UpStreet – May 2016

Cooperation is working together to do more than you could do alone.

Memory Verse:  “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9 NIrV)

May 1: We’ll look at different passages throughout Exodus 28, 31, 35 and 39. God could have had Moses do the work on his own, but instead God called expert artists, craftsmen, and all kinds of people to work together to build this incredibly intentional place of worship.

Bottom Line: We can work together to get God’s work done. God Time Card Week 1

May 8: There’s this really great and rather bizarre story in Exodus 17:8-13 where Joshua is battling a group of people called the Amalekites. As the battle starts, Moses is standing on a hill with his brother Aaron and another guy named, Hur. And there Moses is, holding up the staff of God. As long as Moses keeps his arms up, the Israelites are winning. But when he drops his arms, the Israelites start losing. So Hur and Aaron make this really great decision. They hold up Moses’ arms—and with God’s help, the Israelites are victorious.

Bottom Line: We can work together to help someone else succeed. God Time Card Week 2

May 15: In Luke 5:17-26, we find the life of one paralyzed man who just happened to have some really good friends. When His friends heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. In fact, as friends, they cooperated, tore a hole in a roof, and dropped their friend down in front of Jesus while He was teaching. And as a result of their faith and cooperation a miracle happened.

Bottom Line: We can work together to change someone’s life. God Time Cards Week 3

May 22: In Acts 2:42-47 we learn that WE are the body of Christ and it’s our job to act like Jesus. The church is made up of many different people that function like the body. Our mission as Christ followers is to cooperate with each other and act like Jesus.

Bottom Line: We can work together to show others Jesus’ love. God Time Cards Week 4

May 29: In our final week, we look at how the Early Church worked together in Acts 2:42-47 to help those who were in need. And when they cooperated, people noticed. When other people saw all of these different kinds of people working together, they came to know Jesus.

Bottom Line: Working together can point people to Jesus.

UpStreet – April 2016

Perseverance is refusing to give up when life gets hard.

Memory Verse:  Isaiah 40:31: “But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.”

April 3: We start off our month on perseverance with Jesus’ last words before God brings Him back to heaven. In Matthew 28:20 we have the huge task Jesus gave His disciples to share His story throughout the world. In Acts 1-2, we discover how Jesus sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost to help the disciples accomplish that task.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember God is with you. God Time Cards Week 1

April 10: In Hebrews 12:1, the author of Hebrews reminds us that when life gets hard, we can look to the heroes of the faith and see how they trusted God through some extremely difficult circumstances. God brought them through those trials, and God will help us through ours.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember how others persevered. God Time Cards Week 2

April 17: In Hebrews 12:2-3, we will talk about what it means to run the race of life with perseverance. It will get hard, but we can focus our attention on Jesus. He is the ultimate example of someone who endured death itself to accomplish the rescue mission God set out for him.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember what Jesus did for you. God Time Cards Week 3

April 24: Finally, through Hebrews 12:12-15, kids will learn that others are watching us as we persevere through difficult times. When our friends or family members are having trouble persevering, they can look to our example and be encouraged to stick with it.

Bottom Line: When life gets hard, remember you can help others persevere. God Time Cards week 4

UpStreet – Time Out

Contentment is being happy with what you have and not wanting more.

Memory Verse:  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21 (NIrV) 

Feb 7: Join us as we talk about the importance of being on God’s team. We will take a look at Peter’s life in Acts 2 & 3 and the example of the disciples and how they worked together to bring others to Jesus.

Bottom Line: God calls us to work together as a team.

Feb. 14: We will look at the story of the Prodigal Son. Luke 12:15 NIrV, ‘Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against wanting to have more and more things. Life is not made up of how much a person has.” Together we will learn that clothes, money and stuff do not make us happy or more special.
Bottom Line: God loves you for who you are not what you have.

Feb. 21: Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. What are treasures in heaven? How does our stuff keep us from storing up treasures in heaven? Jesus doesn’t want us to be sad and let down by the stuff in the world. He wants us to get treasure that will last forever. We will learn that material things will eventually disappoint us, but things that God give us will not.
Bottom Line: Take time to think about what lasts forever. 

