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We start off the month in Hebrews 11:1–12:3 where the author recounts the ways heroes from the past looked forward in faith towards Jesus. They trusted God even though they didn’t have all the answers or know exactly how God was leading.
Bottom Line: You can know Jesus even though you’ve never seen Him. As the Old Testament heroes looked forward in faith, we look backwards in faith. We can believe in Jesus because of what we see around us and learn from the experience of God’s faithfulness throughout history. We hope that kids will start to understand the faith they can have in Jesus.
Let’s have a graduation parade! In celebration of those high school seniors who are also graduating from TCC's CE program, the CE committee is organizing a car parade to celebrate these families.
This will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 5 pm leaving from the church parking lot. PLEASE BE AT THE CHURCH BY 4:45.
Please decorate your car festively to celebrate these youth.
There will be a "parade marshal" who will lead the parade and route maps will be made available electronically and in paper form.
The parade should take about a half hour in length to visit these graduates. Rain date will be June 7th, same time. Please find attached a map of the parade route.Attached File: 61Map of Car Parade.pdf
Given we are not able to host a typical Youth Sunday, CE would like to have youth recognized over the month of June. While numbers in the sanctuary need to be kept at 10 or under, we would like to invite one family a week to be part of the “Holy Ghost Crew” Sunday morning service at 9:30am. Youth from the family would be asked to be an acolyte/bell ringer, read scripture, Call to Worship or perhaps provide music. If your youth would be interested in being part of this, we welcome you to sign up here. On the Sign Up Genius, please write what your youth might be interested in being part of and we will work to accommodate your child’s interests. (While in the sanctuary, masks while not on camera and 6 foot social distancing is required). We understand that not all families would be comfortable coming into the sanctuary or being in the space with others.
God has always been involved in the world He created. We see His handiwork on display in creation. We see God’s love on display through Jesus, who came to rescue us. We respond to God in faith, believing in what we can’t see because of what we can see. When we focus on what we know to be true about God and the world God created, we can have faith in what we can’t see or fully understand.
Sunday School teachers are a special group of people! They regularly sacrifice time, money, and resources to spend a brief hour each week offering spiritual training to our youth. Sunday School teachers are not babysitters, but are faithfully called by God to impact lives, empower others, and to witness God transform lives. A huge thank you goes out to these individuals who have gone above and beyond for the youth of this church. CE will be recognizing these individuals during service during the month of June.
This lesson and video can be found here for use at home. We end the month in Acts 8:26-40, and discover a Jesus follower named Philip. An angel told Philip to travel toward the desert. On the way, Philip met an Ethiopian official who was reading the Jewish Scriptures. He had questions and asked Philip. Philip answered the man’s question and pointed him to Jesus. The official put his faith in Jesus and was baptized.
Bottom Line: Keep going even when you have questions. We’ll never know everything about anything, especially when it comes to our faith in God. In order to keep going, sometimes we have to ask questions about what we don’t know. We pray that kids will discover people in their life who they trust to ask hard questions about life and faith.
Lessons can be found here this week.
This week, head to Acts 2:1-41 and find out how the disciples would have the strength to keep going and tell the world about Jesus. As the disciples were gathered together, the Holy Spirit came upon them and empowered them to preach with boldness. Peter preached the message of his life, and over 3,000 people put their faith in Jesus.
Bottom Line: God gives you what you need to keep going. When it comes to determination, kids might feel like they’ll never have enough of it to finish what they start. Thankfully, this isn’t something we have to face alone. We can rely on God to give us the strength we need to keep going.
While coming together to wrap up the year is unfortunately not an option, we would love to hear from all TCC families! Our goal is to feature our youth through a video. The hope is to have this put together to share in June (no last names will be used. Please reach out with any concerns you might have related to the safety of TCC youth).
The subject of the video: As we have learned, throughout the Bible, we read about all sorts of people who showed determination in the face of hardship and difficulty. They relied on God’s strength to get them through it. When it comes to the situations in our own lives, God gives us the strength to keep going, even when life gets difficult.
Would you consider having your children draw a picture, write a message, video tape themselves or express themselves through another medium demonstrating how they have shown God’s love? Have they brought a smile to someone else during quarantine by reaching out to others? Helped make someone’s celebration special? Donated some of their money towards a personal cause? Recognized front line workers in some way? Said extra prayers for those who need it?
Please email Sue Panilatis at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions by June 1st. We hope to be able to publicize things by mid-June.
This week's lesson and activities can be found here.
We start off the month in Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53, and Acts 1:1-11 as we help kids discover more about the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth. Before He went back to His Father, Jesus gave His disciples a huge mission: tell the world about Him. The message of Jesus was for everyone, and it was their job to get the word out.
Bottom Line: Keep going even when it seems impossible. A lot can seem impossible to a kid. From learning to tie their shoes to reading paragraphs out loud in class to memorizing those multiplication facts, kids will face all sorts of moments when they feel like everything is too hard, too big, or too long to finish. But that’s where God comes in. We pray that kids will start to understand that no matter what they face— impossible or not—they can trust God to help them through it.
This lesson and video can be found here.
In Acts 3:1-4:21 we see that Jesus’ mission isn’t going to be that easy. Peter healed someone in the name of Jesus and caused quite a stir. Peter and John used this moment to share the message of Jesus. Soon though, the religious leaders arrested them and had them stand trial. Peter and John showed determination. They made it clear that no matter what happened to them, they would continue sharing Jesus with others.
Bottom Line: Keep going even when it gets tough. Even when we follow Jesus, we’re not promised an easy life. We are promised that God will be with us. Just because a situation we face is difficult, doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. We pray that kids will learn to lean into the power of God to find the determination they need to keep going.