Do gas cans and kids mix?

Well, in Journey Kids they do!

For the month of December Journey Kids will be collecting money to go towards the purchase of gasoline for the House of Hope Home in Kenya, Africa.  Journey adults are pulling together to purchase a van for the orphanage in Kenya, so we thought that it would be a perfect fit for the kids to come up with gas money for the van.  The van will be used to drive the children, volunteers and workers around the community for appointments and errands.  In the past Journey Kids have helped purchase a cow, chickens and school supplies.  We will be collecting money for the entire month of December.  Look for the gas cans in the lobby to put your money towards the gasoline.  Have kids?  Encourage them to skip their donut and put the 50 cents toward something that will make a difference in the life of another.

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October 2010 Journey Kids Main Points

This Sunday begins a new month and Journey Kids are learning new things!  Each Bible story this month will be wrapped around these main points.  Take these main points, write them down and talk about them when you’re driving to football games or eating dinner.

2-3 years and 4-K – watch this vision video

Memory Verse:

“Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid.” Deuteronomy 31:6, (NLT)

Bottom Line:

I can always count on God.

1st-5th graders:

Get a Clue – INITIATIVE

Virtue: Initiative—seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

Memory Verse: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, NIV

Journey Kids Summer Series

We started the summer series today in Journey Kids.  It was a lot of fun being in with the 1st-5th graders this week!  A few years ago I got to be in there every Sunday with my husband, we stepped into another area, so I don’t get to be in there very often anymore.

It was awesome when the kids had the entire month’s verse memorized by the end of the hour through the activities.  We got to eat Candy Ring Pops, watch an awesome video with the lesson, and dig into the Bible.  The kids rocked the morning.  We even got to hand out a few Journey Bucks to kids who stepped in and helped when others moved on by the mess.

The main phrase this week is “I’m going to follow the star” – meaning I’m going to follow Jesus and His light.

The verse is John 8:12b “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The kids get sent home with a Fridge Door Card that talks about the main points as well as a God Time Card that has 4 short lessons you can do at dinner or bedtime with your kids.  Did you know that if you do the activities with your kids and sign it, they can get a Journey Buck?  Ask them what they can get with a Journey Buck!  I love the God Time Card because it walk you through a great discussion with your kids without feeling overwhelming.

Summer in Journey Kids

CHASE THE LIGHT!  Is the theme for the July and August series in JOURNEY KIDS.  I don’t want to give too much away now, but wanted to let you in on a few things…

  • It’s all about THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF THE MISFIT BRIGADE.  THEY WERE ALL DIFFERENT, BUT THEY FOLLOWED THE SAME LIGHT.
  • We’re recording the stories and songs for the entire 8 weeks to make it easier for new people to jump in and help.   (1st-5th is doing the same series, but their stories are already done for us!)  All I can say is that we have some awesome story tellers giving up their time to help with this.
  • We’re inviting parents to come in the rooms and help out for 2 weeks.
  • There are snacks, games, crafts, all wrapped around learning to Chase the Light.
  • Watch for videos, announcements and invites from your kids!  It’s a great opportunity to see what your kids do throughout the year as well as give our “regular” volunteers a huge thank you and break!

Next Steps Night Resources

I was in with the Parenting/Child Dedication group for Next Steps Night.  When we split up, I shared some resources that we had available.  (These also can be found on the right, but it’s easier to see with the explanation!)

Orange Parents – a new blog

Curriculum Main Page – where you can watch the month’s vision videos

Journey Kids Blog – where the main points are posted

Ambersky Records – where you can download some of the songs we sing in Journey Kids

Some books

Easter and Journey Kids

What are your kids talking about this Sunday?  Well, you can always keep track (if you lose your monthly take home sheet) by going to The Journey Kids Blog.  I’ll give you a cheat sheet for this Sunday!

The 2s&3s and 4-K Rooms will be talking about:

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Key Question: Who is your friend?

Bottom Line: Jesus is my good friend.

Memory Verse: “A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17, NIV

Bible Story Focus Week 1: Jesus loves me.

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