Are you ready to say Yes! to using your gifts and talents to invest in the next generation? Attend the Family Ministry Preview!
You’ll learn about the Family Ministry team at Chestnut Ridge Church, including staff and volunteers that work with kids from birth through high school! You’ll get to take a look at the Sunday morning environments where kids learn about the Bible and enjoy group activities. You may even find a good fit for yourself – then you can get involved and make a difference at The Ridge!
If you’re new to The Ridge and simply want to see what goes on behind-the-scenes with Family Ministry, this would be a great event for you to attend.
The Family Ministry Preview happens on the first and third Sunday of each month.
The first and third Sunday of each month.
Upcoming dates include: August 19, September 2 & 16, October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18
During the 9am & 11am services
Starting Point Room #1 (Room# 209)
Hello, Preschool Friends!
Jesus loves everyone is the sweetest news we will ever share with our preschoolers. And since sweets are a HUGE part of this month—with all of the heart-shaped cookies and candy hearts—we decided the perfect theme for February would be SWEET SHOP!!
We will hear the stories of the woman at the well, Zacchaeus, the unloved woman, and Peter. Jesus showed love to all of these people, and it’s the same kind of love He has for you and me and every preschooler that we get to teach each Sunday. We want our preschoolers to grow up knowing that Jesus loves us all, no matter what, and He will never stop loving us.
We’ll begin the month learning about the woman at the well. Even though she was from a different place than Jesus, He still wanted to be her friend. Jesus loves everyone. No matter where we’re from, Jesus loves us. No matter how different we are from each other, Jesus loves us.
The second week of the month we’ll meet Zacchaeus. He made bad choice after bad choice, but Jesus still wanted to be his friend.
Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong. We can be unkind. We can not share our things. We can make bad choices. Even when we do all these things, Jesus still loves us.
During week three, preschoolers will hear about the woman that no one else loved—you know, the one that was about to be stoned to death. Yep, Jesus loved her too. Can you imagine how that woman felt when Jesus came to her rescue? Jesus loves us when no one else does. Even when we feel alone, we can know that Jesus loves us.
We’ll end the month with Peter. He denied Jesus three times just like Jesus said he would. But, Jesus didn’t stop loving him. No matter what we do, Jesus doesn’t stop loving us. No matter where we go, Jesus doesn’t stop loving us. Jesus always loves each and every one of us.
So get your sweet tooth—and your heart—ready for a super sweet month filled with the good news that JESUS LOVES EVERYONE! It’s going to be one, huge, sugar overload, not because of candy but because Jesus’ love is just that big and sweet!
Hello, Preschool Friends!
Preschoolers love showing us what they can do. They are full of WATCH THIS moments. And it can be anything – turning in a circle, running and jumping on a pile of pillows, curtseying like a princess, or my favorite, making their eyebrows go up and down. I love it when they learn how to do that. Their facial expressions are hilarious!
Pretty much anything a preschooler can do falls into the WATCH THIS category, simply because they think anything they learn how to do deserves a WATCH THIS moment.
This month we’re going to run with that theme and the words ‘WATCH THIS!’ will be said… A LOT! We want to invite preschoolers to WATCH THIS as we do a few impressive things so we can lead them to the ONE who can do ANYTHING!
The goal for this month is to learn that Jesus is the one to watch, because JESUS CAN DO ANYTHING!
We’ll begin the month talking about the time Jesus caught all of those fish after Peter caught nothing. Can you imagine Jesus saying, ‘Hey Peter! Watch this!’ as He pulled up the net filled with fish? Jesus can do things we can’t. Peter wasn’t able to catch fish on his own. But, with Jesus, his nets were filled! Only Jesus can do that! Jesus can do anything.
Or, how about the time Jesus walked on water. That was definitely a WATCH THIS moment! Jesus can do what is impossible. I can’t walk on water. Can you? Can your preschoolers? No. We can’t. It’s impossible for us. But, nothing is impossible for Jesus. Jesus can do anything.
Then, there’s the time Jesus fed over 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. Can you imagine the look on the disciples’ faces as they watched the food keep coming and coming and coming and then as they picked up the leftovers? Nothing is too hard for Jesus. Feeding all those people seemed an impossible task for the disciples. But, nothing is too hard for Jesus to do. Jesus can do anything.
We’ll end the month with Jesus doing something else only He can do – turning water into wine, or as we like to call it in preschool world, ‘Super Fancy Party Drink.’ Preschoolers may not know what wine is, but they know it’s a fancy party when you’ve got juice boxes or punch. Preschoolers love watching water turn into super fancy party drink. Only, we have to use drink powder to make it happen. Jesus did it all by Himself because Jesus can do anything.
January Memory Verse
Hello, Preschool Friends!
