Diversity – But With Simple Unity

Posted on 02/01/2015 by Jack Gill

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Nehemiah 3:1-32

February 1, 2015

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A Simple Prayer

Posted on 01/11/2015 by Jack Gill

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Nehemiah 1:5-11

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Kids Sermon Notes

Posted on 01/08/2015 by Rich Shipe

Here is a simple form you can download and use with your kids for Sunday. Help them learn to listen and take notes and use it as a simple family devotional approach to refresh the whole family on what was taught in the sermon. Download a pdf file here or pick up a pre-whole punched copy from the foyer.

Click the thumbnail on the left to download a pdf version of this form.

Read below for how the form was created and ideas for how you can incorporate this with your children.


By Rich Shipe

New update: I just started this with my son Aslin who is nine and we adopted a little over two years ago. Note that he is just starting to learn to read. This fall he has started attending the worship service with us for the first time. With him I’m having him draw pictures on a blank page of images he hears in the sermon. That has so far been great and I’ve been amazed at how well he is doing. So far he is staying engaged for most of the sermon and it has been amazing how much he hears and retains. Of course he isn’t understanding everything, but he is learning to listen and he is picking some things up.

Original article:

I was recently inspired by an article I read by a well-known pastor and his wife on parenting and the Sunday morning church service. In the article, they shared a vision for making the Sunday morning service meaningful for children rather than just an experience to be endured. They gave many practical tips to help parents mentor their children into a richer understanding of the service.

One of the ideas they shared was for parents to encourage their children to take notes during the sermon.  My first thought was how hard this would be for my kids  (who are ages seven, nine, and ten) because it’s hard enough for me! But I decided to give it a try. I gave them some basic instructions and encouragement and we tried it out.

The first Sunday of note taking was a little rough. I had to remind them a few times to keep it up during the sermon, and they had trouble knowing what to write. Like I said, note‐taking isn’t easy. But one thing I did notice was that for the most part, they were paying attention during the whole sermon.  It felt like a small but significant step forward.

The next thing I did that really helped was create a one-page, note-taking form for them to use. The form  includes boxes that hopefully get them thinking about what to look for in the sermon. The boxes give  them  special places to write down the main verse, other verses, big  idea or main point, what I should do, words I don’t know, and extra lines for additional notes.

As an Easter gift to our kids, Christy made them each a decorated three-ring binder in which they can keep their sermon notes. They loved the binders and are excited about writing down things on the form each week.

We’ve been using this form for a couple months now, and I’ve been really impressed with the results. It is incredible to me how quickly they’ve been able to learn this skill and how much they are able to write down. The other significant thing is they are doing their best to pay attention to the sermon now. Some weeks are better than others, and sometimes they give up or get frustrated, but we’ve found that they are really growing in it and making progress. They are learning important life skills in listening and note taking, and I want to deliberately help them grow in these areas.

Another great benefit we’ve found from the note taking is it gives us an opportunity to talk about the sermon as a family. At dinner on Mondays, we all get out our notes and walk through the sermon. Christy and I help the kids fill in parts that they missed, and we explain the parts that were hard for them to understand. This also reinforces the big ideas for Christy and me too!

In the May newsletter, Jack talked about worship “preflight” and how important it is to get ready in advance to worship. That pre-worship preparation is important for success in teaching your children to take notes.

Ultimately, our family goal is to teach our children about the incredible value of worship and learning in a community of believers. As a parent, I also need to teach my kids through my actions about the exciting opportunity we  have  on  Sunday mornings  to  corporately worship our God and Savior. My kids need to see me truly excited about worshiping God in order to fully incorporate this lesson into their lives.

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Posted on 01/04/2015 by Jack Gill

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Nehemiah 1:1-4

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It’s Time For The Annual Clothing Exchange

Posted on 10/03/2014 by Debbie Stevenson

Our Annual Clothing Exchange is October 16-18. Fill boxes and bags of clothing you or your children have outgrown and bring them to this great event! Maybe you are asking yourself, “What is the clothing exchange?” Our church hosts this annual event and the idea is simple. You bring in clothes that your family no longer needs, and while helping sort the clothes into the proper categories, you can take clothes for your own family members. And it’s all free!! It’s a way for our church family to bless one another. Our abundance fills the auditorium each year. Also, we open up to the community at the end of the week on Saturday morning to take as much free clothing as they can carry away. Traditionally, there’s a long line of people waiting for the doors to open!

It is being held the Saturday after the enormous Purcellville Town Wide Tag Sale. If you plan to attend the Tag Sale, pick up some business card flyers in the foyer kiosk to take with you and hand them out to the vendors you visit. The flyer gives people a place to bring their unsold clothing AND advertises our clothing exchange to those in our community at the same time. The business cards are also a great resource to pass out at work, sports events, and to give to others you know who could benefit from this awesome event.

Many volunteers are needed to help with the sorting of clothing. Everyone who drops off clothes is asked to distribute their clothes into the proper categories before shopping. Hours of the Clothing Exchange to drop off clothing and volunteer to help set-up, sort, shop and clean-up:

  • October 16-17, Thursday & Friday, 8am to 8pm (Clothing accepted, sorted, & shopping)
  • October 18, Saturday, open to the community, 9 a.m. to noon
  • October 18, Saturday, clean up, pack up and re-set the auditorium, noon until done

If you have any further questions or wish to volunteer to help, please contact Courtney Shipe ([email protected]). Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday during the community shopping, as well as to clean up and re-set the auditorium.

By Courtney Shipe

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