Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Hello Parents,

What a beautiful week full of great weather! I hope you had fun outside and were able to start intentional conversations with your children about God and the events in the Bible. For those who missed last week, we focused on using everyday moments to talk to our kids about God, His amazing power and love, and the incredible events that played out in the Bible. I hope that you will continue to seek out opportunities to discuss these topics with your children!

This week we are going to do something very exciting! One thing I have loved seeing the last couple of months is the chalk art you and your children are doing. Those fun drawings inspired me to make this week, “Chalk at the Church”! This week I invite you and your family to come to the church and draw an encouraging picture or message on the parking lot for our church staff and family. After you have finished your art, take a picture of it with your family and post it to social media with the hashtag #ChalkattheChurch. To make sure we are respectful to our church family and community, I ask that you maintain social distancing while in the parking lot and make sure you are at least 6 feet from any other family unit that is participating. I am so excited to see the beautiful work you all do! I will be posting some ideas of chalk art on the Facebook groups throughout the week to give more ideas!

Please make sure you are connected to our Facebook groups:

Broadview Preschool Ministry

Broadview Kids

We are continuing to pray for all of you and cannot wait until we are together again!

Love,

Ora, Sherry, and Tiffany

 

 

 

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Hello Parents,

Let me just start by saying, last week was so fun! I loved getting to know each of you better and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the majority of us share a common love for all foods! You are my kind of people! On a serious note, I hope you were able to find connections with other families and realize the true gift God has given us in our church family.

This week we are going to focus on using ordinary, everyday moments to teach our children about God and the Bible. I think so many times we over-complicate teaching our children about God. We feel they have to be sitting at a table, Bible open on their lap, staring into our eyes in silence. If you have attempted the scene above, you probably know that for the majority of us, that just isn’t realistic and attempting it leaves us frustrated and feeling like we failed. But you know what is so cool about our God? He has given us a Bible full of amazing stories and a world full of beauty to remind us of Him. This week we are going to celebrate those gifts by using outdoor activities in the beautiful, warm weather to create authentic and engaging conversations about God and events in the Bible.

During this week, “Fun in the Son”, I will post an activity each day that can easily be done outside and a topic that can be discussed while doing so. Doing these activities and having these conversations not only teaches your child more about God and the Bible, but it allows you to become more comfortable with integrating spiritual topics into everyday conversations. I encourage you to follow along on our Facebook groups. If you are not on Facebook, you can email me at Tiffany@broadview.churchfor a complete list of the week’s activities and conversations! I hope you have a great week enjoying the beautiful weather!

Please make sure you are connected to our Facebook groups:

Broadview Preschool Ministry

Broadview Kids

Love,

Ora, Sherry, and Tiffany

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Hello Parents,

I hope you have had a great weekend! I hope last week was an encouragement to you that we can still find unity and strength during this time that we are physically apart. This week I wanted to take things in a different direction.

I want to focus on connection between us as parents. In all forms of ministry, parenting included, it is easy to become empty and dry after pouring all you have out to those you are ministering to. I have always loved the mental picture of ministry being the overflow of God in us. The idea that we have filled ourselves to the brim with God’s word, knowledge, and love, that it can’t help but spill over onto others. As parents, our most important ministry during this stage of life will always be to our children. But life with toddlers, sport’s practices, and negotiating bedtimes can be very draining. It is important that we are intentional about filling ourselves back up and allowing God to work within us. One major part of this is having the personal discipline to study God’s word. If you are struggling with this, I encourage you to map out a time, no matter how short, and find a quick study on RightNow Media. This is a great first step in carving out intentional time to meet with God and know Him more.

Another major part of filling back up is through community. God has called us to live within community because He knows this life is draining. He also knows that parenting is tough. He calls us to share our lives with others because He knows in doing so, you will find encouragement, support, accountability, and that people will see Him in new ways through each other’s lives. This idea of community sometimes seems daunting to us. Like it is just one more item to try and squeeze into our already packed schedule, but a good friend of mine helped me remove this idea. The idea of community isn’t to add a bunch of extra activities, it’s inviting others to do the daily things of life along with you. It’s adding guidance and company in a stage of life that can seem isolating. Everyone eats dinner, so why not invite someone to eat with y’all? You were going to have a family game night? Why not invite another family to join. You want to take the kids to the park for some fresh air? Invite another family to do the same. 

Now this is where you ask why I am encouraging community while we currently aren’t allowed to do these things. How do we find community while we are staying home? How do we invite others into our daily life when daily life seems different, scary, and isolating right now?

