August 10th, 2018

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Sunday Bible Class

Our curriculum is Bible Studies for Life.  The lessons scheduled for this week are:

Spanish Preschool: Apolos hablaba de Jesús

English Preschool: Paul’s Second Journey

School Age: Paul’s Second Journey

Please take the time to look at the Activity Pages that your children bring home.  You will find the Bible story, suggested Scripture reading for the week, and instructions for how to download the Bible Studies for Life app.

We love seeing your children in Bible class.  The more frequently they come, the more likely they are to build stronger relationships with the other children and with the teachers.  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Recognition

-Evan Candocia has a birthday on August 11.
-Vidal Collado participated in class.
-Brenda Emokah remembered the Bible Story.
-Dustin Padilla participated in class.
-The K-2nd Grade Class has some good helpers: Jacob Bergman, Alfonso Corro, Gio Delisma, Vanessa Emokah, Valeria Gomez and Ricardo Rodriguez

Mark Your Calendar

Sundays
Bible Class

Wednesdays
Summer Bible Club

August 12
Preschool Picnic

August 26
Back to School Sunday

August 29
Awana Parent Orientation

September 2
Bible Class Promotions

September 5
First Night of Awana

September 9
3rd-5th Grade Picnic


For Parents

If you were on a game show and asked to list off all the prayers you learned as a small child, how many could you name?

I would guess several would quickly come to mind from a few different categories, like: Bedtime Prayers: “Now I lay me down to sleep…” Mealtime Prayers: “God is great, God is good…” Singing Prayers: “Praise God from whom all blessings flow…” (The Doxology)

But there’s one thing all these prayers have in common: there is no space to listen.

Speaking with our Heavenly Father is important; in fact, I dare say it’s one of the most important things we can do in our Christian walk along with reading God’s Word. But speaking without listening is only a monologue. To truly commune and develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father, we must make room for dialogues to happen daily.

As a Professor of Communications one of the first things I teach my students on the first day of class is the communication process. Students often believe there is one channel of communication when it comes to public speaking, when there are eight.

A message can be sent by a speaker, but without a listener to receive that message, it exists in a vacuum. Add in other elements that can affect proper communication like interference, setting and the message itself, and we realize how much more there is to speech than making sounds.

Besides the fact that we drill into our children a one-sided relationship with God from an early age, there is another glaring issue: they focus on ‘ask’.

Most of the prayers we learn as children ask God for things. Sure, there is a sprinkling of thankfulness built in, but let’s face it, we teach kids at an early age to get good at making lists for God.

I get the heart behind it. As a parent, we started praying with our kids before they could talk in hopes they would be used to the practice and discipline of it by the time they could speak. But while we commonly build in times for prayer before the major milestones of our day (eating and sleeping, for example), I find it rare that families build in time for communal silence.

What does communal silence look like? It can look like waking up early to walk around the neighborhood in silence before school. It can be taking time to sit at the table as a family quietly for thirty seconds before starting a prayer to join together in spirit and quiet the noise of the day. It can mean taking time to lie on the living room floor next to each other with eyes closed while listening to instrumental music before bedtime.

And yes, this can be done with kids of any age. The youngest children may have to learn the practice of being quiet with their family at the table or while in a stroller on a walk, while older kids will learn to put electronic devices down.

We can start learning to listen to the voice of Jesus by starting small and starting together.

For my family, learning to listen to the voice of Jesus and the Holy Spirit started with me asking my kids questions as they lay in bed before falling asleep, counting to ten, and then asking them if they heard, saw or felt anything. It’s safe to assume that if each child learns differently, they will each hear and experience God differently.

Be prepared to answer the question, “How do I know that was God?” Of course, we will never have a definitive answer to that wise question, but we can have faith that God speaks to us in a way we understand and if we need clarification, we can always ask that of Him. If He lives in our heart, then it would only be natural that we would speak the same language.

Start where you are and invite your family to experience the peace that comes from listening to the voice of Jesus when we pray. Just like anything new, it may take time to get used to, but I promise the patience and practice will pay off long into eternity!

Condensed from "Helping Our Kids Hear God" by Sami Cone from faithgateway.com.  

EnglishVanessa Pardo