Feb. 28: Proverbs 22:7 ‘Rich people rule over those who are poor. Borrowers are slaves to lenders.’ We will do several activities to help better understand the concept of money/debt and recognize how reducing the dollars spent on things we want will give us more to spend on stuff others need.
Bottom Line: Take time to make wise choices.  

March 6: 2 Corinthians 9:7 ‘You should each give what you have decided in your heart to give. You shouldn’t give if you don’t want to. You shouldn’t give because you are forced to. God loves a cheerful giver.’ We will explore different ways we can cheerfully love others – and serve someone this week without using money.
Bottom Line: Take time to give to others.

March 13: 2 Corinthians 9:11 ‘You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.’ We will focus on living thankful lives, mainly through prayer.
Bottom Line: Take time to pray and thank God.

March 20: John 13:34-35 ‘”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” We will learn about the local church, and decide how they can be generous now and in the future.
Bottom Line: Take time to be generous.

March 27: Happy Easter! We will celebrate that we can have hope because Jesus is alive! In John 20:1-18, we’ll find out that all the promises that Jesus made are true. Everything that Jesus said and did lead to this moment. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and came back to life making it possible for us to be with God forever!
Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God loves you!

UpStreet – Self-Control

Self-control is choosing to do what you should do not what you want to do.

Memory Verse:  Proverbs 25:28: “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.”

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Jan. 3: For week one, we’ll look at Proverbs 25:28 – “A person without self-control is like a city whose walls are broken through.” In ancient times, the city without walls was exposed to harsh elements and cities that could conquer them. A lack of self-control exposes you to danger.

Bottom Line: God can give you the power to control yourself.
Week 1 – God Time Card

 Jan. 10: In week two, we’ll discover more about Proverbs 16:32 – “It is better to be patient than to fight. It is better to control your temper than to take a city.” God reminds us having patience and showing self-control is more important than winning an argument or conquering an entire city.

Bottom Line: Pause before you lose your temper.
Week 2 – God Time Card
 

Jan. 17: For week three, we’ll look at Proverbs 21:23 – “Those who are careful about what they say keep themselves out of trouble.” We want kids to understand the power of showing self-control with the words they say.

Bottom Line: Select your words carefully.
Week 3 – God Time Card
 

Jan. 24: In week four, we’ll see what God says in Proverbs 25:16 – “If you find honey, eat just enough. If you eat too much of it, you will throw up.” You can have too much of a good thing. Here we are given a clear picture of what could happen if we don’t know when to stop.

Bottom Line: Know when to stop.
Week 4 – God Time Card
 

Jan. 31: For the final week, we’ll look closer at Proverbs 4:23 – “Above everything else, guard your heart. Everything you do comes from it.” In order to show self-control, you need to fill your heart and minds with what will help you guard your heart.

Bottom Line: Use God’s words to guide your thoughts.
Week 5 – God Time Card

December – Virtue

Compassion is caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.

Memory Verse: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NirV)

Nov. 22: Prayer Experience – Your child will participate in several interactive prayer stations. Throughout the morning we will be spending time praying for others, thanking God, asking for forgiveness, praying for others, and asking God to help us.

Bottom Line: Spend time in prayer with God.

Nov. 29: This week kids will discover that compassion starts with God. John wrote about God’s love in his first letter to the church. In 1 John 4:9-12, we read that God initiated compassion when He sent His only Son into the world to give His life for us. John goes on to challenge his audience to love others as God loves us.

Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love others? GODtime Card 11.29

Dec. 6: We’ll head back to the book of Luke. If you start reading the Christmas story from the beginning, you hear about an angel who came to Mary. The Bible says this angel shows up after hundreds of years of God’s silence. But in the middle of that silence God was up to something huge. He had seen our greatest need and was doing something about it.

Bottom Line: God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see? GODtime Card 12.6

Dec. 13: In the most incredible part of this Christmas story, Jesus is born in Bethlehem. We don’t always think about it, but when you take time to understand what’s really going on here, you discover it’s pretty amazing. This is the moment that God stepped onto the planet in the form of a human baby. God cared enough about our need not only to recognize it, but to send His Son to become like us so that He could do something about that need.

Bottom Line: God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give? GODtime Card 12.13

Dec. 20: We’ll close out the month remembering how angels startled a group of shepherds and their flocks. This choir of angels announced what was about to happen. God kept His promise and now everyone could have hope and joy knowing that God would rescue them. The shepherds who heard the message that night were never the same. They couldn’t wait to share that good news of great joy to everyone in town.

