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Family Friendly Podcasts

Gearing up to spend a few hours in the car traveling for spring break? Looking for something new to do on the morning commute to school?

A podcast is a great way for the entire family to connect and do something together. Check out these family friendly podcasts that everyone in the car will love:

 

Circle Round
Thoughtfully-selected folktales from around the world featuring top talent from the stage and screen. The stories are captivating and compelling and are nearly always accompanied by a positive message or moral.
BEST FOR: preschool and younger elementary

 


Highlights Hangout
A monthly podcast that brings Highlights Magazine to life in a whole new way. It offers a unique audio spin on the stories, characters, puzzles, and jokes, tongue twisters, poems, and wow-worthy science questions.
BEST FOR: preschool and younger elementary                                                                    

 

The Story of Pirates
Listen to a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisors and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater.
BEST FOR: ages 4-10

 

 

Pants on Fire
In the era of fake news, kids need to learn to be able to tell what’s true from what’s false. And what better way to do that than a game show that puts kids in the driver’s seat, adults on the hot seat, and a sound-effects robot strapped to the roof.
BEST FOR: younger tweens



The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
Finn and his friends Abigail, Elias and Vale are Explorers Troop 301, taking off from the Marlowe space station to explore uncharted planets, help the occasional alien, and solve a mystery that threatens to destroy the Marlowe.
BEST FOR: kids and tweens

 


Six Minutes
Eleven-year-old Holiday is pulled from the icy waters of Alaska with no memory of who she is or where she came from. Are her mom and dad really who they say they are? And when she begins to develop incredible abilities, she’ll soon discover she’s not alone in the world.
BEST FOR: tweens


Pivotal (Parenting) Decisions

From choosing a crib to the college search, parenting is a timeline of decisions. 

If you’ve been on social media or watched the news long enough (or have a mother-in-law), you know what I’m talking about. Public school or private? Discipline? Smartphone?

It’s pretty intense.

Not to mention how it feels inside your head — where your personal fears can turn decision-making into a minefield.

The good news is this is normal. Even better news, many of the decisions you’re stressing about now are not as high-stakes as you’ve made them out to be. Think back to your childhood. Did that plate of broccoli fundamentally change you as a person? Probably not.

If broccoli is the bottom of the list of decisions with huge impact and eternal significance (sorry, broccoli), then pivotal decisions are at the top. These aren’t necessarily big decisions, but they are critical. They are based on your values, and they set a direction for your family.

Think of it this way: when you make a pivotal decision for your family, you’re laying a path. Your kids may stray from that path at times, but fortunately, your job as a parent isn’t to control or perfect your child. Your job is to guide them — with correction, connection, and encouragement — to choose a path that will take them closer to God.

That sounds like a lot of responsibility.

But before you panic and take your stress out on a large pizza, you should know you don’t have to figure out what to do next by yourself. God has already identified some pivotal decisions in His Word, and they’re very, very practical. Remember, the pivot itself is only one step — a small, intentional movement that can change the game. Below is a starter list of steps you can take today to change your family’s trajectory.

Spend time in God’s Word. Every day.
Help your children spend time in God’s Word. Tell stories! Get creative! The Bible App for Kids is a great resource that allows parents to stream or download 30-minute Bible video episodes, coloring pages, and activity sheets.

Pray as a family.
It’s easy, but it doesn’t happen without intention. Help your kids talk to God and understand He is always with us.

Go to church.
Eventually, your children will need peer relationships and crave a community (just like you!). Get planted now.

Find your people.
Our church has groups where you can find community. Whether it’s a parenting book, a Bible study, or a group that discusses Pastor Steven’s sermon, find one. We need each other.

Put your values into practice.
Pivotal decisions are based on values. What does your family value? Plan family activities that reinforce those values. What you practice with your children has a much deeper impact than what you tell them.

Does one of those action steps stand out to you? Choose a new direction this week, and pivot!

 

To learn about pivotal decisions, check out Pastor Steven’s sermon “Pivotal Decisions (Put A Purpose On It)” from the Maybe: God series. It’s up on the Elevation site, App, podcast, and YouTube.


