We are excited you have come to be a part of our gathering, and are thankful you've invited us into your lives. We know the online community is another facet of what God is doing in the midst of us each week. We pray that what happens in your heart as you engage with us online translates into "off-line" conversations you have with the people in your life this week, as you share with them what God is doing in you.
You don’t have to do this alone! Our heart is to encourage you to connect with others and explore together ways God wants to work in and through you. Consider inviting others in your world - friends, family, neighbors - to share this time with you.
No matter where you are, or where you're coming from, know that we're praying for you — that Christ, by his Spirit, would draw you into a place of dependence on his Life and availability to his leading, to the glory of the Father.
Worship with us in Early Childhood this week by watching the large group video below, then use the conversation starters to help you connect the main idea from the Bible story with your child's everyday life. These questions are designed to help you share your faith with your child, and hear how your child is thinking about God and Jesus.
In our next episode of Super Kids, our Host Lezlie is a little worried about the fact that it has been a long time since she has played baseball, and she doesn't know if she will remember everything about how to play the game. Fortunately, Kara, our Storyteller, tells us the story of Gideon and how God knew the best way to defeat the Midianites, a big and strong army that wanted to take over Israel where God's people lived. Gideon listened to God and followed his advice even though it sounded a little weird. He trusted that because God knew everything, he would help Gideon be brave. Gideon's small army won—just like God promised they would. After hearing Kara's story, Lezlie realizes that God can help her be brave as she heads out to play baseball. Guess what? God can help you be brave, too.
Older 3's & Up
For PARENT and KID: Imagine being in charge of an army. What some things you would have to do?
For PARENT: Share a time when you didn't know what to do next, but God helped you.
For KID: What are some things you don't know but you know God does?
TOGETHER: When we don't know what to do next, let's stop and ask God to help us.
BATH TIME: Line up some bath toys around the edge of the bath and pretend to be Gideon with your trumpet, torch, and jar. Shout like God told Gideon and then knock the toys in the water, pretending they are the scared Midianites.
CUDDLE TIME: As you rock before bed, talk to your BT Lil' Kid about all of the things God knew about him/her before he/she was born. Remind your little one that God made us to know him and love him so we can be brave.