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Capital Baptist AWANA Club

Parent's Newsletter

Celebrating the Hope We Have


Welcome to the Easter edition of the AWANA Newsletter.  Celebrating the Hope we have in Jesus, rejoicing in God’s presence, power and promises in the midst of unexpected circumstances, and praising Him for the opportunities to worship, learn and serve together at this time!

As believers, there is no better day than today to celebrate the new life we have in Jesus!  To worship God, with heartfelt thanks for Who He is and all He’s done!  Praise God for His selfless plan of redemption, and His amazing grace! What a special time to share God’s love with those around us.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).   

Easter 2020 - an awesome time to worship, to deepen our trust in our Lord, to share the Good News, and also a year to explore new family traditions.  In this edition, we share opportunities for children and family worship, AWANA on-line updates and an awesome and tasty new way to experience Easter with your children this year.

Capital Baptist Church continues worship, discipleship and fellowship remotely.   We invite you to participate in the many offerings that are now available, and encourage you to let us know if we can be of service to you.

SPECIAL NOTE

AWANA On-line will not be held Easter Sunday

From the Children and Family Director

As we progress into this season of Covid-19 I for one sometimes forget that the biblical period did not consist of a uniform set of situations.  The gospel of Christ is for all time and for all people.  In this Christian community are people of every socioeconomic status, culture, nationality, ability, gender, and age.

Our task in Children Ministry is to translate and demonstrate messages of faith to children for their particular time and place.  The tension is to respect the truth and timelessness of the scriptural message while at the same time being sensitive to the diversity of children’s circumstances.

Family provides a child’s immediate environment.  The child’s family may consist of mother and father, several or no siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents.  Stepparents and half-sisters and -brothers may be grafted into the family.  Or the child may live alone with his or her mother.  Resources may be plentiful or meager.  Faith may have a pivotal place in the life of the family – or not.  Many parents are separated from their children for long hours or even days because of the demands of their work.  On the other hand, some parents work from home.  In this season many more parents are working from home which is causing the family to develop new ways of celebrating important occasions.  Families develop their own ways of celebrating important occasions.  The family shapes children’s lives, but each child also helps to shape the family.  When a new baby comes into a family, it is never the same again.  This current pandemic will result in many families never being the same again.

Besides the family, other highly influential primary environments for a child may be the school, the church, and the daycare center.  School in its many forms provided the social space that brings together the greatest numbers of people engaged in a similar purpose.  This has been disrupted with more families attempting home school or an altered form of contact with their previous school educators.  Those families previously requiring or utilizing daycare centers are now forced to care for their children at home.  The family dynamic has been considerably altered during this time; possibly forever.

If a family is enthusiastic about its church involvement, its children are more likely to enjoy being part of the church.  Churches that recognize the challenges of parenting and provide support for parents will be inviting places for families.  In conjunction with our Capital Kids programs we desire to provide support for parents and families; especially during this time of societal change.

There are also secondary levels of environmental layers that impact a child’s life.  For example, a child may never visit a parent’s workplace, but the hours the parent works and the time it takes to get to work affect the time the family has together.  The children may never meet relatives who live far away, but the parents’ experiences growing up with these people influence how they parent their own children.  During this time the family has an opportunity to modify many of these environmental layers .  In the previous normalacy time was a critical component of each family with commuting and maintaining a busy schedule.  During this time we have an opportunity as families and parents to modify these past behaviors and with the advance in technology family members now have more time to interact with the family due to no commute times, they can now have family time with distant relatives utilizing new technologies and forever positively impact the lives of your and other children.

In our culture today the media have a powerful influence on the life of the child.  Even though some parents are diligent in controlling the on/off button of the television, exposure to television is almost universal in our society.  Added to this is the advancement of electronic devices for games and social media and there is the possibility of profound impact on the lives of children.

The influence of the larger society’s laws, values, history and economic circumstances and policies cannot be understated.  But the macrosystem reaches into every person’s life, even into the experience of faith.  The place of faith within a society, along with the presence or absence of freedom of worship, has a powerful impact on children’s religious experience.

In evaluating the place of Children’s Ministry in the overall community at large, I am reminded of the way the apostle Paul spent his initial time in Athens as recorded in Acts 17.  Here he models the value of getting to know the broader community as a precursor to context-sensitive ministry.  As I now live in the dynamic of the family under the Coronavirus slow the spread timeframe this seems to me a very powerful foundational element for family ministry to our children.

What can we learn from this about getting to know this new family dynamic of being at home together with our families for the foreseeable future.  This seems like a great time to explore the broader context of family and children as we adapt to a new normal.  As we come to know our family and children better, we will discover distinct opportunities and challenges that give us an enlarged vision of ministry opportunities to the family.

I am reminded of the Greatest Command as referenced in Deuteronomy 6:4-7: “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart.  Repeat them to your children.  Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

As we worship this Holy Week, this is a great season in our lives to begin a new dedication to the Lord beginning from within the family.  For most of us we have never had an opportunity such as this to focus our attention on the Lord in such a way.  As we experience this new Holy Week adventure isolated in our homes for the first time we have a unique opportunity.  But, as different as it looks, I am comforted and awestruck by a God Who keeps a watch over His people as He prepares a way for them.  His love is a wonder!  That on the very night He would repay our debt with Himself, He would keep a watch over us.

Our Passover Lamb is also our Watchman, and His love endures forever.  May you rest in this beautiful truth on this night of Passover – the same night He kept vigil and the clock began to count down to the cross and an empty tomb.

If you are experiencing a need during this time please call our church office at (703) 560-3109.  I would also like to hear from you of any programs or ministry that could benefit your family as we move forward during this time; please contact capitalkids@capitalbaptist.org with requests or ideas for enhancing our children ministry to better serve parents and their families.


