Teaching our Kids about God’s Provision

October 29, 2009

Kids Standing

This week we take a break from the Book of Galatians to focus on how we can teach our kids about God’s character.  This week, we specifically will be addressing how we can teach kids about God’s provision.  While the role of individual parents might be the most obvious place to begin, there is also a role for our entire Kids Ministry team, and really for our entire church community.

The teaching for the week will be focused on John 6:1-12.  You might recognize this story as the miraculous “Feeding of the 5,000”.   What sometimes goes unnoticed is that the lone donor of the loaves and fishes was actually a child, who presumably gave everything he had.

This story raises a number of questions:

Generally how can we teach our kids about God’s provision?

How can we teach our kids the role of sacrificial  giving in seeing God’s miraculous provision? 

Is it possible that kids can teach adults about having the kind of child-like faith that God asks of us, especially in the area of God’s provision?

Click here if you would like an idea about what it would be like to come visit us this weekend. 

And click here if you would like to read the Bible passage ahead of time.

Feel free to post a note and join the conversation.


FIRED UP about FREEDOM!

October 24, 2009

Freedom

There have been a few things that have surprised me about Paul’s Letter to the Galatians as we have been reading and discussing it for the past few weeks. 

Mostly I have been shocked by how absolutely FIRED UP Paul can be.  I usually think of Paul as a gentleman, not as someone who calls his disciples “fools”, calls out people like the apostle Peter to his face, and tells his opponents he wishes they would go cut off their boy-parts.  Believe me, my mouth dropped to the floor too when I saw that!

I realized that when Paul said he was fighting for our FREEDOM, he wasn’t talking about a simple difference of opinion.  He was not going to leave this discussion with an “agree to disagree” conclusion.  In Paul’s view, this discussion with the Galatian church addressed spiritual life-or-death stakes.

There are tons of questions this little book has raised so far.  Here are some of the questions we will be answering on Sunday night:

What do I have to do to become a good person?

How can I make things right with God? 

Don’t I have to clean myself up before I can come to church?

Religious rules don’t work for me.  Isn’t there another way?

I trusted Jesus to “save” me, and I did everything I was supposed to do, but I can’t seem to do things right.  What do I do now?

I’m a pretty good person.  What more can God ask for?

Join us this week as we explore a challenging message based on Galatians 4 called “Freedom in Christ, Part 4”.  Click here if you would like an idea about what it would be like to come visit us this weekend. 

And click here if you would like to read the Bible passage ahead of time.

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Thank you, on behalf of the kids!

October 21, 2009

Angel Tree Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the Angel Tree Benefit on Saturday!  As a result of the fundraising that occured at this event, over 100 kids of inmates will be able to receive Christmas presents this year!

On behalf of the kids, we would like to to thank:

+The 50 volunteers who made it possible.

+Each of our many generous donors.

+Benetti’s Coffee Experience, who helped us promote the event, graciously provided their parking lot, contributed the s’mores fixings, and offered proceeds from some great drink specials in honor of the event.

+Jonathon Smith, who coordinated the sound and played with his awesome band, My Science Fiction Twin.

+Brendan Hollis, who came from Springfield to play for us.

+Tom Maloney at Business Product Solutions, (located right next to Benetti’s) who provided for numerous logistical needs.

+Matt Mace at the Raytown Fire Department, who provided a firetruck for the event.

+Mary Bliss, who demonstrated her pottery wheel, and provided proceeds from the raku she sold.

+Andy Houltberg from Prison Fellowship, who helped us communicate the blessing of Angel Tree.

+God, who gave us the opportunity to come together to share a great evening serving some wonderful kids for his glory.


Its for the Kids!

October 5, 2009

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The Raytown Vineyard Church is teaming up with Prison Fellowship Ministries and dozens of community volunteers to hold an Awareness/Fundraiser Event for Angel Tree on Saturday, October 17th from 6-9 PM at Benetti’s Coffee Experience, located at 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd in downtown Raytown. 

Angel Tree provides Christmas presents to children who have one or both parents incarcerated.  Click here to learn about the 1.5 Million reasons to partcipate in Angel Tree.  As prisoners and their families are a foundational commitment for the Raytown Vineyard, this event is very near and dear to our hearts.  Our goal is to attract 200 participants and raise $2000 for this charity. 

We will have face painting and crafts for the kids, fire pits for s’mores, Raku firing by Mary Bliss, and two live bands who will play at no charge: Brendan Hollis  and My Science Fiction Twin

Prison Fellowship representatives will also have a booth set up to provide information about Angel Tree and will speak and show videos in between band sets. 

Remember, IT’S FOR THE KIDS!


Why Angel Tree? For 1.5 Million Reasons.

October 4, 2009

Every child has a story. For 1.5 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that comes from having a mom or dad in prison. At Angel Tree, we find ways to reach out to these children, by sharing Christ’s love with them at Christmas and by developing year-round relationships. In the end, it’s so much more than giving Christmas gifts-it’s about restoring families.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we have been so impacted by serving through Angel Tree over the last 2 years.  On October 17, we have the opportunity to share the joy of Angel Tree with all of our friends, family, and the greater Raytown and Kansas City community.

Come join us for the Angel Tree Benefit from 6 to 9 PM on Saturday, October 17.  For more information, click here.


Experience an Angel Tree Christmas.

October 3, 2009

What is it like to experience an Angel Tree Christmas?  Take a peak at this video “snapshot” of one group’s recent experience.

At the Raytown Vineyard Church, we have been so impacted by serving through Angel Tree over the last 2 years.  On October 17, we have the opportunity to share the joy of Angel Tree with all of our friends, family, and the greater Raytown and Kansas City community.

Come join us for the Angel Tree Benefit from 6 to 9 PM on Saturday, October 17.  For more information, click here.