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Rooted in God

I love to go on long walks and hikes. Everyday I walk my dog in the park by my home I always pass a tree. It’s just an old tree, and I’m not even sure of what type it is, but every time I go by, I am reminded of my children and when they were little. Each of them climbed this tree on our visits to the playground, and somehow they all carefully navigated their way to the main branch.

 

That tree seemed so much bigger back then. Now when I pass by, I recall those moments and how quickly life goes by.

Have you noticed that the tree is a very symbolic image in Scripture? Many varieties are mentioned including the olive, palm, oak, willow, pine, fig, and poplar –  just to name a few. There are many themes that come from this imagery as well. We often talk abut being rooted in our beliefs and values, and bearing fruit from our faith.

We have such a small window of time to build into our children, to guide them and to be examples. 

I love that our church has a Sunday school program where our children can gather, grow and learn. Our children’s ministry is rooted in God’s Word and we teach from Bible-centred curriculum. May we be reminded that the roots are what give a tree its strength, and nutrients!

Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry

“Let the field exult, and everything in it!  Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” Psalm 96:12

“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:8

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Finding Jesus



Have you noticed the theme in Sunday school this quarter? It’s honestly an exciting ministry to be a part of.  Where else can you play Captain’s Deck, learn about dolphins, go on a Bible adventure in the desert, paint a sea creature and use glitter?  That’s exactly what we did this past Sunday!

Our CB kids in grades JK–5 began a new summer series called "Finding Jesus Under the Sea" by CMD. The big idea is that we can learn to take our faith deeper. Each week our children will learn about a different sea creature and Bible story.  By exploring the ocean life and all of the amazing creativity and wonder that God created, we learn more about who God is and how He cares for us.

The focus verse for summer is one of my favourites:

“Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:39 NIV

It’s going to be an exciting summer under the sea!

Our CB kids have also started helping out with our Calvary Serves project. For the month of June we are working with the whole church family to bring in non-perishable food items for Food for Life. Our Sunday school kids will be collecting, counting and organizing the food for donation. Be sure to bring in your cans this Sunday and every Sunday in June – our goal is 600 items!

Tanya Chant
tanya@calvaryburlington.ca

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Kids Learning God's Word

 

 

As I begin to write this blog it is actually snowing outside. I’m not sure that we’ve had ice storms and snow hang on this long in quite some time. Although the snow can look beautiful on certain landscapes, I’m sure we are all ready for a real spring. We are ready for some sunshine, some colour in our gardens and to get outdoors! Today as I look out at the grey sky, I am reminded of Psalm 113:3 “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised!”

I love the fact that whatever the topic, or lesson, story, big idea, praise or need for encouragement, the Bible always has an answer. In our Children’s Ministry we encourage our children to learn about the Bible and to study Scripture. Our focus verse for this year has been Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” We also review a new verse with our Bible story each week. We believe that it is important for our children to learn about the Bible and who God is and how much he cares for them.  We also want our kids to understand how Scripture applies to their day to day life.

One of the resources I recently came across can be found at Ministry to Children. They offer lots of free lessons and ideas for learning verses. There is one titled “Short Bible Verses for Kids” and there is an option to print a colouring page for younger children. Check it out if you think it might be something fun to study.

Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry

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Olympics!

In case you may have missed it, our CB Kids are having an Olympic themed night this coming Monday, February 5th. With the winter Olympics starting this month, we thought it would be a great opportunity to play some fun games and to see what the Bible has to say about sports.

Whether it’s gym class, recreational or competitive sports, there are so many good character-building traits that can be cultivated through sport. Things like teamwork, perseverance, respect, time management, winning and losing, and good sportsmanship, for example. On Monday, we will be looking at some examples of winter sports and how hard athletes must train to compete. In whatever the situation - sports or other activities - God’s Word will help us to stay strong in life.

Some of the games that evening will include, ice cubes and curling, hockey and Oreos, and skating and toilet paper. There will also be a snack and craft time. If you are in SK-grade 5, come out at 6:15pm. It’s going to be lots of fun!

Tanya Chant, Director of Family & Children's Ministry
tanya@calvaryburlington.ca

 

“But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength” Isaiah 40:31A

“All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:25

 
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