GO Serve


Our program is run by caring volunteers who believe that investing in children is one of the great opportunities we have as a church. Whether you are 12 or 72, if you aren't investing in future generations, we invite you to start ... or start again.  

Our schedule is very flexible - you decide how often you serve (typically staff serve 1-2 Sundays per month or 2 services) and you decide when to serve (you sign up by the month on a first-come-first-serve basis).


Information about JOINING OUR TEAM

Some of the ways you can become part of something great in a child's life are:

  • Greeting parents and registering children into a kids program.
  • Leading kids in the nursery.
  • Directing kids in the toddlers room.
  • Supporting our youth team as they lead stations in GO Kids.
  • Helping in the background making decorations or preparing materials and supplies.
  • Serving at any of our special events.

If you're interested in putting a smile on a child's face and helping equip them for life, give us a call @ 780-594-5542 or email us.

About volunteer screening and child protection...

As a mandatory requirement to serve in ANY of our programs all our staff, paid and unpaid, must be screened.

Application form - adults       Application Form - Youth


vbs volunteer - adults       VBS Volunteer - Youth


Criminal Record Check - please get a letter from our office to show at the RCMP station.

As part of the screening process every staff must be trained in our GO Protect - Child Protection Plan. This can be done on-line. To get ahead of the process, select the option below (Information if you are ALREADY ON OUR TEAM), and select GO Protect.

Information about KIDS IN LEADERSHIP
Information if you are ALREADY ON OUR TEAM
Sunday Schedules - Staff Serving Dates
Check-In Team

Arrive 8:30/10:30               Watch station until 9:15/11:15

First Service Second Service
Sept 27 Celeste Celeste
Oct 4 Celeste Closed
Oct 11 Celeste Celeste
Oct 18 Natalie Natalie
Oct 25 Natalie Natalie
Nov 1 Cheryl Cheryl
Nov 8 Natalie Natalie
Nov 15
Nov 22
Nov 29
Dec 6
Dec 13
Dec 20
Dec 27

Choose Your Dates
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First, Second, or both

Dates that you'd like to serve - indicate all your available dates and how many of those we can choose.

Nursery Team
Currently Closed
Toddler Team
Arrive 8:45/10:45     Two staff

First Service Second Service
Oct 4 Joy, Hannah Closed for Engage
Oct 11 Joy,  Elaine Joy, Hannah
Oct 18 Joy, Cora Joy, Dianne
Oct 25 Joy, Effie Joy, Rhea
Nov 1 Joy, Janelle Joy, 
Nov 8 Joy, Elaine Joy, Dianne
Nov 15 Joy,  Joy, 
Nov 22 Rhea, Hannah Rhea, Hannah
Nov 29 Joy,  Joy, 
Dec 6
Dec 13
Dec 20
Dec 27
Choose Your Dates
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First, Second, or both

Dates that you'd like to serve - indicate all your available dates and how many of those we can choose.

Kids Church Team
Arrive 8:30/10:30   Two staff + youth
First Service Second Service
Sept 27 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Oct 4 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Oct 11 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Oct 18 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Oct 25 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Nov 1 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Nov 8 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Nov 15 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Nov 22 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Nov 29 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Dec 6 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Dec 13 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Dec 20 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Dec 27 Sintia,   Sintia,  
Choose Your Dates
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First, Second, or both

Dates that you'd like to serve - indicate all your available dates and how many of those we can choose.

GO Protect

At Cold Lake Community Church, we believe that children and youth are a vital part of church community. Our Mission is to share God’s love everywhere by leading people to an authentic, life-changing relationship with Jesus. Our Children’s and Youth programs align with that mission because we know that we can’t do it without the next-generation. We work hard to equip young and old to lead, and we also work hard at bringing children and youth into a genuine relationship with Jesus so they can follow him, persevere with him, and by his grace overcome any obstacles that come their way.

There is no room for the church to add to the obstacles that children or youth need to overcome, and as such, there will be no tolerance of any kind of abuse by any of the paid or unpaid staff involved in the children’s and youth programs. Cold Lake Community Church is committed to the safety and well being for all who participate in Children and Youth Ministry. This GO Protect policy will help to avoid opportunity for abuse of children and youth and at the same time will protect the staff from false or wrongful allegations. 

As we minister to the children and youth, our focus needs to be on loving them and facilitating their walk with the Lord.  By adhering to the GO Protect Policy, we provide an environment for our staff to do so successfully

"I urge all Christian leaders to be proactive and ensure that all things are done in agreement with Paul’s advice to the Corinthians “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.” Christian ministries must be a model for the world in how we handle the potential for abuse." - John Pellowe, CEO Canadian Council of Christian Charities

“Our ability to reach people is directly related to how well we care for their children.” - Rev. Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church 

All Staff Must Be Screened
  • Completed Application Form - Go to "Joining Our Team"  above.
  • References from your application form will be checked
  • Interview
  • GO Protect
  • GO Train
  • Criminal Record check

Get directions from the Children's Pastor on how to obtain a criminal record check.

GO Protect Quiz
In order to be successful in your GO Protect training, you will need to complete the following:
GO Protect Quiz

3. It is completely acceptable to leave a youth leader under 16 alone with a group of children as long as the door is left open.*

7. If a parent dropping off her child at the nursery gives you a bottle of milk for the child you will need to explain to the parent that you cannot accept the bottle. They will need to administer the bottle elsewhere like the mother’s room.*

8. You are playing with a couple of the children in the toddler room. They are having fun and begin to tickle you, so you quickly return the favour and tickle them. Is this considered acceptable?*

12. As you are talking with and praying with child, you realize that he may be enduring physical abuse by the hand of his dad. As soon as you find out, you need to call the dad to the room and confront him with what you have discovered.*

I have taken the Cold Lake Community Church GO Protect Training. I understand and agree to comply with the GO Protect policies and procedures. I am committed to protect the health and safety of children and youth at all times.*

What Is Child Abuse?

“Child abuse refers to an act committed by a parent, caregiver or person in a position of trust (even though he/she may not care for the child on a daily basis) which is not accidental and which harms or threatens to harm a child’s physical or mental health, or a child’s welfare.” - Faith Trust Institute, 2006

Types of Child Abuse

Physical abuse is any deliberate physical force or action that results, or could result, in injury to a child.  It can include:

  • Punching
  • Slapping
  • Beating
  • Shaking
  • Burning
  • Biting
  • Throwing a Child

It is different than what is considered reasonable discipline.  (The Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, 2007)

A child who is physically abused may:

  • Have burns, bite marks, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object
  • Not want to go home
  • Be afraid of adults

(Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service)


Sexual abuse occurs when a child is used for the sexual gratification of an adult or an older child.  Coercion (physical, psychological or emotional) is intrinsic to sexual abuse.  This is what distinguishes it from sexual exploration with peers.

It is against the law:

  • to touch a child for a sexual purpose
  • to encourage or force a child to touch another person in a sexual way
  • encourage or force a child to participate in any sexual activity
  • tell a child to touch him or herself for an adult’s or older child’s sexual purposes

Sexual abuse of children can take many forms. This includes:

  • sexual intercourse
  • exposing a child's private areas
  • indecent phone calls
  • fondling for sexual purposes
  • watching a child undress for sexual pleasure
  • allowing a child to look at, or perform in pornographic pictures or videos
  • engage in prostitution

(The Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, 2007)

A child who is sexually abused may:

  • have an inappropriate knowledge of sexual acts
  • be very compliant or extremely aggressive
  • be afraid of a certain person or a family member
  • have difficulty walking or sitting

(Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service)


Emotional abuse is a pattern of behaviour that attacks a child's emotional development and sense of self worth. It includes excessive, aggressive or unreasonable demands that place expectations on a child beyond his or her capacity.

Emotional Abuse Includes:

  • constantly criticizing
  • Teasing
  • Belittling
  • Insulting
  • Rejecting
  • Ignoring
  • Isolating the child

It also includes failure by a parent or caregiver to provide their children with love, emotional support, and guidance.

(The Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, 2007)

A child who is emotionally abused may show:

  • signs of serious anxiety, depression or withdrawal
  • self-destructive or aggressive behaviour
  • delays in physical, emotional or mental development

(Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service)


Neglect is the failure to meet a child's basic needs for:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Shelter
  • Sleep
  • Medical Attention
  • Education
  • Protection from harm

This can occur when parents:

  • do not know about appropriate care for children
  • when they cannot adequately supervise their children
  • when they are unable to plan ahead

(The Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, 2007)

A child who is neglected may:

  • not wear clothing that's suitable for the weather
  • be dirty or unbathed
  • be very hungry
  • not be properly supervised

(Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Service)

Some Terms To Know

HARASSMENT - Repeated subtle or overt action, particularly by a person in a position of trust which causes the recipient to feel attacked, demeaned, intimidated or manipulated.

IMPROPER TOUCHING - Touching which creates feelings of violation, confusion, isolation.  It may include kissing a child, coaxing a child to give a kiss, extended hugging or tickling, touching a child in any area that would be covered by a swimsuit, or other areas that are inappropriate like the thighs, knees, carrying older children or having them sit on an adult’s lap.

IMPROPER DISCIPLINE - Improper discipline involves inappropriate and harmful attempts to control a child.  It includes yelling or screaming at children, threatening them or physically hurting them.  By contrast, proper discipline involves establishing clear boundaries of acceptable behaviour and maintaining such behavioural expectations with firm and kind expressions of authority.

POSITION OF TRUST - The role wherein parents and/or guardians have entrusted their children or youth to the care of ministry staff (paid or unpaid). 

STAFF - Any screened paid or unpaid person serving in any of our child or youth programs (unless specified whether the staff is paid or unpaid).

Staff Standards

For the protection of our children and youth, staff are to be committed to maintaining a consistent spiritual life including prayer, Bible reading, ministry training, and attendance at children/youth events. Youth ministry staff are also expected to attend planning meetings and worship services.

Staff are to be role models of integrity at all times. Staff are to refrain from activities that are illegal or could be considered morally and biblically questionable.


At least two unrelated staff, or, one staff with door open and a hall monitor circulating from room to room.


The following classroom ratios are approximations. Depending upon the circumstances, ratios can be modified.

  • Nursery - 6 -18 months : 1 staff for every 3 children
  • Toddlers - 18 months - age 3: 1 staff for every 5-6 children
  • Kids Church - ages 4-12: 1 staff for every 8-10 children
  • Junior High Events: 1 staff for every 7 students
  • Senior High Events:  1 staff for every 10 students
  • Overnight/Off-site youth events: 1 staff for every 7 students

If taking children outside, proper and continuous supervision will be expected.

To comply with insurance standards, there must be at least two unrelated staff at all youth events

Overnight events with mixed genders must be accompanied by both male and female staff.

