Kids Ministries Blog

We Are Not Alone! 

April 8th, 2020

Hi Everyone,


I want to encourage you to read Psalm 23, together as a family, and cling to the beautiful promises that are in it. Below is a devotion that I hope will bring you hope and peace.


Psalm 23 provides encouragement for the valleys we face in life—and today we’re facing some valleys. As a pandemic stretches across our world, we’re facing increasing health and financial concerns. These are difficult days for all of us.


Psalm 23 provides tremendous hope for what we’re experiencing. Through this chapter, God reminds us of three powerful truths we can cling to when we’re afraid.

We are not alone!


God is walking through the valley with us. Psalm 23:4 says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” (NASB).


You deal with life’s shadows by turning to the light. You can’t see the shadow and look at the light at the same time. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12 NIV).


Stop focusing on what’s scaring you, and focus on Jesus. He is with you right now. When you get your focus off of your fear, you can focus on God and what he wants to do through you. You may not be able to see him, but he is there.


Valleys are different for a believer than a non-believer. That difference isn’t the absence of the shadow. It’s the presence of the Shepherd.


God has a purpose for our problems.


Psalm 23 tells us over and over God works for our good. He gives us everything we need (v. 1), gives us rest (v. 2), gives us strength (v. 3), and leads us down the right path (v. 3). Psalm 23:6 says, “Your goodness and love will be with me all my life” (GNT).


The consistent message of Scripture is that God cannot do evil. As we go through these valleys together, we need to remember that God will use these difficult days for our good.


God loves to take the difficult times of our lives and use them to build our character. Paul tells us this in Romans 5:3-4: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (NLT).


Hosea 2:15 says, ““I will transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope!” (NLT). God will do this through today’s valley as well. He will work it out for good.


As believers, we can be absolutely certain that there is a purpose in our pain.


Our reward will last forever.


No matter what happens to our earthly bodies, this is not the end of the story. Heaven will be worth any valley we go through today. There we will be rewarded for our faithfulness during our time on earth.


The Bible says heaven is real—and we’ll be there forever. No valley, no matter how long it seems now, will last near that long.

2 Corinthians 4:17 says, “We have small troubles for a while now, but they are helping us gain an eternal glory that is much greater than the troubles” (NCV).


I don’t know how you’re experiencing this valley. I don’t know what fear keeps you up at night. Maybe you’re scared of getting sick. Maybe you’re scared of someone you love getting sick. Maybe you’re scared you won’t be able to pay your bills.


I do know that you have a Shepherd walking through this valley with you. I know God will work good out of this situation. I know the valley won’t last.


Take some time to soak in Psalm 23 today—not just for the people you’ll walk through this valley with but for yourself and your family as well.


We’ll walk through this valley together as we look at it in light of eternity. Revelation 21:4 tells us: [God] will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” (NLT).


This is not the end of the story.

Easter Devotion & 50 Games

April 7 202

Hi Everyone,


Just wanted to share this Easter devotion with you as we’re preparing our hearts to celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday in a few days. I’ve also put a link to an article that has 50 Game and Activity suggestions to do with your kids. Hope this is helpful.


Lisa


An Easter Devotion


From Alpha to Omega, El Shaddai to Prince of Peace, the many names of God highlight His attributes, each lighting up a facet of who He is. As I have studied these names, I have been impressed with how many pairs of them stand in stark contrast to each other! God is the Lord and the Servant. God is the Lamb and the Lion and the Lioness. God is the Shepherd and the Lamb.


During the Easter season, I am especially drawn to the image of God as a Lamb. The lamb has a long history as a symbol of Easter, and continues to endure even in secular depictions of the holiday.


Scripture refers to God or Jesus as a lamb numerous times throughout the Old and New Testaments.


The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” — John 1:29


[You were redeemed] with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. — 1 Peter 1:19


He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. — Isaiah 53:7


They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. — Revelation 7:15, Revelation 7:17


The lamb, even today, symbolizes innocence and purity. Only a pure unblemished lamb could be a sacrifice. A spotted lamb was not acceptable. The sacrificial lamb could not have any flaw or deformity. It could not harbor a parasite or suffer from any ailment. It had to be the firstborn of its mother.


All the animals sacrificed in the time of the Old Testament were object lessons, pointing toward the one sufficient, worthy sacrifice. We celebrate Easter today because of the ultimate sacrifice that was made on Good Friday. Because all of us have sinned, the only One who could provide an acceptable sacrifice was God himself.


