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Only a sharp arrow gets the job done

Today in Kidzone we continued to investigate the idea of the arrowhead – the part of the arrow that needs to be sharp so the arrow can do its job.

We tried to cut tomatoes with cool looking but blunt swords and found out just how hard it is to use something that has gone dull and lost its edge.

 

A more everyday example is pencils. When pencils are blunt they don’t do their job like they should. When we let our efforts to follow God get dull – by missing church, not reading our bible or forgetting to pray – we are not as effective or able to achieve good things.

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That’s why it’s so important to be encouraged and supported, and the best place for this is at church.

Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us encourage one another with words of hope – Hebrews 10:25

Check out a video of Warrick using an arrow effectively by clicking the link below

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16 children came to church to play games, watch a movie, sleep over and eat pancakes before joining us in Kidzone.

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An attitude of gratitude: the fletching on our arrow.

Today we looked at a new part of the arrow – the fletching. The fletching of an arrow is the feathers or plastic vanes on the end of an arrow’s shaft that help to guide it and keep it straight on its path towards the target.

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If we are to keep on target towards what God has planned for us we need to have a good attitude. We tried to hit the target with the lawn bowls balls but their bias – their uneven weight- made them roll away from where we aimed them. Arrows who aren’t properly designed go away from the mark too.

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Our attitudes can steer us away or towards the target. If we are selfish and greedy our heart will be led to the wrong things whereas an attitude of gratefulness and forgiveness can help us get through hard times.

 

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Our power comes from connection. 

Today we continued on with our theme of being arrows in God’s hands. We looked at the part of the arrow called the nock, the part that connects to the bow.

Until the arrow is connected to the bowstring it is practically powerless. The power comes from connection.

The same is true with us and God. Our power to do things for God comes from connection with God.

A branch that is cut away from the main tree it can’t bear fruit, it has no power of life in it.

God has great things planned for us to do, but we need to stay connected to him to achieve those things.

To stay connected with God we can

  • Read our bible everyday
  • Pray before bed
  • Come to church every week
  • Listen to worship music
  • Take some quiet time to listen to God

Warrick would really love you to email him and tell him how you connect with God through the week at warrick@firstchurchpapakura.org.nz

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What labels do we wear? – Having a strong identity in God.

Last Sunday we further explored the part of the arrow called the shaft

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The shaft needs to be strong, straight and narrow if the arrow is to work properly. A weak or shaky arrow won’t hit the target. In a similar way we need to have a strong identity in God if we are going to do what he has planned for us.

Our planes made of good strong and sturdy paper flew far whereas the ones made of tissue paper failed to even get over the line.

When we believe we are too young/stupid/scared/little/poor/naughty to do anything these beliefs hold us back. God doesn’t want to hold you back. He wants you to know how much he loves you. unnamed (1)

When we know who God says we are we can do awesome things. Like inviting a friend to Kidzone or to our sleepover. 😁😊☺

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Don’t be a wet noodle!

We looked at the parts of an arrow today, specifically the shaft, the long part of the arrow. We compared what happens when you have a weak shaft (cooked spaghetti) vs a strong and straight shaft.

The shaft of our arrow is like our identity in God. If that is strong we can stay the course and boldly follow God’s plan for our lives.

Sometimes the world tries to undermine our identity in God by telling us we are too small, young, silly to achieve anything. But God knows us better. We need to know what he says about us.

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Holiday programme: day 3 and 4

Wow, time’s flown by so quick I didn’t get to finish the blog post for Thursday! So here’s a quick run down of what we did on our last days of holiday program.

This week we have been learning about Jesus being the same yesterday, today and forever. But what is Jesus like and how can we get to know him?

On day 3 we learned that God is always reliable and dependable. We can get to know and trust Jesus through prayer, singing in worship, coming to church and reading the Bible.

Today we looked at the concept that Jesus is the good shepherd, helping us when we are lost or stuck in a bad situation. Life can get scary sometimes so it’s good to know Jesus is looking out for us and that he will help if we ask.

We heard from lots of people, particularly parents who said you guys had a great time which was wonderful to hear. We loved having you all and hope to see you again when Kidzone starts again

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Children are like arrows (Psalm 127:4) 

This term and next term our theme is based on Psalm 127:4

Today we learnt that children are destined to go further, beyond our own ideas of what we are capable of, even beyond what our parents have done.

We heard the story of Gideon and how even though he thought he was nothing God called him a mighty warrior and helped him free the whole nation of Israel

Sometimes you can feel like a loser, like you aren’t old enough/smart enough/strong enough to achieve anything. God doesn’t think that and he knows better than anybody. You can do amazing things

 

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A message from Romania

Big thanks to all of you who came early on Sunday to talk to Warrick, he really enjoyed catching up with all of you. I hope you said nice things about the way Kidzone was going!

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We learned that fidget spinners only cost $1 in Romania, what Romanian money looks like, saw Warrick’s very blue bathroom and found out why Warrick likes Romania so much (someone came to his apartment building and gave free Coke to everyone who lives there!)

Warrick will be back soon, his plane touches down Monday 6th of June (Queen’s Birthday weekend) so I hope you’ll all come to Kidzone this week to make him a welcome home card/sign/banner.

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Highs and Lows

How high does God’s love go? All the way to the heavens, further than a helium balloon disappearing into the sky.

But more exciting than that is how low God’s came to save us. All the way from heaven to earth. As a little baby to a poor family to die a criminal’s death on the cross. That’s how low God’s love came for you.

So while it was fun to jump around, trying to get those balloons to the ceiling the lesson is we can’t work our way up to God. So he came down to us.

Sometimes we feel low. But no matter what you feel, where you are or how much stuff you have or don’t have, God’s love can reach you.

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God is our mighty warrior

Today was the last day of our Psalm 127:4 program and we capped it off with the best, most important bit: being in God’s hands.

If we aren’t connected to God its like wandering in the dark… or with a blindfold on. God helps us make the best choices and when we listen to him and trust him we can do awesome things. We saw that today when Nathaniel brought the verse God had told Warrick he would need , Proverbs 3:5.

When we are connected to God, we can know his plan for us. How can you get connected to God today? 

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