Friday, November 28, 2014

Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible


We give our children the Jesus Storybook Bible when they enter Kindergarten.  Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and beautifully illustrated by Jago, we love this bible because "at the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David---every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation---and at the center of their Story too."

Another unique feature of this bible is that there are 24 stories from the beginning of the book through the birth of Jesus, perfect for Advent preparation!! We encourage our families (anyone, really) to use this as an Advent devotional.  You can find the calendar by following this link.

Don't have the book? Don't worry!  Every day of Advent we will post a video version of the day's story here on the blog.  

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

OCC SUCCESS!!!

We Packed 120 Shoe Boxes Sunday Morning at our First Annual Operation Christmas Child Packing Party!
 Way to go church family!
Start collecting items for next year!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Sunday, November 16 our Young Musicians (grades 3-5) will open our 11 a.m. worship service with "Worship Christ the Mighty King."  Then all of our Encounter Kids will join them in leading the congregation in "God Loved the World," one of the great worship songs from Encounter Kids.  Also remember to mark your calendars for the presentation of Light of the World by our Music Makers (grades 1&2) combined with our Young Musicians on Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. The Melody Makers Preschool Choir will sing a couple of songs to open up the program and our Children's Handbell Choir will provide a prelude for the service.  I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday night at 6 p.m. sharp.

Blessings,
Mitch

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spread the word!!

We are having breakfast following Encounter@940 up in Discovery Station.  Spread the word, bring your friends, and enjoy biscuits and coffee with us after you pick your kids up.  Can't wait to see you!

Monday, October 27, 2014

It is time to get ready for Christmas!  On Wednesday nights our Young Musicians (grades 3-5) and Music Makers (grades 1&2) have begun rehearsing Jesus, Light of the World to be presented on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m.  There are lots of speaking parts and solos, so every child can have a part.  The Melody Makers will sing that night as well and the children's handbells will play a prelude for the service.

In the meantime, the Music Makers (grades 1&2) will be singing in the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, Nov. 2.  They will sing at the very beginning of the service.  The Melody Makers (prek-kindergarten) will sing the following Sunday, Nov. 9.  I look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday night.

Blessings,
Mitch

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BOO!!


We can't wait to see everyone at our Fall Carnival on Friday, October 31st!  5:30-7pm.  BE THERE!

Want to help us run a booth or greet guests?  GREAT!!! Email us at wfbckids@gmail.com  to let us know how you'd like to help us.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Our Kids, Creating

This week we are talking about how we can use our God-given imaginations to figure things out.  As an imagination warm-up, the kids each decorated a craft stick, which Emily S. made into this:
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Thursday, October 2, 2014

What's Up in October


As the weather changes, so do our themes for the month of October.  Check it out in the side bar.  Our Elementary kids are talking about Creativity and our Preschoolers are talking about Big Things.  It's gonna be a great month!


Monday, September 29, 2014

What's Happenin' in Girls in Action


Our GAs have been very active so far this year, already earning two badges. They made GA pins to show their GA Pride to earn "I Am a GA," and with the help of the RAs, they folded 100 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes to earn "I Serve My Church."  Our next project is a fundraiser for Pure Water, Pure Love, a ministry of WMU.  The girls will be placing a fish bowl outside the sanctuary by the fire place.  We are asking church members to drop their spare change into the fish bowl to help us purchase water filters for SE Asia and other countries where clean drinking water is a scarcity.  (Don't worry-we will have a dry place for paper money, too!) 
From WMU.com:  "The primary goal of PWPL is to provide missionaries with water filters and the people they serve with wells that offer clean water, free from disease-causing microorganisms. With the help of hundreds of churches, PWPL provides thousands of water filters to missionary families and helps fund clean water projects."  Please support our "I Do Missions" project by looking for our fish bowl starting Sunday,  October 5th.  Thank you for supporting our girls as they learn to live a missions lifestyle. 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Singing As We Go



On Wednesdays at 6 p.m.. our graded children's and preschool choirs continue to learn and sing songs based on our theme, "Living in the Light."  On Sunday, October 5 our Young Musicians Choir (grades 3-5) will sing the opening song for our 11 a.m. service.

We will begin work this week on our Christmas musical Light of the World to be presented by the combined Music Makers and Young Musicians Choirs (grades 1-5) on Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. in our sanctuary.  The musical has several opportunities for speaking parts and solos.  Our Melody Makers (PreK-Kindergarten) will also be singing that afternoon to open up our program and our children's handbells will play a couple of tunes as well.

Please remember to begin the check-in process by 5:45 p.m. on Wednesdays so everyone can be on time for choir.  Our choir time is shorter this year, so every minute counts!

Blessings,
Mitch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

B.A.R.F Night!


