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October 2017

Welcome!

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Welcome to the brand new Discovery Kids website!

We are so excited to have this chance to connect with you even more! This site is full of great info, and it’s super simple to use!

Check out our blog to see what’s on the minds of the Discovery Kids Team, news for upcoming kids events, and Teacher Spotlights, where we have the chance to introduce you to some of our awesome teachers and thank them for all they do!

For some great resources as parents, just click on our Parent Resources page! Here, we will have all of the info you need in order to know what exactly your kiddos have been up to in our crazy hallway! This includes our theme for the month, and parent cues so that you can talk to your kids at home about what they’ve learned in Discovery Kids!

For our leaders, we have the Leader’s Info page! Here, we give you the first glance at the theme for the month and the activities the kids will be doing! We’ve given you direct access to the letters we receive from our curriculum site, so that you know exactly what it is we’re doing and when!

And lastly, be sure to check out our Who We Are page, to get to know your Discovery Kids Team! We’ve put together a team that LOVES your children and works insanely hard to bring them the best program possible! Get to know us a little bit more by reading our fun bios!

Thank you so much for joining us on this new adventure! See you in Discovery Kids!

Spencer- Why I Chose Children’s Ministry

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I moved to Colorado and started going to Discovery nine years ago. Growing up in, and being a part of, the children’s area at Discovery was such a life change for me. Before moving to Colorado I was in a couple of other children’s programs but I never felt as loved and welcomed there as I did at Discovery. Once I was old enough to serve in the children’s area I was there helping in anyway I could.

Now I am an intern for Discovery Kids and I absolutely love it.  There are so many things that contribute to why I work with kids and love my job. I work with kids because growing up in Discovery Kids, I had an amazing experience and it really helped to shape me into who I am now. Two years ago I started teaching second graders by myself and it really helped me realize how much teaching kids meant to me, and the amount of growth I experienced was amazing. It was so special to me that I got to be a part of the kids lives and help them navigate through tough stuff they were going through. After this year when my kids were moving up to third grade I moved with them because I didn’t want them to go and I wanted to keep investing in them and showing them the love of Jesus. Knowing and experiencing how much of an impact we, as leaders, have on the kids each week is what really made me want to start working in Discovery Kids. The life change is real and that goes both ways; as much as you impact and change their lives, your life will be forever changed as well.

Presley- Why I Chose Children’s Ministry

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“Why did you choose to work in kid’s ministry?” Well, the first, and most obvious reason, is that I adore kids!  However, my reasoning goes much further than that.  The hearts of children are so innocent and pure, and I love seeing them come to know Jesus.

 

I love how, in the Bible, children mean so much to Jesus.  You rarely see Him target specific groups, but numerous times, Jesus called the kids to Himself.  I think this resonates so much with me, because I love how children love wholeheartedly. I always envision a beautiful picture of children gathered around Jesus, with huge grins on their faces, just in awe of His presence.  

 

I get inspiration from the children, and am always learning something from them.  Sometimes, I look at them and think about how wonderful it is to love with no strings attached like they do… which is something I think we can all learn from.

 

Children are the next generation, and I find it so important that we love on them and grow them up in truth.  I never could have picked a more rewarding area of ministry!

Dannika- Why I Chose Children’s Ministry

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“There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black

And the dark street winds and bends,

Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And watch where the chalk-white arrows go

To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,

And we’ll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know

The place where the sidewalk ends.”

                                                         -Where The Sidewalk Ends, Shel Silverstein

 

This poem gives me goosebumps every time I read it. Something about it seems so incredibly perfect to me, as if Mr. Silverstein truly understood the nature of children and their ability to not only see the beautiful world around them, but to transport others there with them. I’ve always loved kids! Ask my parents, I was obsessed with babies from the beginning, and I was very passionate about playing Mommy and Teacher as a young child. As I grew older, I realized that while I was learning a lot about kids, and I was getting more opportunities to teach them, I was also learning a lot FROM children.

 

I have learned that my imagination is something to love and peruse on a daily basis. I have learned that dancing like I’m crazy is fun, even if people are watching! I have learned that play isn’t something that stops being good for you when you get older. And I have learned that loving God and loving people doesn’t have to be as hard as I thought. All you have to do is watch a child wave emphatically at a stranger in the grocery store to see that they just don’t put up the same barriers we do to loving the people we encounter. Step into our kid’s worship room and watch them dance and sing for Jesus. I want that kind of passion when I dance with Jesus. I want that kind of confidence when I sing to him.

