contact me anytime.

Blessings

Doyle Burnside

doyle@kingofglorysf.org

605-310-2561

February 3rd Update

Good morning!

REMINDER – next week we will not be having our King’s Kids program. There is an Ash Wednesday service starting at 7:00. 

First Communion – Our First Communion process is starting up on Wednesday February 17th and we will be meeting at 5:30 that evening. In the past, we have offered this to our 4th and 5th grade students. We also believe that this is a parent lead decision and if you feel like you and your child are ready you are also invited to join us through this First Communion process.  Our First Communion will be held on March 20th at the 10:15 service. 

Wed. Night Recap

Prek/K – this past Wednesday our kids continued to learn and see Jesus’ ministry grow. The concept of Jesus coming to save sinners is once again the main theme. This week the kids looked at the story of Jesus calling Levi the tax collector. Many of the religious people saw this as a huge mistake. So many times the question had to arise – why wouldn’t Jesus come and befriend the “good” people. Jesus answer to these questions was not expected by many. Luke 5:32 “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Our faith and salvation does not come from our own works and this is a good thing! Jesus has come and offered salvation to us! 

1st-5th – Wednesday night was the final night of our theme of self-control. This final week we looked at Proverbs 4:23. The bottom line is to use God’s words to guide our thoughts. We then looked back at the different verses and lessons from this series.  God can give us the power to control yourself, pause before you lose your temper, select your words carefully, and know when to stop. Each of these lessons are one way we can allow God’s word to guide us as we continue to grow and learn! Now as we move on to our new series, our kids will begin to see that when we work together we can do more than when we work alone!  

Blessings,

Doyle Burnside

doyle@kingofglorysf.org

605-310-2561

January 27th Update

Greetings,

I want to start off with a quick update. Wednesday February 10th, we will not be having our King’s Kids program. This is Ash Wednesday and we are encouraging our families to attend our service starting at 7:00 p.m. We will be meeting next Wednesday and will continue throughout the lent season starting back on February 17th.

Last night was once again filled with energy and excitement! Things have seemed to smooth out with our changes that took place at the beginning of this new year. While our Prek/Kind room continued on in their curriculum, our 1st -5th grade students began a new curriculum.

Prek/Kind room last night continued to go through the life of Jesus. They have learned about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, and last week went through the call of the 12 disciples. Seeing Jesus continue to show He has come to be our Savior. This week was no different. While there were plenty of people who did not understand or believe Jesus’ teaching that He was God’s anointed Son, Jesus showed them through His miracles. Jesus showed the awesome power of God through His many miracles.  Through healing, feeding thousands, and showing power of the spiritual world. Last night our kids went through the story of Jesus healing the paralytic. While many expected Jesus to simply heal His physical disability, Jesus also showed the power of the soul, emphasizing the bigger problem for the man – his sin. Jesus came to forgive sinners, which included you and I! What an awesome story of a healing both physically and of one man’s soul.

In 1st- 5th grade, our kids continued in the series of self-control. This week the lesson was Just Hit Stop. Proverbs 25:16 “If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.” This is a pretty detailed but simple verse to understand. Honey is not a bad thing, but you need to know when to stop eating. This is also true of so many other things we fill our stomach, our time and energy with. Video games, food, sports, activities.. these are all good things. However, if we put all of our time and energy on one of these things it can become a problem. We all know that if we overeat we will not feel great. Sometimes things that we spend too much time on are not as obvious. However, the bottom line for this week is Know When to Hit Stop! We all have a struggle with self-control at times, but as we continue to practice self-control, the struggle becomes easier.

As we continue to work through these two different curriculums, if there are any questions about our children’s ministry program, or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact me any time!

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

January 6, 2016

Greetings!

It is hard to believe the new year is already here! With the new year there were also plenty of new changes during our first King's Kids last night. We started providing a meal at King of Glory for our kids coming to our Wednesday night programming. We had several new faces last night and it was so fun to get back into the Wednesday night routine. Once 6:45 came around there was also plenty of new changes for both the preschool/Kindergarten class and 1st-5th grade room as well. 

