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A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21

At All Times 

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

For a change of pace, I’m putting the video up front first, so watch it and let it bring you a smile 😃!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21 in Song

Time To Dance | Elementary Worship Song

I love this video because it reminds me of old fashioned drive-in movies. During the intermission of the movie, dancing food would come on the screen to advertise the concessions at the stand. Sometimes, I definitely enjoyed the food more than the movie!

Anyway, our song today talks about God always being there for you. No matter what’s happening in your life, he’s ready to help you out. That’s a God who loves you so much. He never gets annoyed or mad. When you need Him, He is there.

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.13.21 in Scripture

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

This scripture makes me feel so safe and secure. I hope it makes you feel the same way, too!

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In the spirit of the video, I have included a suggestion instead of a craft.

I suggest you find a VeggieTales movie of your choice. There are so many to choose from. One of my favorites is Madame Blueberry! Once you pick your favorite, pop some popcorn and have yourself a movie night. Enjoy, and remember that God is always there for you.

Sending you smiles and fun!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21

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A Moment To Praise 4.12.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Sharing

It’s a scary thought – sharing your testimony to the world!

But after Easter Sunday morning and the message about Mary, I began to think about what Jesus told her.  When Mary finally recognized Jesus, he told her to not hold on to him because he had not yet ascended to his Father and then he said to her to go and tell the disciples what you have seen. That He (Jesus) was alive and not dead in the tomb.

If you think about how Mary must have felt, you can see how she might have been torn.  Was that really Jesus?  What will the disciples say to me, will they believe me? Will Jesus be there when the men return? So many fears and doubts.

Through Fears and Doubts

Aren’t we like that too. Full of fears and doubts?

Like these: “If I invite someone to church will the service be as good as I want them to see? If a friend sees me not at my best, will they think less of me and my walk with God? The Bible says go into the world and tell everyone about Christ, no way! That’s kind of scary!”

We do have fears and concerns especially when it comes to that last command, to go into the world and tell everyone about what Jesus has done for us. Oh, it’s not that we are afraid to speak to people, we do it all the time. We tell funny stories, we speak to our friends and neighbors when we’re out at the store or in the yard, we even are friendly with mere acquaintances – in general we run our mouths all the time and the things we say are sometimes for the good of all and sometimes, well, not so much.

We have to be careful that we are staying on the godly path with our language and conversations and that we are following the directive of scripture. Most importantly we should be striving to share God in every little conversation we have. God was serious when he said that we should go into the world and make disciples of everyone by sharing what God has done in your own lives. This scripture puts an exclamation point on what I’m trying to say.

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21 in Scripture
Bible Gateway passage: 2 Timothy 1:8 – Modern English Version

So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me, His prisoner. But share in the sufferings of the gospel by the power of God,

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It’s very clear that we are to tell our testimony to others so that they can see and hear that God is good.  If we spent all of our time rejoicing and praising God with our words and witness there wouldn’t be time for any other kind of talk.

So – search your heart and remember your personal walk to becoming a Christian.  Remember how Jesus saved you and how you began a life of honoring him.  And then share it! Make sure that everyone knows that you have a story of your own and you want the world to know about it!

A Moment To Praise 4.12.21 in Song

Have a blessed day and enjoy this song.

My Testimony | Acoustic | Elevation Worship

The acoustic version of “My Testimony” from the album, Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship “My Testimony” is available everywhere now: https://elevation

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Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.6.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 4.6.21

A Call to Praise God

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.6.21 in Scripture

Psalm 100

A song of thanks.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth.
2   Serve the Lord with joy.
Come before him with singing.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
He made us, and we belong to him.
We are his people, the sheep he tends.

4 Come into his city with songs of thanksgiving.
Come into his courtyards with songs of praise.
Thank him, and praise his name.
5 The Lord is good. His love continues forever.

His loyalty continues from now on.

We had a wonderful time worshiping God on Easter Sunday! The Kidz Choir song, “It’s A Happy Day”, was so fun! It was very clear that you all made a joyful noise to God! I was so proud of you, and so were your moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas!

