Summer of 17

Hot dogs, watermelon and ice cream! VBS, camps and flashlights! Summer of 2017, what a blur of amazing events! It’s hard to believe how fast it has gone, but what fun we have had.

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

We began with Maker Fun Factory VBS and it was one of the best ever! The games, the snacks and the kids, wow!!

We played at Rush and had a family fun evening with flashlights and ice cream and pizza. 

We had a fun week of camp with our special needs friends at Jammin Jubilee and then off to Student Life Kids camp where we became treasure hunters seeking Jesus! We topped it all off with a church wide picnic and fun at the park. 

Thanks to all of those who volunteered and worked hard to make all of this possible! We have truly been blessed with the best church family!

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members

do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. - Romans 12:4-5

 

VBS Hacks

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

So awhile back, I found this article about life hacks for VBS and I kind of used it, I mean that’s what life hacks are for, right?

Here are some suggestions I have found helpful at Royston Baptist Church. My comments follow each life hack:

1. Share decorations. Network with churches in your area that are using the same VBS program so you can share large décor items for your opening/closing area.

Well, Our VBS this year was early so there was no church we could borrow from. 

2. Reuse your volunteers. Have the same volunteer lead your opening and closing celebration.

This one we do, and do and do! We have great volunteers!!

3. Use teens as leaders. Use your church’s youth group as Crew Leaders and Assistant Station Leaders. A lot of times, it’s easier to get teens to volunteer instead of adults.

This one we use for sure, but sometimes you still need adults with the youth.

4. Identify and assemble a decorating team early on.  Many times you’ll find art teachers, professional artists, or talented teens right in your congregation.

Our decorating team does a wonderful job!! That’s not a reason for my droopy eyes!

I think that it just takes a lot of energy to make VBS great; I think any Children’s minister who is passionate about what they do would say the same thing. VBS is the best week of the year and the whole staff works hard to make sure that it is exactly that! These kids are important to us and I think it shows in our droopy eyes and constant yawning! At the end of the week, we all know it is worth and we are already excited about next year!

Pride in our Church

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I am so proud of our entire church!  Palm Sunday our kids, volunteers and college students worked together and did an amazing job. Ms. Zadie worked hard at teaching our kids the song; we practiced walking in with the palm leaves with the kids that were present for Sunday school.  The big moment came and even more kids came in for Worship and we quickly gathered more palm leaves and they followed just perfectly. We got the youth involved and they hid the eggs while the kids were being taught by their Sunday school teachers. We have the best teachers around. After the worship hour came the covered dish lunch. Everyone pitched in and brought food. It is amazing to see our church family fellowship together.  The Hostess council worked hard and everyone had plenty to eat. It is so important for our kids to see the workings of other areas of the church and this event brought it all together. 

Thank you Royston Baptist for the love and support you give to our children’s department. It really does take a village!

-Teresa

Gardening 101

I have been doing a little research on gardening. It’s something that I enjoy but have not mastered. Here are some tips I have found helpful and relate to our ministries in the church.

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Gardening 101

    • Start with something easy…. Pick something that doesn’t take too long to grow. Early success is inspiring. It may make you want to move on to more complicated plants.

    • Create a plan…. It’s easy to get stuck if you don’t have vision as to what you want and how you plan to get there.

    • Keep a notebook…. A journal is the big picture, so jot down your dreams for your garden.

    • Set a calendar…. Have a general idea of when to fertilize the soil, when to plant new bulbs, when to prune and when you expect the harvest.

    • Water carefully… Give constant, ample water. Make sure the water penetrates the soil. Newer plants need more water because their root system hasn’t fully developed yet.

    • Keep up the good work…. Proper maintenance is the greatest thing you can give your garden and most rewarding. Taking time to weed, prune, and tidy up will get you in tune with what the plant needs to thrive.

    • Be patience…. Gardening is a process. It does not happen in a day. Sometimes inpatients will cause you to over water or fuss too much. Monitor regularly, but unless something looks wrong, let it be. 

There are so many scriptures in the Bible that refer to gardening. Here is one of my favorites.

The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.

Isaiah 58:11

The Fun is Contagious

    Wednesday nights, the corner preschool room is THE place to be! Ms. Joy, with the help of Ms. Amy, takes our Mission Friends class on a real adventure or maybe the Mission Friends take Ms. Joy and Ms. Amy on an adventure…. whichever it is, everyone is having fun! You can hear the giggles from the hallway outside the classroom. 

The fun is contagious! 

    Mission Friends has become one of the fastest growing areas in our children’s department, even outgrowing their classroom. This coming Wednesday Ms. Joy, Ms. Amy and RBC Mission Friends are moving down the hall to their new classroom and we couldn’t be more excited. 

