Family Worship Sunday: Mark your calendars, our next Family Worship Sunday is Thanksgiving Sunday Nov 27th 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 for the first portion of the service. Then children are dismissed to their regular classrooms for some creative and recreational activities.
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.
Reminder: Please send your kids into CoaH Kids ready to worship. Please make sure they've eaten breakfast and have used the restroom. Do not send your child into CoaH Kids while they are actively eating a bagel (or any other food/snack). All food must be consumed before entering the theater or music room under the supervision of the child's parents. We will give a snack and have a bathroom break at some point during CoaH Kids but individual kids eating and using the bathroom during worship or the lesson is disruptive. We want everyone to be able to fully participate when they are checked into CoaH Kids. Thanks!
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!
***IMPORTANT*** We have severe allergies in our nursery-aged kids. Only cheerios are give as a snack to children ages 1 years+. If your child cannot have cheerios, we will make an exception but feed him/her separately from the group. If possible, 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!
2 - 3 YEAR OLDS
November Memory Verse: "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5
November Theme: God is Good - From Genesis 21:1-7, we learn about when God gave Abraham and Sarah a baby.
From the parent take-home page: When something good happens, remind your child that God is good. Make statements like "Thank you, God, for the sun!" or "Thank you, God, for my jumping feet."
Pray: Thank you God for being good. Thank you for the good things He has given you. (A Sure Foundation, 2005)
PRE-K - 5TH GRADE
This Week's Story: Matthew 26:17-30; Matthew 26:17-30; Luke 22:7-23
Memory Verse: Romans 6:9 "We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him."
Summary: Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. This week, we talked about preparing for Passover. As the Passover celebration drew near, Jerusalem hummed with excitement. Everyone wondered if Jesus—teacher, miracle-worker, and prophet—would come for Passover. The Passover meal was a permanent statute God intended for every Israelite family to observe each year. (See Ex. 12:1-28; Lev. 23:5-8.) But it was no secret the religious leaders were determined to kill Jesus. Jesus had warned His disciples what would happen this Passover. (Mark 10:33-34; Luke 18:31)
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, Jesus sent Peter and John to sacrifice the Passover lamb. He told them to look for a man carrying a water jug. The man with a water jug would lead them to a large upstairs room. Carrying the water from the well was a woman’s work in Jesus’ day. But Jesus already knew that Judas had agreed with the religious leaders to betray Him for money (Matt. 26:14-16), so He privately made the arrangements for Passover. Jesus wanted to share the Passover with His disciples before He suffered and died. (Luke 22:14-15)
Peter and John took the unblemished lamb to be sacrificed at the temple as required by the law of Moses, then brought the portion that was to be eaten to the upper room. They prepared the traditional Passover of roasted lamb, bitter herbs dipped in salt water, unleavened bread, and wine. Jesus broke the bread and gave it to His disciples, "This is My body, which is given for you" (Luke 22:19). Then He passed the cup and said, “This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you" (Luke 22:20). Jesus told His disciples to eat in remembrance of Him.
What was Jesus saying? What the sacrifice of the Passover lamb could not do—take away sins once and for all—the perfect Lamb of God was going to do. Jesus, the perfectly sinless Son of God, was going to take the punishment for sin upon Himself on the cross. (See Heb. 10:1-10.) Emphasize to kids that as Jesus’ disciples prepared for Passover, Jesus prepared to die. In His death on the cross, Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice to take the punishment for sin. Jesus protects from God’s wrath those who trust in Him.
Christ Connection: Passover is a special meal to celebrate how God delivered His people from Egypt. Only God's covenant people could observe Passover (Ex 12: 43-49). But God's people did not keep the covenant. God sent Jesus to earth to make a new covenant. As Jesus' disciples prepared for Passover, Jesus prepared to die. On the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for the people to know and love God again.
Family Activity Suggestion: Prepare a meal together. Guide each family member to take a part in choosing the menu, preparing the food, and setting the table. Over dinner, discuss the preparations that were made for the meal. Remind your family that Jesus gave instructions about preparing the Passover meal. Read Matthew 26:17-30. Before, God’s people had eaten the meal as a reminder of God’s deliverance of His people out of Egypt (Exodus 12:43-49), but now the meal would be a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Talk about ways that your family can remember each day what Jesus has done.
- What special celebration did Jesus and His friends observe? (Passover)
- Why did God's people celebrate Passover? (to remember God freed them from Egypt)
- What were some things people had to do to prepare for the meal? (sacrifice the the Passover lamb, cook the lamb and other foods, set up the room)
- Who did Jesus tell His friends to find? (a man carrying a water jug)
- Where did Jesus and His disciples eat the passover meal? (a furnished upstairs room)
- What did Jesus say about the bread? ("This is my body")
- What did Jesus say about the cup? ("This is the cup of the new covenant in My blood")
- Big Picture Question: What did Jesus tell His friends about the bread and the cup at supper? Jesus said to eat the Lord's Supper to "Remember Me."