eKidz Baptisms Coming in September

We are excited to announce that this fall we will be having eKidz baptisms at all of our Elevation locations. To see a recap of last summer’s baptisms, click here.

Two things that you can do:

1) Use the video below to start a conversation with your child about Baptism.

2) Register your child for a baptism interview by clicking here. The baptism interview is an opportunity for the staff and volunteer leaders of Elevation to talk to your child about baptism to help you determine if your child is ready to be baptized.

If you have any other questions regarding baptisms, reach out to your Campus eKidz Director or email us at ekidz@elevationchurch.org


Teach Your Quest Child to Give

 
Each weekend in Quest, children have the opportunity to give their own offering to God. It’s one of our favorite things to do in eKidz! We celebrate giving our offering by doing a victory dance and praising God!

We are working to build a foundation in our kids that God gets our first and our best. Not only that, it’s fun to give to God!

 

This upcoming weekend at Animal Adventureland we are learning “I Will Give To God!” from the Bible story of the poor widow’s gift in Mark 12:41-44. It doesn’t matter the size of the gift, but giving what we have to God, giving our best, is what’s important.

Parents, here’s how you can get involved this weekend!

We are encouraging EVERY Quest child to bring an offering this weekend to Quest. At Elevation, we lead the way in generosity. Give your child a few coins or a few bills to bring with them to Quest so they can practice being generous and giving to God. Help us build this spiritual foundation in your children by teaching them that giving to God is one of the most important ways to show Him love and thank Him for all he does for us.

See you this weekend!


3 Questions That Families Are Asking (Part 1)

To eKidz Volunteers (Part 1),

 

Last January, I read an article in Outreach Magazine that has continued to challenge me. In the article, the writer posed 3 questions that every person asks within the first 6 months of coming to our church and 3 questions they ask in the following 6 months. Below you will find the first 3 questions along with a brief explanation. While reading these questions, ask yourself, when it comes to kids and families, how are we doing? How do you think people are answering these questions? What can you do differently to help get more positive answers from our guests?

 

1. “Can I make friends in this church?” This is a question of belonging. Other studies tell us that newcomers who stay make an average of seven new friends in the church during the first six months; those who drop out make less than two. While it’s true that the first impressions of being a “friendly church” have much to do with a first-time visitor returning, the question has now changed from “Are they friendly?” to “Can I make friends?” I’m impressed that the “friendship factor”—more than any other ingredient in the connections and retention mix—is key. To put it simply: Those who make friends, stay; those who don’t, don’t.

 

2. “Is there a place I can fit in?” This is a question of acceptance. Churches with a variety of affinity groups (common interests, age, gender, marital and family status, concerns, needs, dreams) have a much higher retention rate than churches without such “entry paths.” And the more characteristics group members share in common, the better the fit and stronger the glue that will keep them connected.

 

3. “Does this church really want me?” This is a question of personal value. After the initial words of welcome, are these newcomers actively invited to participate in the roles and ministries of the church? Is their opinion sought on policy and vision decisions? Unfortunately, churches have a tendency to go on with business as usual and ignore the creative ideas and new energy bubbling just under the surface in newcomers.

 

Read more articles at outreachmagazine.com

 

Frank Bealer, Family Pastor
Twitter: @fbealer

The Silver Squirrel Swings

Learning to live for God has never been so much fun! During our Summer Vacation at Animal Adventureland, Quest kids have been helping our Park Guides Zaney Laney and Silly Willie open up brand new park rides. This week’s ride is the Silver Squirrel Swings.

Rosie Rider created the Silver Squirrel Swings because she wanted everyone to know we can trust Jesus when we are scared. The Silver Squirrel Swings go really high in the air and can be really scary! But when we are scared, we need to remember that Jesus is always with us and will comfort us. Rosie Rider knows that she can trust Jesus when she is scared, and wants everyone else to know that they can trust Jesus when they’re scared, too!

 

The Silver Squirrel is having so much fun at Animal Adventureland and wants your family to have some amusement park fun this summer, too!

Enter the Silver Squirrel Coloring Page contest
for a chance to win a Carowinds Amusement Park Family Four Pass!

Download the Silver Squirrel Swings coloring page and have your child color the picture. Please include your child’s name and age on the coloring page.

The coloring contest ends Saturday, June 29. All entries must be received by noon.

Submit your child’s picture ONE of the following ways:

  1. TWEET | Tweet a photo of your child’s coloring page to @eKidz.
  2. EMAIL | Email your child’s coloring page (or a photo of the coloring page) to eKidz@elevationchurch.org.
  3. FAECBOOK | Upload the coloring page on Facebook and tag eKidz (type @ElevationeKidz) in your post. You will first need to save the coloring page on your computer – either scan it or take a picture to save the page to your computer – before posting it on Facebook.

CLICK HERE for the Quest Weekend Wrap-Up. 


Weekend Wrap-Up


1st – 5th Grade

Monthly Bible Verse: Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Bible Story: Jesus in the Wilderness | Luke 4:1-13
Main Point: The Word of God is a Powerful Tool For My Everyday Life
Lesson Overview:

Our summer road trip to Australia and BIG Headquarters has been awesome (say it in an Australia accent)! During our travels we have learned:

  • God speaks to me through his Word.
  • I know my Bible and how to use it.
  • Followers of Jesus read the Bible.

 

When we read God’s word we need to remember it is a powerful tool for our everyday life. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, he had God’s Word written on his heart. He used the Bible to respond to Satan’s lies.

Reading the Bible is not just about gaining knowledge, we must allow God’s word to speak to us and become part of our lives, written on our hearts. When we don’t know where we’re going or what’s up ahead we can trust God and trust His word, it’s a light unto our feet and a lamp to our path. God’s Word illuminates the dark parts of our life, the things about ourself that we need to change and grow to be more like Jesus. Everyday we can turn on the light of God’s Word in our life.


3 years – Kindergarten

Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm | Matthew 8:23-27
Main Point: I Can Trust Jesus When I’m Scared!
Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
Lesson Overview:

This weekend in Quest we joined our Park Guides Zaney Laney and Silly Willy for another great day at Animal Adventureland! We were so excited to see the grand opening of the Silver Squirrel Swings, a ride created by park owner Rosie Rider.

Rosie created the Silver Squirrel Swings because she wanted everyone to know we can trust Jesus when we are scared! In our Bible story, we learned when Jesus calmed a storm that made all of the disciples scared. All Jesus had to do was tell the storm to stop – and it did!

Just like the disciples, we learned “I Can Trust Jesus When I’m Scared!”

Review the Bible story this week with your child using the Animal Adventureland Adventure Guide. We use the Adventure Guide each week in Quest to read our Bible story! Also review this months Park Code. This weekend (June 29/30) is the last weekend Quest kids can recite the Park Code (our memory verse) for a special prize. Work with your child to learn the Park Code and help them know and love their Bible!


6 weeks – 2 years

Monthly Focus: I Can Pray to Jesus!
Bible Story: Jesus Calms the Storm | Matthew 8:23-27
Weekend Activity: I Pray When I Feel _________ activity

Tape the feeling faces around a room in your house. Say, “Jesus’ friends prayed to Jesus when they were scared. We can pray to Jesus when we are scared too. We can pray to Jesus anytime!”  Encourage your toddler to point to the faces in the room. Say, “This is a (insert face description) face. Let me see your (insert face description) face. Can we pray to Jesus when we are (insert face description)?” Say, “Yes,” and encourage toddlers to repeat “yes” after you. Say, “We can pray to Jesus!” Repeat for the remaining feeling faces.