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Parents In Touch - Kids Edition
Hope your week has started off with a bang!!

Hey <<First Name>>!
It is an exciting day around the Park and I hope that you feel the same way.  There is so much going well here and I hope this email becomes a way for us to celebrate all that God is doing.  Also, I hope this email will also make our ministry better.  Before I get too long winded, see if the next few statements ring true.


You Know You Have Turned into a Mom when...
...you are out for a nice romantic meal with your husband, enjoying some real adult conversation, when suddenly you realize that you've reached over and started to cut up his steak!
...you actually start to like the smell of strained carrots mixed with applesauce.

Some Things Dads Will Never Say...
...Well, how 'bout that?... I'm lost! Looks like we'll have to stop and ask for directions.
...Well, I don't know what's wrong with your car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies -- you know -- that makes it run or something. Just have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.


Now on with the email...
 
SUNDAY MORNING WITH YOUR KIDS
 
Sunday morning is one of two primary, weekly opportunities that our church offers to you and your family.  While there are many other times for us to be together, Sunday morning is the main event for teaching and worship.  We meet every Sunday at 9:30 AM for an hour of activities, Bible teaching, worship, and fun.  I hope that you make it a priority in your child's schedule each week. 

Our Sunday School efforts revolve around two basic concepts:

Preschool Ministry Concept:

First Look (www.myfirstlook.com) is the name of the curriculum we use for our Sunday morning focus for preschool children and it uses several key strategies:

- Teach less for more - Repeats one key truth (Bottom Line) all month long.
- Engage the five senses - Helps master the concept through creative activities.
- Teach with the end in mind - Helps a child by age five, to believe:
      1. God Made Me
      2. God Loves Me
      3. Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever

- Experience worship - Encourages children to talk to God any time, any place.
- Connect at home - Provides parents with ideas for conversation with their child at home.

Children's Ministry Concept:

252 Basics (www.252basics.com) is our focus on Sunday morning for elementary-age kids.  It is a unique approach to curriculum for churches. It is built around three Basic Truths every child should embrace according to what Jesus modeled in Luke 2:52.
     1.  I need to make the wise choice.
     2.  I can trust God no matter what.
     3.  I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
Each Basic Truth is amplified by a weekly key concept and systematically taught over a three-year track. The curriculum includes 150 Bible stories and is based on a Core Virtue and Memory Verse as the framework for each month.

A big part of what we do on Sunday mornings includes the resources for parents to use at home.  I hope that you check out these resources that connect what happens at church with what happens at home.  Here are this week's resources...



SUNDAY MORNING RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

 
Here are those resources and trools for you.  I hope they are helpful for you.

Preschool


Small Talk Card (monthly overview and devotions)


Elementary

www.252basics.com
God-Time Card (daily devotional ideas)
Fridge Card (ideas to encourage discussion)
 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND OTHER STUFF


There is a lot more that is happening every week here and I will include these in next week's email.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to talk to me.  I welcome and and all input.  Please let me know how we can help you and your child grow closer to God and to each other. 

Have a great week and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night!
Jeff

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