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Leadership Q & A Event! On site and Webinar

ast007 We are so excited to announce our QB Kids Leadership Q & A Event  on Monday August 29th ast007

Please watch the video below (Starring QB Kids team leader Sally Contessi) for further details.

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Faith In The Home: Moment By Moment

QBKidsAs our kids get older opportunities to talk with them can seem to diminish. They get busy with school work, sport, music or friends and there seems to be less time available for a casual chat. But actually, as our kids get older, this is the time we need to be talking with them more than ever.
As they process the big life questions, we want to know what they are thinking, engage with them and know what they are wondering about.

Our kids do wonder. I remember going through a 12 month period of asking my then 12-year-old son, what he was wondering about at least once a fortnight. It started out as an experiment after chatting with a friend who had started a similar habit, with fantastic relationship payoff with his daughter. I was constantly amazed at the many wonderings that went on in my boy’s busy mind. I remember thinking how much I appreciated these opportunities that only came about through asking this simple question. I would never have been given this glimpse into his thoughts without this simple prompting. These conversations were sometimes pretty shallow and one-offs while others would require chewing over a few times. They paved the way for conversations into the future that had a significant influence on decisions he had to make and as he began to process some big life questions.

Our kids have a lot of processing to do. Research into child theology tells us that around the age of 8 or 9, children start to process faith ideas differently. They begin to have significant questions and will begin to seek to find the answers. Sometimes as parents, this can be really daunting and we sometimes start to worry that our kids are having a faith crisis. But we don’t have to fear as these questions are generally a positive sign that our kids are starting to really engage with their faith. What we need to worry about is that they have somewhere these questions can get answered. In Deuteronomy 6, God instructs parents to talk about Him with their children throughout the day. The last thing we want is for our kids to find the answers to their questions through Google. It’s interesting to note that verse 20 says “When your children ask about ….” God knows our children will have questions and he wants us, as parents to be the ones engaging with our kids. We may not know all of the answers and that is totally fine. In fact when we seek the answers together we show kids how faith and understanding is a life-long process.

If we want meaningful conversations when our kids are older, then we need to engage in conversations with them from a very young age. Paving the way for a culture of regular faith talks takes intentionality. We live in a world filled with distractions and busyness so we need to be in the moment with our kids. Putting our phone or iPad down, or turning the radio off in the car, gives a message of availability to our kids.

Sometimes our faith conversations happen during an intentional devotional time as a family, and these conversations can be very rich. But often the most engaging conversations around faith happen in our day to day life as things happen. Having conversations in the moment as our kids share their daily struggles, challenges and triumphs are rich in opportunity. When we capture these times for speaking of our faith to our kids, it makes faith relevant to them. It takes their life and shines Jesus into it.

The moment when our child is anxious about a test at school is the moment we can point to the assurance we have in Jesus that he will never leave us. The moment our teen is struggling with self-confidence is the moment we can affirm them with Psalm 139, that they have been fearfully and wonderfully made. The moment our kids wake in the middle of the night with a nightmare is the moment we can speak of God’s power and encourage them from Isaiah 43 with “Do not be afraid for I am with you”. Our lives are full of these moments with our kids and when we point to Jesus and our faith in these times, we help our kids to see the relevance of God for their lives.

There is so much joy in sharing faith with children through talking with them. As you disciple your kids to grow in their faith I really do hope you enjoy each one of those special little moments of connection that enrich not only your relationship but help to brings our kids closer each day to Jesus.
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Post date: 22/06/2016Post Author: Tracy Valentine, Spiritual Parenting and Early Years Children’s Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsFaith In The Home: Moment By Moment
As our kids get older opportunities to talk with them can seem to diminish. They get busy with school work, sport, music or friends and there seems to be less time available for a casual chat. But actually, as our kids get older, this is the time we need to be talking with them more than ever.
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

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Faith In the Home – Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

QBKidsWe have started a new Blog series entitled: Faith in the Home. We are hoping to circulate it to parents and families in our churches to help them with their everyday walk as families learning to follow Christ. These blog posts are written by our very own Kids & Families pastors! Here is our first one, from Ps Tracy Valentine, Mum of three and Kids & Families pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. We hope you love it!

Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray

We, as families, are busy. In addition to working long hours, our schedules can be full of homework, sports, arts, and music. Many parents are exhausted!! The very last thing we want to do is to make them feel guilty about yet another thing to have to fit into their busy family life. The solution is to equip parents to take opportunities that they already have in the time they spend with their children to teach them the importance of prayer and how to pray. As we get them up in the morning, drive them to school or other activities, as we sit around the table for dinner and as we tuck them into bed, we can be praying for and with our children, all the while building and strengthening their faith.

Praying with our kids about things that really matter to them shows them that the great big God of the universe cares for them. When kids get in the car after a full day of school, they often have a story about something. Sometimes, it’s a fight with another child, a hard project they need to complete or news of a sick classmate. Praying about these things before bed at night, or better still, then and there, not only sends a message that the parents care about what is going on in their child’s life but that God cares. When a child understands that God in heaven cares about their “little” (big to them) problem at 6, they also learn that he will certainly care about the bigger life issues at 18 and beyond.

Recognising and celebrating when God answers prayer is also an important way parents can be intentionally pointing to God. Sometimes when God answers a prayer, we ring a friend, and make sure we tell the Pastor on Sunday, but do we celebrate it with our children? Do our kids witness Him at work in our everyday lives? Sometimes God comes through with an answer for a family in a really BIG way and this creates a rich opportunity for families to not only celebrate it when it happens, but to mark the anniversary in years to come. When miracles happen to parents, children in the family also own that faith story. Just as the people in the Old Testament remembered God’s faithfulness, celebrating His faithfulness reveals His relevance for our children today. Noticing the big and the little answers to prayer teaches our kids to trust our faithful God.

Being intentional about looking for opportunities to pray with our children, and encouraging them to pray themselves, empowers them to develop their own deep relationship with God. It gives them confidence in being able to open their heart to God at any time, day or night – not just on Sundays. When we habitually pray for and with our kids, it is only natural that they will want to pray for us. Allowing them to do this and telling them our prayer needs (being age appropriate), we are sending a valuable and strong message to our kids that we not only trust them, but we affirm their faith is real and God hears their prayers as much as He hears ours. Developing the confidence to pray for others empowers our kids to have faith and equips them for a lifetime of relying on God. Prayer in the home is central to building families with strong enduring faith.

From Ps Tracy!

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Post date: 17/02/2016Post Author: Sally Contessi

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to reference our QBKids news post:

QBKidsFaith In the Home – Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray
We have started a new Blog series entitled: Faith in the Home. W We are hoping to circulate it to parents and families in our churches to help them with their everyday walk as families learning to follow Christ. These blog posts are written by our very own Kids & Families pastors! Here is our first one, Taking Everyday Opportunities to Pray, from Pastor Tracy Valentine, from Gateway Baptist Church
For this post and others like it, please visit: kids.qb.org.au

Coptic Community Fete 2015

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Sat 17 OCT 2015
Community FeteIt’s that time of year again! Our COPTIC COMMUNITY FETE – now even BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Come along and bring your families, friends, work colleagues, neighbours, absolutely anyone, for a fun filled day, packed with our delicious food, rides, games, face painting, and much, much more! Experience A TASTE OF EGYPT – a taste you will never forget!

Where: Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church2 Hamish Street, Calamvale, Queensland

For more details: Odette Tewfikotewfik1@hotmail.com

Post date: 18/09/2015Post Author:

 

Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to help promote this event.

Coptic Community Fete 2015 | Community Fete
Sat 17 OCT 2015
Community FeteIt’s that time of year again! Our COPTIC COMMUNITY FETE – now even BIGGER and BETTER than ever! Come along and bring your families, friends, work colleagues, neighbours, absolutely anyone, for a fun filled day, packed with our delicious food, rides, games, face painting, and much, much more! Experience A TASTE OF EGYPT – a taste you will never forget!
Cost:  • Where: Virgin Mary Coptic Orthodox Church2 Hamish Street, Calamvale, Queensland

A Family Discipleship Event – Podcasts now available!!!

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QB Kids Presents: A Family Discipleship Event!

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To all of my fellow Kids Ministry Leaders and to parents – or to anyone who will influence a kid or teen this week,

Hi there, I’m Sally. I’m from QB Kids and their families. I am so excited to announce an upcoming event!

The QB Kids and their Families team want to help equip you as leaders of children. We know that in order to raise a generation, it takes a whole lot of investment and influence – time after time – week after week.

