April 8th: Kids’ Choir dress rehearsal, 3:00pm
April 9th: Palm Sunday (All kids will lay Palm Branches), Kids’ Choir Sings in PM service
April 16th: Easter Sunday, No Children’s activities during PM Service
May 17: Final Kids’ Choir
May 21st: Final TeamKID
May 26th: End of School Bash for all OCBC Kids, 6pm
June 4th-8th: VBS…Rome, Paul and the Undergound Church
June 14th: Summer Kids’ program begins
June 25th-28th: PowerPlus Preteen Camp @ Pineywoods
DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR PRETEEN CAMP!
PowerPlus Preteen Camp 2017 @Pineywoods
$205 if registered on or before May 16th
$220 if registered after May 16th
$75 deposit due April 17th. Remainder of cost due June 1st.
Memory Verse: Romans 3:23
Bible Passage: The Fall – Genesis 3:1-24
Missions Emphasis: Burkina Faso
What We Learned: This week, your child was reminded that all people fail to live
up to God’s perfect standard. He gave one simple rule to Adam and Eve. They broke it,
and humans have suffered from the consequences of sin ever since. God later issued
the Ten Commandments as rules for how people should treat Him and others. The
Ten Commandments are meant to benefit people, and yet we break them. We come up
short and need a Savior. That’s why Jesus came to Earth! Emphasize to your child that
we cannot pay God back for the wrong we commit. We must trust Jesus to wash away
our sin. He is the only way we can be forgiven by a holy God.
At-Home: This is a great week to gauge your child’s understanding of the gospel.
Many children will declare themselves Christians even when they have an incomplete
understanding of salvation. Sometimes, before coming to faith in Christ, kids will
express a desire to be baptized. A child is ready to take the next step toward God in faith
when he understands the difference between needs and wants. Here’s why: a person
can want to be a Christian for any number of reasons. He only understands the need to
become a Christ follower when faced with the horrific reality of his own sin. Knowing
what your child understands and believes about sin is a great way to gauge his readiness
to become a Christian. Engage in the following activity and use the discussion prompts
as a way to continue the learning at home this week.
Make a list of family or community rules. Discuss each rule and talk about what might
happen if someone broke the rule. Explain that even though sometimes the rules feel
limiting, they are intended to help and protect everyone. Highlight that instructions
from God and others are gifts. Take a moment and thank God for the instructions He
provides for life — and for His forgiveness when we fail.
Bonus Verse: Acts 16:31
Kids' Choir, Wednesdays @ 7pm
Hymn of the month:
At the Cross
Getting ready for Easter! Everyone needs to be at all rehearsals…don’t forget to bring your books!
THE GOSPEL PROJECT FOR KIDS, Sundays @ 9:30am
Unit Description: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He grew up and began to prepare for His ministry. Jesus demonstrated from a young age that He understood His role as God’s Son. When Jesus was baptized, God confirmed His sonship. Jesus was subsequently tempted by Satan, but He did not sin.
Key Passage: 1 Timothy 1:15
Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Bible Story: Jesus at the Temple
Bible Passage: Luke 2:40-52
Main Point: Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s plan
The Book of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His time at the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). Both stories set the stage for Jesus’ ministry on earth as an adult. Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews. They had dedicated the baby Jesus according to the law of Moses, and they traveled to Jerusalem each year to celebrate Passover. God had commanded the men to appear before Him three times a year to observe certain festivals. (See Deut. 16:16.) Once a year, those who followed God’s law would travel to Jerusalem—often in large groups—to celebrate Passover.
In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood, social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem, Joseph might have taken Jesus around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and explain the purpose of the Passover feast. Jesus’ parents started the journey back home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. Mary and Joseph traveled for a day before they noticed Jesus was missing. They went back to Jerusalem and found Him at the temple. When Mary asked why He had done this, Jesus answered Mary’s question with a question: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan. As Jesus grew up, He became strong and wise. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is God’s Son.
○ Jesus went to the temple to worship God.
○ Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan.
○ Jesus honored God the Father and His earthly parents too.
○ What makes Jesus different? Jesus is God’s One and Only Son.
○ Jesus came to earth to do God's plan.
○ What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
○ Jesus came to earth to do His Father's plan.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● 1 Timothy 1:15
● “Jesus Was Baptized” (Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:1-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:19-34)