Children’s Church: Gratitude

Too often in life today we can easily take things for granted. We receive so much and sadly that can lead us to lack gratitude. When we think of what God has done for us, what He still is doing for us, and who we are now because of Him, we should respond with great gratitude. This Sunday with our children we spoke about how we need to show gratitude to God and boast about who He is and what He does.

Our Part

We looked at the story of Jesus with the ten lepers. We explained to the children the severity of leprosy and how society shunned those with leprosy. But Jesus didn’t. Jesus showed love and he healed them – all of them. Sadly, only one of the healed lepers returned to say thank you. We might not need healing from leprosy, but Jesus performs such amazing miracles in our lives addressing our needs. Our response cannot be like the nine lepers. We need to show gratitude to Jesus.

We also discussed the need to boast about Jesus. We cannot keep the wonderful things he has done in our lives for ourselves. We need to tell others, encourage others with what Jesus can do, and let the world know that all glory belongs to God alone. Some of our children were given the opportunity to boast on Sunday about what God has done for them.

Your Part

Tell your children what you are grateful to God for. Let them hear your stories, your testimonies, God’s victories in your life. Ask your children to share their stories. They may surprise you. Give thanks to God together, and then boast about him together.

– Children’s Church team

Walking Contradictions (Rosebank)

Sunday morning at Rosebank, 5 November 2017 – Marco Broccardo looks at five people of faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 who, like many of us, can feel like walking contradictions. But God uses people just like us to accomplish great things throughout history.

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Monica Firth’s Journey in NZ (Key Women)

Wednesday morning at Bedfordview 25 October 2017 – Monica Firth shares with us about her Journey in NZ

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Children’s Church: Love is Patient

I have heard many parents accuse their children of testing their patience. Well, mom and dad, on Sunday we got to turn the tables and we tested our children’s patience. To what end: To reveal that love is patient. As we continue to learn about God’s great love, our focus this Sunday is how we need to display patience as an act of love, the same way God shows patience to us.

Our Part
Our infamous Captain Mess-Up showed up again and proved to be quite annoying to our children. One five-year-old was heard telling Captain Mess-Up to change his heart, he was getting so frustrated by him. By using object lessons, like having patience for water to freeze to have cold ice for a drink, to waiting last in line to receive a treat, our children heard how we need patience.

We looked intently at the story of Peter and his relationship with Jesus. Peter messed up a few times, but Jesus always intended for Peter to be a leader in His church. Jesus had to show patience as Peter learnt, grew in faith, and believed in God’s call. Peter must have been so happy that Jesus didn’t lose patience with him. And so Jesus shows the same patience with us, for we too are called to lead in his church.

Your Part
You don’t need to test your child’s patience to keep proving this point (sorry if you wanted permission), but you can discuss with them how patience is an act of love. The best way to teach it is to show it, so challenge each other at home to show patience. Then look at how Jesus displays patience. He doesn’t give up on us, he keeps forgiving, and he keeps his plans for us. Help your children feel this freedom.

– The Children’s Church team

Five Solas: Sola Gratia (Rosebank)

Sunday morning at Rosebank, 29 October 2017 – Nathan Gernetzky looks at “Sola Gratia” – Grace Alone – in our Five Solas series.

This year October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – a moment in history that completely changed the world. It was the moment when five truths of the gospel were rediscovered. These truths, which we call the “Five Solas” of the Reformation (“Sola” is latin for “only”), led to major social upheaval, cultural change, and birthed revival across Europe.

We find out why in this series.

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The Power Of The Kingdom (Bedfordview PM)

Sunday evening at Bedfordview, 29 October 2017 – Paul Firth speaks about “The power of the kingdom’.

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Encountering God (Bedfordview AM)

Sunday morning at Bedfordview, 29 October 2017 – Paul Firth speaks about “Encountering God”.

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The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria (Bedfordview PM)

Sunday evening at Bedfordview, 22 October 2017 – Craig Herbert speaks about “Soli Deo Gloria” – all glory to God alone – in our Five Solas series.

This year October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – a moment in history that completely changed the world. It was the moment when five truths of the gospel were rediscovered. These truths, which we call the “Five Solas” of the Reformation (“Sola” is latin for “only”), led to major social upheaval, cultural change, and birthed revival across Europe.

We find out why in this series.

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The Five Solas: Solus Christus (Bedfordview AM)

Sunday morning at Bedfordview, 22 October 2017 – Marcus Herbert speaks about “Solus Christus” – salvation is found in Christ Alone – in our Five Solas series.

This year October marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – a moment in history that completely changed the world. It was the moment when five truths of the gospel were rediscovered. These truths, which we call the “Five Solas” of the Reformation (“Sola” is latin for “only”), led to major social upheaval, cultural change, and birthed revival across Europe.

We find out why in this series.

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