I am confident that God is not surprised by this virus. I am confident that God will use this time. What if He used this time to remove the excuses we so often hide behind? What if He is providing time for us to connect virtually in a non-threatening way. A time for us to build connections through online or phone conversations so that inviting people to “in-person life” seems less intimidating when the time comes. 

This week I am going to focus on us getting to know each other. Each day I am going to start a conversation on the Facebook groups. I encourage you to read these, comment on them, and engage in conversation with each other so that we can get to know the other parents involved. Let’s use this time to get to know the church community God has blessed us with. Let’s be brave, let’s be creative. I am praying specifically that God uses this week to form connections between parents. Connections that turn into a close-knit community. Connections that turn into doing life together and seeing God in new ways through each other. 

Please make sure you are connected to our Facebook groups:

Broadview Preschool Ministry

Broadview Kids

If you are not currently on social media, you can email me at Tiffany@broadview.church for alternative ways to stay connected!

Blessings,

Ora and Tiffany 

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Hello Parents,

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather! I just wanted to give you a quick update on what we have going on this week! Yesterday, our Broadview Kid’s Livestream focused on Unity in the Church. We talked about how we are all different, yet the same at the core. Our core is God and that unites us together on mission. This week we are going to continue that theme with Unity Week. 

Each day of the week we are going to focus on a different discipline that unites us as a Church even when we are apart physically. I will be posting a challenge each day. Some challenges include a craft while others include an activity. This is another great way to build the routine of having spiritual conversations in your household. We hope that you will participate as a family and continue to unite with all of us during this time. Our prayer is that God uses this unique situation to knit our hearts together so that when we are able to meet together again, we will be stronger and more united than ever.

Please make sure you are connected with us on social media or by email or text. You can find our private Facebook groups by searching Broadview Preschool Ministry (Womb-Kindergarten) or Broadview Kids (1st- 5th grade). We are praying for each family and will continue to do so. We would love to hear specific prayers requests and stay updated with your family. Have a great week! 

Love, 

Ora and Tiffany

 

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Monday Update for Preschool & Children

Hello Parents,

What a great week we just finished! I absolutely loved seeing all of the Easter crafts and Resurrection Eggs that were completed in your homes last week! It is so encouraging to see all of you engaging with the Gospel as a family! 

This week we want to turn the page to a new theme! The phrase we want to focus on this week is, “Seek and Find”. Our goal in the Preschool and Children’s Ministries is to play a part in helping your child build a strong spiritual foundation. Now that we have delivered the Good News to them, we want to encourage them to continue to get to know this wonderful God we serve! In Jeremiah 29:13, it says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” We want to encourage you to seek and find out more about God this week as a family. We encourage you to read short stories from the Bible each day and ask your children what they can determine about God from that story. We want children to discover the love of God, the awe of God, and even the wrath of God. We want children to seek God, discover Him, and know Him fully with all their hearts.

Each day we will be posting a Scavenger Hunt in the Preschool and Children’s private Facebook groups for the children to complete at home, in the neighborhood, or in the car. We want to reinforce the idea of seeking and finding. We want children to understand that the joy they experience when finding the item they were hunting is just a tiny glimpse of the joy they can experience when they “hunt” for God and find Him.

Please make sure you are connected to us via Facebook, Instagram, email, or text so you can receive daily activities and updates! We are continuing to pray for your families and cannot wait until we are able to see each other face to face! 

Love, 

Ora, Sherry, and Tiffany

Easter Week at Broadview

Easter Week at Broadview

Hello Church Family,

I wanted to send you an update with information about our celebration of the resurrection this coming Sunday. Instead of just having our 10AM Sunday Morning Livestream, we are going to have 10AM livestreams every morning starting tomorrow through Sunday.

For the sake of convenience we are going to stream these livestreams on Facebook and YouTube. You can watch them stream live every morning at 10AM. They’ll be available to watch “on-demand” afterwards if you can’t make it then. Here are the devotionals.

10AM Thursday – Arrested & Tried

Student Pastor Jospeh Tobias will kick it off with a devotional over the arrest and trial of Jesus out of Luke 22:63-23:25.

Watch it on Facebook.
Watch it on YouTube.

10AM Friday – Condemned & Crucified

On Friday Pastor Emeritus David Cason will lead in a devotional over the condemnation and crucifixion of Jesus out of Luke 23:26-43. 

Watch it on Facebook.
Watch it on YouTube.

10AM Saturday – The Death of Death 

Music Pastor Taylor Miller will close out Luke 23 with a devotional on the death of Jesus and the death of death out of Luke 23:44-56. 

Watch it on Facebook.
Watch it on YouTube.

Broadview West

Our Broadview West Facebook page will also have devotionals posted over the next three days. I don’t yet have the links for those videos but you can just check their page each day and you’ll see the videos show up. 

