Last Sunday, Sara Campbell shared a report about the upcoming year in our King’sKids ministry, including a preview of our new curriculum, The Gospel Project. A summary of her words are below. Check back tomorrow for Quinton Cools’ report on our middle and high school ministry, Frontline.
If you have further questions about King’sKids in this coming school year, contact Sara at email@example.com.
As you have heard, next week we are going to start a new curriculum for our kids called “The Gospel Project.” You may be wondering, “Why would our church invest in this Gospel Project when the other curriculum we were using was free?” Good question! Luke 24 gives one of the reasons. Here’s the backdrop: Jesus was just crucified and 3 days later, He’s no longer in the tomb. Two of His disciples are walking along a road trying to make sense of what just happened. Suddenly, a man [Jesus] joins them and clearly explains to them what happened. verse 27 says, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] interpreted to them in ALL the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” Did you catch what Jesus did? He went all the way back to the book of Genesis, went through the Bible explaining how ALL those stories point to Him. That is exactly how this curriculum is set up.
The Gospel Project takes 3 years to go through the Bible in order, and every single week there is a “Christ Connection,” as they call it, which clearly connects the story to Christ, just as Jesus did Himself on the road to Emmaus. In short, the kids will hear the Gospel every single week, and it’s the Gospel that has and will continue to transform hearts. Kids—I’m so excited for you guys. You are going to have a blast in class. You will get to read your bibles, do fun activities and games, there’s going to be music, and even videos. Parents…no worries! We will not be sitting your kids in front of a screen the entire time! In fact, each video is only 3-5 minutes long. We’ve been asked is it necessary to get TVs and show the videos? In essence, no, but kids learn in different ways. Some can sit and listen to a story and absorb all the details, others need to see it to understand it, and then there is yet another group of kids who learn better by doing. The Gospel Project incorporates all three of these learning styles. Another very important reason we decided to invest in the Gospel Project is supported in Deuteronomy. 6. It speaks to parents, who are to teach their children about who God is and His commandments. Verse 7 says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise.”
Parents, I did some math to figure out just how many hours a week you are with your kids. There are 168 hours in a week, and let’s say your kid is a good sleeper and sleeps 10 hrs a day. That leaves 98 waking hours left in your week that you get to be with your child! Let me ask you another question. How many hours do the teachers in King’sKids have with your child? One. Parents, Deuteronomy says you are main ones who are to disciple your children. Our goal, in that 1 hour, is to simply come alongside of you and to hopefully give you some useful tools that could help you in discipling your children for the remaining 100 hours you have with them during the week! What are those tools? Every Sunday, your child will get a take home sheet (every age group will be learning the same thing). On it, there are “Family Discussion Starter” questions. The younger kids will even have some family activities you can do together that connects what they have learned in class. An example of how this could work at home: At dinnertime, I can grab that take home sheet that I may have stuck to the fridge and ask my kids those questions. Hopefully it can be a springboard for more discussions throughout the week! If, lo and behold, you somehow lost that take home sheet, we will also be sending parents an email during the week to remind you of what they learned in class.
Lastly—kids—check this out. Every week, you are going to get these cool collector cards! Next week you’ll get one of these rings so you can begin to collect the cards on it, or if you have these card collector sheets at home, they fit into that, too. Parents, you can also use these cards to ask your kids what story of the bible goes with the picture on the front, and there is a “cheat sheet” on the back which tells you the main point of the story, Christ connection, Big Picture Question, and a memory verse. My prayer is God will use the Gospel Project to help equip us as families to actively follow our wonderful Savior. Jesus commands us to, “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Kids, He wasn’t just talking to adults. He was referring to ALL Christians, regardless of their age. He was referring to YOU, too! I’m excited, kids, to see how God is going to use you in sharing this Good News with others!