There is someone else who was so pleased and proud, and that was God! The scripture above tells us exactly what we are supposed to do in order to give honor and glory to God. All of you did just that in worship. If you are taking time during your day to sing and praise God, then there will be no time to do anything else that’s not as worthwhile.

Whenever you feel like you need something fun to do, or whenever you feel bored, sad, or lonely, make a joyful noise! Sing, dance, clap, and be happy. Thank God for giving this day and every other day to you. Make the best of each day you get!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 4.6.21 in Song

This song is a perfect joy-filled and dance-filled song to help you always praise.

Have fun doing the motions!

Time To Dance | Elementary Worship Song

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Here is a craft to make that will help you make noise whenever you feel like it!

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Have a great, praise-filled week!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 4.5.21

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A Moment To Praise 4.5.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Victoriously Living

It’s Easter Monday! I hope that you are feeling the same excitement and joy that you felt yesterday during the celebration of Christ’s resurrection! He Is ALIVE! This means that we have eternal life, and that our salvation has been purchased for us by our Savior, Jesus Christ! Keep celebrating and living in that JOY!

When I was little, I was really into the song “Low In The Grave He Lay”. In fact, I would ask my mom to sing it with me at bedtime after prayers. I especially loved the chorus:

Up from the grave he arose;
With a mighty triumph o’er his foes;
He arose a victor from the dark domain,
And he lives forever, with his saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

If you love this song as much as I do, I am sure that you sang this in your head with the loudest, most booming voice you could muster up! In my opinion, that’s the only way to sing it. As a kiddo who was afraid of the dark, I would sing that part as loud as I could, too. It  gave me comfort, and made me less scared to be alone at night.

As an adult who is still afraid of the unknowns of this world, that song still gives me peace. Christ defeated death and his foes, which are our foes as well, and he overcame the dark domain in order to give us life!

A Moment To Praise 4.5.21 in Scripture

I take comfort in these words from the Bible which form the chorus of the song.

Romans 6:9 – New International Version

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead,(A) he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.(B)

We need to grasp onto this and not let it go! We need to understand how awesome our God is, and take into consideration that He shares this same resurrection power with us. The resurrection power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead is given to those who believe in Him.

This means that we have the strength, power, and the promise of eternal life to get us through any and all things that happen in our lives. Please remember your strength through Christ, and keep celebrating God and His amazing love for you today. While you’re at it, try to adopt that celebratory feeling in Christ for the rest of your life!

A Moment To Praise 4.5.21 in Song

Here is a more contemporary version of my favorite Easter song, followed by the traditional one! Enjoy!

Rise and Run – Up from the Grave (Christ is Risen).mp4

Rise and Run – Up from the Grave (Christ is Risen).mp4

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Christ Arose! (Low in the Grave He Lay)

For more acappella Christian hymns:http://www.youtube.com/user/sesamonte/videoshttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2018498757FD7A76

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Happy Easter!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.30.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 3.30.21

Tell the World

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hey kids! This week, we celebrate Easter on Sunday! What an exciting time for those who believe in Christ! It’s a day to rejoice and share the fact that Jesus was crucified, and then rose again from the dead. He did it all for us! He did it to give us salvation and life forever with God! What a great gift!

But after Easter Sunday, how do you continue to express your joy? Do you act like nothing ever happened? Do you go about your life as if you don’t believe? As if you have forgotten who this Jesus guy is? God tells us we are to shout out our praise for Jesus always and make sure that we talk about Him and the gift of salvation that He gave to us. This is what God’s word says:

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.30.21 in Scripture

Mark 16:15

Bible Gateway passage: Mark 16:15 – International Children’s Bible

15 Jesus said to the followers, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone.

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We are supposed to tell the whole world that Jesus lives. We should shout it out with our mouths, as well as with the way we live our lives.

I hope that you have a great Easter and remember the real reason we celebrate this Holy day. And then, we should go out there and tell the world about it!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.30.21 in Song

Tell The World (Kids Praise Live) – Hillsong Kids

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I have attached a picture of an easy Easter “Empty Grave” craft that you can do at home.