The BEST Bible For Your Child

In eKidz, we want kids to LOVE reading their Bible! The Bible is living and active, full of promises to encourage and give us hope, and holds stories of God’s provision and faithfulness.

Each weekend we dig into the Bible to teach God’s Word in ways that are fun, engaging, and relevant to kids. We encourage our elementary kids to bring their Bibles to church to discover what God says, help them know Jesus more, and learn skills for reading the Bible on their own.

It can be hard to choose a Bible that’s just right for your child. When looking for a Bible for your child, consider these four questions:

1. What is the age and reading level of your child?*

Understanding your child’s reading and comprehension ability for their age level will help you select a Bible or storybook Bible that your child can both enjoy and understand.

Full-Text Bibles contain the complete 66 books of the Bible, including the Old and New Testaments. Typically these Bibles are in order of Genesis through Revelation. Storybook Bibles are designed for children ages four to eight and use full-color illustrations to teach basic stories and themes from the Bible.

2. What is the purpose for the Bible?*

When it comes to full-text Bibles, there are many options. Knowing how your child will use the Bible, such as for personal devotion, to follow along at church, or for Bible studies will help you choose a Bible with features that best match your child’s needs.

3. What is the translation your family is most familiar with?*

There are 24 biblical translations available. You can choose a translation that Elevation or your family already uses. If you would like something easier for your child to understand, you can select a translation that best fits your child’s reading comprehension level. Elevation Church uses the NIV translation.

4. How will my child learn to use their Bible?*

Once you have selected and purchased a Bible for your child, take time to introduce your child to the Bible and its features. Spend time reading a favorite Bible story or doing a devotional reading with your child to help them learn how to use their new Bible. The habit of Bible reading can begin in a child’s foundational years, and can start with their own special Bible.

Below are some Bibles we suggest. If you need help determining the best Bible for your child, ask the eKidz Director at your Elevation campus.

Bible Suggestions

*From Zondervan Christian Publishers. Visit Zondervan for more information and tips to choose the best Bible for your child.


June in eKidz

Monthly Focus

The Bible teaches me to obey.

Memory Verse

“If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” John 14:15 (GNT)

Monthly Focus

The Bible teaches me to obey.

Memory Verse

“If you love me, (hug self)
you will (point out)
obey my commandments.” (point out)
John 14:15 (open hands like a book)

Bible Story

Josiah Obeys God
2 Chronicles 34:1 – 35:19

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

Series Overview
Have you ever used a compass to show you which way to go? They’re great for helping you on a hike,
but not as great when we’re trying to figure out which way to go in life. We need the Bible for that!

This month, we’re going to teach our preschoolers that the Bible tells us which way to go.
How wonderful would it be if our preschoolers grew up using the Bible as their compass as they ride through life!

MEMORY VERSE

“Show me the right path, (circle hands around eyes)
O Lord; (point up with pointer fingers)
point out the road (point down with pointer fingers)
for me to follow.” (march in place)
Psalm 25:4, NLT (open hands like a book)

1st – 5th GRADE

Series Overview

Amped is defined as being filled with energetic excitement and enthusiasm. When we realize that Jesus came to give us the fullest life possible, we can live confidently in His love for us, and THAT is living an amped life! This month, we’re getting amped to help our kids understand that, with God’s help, we can have the confidence to change the world!

Virtue: Confidence

Living like you believe what God says is true.

Memory Verse

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness
of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Psalm 27:13, NIV


April Parent Cue Cards

Parent Cue was created to help parents do family better. Use the monthly Parent Cue card to begin conversations with your child about what they are learning in church. Each week on the eKidz site find weekly information to continue conversations about Jesus at home.

QUEST (3 years – Kindergarten)

TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.

MOTION (1st – 5th grade)

TO PRINT: Download and print on 8.5x 11 paper.

Another great resource available at your fingertips is the Parent Cue App. The app sends weekly CUES that remind you to connect with your kids at home and on the go. You can even watch Bible story videos during your drive time using the app.