Children's Ministry at NCCC
September 10, 2017
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Learning to Live in the "AND"

A story from Beth Geesey,
 our Early Childhood Team Leader:
 
"You think, because one and one make two, that you understand two.  But to truly comprehend the nature of two, you must first understand...and."
-Jalaluddin Rumi, 13th-century poet and scholar

"Jesus said "I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation is intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant."
-John 15, The Message

What:   
Down deep, hardwired into our DNA, we're made for connection.  Before we have words, we long for relationship. A baby turns to hear his mama's voice, a toddler reaches up to be held, a preschooler smiles brightly when she sees dad at the door. Research going back as far as 50 years shows that children with a secure attachment, a trust-based emotional bond with a parent or caregiver, enjoy more happiness with their parent, get along better with friends, trust that good things will come their way, and know how to be kind to those around them.  

So What:
A friend put it this way, 'When I find overwhelming research on something, and down deep it's something I feel is true, than I begin to wonder if I've stumbled across one of God's big Truth's with a capital T.' She said what I've experienced, that God's Truth is often found hiding in plain sight. 

Jesus knew about connection and living in the and. As parents of young children, it's tough learning to live in the sticky, messy place of relationships. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers need us, and then suddenly don't need us, or so they think. It's all very complicated...and messy. And it's here, in the chaos, that we find God's promises to us. Each of us has an attachment story. How we were or weren't loved as a child. It is the background music that we either dance to or turn away from. Whatever your story, God delights in and loves you. You can depend on Him and His promise to be there for you. If you're looking for ways to help your child feel secure and share what unconditional love feels like try these suggestions: 

Now What: 
  • Be with your child when he/she is sad or uncomfortable. If necessary, stay with your child until they feel secure enough to explore the classroom or new environment. This builds their trust in you and plants seeds of safety and assurance. 
  • Say goodbye and promise that you will return every time you leave. Develop a goodbye ritual that is short and sweet that they can remember when you leave. 
  • While sneaking out might seem like a good idea to you, once the child realizes you are gone, they are left to manage BIG feelings without you. 
  • Your acceptance and help in managing your child's BIG feelings, promotes self-regulation and supports development of a healthy self, one that can navigate in choppy waters. 
  • Practice scaffolding strategies. "Scaffolding - giving just enough help to allow children to learn to do it themselves-is a major benefit of the "and" for them: When we help just enough, they gain confidence in themselves yet recognize that it has come through our support." -Raising a Secure Child, 2017
  • Parenting is hard work. Don't expect perfection! You only need to be good enough. Rely on God's promises for those times when you're feeling overwhelmed or unsure. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. -2 Corinthians 1:3-4 

Thank you, God, for your promise to be with us always. You delight in us, comfort us and watch over us. Help us delight in our children, comfort them and watch over them so that they might come to experience your love and grace through us. 


Beth's Recommended Read:

Raising a Secure Child by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper, and Bert Powell, with Christine M. Benton, 2017. 
Upcoming Events/ Announcements
Raising Kids with a Faith that Lasts
A class offered at The Harbor
Wednesday Nights | 6:00pm-7:30pm | Sep 20th - October 25th

Helping your child begin and grow their relationship with God is one of a parent's greatest privileges.  Discover how to use family fun, everyday conversations, and meaningful milestone markers to launch your child's relationship with God. DVD-based series featuring some of today's top experts-Dr. Tim Kimmel, Dr. Greg Smalley, Rev. Mark Holmen, and Larry Fowler.  Facilitated by Josh & Linda Stewart. 
Kids Can Change You
Get involved in Children's Ministry this Fall

Last year, over 2,000 kids came to one of our weekend services.  It takes over 100 volunteers to staff our services every weekend.  We know that kids are Created and Loved by God to Discover, Wonder, Play and Grow.  If you want to be a part of the wonder, join our Children's Ministry Team, email children@northcoastcalvary.org or check out the link --  Volunteer Page  
KidStory
Children's Ministry Training
Saturday, September 16th | 8:30am-3:30pm | Fireside Room

Have you ever wondered how to share God's word with your kids but felt like you didn't know what to say or how to make it fun?  KIDStory has been used around the world to share the Bible with children of all ages.  So whether you want to share the Bible with  your kids, your neighborhood, your community or further, come learn with us how to share God's Story in a way kids enjoy and can learn.


For more information, contact  Joan

Feed 100K 
OneMeal Fundraiser and Food Packing Event
Sep 17 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | In the Piazza

2nd Annual Food Packing event . A fun family way to get involved with the world hunger crisis.  This year the food will be going to our partner in Nicaragua, Verbo Ministries.  Our fundraising goal is $25,000.  This would pack and ship 100,00 meals!  Give online toward the food costs and register for the event, then come on Sep 17th with your friends and family and pack the food with the whole church!  

Sign up through the Missions Webpage: 

Mission-Events and check out the Feed 100K video here --> Feed 100K Video
GameLife 
for 1st-3rd Graders
Sep 20th-Oct 25th | Wednesday Nights

GAMELIFE is an innovative way of using experiential education to engage kids with the Bible.  We will be offering GAMELIFE for 1st-3rd graders this fall on Wednesday nights at The Harbor!  

We are currently building a team of 14 people to pilot this new program.  Are you one of them?  

Preview the GameLife website, and e-mail Megan Beck to find out more!  
North Coast Calvary Chapel
Join Our Team
We are hiring! 

If you believe in the importance of ministry to children and have skills that you think could be a credit to our team, please send your cover letter and resume to hr@northcoastcalvary.org.
 We are currently looking to fill these positions:  

Saturday Night Team Leader - PT, 15 hours, including weekends. Directly responsible for overseeing our Saturday night Children's Ministry Program.  Manage Saturday Night Staff and programs.  

Saturday Night Elementary Coordinator - PT, 12 hours, including Saturday Nights.
Build and support a strong team of volunteers who serve in Kindergarten-Third Grade ministry on Saturday night. 

Early Childhood Crew Leader - PT, 8-10 hours, mostly weekends. The crew leader is responsible for encouraging and building a team that is committed to serving regularly, and for maintaining a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment for children. 

  Early Childhood Crew -  PT, 6 hours.  Crew members implement routines, environments and materials that engage children in discovery, wonder, play and learning.