Children's Ministry - May 2016

As the Spring season has kicked off and the pollen has put a yellow blanket on every thing in sight outside, I am amazed at how living things need that pollination!

Some of us have allergies and some of us it does not bother too much! Jesus Christ is the same. He is the pollination we need to bear fruit and to live life to its fullest year after year! When we are saved, we take the old off and put the new on and each time we study the Word of God. He gives us new meaning and new understanding of the way we should live our lives and the purpose we have! God is great and He is our strength and what we need from season to season! God has great and amazing fruit to bear through each of us and we are not going to all bear the same fruits! We are all different and we all have gifts that He gave us to share with others and to help and serve others! As the Spring season kicks off, what opportunities has God showed you he wants you to take to show love and support to others? Some of these opportunities could be. Praying for others that are in the body of Christ, the lost, encouraging committees that are praying and seeking God's guidance, taking meals to the sick, teaching or helping in Connect Groups, Sunday evening, or Wednesday evening. There are lots and lots of opportunities God can give us share to His love and support for one another.

God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus. (Max Lucado)

Jumping the Hurdles at TeamKID, 1st -6th grade. This month we will be learning how to Be Dependable, Accepting Jesus as Savior, Going to Church, Following God's Leadership!

Follow the Leader 2's-Kindergarten will be learning that God wants me to: Pray and Not Worry, Put Others First, Help Care for Others in need. He teaches me in the Bible what He wants me to do!

What's coming up:

May 4th Cook's Kidz Ministry Team Meeting
May 6th Cook Kidz Club
May 25th End of School Year Party
May 29th Baby Dedication

SUBMERGED VBS coming June 27th- July 1st 2016!

Vacation Bible School workdays coming this month!

Please sign up to serve the kids at Cook and in our community during the week of VBS and for follow-ups! Signup at the Welcome Center! Thank You!

For more info go to cookbc.org and Cook's Kidz Ministry on facebook!

Love to you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - April 2016

Spring has sprung! All the flowers have bloomed, the grass is beautiful and green, birds and baby animals are born. We have celebrated the risen Son and we need Him daily. He is alive and life with Him is amazing! As I look at all the beautiful flowers, baby animals, and birds that are new, I think how great He is! Sometimes, it takes my breath away at how He can take any season and make something beautiful come out of it! Just like life, He can take anyone's season of life and make it beautiful! Our God reigns forever and ever!

With all the rain last month, it took a lot of material things from lots of people in our communities, but life with Jesus is eternal! Things can be replaced but our life He gave us cannot. Always trust in Jesus Christ. If you do not have this peace of eternal life, you are missing out on the greatest blessing you can receive!

This month at TeamKID, 2 year olds-Kindergarten are learning God wants me to... learn, God teaches me in the Bible... He always keeps His promises,

God will help me... if I move, and God wants me to... take care of where I live.

1st-6th grade are jumping the hurdles, studying the Bible, serving others, loving others, and being a good friend!

TeamKID is a exciting time, Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm where we learn what God wants us to know from His word. We learn about missionaries, how to work together as a family, and how to continually grow in the relationship we have with Jesus Christ!

April

5th - VBS Clinic New Hope Baptist Church 6:00pm-8:30pm (If you are planning on teaching or helping in any area, please try to attend this)
6th - Cook Kidz Ministry Team meeting 7:30pm
8th - Cook Kidz Club- 6:00-9:30pm. Sign up online @cookbc.org
9th - Children's Garage Sale fundraiser for CentriKid Camp 7:30am-2:00pm
10th - Lift Groups
23rd -Women's R&R at Cook
30th - M-Jam

Save the date - VBS Submerged June 27th-July 1st!

Find lots of exciting Cook Kidz info at cookbc.org or Cook Kidz facebook page!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime!

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - March 2016

Happy Easter! He is alive! Welcome to the month of new beginnings. Jesus lives and gives new life everyday!

I love this time of year, after winter's cold coat comes off and living things starts to grow and put on new life. This is my favorite season. It is not too cold and not too hot, which is the way some of us want to live our lives. We want everything to be just right!

Without new life through Christ, we are always finding something wrong, things are not good enough, and we complain to everyone, instead of praying to the only one that can and will help. Our Father in heaven is the Way, the Truth and the Light! We all need to take our troubles and triumphs to Him and pray for one another! Start this month with a fresh new look on life!

This past month, we made love baskets and gave them to our older members in our church that do not get out of their home or nursing home very often. There were tears, joy, and laughter as they received these love baskets.

