July 18 Parent Connection

What an AWESOME morning we had together at the zoo! We had over 500 people in attendance, our volunteers made over 300 animal balloons and we ate more than 500 donuts! We talked about the story of Jonah and the Vine and learned that God created you and me so he wants us to show love and compassion to each other. I challenge you spend time as a family outside. Talk together about the things God has created to show us how much he loves us. Here are more pictures from the Zoo!

This Sunday July 25th we will have a special guest with us in our Elementary and Preschool classes! Ryan Hardy is a young boy who enjoys doing magic tricks and entertaining audiences. He is an 8th grader you will love watching in action this Sunday at 11am in Kidventure at the Fargodome! You won’t want to miss it!

In our Elementary program (Kindergarten through 5th grade) we have something called Treasure Chest. Children earn coins during Kidventure by bringing their bibles, participating, and being good listeners. The first Sunday of the month we put out prizes where children can spend the coins they have earned. We call this Treasure Chest Sunday. Our next Treasure Chest Sunday will be Sunday August 1st after Kidventure.

Parents we want Kidventure to be a support system for you. I’m not a parent myself yet so I don’t give parenting advice, but I love to pass along parenting material when I get a chance. I ran across an article taken from Dr. Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages of Children and wanted to share it with you. Dr. Chapman says unconditional love that says, “I love you, no matter what” is what children crave. Don’t withhold your love from a child when they “misbehave.” A child’s emotional love tank must be filled before any effective training or discipline can take place. Discipline wrapped in love is the most effective discipline. For more about a child’s love language or parenting feel free to check out his book. I pray that God gives you the strength to show your children unconditional love every day, even when discipline issues arise.

Have a blessed week my friends!

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