Have a Happy Easter!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 3.29.21

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A Moment To Praise 3.29.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Godly Friends

It’s always heartwarming to receive a message from a friend that says: “Hey, I just thought about you today and want you to know that I’m praying for you.”  Doesn’t it feel good to hear when you’re least expecting it? Or better yet, when you’re having a bad day? I have to say that this exact thing has happened to me numerous times and it makes my heart smile. I know that God is reaching out to me through the loving countenance of a Christian friend.

A Moment To Praise 3.29.21 in Scripture

Here’s what scripture tells us about being a godly friend.

James 5:16

James 5:16 – Bible Gateway

16 Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results.

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This scripture tells us to be honest with each other, and to pray fervently for one another. It says that prayers from a righteous person are powerful and effective. Thank you to all of my friends who pray for me and petition to God on my behalf. You’re the best! Also, thanks to the scripture for coaxing me to bring others before God. Scripture reminds me that through God, my prayers for others can be answered in a powerful and effective way by God.

Friends are a true gift and blessing from God. If you have good godly people in your life praying for you, remember to thank God for them. In return, remember to bless them with your prayers too.

A Moment To Praise 3.29.21 in Song

I love this song about talking to God and lifting up your friends before the Almighty.

Chrissy Metz – Talking To God (Official Music Video)

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I’m praying for you, friends! Have a great day!

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.23.21

By | A Moment To Praise
Moment To Praise For Kids 3.23.21

Good in Beauty

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

God is so GOOD! Any time of the day or night, you can comfort yourself by saying this over and over again, because it is true. God IS so good!

He cares deeply for all of us, and he also cares deeply for his creations for nature: animals, fish, birds of the air, bugs, and flowers. He provides for all of these things and He provides for us too!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.23.21 in Scripture

There is scripture in Luke that confirms these words to you. Here is what it says.

Bible Gateway passage: Luke 12:27 – International Children’s Bible

Look at the wild flowers. See how they grow. They don’t work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that even Solomon, the great and rich king, was not dressed as beautifully as one of these flowers.

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God gives beautiful clothes to the flowers in the field. Those flowers are here one day and may be gone the next, but when you look at their beauty, you understand how much God loves and cares for them. They are so colorful and intricate in their design.

Think about yourself now. You are very intricate and wonderfully designed by a God who delights in you! He delights in each and every little thing about you. He loves your face, your hair color, your talents, the way you talk, the way you sing and the way you smile!

The next time you look at a pretty flower (which, by the way, are starting to bloom! – yay!) remember that that flower is a wonder and is amazing, but you are even more so to this God who loves you so much! Then, take a moment to thank God by saying out loud: “God is so good!”

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.23.21 in Song

This song is titled “God Is So Good” just to help remind us of His love for us.

Yancy & Little Praise Party – God Is So Good [OFFICIAL KIDS WORSHIP MUSIC VIDEO] My Best Friend

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I always loved crafts when I was a kid and I remember the first time we made egg carton flowers in school. Here is a variation of those flowers made into a wreath. Have fun!

Floral Egg Carton Wreath

One of 8 creative ideas for using egg cartons crafts.

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Have a great day and do a little spring flower exploring!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 3.22.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 3.22.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Praising God

A beautiful thing just happened in the church office this week! It was a reminder of the sanctity of the church building.

A member came in to the building to bring her Easter Egg candy donation and also to just “see the church” because she hadn’t been in the church since COVID began. She really missed being here! She walked in, looked around, and turned toward me with tears in her eyes. The joy she felt just to enter into His sanctuary was simply beautiful. Her face was completely transformed in that brief minute of joy!

It got me to thinking that we should all feel that sense of awe and praise when we enter into His holy place. I think that scripture says it best.

A Moment To Praise 3.22.21 in Scripture
Psalm 100:4 CEV – Be thankful and praise the LORD as you – Bible Gateway

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How often do we actually give thanks and praise the Lord for allowing us to be in His presence? With the weight of the world on our shoulders, we often run around this earth scattered, overwhelmed, confused, forgetful and complaining! I call that the total opposite of what God really wants for us in our lives. God wants us to be praising Him, not “unpraising” Him – and yes, that’s a new word I just made up!