It is recommended that there be a 5 year gap between staff and the youth they serve.

staff under 18:

These youth may only serve under the direct supervision of an adult ministry staff.

and Identification of ministry staff: 

All ministry staff will sign-in to the appropriate classroom using the computer registration system. They will wear their name tags so it is clear to others that they are staff.


    • Staff are encouraged to meet with youth in small group settings and should always be working with a team of other staff.
    • The ministry lead (Youth Director) must pre-approve the conducting of any one-on-one mentoring/activities with students. Once approved all information about these activities must be documented and filed.
    • One-on-one mentoring must be done in public settings and only under the following conditions:
      1. The ministry lead is informed of the time and place of the meeting prior to the meeting
      2. Parental permission has been granted
    • One-on-one meetings between staff and youth during on-site events must not take place behind closed doors. It is required that the meeting take place with an open door, and in a room with an unobstructed window.

A visitor is anyone who is not a screened staff.  For example, guest speakers, parents needing to stay with their children, or a potential staff member whose screening is not yet completed. If a person begins to attend the program on a more regular basis, they will need to be screened.

Visitors will not be put in a place of trust with children or youth.

They need to sign-in to the appropriate classroom, and their name tag will clearly identify them as a visitor.

During current COVID regulation there will be no un-invited visitors present.

Child Dismissal

Each child will be assigned a number on their name tag, and each adult will have a receipt with a matching number.  When the matching receipt is presented, the child will be released - please do not release pre-school children to kids or youth.

Once all children have been picked up, receipts may be destroyed.

  • Staff will not change diapers - please call parents
  • Staff will not take children to bathroom - if they can’t go by themselves staff will contact parent for help.
  • If a bathroom is available in their classroom, children will use it.
  • Staff will supervise child using the bathroom, by standing in a place that is both visible to the bathroom location and to others.
  • IF a child needs help in the bathroom, two staff must be present.
  • ONLY female staff will assist the child.
  • Never enter the bathroom unless another staff is present.
  • Never enter the bathroom and close the door.

If a group of children need to use the washroom at once, and a bathroom outside the classroom needs to be used:

  • Staff will escort the children to the washroom and prop the door open to make sure that everything is in order. If there is no one else in the washroom, staff should remain outside the washroom door and wait for the children before escorting them back to the classroom. If there is someone else in the washroom, staff will remain in the washroom until all others are gone, staff will then wait outside.
  • Staff are not to be alone with children in an unsupervised washroom and are never to enter into the cubicle with a child and shut the door
  • Male staff will accompany male children and female staff will accompany female children to the washroom.
Water Fountain

Staff will accompany children to the water fountain - currenlty not in use.

Incident Report

If a child or youth becomes injured during a church program or event or was in an altercation that demanded extra attention, staff will complete an incident report. Go Protect document: Incident Report. Parents will be notified of the incident. If the report is not completed by the Child or Youth Director, the report is to be forwarded to the corresponding Director. In case of serious injury, the Director will be required to contact the Senior Pastor of the incident.

Off-Site or Overnight Events/Retreats
  1. Written communication must be distributed to parents and guardians with location and emergency phone numbers.
  2. Off-site consent forms must be signed by a parent/legal guardian prior to any child or youth attending an off-site event. Consent forms must be held by a staff during the event and then filed permanently in the church office.
  3. Staffing and supervision guidelines must be followed.
  4. Male and female leaders are required for all overnight events that include both sexes. Male leaders shall oversee male attendees and female leaders shall oversee female attendees in private areas such as rooms/tents where attendees are sleeping.

Parents are encouraged to transport their own children to and from off-site events. In the event that attendees will be transported in personal vehicles by adults outside of their immediate family the Cold Lake Community Church Transportation Policy applies. * Refer to Transportation Policy in the additional forms section of the Policy.

Physical Contact Guideline

Sharing God’s love with children and youth is very important.  This does mean coming into physical contact with children and youth during programs and events such as when consoling a child or youth, playing games and other program activities. Any touch that does occur, even just a simple touch on the shoulder must be done in full view of other staff, and NEVER be alone with a child or youth under any circumstances.

All staff are expected to be aware of what constitutes appropriate touch:

  • One-arm hugs
  • Shoulder to shoulder hugs
  • A touch on the back or shoulder

When caring for pre-school children, the following will also constitute appropriate touch:

  • Hold a young child who is crying.
  • Allow a pre-schooler to sit on your lap if they initiate it. Only allow for a short time and then direct them to sit beside you.
  • Hold their hand or shoulder gently to keep their attention while you are speaking with them.
  • Hold their hand when walking with them to an activity.

Please note: Under COVID restrictions any touch is strongly discouraged.

Staff must refrain from inappropriate touch at all times including:

  • chest-to-chest hugging
  • extended hugging
  • ever exuberant affection
  • lap sitting (even discouraged with pre-school children)
  • kissing
  • touching of thighs, knees or inappropriate spots of the body
  • Touching any area that could be covered by a bathing suit

Staff must be cognizant of conduct that could be misinterpreted:

  • Horseplay
  • tickling
  • extended back-rubs


Staff working with youth may not pursue a dating relationship with a student.

Children's Program Code of Conduct

Each classroom will have a code of conduct for the children and staff.  Every effort will be made to lovingly help children adhere to the code of conduct.  Also, staff will be conscientious in adhering to the established code of conduct.

See Codes of Conduct section in the Staff Handbook below.


Every effort will be made to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all in attendance during child and youth programs and events. All staff will make every effort to support and serve children and youth in a respectful and loving manner. Behavioural expectations will be communicated clearly on a regular basis by staff. If discipline is required, staff will do their best to:

  • deal with problems individually.
  • explain what was unacceptable, and point out how to correct it.
  • provide clear choices.
  • If nothing works, call the parents to pick up their child.
  • A student may be asked not to return to a youth program if correction is not heeded, and behaviour continues to display disrespect to other students or leaders or if they pose a safety concern to other students or staff.
Corporal punishment of any sort is never acceptable.
Classroom Safety

Electrical outlets will have child safe covers over them. Toys and furniture will be checked for safety before children arrive.

Toys, table surfaces, and other regularly used furniture will be sanitized for each service as per COVID-19 recommendations.

Rooms and closets will be locked when not in use during children’s or youth programs.


It is the responsibility of the parent and/or student to report any allergies the child has during the registration process. The allergy will then be displayed on the name tag.

  • Check name tags for allergies before starting any food activities.
  • Staff, children, or visitors will NOT bring any food or drink into children’s programs.
  • Nursing mothers can use the mother's room to nurse their babies.

A child who is sick or has a communicable disease, will not be permitted to attend a child or youth program or event.  Check the COVID-19 daily checklist to determine if the child or youth is able to participate.


Staff will not administer any medications to program or event attendees. 

During children’s programs, medications will not be stored in the classroom. In case of severe medication requirements, parent will position themselves near the front of the sanctuary for quick access.

For youth programs and events, medications will need to be stored, administered and monitored by the student


Separate injured person from others. Isolate any blood spills on floor, toys, etc. Ensure that no other children had contact with blood. Use gloves to help injured person or to clean up. Please dispose of all materials that came into contact with the blood while helping the injured person or cleaning up the blood. Tie the garbage bag closed so no one has access to the materials. Wash you hands once done.

See Appendix 9 of Plan to Protect®, 2007 - GO Protect document: P2P Appendix 9 for a more detailed process.


In case of an on-site emergency that requires evacuating the building, all children/youth and staff shall vacate the building via the nearest safe exit.  Attendees and staff shall gather at the muster point 1 (the church dumpster). A roll call of all staff and attendees shall be taken by the program leader. In case of extreme weather conditions, staff will be directed to gather at Red Rooster. During children’s programs, do not release children to parents until the program leader has given permission to do so, and then only with Check-In Receipts.

COVID-19 Guidance

Please check the Alberta Government website for up-to-date sector guidance documents https://www.alberta.ca/guidance-documents.aspx#toc-2. As these continue to change, the guidance will not become a formal part of this GO Protect document. Each program lead will be responsible to ensure that their program or event meets the standards set out by the Government of Alberta.

Reporting and Response

Don’t try to triage suspected abuse incidents. Just as you don’t wait to call the fire department when a building is on fire, you also don’t wait to report abuse. The responsibility to report suspected abuse is the law in Canada!

If abuse is suspected, the person needs to contact a pastor and together complete the GO Protect document: Suspected Abuse Form.At this point do not ask the victim leading questions or contact the accused.

According to the Child and Family Services Act, any person with a reasonable suspicion of child abuse has a legal responsibility to immediately report the matter to child protection authorities or the police. Reporting must be done orally by telephone or in person within twenty-four hours of observing signs of abuse or receiving a report of abuse.

The Senior Pastor will:

  • Notify the Church’s insurance provider
  • Consult a lawyer for advice If the allegation or suspicion happened in the context of the church ministry
  • Contact the denominational leadership
  • Without admitting legal liability, express your organization’s concern to the complainant and their families and assure them of your commitment in assisting the investigation 

Both the accused and the victim will be treated with dignity and respect.

Confidentiality is very important for the benefit of both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator. Details of the alleged abuse must not be shared with the church community.

The alleged perpetrator will immediately be suspended from children’s or youth ministry duties without presuming guilt, pending outcome of police investigation.

Avoid public statements to individuals, the media or from the pulpit, without obtaining legal counsel. If needing to address the media, designate one person to do so and no one else.

Please remember to complete the training quiz.
Staff Handbook
Our Name


F = Follow Jesus
P = Persevere with Jesus
G = and by his Grace
O = Overcome
GO into your destiny!
What the Team Says
Why do you serve in Children’s Ministry?

“My heart is to teach and show children God's love…  I believe everyone who is plugged into a church should serve in their church. I really enjoy kids and have little ones of my own so I know this is the place for me at this time of my life.“ - Kinsley

“I serve because I know that there is always a need for willing workers and I want to serve the Lord wherever I can.” - Elaine

“A lot of it is because of my past experiences working in kids church and not getting a lot of parent support. This motivated me to make sure that I am giving back to the church.  As a volunteer it shows my son (he'll understand when he's older) the value of helping others and serving.” - Lillian

“I feel God has called my here to serve, and I have children attend as well. I get excited to work with the kids, get to know them and see the growth in their lives.” - Joy

“It is so rewarding to see a child have an “a-ha” moment, that the light turns on and they come a little bit closer to all that God has for them.” - Jackie

“I feel it is a real tangible way to allow families to come to church and participate.  I use the service and feel that it is only fair that I also participate in helping.  ...My husband works shift work…  Without the child services at our church I would not feel like I could actively participate in church myself. It is a service I highly value.  I also value children and feel that it is a place where children should feel loved, safe and happy to go to.” - Amanda

Why would others want to serve in Children’s Ministry?