    Each week, Mission Friends are taught how important our missionaries are to us. Ms. Joy and Ms. Amy really make learning fun and exciting as RBC Mission Friends experience what it’s like to be a missionary in a foreign country. They learn about the culture, food, weather and even how the missionary serves the people of a particular country. Each month, as Mission Friends discover a new country and a new missionary family, they also discover how they can help. Mission Friends collect money for Lottie Moon and Global Hunger. 

    If you are a parent, look for the monthly newsletter ,Ms. Joy faithfully prepares for parents, to see how you can help and how you can encourage Mission Friends along the way.

Carry Out the Mission

Teresa Phillips

Teresa Phillips

I loved what Pastor Barlow said Sunday about the candidates. No matter what happens or who wins, it doesn’t change our mission. So I did some thinking about what our mission is in our children’s department. We desire to develop kids into strong Christian leaders who have a desire to continue the mission Christ has set before us. We teach them that God has made us a part of His plan and given us a purpose. Each Sunday and Wednesday night we are given another opportunity to share. It’s been said that by the age of 9 a child’s basic moral foundation has already been formed. Every volunteer, teacher, nursery worker has a part in that formation and I can tell you that we have some of the most amazing people helping to make this happen. We work diligently to make sure that the mission continues. Won’t you please continue to pray for our children and staff as we continue to carry out the mission God has set before us.

 

Behold, children are the heritage from the Lord, 

the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 127:3

The Call to Serve

    Wednesday nights at RBC are a very special time when we take our focus to the mission field. Our kids are lead on a journey to foreign country to meet a missionary family and learn a little about the culture, environment and even the food where the missionaries live. RBC kids also have the opportunity to get to know missionary families who are right here in the United States. To really help our kids understand what being a missionary means, we plan activities and ways our kids can give back and teaching them from a young age to be mission minded.

    Our kids have been involved in many projects in the past year. Some of those are giving to the Rainbow Pantry, making “Blessing Bags” for the homeless, visiting the nursing home and taking special items for residents, Back Yard Bible Study with neighborhood kids, helping raise funds for kids in Liberia during VBS and collecting items for Samaritan’s purse to be put in shoeboxes.

    Hebrews 13:16 reminds us of the call to serve: 

“And do not forget to do good and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

 

Camp Life

We made it to Student Life Kids camp!

We had some great meals together, worship twice each day, played games and made friends, water games on the rec field, team competitions, and very little sleep. That’s camp!

Student Life camp is fun with a purpose. Psalm 40:1-3 was the scripture and theme for the week. This was a serious message tied together with fun teachings and skits and great speakers.

Special thank you to Joey Kendrick for going with us and helping with the teaching.

As children’s minister, I got to attend meetings with other children’s ministers from other churches. It was great to share ideas and talk with each other about what’s going on in our children’s programs. I am so thankful for the opportunity. We plan to keep communicating with each other through email.

 

Summertime at RBC

    Let me tell you about summer so far at RBC! We turned the sanctuary into a giant submarine and got totally Submerged in God’s word with 70 plus kids and 20 plus volunteers during the best VBS week ever! Lifeway really out did themselves with the theme this year. We all danced and sang the songs, made amazing crafts and Verne and Jules (played by myself and Pastor Barlow) wrestled a giant octopus in the choir loft! The Bible lessons we heard each day taught us so much about God’s great love for us and the plan He has for each of us. We also got to hear stories of missionaries and took on a mission project of our own. The boys versus the girls competition to raise money was neck and neck all week and we raised over $1,000!

    We packed up VBS on a Friday afternoon, put the church back in order and got ready for 2 weeks of Jammin Jubilee. During these two weeks we welcomed 50 plus more kids from our area. We danced a little more, sang songs, did Martial Arts, Legos, art and even a little sensory science.

    Each Sunday morning through the month of June, we put up a tent and enjoyed our music and Sunday school Bible lesson outside. We sat around the make believe campfire on cushions and pillows and ate our snacks taking our music, fun and laughter outside the children’s hall for a little change and adventure.

    As you can see, summer has been a busy time for the children’s ministry.  Keep on the lookout for more opportunities in July as the children get ready for the wet and wild day on July 20th and camp starting July 26th.

    

The Big Picture of God’s Story

The Gospel Project for Kids immerses kids and preschoolers in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when a child experiences the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, kids and preschoolers will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.

I read this blurb about The Gospel Project and couldn’t wait to bring it to our kids! The series comes with DVD’s so we installed new TV’s and dvd players for the kids. They are loving it! The stories really come to life on the dvd’s to tell the story. We have discussions, music and missions along with the story each morning. All of the classes, from toddlers to 5th grade are being taught the same story each Sunday and it is carried over into the second hour during worship in Children’s church.

