Archive for September 2013

What is Being Taught to our Kids?

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“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God” – John 1:12

How does a church support and assist parents to disciple their children?

At Vista, we believe that a Christ-centered and Biblically-based curriculum is one tool that is necessary to support and assist parents. Several of our members, parents and leaders have labored this year to choose an appropriate curriculum that fits this criteria. We believe that God led this team to the best curriculum fit for the worshipful, relational and missional strategy of Vista Churches.

The Gospel Project is a three-year, comprehensive Bible survey curriculum for preschoolers through adulthood. We have purchased this curriculum for preschool through middle school classrooms including Base Camp (4 & 5 year olds), Climb (Dublin, kindergarten through third grade, Worthington, first through fifth grade), Summit (Dublin, fourth and fifth grade) and Rapids (Dublin, sixth through eighth grade). The Gospel Project allows all age groups to study the same Bible lesson simultaneously and provides a family friendly website with a creative mobile application.

We encourage you to download the free Gospel Project app on your smart phone or tablet. It is a way to continue the learning throughout the week! You can listen to songs, view the lessons, and your child can color pages on your smart phone or iPad. The Gospel Project is accessible to your child and family!

Play-n-Worship is a two-year curriculum that teaches the Bible in creative play-based lessons that preschoolers love. Songs, activities and storytelling repetition are used to reinforce spiritual truths of worship that families can duplicate at home. We have purchased for Meadowlands (two-year-olds) and Base Camp (three-year-olds) classes.

The curriculum team believes that these two options best achieve the original guidelines approved by Pastors and Elders:
1. Bible-based survey
2. Gospel-centered tie to Jesus in every lesson
3. Worshipful, relational and missional components in each lesson
4. Educationally appropriate for each age group
5. Clear lesson preparation guide for parent and volunteer teachers
6. Digital resources to assist a mobile church structure
7. Reliable publishing, training resources and support
8. Acceptable price point for best use of financial resources

We are so thankful for all the work and preparation many parents and leaders donated in this curriculum phase of Kids Community restructure. We trust that God will honor their sacrifice and leadership by blessing our families with spiritual development tools to nurture spiritual growth in their children.

In the mean time, check out the Play-N-Worship website, as well as The Gospel Project videos. Don’t forget to download The Gospel Project App in preparation for the new curriculum launch!

Praise the Lord for Policy!

With the start of the new school year, we will launch both new policy and new curriculum…The Gospel Project and Play-n-Worship! In this post, we will discuss some of the new policies in place in Kids Community at Vista. We want parents to be aware that this policy is created and in place. We care about your children – spiritually, emotionally, and physically – and want them to receive the utmost care when they are in Kids Community on Sunday mornings.

Matthew 19:14 reads: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” We want Kids Community to support children knowing Jesus better and our hope is that this policy will support our children.

The Policy and Procedures are split into six different areas:

Research and time went into writing these policies. We researched other churches’ policies, looked into Ohio Health standards, and examined and compiled what would be best for Vista.

Why does this matter to you? The children in Kids Community are the future of the church. They are the next generation. Are we loving and supporting them? Our hope is that this policy will help provide the structure and standards needed in the classroom, so teachers can focus on teaching and loving our future Lifegroup leaders, Kids Community teachers, mission champions, worship leaders and pastors of Vista.

We ask for your help in supporting this policy, so we can continue to care for your children in the best way possible. We are a team, all working for the good of your children, so they can ultimately know Jesus better by attending Kids Community. Please help us in this effort! You can view all of the policies on this page of our church website.