God’s lamb, holy, pure, perfect, and altogether worthy, shed His blood as an offering to atone for our sins. For us, the Creator of the galaxies became a Child, who became the Lamb of God.


The wonder is that “we are called by His name”! What does it mean for me, today, that I am called a lamb? What does it mean for me, in light of Holy Week, that Jesus is the Lamb?


Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!

— Revelation 5:12


Worthy Lamb of God, receive our praise and gratitude today for your great sacrifice on our behalf.


50 Games and Activities to do with your kids

Click here for the 50 games and activities.


April 6 2020

Hi Everyone,


I hope you all had a blessed Palm Sunday even though we couldn’t be together at church. It’s going to be hard again, this coming weekend, not being together for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Hopefully you’re watching on line.


I wanted to share my Palm Sunday story video, for the kids, in case they didn’t see it yesterday. (Click here to watch)


I also wanted to share a few pictures of palm branches that were displayed on some homes. Thanks Brian Louw, Audrey Webster and Brianna Anderson for sharing your pictures with me.


Click for picture 1

Click for picture 2

Click for picture 3


I also wanted to share this prayer, with you, and thought it would be a beautiful way for you and your family to pray for all of us as we enter another week.


Click for the prayer


Lisa

A Beautiful Idea For Palm Sunday

April 2, 2020

Hey Everyone,


Let’s decorate our doors and give our neighbours the opportunity to ask us, from a safe distance, why we have branches on our front doors and then we can share about Palm Sunday with them.


Click here for more information.


Lisa

Future Worship Leaders

April 2, 2020

Check out this video of Lincoln and Everett Anderson singing ‘My Light House’. We’ve got a couple of future worship leaders in the making.


Click here to watch.

Exploring Fear and Anxiety

April 1, 2020

Hi Everyone


Below you’re find a book about fear and anxiety, for kids, a song with great words and some colouring pages. I love that there’s one to thank the grocery store and pharmacy workers. Wouldn’t it be great for your kids to colour and give to someone, at the store, to say thank you for working so we can get food and medication.


Lisa


Click here to go to the website.

Dealing With Fears

March 30, 2020.

Parents


Here’s an article to help you deal with some of the fears and anxieties your kids may be feeling.


Right click and download or click here to open.


We’re going to get through this together.


Lisa

Care Packages Update

March 30, 2020.

Hi Everyone


Watch a video from Pastor Jennifer on building a care package.

(Click here to watch)


I've got an update from Michelle Krahn regarding the delivery of care packages to Evergreen Heights. Two important changes have been made:


1) Delivery must be between 1 - 2:30 pm, on Monday - Friday. The administration at Evergreen are very strict now about visitors and I guess even about people coming onto their campus. If it is not possible for you to drop your package off during these hours, please drop them at the church office and I'll deliver them for you. We are open 9-12, Mon-Fri.


2) Michelle is not able to put a cart outside the door (the carts are in great demand for meal delivery), so there will be 2 large bins instead, with her name on them. Please place your gift bag(s) into those bins.


Lastly, please note that The Heights is the building you want (1501 Everall St) NOT The Terraces, The Manor or The Pointe. If you have any other questions, please email me! lisa@whiterockbaptist.ca


Thanks so much,

Lisa

The Lord’s Prayer / Psalm 23 Challenge!

March 30, 2020.

Hi Everyone


The challenge is on!!! Here’s a video of Lily Rahardjo saying the Lord’s Prayer. (Click here to watch) Way to go Lily!! Please send me videos of your kids if they memorize the Lord’s Prayer or Psalm 23 and I’d love to post them on the blog. And here’s a picture of Sarah and Elijah doing ‘church at home’ watching one of the worship videos I posted. (Left) Things like this make my heart so full of joy.


We may be apart physically but we’re working on ways to still stay connected. Please send me an email with suggestions of ways we can help and support you through this season.


Love you all.

Lisa

March 25th, 2020

Hi Parents,


With the extra time we’ve been given, memorizing Bible verses is a great thing to do together as a family.


Wouldn’t it be cool if all the kids memorized The Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23?!!!!!

These are fantastic truths to be hidden in our hearts.


The Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13


9 “This is how you should pray. " 'Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. 10 May your kingdom come. May what you want to happen be done on earth as it is done in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our sins,  just as we also have forgiven those who sin against us. 13 Keep us from sinning when we are tempted. Save us from the evil one.'" 


