CoaH Retreat: The CoaH Fall Retreat is October 28th - 30th. Located at Camp Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH. Families are welcome and will have private accommodations. See the CoaH website for more details here.
Family Worship Sunday: Mark your calendars, our next Family Worship Sunday is October 30th at both 9am & 11am services. On Family Worship Sundays your kids (Pre-K through 5th grade) will be taking a break from their regular CoaH Kids curriculum and joining everyone in the larger gathering for worship.
We regularly have Family Worship Sunday to remind you as parents that you are the primary disciple-maker of your children. You have the opportunity to model worship for your kids as we do in the larger gathering. We also think this is a great opportunity for the larger church body to identify our families and celebrate our children as part of the church. Read about Family Worship Sunday here.
9AM Nursery: Children ages 0 -1 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. There is a separate class for 2 - 3 yr olds during this service. We provide cheerios for children over age 1 (unless specified by parents) and we try to spend a little bit of time reading the Bible story books.
11AM Nursery: Children ages 0-3 yrs old are welcome to come play in the nursery at this service. We provide cheerios during Bible story reading time for children 1 yr and older!
Please bring a labelled water cup for your child to use during the nursery. If you've forgotten a label, the check-in coordinator would be happy to print out a label for you!
***IMPORTANT*** We have severe allergies in our nursery-aged kids. We'll have a Cheerios snack (for ages 1 yrs old and up) during Bible story time, but please don't give your child a bagel or other snack when you are checking them in. We clean our toys regularly, but we don't like to take chances.
2 - 3 YEAR OLDS
September Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
September Theme: God made everything! Let's start at the beginning and learn about creation. From Genesis 1 & Ps 139:13-16
From the parent take-home page: Talk the different things God has made. When you talk about the trees, birds, people, and so on, tell your child that God made these things. Tell your child that God made these things because God is so big. Thank God for everything that He has made. (A Sure Foundation, 2005)
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
Memory Verse: Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Bible Passages: Luke 16:19-31
This Week's Story: Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In Luke 16, Jesus taught His disciples about money. The Pharisees listened, and they did not like what they heard. The Pharisees loved money. (See Luke 16:14.) Then Jesus told them a parable about two men. The first man was rich, wearing expensive clothes and feasting daily. The second man, whose name was Lazarus, was poor and sick. He sat outside the rich man’s gate. Lazarus suffered greatly, and he died. Then the rich man died too.
Nothing the rich man had on earth helped him in eternity. The parable reveals that the rich man went to Hades. Hades is a Greek word that translates to “hell,” the place of the dead. Luke says that the rich man was in torment there. (Luke 16:23) He looked up and saw Abraham, the father of the Jewish faith. At Abraham’s side was the poor man, Lazarus.
Lazarus was comforted in heaven while the rich man suffered in hell. There is a great chasm between heaven and hell, and no one can cross it. No one can change his mind and trust in Jesus after he has died. Lazarus was saved by faith, but the rich man was consumed by his wealth. He devoted his life to living in luxury, and he did not love God or other people. In his suffering, he asked Abraham to warn his brothers.
Abraham refused. Sending Lazarus would not help. The rich man’s brothers had access to God’s Word, and Scripture is clear about salvation. Even a miracle would not convince the brothers, as Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead and the religious leaders still plotted to kill Him. (See John 11:43-53.)
Christ Connection: Those who receive salvation from Jesus have changed hearts; they treasure Jesus above any earthly treasure. Getting into heaven has nothing to do with who you know, what you wear, or what you do. Entering into heaven requires faith in Jesus, the Son of God.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- What was the rich man's life life? (He dressed in nice clothes. He had a nice house. He ate wonderful foods)
- What was the poor man Lazarus' life like? (He was hungry. He didn't have a house, but sat outside the rich man's house)
- Where did the rich man go after he died? (To a place without God, where he was in pain)
- Where did Lazarus go when he died? (To heaven, where he was no longer hungry, hurting, or sad)
- BP Question: What is heaven? Heaven is a place where God is.
- What did the rich man want Lazarus to do? (To go to the rich man's father's house and tell his brothers how to go to heaven)
- Where can we learn about God and how to get to heaven? (In the Bible)
Older Kids Review Questions
- What kind of clothes did the rich man wear? (Purple and fine linen; Luke 16:19)
- What was the poor man’s name? (Lazarus; Luke 16:20)
- Where did Lazarus sit every day? (At the rich man’s gate: Luke 16:20)
- What happened to the poor man when he died? (Angels carried him to heaven, where Abraham was; Luke 16:22)
- What happened to the rich man when he died? (He suffered without God in the place where there is death and pain; Luke 16:22-24)
- Why could Abraham not help the rich man? (A great divide separated them, and no one can cross it; Luke 16:26)
- Who did the rich man want Lazarus to warn? (His brothers; Luke 16:27-28)
- Who did Abraham say the rich man’s brothers should listen to? (Moses and the prophets in the Scripture; Luke 16:29)
- BP Question: What happens when we die? Those who trust in Jesus will be with God forever. Those who reject Him will suffer without God forever.