“It's a great way to serve and it's fun!” - Vicki

“To learn about the Lord, to humble themselves, to grow, to learn how to teach children and go home and teach their own children. To help serve!” - Danielle

“When you hear what your children learn, you can take that and help them connect it to their daily lives as opportunities arise.  This allows their relationship with Christ to deepen and church to become relevant to their lives.” - Sintia

“Seeing God through a child's eye helps to renew your spirit to strive to achieve that kind of relationship with God, Jesus & Holy Spirit. You get back a lot more than you could ever give.” - Michelle

“So they can see, first hand, what God can do with these little lives.  We see the children praying for one another, sharing how they have dealt with difficult circumstances, helping one another complete tasks (whether it be a game, a craft, a song, a skit), and enjoying the fellowship of other believers.  We're helping to prepare them for a life serving Christ.  There is a lot of satisfaction in that realization.” - Helen

“It's very rewarding, working with children is fun and if you can get things right, even for 5 minutes, it is very satisfying.  I know that we can't work our way into heaven however I do feel that God honors our service.  I believe my prayers have more strength, my faith grows stronger knowing that God has my back because I have his, (or at least his infants for 1.5 hrs a week).” - Jarl

“I feel if you are using the kids/nursery you should also volunteer, especially if there is a need. It is always important to see what your kids are learning and who is influencing them. I think we all benefit from leading and being involved with kids. It is always great to watch your own kids learn, interact and be excited about God.” - Alyssa

Codes of Conduct
Computer Sign-in
  • Be on time - 9:30
  • Be friendly to adults and kids
  • Assertively help people
  • When able, help people by getting the process started
  • Address people by name when possible
  • Know the code
  • Be on time- 9:45 am
  • Dress comfortably and appropriately for working with babies. (ie. jewelry…)
  • Be diligent in cleaning the nursery.
  • Be conscientious about the room temperature.
Toddler Room - Leaders
  • Speak words of life.
  • Support each other.
  • Come prepared. (spiritually, emotionally…)
  • Be sensitive to children’s needs.
  • Be on time- 9:45 am
  • Maintain the well being of the children.
  • Have fun!
Toddler Room - Toddlers
  • Share with others.
  • Obedience (Do what someone says, right away without being reminded.)
  • Hands are for helping.
  • All children participate.
  • Love one another.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Have fun!
Kids Church - Supervisors
  • Be encouraging.
  • Empower Jr Leaders to succeed.
  • Be attentive to individual needs.
  • Pray for our Jr Leaders.
  • Love them.
  • Teach, Learn, Grow.
  • Have fun!
Kids Church - Jr. Leaders
  • Be on time (9:40 team meeting)
  • Be Assertive.
  • Lead by example.
  • Back each other up.
  • Notice your surroundings.
  • Put the kids first.
  • Do the little things - listen to conscience & Holy Spirit.
  • Have fun!
Kids Church - Kids
  • Follow instructions.
  • Pay attention.
  • Participate.
  • Be Kind.
  • Be Helpful-Lead others.
  • Have fun!
Preparation before Sunday

In order for Children’s Ministry to take place on a Sunday, staff will be needed.  All staff working with Children at Cold Lake Community Church must be fully screened.

Staff Screening:

Criminal Record Check - please get the appropriate check. Talk to the children's pastor to find out what you need to get.
Complete Application Form - available above in the 'Information about JOINING OUR TEAM' secion or at the church.
The references from your Application will be checked.  
A short interview will be done.
GO Protect must be completed and an agreement form must be signed.
GO Train - the first orientation training must be completed.

To keep Screening current:

Attend GO Train once per year.

Update your criminal record check every five years.

Once a person is screened, they fully become part of the staff.  

(You will now be able to sign in as a staff member, rather than a visitor).


There is mandatory training at least once per year. Go Protect training will be incorporated into the session to keep everyone up-to-date. You can also become GO Protect trained - see GO Protect section above..


For any information that staff need to be aware of, come to this section (Information if you are ALREADY ON THE TEAM).


The schedule is flexible in that you yourself can pick the dates and services you would like to serve - unless of course your pick is already taken.  The schedule is open until the 22 of the month to pick your date for the next month.  After that, staff not yet signed up, will be assigned their service date.

You decide how often you are able to serve - one to two services per month is the usual. 

An up-to-date schedule is maintained on above.  Go there to determine open spots and pick the date(s) you wish to serve.  

If you need to cancel your day, see if someone will trade with you.  Please let the Ministry Head know of any changes - or if you need help to find someone.


Being spiritually and physically ready to serve is important. Some ways to help you do so:

  • pray
  • read bible
  • follow Christ
  • notice God in all situations
In kids church: 

Check the lesson plan for the week.  If you have an idea, just Sintia.
Look over small group and station instructions so you know what is happening
Read scripture we will be studying that week

Computer Sign-In System
Staff Sign-In

All staff need to be signed in.  To sign-in, please go to a computer sign-in station and get set up for quick check-in if you haven’t done so already.

For staff who is fully screened and trained:  You will be added to the completed staff list, and you will sign in to the serve option according to the room you will be serving in.

For staff who is not yet fully screened or trained:  You will not be added to the staff list yet, but will sign in as a visitor.

Children Sign-In

All children need to be signed in.  Please direct parents to go to a computer sign-in station if a child does not have a name tag.

Visitor Sign-In

All visitors need to be signed in.  Please direct visitors (youth or adults) to the computer sign-in station and get a name tag.  Visitors are those who stay for an extended time and are not screened staff. Children are never visitors - they belong to a classroom.  If a parent just briefly comes in with an anxious child, a name tag is not needed.

Calling a Parent

If a child needs a parent for any reason, use the chat system set up on the computers or iPad in the classrooms.

  1. Check to be sure you are chatting with the sound booth.
  2. Enter the child’s number for that week and where the parent is needed (kids church/toddlers/nursery).  
  3. Also enter the first/last name of the child or parent - this is only for the sound booth to know.  This helps them to check if the parent is getting up to answer the call.
  4. Check back with chat in case the sound booth has sent you any reply messages.  For example, if pastor is just wrapping up service they may message you to let you know that and see if the child can wait just a couple minutes more.  Reply back if you need parent immediately - choose words well, non-verbal communication easily comes across as rude.
  5. Only release the child to the person who has the ‘Check-In Receipt’NO RECEIPT, NO CHILD.     ** If they lost their receipt, they can check back into the computer and re-print one.
If service goes well overtime:

Nursery/Toddlers - start calling parents for those children who need them, using chat.  

Kids Church - gather kids in main room and watch a video.  Call parents for kids who really need their parents.


When service is done, parents will come to pick up their children.  Please only release children to those who have the ‘check-in receipt’ that matches the child’s name tag!!!!!

If a parent has children in kids church, toddlers and nursery:
  1. If they haven’t yet picked children up in one of the other rooms, and still need their receipt, simply place initial by child(ren) picked up and let them keep their receipt.
  2. If they have picked up children in another room, there should be initials by those names.  Take the receipt and keep it.  Those that are sticky just stick to a piece of paper.

Once all kids are gone, discard the receipts.


Some tools to remember that we have when there is misbehavior (taking toys, climbing on kids, pushing to get their way, hitting, ....):

  • Stop/Start - Come down to the child's eye level and tell them to STOP _______ behavior and START ________ instead. Be specific what they need to stop and start.  (Helps them to understand what is acceptable, rather than only knowing what they are not to do).
  • Pray - When child recognizes wrong behavior, have child pray (you can help them) asking Jesus to help them stop doing _____ and start doing _____.  Remember to also thank him for his help.
  • Break - If the child continues to misbehave, give them a chair to sit on.  When child is ready to talk and change behavior, they can come see you.  Have them tell you why they had to have the break. Be sure to ask Holy Spirit for wisdom before discussing.
  • Forgiveness - It is important for the child to go to whomever they wronged, look at them, and say, "will you forgive me for _____"  (little kids will need help with this of course).  Sometimes child simply needs to go to an adult and ask forgiveness for not listening.  Adult - do NOT say "that's okay", because it wasn't okay for the child to not listen.  Instead, say, "I forgive you."  If you hear another child saying 'that's okay' teach them to extend forgiveness instead.
  • Call Parents - If behavior continues, feel free to involve parent, and have them take child for the rest of the service if necessary.  They are welcome to return next week.
Computer Station Staff
Serving Time:
  • 9:30 - 10:30

    Upon arrival, check that computers are ready to go.

    If there have been any people who pre-registered over the internet, a printout of their info will be at the check-in computer.  It will indicate whether their info has been entered yet.  If not, do so asap.

    Please print out an Attendance Room Report before leaving the station and drop off at classrooms.

Staff, Child, Visitor Sign-in:
  • See ‘Computer Sign-In Manual’ for more details.
Sunday Service in Nursery
Code of Conduct

See Codes of Conduct Section - Above

Arrival Time
15 minutes before service:
  • * Do safety check:
    • plugs covered
    • toys in place and safe
    • no cords hanging down
    • no dangerous products in reach of children
    • everything is clean
  • * get cups and water for snack
  • * put baby gate in doorway
  • * pray
  • * be ready to receive children.
Staff, Child, Visitor Sign-in / Calling a Parent

See ‘Computer Sign-In System’ Section - Above for more details.

During Service

Suggested Ratio - approximately 3:1  (call extra staff as needed)

Remember, children learn through repetition.

Read and feel books

Sing songs with them

Speak identity into them - for ideas go to the 'I AM statements' and 'Names of Jesus' sections.

Serve snack and water part way through service.

New Staff
Training a new staff:
  • show where things are
  • review with them some key ‘ GO Protect’ rules (never be alone with child, leave door open if momentarily in nursery by yourself, sign-in/out procedure, ….)
  • review nursery routine with them
  • show them the different ministry ideas they can implement in the nursery
Clean up
  • Put aside any sucked on / chewed toys in “Toys Need Cleaning” bin.
  • Wipe down high chairs - food often gets stuck under cushion part so please check and wipe that part as well. Use the hand vacuum if needed.
  • Wipe down any other surface as needed.
  • Turn off DVD player/TV
  • Plug in iPad to charge if needed.
  • Throw away broken toys.
  • Tidy up shelves, bins, etc.
  • Turn off and unplug space heater.
  • Wash cups
    • wash in hot soapy water
    • rinse with clean hot water
    • Sanitize in bleach/hot water mixture (1 tsp bleach, 1 gallon hot water, leave cups in mixture for 1 minute)
    • let the cups air dry
Incident Report

If there was any unusual incident while you were ministering in the nursery (ie.  child was hurt, child hurt another child, ….), please complete an incident report.  They are located in one of the upper bins.  Once completed, leave with check-in receipts but please let the ministry lead of the day know that it is there. 

