4.9.14 Recap

Hello Parents,

Upcoming events:

Spring Retreat  April 25-26. 6th-12th Grade Students. 

  • as you can see the date is underlined and bold because it has changed. The reason for the date change is because I heard your input from Student Ministry Survey that you wanted more service opportunities and for your students to have more contact with adults from KoG. So along with the Spring Retreat students and hopefully YOU will join us Saturday the 26th from 10 - 11:30am to pack food and serve with Kids Against Hunger along side of your student and other students! More information in the Today's KoG eUpdate.

Pickerel Lake Bible Camp

Middle School Camp -  7/27-8/1

High School Camp  6/22 - 6/27

$75 for the week and optional Camp T-Shirt for an extra $10

Attached is Registration Form for BOTH MS & HS Camps

 

Recap

Middle School Foundations

Theme: Jesus Grows Up

Scripture:Luke 2:41-52

Jesus had to grow up. He lived in a normal family that dealt with normal family issues. He knew what it was like to feel different and feel like an outsider. He was bullied, mistreated, and was talked about behind his back. He also had to grow up emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Part of this development happened through faith traditions. His family traveled to Jerusalem every year for the Passover. What faith traditions do you have? Jesus also spent a lot of time reading the Bible. It says that the Scholars in the Temple were amazed with His knowledge. If we want to grow up we too need to spend time in our Bible, in prayer, and in worship. But when we pray we pray to a God who understands the stuff that we go through. When we worship we worship a God who understands joy and pain. When we work we work for a God that understands hard work. What an amazing gift that we can be confident that God understands us!

Questions/Discussion topics to engage your students:

  • What faith traditions do we have?
  • Where are times that we could incorporate more prayer and worship in our lives? (i.e. praying in the shower, singing praises in the car)
  • How does it make you feel to know that God understands you and the things you go through?

 

High School Dig

Theme: Solomon- Get Wisdom

Scripture: 1 Kings 3:1-15 & James 1:5-8

Solomon was King David's Son. He grew up with a father who made some bad decisions in his life, yet David was still a man after God's own heart. David was a prosperous king because he trusted in God and Solomon knew that if he wanted to be a good and prosperous king he too would need God. Solomon truly loved God, but he wasn't to wise and didn't quite know how to show it. Solomon married an Egyptian woman so that there would be peace between Israel and Egypt. Solomon also sacrificed in the high places (places with elevation) to God. These things may seem like good things, but they were acts of disobedience towards God. God's law stated that Solomon was to only marry an Israelite. Also, God's law stated that sacrifices were only to be done in the Tabernacle. Solomon loved God and wanted God to be near to him, but he didn't take God's law to seriously. This is something we probably can relate to. Even though Solomon disobeyed God, God showed Solomon grace and mercy. God saw Solomon's heart and knew that Solomon loved Him. This is the person of God! God knows our heart. In James it promises us that when we draw near to God that God will draw near to us. God responds to our hearts by drawing near to us. One night in a dream God came to Solomon and tells him that he can have anything he asks for. Solomon asks for wisdom and God grants this to him. James 1:5-8 promises us that God will give us wisdom if we ask for it. But when we ask God it can't be a shot in the dark or a "well lets see if this works". God grants wisdom to those who ask Him and trust Him. 

Teenagers need wisdom. How can we grow up to be wise people later in our lives if we don't start now. The amazing thing is that God gives wisdom to all who ask. It doesn't matter what your age is. You can be wise now. When we draw close to God He will draw close to us. Why not now?

Questions/Discussion topics to engage your student

  • When was a time that you casually disobeyed God? What happened?
  • How would you define wisdom?
  • Encourage your students in areas in which you have seen wisdom displayed in their lives.

Grace and Peace,

 

Kyle