Thursday, August 28, 2014

September Theme of "Opportunity Knocks"

THIS MONTH in the Children's Ministries: "Opportunity Knocks"
God has created everyone with potential: talents, time, resources, opportunities. And we can either respond to God with our abilities in a way that honors Him, or we can waste what He has given. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond with your abilities. And we want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God's given them, but also how to respond to God's ability to work through them to change the world around them.

This month in the Children’s Ministry……
In Week 1, we head back to the garden of Eden where God created Adam and Eve and gave them their First Job. Through passages in Genesis 1 and 2, we’ll see how they were put in charge of the entire world. They took responsibility and began to cultivate the earth.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted by taking care of what God has made. The first job God gave to Adam and Eve was a task that we can continue today.
In Week 2, we’ll look at 1 Kings 19:16-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15. Elijah was nearing the end of his work as God’s prophet. God chose Elisha to carry on the work. But first, Elisha had some things to learn.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted to lead by learning how to follow. We all want to lead, but we need to learn from our leaders before we can be in charge.
In Week 3, we’ll hear from one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 21:28-32. In the Parable of the Two Sons, a father asked his sons to do some work. One said “yes” but didn’t follow through with his actions. The other said “no” at first, but ended up completing the job anyway. We’ll discover that it’s important to do what you say you will.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted by what you do. You can’t just say you’ll do something; you actually have to do it.
In Week 4, we’ll look at another of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:14-29a. In the Parable of the Talents, a business owner went on a trip and put three guys in charge of some money. Each one did something different, but only two of them were found faithful and given more responsibility.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted with more by taking care of what you have. If you want more responsibility, show that you can be responsible with what you already have.

Our memory verse this month is Luke 16:10a, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (NIV) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Upcoming Children's Ministry Dates

Summer has indeed flown by....just like it does every year.  School is just about to start again.....and with that, so do a lot of our church programs.

GraceKids will resume this Sunday BUT please note that Promotion Sunday isn't until Aug. 24th.  Promotion Sunday is when we move kids up into new programs based on their school ages.
--Full Time PreK students will move from Preschool to GraceKids
--Fifth Graders will promote out of GraceKids and into Family Worship with the adults (aka Big Church).
--Seventh Graders will be promoted into GBF Student Ministry (which will begin meeting on Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm at GBF as soon as school starts).

GRACEKIDS meets most Sunday's immediately following the singing portion of our Family Worship.  GRACEKIDS serves Full Time PreK students thru Fourth Grade. 

IMPACT 252 is our Wednesday night outreach program designed to serve Kinder-6th grade.  IMPACT 252 is scheduled to begin SEPTEMBER 10th at 6:30pm.

***Our church may be small but we are growing!!!  With our current growth, we have an increase in the number of children attending.  We are in need of many additional hands in the nursery, preschool, GraceKids and IMPACT 252.  These programs can not happen without your support and involvement. Nursery and Preschool are on rotating schedules (serving every 6 weeks).  GraceKids is a monthly service (serving one full month on and having two months off).  IMPACT 252 is a full time program that meets every Wednesday night during the school year (mid September thru early May).  IMPACT 252 serves as a team of people for each age group. 

**IF YOU ARE INTERESTED-  Contact Mandy Turner at 903-818-7722 or

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Highlights from the Children's Ministry from July '14

July was an amazing, fun-filled pack month for the GBF Children's Ministry!!! What a blessing it was to lead a great group of leaders and children in Sports Camp and Camp KIDJAM.  If you missed the highlight videos...the links are below!

UPCOMING EVENTS:  IMPACT 252 will kickoff September 10 (6:30-7:45pm).  This is our Wednesday night program for children Kinder-6th grade.


Click here for the Sports Camp Highlight Video


Click here for the Camp KIDJAM Highlight Video