Sunday Service in Toddlers
Code of Conduct

See Codes of Conduct Section - Above

Arrival Time
15 minutes before service:
  • * Do safety check:
    • plugs covered
    • toys in place and safe
    • no cords hanging down
    • no dangerous products in reach of children
    • everything is clean
  • * get cups and water for snack
  • * put baby gate in doorway
  • * pray
  • * be ready to receive children.
Staff, Child, Visitor Sign-in / Calling a Parent

See ‘Computer Sign-In System’ Section - Above for more details.

Toddlers Sunday Routine

10:00 - 10:20 - Free Play - Kids play, read books, do puzzles, etc.

10:20 - Clean up time We encourage all children to participate in clean up.

10:25 - Bible story and craft - All children are expected to come to the table at this time and participate.

10:45-11:00 - Free Play again

11:00 - Clean up time again

11:05 - Snack Time - All children are expected to come to the table at this time whether they would like snack or not. Also children are not allowed to walk around with their snack or drink.  

After a child is finished their snack they can go play until parent returns to pick them up. 

Clean up
  • Put aside any sucked on / chewed toys in “Toys Need Cleaning” bin.
  • Have tables wiped down, and any other surfaces that may need to be.
  • Put toys away in appropriate bins/areas.
  • Stack chairs in the corner and have tables lined up against the wall.
  • Vacuum where necessary - especially in the area where snack was served.
  • Turn off DVD player/TV
  • Turn off the lights and make sure the door is closed.
  • If at anytime a toy is falling apart or questionable for safety, please feel free to throw it out.
  • Wash cups
    • wash in hot soapy water
    • rinse with clean hot water
    • Sanitize in bleach/hot water mixture (1 tsp bleach, 1 gallon hot water, leave cups in mixture for 1 minute)
    • let the cups air dry
Incident Report

If there was any unusual incident while you were ministering in the nursery (ie.  child was hurt, child hurt another child, ….), please complete an incident report.  They are located in one of the upper bins.  Once completed, leave with check-in receipts but please let the ministry lead of the day know that it is there. 

Sunday Service in Kids Church
Arrival TIme
Set up Stations:
  • make sure you have all supplies
  • set up any bins… to help distribute supplies
  • make sure station is ready to go to receive children

9:40 team meeting and prayer

Be ready to receive children.

Staff, Child, Visitor Sign-in / Calling a Parent

See ‘Computer Sign-In System’ Section - Above for more details.

Children Arrive
  • Keep watch that none leave once they have arrived.  
  • Divide into assigned groups - watch for kids who forgot whose group they are in, or kids who are new.
  • Visit with them, get to know them - help them to know they are welcome.
  • Show them where the offering is if they have money.

Children are encouraged to learn about tithing by bringing a portion of their OWN money for offering. Many kids do not have any of their own money, so encourage them to ask Jesus for it if they want to have some for offering - they can often even find money at Walmart parking lot.  If they bring offering, they can put it into the collection spot as they come into kids church (this way they don’t lose it).  Collection is for our 2 Haitian sponsor children.


We join the rest of the congregation for worship in the sanctuary. The person doing announcements will dismiss us when it is time. On Communion Sundays, we will join in on communion before being dismissed.


If children need to use the bathroom, please have them use the bathroom in the craft room.

  • If everyone is in the main kids room, a supervisor needs to stand in the craft room but still be visible to others in the main room.  This ensures that all is well with child and when child is done, s/he doesn’t accidentally exit through the wrong door.
  • If people are in craft room, they’ll be there to be sure child does not leave child area.  
  • If child needs help, don’t go into bathroom and close the door.  Help child with another staff present, OR call parent to help.
Water Fountain

Please supervise kids using the water fountain. 

Lesson Time

All the children are divided among groups. Each group has at least one youth leader. The lesson has been adapted so that it incorporates the group structure. Groups will be given opportunity to have group discussions, read the bible as a group, do hands-on activities within the groups, and so on. 

Adult Supervisor:  When kids arrive late, there will be disruptions.  If there are questions or help is needed at the door, please tend to it so lesson is least disrupted as possible. Other than that, simply help where help is needed to support the groups.

Station Time

Children will be dismissed to their station choices.

Take charge of your station - you have the authority,

  • Make the station yours - bring your personality into it.  Make changes as needed.

  • Sit children where you need them to be.

  • Wait until they are listening before giving any instructions.

  • As you give instructions, check that children are still listening.

HINT: when speaking to the group, project your voice to speak to the child farthest away from you.

See “Kids Church Station Information” Section - Below, for more details such as Kids Learning to Lead and Station tips.

Parents Picking up children

ENTER the double doors. NO EXIT

GATHER your children.

GO out craft room door into the foyer.

Make sure their ‘check in receipt’ has been received and checked.

See ‘Computer Sign-In System’ Section - Above for more details.

Welcome Cups

Any new children or visiting children who have not previously received a welcome cup will receive one at the end of service to take home.

Clean Up

Please leave much of clean up until after most kids are dismissed.  Can use children to help clean up, but our focus is still the children, not the clean up so much.

Once most kids are gone, put supplies back where they belong - shelves in supply room are labeled.  Bins in quiet play are labeled.

Make sure chairs are stacked.

Kids Church Station Information
Kids Learning to Lead
Our job as leaders is to work ourselves out of a job.   

**  The goal during kids church is to keep adults in a supervisory role, while kids and youth run the stations.  This requires constant training.  Training begins from the time the child walks through our doors regardless of their age **

More details on this as we get the stages of leadership solidified.

When training a new person to lead a station, follow the Show, Help, Do model of training. (this works for adults also).
  • Show - what to do - have them with you and explain what you are doing as you are doing it.  They may not catch on automatically what it is that you are doing without you pointing it out to them.  Example:  while waiting for kids to listen, you tell the trainee that you are not going to give instructions until kids are quiet.  Or as you speak loud enough to be heard, you tell trainee that you are projecting your voice to the back of the room. etc.
  • Help - If they want to try it, let them do it the second time around (they lead, you help as needed).
    As they have experienced the ‘show’ part during past services, they may be ready to immediately move to the ‘help’ part during current service.
  • Do - once a trainee is ready, let me know. 
Station Tips
Toy Station
  • get on the floor and play with the kids.
  • be interested in the play, make it fun
  • talk with the kids, get to know them
  • position your body so you face the whole room
  • be sure that kids stay in play area
  • anyone picking up their kids, check their 'check in receipt' before allowing them to leave with the child.
Game Station
  • take an inventory of who has come to your station.
  • decide how you will divide children if you need to divide them.
  • keep the game moving - don’t have kids standing around waiting.
  • find ways to involve as many children at once as possible.
  • feel free to adapt/change the game as needed.
when parents come to pick up kids, make sure no one exits room back into the hallway.
Craft Station
Before kids Arrive
  • Please come early to set up.
  • Set up tables and chairs.  Cover tables if needed (covers are in file cabinet drawer in supply room).
  • Organize all supplies each table will need.

Have one bin per table with the needed supplies.  If there are supplies to be handed out after the instructions, have them well organized and sorted on your instructor's table.

Think about how you will hand those out quickly and effectively.

As kids Arrive

Have them sit at the tables and get them ready to listen.  If need be, move kids to where you wish them to sit.  Don't be afraid to move them to certain spots.  For some crafts or number of leaders you have, you are better off having 12 kids at 2 tables, and other times it will be better to spread them over 3 or 4 tables.

Once kids Are Ready
  • Once they are ready to listen, explain what they’ll be doing – keep it brief. Be sure all kids at all tables are listening.

  • get rest of needed supplies to tables

  • Give other kids responsibility to help put names on crafts if help is needed  (they can use the name tags to help spell). 

  • If anyone needs help don’t just go and help them.  This is an equipping center.  Ask children at the table if anyone is able to help other child.  (If no one volunteers, you assign someone OR you do it).

  • If you have a child who needs lots of extra help, ask another child to help them.  If a child is helping another child, they do NOT HAVE to do the craft themselves.

As Kids Finish
  • Direct them to put finished item on clothes rack.
  • Make hand wipes available.
  • If finished, get them to help others if you see them able to do so.
  • If finished and almost end of rotation, get them ready for next station.
  • If finished, get them to help you clean up and set up for next group.
  • If finished, give them a colouring page or if you are not busy with others, get to know them better or feel free to grab a book to read to them, or have an older child read to them, or let them pick their own book.
At End of Service

Clean up craft room putting supplies back into craft supply cupboard.  Vacuum and wipe down tables if necessary.   (feel free to grab a couple kids to come help you as they are waiting for parents to pick them up.  Just remember, leave door open between rooms or have another adult with you).   

GO Protect at CLCC

See "GO Protect" section above.

Serving in Kids Church - everything you need.
Lesson Plans
The Beatitudes - Faith Facts Videos

Cadet Code - all the faith facts below:

Session 1: I will live for God

Session 2: I will ask for help.

Session 3: I will admit my sin and not do it again.

Session 4: I will be strong and easy to live with.

Session 5: I will always want more of God.

Session 6: I will se the need and make a difference.

Session 7: I will keep my heart clean.

Session 8: I will make peace wherever I go.

Session 9: I will do what's right even when it's hard.

Game Station
Social Distancing Games
Regular Games - Possible Socially Distanced Friendly
13 quick games


Balloon Games
Balloon Balance

Give each child a balloon. See who can balance their balloon on their finger the longest without it losing contact with their hand. Then see who can balance a balloon on the end of a pool noodle the longest.

Blow, Blow, Blow!

This can be played as a relay, or every child can go at the same time. Designate a starting and ending line. Give the child an empty balloon. Have the child blow up the balloon, then let it go in the direction of the finish line. The child then goes to wherever the balloon landed, picks it up, blows it up again, and lets it go. Whoever gets his/her balloon across the finish line first wins!

Don’t Touch the Ground! 

Give each child a blown-up balloon and designate a start and finish line. On the word ‘go’, each child must hit his/her balloon in the air and hit it to the finish line. If the balloon touches the ground, the child must go back to the start. No holding the balloon allowed! The first child across the finish line wins! If you want to make this game harder for older children, the referee can call out different positions for the child to compete in, such as crab walking or hopping on one foot, or have the children only hit the balloon with their heads or their feet. 

Obstacle Course 

Set up a simple obstacle course and have each kid get on his/her hands and knees. Have the kids try to blow the balloon through the course. You can also have the kids put their balloons in-between their legs and try to complete the course that way.

