This morning, Mrs. Dykes talked to students about what it means to be thankful for all things. She asked puppet Diggs about what he prays for. After listing many things, Mrs. Dykes noticed that he had forgotten to pray for something. When the students checked puppet Diggs’ heart they found a blank piece of paper and a glue stick. Students glued letters to the paper which revealed to everyone what Diggs had forgotten in his prayer. The letters spelled out “thank you.” Mrs. Dykes concluded their time by reminding Diggs and the students that they should always give thanks to God, each and every time they pray, for providing them with family, friends, the Bible, and many other blessings in their lives.
Key Verse: Colossians 2:7b
After a long break, the Beginning’s Academy held chapel service this morning. During this time, they learned about God’s plan for each one of their lives. Mrs. Dykes, along with puppet Diggs, taught about the meaning and purpose of life through the illustration of a blank piece of paper. They explained to the students that a blank piece of paper is just like a young person’s life, full of opportunity and meaning. Some students helped to illustrate this principle by drawing on a blank sheet of paper; this illustrated its endless possibilities, just like their lives. In closing, Mrs. Dykes encouraged the students to offer their lives to God in order that He could give their lives meaning and purpose because, after all, He created them! In her concluding statement, Mrs. Dykes stated that the earth is God’s blank page. When He created it, He revealed things about Himself and gave it meaning in the process. God has given Christians everything they need in their lives in order to be everything He wants them to be. Therefore, they must submit to Him and His good ways in order to be all that they can be for Jesus Christ.
Key Passages: Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10
This morning, after a time of worship led by Miss Nichols’ class, students heard from GCA’s Athletic Director, Mr. Daniel Moore. Coach Moore told students that each person who believes in Christ is the “apple of Jesus’ eye.” This means that each member of the body of Christ is uniquely special to Him, and He wants us to talk with Him. Jesus taught us to pray in order to communicate with Him in Heaven. Coach Moore expressed how prayer helps to grow our relationship with Christ just like talking to their parents helps children to grow in their relationship with them. Wrapping up his time with the students, Coach Moore led everyone in a simple prayer that they could pray every day in order to stay connected with their Father in Heaven.
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.