Teresa

Jesus and Children

Mark 10:13-16 tells the story of Jesus and the children and it’s one of my favorites. There is so much we can learn from these scriptures about childlike faith and dependence on the Lord. Jesus made a point to show that each life is precious and valuable in His kingdom. Above all, our children at RBC need to know they have value, and that there is a plan and a purpose in every scripture in the Bible and a plan and a purpose for their life. The entire children’s department works very hard at planning and implementing what our children are learning each week. We have them for a short time and a very important time and we take that very seriously. 

There are times when I like to hear from the kids themselves about what they are learning. They can say some amazing things. Their thoughts are often fresh, quick and always honest, often leading in directions I would have never thought about. This past week I had the opportunity for some great conversation with some of our children. The lesson was about Joshua and the walls of Jericho. This is always a favorite for children so getting them to retell the story was easy and fun! Then God lead me to talk about His plan for Moses and Joshua and then the children talked about what they felt God had planned for them. It was wonderful! Just listening to their excitement was so refreshing. I wanted to write about that experience because I realized how Jesus must have felt that day sitting with that group of children. After talking with them, verse 16 says, “After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them.” It is my hope that each of you reading this newsletter will remember our children in your prayers and remember how Jesus took the time to talk with them and bless each of them before sending them on their way.

Teresa Phillips

Backyard Bible Study

Over the past few months some of our leaders, kids and youth have been taking part in a great backyard bible study with the kids at the Royston Housing Authority. These kids are a part of the after-school program at the Jones Circle activity building. The goal of this program is to teach our kids and youth about missions actively. By taking part in this study, RBC kids/youth are learning what it means to take the gospel outside of the four walls of our church building to those in need.

We have a great team of leaders in this venture. What makes this team so great is their willingness to do whatever is needed to achieve our goal.  We have had a few setbacks, but we have met, discussed and always get back in there with a better plan. God is definitely leading us! God is teaching the leaders just as much as the kids and youth participating.  

RBC kids/ youth have really stepped up in participating in the BYBS. They are gaining the understanding that in this activity they are not just the students, but also a part of the leadership. Their confidence is rising, and although they are not there yet, they have really shown some amazing potential for great leadership.

The back yard bible study has been a challenge for us all but well worth the effort when we see our kids really applying what they have been taught, and really wanting to be a part of this great mission. And as an added bonus, we get to share the love of Christ with some wonderful kids!

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Teresa Phillips

From Our Children's Minister

Fall is here! Like the changing of the leaves, our children’s department is changing and growing. We have had many new faces and families visiting and becoming a part of our family here at Royston Baptist. If you haven’t noticed, we seem to be in a baby boom, so we have needed to purchase a new crib and we are thinking we may need more. Donations are always welcome to help with these new purchases! 

New curriculum for fall is also present in the children’s department. We are excited to be using “The Gospel Project” in all our Sunday school classrooms now. “The Gospel Project” is a three year chronological study of the Bible from beginning to end. Thanks to generous donations, we were able to install TV’s and DVD players in our classrooms for the video portion of the study. The kids love the videos! We invite parents to get to know what their children are learning by bringing “the Gospel Project” to their dinner table conversation, before bedtime discussions, or anytime. There are parent resources available on the website www.gospelproject.com or see your child’s/children’s Sunday school teacher for more information.

Wednesday nights are also new and hopping! We are as proud of our mission based projects and curriculum as we are of the kids participating! Our Mission Friends, led by two wonderful ladies, along with our CIA’s (Children in Action) have taken virtual trips to San Diego and Cambodia so far and they are just getting started! CIA’s have teamed up with the youth for a once a month backyard bible study with the kids at the Royston Housing Authority’s after-school program. Our Wednesday night kids have collected cans for the Rainbow Pantry and are now collecting coats for the homeless shelter and DVD’s for Hart Haven Women’s shelter! There are bins in the Children’s hall if you have donations of coats or DVD’s.

The Children have also teamed up with the youth to work on a wonderful Christmas musical. Practice for the Christmas musical is going well thanks to all the support we have from volunteers and parents. We will be presenting the musical to the church this December. All our church family and friends are invited to attend. You will be blessed! It is an amazing time to be at Royston Baptist Church, but don’t take my word for it! I encourage you to take a stroll through the Children’s hall anytime and see for yourself!

Thank you for all your support!

Teresa

From Our Children's Minister

This summer was pretty amazing! It came and went too quickly. My first Vacation Bible School here at RBC was wonderful. We had such a great time with so many incredible kids. We are so blessed to have so many adults willing to volunteer their time to pour into these kids’ lives. I was honored to be able to work with such a staff and to be able to continue to work with them each Sunday and Wednesday. I think that the dedication we have here at RBC in our children’s department is a rare blessing!

We had two boys from our children’s department who we were able to send to Student Life Camp this year because of the generosity of this congregation. This is an experience they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Ask either of these boys about their experience. Ask their fearless leader. I think he gained as much as they did!