Waddle Relay 

Pair the children up into pairs of two. Have the children stand face to face and put a balloon in-between them so that their stomachs are holding it in place. Have the pairs move from the starting line, to a designated spot across the room, and then back to the starting line without dropping the balloon. If a pair drops the balloon, they have to start over from the beginning!

Blanket Flip

Materials: two blankets of the same size and type. A good size is 5 X 5.

Recruit 6-10 volunteers per team. Have them lay the blanket out flat on the ground. Everyone stands on the blanket. They must turn their blanket over without any team member touching the physical floor under the blanket or around it.

Taken from: http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/children/group-game-ideas/

Box Out

This game is simple enough for younger children and can also challenge older kids as they learn to use strategy to win.

Draw a large board that is 10 blocks by 10 blocks (outside with chalk is fastest, or use tape inside) - the grid spaces need to be big enough for kids to stand inside them.

Give each player a piece of chalk and assign them a corner to start. (inside give them pieces of paper)

The first player will move to a connecting square and then cross out the square that they came from with their color chalk. Players take turns moving from one square to the next crossing out boxes as they go. After a box is crossed out no one can step in that box again for the entire game.

If a player is stuck and cannot move they must forfeit their turn.

The winner is the one who can move last after all the players are “stuck”. Use the same grid over and over by using an X to cross out the squares for the first round, an O for the second round and color in the square for the third game.

Bubble Games
Bubble Sword Battle

Give each child a foam sword (pool noodle) and let them pop the bubbles with it. Pretend the bubbles are a bubble dragon or a thick forest them must conquer.

No Hands Allowed

Have the kids try and pop bubbles without using their hands.  They can use their heads, elbows, legs, feet, knees, etc. 

Bubble Lift

See how long the kids can keep their bubbles in the air by having them blow underneath them to keep them from popping.

Bubble Tag

Played like the regular game of tag except "it" has a bottle of bubbles and to tag someone they must blow bubbles on the other player.  When a player gets tagged they take the bubbles and try and tag someone else.

Chalk Games

Have the children color in a large rectangle (4 x 6 feet) with different colors of sidewalk chalk.  Then fill small squirt bottles with water and place the nozzle to "stream".  Let the kids spray the rectangle with water to create a picture.


Draw lots of oval shapes on the ground and let children fill in the heads with eyes, noses, hair, mouths, ears, hats, etc.  

Snail Hopscotch

This game is a lot of fun!  Draw a large circle (about 10 - 12 inches) on the ground and then draw a very large spiral board on the concrete starting at the circle and spiraling out to look like a snails shell.  The spirals of the snail shell need to be about 8 - 12" apart.  Make 3 or 4 large spirals around the center circle.  Divide the spirals into spaces about 12 - 14" apart and number them.   The first player hops on one foot from the center circle to the outside and back.  If they make it without stepping of a line or losing their balance they can use sidewalk chalk to mark ANY space they want with their initials. 

No one is able to jump on that space the rest of the game.  The next player must hop on one foot from the center and back but must jump over the space that is marked with initials.  If they make it then they may write their initials on any square they choose.   This is a simple game, but it gets crazy when kids have to hop all the way across the board to an empty space near the end of the game.  The person with the most initialed squares wins. 



Drop Dead Dice Game


Hands Down

Students gather in a circle on their hands and knees. Everyone will place their right hand in between the hands of the person to his/her right. If done correctly, everyone’s hands will be inter-woven and overlapping.

The leader starts by slapping their hand on the ground which starts a domino effect. The hand immediately to the right must slap the ground and then the hand immediate to that hand must slap the ground, and so on. If someone slaps the ground twice in a row then the direction of the ground slapping domino effect reverses.

Taken from: http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/children/group-game-ideas/

Hand Tricks


Hoola Hoop Games
Circle Run

sponges (or some other soft item) - 3 for each player
Set up hula hoops in a large circle - one hoop for each player.  The more players the more fun!  Players place their bean bags on the ground inside their hoop. 

On "go" all players have to run on the outside of the circle of hoops to another players hoop and grab 1 bean bag.  They then run back to their hoop.  When a player is inside their hoop a bean bag can not be taken from them.   Players continue each round taking bean bags from other players until there is only one player with bean bags inside their hoop.   On each round a player must leave their hoop and bring back a bean bag or they are out.   Fast paced and lots of laughs!


Different colored hula hoops - can put coloured paper inside if your hoops are not different colors, or don’t have enough diff colors.

This is a fun tag game with a twist!   Players try to avoid being tagged by running to the color of hula hoop that is called.  Choose one player to be "it" and one player to be the "color caller".    The Color Caller calls out a color of one of the hula hoops and all the players have to run and get inside a hoop of that color before they are tagged.   Then another color is called and the players have to run to that color hula hoop.  For large groups try to have at least 2 hoops of each color so that they can all fit inside.  If tagged a player is frozen until all players have been tagged.   Last player tagged becomes the new “it". 

Rolling Race

Individuals (or teams) compete to see who can roll their hula hoop the farthest from the starting line.   One by one players roll the hoop across the play area and when it falls over and stops moving the distance is marked with a piece of tape or a flag. 


Divide players into teams and each team gets 1 hula hoop.  Players line up one after the other and hold hands.  Players cannot let go of each others hands during the game.  The first person in line takes the hula hoop and passes it over their arm, over their head and legs and then over their other arm to the next player - without letting go of their teammates hands.  The hula hoop has to go down the team line and then back again to the starting player.  First team to finish and not let the hoop touch the ground wins!  If the hula hoop touches the ground it has to be passed back to the front of the line and the team starts over.  

Variation:  For a larger game area have the first player run to the end of the line after they move the hula hoop over themselves so that the line advances to a finish line.  Have each player run to the end of the line after their turn until the whole line finishes. 

Just for fun and no teams: Have players stand in a circle and hold hands. 

Team Stash

1 bean bag for each player

Set out hoops an equal distance apart in a square pattern - one hoop at each corner with at least 20 feet between hoops.  Divide players into 4 equal teams.   Teams stand at their hoop and place their bean bags on the ground inside their hula hoop.   Set a time limit - 5, 7, 10 minutes.  On "go" all players run to another teams corner and try to grab a bean bag.  They then bring it back and place it inside their teams hula hoop.  Play continues until the time is up!   The team with the most bean bags in their hoop at the end of the timer wins!   Players can only carry one bean bag at a time.  

Tic Tac Toe Race

Bean Bags in 2 colors

You will need 9 hula hoops set on the ground in rows of 3 x 3.  This is the tic tac toe board.   Teams line up at least 25 feet from the board.  On go the first players from each team run to the tic tac toe board and place one of their team beanbags in a hoop.  Then they run back and the next players in line run and place their beanbag in an attempt to get three bean bags either across, down or diagonal for a tic tac toe.   Fast paced and lots of fun!  Play lots of rounds.

How Long is a Minute?


Huckle Buckle

Have everyone find a partner. Once everyone is paired up send one partner to one side of the room and the other partner to the opposing side. Partners will line up across from each other.

The leader will call out, “huckle buckle” followed with a body part. For example, “huckle buckle knees!” The teammates race as quickly toward each other as they can and match their knees up to each other making contact knee to knee.

If the leader yells, “huckle buckle buckle” they will run toward each other, turn back to back, lock arms and sit down. (If you wish: The last pair to correctly match up sit out). At each round you send the pairs back to their opposing lines to start the new round.

Here are some things you can call out; elbows, foreheads, fingers, fists, feet, shoulders, you get the picture.


Taken From: http://www.childrenandyouth.co.uk/children/group-game-ideas/



Look Up, Look Down - Needs 10 or More Players

A fun game for all ages, Look Up, Look Down can be played on any occasion. Whether at a party, picnic or school, children will love playing this game.

You will need: Place to form a large circle

How to play: Have players form a large circle and stand a couple feet apart

All the players look down.

When 'it' shouts out “Look up,” the players have to look up and immediately look at another person in the circle.

If the person they are looking at also looks at them at the same time, they scream together and leave the circle.

The remaining players stand in their place and continue to stare at the person they have been looking at until 'it' says “look down.”

The game continues until there are no more than two to three players left in the circle.

Parachute Games
  • Always be sure to check the ground underneath the chute.Outdoors, dry grass is the best play surface. Wet grass can be slippery.
  • Space children and adults evenly around the edge of the chute.
  • Before play review parachute rules. Remind children to play safely– to listen to instructions– and not bump heads or run into each other.
  • When facilitating play, a second adult is helpful in fielding children and balls, etc.

A parachute is best stored by taking hold of the center in one hand and then twisting the chute loosely into a rope. Roll it up and stuff it into a bag/sack. The thin nylon sacks sold for the storage of sleeping bags work well.

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Pizza Box Relay


Pool Noodle Games
Beach Ball Relay

Beach balls

Divide into teams and line players up one after the other.   At the opposite end of the playing field set up a cone or chair as a turn around point.   One at a time players take 2 pool noodles and move the beach ball across the field, around the turn around point and back.  They then hand off the noodles and ball to the next player in line.  Winning team is the first one to have all their players complete the course.  

Variation:  Have players use only one pool noodle.

Crazy Team Tag  **  Please be responsible and not let this game get out of hand - game is meant to be fun for everyone, not just the overly excited but rough players.

2 colors of Pool Noodles - one color for each team, large outdoor space

Divide into teams.   On "go" teams try to tag each other by hitting the other teams players below the waist with their pool noodle.  If a player is tagged them must sit down right where they are tagged.   They can be untagged if a team member tags them with their noodle.  Play continues until one team has tagged all the other teams players.

Marble Destruction

Marbles, sidewalk chalk or other tall objects that can be knocked over - can use ping pong balls instead of chalk. 

Players roll marbles through the hole in the center of their pool noodle and try to knock down sidewalk chalk pieces that are standing on their ends.  Players must be at least 7 feet away from the chalk.   The first player to knock over their 5 pieces of chalk wins!

Tip:  Place a pool noodle behind the chalk to catch the marbles so they don't roll too far. 

Sword Bubble


Have kids practice their sword moves by popping bubbles!

Toppling Tubes

1. Have kids stand in a circle facing each other.

2. Give each person a pool noodle to hold in front of his or her body so it stands up with the end touching the ground.

3. Leader can decide which direction everyone will move in the circle.

4. At your cue, everyone will let go of his or her pool noodle and move to the next pool noodle in the chosen direction.

5. The goal is for everyone to get to the next pool noodle, grab it, and help it stand up before it falls over.

6. Keep things fun and interesting by playing a round or two where kids take steps back to spread out the circle more and increase difficulty.

Protect the Pizza - need an empty pizza box per participant.
Protect The Pizza

The object here is to knock off other people’s pizza boxes while not losing your own.