In prek/kindergarten room the opening session looked different to start this year. Kids will be meeting in their room to start and will be having the whole hour on their own as the do worship, story time, and small groups together. While this is a change for them, they are continuing to dive into the redemption story of God's Word. Before break, the younger kids were going through the birth of Jesus and the importance of that amazing event! Last night they moved into the beginning of Jesus' ministry. They looked at the story of John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus, proclaiming the one to come. Then they dove into the start of Jesus' teachings in Luke 4:14-21. Jesus is the one who has come to save us from our sins! He is the good news that the people have been waiting for. As the prek/kind kids continue to look into the life of Jesus and what He came to do, please continue to pray that they would see this great love story unfold. That God has sent His son into the world for us! 

1st-5th grade - Last night we started a new curriculum for the older kids on Wed. nights. This is curriculum is called 252 Basics and is set up in series of 3-5 weeks. Each week in a series will revolve around one main theme. The start of this year is surrounded on the theme of Powering Up Self Control. Week 1 we looked at Proverbs 25:28 “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls”. In ancient times, the city without walls was exposed to harsh elements and cities that could conquer them. When we talk about protecting ourselves, a lack of self-control exposes us to danger. Our Bottom Line for last night was: God can give you the power to control yourself. There are so many distractions in our lives today, and we want kids to start the month realizing they can lean into God’s power to help them demonstrate self-control. The next four weeks we will be looking at different situations and ways that can help us learn and grow when it comes to self-control. 

If there are any questions, if you would like to know more about what is going on during Wednesday nights, or if you would like to know more about how you can be involved, please contact me anytime!

Doyle Burnside
Family Ministry Coordinator
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

September 23, 2015

Greetings,

To start off, I want to start by praising God for the continual growth of our King's Kids program. Last night we had 42 children and 14 middle school students here! What an awesome experience as we continue to grow in a multi-cultural program. Here are a few example of the excitement:
"I was overjoyed with seeing how excited the kids were to gather with their small groups!  One little girl said "yes!!!!" when it was time to break up into groups.  What a great opportunity for them to grow spiritually!  We have awesome small group leaders and the kids already seem to have connected well!
I also saw the excitement on one boy's face as he approached me to show how many punches he already had for memory work!  It's not just a completed assignment for which we can be proud of.  It's knowledge that will be forever stored in their memory banks and will go with them through their lives.  It maybe something that helps get that individual through a really rough time.  Or maybe it will be something that they share with someone else someday.  That has eternal rewards!  Yeah!"
"One of the younger girls in my small group was so excited to open up her bible and search for the passage we were going through. It was so fun teaching her what the "big" and "small" numbers in the bible represented."

Last night, your students went through the story of creation. The first point brought us to the understanding that God is the Sovereign Ruler of all of creation. It is through Him and because of Him that there is life here on earth. Then, we see the special relationship God intended for us as humans to experience with Him. We are set apart from all other creation because God made us in His image! What an amazing truth that shows us that we are valued! As a response, we are now called to love, trust, and obey God - the creator of all! As we continue to move through the redemption story of scripture, our students will see this value and love God has for us continue to be reveled through the stories and promises of scripture.

I ask that you would go to prayer for 3 things. First, pray for our volunteers who are here to be an example and light for the children on Wednesday nights. Ask God for the continued strength, leadership, energy, and love of God to be present in them as they give up their time and energy! Second, pray for your children who are learning so much. Pray that they would continue to grow in maturity and knowledge of our Creator, Lord, and Savior. Finally, pray for one another as parents as you go through this journey of parenthood together. Pray that God would strengthen you as parents and give you the tools to walk alongside your children in the journey of faith. 

If there are any questions or if you would like more information on what is going on during our King's Kids, feel free to contact me through email or phone!

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
doyle@kingofglorysf.org
605-310-2561

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