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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The Five Solas: Soli Deo Gloria (Rosebank)

Sunday morning at Rosebank, 22 October 2017 – Marco Broccardo looks at “Soli Deo Gloria” – 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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Love is…

Love was definitely in the air this weekend as we introduced our new theme this term: “Love Is…”. The Children’s Church team were buzzing with anticipation to begin looking at God’s love and what scripture teaches us about Him and His love.

We also welcomed our guest for the term: Captain Mess-up made an appearance and his heart was impacted as the children and leaders helped him understand that true love comes only from drawing closer to God. It will be exciting to see how his heart changes as the term unfolds.

Our Part
Our main focus for this first Sunday was to read how God reveals that love should be our highest aim. We are called to love God, and love others. We looked at 1 Corinthians 13 and discussed how love is the greatest gift we can have – and we can find more and more love continually from God. We are called to show the world that we are Jesus’ disciples, and one way of revealing this is by the love that we show.

Your Part
The curriculum is available to be downloaded (get it here) and to refer to during the week. At Children’s Church, the leaders get two incredible hours with your children – they wish they could have more. The challenge is for mom and dad to use the rest of week to continue to water some of the seeds sown.

We look forward to discovering more of God’s love and how it impacts our lives. See you Sunday.

– The Children’s Church team

Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

The Five Solas: Sola Fide (Bedfordview AM)

Sunday morning at Bedfordview, 15 October 2017 – Marcus Herbert looks at “Sola Fide” – Faith 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.

Find out why in this series.

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Keir and Callie Tayler’s End-of-2017 Itinerary

Keep them in prayer as they engage in translocal ministry in Northern America.