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 30, 2015

Greetings,

Last night we once again grew in number to a total of 46 in the children's ministry and 16 middle school students! What a blessing to continue seeing the excitement and growth happening here at King of Glory.

Last night, our students went through "The Fall". Being reminded that we were created in God's image to trust and obey in Him. However, there was a crafty serpent who entered the garden and convinced Adam and Eve that God had lied to them and tried to keep something good from them. "6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate." (Genesis 3:6). As a result of their actions, life as they knew it was changed. Verse 7 says their eyes were opened. Sin came in and created an instant change in the lives of Adam and Eve. Once God returned, we see that there is a further punishment for their disobedience. We see that sin eventually leads to death.
The good news for us is that this story doesn't end here! The mystery continues. As we continue on in King's Kids, we will see that God has a plan to fix the problem we have created for ourselves. We will continue to see the redemptive work of God as we go through the Old Testament leading up to Jesus Christ! 

As your students continue to grow and learn the work and plan that God has for them, I would ask that you would continue to pray for them! Pray that God's Word would continue to soak into their life as the grow in the depth and knowledge of who God is and what God has done for us! Please also pray for our volunteers that are giving their time to teach and walk alongside your students during Wednesday nights. And finally, continue to pray for one another as you go through parenthood together. Pray for wisdom, strength and patience as you are the examples your children look up to.

If there are any questions, if you would like to know more about what is going on Wednesday nights, or if you would like to come join the volunteer team please feel free to contact me through email or phone. 

Blessings,
Doyle Burnside
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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April 17, 2015

 

Good Morning,

What a blessing to have 7 International Outreach Ministries children join us last night at King's Kids!  The volume for singing praise songs increased a notch!  Incorporated into the evening was some community building games with the purpose of building relationships with our new friends.

Our lesson last night was about the reconciliation of Peter as Jesus makes breakfast by the sea for his disciples.  Scripture passage was John 21:1-19 and John 13:37-38.  This is a powerful lesson for children to know that we all sin.  But because of what Jesus did for us on the cross, He seeks us out.  And when we come to him with our "wrong stuff", he restores us to Himself and we are righteous in His sight!  

The countdown to Shine Kid's Camp has begun.  Those children registered in the month of April will receive a cd of this year's Go Fish songs.  Volunteers are also encouraged to sign up.  Our decorating team has put up a registration table, so you can now either register or sign up to volunteer online or by filling out one of the forms at the table.

As we wind down the year, please be sure to thank our amazing children's volunteers who so faithfully shine Jesus light each week!

In His Name,
Julie

"You are the light of the world, like a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.  Don't hide your light under a basket!  Instead put in on a stand and let it shine for all!"  Matthew 5:14-15
 

January 29, 2015

We started last night with a few technical difficulties.  Always a learning curve with new equipment and new surroundings.  But is was fun to see the excitement on the children's faces as they came to our new home! Laurie introduced two fun activities during large group time regarding folding paper and all the kids forming a chain, locking arms and traveling around the room with someone always having to be touching the wall!  Such great team work and lots of laughter!  Our lesson was about the Mighty Power of our God and our need to stay connected to Him who is our power source.

Here are a few reminders as we move into a new location and other important news:

       1.  CHILD SAFETY:  The Children's Ministry team and our Volunteer Leaders want to provide a safe and secure environment for the children who attend Kid's Worship and King's Kids.  With the move and to improve on safety matters, we are reminding parents of a few details on check-in/out procedures as well as implementing a few new things.  I know most of you feel safe as we all know each other, however, we are expecting God to grow our family with new faces and we want to be prepared for visiting parents to know that their children are safe and secure as well. 