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Time to decorate, bake cookies, buy gifts, sing carols. And, in our world, it’s time to teach preschoolers the true story of Christmas—the story of when God gave us Jesus—the best gift ever!
Every year, this story is retold. God sends an angel to tell Mary the good news. Jesus is born. The angels tell the shepherds. And, once they see baby Jesus, they tell everyone! Then the wise men come and worship God’s Son.
If we’re not careful, we can easily forget that the story we’ve heard a million times is brand new for many of the preschoolers who will be hearing for the first time this year.
The story we get to share with preschoolers this time of year is so special that we need tell it with excitement and wonder so that our children are excited about it too! We want to tell the true story of Christmas in a way that communicates to preschoolers that Jesus really is the best gift ever! He’s a very special delivery!
We will start the month learning how Mary heard the good news that Jesus was on the way. Week one, we’ll hear how an angel came and told Mary that she was going to have a baby, and His name would be Jesus!
Next, we’ll hear how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem and baby Jesus was born! It’s the most exciting part of the Christmas story. Jesus is born in a stable on that very first Christmas night.
Our Savior came in a very quiet way. In fact, the first people to hear of His birth were some shepherds out in a field. Can you imagine how those shepherds felt that night? Our preschoolers will hear how a whole host of angels shared the awesome news that Jesus had been born with shepherds in the field. The shepherds hurried to see baby Jesus and then rushed to tell others all about Him.
Week four is Birthday Party Day! Preschoolers will review the entire Christmas story and celebrate Jesus’s birth!
During week five, preschoolers will hear the final element of the Christmas story—the journey of the Wise Men to worship Jesus. Our preschoolers will hear of the special star that guided the Wise Men to Jesus’s home and learn of the gifts they brought. It doesn’t have to be Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus. We can celebrate Him all year long.
December Memory Verse
Hello, Preschool Friends!
This month, we want to cook up a big Recipe For Thanks with our preschoolers! Thinking about the things we’re thankful for is the key to any recipe of thanks—and a thankful heart. We chose Recipe For Thanks as our theme because we want our preschoolers to learn how to have a thankful heart.
We will start the month learning about the Ten Commandments. Commandments are some of those ingredients that may not sound yummy but they are oh so good for you. Week one, we’ll get to hear all about the time God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. While we won’t delve deeply into all of them (Some of them are a little out of a preschooler’s realm of understanding.), we will shout out loud and clear God’s number one commandment, we should love God more than anything!
During week two, we’ll learn all about the Lord’s Prayer. Our preschoolers will hear how Jesus taught them how to pray and practice praying the way He modeled. Preschoolers will learn that they can pray anytime, anywhere, and about anything. That’s something to be thankful about!
We all need people to help us. We can be thankful for our family and friends and all the people in our community. Think about how many people help you each and every day. During week three, our preschoolers will hear the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and that story is full of people who help! Our preschool friends will also identify who the people are that help them each and every day.
Our final ingredient for thankfulness is not just one thing but THINGS! It’s all the things we need, like water, food, clothes, and a place to live. We will talk about being thankful for God giving us what we need with Psalm 23 during week four. Preschoolers will hear how God takes care of us like a shepherd takes care of his sheep
November Memory Verse
Hello, Preschool Friends!
We know things are going to happen in our preschoolers’ lives where they will need God’s help—times when their lives will zig one way and then zag another. We want them to grow up believing that God loves them and can help them anywhere, with anything, no matter how hard it may be. He can even help them help others!
This month, we’ll learn about the life of David and how even when it zigged and zagged, God was there to help him. We will begin with David as a boy in a field with his sheep. David was alone in that field when he needed to protect his sheep. Actually, he wasn’t really alone. God was with him. And, God helped him protect his sheep from the scary lion. Our preschoolers will learn that God can help me anywhere.
Once David had proved that he was brave and strong by protecting his sheep and defeating Goliath, King Saul asked him to lead his troops into battle. Gods was with David and helped him win battle after battle. Our preschoolers will learn that God can help me do anything.
In week three, preschoolers will hear about David’s good friend, Jonathan. David and Jonathan shared so many experiences and were close friends. It was VERY hard when they had to say good-bye to one another. Our preschoolers will learn that God can help me do hard things.
David wants to keep his promise to his good friend, Jonathan, to always take care of his family. He has his servants search until they find Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth. The servants bring Mephibosheth, who is lame in both feet, to the David, and he provides all that Mephibosheth needs. David even invited Mephibosheth to eat at the king’s table. Our preschoolers will learn that God can help me help others.
We will end the month learning how David praised God after He helped him. David danced and played music to show thanks to God for all His help. Our preschoolers will learn that we can praise God because He helps us.
We want our preschoolers to grow up knowing that God loves them and is always there to help them—even when they’re in a Zig Zag Zone.
October Memory Verse