Psalm 23


1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.  2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. 

He leads me beside quiet waters.  3 He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid. You are with me. 

Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me. 5 You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies. 

You pour oil on my head. My cup runs over. 6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. And I will live in the house of the Lord forever. 

Video From Ferris

Ferris made this video for his small group and it’s so awesome, I just had to share it with everyone. I have NO IDEA how he did it.


Click here to watch.


Lisa

March 24th, 2020

Hi Parents,


I needed to take a mental break yesterday so I didn’t post anything. Sunday night the reality of this situation really hit me and I had a good, long cry. I cried for everyone who is sick. I cried for everyone who has lost a loved one to the horrible virus. I cried for the uncertainty we’re all feeling and for how much I miss you guys and my other friends and family.


I was feeling afraid, really afraid. And I’m so thankful God reminded me that it’s not a sin to feel afraid even though He tells us about 365 times, in the Bible, that we don’t have to be afraid. And even though I truly believe, with all my heart, that God is still in control of everything, it would be wrong of me to act like everything is okay. The pathway out of fear Is to acknowledge it to God and allow Him to take it from us and carry us through whatever scary situation we’re facing.


Why can those of us, who love Jesus, have a distinct demeanor and help to share hope even when we feel afraid?


1st: Because we have the hope of heaven

2nd: Because we know our Heavenly Father cares about us

3rd: Because we know our Heavenly Father will provide all we need

4th: Because we can keep His Kingdom as our top priority


If you’re feeling anxious, and we all are at times, here are some great reminders.


1st: Focus on what you can do

2nd: Talk to someone about it and pray together

3rd: Say 5-4-3-2-1, then pause and.........

     -Focus on 5 things around you

     -Touch (or pretend to touch) 4 things around you (and then wash your hands 😉)

     -Listen for 3 different sounds

     -Taste 2 different things

     -Smell 1 smell

(This will just help you to relax and refocus)

4th: Only listen to reliable sources for information and restrict how much you watch

5th: Get outside (but still keep your distance from others)

6th: Find humour and laugh

7th: Get adequate sleep


I miss you all, I’m praying for you and I keep thinking of the celebration we’re going to have once we can all be together again. Please tell your kids I love them and can’t wait to see them!!


We’ll get through this together and our world is going to be so much better after this is all over.


Please help stop the spread of the virus by staying home.


Love Lisa

Care Packages

Hi Parents and Kids,


I am thrilled to share with you an exciting opportunity we have to serve the seniors in our community! As I'm sure you know, visiting in senior's care facilities is being restricted. As of yesterday, there are no visitors at all allowed at Evergreen Baptist Campus of Care, and all activities led by visiting community groups have been cancelled. Soon they expect to have to serve meals in people's rooms rather than in the dining rooms. This means that those seniors who are without family or friends outside of their building, who depend on the social activities provided, are going to be increasingly lonely and isolated. Michelle Krahn, who works at Evergreen Heights, has come up with a great idea! She would like us to help her provide individual "care packages" for lonely seniors which she will make sure are delivered to the most needy residents. What a perfect opportunity to show the love of Jesus in a practical way to people who are craving connection!


Here are the details of when/where/how to make and deliver a care package if you'd like to participate. Children are encouraged to be creative and add their contributions as well! This could be a really fun family activity while everyone is stuck at home together!


What you could include:


- The most important thing is a personal note or card, with an encouraging message, and perhaps a photo of you and your family if you have one handy. You could include your phone number if you are comfortable being contacted. Please write in large print and dark letters for those who have visual impairment.


- Children can draw a picture, write a card, or make a craft such as a bookmark, beaded bracelet, painted rock, seashell art, hanging ornament, mosaic, wood carving, etc.


- Personal hygiene items such as small kleenex packs, hand lotion, shampoo, soap, lip balm.


- Tea bags, cookies, hard candies, or other small sweet or salty treats.


- A small potted plant, or plant kit (a pot, a little bag of soil, and seeds that can be planted), or a "chia pet" style plant kit


- Small puzzles, solo card games, large print crossword puzzles or word searches, a joke book.


- A helium balloon


- You may think of other items....if you're not sure it's appropriate, just email Jennifer Friesen at jennifer@whiterockbaptist.ca


- Please put all items into a small or medium-sized gift bag for easy delivery.


