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Children's Ministry News

August & September updates and fun happenings!

Posted by Rev. Aj Mildenberg on

Invite a friend or 2! Families will voyage around the Church together hunting for the ultimate prize! 


OPEN HOUSE! Sunday, August 13 at 9:30 featuring Glamente the Magician and meet and greet Sunday School teachers along with new MUSIC Ministry (Kids Choir) in the Hub (Youth Area). 

 August 20th begins regular Sunday School- (WE STILL NEED a 3 or 4year old teacher) We will bless the teachers- Sunday School and School and bless the kids - please bring your backpack to receive a fun backpack tag of Bible verses for the year!




Scripture a month Club:



Trust In The Lord With All Your Heart.




Isaiah 43:5

Do not be afraid for I am with you.




1 John 4:19

We love because He first loved us.




Psalm 23:1

The Lord Is My Shepherd. He Gives Me Everything I Need.





Genesis 1:1

In The Beginning God Created The Heavens And The Earth.




Psalm 138:1

I Will Praise You With My Whole Heart.



Ephesians 4:32

Be Kind To One Another.




John 14:1

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled. Trust In God.




Philippians 4:13

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.



Receive a back pack tool with the verses on them: Memorize them- tell them to Pastor Aj in person or on the phone. In May when school is our- she will take you to Dairy Queen for a special treat. We also have a shorter version for non- readers.

Moms Bible Study

Want to know more about the Bible?  Want to get to know others from Church? 

September 7, 9:15-10:30 begins the Moms Bible study.  We meet for a short time and there is no homework.     Childcare is available and free! This year we are studying : Happy! Everybody wants to be happy. Everybody is on a happiness quest. For many, happiness is measured in moments. Experiences. It's elusive. Unsustainable. 

What about you? What makes you happy? Not sure? Andy is. In this remarkable 6-part study, he reveals what makes you happy. He explores the three things all happy people have in common. Then he goes on to describe how these three things can be realities for you as well. So get ready. You are about to discover what makes you happy.  For more information:



September 17

3rd Grade Bible program. Each year during September, we begin by having a short class about the Bible for our third graders and their parents. However, some folks are not a part of the Church until their kids are 3rd or 4th graders. If you are in that category, please   consider joining us for the Bible class on September 17 at the Sunday School hour. Then we will present the Bibles to the kids at both services in the Sanctuary or the Contemporary service later the same day, you may choose. Please let me know you will be participating so that I can make sure I have enough Bibles and educational materials:                

Family Mission night- September 17

Kids Coats

Dinner and mission night! 5:15pm

All Ages welcome!


Author Lisa Cox will come to read her book Not Yet for the kids in a special service in the Youth Hub during Sunday School time- 3 year olds to 2nd grade. Regular Sunday School for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders~ Sunday, September 10. There will be a Biblical lesson that goes with the book. Lisa will be here between services to autograph books if you would like to purchase a copy.

Not Yet by Lori Hockema and Lisa Cox

 The title of the book originated when Lisa wrote song lyrics to convey a message she was teaching as a school counselor. She felt that students need to learn to enjoy the process of striving for a goal and not be defeated by mistakes. 

The setting of the book is one full day in the life of Lorisa, the main character. The story takes you through her day at home and at school as she models for children a positive attitude as she makes some mistakes and experiences successes, too.  

 Lorisa's mom demonstrates belief in her daughter and allowing her daughter to learn from her mistakes as noted when she says "just clean it up." When Lorisa is at home, her younger brother can be found watching her carefully. Lori has the character traits of perseverance, kindness, assertiveness, and self-worth. She also models how to have a positive attitude through imperfections and mistakes as portrayed by the messy room, unorganized backpack, and always untied shoes. 

 We believe in the children who read this book. Are they there?  Not Yet! They'll get there.  You bet!

 Lisa has been a friend of Pastor Aj’s for almost 30 years. She lives in Zionsville with her husband Kyle and has 3 grown boys, Jacob and Andrew (Pastor Aj’s middle son) have been friends since they were 3 years old.



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