Players have to balance the box with one hand from the bottom. If it falls, they’re either out, or  they need to do something else to get back in.

You could either play elimination style (last person standing with a box wins) or teams, last team team with boxes wins, or protect the president where everyone has boxes but there is one player the team has to protect and if they lose their box that team loses. 

Squirt Gun Games
Boat Attack

Kiddie pool filled with water, small boat, 2 pieces of string

Fill the pool with water and tape a piece of string across the top of the pool about 1/4 of the way from each players side high enough so that the boat can float underneath them.  Place the boat in the center of the pool.  Players use their squirt guns to move the boat back and forth trying to get it to pass under their opponents goal line (string).  When the boat is moved completely behind the string the player earns 1 point and the boat is placed back in the center of the pool.   Play to 15 points.   

Variation: Play individually or with 2 - 3 players on a team.  The bigger the pool the more challenging the game.  

Tip: If you don't have a boat a ping pong ball or any ball that floats will work!

Freeze Tag

Played just like the game of tag.  One player starts out with a squirt gun and they tag others players by squirting them with water.  If a player is tagged they must freeze in place.   Other players can unfreeze frozen players by crawling through their legs.  But be careful!  If the player gets tagged while trying to unfreeze another player then both players are frozen!   When all players have been frozen the player with the water gun chooses a new player to use the squirt gun and all players are unfrozen for a new round of play!

Melt Down

Large pan, water, small plastic toys

The night before the game fill several (one per player or per team) half way with water.   Add the plastic toys to the pan and fill the pan with cold water.  Freeze over night.  The toys should be in the center of the ice the next morning.   

Pop the ice out of the pan in one piece and set on the grass (or game area).  Give each team or player a squirt gun and have them squirt water at the ice block until all the toys are free from ice.   Players can only use water from the squirt gun to melt the ice - no hands.  First team (or player if playing individually) to free all their items from the ice wins! 

Ping Pong Targets

pool noodle or box, ping pong balls, golf ball tees

Stick tees in pool noodle or box.  

Place ping pong balls on top.

Mark off a shooting line with tape or sidewalk chalk for the players to stand behind while they try and shoot the ping pong balls off the bottles with their squirt guns.   

Variation:  Set up bottles in rows or a pyramid.   Increase the distance between the shooting line and the targets for each round of play.

String Race

Plastic drinking cups, string

Set up the game by punching 1 hole in each bottom of the cups about 1/2 inch from the side.   Tie the string onto a tree and then thread the end of the string through the hole in the bottom of the cup.   Tie the other end of the string a distance away about 4 - 5 feet from the ground.   Make a separate string and cup so that teams can play or more tracks for individual games.   

The players fill up their water guns and shoot at the inside of the plastic cup to make it move down the string.  First player to get their cup to the other end wins!

String Race Double Challenge

Set up the game the same as the above String Race game only instead of threading one cup on the string thread two cups onto the string.  One cup facing one way and the other cup facing the other way.   Mark the middle of the string with a permanent marker.   4 feet on each side of the strings middle mark place a mark.  This mark is each sides goal line. 

At the same time players try to shoot water into the cup facing them to move both cups down the string to their opponents goal line.   Each time one player moves both cups down the string past their opponents goal line they win 1 point.   Then reset the cups to the middle mark and play to 10 or 15.

Water Gun Relay

Ping pong balls (2), plastic jug or container with an opening large enough that the ping pong ball can be placed inside easily.

Set up the containers with a ping pong ball at the bottom of each one at one end of the playing field.   Teams line up at the other end of the playing field and one at a time fill up the water gun, run to their container and squirt the water into their container.   Then they run back to their team and the next player repeats the steps until one team can make the ping pong ball in their container float to the top and fall to the ground.

Saran Wrap Ball Game




Water Balloon Games - if it's hot enough - I have a multi balloon filler thingy.


Yahtzee Relay


Craft Station
Before kids arrive:
  • Please come early to set up.
  • Set up tables and chairs.  Cover tables if needed (covers are in file cabinet drawer in supply room). 
  • Organize all supplies each table will need.
  • Have one bin per table with the needed supplies.  If there are supplies to be handed out after the instructions, have them well organized and sorted on your instructor's table.  Think about how you will hand those out quickly and effectively.
As kids arrive: 

Have them sit at the tables and get them ready to listen.  If need be, move kids to where you wish them to sit.  Don't be afraid to move them to certain spots.  For some crafts or number of leaders you have, you are better off having 12 kids at 2 tables, and other times it will be better to spread them over 3 or 4 tables.

Once kids are ready:

Once they are ready to listen, explain what they’ll be doing – keep it brief. Be sure all kids at all tables are listening.

  • Get rest of needed supplies to tables
  • Give other kids responsibility to help put names on crafts if help is needed  (they can use the name tags to help spell). 
  •  If anyone needs help don’t just go and help them.  This is an equipping center.  Ask children at the table if anyone is able to help other child.  (If no one volunteers, you assign someone OR you do it).   
  • If you have a child who needs lots of extra help, ask another child to help them.  If a child is helping another child, they do NOT HAVE to do the craft themselves.
As kids finish:
  • Direct them to put finished item on clothes rack. 
  • Make hand wipes available.
  • If finished, get them to help others if you see them able to do so. 
  • If finished and almost end of rotation, get them ready for next station. 
  • If finished, get them to help you clean up and set up for next group. 
  • If finished, give them a colouring page or if you are not busy with others, get to know them better or feel free to grab a book to read to them, or have an older child read to them, or let them pick their own book.
At end of service:

Clean up craft room putting supplies back into craft supply cupboard.  Vacuum and wipe down tables if necessary.   (feel free to grab a couple kids to come help you as they are waiting for parents to pick them up.  Just remember, leave door open between rooms or have another adult with you).   

Small Group Leader Handbook
c - CARE - For your own spiritual walk during the week
p - PRAY - For kids in your group 
r - READ - And know the bible stories ahead of time
Great Conversation Starters
  • Welcome to Kids Church!  My name is ….
  • Hi!  I’m __________. What school do you go to?
  • What kind of things do you enjoy?
  • Tell me about your family.
  • Tell me something about your week.
  • Tell me something fun you did this week.
  • Do you play any games/sports?
  • What are you doing after church today?
  • What is your favourite food / color?
  • What was the best part of school this week?
  • What was the worst part of school this week?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • Anyone have any birthday parties coming up?
  • I hope I get to see you next week!
How to encourage kids to answer questions
  • Reword the question
  • Make questions fun
  • Reference a specific kid (use their name)
  • Have them take a guess
  • Assist them when they are stumped
  • Hints - multiple choice.
  • What you would do (give own answer)
How to help kids belong
  • Be welcoming
  • Be fun
  • EEKK - elbow to elbow, knee to knee
  • Interact with the kids - try to get to know them - show that you are
  • Interested in them.
  • Do little things to model honour
  • Make your group a TEAM - do special things for your group!
  • Use the ‘older’ kids
  • Show love to ALL kids in your group
  • Try to include all kids - but don’t let them be manipulative with their
  • Moods.  Pray about it.
I AM Statements

Verse for this Study:

But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak. - Isaiah 40:31   (NiV)

I Am ...

  • Greatly loved by God! - John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4, 1 Thessalonians 1:4
  • God’s Child - John 1:12
  • A prince or princess - John 18:37
  • A friend of Jesus - John 15:13-15
  • The light of the world - Matthew 5:14-15
  • Saved by grace - Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Amazingly and wonderfully made - Psalm 139:14, Collisions 1:17
  • Made by God for the things that he prepared for me to do - Ephesians 2:10
  • Able to do all things by the power of Christ who gives me strength - Philippians 4:13
  • Not given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind - 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Given everything I need to do what God wants me to do - 2 Peter 1:3, Ephesians 6:10-20
  • Redeemed - Galatians 3:13, Colossians 1:13-14
  • A joint-heir in Christ - Romans 8:17
  • Treated with compassion by Christ - Psalm 145:9,  Matthew 15:32
  • Gade to bear fruit - Galatians 5:22-23
  • Never alone - Psalm 139:1-12
  • Able to be strong and courageous - Joshua 1:9
  • NOT able to be separated from the love of God - Romans 8:38-39
  • Chosen by God before the creation of the world - Ephesians 1:4, Ephesians 1:11, Colossians 3:12
  • Given the one who is greater than the one who lives in the world - 1 John 4:1-4, Romans 8:31
  • An overcomer - 1 John 5:4-5, 1 John 2:14, Revelations 12:11
  • More than a conqueror - Romans 8:37, Daniel 3, Daniel 6, Esther, Death and Resurrection of Jesus
  • Victorious - 1 Corinthians 15:57, Revelation 21:7
  • Priceless - 1 Peter 1:18-19
  • Forgiven - Colossians 2:13, 1 John 1:9
  • Not forgotten - Isaiah 49:15-16, Psalm 139:17-18
  • Free from condemnation - Romans 8:1-2, Psalm 34:22
  • A spirit being - 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • A citizen of heaven - Philippians 3:20, John 14:2
  • An ambassador for Christ - 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • Sure that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him - Romans 8:28-29
  • Healed - Isaiah 53:5
  • A saint - Romans 1:7
  • Sure that God will complete the good work he has started in me - Philippians 1:6
Names of Jesus

Verse for this Study:

The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous run to it and they are safe. - Proverbs 18:10  (NKJV)

Names of Jesus

  • Strong Tower - Prov 18:10
  • The Word - John 1  (Genesis 1)
  • I am - John 8:58
  • Alpha and Omega, First and Last, Beginning and the End - Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13
  • Gate - John 10:9
  • Good Shepherd - John 10:14
  • Light of the World - John 9:5, John 8:12
  • Everlasting Father - Isaiah 9:6
  • Wonderful Counselor - Isaiah 9:6
  • Mighty God - Isaiah 9:6
  • Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6, Phillipians 4:4-7
  • King of Kings and Lord of Lords - Revelation 17:14, 19:16
  • Immanuel - Matthew 1:18-25
  • Living Water - John 4:14  (4-15)
  • Bread of Life - John 6:35  (25-71)
  • True Vine - John 15:5
  • The Way - John 14:6
  • The Truth - John 14:6
  • The Life - John 14:6, Genesis 2:7
  • The resurrection and the Life - John 11:25
  • Author of our faith - Hebrews 12:2
  • Finisher of our faith - Hebrews 12:2
  • Son of God, Son of Man - Daniel 7:13-14, Mark 14:61-62
  • Blameless One - 1 John 2:1-2
  • Advocate - 1 John 2:1-2
  • Lamb of God - John 1:29
  • Passover - 1 Corinthians 5:7
  • Anchor - Hebrews 6:19
  • High Priest - Hebrews 4:15
  • The Rock - 1 Corinthians 10:4
  • Healer - Isaiah 53:4
  • Redeemer - Job 19:25
  • Amen - Revelation 3:14
Reasons to serve in nursery
What's in the bible summaries

DVD 7 - Episode 1

Bible divided into 2 sections:  Old Testament, New testament.

