Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Christmas Experience

In just a few short weeks we will enter the “most wonderful time of the year” which unfortunately, many of us know as the most overwhelming and stressful time of the year. To help you beat the madness and start the holidays right, on Saturday, December 2, HICC Kingdom Kids will host The Christmas Experience—a fun and interactive event designed to give your family a chance to catch your breath and reclaim the warmth and peace of Christmas.

The Christmas Experience is made up of three separate activities. Your family can register just for one of them or for all three. The three activities that make up The Christmas Experience are: The Manger Project, Gingerbread Creations and Christmas Cookie Contest.


The Manger Project is a fun and interactive Christmas tradition that helps families focus on the true meaning of Christmas while building a manger. This event gives parents a chance to teach their kids hard work, perseverance, and most importantly, why the manger (God coming to earth as a baby) is so important to their faith. Bring your hammer and your kids, and let your heart be captured by the wonder of the lowly manger.

REGISTER for The Manger Project: bit.ly/TheMangerProject


Gingerbread Creations is a chance for families to slow down amidst the holiday frenzy and enjoy meaningful moments with their children while working on cookie and candy structures. Your hands will be messy, but your hearts will be merry!

REGISTER for Gingerbread Creations: bit.ly/GingerbreadCreations


Christmas Cookie Contest is a friendly competition between families. Can you bake a cookie that will wow our judges and win the Ultimate Christmas Cookie Award?

REGISTER for Christmas Cookie Contest: bit.ly/ChristmasCookieContest


Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Little Video to Say Hello

We, at Kingdom Kids, are excited and grateful to all those who signed up during the Ministry Fair to join us in reaching families for Jesus. Here's a little video to welcome our new, awesome leaders. If that's not you, why isn't it you??? It's not too late to join. Find Ms. Angela on Sunday and tell her you're in!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Story Behind Valentine's Day

How Valentine's Day started is still a mystery with no 100% historical proof, but there is a permeating story of St. Valentine. He was a Roman priest under Emperor Claudias, who prohibited the marriage of young people because he believed unmarried soldiers were better than married soldiers since they didn't have to worry about what would happen to their wives and children if they died in battle.

Valentine lived in a society where polygamy was popular, but also where many people were attracted to the Christian faith. Since marriage is sacred to God, Valentine wondered how to address the polygamy problem. He encouraged the people to marry under the Christian church and obey God's laws and plans for marriage. He married people in secret because of Claudias' law.

Valentine was eventually caught and eventually died. There are many legends about what he did while in prison, but what we can learn from him today remains the same.

Marriage is sacred to God. We need to uphold marriage vows and commitments. The 7th of the 10 Commandments states that you should not commit adultery. Why is this so important to God? Because as the Church, we are the Bride of Christ. Marriage is a shadow of our relationship with God.

Unions and covenants are very important to God. He is a faithful God who never breaks His promises to us. When we break our promises to Him, it's hurtful and leads us away from God and His wonderful plans for us. How blessed are we that God loves us so much that He's waiting for us with open arms! He forgives us if we repent. He leads us if we listen.

Today, on Valentine's Day, let's celebrate love. Let us celebrate God who is Love personified, and worship Him for loving us. As God pours His love on us, let us love those around us. Let us allow God's love to flow through us.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Get a Look Ahead

We believe family is primary. That means parents and guardians are the primary nurturer's of children's faith. So instead of informing them what children learned, we want to inform them of what children will learn in church. This way, they can learn the same things at home that they learn in church. This creates an environment where the family and the church have similar conversations about God, the Bible, and Christian life. We're on the same page!

So we created Look Ahead posts on our Facebook page published every Monday morning. We also created a new Look Ahead Monthly Guide so parents and guardians have the entire lesson for the entire month. Download it below!

Look Ahead Monthly Guide for February 2017: http://bit.ly/lamgfeb2017

The link to the monthly guide will stop working when the month is over. If you want a past monthly guide, please contact us and we can send it to you!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Big God Story


From January through April, our Preschool, Middlers, and Juniors classes are learning The Big God Story! What is that exactly?

All the stories in the Bible are connected. They all point us to The Big God Story, a story all about God. It tells children that they are born because God wants them, that life is about knowing and loving Him, and that death is not at all the end of the story. It tells them that The Big God Story started long ago, has been lived by people for many centuries, is going somewhere exciting, has a place for each child, and is centered on Jesus.

Just like every person in the Bible is part of The Big God Story, we are part of it too and we have parts to play. God has a plan and a purpose for us. As we learn the different stories that make up The Big God Story, let us also learn our part and purpose.

The Big God Story did not end at the last book of the Bible. It continues on today as God's living Word!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Redeeming Easter: When Jesus, the Cross, Bunnies, and Eggs Work Together

In Kingdom Kids, we don't have an Easter Egg Hunt for one very simple reason: space. Rather, lack of it. We don't have a secure lawn or lot for our kids to run around in, so in the name of safety, our kids don't hunt for plastic eggs. Well, except for the Toddler class because they have the biggest room and eggs don't have to be "hidden."

There are arguments that egg hunts aren't very Christian anyway. What do bunnies, plastic eggs, and candies have to do with Jesus's death and resurrection? Well, nothing. But since Easter is about redemption and restoration, is it possible to redeem and restore those bunnies, eggs, and candies to reflect Jesus?

