Welcome to the Greenhouse!
Our mission in the Greenhouse is to grow our kids in God’s love and grace to lead them toward a fully-devoted, world changing relationship with Jesus Christ.
We value our youngest church members and have created an environment to help them get connected to God and stay connected to Him for a lifetime. We encourage our classroom teachers and helpers to build trusting relationships with the children on a weekly basis and share Bible lessons that demonstrate God’s love and the fulfillment of his promise through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.
We offer full childcare and children’s church at all our Sunday services for infants through 6th grade.
Seedlings – Infant through 23 months
Sprouts – 2 year olds
Buds & Blossoms – 3 through 4 1/2 years old
Saplings – 4 1/2 year olds until Kindergarten
Transplants K1 – Kindergarten & 1st grade
Transplants 234 – 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade
Transplants 56 – 5th and 6th grade (meets only during the 10:30 service)
If you are visiting The Grove for the first time, you will be greeted in our main lobby and directed to one of our Greenhouse coordinators who will walk your through the check in process quickly and help you get your child(ren) settled.
The Greenhouse in November
Operation Christmas Child
Be sure to stop at the kiosk this Sunday to pick up your shoeboxes to support Operation Christmas Child. All filled boxes must be return to The Grove by November 15. You can check out more information at www.samaritanspurse.org/OCC .
Potter’s House Christmas
Please consider getting involved with Potter’s House Christmas banquet this year. You can pull tags from a giving tree at the end of November to purchase gifts for children and families. There will be several opportunities to serve as well. You can help on December 12 by wrapping and sorting gifts. You can help on December 13 by setting up before or cleaning up after the banquet. You can also serve at the banquet and have a chance to meet all the families and volunteers who are a year-round part of Potter’s House. Email Anita at email@example.com to get more information or to sign up.
Sick Child Policy
The fall is here and increased sickness is on our radar as the weather changes. Please take a few minutes to review the “Sick Child Policy” posted in the Greenhouse hallway. Thanks for being considerate and praying for a healthy season for all families.
** Seedlings through Saplings **
(infants through 5 years old)
Please take time during your family devotions or prayer time to talk about the Bible stories, the main point, and the key verse. Remember…the videos teach with the end in mind – life as a follower of Jesus. Be sure to talk to your kids about how to enter into a relationship with God through accepting Jesus Christ as their savior. You can also check out all the material we use in class on https://bibleappforkids.com/ a new website for parents.
“Be strong and brave…I will be with you everywhere you go.” Joshua 1:9
Bible App 4 Kids
Hey friends! How can I be brave? God makes me brave when I ask him to! This month we will look at “The Brave and Beautiful Queen” – the story of Esther. Esther obeyed God, even though she was afraid. God was with her, all the time, to make her brave. Check out your child’s take-home Adventure Book each week to see how they learn to answer the question, “How can I be brave?”
** Transplants **
(Kindergarten through 6th grade)
What’s the Big Idea for the 2015-16 school year? Blessed 2B a Blessing
Our theme verse for the year is Matthew 5:16 (ERV) “You should be a light to other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in Heaven.”
We define Blessed 2B a Blessing as God did to Abraham in Genesis.
“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all people on earth
will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV)
God uses the blessings in our lives to express his love for us, to invite us into a personal relationship with him through Jesus Christ and finally, to be a blessing so that people all over the world will discover the One True God.
Blessed to be a Blessing Series
We will continue our walk through the Bible to better understand how God blesses his creation and how he uses that to bless others throughout time.
Week 1 – Abraham – God is the provider of all blessings and his plan is best.
Week 2 – Moses – God was preparing Moses from birth to be His servant and be a blessing to the Israelites.
Week 3 – Ruth – God loves and is available to all people, not just the Israelites.
Week 4 – David – With God, all things are possible, and David’s heart was for God’s name to be great forever.
Week 5 – Daniel – He was obedient which made God’s name known throughout King Darius’ kingdom.
Take a few minutes each week to talk about how God has blessed your family and how you can be a blessing to people around you. Use the Transplants’ Take-Home sheet to prepare for the upcoming lesson. Students will receive a treat from the prize bin each week that they return the completed “homework”. We will offer a bigger prize for those who were faithful to complete it regularly.
Remember…we teach with the end in mind hoping to connect each family with their unique place in God’s story and that begins with a decision to accept God’s free gift of eternal life through Jesus. Learning to share the Gospel with your kids can help lead them toward that decision in their own lives as well as help them articulate that good news to others.
Memory Verse: “You should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
I hope this information is helpful and will give you more opportunities to talk to your children about what they learn each week in the Greenhouse.