These devotionals cover the six miracles that happened through the death and resurrection of Jesus. They will culminate with a Sunday morning message on the resurrection.

Remember, you can view these Facebook videos without having a Facebook account. So you should be able to view them just by clicking the links in this email.

Celebrate Recovery

Our Broadview Freedom Ministries is also posting weekly livestreams every Tuesday at 6:30 You can watch them on the Celebrate Recovery Facebook page every week. Starting at 6:30PM Anna-Kate and Travis lead in some worship. Following the worship Jeff, Howard and Tammy lead in a devotional or testimony time. They also post daily devotionals every morning. I would encourage you to check out each of these online resources during this time.

Family Discipleship Resources

In addition to these devotional livestreams, we also have some family discipleship resources for those with kiddos. The blog posted a resource on Monday that includes some really cool activities.

In that article they mention the creation of some Resurrection Eggs that help children understand the story of Christ’s death and resurrection using tangible items placed inside each egg. It’s a really cool idea. You’ll need to be a member of the Preschool or Children’s Facebook Groups to see the videos that explain how the eggs work, though.

These are private groups since they minister to our kids so you’ll need to have a Facebook account to watch them. You can contact Tiffany or Ora if you don’t have Facebook but would like to see the videos.

Also, be sure you gather your kids together for the special kids service after the Sunday livestream. It’ll be a stand-alone livestream after the large group livestream to make it easier for parents to find. It is during this livestream that your preparation of the Resurrection Eggs will come into play.

Besides that resource, there is also a  children’s lesson for the service this Sunday.

Prayer Card Project

In our last update I mentioned our prayer card “Bless The City” initiative. It was a project to send personalized cards of prayer and encouragement to every respiratory therapist working in Abilene hospitals.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON was accounted for within the first few days of posting the project. Our church family is so awesome. Because of the amazing buy-in, we are going to be able to send even more cards to more people. You can continue to sign up if you or your family would like to participate.

We are looking to expand the project to even more people as opportunities present themselves. Bonnie can give you more details and ideas if you need some. You can also reach out to her if you have ways to bless people on the front lines.

Crisis Relief Fund

The second initiative I mentioned last week was our Crisis Relief Fund. This was a church-wide effort to provide financial relief to people in our church who weren’t eligible for the relief provided in the CARES Act. (Internationals with student visas, refugees, etc) Already we’ve raised right over $3,000. 

This is going to be a game changer for those receiving assistance through this fund. While we have a goal of $7,000 I’m confident that we will reach it before or soon after Easter Sunday. You can give today if you are so led by the Lord. We also have our regular church family crisis fund that is assisting people who have needs during this time.

Payroll Protection Program

My last update is concerning the Payroll Protection Program. Our church affirmed moving forward on this opportunity and the application has been submitted. We don’t yet have confirmation as to whether or not we’ve been approved. If we are approved it will empower us to keep our Blest Beginnings employees paid throughout the rest of their Spring Semester even though the school has been closed indefinitely. 

No matter what happens, we are trusting the Lord and believe that each and every source of provision ultimately comes from his hand. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. We are confident he will meet our every need during these days. Not just for our life together, but for each individual as well.

Moving Forward

Because of your continued generosity, we are able to keep moving forward in our mission and vision as a church. I’m so thankful for those who continue to give whether it’s online, text2give, or mailing in/walking in checks. Even though we’ve had to shift in our approach to ministry, your faithful giving empowers us to use these new channels for Kingdom impact.

Doing church “online” is certainly different. We don’t have it fully figured out and I wouldn’t say it’s the “ideal.” Honestly, I can’t wait for us to be able to meet together again “in person.” That day can’t get here fast enough. That said, this season gives our church a tremendous opportunity to reach and minister to people in a unique way.

In this crisis we can focus on the problems or the opportunities, the challenges or the blessings. Will we only complain over what we’ve lost or will we instead explore what this crisis has made possible? I’m choosing to stay positive and I want to challenge you to do the same!

As an example, we’ve seen our online engagement increase over 1,000% in the past 30 days. We are reaching people we’ve never been able to reach before. People also seem to have a greater openness and sensitivity to spiritual things in this season.

As usual, the Lord knows what he’s doing and he’s empowering his Church to accomplish his purposes. He’s doing a new thing in this season and he has chosen each of us to play a part. What a privilege to join God in doing a new thing. Will you join me in looking to Him and focusing on what HE is doing so we can together play a part?

I will continue to do my best in keeping us informed and engaged in furthering HIS plan in and through OUR church. I hope you have a great weekend! If there’s anyway I can pray for you please let me know.

Sincerely,

Pastor Wes