We want to help you impact families and influence kids for the gospel.

We know that we have on average, 936 weeks from birth until a kid graduates, and we want to leverage all of the opportunities we get, and help grow them into authentic disciples of Jesus. We have an opportunity to show up, to impact and to influence not just an entire generation, but individual kids. Kids that are made in God’s image. Kids that matter to God.

We know that you’re busy – but kids aren’t kids forever, and we can’t afford to miss these opportunities. So don’t miss this.

We are hosting an event. Michael Chanley, from South East Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Director of  CMConnect Global is here in Australia during August, and we would LOVE you to come along and hear him speak on family discipleship. How to leverage those opportunities to impact kids for their futures. (Earlier this year I saw him in Louisville, and am SO excited he’s coming here!)

It’s a free event – we want as many people as possible to come. Come along, bring your team if you want, and be blessed and equipped to influence lives for the sake of the gospel – while we’ve got time.

From,

Sally Contessi

Team Leader

QB Kids and their Families

Worship for Kids: more than a song?

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An excerpt from one of my favourite KidMin blogs :

“In today’s culture, worship has once again become associated to “music at church.” As we see the progression of worship in scripture we see it attached to the tabernacle and then later, to the temple. Very often, we see that when someone worshiped, they fell down. We see Jesus change the game a little bit in the conversation with the woman at the well in the gospel of John, chapter 4. He simply points out that people will begin to worship God differently. We see this emphasized in Romans 12 when Paul equates the sacrifice or offering of self as the act of worship. Have we gone back to attaching worship to a place…a style…a certain sound?

In other words, the act of worshiping God should not be limited to style, tempo, location, volume, and so on. Do we force our own style or tastes on kids in the area of worship? I’m not talking about doctrine here. By all means, kid leaders must ensure that the lyrics are truthful and God-centered. I’m talking about the other things that we often equate with what is appropriate worship for children.

Are we allowing children to make worship a regular part of their lives by allowing them to worship Him in spirit and in truth? Are we teaching them that worship and the music associated with it should extend into their everyday lives? Are you using music that is similar in style to what they might listen to at home or with their parents? (Again, this is not about lyrics.) If you don’t make an effort to connect with kids on a cultural level, you may limit their ability to extend what happens at church into their everyday lives. We want them to be ambassadors for Jesus, not defenders of a culturally disconnected church.” –Jeffrey Reed, Lifeway Kids (check out the link for more).

An interesting point of view! Michelle Anthony puts it another way: are we giving out kids time to “be with Jesus“? Time for them to “hear from Jesus”? Are we giving them a chance to hear from the Holy Spirit, or just keeping them entertained with funny lyrics and entertaining actions? Our time of worship in our kids church services is not restricted to the music we play, but are we giving kids a chance to truly worship God when we play our music? If you would like some helpful resources and information on worship for kids – particularly worship music, then check out these links:

Worship For Life

Elements Kids Worship

Hillsong Kids Worship

Worship KidStyle

There are tonnes more! Email qbkids@qb.com.au for more information on helping your kids and families worship God together 🙂

Playing For Keeps

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Recently I was in the USA, specifically Louisville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennesee for a children’s ministry conference called CM CONNECT conference. (Check out CM Connect here: cmconnect.org). It became abundantly clear to me that God was calling us to prioritise reaching families, specifically parents, to help them disciple their children.

 

Sunday school teachers (or kids church ministry leaders) have on average, 1-2 hours a week with our kids. Families have the rest. A lot can happen in a week. Here’s a quote from my favourite book at the moment, Playing for Keeps by Reggie Joiner & Kristen Ivy.

 

Several years ago, we handed out jars of marbles to parents and to leaders who work with kids and teenagers. There were 936 marbles in each jar. 936 is the estimated number of weeks between birth and high school graduation. Parents and leaders were challenged to reduce the number of marbles in the jar to match the actual number of weeks they had left with each child. Then they were given a simple assignment: Remove one marble each week. Over time, the practice of losing marbles had a strange effect. It reminded them to value their time. It made each week matter a little more. It reinforced a simple principle: When you see how much time you have left, you tend to do more with the time you have now.

