Children’s Church: God’s love is for everyone

We did some math sums this week. We worked out that this year we had approximately 76 hours to impact your children at Children’s Church. That means that we had just over three days out of 365 days to build relationship and teach our children. That little number can seem disheartening, but God used “three days” this year to do incredible things in our children’s lives. We are amazed when we look back at the time, passion and resources our leaders put into this year with the deep desire to see your children know Jesus better. It was encouraging and somewhat sad to end the year this past Sunday.

Our Part
This Sunday we ended off our theme of God’s love by looking at how His love is for everyone and lasts forever. We are so accustomed in life to expect things to run out: money runs out, petrol comes and then is gone, batteries have energy and then die, food is fresh but then rots etc. We can live with this anxiety that everything will run out one day. But God’s love is so different. His love does not run out, dry up, die or rot. His love is eternal and He gives it to everyone.

Your Part
Enjoy this holiday season with your family. Spend time showing love to each other and to others. Keep talking about the gospel for that is great evidence of God’s great love.

We look forward to the new year!

– The Children’s Church team

Children of God, Part 2 (Rosebank)

Sunday morning at Rosebank, 3 December 2017. Nathan Gernetzky shares on how we are children of God, from Romans 8:14-17. This is a second part of a mini-series.

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The Exchange 2017 Year-End, with Brad Sadler

High-flying Durban banker, Brad Sadler was convicted of fraud and corruption totalling R70 million and was sentenced to four years in prison.

So we thought it would be a great idea to have him come and speak at our Exchange business forum event on 1 December, 2017.

Why? Because something changed. Something gave Brad a completely different look on life? So much so, that Brad now travels the country to warn others on the pitfalls of corruption in the business world. He has a saying “CRIME DOES PAY – be careful who does the paying. I pay every single day of my life”. He now spends his time telling people on the outside, including corporate employees and their wide-eyed bosses, why he spent time on the inside.

So what was it that changed? Hear Brad’s electrifying story of how he went from being a high-flying banker to an inmate, and yet was restored to his family, and himself, in the end.

Brad has shared his incredible story all over the world, from boardrooms to community centres, schools and universities, encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and have faith in God’s plan for their lives.

Download or play the recording below.

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Romans 8 (Bedfordview PM)

Sunday evening at Bedfordview, 26 November 2017. Shane Rielly shares on “The five greatest questions” Part 1 – Romans 8:31-38.

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Break the Rules

Sunday morning at Bedfordview, 26 November 2017. Mark Bouffe speaks about man’s religion and God’s life.

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Children’s Church: God Has No Missed Calls

When it comes to cell phones, we often have problems getting our message across to someone. Maybe they can’t hear us, the line gets cut off, their battery dies or we run out of airtime. With God this never happens. There are no missed calls, no lost messages and no, “can you hear me now”. We can be sure that when we pray, God hears every word clearly. By discussing with the children how love bears all things, we spent time this Sunday looking at prayer, and how, because of God’s love for us, He will always be available to us in prayer.

Our Part
We looked at Daniel in the Bible. Daniel would pray every day to God. But the king decreed that no one should pray to anyone else except to him for 30 days. If this law was broken it would result in death. Many of us would do the maths. To skip prayer to God for 30 days when I pray 365 days a year, to save my life, is easy to do. But Daniel refused to dishonour God. And so God protected Daniel when he was in the lion’s den. Daniel prayed and God listened and answered.

The aim of the story was to show how despite difficulties, we should still love – how even when people are against us, we should still live motivated by God’s love.

Your Part
Daniel’s story is a great one to encourage your children to keep praying to God, no matter what is going on in their lives. Share some of your stories of when God heard and answered your prayers. As we come near to the end of our theme of love, encourage your children to find ways to display love to others.

We will end next Sunday with our last lesson on God’s love. See your children then.

– The Children’s Church team

Children Of God Part 1 (Rosebank)

26 Nov 2017 Nathan Gernetzky “Children of God” Part 1 We looked at Romans 8:14-18 This scripture teaches us three things. We are to live as children of God and not as slaves to fear.

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Five Questions from Romans 8 (Bedfordview AM)

Sunday morning at Bedfordview, 19 November 2017. Craig Herbert shares on “The five greatest questions” Part 1 – Romans 8:31-38.

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CHRISTMAS 2017

Children’s Church: Forgiveness

One of the hardest actions we can learn as people would definitely be the ability to forgive others. Whether someone performs a small wrong or a deliberate hurt that can scar for us some time, we too often find it difficult to forgive. Our children could grasp this difficulty and in our continued discussion of God’s love, this Sunday we looked at how scripture says that love keeps no record of wrongs. Our prayer is that this ability can be practised far above the choice to display unforgiveness.

Our Part
We looked through the story of David and how he went from being admired by Saul, to Saul wanting to kill David. It was so encouraging to read how David kept his heart on wanting to honour God and because of that, he chose to love Saul, forgive Saul, and not hold any wrongs against Saul. We looked how easy it can be to hold unforgiveness and thus not show love. But when we look at God’s response to us, and how He forgives us, the challenge is how we can forgive others.

Your Part
This lesson has to be practised more than preached. The best way to teach forgiveness is to show it. Parents, teach your children forgiveness by showing them forgiveness. Do not keep bringing up their faults in the past, but rather show them how love keeps no record of wrongs. Help them to see when they can show forgiveness to others. Help them find the words to do it, and the attitude to truly mean it.

We are so blessed live in freedom because we have been forgiven. We pray that our love for others will grow as we learn to forgive.

The Children’s Church team

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