I am excited to share with all of you the next study unit for G.R.A.P.E. Express Children’s Worship at 9:30 a.m.
First, though, one piece of news you all should know is that G.R.A.P.E. Express will no longer be leaving from the 9:30 service. Please bring your children to the G.R.A.P.E. Express room in the Bonner Building prior to the start of the service. If your child is part of the Carol Choir, we will make sure they get to choir practice on time.
The Deep Blue crew is currently on their flying ship on their way to Kenya after leaving Guatemala. We had a wonderful time visiting our new friend Carlos and learning about his life and his church. While we were traveling to Kenya, we learned the wonderful story of Jesus’ birth, lit Advent candles, and made beautiful ornaments for our trees at home.
We learned that in Kenya, people speak English and Swahili. We also learned that Kenya’s motto, Harambee (HAH-rahm-bay) means “Let’s all pull together”. A good motto for all of us in the coming year!
The Bible verse for January is from John 6: 14 – Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!
The Bible stories for each week:
January 7 – Matthew 2: 1 – 12 The Visitors from the East
January 14 – Mark 1: 9 – 11 A Voice in the Wilderness
January 21 – Matthew 19: 13 – 15 Jesus and the Children (a personal favorite)
January 28 – John 6: 1 – 15 A Boy’s Lunch
Each week a GPS (Grow. Pray. Study.) guide is published on my blog site (thank you Brooke!). The GPS continues the lesson we learned in Children’s Worship that Sunday. I invite all of you to take a look – it is a great way to continue the conversation with the child/grandchild/young person in your life. I also find it is a good way to review the stories I learned as a child and perhaps learn something new!
The lessons taught at the 11:00 session of G.R.A.P.E. Express are different to accommodate the children who are “double-dippers” – those who attend both sessions. Susan Sanderson does a great job leading that group and found a different curriculum that the kids really like.
There is an organization – ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor) – that works in Kenya and six other countries (Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Malawi, Liberia, India and Guatemala). This program is a three-year empowerment program assisting children to move from extreme poverty to self-sufficiency. After graduating from ZOE’s program, a child will be able to provide food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care, and social support for themselves and their siblings. You can learn more at: www.zoehelps.org and www.umcmission.org
God Reaches All People Everywhere!
Director of Children’s Ministries
“But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” Matthew 19:14
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