First, let's find out where they came from.


Bunnies, eggs, and candies are tied to many historical Easter traditions. Today, they don't seem to have anything to do with Jesus at all. Are our kids missing the point of Easter? It's up to us as a church and you as parents to work together and pass down to our children Easter traditions that remind us about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Working together is how we Think Orange!

So how can we Think Orange this Easter?

1. Talk about Jesus.
Talk about what Jesus did on the cross. Talk about what it means for Jesus to die, and what it means that He rose again. Sometimes we think that children won't understand, but children understand more than we think. They are ready to believe. They are ready to follow Jesus. Why do you think Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3)? It's because children's hearts are more open than adults' hearts. Children's hearts are fertile ground.

2. Talk about what your kids are learning in church.
Our March curriculum is called "Easter Egg" and we're using the idea of eggs to teach our children the Bible stories leading up to and including Jesus' death and resurrection. Use the Take Home Papers to learn more about what we're teaching so you can talk about it at home.

3. Point it all back to Jesus.
If your children ask about Easter bunnies, point them back to Jesus. You can tell them this (or put it in your own words and at the level your child could understand):

The Easter Bunny is a popular children's character. He hides candy-filled eggs for kids to find on Easter Sunday. Easter is really about Jesus. He has a gift for us too, but He doesn't hide it! Jesus' gift is eternal life and it's for everyone! Jesus died on the cross, but on Easter, He rose again. He is alive right now! And He wants to be our Savior. 

Can you imagine finding an empty Easter egg? What's the fun in that? When we don't have Jesus in our hearts and lives, we're like empty Easter eggs. When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we're like candy-filled eggs. We have love! We have joy! We have eternal life in Heaven! We also have ALL the promises God says in the Bible. Those are much better than candy because candy is gone once you eat it, but God's promises will never go away.

Do you want to ask Jesus into your heart and life?

4. Don't miss the opportunities to lead your child to Christ.
Easter is a great time to bring up the topic of salvation. You can lead your child to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ through a simple prayer. Ask them to repeat this prayer after you:

Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you into my heart and life as my Lord and Savior. I want to honor and serve You always. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

This Easter, let's use the bunnies, eggs, and candies to point our children back to Jesus. Let's create Easter traditions that remind us all about Jesus' death and resurrection, the true reason for Easter.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Safe, Secure, and Ready

Last January, Kingdom Kids leaders had a Child Abuse and Emergency Preparedness Training. We trained on our policies and procedures in cases of child abuse and emergencies (fire, earthquake, and active shooter).

We have an annual Child Abuse Training that is based on the California Mandated Reporter General Training and Clergy Training. You can access the training below:

General Training, Click here
Clergy Training, Click here

Not all of our Kingdom Kids leaders are mandated reporters, according to California law, but in accordance to our church policy and in an effort to keep all of our children safe, we do not ignore signs and suspicions of child abuse.

Our fire and earthquake procedures are similar to public schools' fire and earthquake procedures because most of our children are already familiar with those procedures. You probably know them, too! Duck and cover for earthquakes. Swift and organized evacuation for fires.

Our meeting place for all emergencies is behind the lion statue next to the parking lot unless that area is deemed unsafe or we are relocated by first responders (police, firefighters, EMTs) or our church pastors and leaders (Ms. Angela or the security team).

Nowadays, schools also have active shooter drills. We used the FBI's "Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship" and the video below to train for an Active Shooter situation.

Access the FBI Guide here

An Active Shooter situation is when one or more people are actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. Churches are not immune to active shooter situations, and we want to do what we can to be prepared for such an emergency.

Along with the FBI Guide, we used the following video in our training.



If an Active Shooter situation arises during Sunday services, we want to inform you that our Kingdom Kids policy is to HIDE (as shown on the video) if our children are in Sunday School. During Sunday School, we are confined to one room with only one way in and out. This is to our advantage. We have trained to barricade that door (as well as all doors), and have procedures on communication and evacuation.

If an Active Shooter situation arises during a ministry event where children are spread out (like during Family VBS), we have trained to respond with any of the three responses shown on the video: RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT. Giving more priority to Run and Hide.

Will you help in our efforts to keep our children safe? Follow these steps!

1. Register your child to Kingdom Kids. 
We keep a record of our families. If you are already registered, thank you! If you haven't registered, please see Ms. Angela or Ms. Lala. Registering your child or children will help us keep track of who's in our care. Visitors do not need to register.

2. Check your child in and out of Sunday School. 
Please be sure to check-in your child or children in Sunday School. In an emergency, we will use these clipboards to make sure we know which children are in our care. If your child is not signed-in, it will be hard to sort out the confusion during emergencies.

3. Watch the Active Shooter video above.
Since we are a Family Ministry, our parents and guardians are invited to participate in our ministry events. In case of an Active Shooter situation, it would help save lives the most if parents and guardians are also aware on how to RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT. We can work together in keeping each other safe!

Moving forward, we are working on getting Infant and Child First Aid and CPR certifications for our leaders. If you have any questions regarding our policies and procedures, please don't hesitate to ask. We love your family and want to keep your children safe!