kidSTART - April

Hello, kidSTART Friends!

Jesus wants to be my friend forever. Isn’t that AMAZING? He wants to be MY friend. He wants to be YOUR friend. Jesus wants to be my friend, forever. What a life-changing truth. What a foundational truth. What an awesome thing to put in the hearts of our preschoolers.

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April = Humility

Humility is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve. Putting others first is not our natural inclination. We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. Jesus lived in a world like that too. He could have looked out for Himself, but He didn’t. Out of His love for us, He chose to put us first.

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kidSTART - March

Hello kidSTART Friends!

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Jesus, the Son of God, walked around here on the same earth that you and I now inhabit. When I see pictures of places that I’ve read about in my Bible, I am truly humbled to know that my heavenly Father sent His Son here, to this earth for me—to save me. And, to save you. Then, I think about what Jesus did in His years here on earth, and I am amazed. Amazed.

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March = Forgiveness!

Forgiveness is deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay. When we choose to forgive others, it’s a response to the great love and forgiveness God has shown us. Forgiveness means letting go of what someone did to us in order to restore the relationship.

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u, not me


This past weekend, emerge had their annual u, not me weekend that focused on letting students be together and serve others. Nearly 50 students and leaders served 7 single mothers and widows, doing everything from painting and home repairs, to sharing dinner and conversation. Together, they put in over 250 hours of service. It was truly an amazing time where our students gave God "their little" and let Him do a lot.

kidSTART - February

Hello, kidSTART Families!

Jesus loves everyone. Everyone! He loves you. He loves me. He even loves that lady down the street who never comes outside. He loves the man at the grocery store. He loves the lady at the deli. Jesus loves everyone!

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February= Faith

Faith is believing in what you can’t see because of what you can see. Sometimes we lose sight of what God’s doing in our lives. But we can see all of the many other ways God reveals Himself. Through the things we can see, we can believe that what the Bible says about God is true.

When we recognize God at work around us, we respond to Him with trust. We have confidence He has a plan for our lives, and we are willing to take risks to see that plan accomplished. Even in our moments of doubt, God will show us something to remind us to have faith.

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kidSTART - January

Hello, kidSTART Friends!

January brings some of the best stories to tell preschoolers. They’re stories filled with awe and wonder.

They’re the stories that make us say, “Hmm, Jesus really can do anything!”

Filling empty nets with fish, feeding five thousand with just a few fishes and loaves. Wow! It’s amazing what Jesus did. He walked on the water. He calmed a storm with just a word. God sent His Son to us and He did some truly miraculous things before He did the most amazing thing of all, dying to save us.

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Knowledge is discovering something new so you can be better at whatever you doWe believe that God’s Word is the best place to discover something new about our world and ultimately ourselves. And when we put those discoveries into practice it changes us from the inside out and impacts the choices we make and the way we live. God is the source of all truth. We need to dig into His Word and discover that truth for ourselves.

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dv8 Lock In 2k13 (Recap)

dv8 Lock In 2k13 Group Shot

The dv8 Lock In 2k13 was our biggest lock in to date! Over 150 students attended this night of fun and games. Throughout the night 6th - 8th grade students participated in competitions and games, and won all sorts of prizes. On Saturday morning we started off with a hot breakfast buffet, then ended our time together with a giant prize give away with over 100 prizes (including generous donations from Chick - fil - A, Suburban Lanes, Thirty - One, The Wow factory, and many anonymous donations from parents).