 

I chose to work for Discovery Kids because I love children and because they teach me how to love people and God unconditionally and passionately. And I also chose to work with them because I want to have the opportunity to help them NEVER lose that passion and innocent faith! I want to remind them constantly that Jesus loves them, no matter what! I want to teach them that the love they feel from him doesn’t have to be earned. I want to encourage them to keep loving people without requiring anything in return. I want to show them that their stories matter, yes, even at their young age! But as they grow, it will be so hard to remember these things unless we teach them now. And I want the chance to hug children and kiss babies who may just want or need a little extra love and attention this week!

 

Sometimes, people tell me that I’m “brave” for deciding to work with children. HA! Brave? It’s terrifying! Your children are so precious and I want the best for them! Yes, the work can be hard. Have you seen that hallway on Sunday mornings? But it is so incredibly rewarding. And one of the best parts of getting to love on kids every single week? They love you right back! And they teach you how to find the awesome, imaginary, beautiful places. They help you to not be afraid when the world looks topsy turvy because it’s clearly more fun that way! They teach you to look at everything a little differently.

And they show you the place where the sidewalk ends.

Heather- Why I Chose Children’s Ministry

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I work in Children’s Ministry because I’m passionate about bringing the love of Jesus to children! I love that we get the chance to define Christianity for our littlest ones and set them up for a lifetime of knowing just how loved they are. My goal is to create an environment where every child belongs, where parents recognize how intentional our program is, and where everyone leaves our hallway feeling a little happier than when they came in.

Christy – Why I Chose Children’s Ministry

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I work with children because I think that their wonder for the world, and the innocence that they approach everything with, is such a great example of Jesus. It’s sad, as adults, that our imagination and wonder goes away—that we “outgrow” it so quickly. I love watching kids frolic their way down the hall on Sunday morning and have wide eyes and pure joy for worship! Discussion time about their lessons is absolutely my favorite—they get it! They live it, they learn it, and they believe it. 

 

I had amazing people speak into and love me as a child and preteen, and I know that made a huge difference in how I view Jesus. I got to experience people living for Jesus and coming for my heart at a young age, and now I have a real relationship with him. I believe that came from people loving me and loving all that I was as a child. I have a huge heart for being that example for children, and I get to do that every week in Kids area at DCC. 

 

As a mom of 2 young, adult children, I am totally aware of how quickly this time goes by, and I want every parent to have somebody that can remind them of how important these days are. I want to remind them how much you will miss the laughter and giggles when they should be going to bed, the funny things they say before their vocabulary grows, their excitement when they learn something new, their heartbreak when a relationship fails, their desire to be seen and known by you even when they rush out of the car or hang up the phone quickly. I want to help parents get through the hard days, be excited for them in the good days and help them to know they’ve done well. Being part of the life of a child is something every adult should experience, and I am fortunate enough to get to do that regularly.

October Teacher Spotlight-Sunday: Ben and Pam!

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Welcome to our very first Teacher Spotlight!!! We have so many incredible volunteers who work in Discovery Kids, and we think they deserve to be recognized! Plus, what a great way for you to get to know the teachers in our hallway!

First up is Ben! Ben works in our One Year Old room during first service on Sunday mornings! He is an incredible help, and the kids LOVE him! He is a leader and a great teammate for all who work alongside him! Here’s what Ben has to say about working in Discovery Kids:

“I serve with Discovery Kids because I want to be a part of the bigger story at DCC. I was here for a couple of years before I got involved with what was Blast at the time, and I felt that I was missing out. Just sitting in the auditorium every Sunday hearing about what God was doing, and not being a part of it was eating at me. I started serving with the 1 year olds and found a place that I could share my talents with the church.My favorite part of serving is comforting a toddler that is having a hard time. We have a lot of kids come in that have separation anxiety and you can tell the parents are worried they will be too difficult. Being able to calm them (the kids) down and help them have fun is the highlight of my experience with Discovery Kids… that and the 2 year olds wanting to come back to our class. Because we’re awesome.”

Thank you so much, Ben, for your hard work and for loving these littles like Jesus!

 

 

 

 


Next up is the amazing Pam! Pam teaches one of our Kindergarten classes during second service on Sunday mornings! Pam used to be a Kindergarten teacher, and it shows! She puts so much work and care into every single activity she leads those children in every week. Not only that, but Pam actually took it upon herself to edit the curriculum for our Kindergarteners to be sure that they got exactly what they needed each week! Here’s what Pam has to say about teaching in Discovery Kids:

“I love God! I love DCC! I have a passion for young children. I love the way they think and the excitement they have for Jesus. It makes my heart happy.”

Thank you so much, Pam, for putting your all into this mission and for loving these munchkins with the love of Jesus, no strings attached!