Mrs. Dykes continued the discussion of what being “established in the faith” means to the students of the Beginnings Academy this morning. As they checked puppet Diggs’ heart, they found a letter from Mrs. Sally (Diggs’ Sunday school teacher) full of encouragement. Next, Mrs. Dykes read a very special letter from the Apostle Paul that he wrote to the Christians in Corinth two thousand years ago. In Paul’s letter, he talked through the different gifts of the Spirit while also emphasizing the gift of love for all people. Referring to the truth that God has given all people gifts to be used for God, Mrs. Dykes asked the students, “What can you do right now for God?” Some of their answers included prayer, reading their Bible, obeying God, and teaching others about Him. Finally, one of the students came up and placed a Bible in Diggs’ heart and the students stood together and recited the chapel theme verse for this year.
Key Passages: 1 Corinthians 12-13, Colossians 2:6-7a
After a time of worship, Mrs. Dykes spoke to the students about what it means to be "established in the faith." When they checked puppet Diggs’ heart, the students found an elephant. Mrs. Dykes explained that elephants are best known for their amazing ability to remember. On the contrary, human beings seem to have a hard time remembering. Therefore, people use a variety of tools to help: songs, leave notes, repetition, etc. Then, using the tool of repetition, Mrs. Dykes had the students read aloud an excerpt from Psalm 136 which helped to remind everyone that God’s "steadfast love endures forever." In closing, Mrs. Dykes invited a student up to the front to place a Bible in puppet Diggs’ heart. In doing this, she encouraged the students to always keep God’s Word in their hearts, as a foundation of their faith.
Key Passages: Colossians 2:7a, Psalm 136:1-9
This week in chapel, Miss Whitson’s class (K5C) lead the student body in a time of worship. After opening with student-led prayer, her class sang "This Little Light of Mine" and spent time talking through how everyone can be lights in the world. Next they sang "How Great is Our God.” Miss Whitson read a story to the students entitled, "Good, Good Father.” In this story, a small bear named Tucker goes to see the king so that he can help his friends. Unsure if the King will help, Tucker wants to bring him a gift, but he’s not sure what would be best. The King then helps his friends anyway, and Tucker asks the King what the perfect gift would have been. The King said that Tucker himself was the perfect gift. Tucker realized that the King was a good, good father because He took care of them and loved them. One student said that the ending of the story was her favorite part because the bear realized that all the King wanted was him.
In chapel this morning, Mrs. Dykes focused on the concept of being a healthy tree versus being an unhealthy tree. She began her message by having the students recite the chapel theme verse for this year, Colossians 2:6-7. Focusing their attention on the first verse, “as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord”, Mrs. Dykes allowed one of the students to stand on stage and present their testimony to the student body. This was to give an illustration of what it means to receive Christ. After this powerful time, Mrs. Dykes used her bear-puppet “Diggs” to portray the idea of being a righteous person. Using Psalm 1, she explained that in order to become a righteous person, one must meditate on God’s Word day and night. Then, as the Psalm further explains, the person who thinks on the Word of God will be like a fruitful tree planted by the water. Summing up her message, Mrs. Dykes gave everyone ways in which they could meditate on the Bible, those being: listening, reading, and memorizing. Mrs. Dykes ended their time together by encouraging everyone to meditate on the words of God in order to be growing in righteousness and joy.
Key Passage: Psalm 1
K5 teacher Miss Gurganus led chapel this morning with a theme revolving around Valentine’s Day using bear puppet “Diggs.” She began her message with Diggs expressing his sadness because he did not have a valentine this year. Out of nowhere, Diggs received a valentine card from one of the students. It read, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” As Miss Gurganus gave the students a few guesses as to who might have written the card, another student brought a card to Diggs. This card read, “Dear Diggs, who will separate you from my love, neither height nor depth, nor anything?” Again, Miss Gurganus asked the students who this note might be from. While she continued to ask, a student brought a final valentine card to Diggs which read, “For I so loved you, Diggs, that I sent my only Son, that if you believe in me, you will not perish but will have eternal life.” In hearing these words, the students instantly knew that the anonymous valentine was God Himself. Diggs was encouraged to be reminded that, regardless of having a valentine this year, he knew that God has always loved him! Miss Gurganus concluded her message to the students by reminding them that the Bible is God’s “big love letter” to everyone and that God has always loved them with a never-ending love. In closing, the students of K5A were invited to the stage to lead in singing the song, “Jesus Love Me.”
Key Passages: Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:38-39, John 3:16
In this week’s chapel service, after recapping what was discussed last week, Mrs. Dykes took the students back to the time of Moses and the Ten Commandments. She taught them about Moses’ journey up Mount Sinai, his meeting with God, and Moses being provided with the Ten Commandments from God for the people of Israel. Mrs. Dykes asked the students what these commandments were meant to do for the Israelites. They were given by God in order to instruct His people on how to live out Godly lives. She explained further that the Israelites followed these laws well at the beginning but then, over time, they began to forget the commandments of God, and eventually they forgot them altogether. It was not until the time of King Josiah, through the rebuilding of the God’s Temple, that they were discovered again and brought back to remembrance for the people of God. The main lesson in today’s message was that Christians should remember and be obedient to the commandments that God has set for them, hiding God’s Word in their hearts, for the purpose of being “rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith” (Colossians 2:7a).
Key Passages: Exodus 19-20, 2 Kings 22-23:1-30