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 the 11am service. 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
October Memory Verse: Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
October Theme: Only God is Big - a story about sin in the garden from Genesis 3
From the parent take-home page: Remind your children that God said, "No. Do not eat this fruit." But the man and the woman ate the fruit. They did not obey God.
When you tell your child "no" and your child disobeys, make sure that your child understands that this is wrong.
Ask your child, "Can you make a tree?" Then say "No, only God can make a tree."
Throughout the week make statements like "Only God is sooooo big" or "Only God is sooooo strong." Then thank God that He is so big! (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: Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27
This Week's Story: Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Matthew and Luke both record parables from Jesus. In Matthew 25, Matthew writes about the parable of the talents. Luke 19 accounts for the parable of the minas. Though these parables are similar, they are not identical. Both parables are about a master who gives money to his servants and then goes on a trip. When the master returns, he judges the servants for their faithfulness—in their stewardship over what they possessed.
This week, we will focus on the parable of the talents. Jesus was teaching His disciples at the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. The disciples asked Jesus to tell them about the end of time. (See Matt. 24:3.) He told them parables to help them understand what it will be like when the kingdom of heaven comes.
Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven will be like a man going on a journey. In this parable, the man is Jesus. Jesus was going to leave earth and return to His Father in heaven. Before the man left, he entrusted certain amounts of money to his servants. The relationship between a master and his servants would have meant that the master still owned the money they were given, and the master would own any interest they made on the money. The first two servants were faithful with the gifts, investing the talents and gaining more—not for their own profit, but for the profit of their master.
The third servant, however, knew that if he lost any of the money, the master would punish him. And if he gained any money, he wouldn’t get to keep it anyway. So he took no risk and buried the money in the ground. When the master returned, he was pleased with the actions of the first two servants, but he punished the servant who did nothing.
Christ Connection: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Every believer, as a servant of Christ, has the task of serving God with his or her life. We do not sit idly by, afraid of failure, but we serve joyfully for Jesus’ sake. We eagerly wait for the day we can share in the joy of our Master. Heaven is the joy of knowing, worshiping, and enjoying Jesus forever.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- Where was the master going? (on a trip)
- How many coins did the servant with five coins make? (5 more)
- How many coins did the servant with two coins make? (2 more)
- What did the servant with one coin do? (dug a hole and hid his coin in the ground)
- What did the man say to the servants with two coins and five coins? ("Well done! Come and be happy with me!")
- What happened to the bad servant? (His coin was taken away from him, and he was sent away)
- BP Question: God is like the master in the story and we are like the servants. How can we serve God? God gives us special abilities to serve Him.
Older Kids Review Questions
- How many servants were in today's parable? (three, Matt 25:15)
- How much money did the man give each of his servants? (Five talents, two talents, and one talent; Matt 25:15)
- How many talents did the servant with five talents earn? (Five more; Matt 25:16)
- How many talents did the servant with two talents earn? (Two more; Matt 25:17)
- What did the servant with one talent do? (He buried the talent in the ground; Matt 25:18)
- What did the master say to the servants who earned more money? ("Well done, good and faithful servant"; Matt 25: 21, 23)
- What did the master say to the servant who buried his money? (He said, "You evil, lazy servant!"; Matt 25: 26)
- What did the master do with the servant and his one talent? (He the talent it to the servant with 10 talents and threw the man out; Matt 25:28)
- BP Question: Why does God give us abilities and gifts? God gives us abilities and gifts to use for Him.