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 and label your child's water cup or ask the check-in coordinator to print out a label for you, thanks!
***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: Gen 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 Gen 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: Matt 22:1-14
This Week's Story: This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, kids will learn about the parable of the wedding feast. Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast is more than a simple story about a king’s rude guests. The parable reveals the King (God the Father) who seeks to honor His Son (Jesus) with a banquet. Though many people are invited to the kingdom of heaven, few will choose to come.
When Jesus told this parable, He had been teaching for three years. Many people who heard Jesus opposed Him, including the religious leaders. It was to this audience that Jesus told such a shocking story in which the attitudes and actions of the people who rejected the king’s invitation clearly paralleled the religious leaders.
In the parable, the religious leaders are represented by the guests who refused to come to the wedding banquet. They had been invited, but when the king’s servants told them the feast was ready, they did not want to come. Instead, they went about their lives—to their farms and businesses. Some of them even killed the king’s messengers!
What an insult to the king! These people had turned down an invitation to the most wonderful and joyous event they could imagine. The king would have given His best to honor his son, and the king reacted justly. He punished those who rejected him and invited others instead—those not in the city, both the good and the bad.
Likewise, God invites Gentiles into His kingdom. No one is refused based on his or her economic or social standing. The King Himself provides the required attire—robes of righteousness, like those given to Joshua the high priest. (See Zech. 3:3-4.) The King rejects those who try to come by their own merit—in their own clothes—as the man without wedding clothes did.
Christ Connection: Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn our way into heaven. Jesus did all the work when He died for our sins on the cross. This story reminds us that we need to be clothed in Christ's righteousness. Jesus invites us to join Him in heaven—the great wedding feast. When we receive His invitation, Jesus gets us ready by clothing us in His righteousness.
Younger Kids Review Questions
- Who was getting married? (The king's son)
- To whom did the servants go first? (The people who were invited to the feast)
- Did the guests come to the feast with the servants? (No! One guest went to his farm, another went to his work, and some guests were mean to the servants)
- Who did the king tell the servants to invite next? (Everyone they could find in the streets)
- BP Question: Who is invited to the kingdom of heaven? Everyone is invited to the kingdom of heaven.
Older Kids Review Questions
- What type of party did the king have for his son? (A wedding feast; Matt 22:2)
- What did the invited guests say when the feast was ready? (They said they did not want to come; Matt 22:3)
- How did the invited guests treat the king’s servants? (They ignored the servants or killed them; Matt 22:5-6)
- Whom did the king tell the servants to invite to the feast? (Everyone they could find, both evil and good; Matt 22:9-10)
- What was wrong with the man who came to the banquet? (He was not dressed for a wedding; Matt 22:11-12)
- BP Question: Who is invited to the kingdom of heaven? Everyone is invited to the kingdom of heaven, but few will choose to come.