An App For Parent’s

An App For Parent’s

We are kicking off the new year by blessing our families. I am excited to announce that starting in Jan we will be giving away the Parent Cue App to our families. The Parent Cue app is an incredible tool that Cues parents on how to have faith conversations in their homes.  It provides parents with simple cues throughout the week to help them connect with their kids through everyday moments—in the car, at the dinner table, when bedtime hits. Starting on Jan 2nd and 3rd, we will be giving away over a hundred Parent Cue apps during our weekend services. So, why are we so excited about the app? Here are a few reasons.

“provides parents with simple cues throughout the week to help them connect with their kids through everyday moments—in the car, at the dinner table, when bedtime hits.”

COMBINES OUR VOICES FOR A GREATER INFLUENCE:  Every month the Parent Cue App focuses on a specific truth or “life app”, that your child is experiencing in their worship environment (Kids Care, Amp’d JR or Amp’d). Parents receive cues for videos, activities, discussions, songs and more that help teach the basic truth their child is experiencing on the weekends.
PARENTS ARE THE HEROES: We want to equip parents to be the spiritual heroes in the life of a child. We believe that the greatest teacher in the life of a child is the parent and the greatest school a child attends should be the home. The Parent Cue app helps make this a reality. 
IT’S IN YOUR BACK POCKET: No more searching for the handout your child’s small group leader handed you on the way out the door (while you were trying to manage two other kids). Everything you need to ignite faith conversations with your kids will be in your back pocket or purse.
UPDATED WEEKLY: Each week the app is updated to match what your child is learning at church.
UPDATED WEEKLY: Each week the app is updated to match what your child is learning at church.
PARENT TIME: There is also a section for you! Each month you will receive videos, podcasts and articles to help you navigate each phase of your child’s life.
* The Parent Cue App is just for parents of Preschoolers and Elementary aged children. We are working on something special for our middle schoolers and high schoolers. So stay tuned. 
 
Teaching Kids How to Respond to Tragedy

Teaching Kids How to Respond to Tragedy

This week, our family was reading our nightly advent story. This particular night we focused on how Jesus was born to conquer death ( 1 Cor. 15:55-57). We discussed how every living thing must die because of sin and how Jesus conquered death through His resurrection. Midway through our conversation I had one of those parent moments. “How will my kids handle death and tragedy?” Undoubtedly they will be faced with these unfortunate circumstance of living in a fallen world. How am I preparing them to not fear these moments but to trust in the sovereignty of God? These are very difficult conversations that every parent will face. I think there are some things that we can do as parents to prepare our kids to handle tragedy in a way that honors God when it strikes. Here are a few of mine…
BE HONEST: : Kids can handle the truth and they can tell when we are making things up. Last year I had the honor of officiating my grandfathers funeral. He was one of the most incredible men that I have ever known. As I was preparing for the funeral, my oldest son (4) asked “what are you doing”. This moment gave me the opportunity to have an honest conversation with him about sin, death and God’s love for all people. Be honest. They will respect you more in the long run.
ON THEIR LEVEL:  Have honest conversations that they can understand and relate with. As parents, we must protect our kids from certain relates of this fallen world until they are matured enough to handle them. Use wisdom and trust in the Holy Spirit to guide your conversations.
BIG TRUTHS IN SMALL AMOUNTS: Fight the temptation to explain everything when tragedy strikes. Focus on helping them understand big truths in small amounts over time…
LEVERAGE: I always TRY to leverage sensitive conversations with my kids for the glory of God. Use the immediate situation to leverage a greater conversation about the Gospel and God’s love. Help them to see the bigger picture in the midst of hurt and tragedy. The picture that we paint for them today will hopefully be the world they live in tomorrow.
MODEL THE MESSAGE: Kids watch more than they listen. How you respond to tragedy will shape how they respond to tragedy. Your trust in God during difficult times can be the greatest classroom for your kids to experience a sovereign God.
PRAY: Sounds simple – but always pray over the situations that you are facing. Prayer over time teaches (us and them) that we are not in control. Prayer helps our kids to know that they have a loving God that is ready to receive their request.
Family Advent Ideas

Family Advent Ideas

The Christmas season is finally here! The truth is, December is one of the busiest months for The Moore Family. In the midst of visiting families, picking out the perfect gifts, christmas trees, christmas parties, christmas services and school plays it can become very easy to lose focus on why Christmas is so incredible. In the past our family has done a 7 day study on the importance of the birth of Jesus leading up to Christmas night. This is something that my wife (Kisha) has always led the charge on. She is the creative one and loves to create fun and exciting ways for our kids to experience Jesus on their level. This year we wanted to attempt a month long advent study with our family that was simple and fun. So, Kisha began researching different ways we can allow the incredible advent story come to life in the lives of our kids. Here are some ideas from my family and our staff’s families.
BEFORE YOU START CLICKING LINKS – READ THIS !!!!! Before you start looking for the best plan for your family, commit to using one that is FUN. We want our kids to look forward to this time together as a family. Help them see the miracle that God has been preparing and performing since creation. Help them see why Christmas is so amazing. If you miss a night, don’t freak out. Pick back up the following night. Don’t stress about making it “perfect”, make it FUN. Start simple and build rhythms that can be built upon in future years.
YouVersion COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS:  YouVersion Bible App has created a fun Advent activity calendar, designed to help the whole family learn about the significance of Christmas. Simple, engaging, and fun for the whole family.
ADVENT CALENDAR: Focus on the Family offers a simple advent calendar that focuses on 25 “inspiring true stories of the season” to help kids focus on Christ this Christmas.
 REASON FOR THE SEASON:  If you like to cut, color and glue things then this is the advent deal for you. Reason for the Seasons: a Jesse Tree Advent Journey is meant to be a tool to provide opportunities to connect with your family about the true meaning of the season: celebrating the birth of our amazing Savior. Each day your family will read passages of scripture from The Jesus Story Book or The Big Picture Story Bible. There is also a craft each day for the kids to hang on the tree that tells the advent story. Each edition contains 24 reading passage references, 24 ornaments, 48 crafts, 27 activity ideas, 24 food ideas, and 26 coloring pages that reinforce the theme of each day. HERE is a different take on the Jesse Tree.
AWANA ADVENT FAMILY DEVOTIONAL:25 Reasons Why Jesus Was Born is your opportunity to reconnect with the reason behind the season. Twenty-five days with twenty-five different contributors. Each day reflects on a specific reason for Jesus’ birth and includes some thoughts as we move toward Christmas Day. You can print or use your phone/tablets to share the advent story in a colorful and engaging way.

Here are just a few of our ideas. Leave a comment with what your family has found helpful.

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