Bottom Line: God gave us great news. Who will you tell? GODtime Card 12.20

UpStreet will not meet during the December 23rd and 24th services.

UpStreet – Bravery

Bravery is showing you’re ready to face anything.

Memory Verse:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NIV

Week 1 – October 11
Throughout the BRAVE journey we will learn about Peter and how he followed Jesus. Jesus called him to a mission. He called him to take risks by following and obeying Him. Jesus told Peter to go out into the deep water to fish. In Luke 5:1-11 He also told him to “fish for men.” Peter’s job was to fill nets with fish, but his mission was to invite more and more people to follow Jesus.   While we have the same mission as Peter, it will look different in each of our lives.

Bottom Line: No matter what, Jesus wants you to follow Him.

Week 2 – October 18
During a bad storm Jesus walked on water to help the disciples. We will read how Peter was the only disciple brave enough to walk on water and follow Jesus in Matthew 14:22-33. He started to sink because he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the high waves around him. We probably won’t walk on water, but will face difficult situations and storm in life. If we focus on Jesus we too can be brave and ask Him for help.

Bottom Line: No matter what storm you face, Jesus will help you be brave.

Week 3 – October 25
In Luke 22:54-62 we will learn that Peter messed up and denied Jesus three times. Jesus forgave him and loved him anyway. Jesus forgive us and loves us too. We mess up and make mistakes, but it’s with His power that we are able to keep on following Him bravely.

Bottom Line: No matter how hard something is, Jesus will give you power to follow Him.

Week 4 – November 1
We will take a look at Acts 2 and learn how Peter took a brave step on his mission to follow Jesus. Peter knew Jesus had given him the task of telling others about Jesus. He had no idea how to do it though, especially when there were people who didn’t even speak his language. But once he had the power of the Holy Spirit, he took the leap! He just started talking about Jesus…and the Holy Spirit helped everyone understand him.

Bottom Line: No matter where you are, Jesus will help you take a brave leap to do hard things.

Week 5 – November 8
Together we will learn that Peter and other Christians followed Jesus, even when they could get in trouble. They had the power of the Holy Spirit and were seeing miracles. They also recognized that Jesus had given his life for them. They were willing to give up their own safety for him. They loved him so much that they would obey him. We each have the same mission to follow Jesus, but it’s going to be different because Jesus is going to ask us to do different things. We’ve got to practice listening to Jesus and looking for ways we can follow him bravely.

Bottom Line: No matter where you go, listen to Jesus and follow Him.

 

 

 

September – Initiative

Initiative is seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

Memory Verse: “Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.” Colossians 3:23a, NIrV

Week 1: GodTime Card Week 1
We are going to begin with the first chapter of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the huge need and before he did anything he prayed. He knew he needed God’s help.

Bottom Line: When you see something big to be done, ask God for help.

Week 2: GodTime Card Week 2
We’ll check out Nehemiah 2:1-9 and 11-18. Nehemiah took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step, he went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.

Bottom Line: When you see what needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it.

Week 3: GodTime Card Week 3
We will focus on a different part of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 5:1-12. While everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, even though he was the leader, and even though he was in charge, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to stay to help them figure out a solution.

Bottom Line: When you see people in need, don’t wait for someone else to help them.

Week 4: GodTime Card Week 4
We’ll look at several passages through Nehemiah and that throughout the whole process of building the wall, Nehemiah demonstrated some amazing truths about initiative. He demonstrated how to see what needs to be done and did it. He demonstrated how to care for others. He even demonstrated something that’s very important to recognize when talking about initiative—Nehemiah realized that the ability or strength to do what needs to be done comes from God. We cannot accomplish the task on our own. We have to lean on God to do His part as well. The most powerful part is seeing that when they did their part, God stepped in and did something that only God could do.

Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done.

Week 5: October 4
Today is celebration day and we will wrap up our Life App on initiative. Together we will have a chance to show initiative and make blankets for boys and girls in need through Project Linus. Colossians 3:23 tells us to work for the Lord with all our hearts and we are going to put God’s word into action!

Bottom Line: Work hard for the Lord.