Citation: Children Matter, Catherine Stonehouse, Scottie May, Beth Posterski, and Linda Cannell, 2005, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, Grand Rapids, Michigan
 

Commander’s Corner

AWANA On-line is taking a break this week for Easter, but will be back on-line next week for Cubbies through Journey, including the addition of small group time for Sparks and T&T. It has been great to see many AWANA clubbers over the past couple weeks and hope more will join us for the remainder of the year! AWANA On-line is a tremendous, interactive way for your children to continue to learn God’s Truths, hide God’s word in their hearts, and maintain fellowship with their leaders and fellow clubbers!

Cubbies meet at 3 pm, Sparks at 4 pm, T&T at 5 pm; and Trek and Journey at 7 pm. You can keep up to date with schedules and access links for each class at awanacapitalbaptist.org/awana-online/

On-line small group times for T&T will begin the week of April 12, once a week, to discuss the lesson and say memory verses. Expect to see the schedule very soon. Sparks will also have an opportunity to complete book sections by sharing the verses they’ve learned with their leaders as well. If you are interested in these small group/verse opportunities, please let your child’s director know.    

For those who are hoping to complete books this year, we are committed to partnering with you to make this happen. In this remote environment, it will be important for your Clubbers to be prepared by practicing verses and completing the lesson assignments prior to small group. If you have not met the requirement to “Bring a Friend” this year, you are welcome to invite your friends to join us on line — just send them the link for Green Meadow or CouncilTime and let your director know their email address, so they can share an entrance booklet with them. 

For Sparks and T&T, we will use our on-line attendance and book progress records to continue to identify Clubbers of the Week and award Clubbers of the Month.   

While we have not figured out the details yet, we will have an end of the year ceremony and ensure clubbers receive recognition and awards for their hard work! This will include participation certificates for everyone, book awards, attendance awards, Clubber of the Year awards, and celebrations of graduation.

CBC Children’s Ministry offers Sunday classes

CBC Children’s Ministry is now on-line with Sunday classes and Wednesday worship. You can find the schedules and links at capitalevents.church, under the Capital Kids OnLine tab. Information on all of our planned summer events, including VBS and day camps, can be found at the same website under the Events tab.

Whether you’ve been a part of our Sunday morning programming in the past or not, we encourage you to try out these latest additions to our on-line offerings for preschool through grade 6.

Easter Story Cookies

To be made the evening before Easter

You need:
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vinegar
  • wooden spoon
  • 3 egg whites
  • wax paper
  • pinch of salt
  • tape
  • Bible
 
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees (this is important-don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)!
 
Place pecans in a zipper baggie and let your children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested. He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
 
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. Vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
 
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
 
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this 
represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
 
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
 
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents --in God's eyes -- the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
 
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper-covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
 
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 27:65-66.
 
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
 
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matt. 28:1-9

Attention High School and College Students: We need you!!!

We are still looking for Student Staffers to assist with this Summer’s Connect Camp hosted by Capital Baptist Church.

The Connect Student Staffer program has been designed specifically with high-school-aged youth in mind. The Connect Student Staffer program gives students an opportunity to be more than just the typical volunteer and to have more responsibility in the months leading up to camp and also during the week of camp. As a part of the program the Connect staff will help to develop a select number of high-school-aged students year round, not just during the week of camp, and help them learn general leadership principles that are incredibly important. These principles pertain not just to camp, but also to real life.

Capital Baptist Church is seeking students who will be a good fit and will be dedicated to the program. These students will be expected to take initiative to actually apply things that are learned in this program. For more information contact Mike Eicher at (703) 817-6193 or meicher@capitalbaptist.org.

Connect Camp Is Coming To Capital Baptist!

Join Us July 27 to 31 for Connect Camp

We get it! Life during Summer gets difficult when you have school-aged children. We are so excited to offer some relief to your Summer scheduling pains.

Connect Camps is a one-week, day camp filled with non-stop fun, engaging activities, daily faith-based lessons, and the chance to make lasting friendships.

Registration for this year’s camp opened on March 15. Remember, $50 reserves your spot so visit connectcamps.com/annandale/ to register or for additional information.

Prepare for an unforgettable summer experience at High Point Camp

New adventure begins for the Capital Kids at High Point Camp, June 22 – 26, 2020.

Located in the Welsh Mountains of Southeastern Pennsylvania, High Point Camp is only a short drive from Washington DC. The camp and retreat center is nestled on 225 acres of picturesque property and the beautiful, updated facility is surrounded by sports fields, woods, a lake, rolling hills, and is the perfect location for camping adventure.  

The High Point Junior Camp is a jam-packed week of excitement. With tubing behind a speedboat, group competitions, the BLOB, and so much more, campers will be talking about camp for weeks after, Each day, campers are immersed in God's Word through cabin devotions, one-on-one time with their counselor, and the chapel speaker, Ben Ice. The lessons are designed for kids in grades 3-6 and the goal is to show campers how God's Word can make an impact in their life. Camp is also a great way to make new friends and enjoy some friendly competition.

For 60 years, High Point Camp has offered quality Christian camping and outdoor fun for kids, teens, adults and families. The camps are packed with unforgettable fun and awesome activities with plenty of time for spiritual growth and personal reflection. If you're looking for a Christ-centered experience for your child, High Point Camp is the place for you.

For additional information visit www.hpcamp.org/junior-camp.
AWANA is a ministry of Capital Baptist Church (3504 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003). Call (703) 560-3109 or email visit awanacapitalbaptist.org for additional information.
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