Gurnee Community Church Children's Ministry

 
Whether you are just joining our Children's Ministry monthly emails or have received them for quite a while there are always great things to read about!  We're glad you are a part of the GCC's Children's Ministry!!!!
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Rocks

Elementary students....CONGRATULATIONS!  You have reached the rock line.  After a very intense vote we will be having a Nerf Gun war this Sunday, November 4th to celebrate.  You may bring your own Nerf Gun as long as it isn't a high powered, rapid release type.  We want it to be fun and fair for all.

Keep bringing your bibles, attending church, memorizing your bible verses and more so we can celebrate again soon!


Offering

We made our goal of $75 to send to St. Jude Children's Hospital.  We will take a group vote to see what the next organization is that we will support.

We collect offering every Sunday in 2 year old room, 3 year old room, PreK room and Elementary.  There is no expectation that your child(ren) need to bring offering but wanted you to be made aware of it if you didn't know.  The offering goes to an organization that the Elementary kids vote on.

Prayer

We want to grow our children to be great prayer warriors.  Our children have the ability to have intimate conversations with God through prayer.  We hope to help them learn to hear God's voice and for them to share the desires of their hearts.  This will all take place during Sunday School, through quiet time, directed mindfulness time and going to the Prayer Room (next to DQ).  You will be informed ahead of time the Sunday we are traveling to the Prayer Room.

Bible Verses

We are excited to add the use of craft sticks for memorizing bible verses.  Your child(ren) will receive a bag of craft sticks with the current unit's bible verse written on them.  Please have them practice at home.  If during the several Sundays of that unit they are able to recite their bible verse they will receive a small prize.  This will begin Sunday, November 11th. 

God's word is a powerful tool! 


FAMILY EVENTS
Advent Calendar Event

Saturday, November 17th from 3:00-5:00 pm @ GCC.  Come be a part of making an Advent Calendar to prepare your family for the celebration of Our Lord and Savior's birth!  We will have a short devotional and put together special advent calendars (similar to the one pictured).  You can sign up  HERE or at the TruKids Check-in Desk on Sundays.


Parents' Night Out

Saturday, December 8th from 5:30-8:30 pm @ GCC.  Go on a date, run some errands, get Christmas shopping done...whatever you want because your child(ren) will be watched by a great group of people so you can.  We will provide pizza and water for dinner for the kids.  Sign up HERE

New Year's Eve Party

Monday, December 31st from 5:00-11:00 pm @ GCC.
There will be dinner, games, open gym and lots of fun!  Come ring in the new year together!
Sign up  HERE
Fall Festival

The Fall festival at Kroll's Farm was a cold but GREAT time with almost 70 people and their families from GCC!

Looking forward to seeing you at another event soon.

MISCELLANEOUS
Parenting Resources

Even if you were unable to participate in the Parenting Through the Phases small groups we still have MANY resources for you.  Please stop by the Family Life Center (gym) on Sundays to check out recommended books.  There are also some great books that can be purchased for $10 ea called, Parenting Your.....  (add the age or grade of your child).  We hope that we can continue to come alongside you on this journey of parenting.
DIRECTOR'S SECTION
As October ends and November begins we shift our focus to the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving.  It causes us to pause and think about what we are grateful for.  We are so often giving thanks for our health, our homes, our jobs, our family, which are all GREAT gifts.  Are we in this season, as well as everyday of the year remembering to give thanks to Our Creator?  The one that loves us so much that He sent His son to die to us so that we may have eternal life.  Are we stopping and falling to our knees with joy in the good and bad times?  I often think of this song to remind me of the praise and thanks that should always be shown to Our Father.

Tauren Wells - Hills and Valleys (Official Lyric Video)
Tauren Wells - Hills and Valleys (Official Lyric Video)

May you find joy in this time of Thanksgiving!  May we boldly remind our children, family and friends what we are thankful for this holiday season, and all the days of our lives.

Sincerely,

Carrie Yeaman
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
847-336-2392 x209
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