Sunday Night is BARF Night (Bring A Real Friend) at AWANA! AWANA bucks to the clubber who brings the most friends.  
Can't wait to see you!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

78



2 workers x 3 classrooms x 13 Sundays in a quarter = 
78 nursery workers who serve 4 times a year.

4 times a year our nursery workers:
snuggle babies
sing silly songs
pass out goldfish
play with legos
watch puppet shows
eat pretend desserts

and most importantly:
show kids that Jesus loves them
show parents that we care about their kids, and them

Please sign up to work in our specially designed preschool areas at 11:00 by putting your name on the board in the sanctuary or emailing us at wfbckids@gmail.com.  We currently have 34 people signed up, which leaves us 44 short of our goal.  We need you.  Sign up today!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Glad To Be Back!!!


We have missed you all so much!  We are so glad to be back to our regular schedule starting Wednesday, August 27th.  Check it out by clicking on the tab above, or this link!  Please note that our Wednesday night activities will end at 7:30pm this year.  Also, make sure you are checking your kids in and out of their activities.  We want to keep all our families safe at church. 


And don't forget, EncounterKidsSundays at 9:30am, with Encounter for adults at 9:40.  We can't wait!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Family Fun Fest 2014


We had a wonderful turn out for our Family Fun Fest on Saturday.  A wonderful kick-off for our new school year!


The bouncies were a huge hit.




Thanks so much to all our families who ran booths.  You guys rock!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Encounter 9:40

Looking for something new on Sundays?  Come check out our new Encounter service, 9:40 on Sunday mornings.  At Encounter, for our adults and teens, we are creating an informal, experiential, thoughtful and passionate place to connect with each other and together to come into the presence of God.  


The first unit will be from the book of Ezekiel, and will be taught by several of our ministers. What happens when life doesn't work out the way you planned? Who's responsible?  Where is God in all of this?

If you have ever asked those questions (and let's face it, who hasn't?), then come Sunday morning to hear more. 

Also at 9:40 we are launching EncounterKids, the center of our Children's Ministry.  At EncounterKids we are leading kids to see how God's word fits into their lives, to learn how talk to Him, and to build friendships that will last.  This week we are learning about Respect.  Click on the link under "What's Happening" to find out more!

Don't miss it!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Saturday, August 23rd: Family Fun Fest

When: Saturday, August 23rd
Where: FBC Wayensville parking lot
What time: 5pm-7pm

FREE Hot Dog Supper!!!
Inflatables!!!
Games!!!
Prizes!!!
Plus, a FREE one-of-a-kind mountain music show, starting at 6!


BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!

Come back to FBC the next day, Aug 24th @940, for the kick off of our amazing, fantastic hour of Children's Ministry called....


(click to find out more)

Got questions about helping with the Fun Fest?  Email Emily and Myra at wfbckids@gmail.com


 Looking for the '14-'15 AWANA schedule?
Find it under the sidebar under "What's Happening" and on our calendar.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hooray Abbey and Darla!!


 Today we celebrated with Abbey, Darla, and their families as they followed Christ's example in baptism.  Each of them was presented with an Ebenezer Stone and a card to mark the occasion.


"In Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, and Luke 3:21-22 we are told of Jesus’ baptism. Today, in front of your family, friends, and church, you proclaimed, “Jesus is Lord,” and you were baptized following His
example.  As you went under the water the pastor said the words,
“Buried in the likeness of Jesus’ death, raised to walk in a new way of life.”  Your baptism marks the beginning of a lifelong journey of discipleship —  allowing Jesus to be the Lord of everything that you do and say, being obedient to His commands, seeking to follow His will every day, 
and becoming more and more like Him."

 We are so proud of you, Darla and Abbey!  We love walking with you as you learn to walk with Him.

Interested in learning more about Ebenezer Stones, or how to start Ebenezer Jars for your child?  Check it out here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

August 2014: Respect


"Show proper respect to everyone." 1 Peter 2:17

Check out the sidebar to find out what we are learning about in August: Respect!  Just in time for the new school year!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WELCOME AGENTS!!

Do you know what's beginning on August 24th? Find the answer, find the code for Friday's secret message.

Hint: Look under What's Happening 

NOTICE: Don't forget to come sing our Agency D3 songs with us at church on Sunday!  Meet at 10:45 in the Sanctuary.


Take your decoded message to your Emily Fleenor at church on Sunday and get a piece of candy!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rocket Pack Jack Needs You!

Don't forget to register for VBS!  
Registering your children ahead of time helps us plan the best possible experience for our agents of all ages.  

Remember to register each agent individually!

To register, click on the link to the right!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Say Y-E-S to VBS!

We still need Small Group Leaders for 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade!  We take all volunteers, even those that can only work a few days!