  •   King's Kids - Parents are required to check-in their child each evening before the child can enter the multipurpose room (the check in table will be in the gathering area by multipurpose entrance).  We will begin staffing the check-in/out table 15 minutes prior to start and end of our evening to assist with any needs.  When you come to check out your child, you will be told where to pick up at. (This may very from time to time and different small groups may end in different places than we start).  Children will not be allowed to leave their small group till a parent (or designated person) comes to get the child.
  • Kid's Worship - Right now this will remain the same with children beginning at service and then escorted to Kid's Worship (in student ministries room) and then brought back after the sermon to parents.  There will be changes coming next Fall to improve on safety as growth occurs.
  • Nursery - On Sunday mornings we will have a new check-in/out system in the Nursery Room.  Parents will need to fill out a form, peel and put info on child's back.  They will take the other part of the form with them which will have coordinating # to bring back to Nursery volunteer when ready to check out.

        2.  King's Kids and Lent:

  • There will be no King's Kids on Ash Wednesday, February 18.  There will be King's Kids during lent beginning on Wednesday, February 25.  We will meet in the Adult Classroom for the next 5 weeks ending March 25.  We will be serving Pizza meal during Lent to make it easy for families to attend Lenten activities.  A sign-up for meal will be on the Sunday connection card and on-line soon.

       3.  1st Communion Reminder:  1st class for child and parent(s) is Wed., February 4 at 5:45pm.
       4.  Go4Gold Family Event - The sign-up for this is on the church website and connection card beginning this Sunday.  Hope you all can join us for this great fellowship opportunity!
       5.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 - Dates are set for May 31 through June 4, 2015!  This is always a favorite for kids and adults alike.  If you would like to join the fun in planning and preparing this year's VBS, please let myself or Sarah Marohl know.
       6.  I AM VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that Sarah Marohl has agreed to serve as our Children's Ministry Leader!  With the New Organizational Structure approved by congregation, you will be hearing more about her role soon.  Sarah has a passion for children and her strong faith, leadership skills and desire to partner with parents and the staff is sure to make a great impact for Kingdom work at King of Glory!  I can't wait to work with her, the children's ministry team, and parents in 2015!

WOW!  Lots going on!  Exciting times!  All for God's Glory!
Julie

     
    "To the King of Kings, immortal, invisible, the only God, be all glory and honor forever and ever!" 
    1 Timothy 1:17

    January 22, 2015

    Last night was the last night at the Seminary!  I know the children are excited to be in their new surroundings because when I asked them if they remembered any news I gave them last week, it was the first thing they said.  So if you happen to start driving to the Seminary next Wednesday, I am assured that your children will tell you that you are going the wrong way!  We will be doing some light housecleaning this coming Saturday.  We also need to get a start at putting together the Nursery, which will mean some cleaning of toys.  If you have a few hours beginning at 8am, please join us.  You will get the first opportunity to see our new home! 

    We introduced the 10 commandment song last night.  It won't be long before you will hear them singing or humming the tune at home.  I pray you will take this opportunity to teach the commandments to your children.  We can do it for you, but it is proven that if the teaching is done by you and reinforced by the church, it will leave a much greater impact on their lives.  If you did not get a copy of the handout resource for teaching the commandments, they will be available at the check-in table.

    1ST COMMUNION REMINDER:  The first instruction class for 1st communion will be Wed., February 4.  This session is for any 4th or 5th grade student upon parental discretion.  If you have a younger child who you feel is ready, or an older child who has not received 1st communion yet, please speak with Pastor Rich.  It is required that a parent(s), or guardian, be at the session with the student as they will receive homework to complete before the last instruction session on February 25.  The 1st Communion Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015.  Let me know if you have any questions.

    Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Go4Gold Family event to be held on Friday evening, February 27th, from 6-8pm.  There will be a sign-up on the Sunday connection card coming soon!

    See you soon at our New Home!
    Julie

    January 14, 2015

    It was so good to be back for King's Kids last night!  We have just one more week at the SF Seminary and then we will be in our new home at the "Lumberyard" on Wed., January 28.  Lots of cleaning and unpacking of kid's supplies, etc. to be done.  I ask for patience in the weeks ahead as we settle in and make adjustments to create the best experience for our King's Kids!  Also pray for our King's Kids and Kid's Worship leaders as they make the changes and adjust to new surroundings.  We have a great team of volunteers who love the Lord and desire to know, love and care for the children who attend.