When we can actually focus ourselves on the ‘praising God’ aspect of life, we will find that our day-to-day grind is not so much of a grind. We become less focused on ourselves and more focused on others, we become passionate about the ways of God and are less concerned about the ways of man, and we become closer to God through the whole process – which is the best part! That’s truly living in Christ!

Always try to find yourself in God’s presence. God will never leave you, nor will He ever forsake you. He is always with you, and that’s an everlasting promise from Him.

1 Corinthians 3:9

A Moment To Praise 3.22.21 in Song

The Church – ELEVATION WORSHIP

Joyce

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.16.21

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Moment To Praise For Kids 3.16.21

The Ten Commandments

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce

Hey there, everyone!

I have heard about some great things that have been going on in Sunday School at Gravel Hill! Some of you are memorizing the Lord’s Prayer – good job!

I remember doing that when I was a kiddo, too. When I had finally mastered it, I felt really good about it! I hope you do, too.

I also remember the Ten Commandments, and how hard it was for me to learn and remember them. Even if you asked me now, I’m pretty sure I would not be able to name them in order. Even still, I know that they are very important laws that God gave to Moses in the Old Testament. They are good laws for all of us to live by, even today!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.16.21 in Scripture

Here is the scripture, Exodus 20:1-17, containing the Ten Commandments that Moses received directly from God.

Now, I know most of us do not like when people tell us what to do. We often try to find ways to go around the rule or law so that we can get our own way.  Even grown-ups do it, too! But most times when we run ahead of the law and do our own thing, it gets us into more trouble than it was worth. Most times, it would have been better to just listen to the rule in the first place!

We have to remember that all laws have a purpose in our lives. Man-made ones and God-made ones alike! That purpose is to protect us and keep us safe from harm.

Try to commit to memory the Ten Commandments. Maybe you can try to remember a few at a time, if it’s easier than learning them all at once. See how they can help you through life!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 3.16.21 in Song

Here’s a fun song that might help you to remember them!

Ten Commandment Song For Kids

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And this is a really fun craft that might help you keep them handy all the time – go ahead and give it a try!

Ten Commandments iPhone | KIDS & GLITTER

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Have a fun day!

Miss Joyce

Did you know Sunday School is on Facebook? Parents look for the group: Gravel Hill UMC Sunday School. Each week find posts with Sunday School activities to complete. Learning made fun!

A Moment To Praise 3.15.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 3.15.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

From Heaven

I have a funny story to share with you! Shawn and I were walking on Saturday morning, when suddenly from above, more specifically, a telephone pole on Walnut Street, a rather large chunk from a loaf of bread fell from heaven. Shawn and I laughed and said, “Hey, that’s truly manna from heaven!”

A Moment To Praise 3.15.21 in Scripture

Psalm 105:40 ESV 

They asked, and he brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.

This is a passage about how God provided for the Israelites. His people asked for His help, and He gave them bread from heaven. Certain commentaries on this passage use the phrasing: ‘God satisfied and nurtured his people’. In essence, God took care of all of their needs.

It makes me wonder whether we are ever satisfied with life? Do we cry out to God to help us, provide for us, quench our thirsts and desires? Furthermore, do we recognize when God does all of those things for us?  So many times, we have a certain answer that we want to hear, and we completely ignore the numerous ways that God has sent satisfaction to us. It is so important to open our eyes and our hearts to see and feel God’s grace upon us as we walk through life every day.

Let me give you some examples.

You feel lonely, but within a few days a wonderful phone call comes your way and lifts your spirit.

All the work you do feels like it amounts to nothing, but then you receive a card explaining in full detail how you made a difference in someone’s life. You feel sad, but then you are made aware of someone else’s troubles, and you realize that things aren’t so bad for you. Hopefully, you reach out to the other person and make a change for yourself and for them too.

I guess that what I’m trying to say is that God gives us manna from heaven every day. He reaches out to satisfy and give loving care to us at all times. All we have to do is take a minute and look more closely for it. Oh, and one more thing. Be careful walking down Walnut Street, lest you get hit on the head with some bread from heaven.

A Moment To Praise 3.15.21 in Song

This song is beautiful, hopefully it will help you remember the gifts that come from God, His manna from heaven to you!

Manna From Heaven – Worship Song.

Have a great week!

Joyce