Archive for May 2014

talk.pray.do: June




  • What do you miss about school in the summer?
  • What is your favorite summer memory?
  • What are you most excited about doing this summer?
  • How can we share Jesus to others this summer?
  • How can we serve others this summer?



In addition to the Prayer Pail, this month as you tuck in for the night, talk with your child about how your family can get involved and support a mission project or a community support organization. Pray together and ask God to show you how you can serve generously for Him and make a difference.



What is service?  Service is seeing a need and doing something about it!   Our family take home is to encourage our children to see the needs of others and respond.  Sometimes we serve others so we’ll be noticed or praised for our hard work. It’s better to serve because we genuinely want to help someone else. God tells us that it is better to serve in secret. He notices what we’re doing for others.

This month participate in “You Got Served”.  Family members should take a “You Got Served” card and find four ways to serve their assignments with ninja-style secrecy, leaving only the note card behind. Perhaps its a sibling that needs help with chores,  a neighbor who needs help with their yard work,  and the list could go on.  See the need and respond!


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Why we do- what we do!

Do you know what the objective of Kids Community is?  

Why do we have Kids Community?

These are critical questions to have answered.  There are so many models and intentions among churches; however, there is no question that Jesus encouraged ministry to children.

He says in Mark 10: 13-16, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

This ministry can include teaching the application of Biblical principles. It may provide entertaining activities and programming. It could organize a safe and secure environment. These are all important objectives to consider, but they are not the primary objective behind what we do.

The primary objective of our Kids Community is to partner with parents in the development of worshipful, relational, missional children. 

Think about it: if parents were able to effectively lead and develop their children according to Jesus, not much else would be needed.

Parenting is a form of discipleship – God’s model for raising children. He says in Deuteronomy 6:7-9 that parents are to impress their own love for what He commands into their children. It would be counterproductive to build a ministry that takes that responsibility from its rightful place.


Check out this video and see how and why how we do Kids Community is important.


Spiritual development of one generation must be transferred to the next. This transfer takes place through mentoring and community. Faith and maturity are caught more than taught.

We want to help one another follow Jesus and better demonstrate His ways to all children. We believe what John 1:12 says, “To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” We all can spiritually parent the next generation best by focusing on following Jesus ourselves.

How will you help make a difference in a child? In a family?


talk.pray.do: May




  • Do you tell other people about Jesus?
  • Who have you told about Jesus recently? How did they respond?
  • What is your favorite thing to do outside?
  • Do you prefer to be outside or inside? Why?


In addition to the Prayer Pail, this month as you tuck in for the night, talk about everything God has allowed you to have. Remind your child that everything really belongs to God, and He is so good to give us all that we need. Pray together and thank Him for taking such good care of us.


Our family take home this this month is a Nature-Scavenger hunt.  We encourage you to participate as a family to find and collect the items on the attached list.  As you walk around your neighborhood or park take a moment and allow your children to look around for: something to praise God for creating; someone who has a need; something that reminds them of a blessing God has given

Please share with us your stories and photos.  The first family from Vista Dublin & Vista Worthington that emails their photo(s) with their “scavenger items” to Melinda Woody at melinda.woody@vistachurches.org will win a gift card to a local restaurant.