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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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