As the summer continued, we saw a different group of kids with CSP’s Jammin Jubilee. We were able to bless so many families with this camp. Royston Baptist Church sees a need in this community for more opportunities for families raising children with special needs and we are working hard to meet that need! What an honor to be a part of Jammin Jubilee for the fourth year in a row! Thank you for allowing CSP to partner with you on this very worth while project.

So now that the summer has come to an end for 2015 and the kids are back in school and back to family routines, the staff in the Children’s Department are gearing up for a fall season just as exciting as the summer! I hope you will stay tuned to what God is doing in the lives of our kids and staff. Please continue to offer support and prayer throughout the year. Pray for our teachers, volunteers, new students from Emmanuel, kids and parents.

Thank you!
Teresa

From Our Children's Minister

Wow!! What an awesome week of Vacation Bible School we had! We are so blessed to have so many willing to give of their time to make an event like this successful! I would really like to thank all those involved. You all made my job so easy. I believe some of us adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. We were able to serve 70 plus kids this past week. I know that God will continue to grow those seeds that were planted this week. I really hope to see some of those kids back with us for Sunday school and Wednesday night programs.

So with VBS behind us for another year, I am excited about what our kids will be doing next. Just a heads up, Levi and Josiah are getting ready for camp. They are really excited about camp! They came up with a great fundraising idea. The two of them are working on memorizing 10 verses, and they will be looking for people willing to help them reach their goal of $300 for camp by giving per verse memorized. Be ready when they come to you with their pledge sheet. I am excited for them. I know they will do a great job. I am very proud of them!

I am also excited about what’s coming this fall. I am forming a great team and we are working on a new mission based pro-gram for Wednesday nights. I hope to give our kids a better understanding of what missionaries do and how we can help. Also, I want to help them become missionaries right here in our own backyard! We hope to add energy and excitement to the program and have fun while learning!

Can you tell I am very passionate about our kids? Please pray with me for our community, our church, our own kids, and those we plan to reach. God has blessed us so we can be a blessing to others. God is good!

Teresa

From Our Children's Minister

I am really enjoying the busyness of my life right now. I love talking to people
and meeting new people. I even like that at the end of the day I am exhausted.
But it’s a good exhausted. I have a purpose and it drives me to work hard.

I also know that without time for myself, time to renew my mind and body, work tends to wear me down. Stress creeps up my back and neck and I am one grumpy mama!

Sometime ago, I’m thinking around the time I was homeschooling three of our girls, My Heavenly Father gave me a vision. Isn’t it awesome how God always knows just what we
need? Imagine three pre-teen girls at home pretty much 24/7, then add a screaming infant to the mix. I loved having my girl’s home and I loved my sweet baby boy, but don’t ask me to go back and do it again! I just needed a place I could visit in my mind when I needed peace, peace in His presence. Peace had to be an escape in my mind because there was no other place to escape! Not even the bathroom was sacred!

Imagine a place where the sun warms you completely and just makes you feel happy. Imagine soft, cool, green grass under your bare feet and a clear babbling stream nearby.
Then picture yourself 5 years old again dressed in white linen, running to meet your Heavenly Father. He lifts you up into His arms and you both laugh. You lay your head on His shoulder
without a care in the world and just sigh, and rest. Just rest and enjoy peace in His presence!

I imagine heaven being somewhat like this, except in heaven, it won’t be a place I have to escape to in order to find peace, I will walk in it daily!

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," Philippians 4:7

Teresa

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From Our Children's Minister

Did you know there are over 30 million school-aged children with special needs? Unfortunately, less than 1% of churches offer services or programs that minister to these children. Families raising children with special needs are con-sidered one of the most unreached people groups. 13% of all school-aged children receive special needs services. For this reason, Royston Baptist Church has the privilege and honor of implementing The Champions Club! 

The Champions Club is tailor-made for all special needs children, ranging from children with autism to visually impaired children. Our goal is to assist each child to have a greater understanding of who God is and what He has done for us. This curriculum will take each child on a pathway of learning development, as they advance through different milestones. This curriculum is biblically based. Our goal is to help your child grow in positive relationships with God and others. 

The Champions Club Curriculum was chosen specifically with your child in mind. We believe all children, regardless of their physical/mental abilities, are gifts from God. We also believe every child can learn, regardless of their abilities. 

Champion’s Club will begin Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 10am at Royston Baptist Church in the Children’s Department. Champion’s Club is designed to allow parents/caregivers the time to enjoy Sunday school and the 11 AM Worship Service. For first time families, we ask you to call in order for us to prepare properly for your child. 

Our desire is to provide a fun and safe environment where kids grow in their knowledge of God and offer families hope and love found only in God.

If you, or someone you know, has a child with special needs please contact Teresa Phillips, children’s minister at RBC. (706) 436-6756, or email cspnega@gmail.com.