 

What are we doing with the time we have now? The reality is, children have a ‘best before’ date. There comes a time when a child is no longer a child. And research indicates that once a child hits that date, they are no longer as open to the Gospel. 43% of all Americans who are Christians made decision to become a Christian before the age of 13, and 64% made the decision before the age of 18. Nine out of ten church leaders became Christians before they were 18. Evangelism is most effective amongst kids. (Check out the article here: https://www.barna.org/barna-update/article/5-barna-update/196-evangelism-is-most-effective-among-kids#.VUmdsFwRrVp) It is true that whatever we learn as a child effects us into adulthood. The good and the bad. Things we are intentional about teaching children, and things we aren’t. Our time is precious, and short. So are we really going to relinquish the time we have to teach them about the Gospel to the measly one hour a week that their Sunday School teachers have? (Note: Sunday school teachers totally rock for dedicating their time and energy into this one hour, and if you see a Sunday school teacher, you should definitely hug them, or high-five them, or whatever is appropriate according to your child safety policy. Just appreciate them!)

 

“The point is, if you are investing in a kid or teenager, you are already making history every week. The problem is, when you’re making history, you usually don’t know it…Let’s think about it another way. Most kids don’t know what you’re doing this week is going to be a formative part of their history. They are just kids. They only see “now”. To them you just… built a sandcastle. Took them to swim lessons. Played basketball in the driveway. Saw a movie. Ate some pizza… But you are an adult. You see yesterday, today and tomorrow. So you should know better. You should realise by being present in their life week after week in a variety of different ways, you are actually making HISTORY.”

 

The QB Kids and their Families team is passionate about awakening parents and church leaders to their calling to impact children for the Gospel. We are passionate about not just running ‘Sunday School’ programs (seriously, who wants to be at school on a Sunday?!) but reaching our young people, who are the most receptive to the Gospel, for the Gospel. To raise a generation who know the importance of life-long faith, not just church attendance.

 

So we need to equip families to disciple their kids. And we want to help you do that. Here is a really great list of places you can start to learn more about equipping families to be Gospel-centered in their homes. To be investing time into making history. To disciple their kids in the short time they have, so that ‘when they are old they will not depart from it.’ (Proverbs 22:6).

 

Start here. Start now. And if you want to know more, email qbkids@qb.com.au.

 

Two books you can read:

  • Playing For Keeps by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy: orangebooks.com/books/playing-for-keeps-losing-your-marbles
  • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: www.koorong.com/search/product/parenting-beyond-your-capacity-reggie-joiner-carey-nieuwhof/9781434764812.jhtml

 

Or read access helpful resources here:

KIDWISE Children’s Ministry Training Event

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Fri 28 & Sat29AUG 2015 • Fri: 730pm-9pm Sat: 9am-330pm
Kidswise vision is to see children’s lives transformed through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God. Sandy Galea, founder of Kidswise, is passionate about Children’s Ministry and has written many resources to make your life easier. She is coming to Brisbane.

Suitable for everyone involved in Children’s Ministry, paid or volunteer.

Seminars by Sandy Galea

The Priorities Of Children’s Ministry 
How does God’s word shape our priorities in Children’s Ministry? And what are the practical implications of these priorities?

Creative Storytelling
Stories are the most effective way of unpacking abstract concepts (faith, hope, repentance…) to concrete thinkers. This is a very practical seminar with lots of take home ideas and is packed full of stories for all ages.

Helping Parents Shepherd Their Children
Parents are the primary shepherds of their children, so how can we support and encourage them in this vital ministry?

Where: Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church, Rochedale983 Rochedale Road, Rochedale, Queensland, 4123

Cost: $20 for Friday, $45 for Saturday

For more details: Leeanne Smithoffice@equip-events.com.au • REGISTER HERE:www.kidswise.com.au/training/kidswise-training-days/page-2?layout=table

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Dear reader,

We would love it if you could use/adapt any of the post above or the excerpt below to help promote this event.

KIDWISE Children’s Ministry Training Event |
Fri 28 & Sat 29AUG 2015 •  FRI: 730pm-9pm SAT: 9am-330pm
Kidswise vision is to see children’s lives transformed through Jesus Christ, to the glory of God. Sandy Galea, founder of Kidswise, is passionate about Children’s Ministry and has written many resources to make your life easier. She is coming to Brisbane.
Cost: $19Where: Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church, Rochedale983 Rochedale Road, Rochedale, Queensland, 4123
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