    As we move into the 2nd half of our year of King's Kids, we will be turning our focus to partnering with you in helping your children learn the 10 commandments.  We will be singing a song of the commandments.  In the beginning of the year, you received a hand-out for you to use with your children.  If you did not receive one or would like another copy, I will have them available next week at the check-in table.  I pray you will use this opportunity to teach your children the commandments and their meaning, as we assist with learning in song each week to reinforce what you are doing at home.  The children will earn punches and a gift for those who complete this goal.

    Mark your calendars for Friday, February 27 for a great night of fun, friendly competition, and food for the entire family at the Go4Gold Event at the new facility.  You will be hearing more details and have the opportunity to sign-up in the weeks ahead.

    My God fill your home with His Love, Wisdom, and Peace this week!
    Julie

    October 22 update

    Last night we sang songs that we will be singing at Lifescape (Children's Care Hospital) on Serve Sunday, November 2.  If your family has not signed up for a service project, please consider joining us at Lifescape for singing and then at Southridge Nursing Home for playing cards and games with the residents.  It is going to be a fun morning and a wonderful opportunity for you to serve with your children!

    We continued last night learning about people from the OT who worked willingly for the Lord.  Joseph found favor with God in all his situations, from being thrown in a well by his brothers, sold into slavery and prison, to interpreting the king's dreams.  His faith and working hard in all situations was a testimony for us of God's provision and care for His children. 

    Keep encouraging your children to memorize the weekly scripture verses.  Children have the capacity for great faith and soaking up scripture.  I was reminded of that as I listened to a 3 year old rattle off 4 verses from memory last night!  Pure Joy!

    Also, I want to remind you and encourage you to be working with your children on the 10 Commandments.  We will begin using a song, probably in the new year, to help you in this process.  Please use the 10 Commandment sheet sent home at the parent orientation session and if you need another copy,  just let me know.

    Please remember to thank the Children's Ministry volunteers who are leading and working with your children.  They will be attending a training session this Sunday called, "Building Relationships with Children".   We are blessed with wonderful leaders who love God and desire to show His love to your children.  Please keep them in your prayers.

    Onward,

    Julie

     

    October 15 weekly update

    It was great to be back together last night at King's Kids!  There were many smiles, joyous singing, and children engaged in activities around our new Bible Verse, "Work willingly at whatever you do", Colossians 3:23.  The Children will spend the next few weeks learning that they honor God with the work they do, such as school, chores, singing, playing with their friends, obeying their parents, and serving others.

    As our Large Group Leader, Eldrid, told the kids; How cool is it that we are studying this theme in light of our upcoming Serve Sunday, November 2nd!  I invited the kids to talk to their parents about a great opportunity for them to join me in going to "Lifescape (formerly Children's Care Hospital) and to Southridge Nursing Home" on Serve Sunday.  We will be singing songs for the children at the CCH and playing games with the residents at Southridge!  Please consider signing up and joining me for this great opportunity for our children.  There is room for about 12 to 15.  Also needed will be a few adults to help me with driving and participating along with the kids.  You can sign up the next 2 Sundays near the welcome table.

    Also, a reminder that if you have a 4th and 5th grade child to talk to them about their desire to be part of our December 14th UnFrozen Christmas Event.  If they would be willing to have a speaking part, please contact me as soon as possible as those spots are being filled.

    I hope we will see you this Sunday at the KOG Fall Festival at the Steve and Kit Tornberg Farm!!  It is going to be a wonderful evening filled with inflatables for the kids, riding horses, games, a craft and live music!

    God desires for you and your family to put Him first in all things!  Jeremiah 29:13, "You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.".

    In Christ's Love,

    Julie