Q: What does a Small Group Leader do?
A: The Best Job EVER!  You take your Small Group of students around to all their classes. Discover, Decide, and learn to Defend right along side the kids!

Q: What do I need to do to prepare?
A: Pray!  Other than that, nothing!  Show up on July 14th with a willing heart and see how God uses you in the life of a child.

Q: Will I be alone with the kids?
A: No!  There are two adults with every small group, plus the teachers in each of the classes.

It takes lots of adults to create a powerful VBS experience for kids, so check your calendars for July 14th-18th and let Myra, Emily, or the church office know if you are willing!

Got a kid coming to VBS?  Click here to sign them up!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Come See What All The Fuss Is About!


Curious about what is going on in Children's Ministry these days?  We desperately need people to fill in during Children's Sunday School and SideStreet (during 11:00 worship) this summer when our regular volunteers are out.  

We need a volunteer in Sunday School on June 22ndJune 29th, and TWO on July 6th.  

We need a volunteer in SideStreet on June 15thJune 22nd, and July 13th.  

Wanna help out?  Wonderful! 
Contact Lisa Fleenor at 246-2996 or fleenors@yahoo.com to find out what to do!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ebenezer Stones


One of the most important goals of KidConnect is to help parents be the leaders in connecting their children to Christ.  We believe that recognizing milestones is an important way to give kids a personal history of faith.  It is because of this that we are starting the Ebenezer Stones project.

During our baby dedication this Sunday, Anna was presented with an Ebenezer Stone jar and her very first stone, memorializing the day her family and her church promised to teach her about Jesus.  As Anna grows, her parents will help her add more stones to her jar to help her develop a narrative of her walk with the Lord.  What a beautiful illustration of the way the Lord calls children to himself!

When our Children's Ministry is a part of a significant spiritual experience in a child's life, we will present stones to help mark those moments: baby dedications, baptisms, Vacation Bible School, family mission trips, transition to middle school, any event that carries spiritual significance for a child.

Interested in starting an Ebenezer jar for your child, or for yourself?  Click on the tab above for more information about the Ebenezer Stone project, and start collecting stones!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Register for VBS!!


Check out our Online Registration in the sidebar under our VBS tab!!

More of a paper/pencil type? Pick up a paper registration form at church near the VBS Volunteer Board.  While you are there, sign up to volunteer!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

ParentCue

Enjoying hearing more about what your kids are learning each month?  There are even more goodies related to our theme each month on the ParentCue app!


Download it from the App Store to get great ideas on how to work our monthly theme into your everyday family life.  Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Sunday

Remember that our children will process during the opening song Easter Sunday (April 20th) and place flowers on the cross.  If you want to participate, meet in the Chapel at 10:50am!

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Awana Schedule

 
Clubbers have TWO more weeks to pass off on verses before our AWANA STORE (April 27th & May 4th)
T&T clubbers who have completed a full book by that date will eligible to attend our Dollywood trip on JUNE 17!
Please save the date & check out the information under "What's Happening".  
A special THANK YOU to John Burgin who has agreed to drive the bus for this reward trip & making the trip possible for these hard working clubbers!
 
APRIL
20th Happy Easter – No AWANA!!
27th- MORE AWANA FUN! 2 MORE WEEKS to pass off on sections!
 
MAY
4th-FINAL opportunity to pass off on verses!
         AWANA Store in TWO WEEKS!
11th -NO AWANA – Happy Mother’s Day!
18th – LAST STORE &Play with your FOOD night!!
(LAST AWANA for the summer)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Life App and SideStreet Schedule

This Month's Life App in Children's Ministry is Humility- putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

“Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be free of pride. Think of others as better than yourselves,” Philippians 2:3, NIrV.

Week One’s Bible story, Jesus serves His disciples by washing their feet (John 13:1-17). Our Bottom Line is: I can put others first by serving them.

Week Two’s Bible story, Peter wanted to take action and fight in the garden, but he didn’t wait to consider what Jesus wanted (John 18:1-11). Our Bottom Line is: I can put others first by giving up what I want.

Week Three's Bible story, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death on a cross (John 18:12 – 20:23). Our Bottom Line is: I should put others first because Jesus put others first.

Week Four’s Bible story, Jesus doesn’t have to forgive Peter, but chooses to make things right and restore His relationship with Peter (John 21:1-19). Our Bottom Line is: I can put others first by making things right.

Please Note the following SideStreet schedule Due to Spring Break and Easter celebrations:

April 13th Palm Sunday NO SideStreet due to choir performance
April 20th Easter SideStreet
April 27th NO SideStreet end of Spring break

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ta-Da!

Welcome! We created this blog to communicate with families about what is going on in our Children's Ministries.  What would you like to see here? Leave us a comment and give us your feedback!