Dear Parents

Dear Parents

Dear Parents

May 13th 2020

We are happy that some of the restrictions are being able to be loosened and it is indeed exciting that we can be looking forward to being reunited in cooperate worship whenever it will be allowed in safety. 

As of yet there has not been any decision from the government about when kita, kindergarten and elementary school will open again. The Children Ministry and the Elders have therefore decided that at this time we will not be offering Sunday School lessons at Church, also in light of the recommendation from Pastor Carsten that families with small kids continue to attend Church online and not attend Church physically.

 The Gospel Project provides a chronological, Christ-centered Bible study plan for every age group in our church: preschoolers through youth. The story that God has been telling from the very beginning, the story that saturates every page of Scripture and ties Scripture together, is a story of hope. It’s a story that makes sense of the problems of the world and tell us that the solution to them isn’t us. The solution is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And this is the curriculum, that we are currently using. The Children Ministry Team discussed that it could be challenging once we restart the Sunday lessons in Church to get all our children on the same page,  as we have no way of knowing  how far or even if families have advanced along the story line.

So we have decided that it makes sense to stop uploading the lessons as of this Sunday.  We would encourage you to use the online resources that are to be found on the ICF website. This could be a wonderful time to institute daily family devotions, we would pray that you be inspired by the great tools and resources that are available.

Did you see the incredibly creative children story corroborating Sam’s sermon that the Lange children blessed us with last Sunday? I bet the children who watch it will long remember what the Sabbath means 🙂So please if you have time, share your ideas, videos, stories with us, I am convinced that there are many of you out there with great ideas. 

As I mentioned on our website you are free to access Right Now Media through the ICF account. Phil Vischer has family devotions on the books of the Bible and also the Mr. Phil show.  The Story Keepers is a short series on the very first Christians. You might like the Super Book for your children, the interactive Bible App for your tablet or smartphone  is great for smaller children.

It is our hope and prayer that these resources and the WhatsApp group will be a blessing to you.

Please contact us with anything you need, any questions, concerns or just to connect. We are happy to be of service and support wherever we can.

In His Service

Almaz

Dear Parents,

I can imagine what a challenging time this is and is going to be especially for all of you with young children to be looked after and entertained 24 hours a day.

I can’t tell you how it saddens me not to be able to help look after my grandchildren at this time and I am sure many of you feel the same way about family and friends! But we trust in the Lord and claim the many promises of our faithful King that he is with us and for us always.

As the Psalmist David wrote in Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want, He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul, He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me…” Amen!

I am sure most of you already have researched and know, as far as it is possible in your family situations, how important it is to try and structure every day consistently, with blocks of time set aside for different activities, school, chores (even very young children can help in the house), time for exercise, a walk in the woods, bicycling and also quiet times that the kids actually spend on their own, puzzles, reading, listening to books, Bible App etc.

And I found this cool experiment on Facebook on how to explain how soap gets rid of germs to young children which I am sharing here with you:

TEACHING KIDS ABOUT GERMS: In case you need to teach your little one why washing hands stops the spread of germs.Here’s a great way to show kids what happens.What’s used here is water and black pepper.

Gepostet von SOMDWXNEWS am Sonntag, 15. März 2020

And yes, it is Pepper! :=)

But I would also like to remind you mothers and fathers, to make sure that you also plan your own quiet time! You need it! We will be starting a WhatsApp Group where we can be connected, will be able to share thoughts, struggles, prayer requests, share and ask for advice and help.

Please write to Almaz or Sally B. should you want to be included, see addresses at the bottom of this letter.

Now as Pastor Carsten already announced in his last letter, in the coming weeks we will be sharing resources with you, that you can use to have your daily family devotions and have as of today uploaded the Sunday Lessons.

This Unit is about when God’s people were exiled to Babylon and among those exiled were Daniel and his three friends. We have already finished Sessions 1 and 2.

The memory verse is 1. Thess. 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Here is the link to access the resources

The Leaders guide will give insight into the lesson, then read the story and discuss. Once your children have grasped the point, then show the corresponding video, about 3 to 4 min.  You can use the activity and colouring pages should you wish to.  We have also uploaded the songs that are part of this unit, the themes are: God is control, God restores (1.Peter5:10), He is faithful (Lamentations 3:22-23) und in Him we have a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)

What an amazingly kind and gracious God we have! He had already chosen the story of Daniel and these verses because he knew that we would be needing them now right at this moment!

It is our hope and prayer that these resources and the WhatsApp group will be a blessing to you.

Please contact us with anything you need, any questions, concerns or just to connect. We are happy to be of service and support wherever we can.

In Christ