Old testament = 4 sections


Historical Books - cover 1000 years of history



Today look at Ezra and Nehemiah == historical books.

Empire = bunch of countries and bunch of people all ruled by one king.


First True empire = Assyrian Empire

It overthrew the northern Kingdom of Israel (722 BC)

Why did this happen?  

People ignored God – the creator of heaven and earth – and followed other made up gods.


Ninevah = capital of Assyrian Empire

(Jonah and the big fish)


Babylon Empire (608 BC)

It overthrew the southern Kingdom of Judah  (586 BC)

King Nebuchadnezzar


Bible is true and trustworthy

= in all that it teaches – no mistakes in what it teaches.

Can have numbers rounded, king’s name could be spelled different ways…


Babylon Empire did not last forever.

God announced through prophet Isaiah what was going to happen.

Through Isaiah and Jeremiah, God told Israelites they would be in Babylon for 70 years.

Till a new king = Cyrus


Persian empire took over near the end of the 70 years = king’s name = Cyrus


Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of the Israelites coming back to Judah and rebuilding Jerusalem.


King Cyrus tells people they can go home to rebuild their homes.

Rebuilt the temple – the place where they could meet with God.


Took 20 years to rebuild.

Their neighbors tried to stop them

Israel had been divided into 2 kingsdoms

North – capital = Samaria

South – capital = Jerusalem

They did not get along.

While Assyrians had taken all of the Israelites, they sent new people.  They ruled all of Israel from Samaria.

Samaria people were worried about Jerusalem being rebuilt and wanting its power back!!

King Darius of Persia gave go-ahead to build and then not pestered by neighbor anymore!


EZRA – priest of Israel still living in Babylon

Expert in teaching God’s law

King Artaxerxes sends Ezra back to Jerusalem to help Israelites learn God’s law again.

Doesn’t like what he sees – on the same road as history that caused them to get exciled into Babylon!

Ezra called out to God and calls for people to repent!

People joined also.


Repent = to change your ways, to turn away from what you are doing wrong.


Talks about rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls.

Was cupbearer to King Artaxerxes = was in charge of kings drinks.

Nehemiah found out that walls were in terrible shape.

He asked king to be able to go rebuild walls and all the supplies to do so.

King let him go.

But pesky neighbors didn’t like it.

They sent threatening letters.

Use soldiers to attack the workers!

Finished the walls in 52 days.

Now Jerusalem was safe!

Nehemiah became their governor, and Ezra became their priest.

Ezra reads law of Moses to people.

God is true to his promises, even when we mess up.  He even uses people who don’t follow him!!  And repentance is important.
DVD 7 - Episode 2

Rebuilt the Temple, then Esther, Then rebuilt wall.

Esther – happened in Susa – one of the capitals of Persian Empire

17th book in the bible.

539 BC - King Cyrus – Captured Babylon – let Israelites go home

486 BC - King Ahasuerus (Xerxes 1 - Greek) – grandson of king Cyrus 

Bad habits – bad temper, took bad advise

Bad attack on Greece

Temper – get army across river, bridge hit by lightening = mad, behead engineers, whip the river 300x.

King Xerxes having party – Queen Vashti = beautiful.

King and friends wanted Vashti to come out to show off her beauty.

But she said “no”.

Xerxes being ill tempered threw her out.

Now look for a new more beautiful queen – one of them was Esther.

Esther = Jew  

first time they were called Jews – before were called Israelites

Israel was Jacob had 12 sons who made up the 12 tribes of Israelites in Kingdom they called Israel.  Then split into Israel and Judah.  The people of Judah kept worshiping God in Jerusalem (along with the Benjamites).  The other 10 tribes began to worship idols in the north.   People of Judah were carried off to Babylon.   While in Babylon, people began to call them Jews because they were from Judah. 

In north had Samaria and they did not get along with Judah were eventually called Samaritans.

She was raised by her older cousin Mordecai.  They were both Jews.

King Xerxes picked Esther to be queen.

Then Haman was made Xerxes right hand man.

He wanted everyone to bow to him, and Mordecai would not.  So he went to king to ask to kill Mordecai, but asked to kill all Jews.  

Why did he hate jews so much?

Haman was an Agagite = descendant of King Agag. King Agag was killed by the Israelites after King Saul beat them in Battle.   Mordecai was a descendant of King Saul, the man who defeated King Agag.   So Haman might have been getting even for his great … grandfather’s death.

King Xerxes said okay, and Haman cast lots to see what day the killing would begin.

But if all Jews would be killed, Jesus would never be born of the Jews.

Queen Esther now had to try to save the Jews.

She had to risk death and approach King uninvited.  King welcomed her.

She invited king and Haman to banquet.  Then another banquet.  At second, she told king that she and her people were going to be killed by Haman.  King got mad and ordered that Haman be hanged instead of Mordecai.  God saved people through Esther.

When you try to stop God’s rescue plan, bad things are going to happen!

Feast of Purim – celebrate every year in Feb or March to remember how God used Esther to save the Jews.  

Pur = one Lot (Haman cast lots to decide when to start killing the Jews in Persia)

Purim = more than one pur.

At feast they read the book of Esther.

Now to end of Historical books = 12 books that cover 1000 years of Israels history.

Joshua – leading Israelites to the promised land.

Through the time of Judges, the Kings, the broken Kingdom, Exile, and finally the return to Judah with Ezra and Nehemiah.

What do we learn from all those books and history?

God is King, King over everything and he keeps his promises.

Covenant – promise that goes both ways.  They are true to God, good things will happen, if they ignore and go to other gods, bad things would happen.

If they broke covenant with God by worshiping fake Gods, they couldn’t stay in the promised land.

God is always with his people.  

If the kings didn’t follow him, he would have others like the prophets – Samuel, Elijah, Elisha

Even in Exile, he raised up Cyrus to free them.

What was it like for the people to live up to God’s standards.  We can’t do it, that is why we need a savior, a Messiah.

Why did God let them try to live up to the standards for 1000 years and then give us all that history in the old testament.

For us to learn from – who God is and who We are.

We have learned that God is really loving, he always keeps his promises, he is always with us, 

We have also learned how holy God is:  how high his standards are.

BUT he is both – incredibly loving and holy.

Reading about how Israel tried and failed for 1000 year. We will do the same.  We need someone to help us out.  WE will never be good enough.  WE can’t reach God on our own.  We are ready for a savior, a messiah, and new covenant.

DVD 8 - Episode 1

Today our poems usually rhyme – Ancient world poetry was different.

 In bible there are 5 books that are mostly poetry – the Writings.

 Most often – parallelism (seconding sequence)

= when two lines of poetry work together to communicate one idea.

Eg. Psalm 19:1  The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork  = the beauty of the stars and sunset point to the God who made it all.

= when two lines are opposites to communicate an idea

eg.  Proverbs 10:1  A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.   = same idea from two opposite sides.

 Why need to know if it is a poem or not

Depending on how they are written depends on how we understand it – don’t take it literal.  Words are used to paint a picture.


= story of wealthy man who loses everything and wonders why.

He is a righteous man, and is blessed by God.

He loves God and he follows God’s rules.

Satan = adversary, accuser, anyone who is trying to stop you or oppose you.

God tells him ->  look at Job.  Satan wants to see if he really does love God.

Job loses everything!  (still says blessed is the Lord).

Then he also loses health.

Wife tells him to curse God and die.  But he won’t do it.

Now friends show up, and when they start talking start want to try to figure out why Job is being punished.   – Job must have done something terrible, Job must have done something bad, Job is proud and won’t admit and so deserves these things.

Job gets mad and wonders why God doesn’t stand up for him

Whirlwind comes along, and voice is in it – God’ voice.  Who is asking questions about whether I am doing the right thing or not.  Questioning my wisdom????  I created all and you question me?  Job felt sorry, and knew that God was just and wise.  And friends learned that there was more going on than anyone knew about.

God restored all of Job’s stuff and family.

It is written in writings, so poetry.  They speak in fancy poetry.  Take a real person, and wrote about his life in poetry. 

We can trust God’s wisdom  -  There is more than we can see or understand.


= Israels song book

= book of songs

150 different psalms

ïLament – someone was sad or in trouble and wrote a song to bring their troubles to God.

ïPraise – songs praising God for who he is and what he has done.

ïThanksgiving – 

ïGod’s Law – celebrating his law

ïWisdom – 

ïRoyal - about Israel’s Kings

ïHistorical - about history of God and his people

ïProphetic – repeat messages diff prophets had brought.

Who wrote them.  - Psalmist – Many but David wrote 73 (some of these were written about him or for him).

Longest book of the bible (150 chapters) and quoted in bible more than other old testament book.

Psalms give us words to talk to God.

DVD 8 - Episode 2

Proverbs – all about making good choices

Ecclesiastes – all about when life is frustrating and seems meaningless.

Song of Solomon – romantic love between a man and a woman.


= a short saying stating a general truth or piece of advise.

= make you wise.

Smart = having a lot of knowledge and being able to solve problems in math, science, ….

Wise = being able to make good choices in life.

Opposite = foolish

Lots of cultures wrote proverbs.

Solomon wrote over 3000 proverbs – over 500 of his sayings are in book of proverbs

The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom – respecting God’s holiness brings wisdom

Proverbs are principles, not promises.


= person who gathers people together (the preacher)

= a sermon given by someone to a group of people in Israel

Telling people of his search for meaning of life and happiness in a world that can be unkind and confusing.

Vanity – vapor – puff of smoke but it vanishes when you try to grab it.

The speaker tried to find meaning and happiness in hard work, friends, fun, money, pleasure, but poof they can vanish in an instant.

Then at death all is meaningless.

So what are we to do?

Fear God and follow his commandments.

Important – there will be times in life that life won’t make sense. This book shows us truth about this life, this broken life. So, trust God and follow him. Look beyond this world for answers.

Song of Solomon (song of Songs)

= love songs between a man and a woman.

Canon – official list of writings that make up the bible.

Some of the compliments would be insults today.

Learn: Marriage and romatic love are a part of God’s creation.

Romantic love is a powerful thing.

Use romantic love wisely!!

DVD 9 - Episode 1

The Prophets – 17 books – 16 prophets

Prophet = one who is called, one who speaks for someone else.

In OT, called by God to speak for him.