What NOT to include:


- Gospel tracts or booklets. Evergreen residents are presented with the gospel and religious activities regularly, and those who are not believers get tired of it and some get quite offended to have it pushed on them. It is ok to mention Jesus' love for them, or to say you are praying for them, but this is not the time for in-depth witnessing. We will make it known that the gifts are from White Rock Baptist Church.


- Perishable items like fruit/vegetables/dairy


- Please do not spend more than $10 - $15 on items for one care package. Homemade items and new items you may have at home that you can give away are best. The point is not really the gift but the sense of care and connection.


When and where to drop it off:


- Since the feelings of isolation will worsen as time goes on and restrictions increase, please plan to deliver your package(s) on or after March 30th.


- Michelle will place a cart outside the main doors of Evergreen Heights (1501 Everall St) from 1 - 4 pm, Mon - Fri. Leave your packages on the cart and they will be delivered the following day.


I hope you will enjoy this fun activity! God bless you all, may you stay safe and healthy!


"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." Galatians 6:10


Blessings,


Lisa and Jennifer

6 Things to Remember

1. Remember not everything we hear is true. 

Only get your information from reliable sources. We only want to listen to the facts.


Proverbs 14:15–The gullible believe anything they’re told;  the prudent sift and weigh every word. 


Proverbs 13:16–Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. 


Proverbs 23:23–Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. 


2. Remember not everyone is at equal risk. 

The virus is mostly affecting people over 60 who have weakened immune systems. These are the people we want to make sure are getting the care they need.


3. Remember this will pass. 

This isn’t going to last forever. We’ll get through it together.


2 Corinthians 4:17-18– For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.


4. Remember to focus on what will never change.

  • God sees and understands everything we’re going through
  • God cares about everything we’re going through
  • God has the power to change what we’re going through
  • God always acts out of His goodness to us
  • God’s plan is always better than our plan
  • God will never stop loving us
  • We can’t lose our salvation once we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior

5. Remember no matter what we go through God will go through it with us.

Isaiah 43:2–When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.


6. Remember this is not the end of the story.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9; 14 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. 


You could print out this list and regularly pray through these promises.


Lisa

March 19th, 2020

Dear Parents,


They will know we are Christians by our love. We have a great opportunity to show others care and compassion, while still keeping everyone safe, and be known by our love. I’ve got a project that I’m going to ask you and your kids to help me out with. It’s a way to bless seniors who are in a care home and can’t have any visitors. More information to come soon.


Just thought I’d share this lesson on compassion for you and your kids to work through together.


Click here to get the lesson.


Lisa

March 18th, 2020

Hi Parents,


I just want to share this devotion with you and I hope it encourages you. I’ll also share another verse at the end of this email that we can cling to.


I have spent much of my time in this last week walking through my work neighborhood, – in gardens, corridors, public spaces, and lounges – looking for people to meet and greet, to chat with, give comfort and encouragement to, even just to wave a hello. My dog Bella, a therapy dog, is almost as good as a baby at getting someone to smile – especially when she leans in and gives herself up to a good little pat and a tickle behind the ears. However this week, neither one of us has had many opportunities to connect, for people are anxious. In the past week, as updates have come in – sometimes hourly – on the coronavirus and how to handle it, people have become confused and scared, and unsure of who, what, how to trust. It seems that at the very moment when we need each other, we are separated by fears and anxious thoughts.


I think the Apostle Paul got this. I mean, look at his life – many trying to kill him, in prison, at the mercy of strangers, walking into the unknown. So when I listen to his words today, I begin to hear not a command but a way. In his experience, he had found something that worked for him against anxiety, against fear, and against the isolation of being alone.


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6


Are you anxious? Are you afraid? Are you not sure what to do, who to trust, what will happen? These are exactly the situations that Paul is talking about when he tells us that there is a way. God is with us. God walks the corridors, public spaces, private recesses of our heart, into the depths of our questions and fears- ready to offer us the spirit of comfort, peace, and hope. We are not alone.


So pray – with petition and thanksgiving. Talk to God and offer the present of your requests to the one who Loves, who is the Saviour of this world, who can give us Peace that is far greater than the world’s understanding; a peace that comes in the midst.


What are your anxieties, what are your prayers, what are your thanksgivings? Are there any you want to share here so that others can stand with you and present them to God along with you?


Here's a Scripture for us all to keep in mind these days - Colossians 3:15-17

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."


Even in these stressful times, Christ can give us peace, we can be thankful for what we have, and we can encourage one another.


We’re in this together. The Lord bless and keep you.


Lisa