Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Spring Kids Hoops

Hey! For those of you who had kids in the Spring Kids Hoops program, I finally got the totals in. We were able to raise $169.48 for the kids in the Open Arms ministry in India. Praise God!

End of the Year!

It's almost over! This coming up Sunday will be the last week of class! It went by so quickly!

This quarter, the kids filled up their D-Point bucket 5 times. That means that we'll be having DONUTS at our end of the year celebration. Yay!

I will be handing out Discipleship Awards this week. Make sure that I know what you guys have been up to with your Discipleship Goals so that I can share them with a class. I want to make sure that the kids know how important your weekly Discipleship habits are by presenting them with a special award.

Also, if you have a 2nd grader, let me know if you're coming to class. I have special 'graduation' awards for my 2nd graders.

In other news, with summer coming, we will once again be starting up our SUNDAY SCHOOL DONUT STORE! This year, we will be trying to raise $300 to get a flannel board set for the kids in the Open Arms ministry in India. That means we need to sell over 600 donuts! The Donut Store is a great way for families to work TOGETHER to help people who need help. If you're interested in helping out, please contact me as soon as you can. We'll need kids and grownups to help pass out flyers, pass out donuts, set up/take down tables and chairs, and other jobs as well. You can sign up for a single Sunday or multiple Sundays. We will be starting in mid July this year. This really is a fantastic family ministry opportunity!

Once again, it's been a great year! You guys have amazing kids!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Discipleship Awards

It's almost the end of the year! June 13th is our last Sunday School class. That means that it's almost time for Discipleship Awards!

If you and your child have been working hard on your Discipleship Goals, please let me know so that I can present them with an award on June 13th.

Also, if you have a 2nd grader, PLEASE let me know if they will be attending class on June 13th. I have a special graduation award for all of the 2nd graders that will be moving up to the 3rd grade class in the fall.

We will be having our end of the year party on June 13th. I have a special activity planned. The kids have filled up their D-Point bin 4 times already, so we'll be having donuts. If they can fill it up 2 more times, we'll also be having chocolate milk!

Thanks again for the opportunity to minister to your kids! It has been a great year!

New Testament/Old Testament

The past couple of weeks, our class has been playing games to help learn the structure of the Bible. Here's one of the games that we did 2 Sundays ago. The game is called 'Old Testament/New Testament'. I gave the kids a Bible verse and they had to figure out if it was from the Old Testament or the New Testament. They did really well! Think you can do as good as your kids? Try it out for yourself:

1. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.

2. But the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy.
It is for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.
He is Christ the Lord.

3. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth

4. The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name.

5. At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee. John baptized him in the Jordan River

6. So David won the fight against Goliath with a sling and a stone. He struck the Philistine down and killed him. He did it without even using a sword.

7. Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.”

8. That same night I will pass through Egypt. I will strike down every oldest son…And I will judge all of the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.
The blood on your houses will be a sign for you. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No deadly plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.

9. Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark with your whole family. I know that you are a godly man among the people of today”

10. I, Paul, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Christ Jesus just as God planned.


1. John 3:16 OT
2. Luke 2:10-11 NT
3. Genesis 1:1 OT
4. Psalm 23:1-3 OT
5. Mark 1:9 NT
6. 1 Samuel 17:50 OT
7. Acts 3:6 NT
8. Exodus 12:12-13 OT
9. Genesis 7:1 OT
10. Colossians 1:1 NT


Over the past few weeks, we've been studying Acts. We're learning about God's AMAZING, UNSTOPPABLE power!

Here are a couple of movies that we've watched that help illustrate what we've been learning.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Holy Week

This coming up Sunday is Palm Sunday! We actually learned all about Palm Sunday on Week 2. Last week (Week 3), we read about the Last Supper and had Communion together. We were even able to watch a video that talked about how Jesus wants us to serve others. You can see it here:

For the next 2 weeks, we'll be learning about the Most Important Part of the Bible, when Jesus died on the Cross and then rose again! As usual, we will be doing the palm frond craft this week because Palm Sunday just wouldn't be the same without a palm leaf made out of green construction paper.

A couple of things that I need to talk about are our end of the quarter party and our Discipleship Awards. Last quarter, our class earned enough D-Points to get donuts and chocolate milk at our end of the quarter party (Yay!). We will be having our party on Easter Sunday. It will be a combination class party and Easter celebration. I will also be handing out Discipleship Awards at this time. If you and your kids have been doing a great job at home with your Discipleship Goals, be sure to let me know! That way I can make sure that they get a Discipleship Award on Easter. The easiest thing to do is to write me an email letting me know what kinds of things you guys are doing at home to fulfill your Discipleship Goals. On Easter, I'll share this with the class when I present your child's award.

Also, there will be more services than usual on Easter Sunday. Our class will be meeting during the 8:30 service! So if your child wants to participate in our party and receive their Discipleship Award, make sure you come to the right service! If you can't attend the 8:30 service, but still want your child to receive an award, let me know and I can present it to them during the following Sunday.

See you Sunday!

Jana Alyara

Some of you guys had asked about the songs we sing in class. Most of the music that we use is from Jana Alayra. I was able to see her in concert a few years ago, and thought she was great.

The songs we sing are mainly from her Look Out Now album and her Believin' On album. You can listen to her songs here.

Some of our favorites are Flyin' for the Lord (from Look Out Now) and Everybody Get Walkin' (from Believin' On).

If you're in the market for some Christian kids music, Jana Alarya has some great stuff.


Sorry I haven't updated this in so long! We started up Countryside Kids Hoops in the winter and things got pretty busy!

Anyhow, I'm going to try and be better with my updates. One thing though...I won't be able to link to downloadable class handouts for a while. For now, I'll keep any extra copies in the classroom, so you can stop by church and pick them up during the week if you want. Or, you can also email me and I'll send any documents that you need to you.