Our Church Transformed

The church recently has undergone some very much needed changes to better accommodate our growing youth. Here are some photos and descriptions…. Three rooms transformed for our three main age groups: 0-3 Nursery There is not a before photo provided for the nursery. This room was the main room to teach ALL ages. It had a large…

Last Day of VBS! August 22!

Dear Friends, Wednesday is the last day of our three-day VBS. It’s Heritage day! Kids will celebrate how God made them each different but how we are all one in Christ. Important things for parents with participating kids to know: When you arrive you are invited to stay with your kids for hot dogs and…

Youth Updates

VBS is next week, Monday-Wednesday. It’s free and all ages are welcome (17 and under). There is a little Talent Show Wednesday night at 8 pm. Everyone is invited to participate or come see. Please consider sharing your talents with our kids! (Or having your kids share their talent with us!) Please send me an…

VBS is BACK!

America’s Got Culture VBS Part II August 20-22 6 to 9 pm Cost: Free! Ages: 0-17 (children 3 and under may leave early but all other children are asked to stay the entire time) VBS Part I in June was entitled Jesus Around the World. We are building on what children learned then with VBS Part II…

Pirates Game, Skyblast Fireworks and Lifehouse concert!!!

It’s time for our annual Pittsburgh Pirates trip! This year is very special because you get three events in the same night–the Pirates game, the Skyblast Fireworks Show and a concert performed by Lifehouse! (They are well known for hit songs like “Hanging on a Moment”, “You and Me” and “All in”) There will be free bus transportation available that…

A Little Youth News

Hello friends, I am on a mission to explore different ways I can upcycle in my home and I want to share my findings with the kids in different projects. What is upcycling? It is like a do-it-yourself form of recycling. Instead of shipping off unwanted recyclable materials to a recycling plant, you can re-purpose these items…

Benefit Barbeque Dinner

Even though I am worn out and tired after a long day, I had to get online and express my gratitude to all of you who made our BBQ Benefit Dinner such a huge success. We raised a lot more money for our youth than I expected. Thank you for supporting our youth!!!! Thank you…

Culture Shock! Jesus Around the World

Culture Shock! Jesus Around the World Hills Church June 18, 19, 20 6-9 PM Pastor and I have collaborated on a VBS curriculum that will integrate Jesus’s teaching with lessons on different cultures and lifestyles of people around the world. We hope that by teaching our youth about the diversity of God’s people that they…

BBQ Benefit Dinner

When: Wednesday June 13th from 5-7 pm How much: 8 per person, kids 5 and under get a free kids meal Where: Hills Church 3618 Hills Church Road Export, PA Please support the youth of our church by attending our BBQ Dinner! All proceeds will go towards youth activities including paying for children to attend…

Earth Day and Parable of the Sower

This week the children enjoyed a lesson with dirt and crayons. If you are a kid, it doesn’t get much better than that! This week’s lesson was one that I designed to incorporate all ages. Our youngest group (0-3) was going to read a book entitled Designed by God. This sweet little book describes each of…

Children’s Easter Lesson: How to Live Like Jesus

http://youtu.be/IvYUq301J7s

For several weeks leading up to Easter, Ryan’s lessons for the older youth (preteen/teen) and my lessons for the younger youth paved the way for the story of Easter. Ryan unvelied the personalities and history of each disciple as I taught the younger kids (ages 4+) various things about Jesus’s life. And more recently, I have been collaborating with Mrs. Graham on lessons for the children she cares for in the nursery (ages 0-3).

For the week of Easter, our groups joined together for the Easter lesson. Ryan’s most regular Sunday school attendee, Miriam, presented the other children with a lesson she prepared herself. The children have all been taught about Jesus’s birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection so her lesson focused on one of the most important things of all—how to live like Jesus.

Why did I entrust one of the most important lessons of the year to a youngster? Well to start, I enjoy being creative with my lessons. It keeps the kids interested and it makes church fun. Also, children learn best from other children. Her peers are much more interested in what she has to say than what I have to say. And sometimes the teacher learns just as much, if not more, than the student. In this case, Miriam applied what she had learned from Ryan about the disciples by actually being a disciple herself by teaching this lesson and spreading the word of God to the other children.

Jesus, as a teacher, had many ways in which he disciplined his students. And discipline does not mean punishment. God did not come to earth as man to punish us…he could have easily done that from above. He came down as Jesus to TEACH us a better way of living and to free us from our sins. In Latin, the word discipline actually means “to teach” and just as you would teach a child how to behave, Jesus taught us how to live.

Thursday Morning Update–January 13, 2011

Dear Friends of Hill’s Church, This is an exciting time around Hill’s Church! A new Consistory met last night for the first time and had a very good meeting in spite of the weather. I hope you will pray for the 2011 members of Consistory and their ministry at Hill’s. This Sunday is the 16th…