Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkinland Pics

What a great turnout we had this year at Pumpkinland! Thanks to all who came!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bible Information

We were asked this week by a couple of parents to recommend a Bible for their son/daughter to bring to Kidz Klub. So we came up with some thoughts!

One thing that we like to encourage our kids to do is to begin the habit of bringing a Bible to Kidz Kore and Kidz Klub. Sylvia Holtrop, our 4th and 5th grade teacher, encourages the kids to bring their Bibles because it is our "text" book. Just like we bring our school text books we need to bring our church text book.

We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, through the words of human authors. We believe that the Bible was verbally inspired, without error in the original writings. It is the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires and trusted in all that it promises and as we teach our children we seek to refer to it as often as possible.

For Each lesson, our teachers will turn to the Bible to demonstrate that the words that are being taught come directly from the text book. If the children can turn to their Bibles and see the same words it becomes even more powerful.

We would encourage children as early as the Kindergarten age to begin bringing their Bibles. If children in preschool would like to bring a Bible that is great too. We realize that in the K-1st grade ages that they may not be able to read from them but it does begin to establish the habit of bringing them. Here are a list of some great Bibles that could be purchased.

These examples are by no means all-inclusive - they are just some we have used with our kids or seen in person. And even a small "Gideon" Bible is not a bad option - just something so they can get in the habit of using it in their classes. With our kids, we have found that if we can find a Bible that "catches their eye" they are more willing to look through it and read it. But any Bible can be tricky for our Kindergartners and 1st and 2nd Graders to read - so at that age - any attempt is good.

Encouragement for Sons

This video is quite a great look at a new book out. We wanted to make you aware of it as it looks very helpful for those of us with boys to raise!

AND if you are interested in the book - it is available in Nook, Kindle and Ibook format for $1.99 until October 15. We have not read it yet - but it does look good.

(This copy is regular price - but I wanted to link it anyway here. Just make sure if you want the ebook format for $1.99 that you click on the link above.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kidz Klub Reading

One of the things we are encouraging the kids to do this year in Kidz Klub is to read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. When they read it (or have it read to them) they get extra stickers on their sheets. BUT we don't want it to stop there - if they do read that wonderful book - we have some others that they can continue on and read as well - ALL super for talking about "The Way of the Wise and The Way of the Foolish" - our theme for this year. So encourage them to keep reading with any of these titles - and if they do, be sure and let us know so we can give them extra stickers!!

The Dangerous Journey by Oliver Hunkin

Hind's Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard