VBS is on the way!

VBS is on the way! Save the date. June 22-25 MOVE invites kids to look at the lives of people in the bible who changed direction and moved after an encounter with Jesus. Plan to join us as we MOVE!
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What’s happening in March?

This month in Kids Church we are going on a journey to discover what God says about PATIENCE. Our Life App: PATIENCE – waiting until later for what you want now. We thought a Road Trip theme would bring this topic to life. What parent hasn’t heard those famous four words, “ARE WE THERE YET?” This month the kids will learn to think twice when they think they can’t wait. We will be practicing, “Stop and Think” all month long. Our memory verse for the month is “Wait for the LORD. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the LORD”. Psalm 27:14, NIrV Patience is an important...
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It’s a New Year.

Happy New Year! This month, our kids will learn that it takes practice to grow and mature in your relationship with God. Our life app for the month is COMMITMENT: making a plan and putting it into practice. Our memory verse reminds us about the importance of making a commitment to practice our faith. 1 Timothy 4:8a says: “Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way.” This month we are going to focus on four faith skills that kids can practice to help them grow in their faith and know God better. We use four words to help us remember these skills: Hear, Pray,...
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New Schedule September 7

We have some exciting changes coming in Kids Ministry on September 7! Here is how our new Sunday schedule will work. Each month, we have a new theme (Life App).  September’s Life App is Responsibility.  Starting September 7, both the 8:30 a.m. and the 10:00 a.m. services will focus on the Life App, and taking it deeper. These services are not identical. Both will be appropriate for your child to attend. In large group, we will continue to engage children’s hearts through interactive worship, prayer and an innovative re-telling of the bible story. We have videos, games, and activities...
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Summer Sneak Peek

Bring on SUMMER! Des Moines First Kids Ministry is excited to partner with you in teaching your kids about the power of friendship in June and July! (See the blog below from the reThink Group for a sneak peek!) Check out www.studio252.tv to access games, songs and videos to help your family connect over the monthly theme. Get a free access code for your family at the 3rd floor check-in desk. Plus, don’t miss the Family Fun Wednesdays in June. We created these events to help you carve out time to invest in your family. And if you have not already, please registered your kids and invite their friends...
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The “D” Word (Part 2)

Parents, we are responsible for SO MUCH that happens with our kids, often more than we want to admit. Right?! For instance, it is really easy to take credit for the kid who gets good grades or the one who knows how to tie their shoes at 3 years old. It’s not so easy to take credit for the child with a short temper or the one who lets an ‘oops word’ slip (we have no idea where she got that from!). Looking back to the last post (The “D” Word Part 1), we want our kids to be good, mature, functioning members of society. Let’s face it, a child with a very short fuse or one who just...
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The ‘D’ word (Part 1)

Ready for a test? Which of these words is negative: warmth, laughter, discipline, love? Answer: none. None of them are negative. It’s okay . . . most of us make this face and have those thoughts running through our heads when we read that. Maybe you grew up in a home where discipline was done in a loving manner, or maybe your background brings some painful memories of discipline. Whatever your upbringing, we need to make sure that we are not thinking of the ‘D’ word as a bad one. Say it with me: “Discipline. Discipline. Discipline.” Now, that wasn’t so hard was it? The...
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Quiz Time

In case you haven’t heard yet, Des Moines First has gone through a big ol’ overhaul of the Children’s Ministry. After months of the 3 P’s (which surprisingly have nothing to do with potty training) — planning, prepping and praying — we have FINALLY introduced our new approach to children’s ministry and equipping you to make the most of the time you have with your kids. We want to get these kids right where they are at, and  MAKE IT STICK! (Note the rather larger “Orange” graphic below, then see www.whatisorange.org.) If you haven’t already, make sure to...
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Just Do It

If you’ve ever spent time with a child (which we can assume you have done), you soon find out that it can get pretty draining. Let’s be real: Hanging out with a kid is like taking a trip to an amusement park — overwhelming and fun all wrapped in one package. Something is so cool the way kids receive the time you spend with them — they always appreciate it. It seems that just the little bit you can give, goes a VERY long way. The sacrifice you make to spend with a child, will make a difference not only to day, but in the years to come. Growing up, most of us had chores. Some...
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Gifts

A kid’s room can sometimes be a hot mess — stuffed animals strewn all over the floor with oodles of lovely toys from their caring grandparents and other family members. You may start to think a trip Goodwill be in your future. As you help clean up that crazy mess, your child lets you know there is absolutely NO WAY he is giving up that Raggedy Andy doll that his grandma brought him all the way from Wisconsin (even though he isn’t playing with it . . . ever.) Giving and receiving gifts can be a very powerful expression of love. In fact, most of us (if not all of us) really enjoy getting...
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