Children

JESUS SAID, "LET THE LITTLE CHILDREN COME TO ME..." 

Our heart is to see every child and family discover who they are in Christ, experience his goodness and learn how to share this life-changing encounter with their world.

BELONG | BELIEVE | BLESS

At Woodinville Alliance, we want children and families to be welcomed into the church body and to encounter the transforming love and grace of Jesus.   This starts with caring classroom leaders committed to building relationships first, demonstrating the way Jesus prioritized and cared for children.  It includes opportunities for your family to build on a foundation of faith as a family unit and to connect with other families looking to grow together.  We want to help all kids grow in their understanding of God's great love by exploring the Bible, worshiping together, practicing habits of faith development and providing support for parents as they lead by example.

FAMILY CHALLENGE

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Families who send in a photo of the family challenge in action will be entered to WIN a copy of one of my favorite advent books! Email photos to: Kerif@wachurch.us.
 
11/25 Challenge:
Read Psalm 96, Psalm 100, Deuteronomy 30:-4 and/or Daniel 2:19-23 out loud.  What do these passages say about WORSHIP and our responsibility as worshippers?
  1. If you have toddlers or preschoolers, have everyone grab something they can make into an instrument (toys, pots, pans).  Have a worship parade around the house, telling God how great He is, shouting out praises as you parade!
  2. For families with older kids, after dinner or before bed, take 5-10 minutes of quiet worship.  Play one or two songs and invite the family to sit in silence, focusing all their attention on God.  Finish with prayer, or challenge everyone to head off to bed right after worship.  
  3. Ask family members to choose and share a favorite worship song or hymn.  Write down or discuss lyrics that stand out to you as you listen. Try to focus on attributes of God as you listen, ascribing glory to His name and His character.

11/18 Challenge:  
Read Psalm 8 out loud.  How does it remind us about WHO God is?  Read it in the NIV.  What does it say about the power of praise, specifically praise from the littlest ones?  What does it say about our value as His children?
 
Ask your family for ideas how you can fill your home with GRATITUDE and WORSHIP over the next couple of weeks….here are a couple ideas in case you’re stuck:
  1.  Use white board or window markers to write/draw words of praise and thankfulness on a prominent window in your home.
  2. Have the family cut paper leaves and write words of gratitude, worship, thankfulness on them.  Hang them from a branch clipping and display it in a vase on the dining table.  Add new leaves every time you gather for dinner!

11/12 Challenge:
Read one or more of these verses together: Romans 12:10, Ephesians 6:1-3, Philippians 2:1-4, 1 Peter 5:5. Talk about what HONOR looks like. What are some specific ways we HONOR family members? Elders? God?

One way to honor others is to listen well. To practice showing interest in and listening to others, have each family member write one or two Table Talk questions (i.e. What is your favorite family vacation memory? Your favorite holiday tradition? What is hard for you right now? What are you proud of right now?). Drop all the questions in a jar and keep this at the table. Once a day over a meal or before bedtime, gather around the jar and choose a question to discuss. Practice listening quietly, asking clarifying questions to better understand each other and take some time to bless each other with words of encouragement and/or prayer.

11/5 Challenge:
Talk about the blessing in Numbers 6:24-26 with your family. What do those phrases mean to you? How does it feel when someone is blessing you with encouraging words, prayers, and/or reminding you of how much God cares for you?

Ask God for 1 or 2 people/families to bless this week. Or, in "kidspeak", how can you bring a smile to this person's face? Pray together and ask God to give you a specific prayer and word of blessing for these people. Write these words down, or make a video of your spoken blessing. Deliver it with some kid-made art!


FAMILY RESOURCES

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If you're looking for resources about how to talk to your kids about racism, you'll find a place to begin here.

Looking for ways to connect with your kids spiritually throughout the week?  
Try our Family Time Devos Challenge for Elementary Age Kids // Family Time Devos Challenge for the Youngers (Non-Readers).

Wondering how to talk to your kids about anxiety?  The unfamiliarity of our current situation can stir up big feelings for everyone at home.  Check out the Parent Cue website for some simple, age appropriate conversation guides here.

Another great resource available from Parent Cue is their Faith Conversation Guide (broken down by ages/stages), downloadable for free here.


SUNDAY MORNINGS

*For the time being, children and youth are IN SERVICE with families. 
Register HERE for the service your family plans to attend.

The info below applies when we are able to begin opening classrooms again safely.

FIRST TIME?
Come to the Welcome Center just around the corner from the Porch and our welcome team will take care of you!

Once we get some basic info and create a name tag for your child, one of the welcome team will help you find the right classroom for your child’s age and explain the pick-up procedure.  Don't hesitate to let us know if you have ANY questions!

A small snack will be provided to the kids during their time in the classroom. If your child has food sensitivities, please make sure to notify the welcome team so it can be noted on your child’s name tag.
*We do advise parents of children with food sensitivities to provide an appropriate snack for their child.

DO YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH DISABILITIES?
Understanding that every child is unique, we want to partner with you to provide the best care possible. The more information we have ahead of time, the better we can help meet your child’s needs.  If you are considering bringing your child on Sundays, please visit this link: Disabilities Information Form. Fill out anything on the form that you feel pertains to your child and would help give us an initial understanding of their needs.

We are looking forward to meeting you and your kids!



CHECK-IN ON SUNDAY:
We have 2 check-in stations downstairs and 1 upstairs.  Please print your child’s
name tags and remember to hold on to the security tag for pick up.
Beginning at 9:45, teachers should be in the classrooms, ready to welcome your child.

At approximately 10:05, Kindergarten-5th grade classes will walk to the worship center together,  joining the adults for corporate worship.  After worship, they will return to their classrooms for the bible lesson, discussion, activities and game time!

The following age groups will spend the entire service in their classroom and/or designated play space:
  • Nursery– 3’s (main, west hallway across from Welcome Center)
  • 4/5’s (southwest preschool wing)

LATE ARRIVALS:
Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us!  To help reduce chaos for our teachers, we limit check in to the classroom itself and ask that PARENTS check in their kids instead of sending them off to the room alone.

If you have a 1st-5th grader and arrive during their transition to the worship center OR during worship time, please keep your child WITH you during worship until the kids are dismissed to their classes.  At that time, you can escort your child to the appropriate classroom for check in.

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