Family Advent Opportunity

2016-advent-guide_from_village-church-1What is advent? Google search says, “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.

For us as believers, it is even more significant. It is the celebration of the arrival of God’s Son, Jesus, the most notable person there is and has ever been.

In the weeks and days that precede Christmas, Advent, we can set aside time to pause and reflect on the birth of Jesus. As families, we want to encourage you to take a little time to consider what you want this season to be for your family. Making a plan for the time you want to set aside is key to sticking to the plan. So, go ahead, pick a time. Great. (thumbs up!)

Now that that’s done, we have something that could be a help as materials for that special family time. Click here. This link will take you to a five-week Advent Devotional Guide. You can print it out, or use it online. The materials give you a way to prepare for your devotion time, a family portion to help you facilitate your time with questions and ideas, as well as, songs to go along with the Advent celebration. While the family portion is geared more towards preschool and elementary aged children, consider having older children use the “Personal-Study” to work through in place of reading the family commentary and then talk about what you have learned together after you have finished.

We hope you and your family will join us as we focus on Jesus’ birth over the coming weeks.

VBS – Act Two

Have you ever thought about VBS as a play or a theatrical production? I see the actual week of VBS like “Act One.”  Not in the sense of what we are doing is like putting on a show, but in the sense that VBS has multiple acts, scenes, or parts.

Act One introduces the characters and the plot. Act Two is where you find the important completion to the story.

Right now we are in the intermission portion of the production.  We have completed the week of VBS (Act One) having introduced the children to the Word of Truth and having created new relationships between children, youth, and adults all involved in VBS.  This is great! This is a huge praise and boy, are we thankful for everyone who was a part of this special week. So, what happens next?

Act Two is where we follow up.  It is equally as important as Act One.  Will you follow up with a child, youth, or adult with whom you connected at VBS?  It’s easy! Maybe you can do this on a Sunday morning?  Great!  Go for it.  Maybe you don’t know how to begin, that’s where I would love to offer help.  I have postcards that could be sent.  I have email addresses that you could send to.  Let me know how you would like to follow up, and I would be more than happy to help.  Remember, many hands make easy work.

So, will you help there be an Act Two and help us reach even more in the name of Jesus Christ?

Questions, contact: Cassandra at cdewitt@gracepointpa.org

Children’s Volunteer, You Are The Awesome Secret Sauce

Dear Children’s Volunteer,

Thank you. Thank you for being on the frontlines of ministry each week. You play a unique role to help shape the future of a child’s life. There are not enough thank-you cards to say how grateful we are. Week by week, you plant and share God’s truth in a relational way kids can put into practice. You prepare before you arrive on Sunday. You meet kids in their world to help them talk through and embrace faith. Thank you for choosing to develop relationships with kids to have influence in their lives.

Thank you for taking the time to love and know these children. This is no ordinary volunteer job you take on. There are some not-so-nice things, and some wonderful things happening. We know that at every phase in a child’s life there is culture to contend with. Look at you . . . taking time to learn what’s happening in each age and phase of a child’s life that you serve. You become relational by engaging them in what’s happening in their world. You know that fun matters. You are being and showing Jesus to them. Thank you.

Thanks for doing your homework to learn about things like what current shows kids are watching. You listen for songs that kids are singing. You use this to stay “in tune” (sorry) with a child’s world to have influence. Thanks for learning that Terraria is neither a plant, nor a disease—but a game elementary kids love right now. Thanks for helping understand kids are now wired, and take devices to school for education. Being aware of what’s happening in a child’s life is important. You know this. Thank you.

By staying tuned in to each phase of the kids you serve, you help support the vision of Grace Point. We know that “having common ground with kids to engage them helps create trust.” (Quote from Not Normal.) You meet kids right where they’re at. And then you speak into their lives and apply and introduce them to God’s love through conversation. You help give them a Monday through Saturday faith that they can own and live out. Way to go!

And Volunteer, you bowl us over by how you take a step to reach out to meet and engage parents. You are another voice in a child’s life to help partner with them. You follow up with kids and parents during the week. Why? Because you care about the kids and their families and how you can support them in their faith.

Children’s volunteer, you are the awesome secret sauce to impact kids in our church.

Thank you.