When we give love and concern to someone else, God will bless us tremendously!

Our kids will learn this month about new beginnings. Jesus is alive and wants to love and live in us so others can see Him through us!

In TeamKID on Wednesdays starting at 6:00 pm each week, we will be discussing telling others about Jesus, being happy when others succeed, learning to pray, and being a good friend. We have learned so much about God's life lessons and look forward to jumping the hurdles and following the leader each week together.

March 4th - 6:00-9:30pm Cook Kidz Club
March 5th - 8:00am-3:00pm VBS Retreat at Tall Timbers
March 12th-8:00am-4:00pm M-JAM@Cedar Crest Baptist Church in West Monroe
March 19th-GLOW in the Dark Easter Eggtravaganza at Elli's Pumpkin Patch

Find more info on Cook Kidz facebook page or cookbc.org!
Love you all,
Rebecca

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Children's Ministry - February 2016

Exciting News from Cook Kidz! We have started TeamKID on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm! We are jumping the hurdles we face in life! Come join us as we face lots of situations and work as a family to resolve them! In January, 1st-6th graders worked together; 1. Finding God's Love 2. Helping Family Members 3. Dealing with Peer Pressure 4. Controlling My Anger. This month we will learn; 1. Being Kind to Others 2. Dealing with Bullies 3. Getting Along with Family Members 4. Accepting Others Who are Different. We learn these through Bible stories, scripture memory, life application, missions, and recreation. The 2 year olds-Kindergarten are learning how to Follow the Leader in TeamKID. They are having lots of fun and enjoy learning how to follow Christ through stories, games, scripture memory, and recreation.

Also, we have started up Bible Drills, Thrills, and Skills and Missions on Sunday evening from 4:30-5:45pm. They are having Bible memorization and learning about missionaries throughout the world.

In February, we are going to learn ways to Love One Another. At Cook Kidz Club we are going to have Munchie Madness. We will bring our favorite snacks and share with our friends and we will make gifts for others to show our love for them through Christ.

On Valentine's Day, the children will bring items to put in a basket in their Connect Group for our older members that are unable to come to church and we will pray for them and deliver a basket to each of them.

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12
Show kindness to others That's the way it should be.
Love others as God has loved you.
Help one another. Your neighbor is your brother.
Express love in all you do.
He commands we love one another!

Who will you pray for and love on this year?

Coming up
Feb 5th-Cook Kidz Club (bring your favorite snacks to share with your friends)
Feb 14th -LOVE One Another
March 4th- Cook Kidz Club
March 4th-5th -VBS retreat at Tall Timbers

Save the dates
VBS- June 27th-July 1st
Centri-Kid Camp -July 18th-22nd

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - December 2015

Blessings come in all ages! As I am sitting drinking coffee having my devotional time reading and studying the bible Saturday morning, I see my son Justin waking up, he comes in the kitchen puts his arm around my shoulder and hugs me with a huge bear hug, then he sits down in my lap. I bet your thinking how sweet! What really is awesome is he is 20 years old and he is a Marine, he surprised us last week with a 24 day visit home! As we sit there he tells me how thankful and appreciative he is to be able to be home for a few weeks, how he has really missed the family and just being home! He knows the prayers that have covered him the months he has been gone of hoping he could be with us through the holidays! I pray for every family to have the love to share with a stranger or a family member through the holidays! I know the heartache of losing a parent and not being able to see a child during the holidays! I hope that each of you share your homes and your love with others through the year. Memories with your family is a gift God gives us, so cherish those memories! Reach out to your church family and love on them, fellowship together!

As we all get excited for Christmas and the weather gets colder, let’s not forget to share the most important story of all, Jesus' Birth! The hearts of our children are precious so spend time cuddling with your children or grandchildren and reading to them from the Bible, no matter their age they get it!

We have got exciting news for our Preschool and Children Departments we are going to "Deck the Hall" for December!!

Also there is news of Ruston having Ice skating from Dec. 3rd-Dec. 14th. More information to come!

If you have any questions please call or email Rebecca@cookbc.org!

Upcoming Events

December 2nd Children's Ministry Team Meeting 7:15pm
December 4th Cook Kids Club 6:00pm-9:30pm (making gifts for parents)
December 10th Ruston Christmas Parade
December 20th Christmas "Deck The Hall" 9:00am
December 24th Candlelight Service 5pm-6pm
December 25th Merry Christmas

Thank you,

Rebecca Welch

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