Major Prophets = longer books

Minor Prophets = shorter books


Assyrian Empire

Babylonian Empire

Persian Empire

These empires caused crisis for Israel and Judah. = need for prophets to warn people.

See picture for order of the prophets in the empires.

Lamentations = book of lament = they lost Jerusalem

Lament = passionate expression of grief or sorrow. Can be a poem to express such emotions.

Written by Jeremiah??

Oracle = message from God (Thus says the Lord)

Ways God would speak to prophets:

In a dream

The word of the Lord came to me.


What kinds of messages or oracles were there:

Indictment – tells what you did wrong

Judgement – what will happen as a result of the bad thing you did

Instruction – Just gives a warning, but says what should have been done.

Not many in OT since the Penteteuch already told all instructions.

Aftermath – after your fine, hope for the future. New start.

Prophet would paint picture of the blessings coming to all the people and the rescue plan.

Could they predict the future?

They simply delivered message from God.

Telling what God was going to do.

DVD 9 - Episode 2

Info Here

DVD 10 - Episode 1

Review Old Testament - speaking about the rescue plan

400 years between end of OT and beginning of NT.

Fulness of Time - God’s perfect timing - God acts in History when the time is right.

Why wait so long?

Scholars think:  a blessing is coming and God needs it to spread to the whole world.

Need easy way to travel and communicate.

This was not available at end of OT.  But changed during the 400 years.

Alexander the Great - he conquered most of the world - undefeated.

But army wanted to go home, they were tired.  Then Alexander died at 32.

Alexander loved Greek Language and culture.

Spread them everywhere he went - people were learning to read and write Greek all over.

New Empire rose up - Roman Empire

Romans liked to build - roads.

The cities in Roman Empire became connected.

The Romans wanted peace, so roads helped them subdue any uprisings.

What did Israelites do during this time:

Jews started splitting up into little groups as they reacted differently to the empires.

Pharisees - most religious of the Jews - all about following God’s laws - even made up new laws to follow - and everyone 

Sagisees - Jewish leaders with most power and money - priest that ran the temple and jewish courts and cooperated with Romans who left them alone as long as everything went well.

Zealots - Jews who hated Rome - making plans to kick out Romans - wanted Messiah to come to teach Romans lessons - Sagisees did not like them at all

Asines - very spiritual - wanted to spend time reading and praying - other groups were driving them crazy - so they left and lived in desert.  Have them to thank for the bible.

Start with Gospels

Gospel = Good News

Matthew - wanted to add to Mark’s stories

Mark - written first - was a good friend of Peter - record of all stories peter told.

Luke - very bright (Doctor) - used half of Mark and added eye witness accounts.  He also wrote Acts.   = 1/4 of new testament.

John - one of Jesus’ closest disciples. Most popular book in bible.  Focuses on who Jesus said he was, tells events and focusses on meaning of these events.

Synoptic Gospels = Matthew, Mark, Luke

OT has no ending - teaches about sin and what it does to us. God wants to save us from the stain of sin, power of sin, and presence of sin.

NT has no beginning - fulfill the promises made in OT. In Jesus all promises come true.

Together they bring a full picture.

DVD 10 - Episode 2

Gospels – Matthew Mark Luke John

Gospel = Good News

Genealogy = person’s ancestry – parents/grandparents/great grandparents…

Abraham ------------ King David -------------- Jesus

= the promises made in Old Testament are coming true through Jesus

John the Baptist = first prophet sent to Israel since Old Testament.

Told people to repent from sins and to return to God

Baptized as a sign of their repentance.

People wondered if he was Messiah

Messiah would baptize in the spirit.

Jesus comes to be baptized. Then Spirit of God comes down on Jesus.

God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit

When Jesus was baptized, all three were there at once.

40 days in wilderness.

Tries to temp Jesus to take short cuts to what he will be doing.

Adam and Eve gave in to temptation.

Jesus did not give in – he overcame temptation with Scripture.

Kingdom of God = Good news

Jesus picks 12 men to be Disciples (follower of a teacher)

People were amazed

- he taught with authority, different than they heard before

- explaining things like he was God

- he started healing people


- group of people who were all about rules

- Jesus broke rules – healed on Sabbath, ate with sinners, forgave sins = God = Blasphemy

- Decided that Jesus was a problem and tried to trap him with tricky questions

- Went to Sadducees and let them know there was a new trouble maker

- Sadducees want peace, so can’t have trouble maker. Concerned that Jesus will get people believing that he is the Messiah and will stir up the Zealots and then Romans will have to send in troops to crack down on everybody.

- They try to figure out what to do.

Jesus in meantime continue to minister and showing his authority

Parables – teach about kingdom of God and how we should live

Authority over nature

Authority to create abundance from little

Authority over death

Authority over all that is wrong (sickness, hunger, death) with the world

Pharisees/Sadducees need to find a way to quietly get rid of Jesus. But he is continually surrounded by crowd. They don’t want a riot, cause then the Romans will get involved and possibly take away all that the Pharisees and Sadducees can do.

Everyone is wondering who Jesus really is?

Disciples are asked by Jesus and Peter answers that Jesus is the Messiah.

Don’t tell anyone – people are expecting Messiah to kick out Romans and become the people’s king.

Old testament – kingdom in a physical Isreal at specific time, specific people

New Testament – Kingdom is in people, open to anyone, anywhere.

Then starts teaching things that confuse people.

The first will be last, and last will be first

In order to be a leader in the new kingdom, you need to be a servant

In order to live the new life that he is offering, need to let go of own life.

And he would die soon (confusing cause then how will he be king??)

Go to Jerusalem for Passover. Palm Sunday.

Pharisees know they have to do something soon – too much risk for Romans to notice.

Passover meal – Jesus does some unexpected things

- one disciple will betray him - help Pharisees and sadducees will take him away

- bread = this is my body which is given for you

- cup = this cup that is poured out for you is the blood of the new covenant.

- = he is the Passover lamb, he will die so we will live = the blessing for the whole world

New Testament = New Covenant

Whole bible points to this moment. Whole bible is about this!!

Then Jesus goes to pray and Jesus is arrested.

Taken to Sanhedrin where Pharisees and Sadducees put him on trial for blasphemy. Punishment is death.

But Romans don’t allow Sanhedrin to put anyone to death = take to Pilate, the Roman Governor. He doesn’t believe Jesus has done anything wrong, but doesn’t want the Pharisees and Sadducees to complain to Rome like they have done with previous Governors.

So he gives in - crucified

Jesus says as he dies – father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

- gets dark

- curtain in temple rips

In his life, Jesus did some important things

- shows us who God is - loving, good, powerful

- he announced the kingdom of God and showed us what it would be like

Jesus took all the sin when he died.

So Jesus died all alone. Away from God.

Jesus took punishment – he died alone so we don’t have to.

Three days later, tomb was empty!!

Jesus appears to people.

Power of sin and death were broken. Kingdom of God was real and we can be a part of it.

Go tell everyone!!

Jesus saves us from the

- stain of sin – keeps us away from God

- power of sin – ruins our lives and relationships

- presence of sin – have sickness and death

When will God wipe out all parts of sin – don’t know.

We are invited to be part of the kingdom of God – we decide to accept the invitation.

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Science – the study of nature

God created the natural world.

Supernatural – beyond nature = God

 What is the tool to study God?
  • Revelation – what God has revealed about himself
  • Bible – years of recorded events
  • Jesus – to see me is to see the Father
  • Testimony – the story of the way God changed your life

A great way to learn who God is - healer, makes broken people whole.

Luke – wrote book of Luke and Acts

Luke told story of Jesus

Acts told story of what happened after Jesus

Apostle = sent one – Jesus sent them into the world to share his message.

Acts starts with Gift of the Holy Spirit

 = fill them with Power  (supernatural power)

 = doing miracles, boldness to speak etc.

-      old testament certain people got HS at certain times

-      From now on, HS was for anyone who followed Jesus all the time.

-      Apostles began speaking in different languages – there were a lot of people in town because of Pentecost so lots of people heard message of Jesus

-      HS is not to show off but to move God’s plan forward

Pentecost – 50th– Jewish Holiday 50 days after Passover.

Apostles begin spreading news – Judea, then Samaria, then end of the earth (Roman Empire)

 -      Peter and John get arrested and brought before Sanheddran.  Pharisees tell them to not speak of Jesus ever again.  But they don’t listen.

-      Believers share meals together, help each other, fill needs for eachother…

-      The same apostles who were hiding before Pentecost, now thank God for getting beaten for speaking about Jesus!  Holy Spirit made them brave!!

-      We get same Holy Spirit when we follow Jesus.

-      Stephen – arrested – taken to Sanheddran – gets stoned to death. = dangerous for new believers. = spreading of Good News.

 Gentile = everybody else – not Jews.

Believers thought ends of the earth meant only to the Jews.  God chose Peter to change that mindset.  

Disciples did not want Jesus to leave – they wanted to continue to be with him and spend time with him.

BUT the Gospel couldn’t spread until Jesus left – he knew that if he left and sent the HS then Gods power could be everywhere and all the time with those who follow Jesus.

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Sin = putting ourselves before God

Holy = set apart, different from everybody else.

Messiah = someone who will pay penalty of sin once and for all

Salvation = save us from sinking in a sea of sin

Redemption = pay the debt we couldn’t pay so we can be free


In Acts, Jesus sends out followers to take the gospel to others.

But they think it is just for the Jews, so Jesus has to change their minds.

= Peter sees vision of animals in sheet. Voice tells him to go kill and eat the animals which is against Jewish law. But God tells him that he makes the rules. Then Peter ends up going to Cornelius’ house who is a Gentile. Peter’s eyes are opened to Jesus being for the Gentiles as well.

God had perfect person picked out to take the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Saul – a very strict Pharisee = Paul

Paul met Jesus on road to Demascus.

Saul ends up becoming a follower of Jesus.

Why is Paul the perfect person to take Gospel to the Gentiles.

o Jewish but grew up in Tarsus (the Greek world)

o Greek - could explain in a way that they could understand

o Smart – he knew old testament well so he could use that to show that it all points to Jesus

o Passionate – Does things fully (first to hunt down Christians, then follow Jesus)

o Roman Citizen – official member of Rome. = can travel in roman empire without troubles also, he could not be punished in certain ways like crucifixion. And if put on trial and not treated fair, could appeal to Ceasar to determine if they were being treated fairly.

Paul preached and taught and people could not argue with him. He made enemies with the Pharisees who wanted to kill him.

Christianos = followers of Christ (Greek) – made Jesus our King

Christ = anointed one (Greek) = Jesus is our King, our ruler.

Churches = Assembly – to gather together.

While Paul was in prison he wrote letters – the next 13 books of NT.