Kids Ministry Monthly : December

KIDS MINISTRY CHECK-IN PROCESS

Parents. Both new and seasoned, I’d love to fill you in on our check-in process. As you arrive on a Sunday morning, peek across the gym towards the brightly lit, “Mosaic Kids” table.

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We use planning center for check-ins. PCO Check ins print each child’s name with medical notes and a security code that corresponds to the label a parent receives. These labels are used for check-outs at the end of church as well. This ensures children only leave with their parents or guardians.

On your first Sunday, we have a card we’d love to have you fill out to be sure we have the right contact information as well as any allergies or any other pertinent information. Afterwards, it’s a joy to give you a quick tour of the kids rooms so you and your children can know what to expect.

During the service, if we need to get a hold of you for any reason, we will text you! These times are quite rare, but be assured that we won’t avoid getting in touch with you if it seems to be what is best for your kids. Though what happens in Mosaic Kids on Sunday mornings is intentional and valuable, we know that God has trusted you to be the main one that ministers to your kids. You know their hearts and the processes they are in far better than we will. Because of this, we really do think it is a win to involve you whenever it’s best.

THIS MONTH IN THE ROOTS:

Dec 6  |  Remember & Celebrate  |  Celebrating God as Redeemer

Dec 13  |  God is a Promise Keeper  |  Luke 1:26–38, 46–55

Dec 20  |  Jesus is the Promise  |  Luke 2:8–20

Dec 27  |  God is Our King  |  1 Samuel 10:17–25

MEMORY VERSE:

“LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.”

Isaiah 25:1

Check out the December Homefront too!

Hope House Update | The Little Things

Six months ago we opened the Hope House, an aftercare home for women who have experienced human trafficking. This was an impossible dream and we had no idea what to expect at the beginning. By the end of our first day we had already been barraged by life lessons—follow your own rules, communicate expectations clearly and repeatedly, how to break into a car when you lock your keys in there with it running…the list goes on.

The ensuing weeks have only brought more lessons, one being the grand importance of “the little things”. Our women come to us from very different places—their stories are unique and in many ways unimaginable. They come from living in motels to hiding behind locked doors and drawn curtains. They come from a lifestyle of constantly being in survival mode, never stopping to notice things many people take for granted, because those things are not immediately relevant to their survival.

They know what it is to have nothing, to stand outside all night in the rain because there’s nowhere to go. They know loss. They are well-versed in suffering. They have experienced the deepest indignities, and the cruelest side of humanity.

When you are in that place, it is a luxury to notice the little things, a privilege you are often not safe enough to experience. As staff it has been such a beautiful gift to be able to see our women emerge from survival mode as they gain some stability and start noticing the little things. It is like they are seeing some things for the first time—the squirrels playing on the telephone poles, the stars, and the flowers.

They are reconnecting with parts of themselves that have been in hiding for a long time out of necessity.

One of the most eye-opening realizations for me came one day when we were talking about putting up curtains in the kitchen. They made it clear they didn’t want curtains in the kitchen and that they wanted the curtains we do have to stay open. Closed curtains remind them of hiding and they are thankful to now live in a place where they feel safe enough to keep the curtains open, even if it means everyone walking past can see right in the window.

Curtains being open or shut might seem insignificant, but in that moment, for them open curtains represented finally being able to breathe, to feel safe, and to live without fear. It’s the little things that matter.

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We are learning to recognize small victories and celebrate even the tiniest of successes, because each one, no matter how little, represents a step forward in a new direction and the ability to dream into the future with hope.  All these little things from learning to bake cookies, to receiving a compliment, to choosing fruit over candy, or walking to the park for fun—are a part of what it means to experience some semblance of normalcy in a world that can be so harsh and unsettling.

Our women are such beautiful examples of resilience, strength, and faith and the more time we spend with them, the more we each appreciate the tiny moments that make life so precious.  

So remember the importance of the small, “insignificant,” things in life. Let the phrase “stop and smell the roses” take on new meaning for your own life, because it truly is a gift to experience fully those little things we all so often take for granted. Life is so beautiful–even in the pain and trials there is always a little reminder that there is a God who loves you and you’re going to be okay. You just have to look for it.

Written by Alyssa Everitt, Hope House Program Director

Serve Sunday In Pictures

This past Sunday, we drove to Foster High School in Tukwila and threw a HUGE PARTY where 500 food bags were given away to feed families for a week! Wanting to serve and build relationships with our neighbors in Tukwila, one of the most diverse zip codes in the country, warm food, games, and dancing broke down language barriers and brought joyful laughter.

We arrived early to overcast skies and chilly temperatures, but our set-up crew couldn’t have seemed more upbeat and optimistic. With smiles, hugs, and a lot of hard work, Foster High School’s softball field was quickly transformed from a grassy lawn to a fair-like atmosphere ready to bless anyone who walked on its turf.  Even the children whose parents were setting up were put to use walking prayer laps around the field praying for the Holy Spirit to work in unimagined ways.

Large tents, seven bouncy houses, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, a mouthwatering selection of Chinese, Vietnamese and Mexican food, and great music spun by DJ Flow (a Foster High School graduate) made for an atmosphere that was ready to party rain or shine…and rain it did. The softball field got a great watering as did all of us. We huddled closely under the refuge of the tents, kids snuggled next to other children they’d never met before, laughs were shared between people that didn’t speak a word of the same language, and coats were shared between those who had and those who had not.

It was a true picture of the diversity and breadth of God’s kingdom, a true mosaic.

Free Food Bags

Sharing testimonies reminds us of the goodness and faithfulness of God, below are a few testimonies from Serve Sunday.

“I watched as a sweet 7-or-so year old boy bent as far to the side as possible as he tried to hold the food bag which was on his other shoulder off the ground so as not to get it wet. It must have been at least half his weight and height.  He was just one of many who I saw walk off by themselves to bless their family with a bag of food that would feed them for a week. “

“I saw a woman with two children walking in by themselves and went up to greet them. When I pointed her to the hot food, she literally took off running towards it.  They didn’t have coats or closed-toed shoes but I believe God warmed their souls that day with warm food and His sufficient love.”

“As I was standing by the jump houses, feeling miserably cold, I was amazed at the way the children excitedly stripped off their shoes and socks to climb into the jump houses, which were basically flooded. They would emerge as if from a bath with smiles on their faces and hearts full of joy. They found happiness and the ability to play despite the circumstances and were able to set aside how cold and wet they were to join in community. Rain couldn’t bring them down.”

“The kids faces. It was priceless. So many of those kids (toddler to teenagers) let their guards down. They would walk up with a wall and leave with smiles and a cotton candy. It was a place where they could be kids and were all the other worries could be washed away as they filled up on food and just had fun. The dancing, soccer games, and food lines were places where you glimpsed into the eyes of who God made these people to be, before the world had handed them rougher lots. I really feel like this event was a spark to so many who came.”

This came from a non-profit refugee organization: “I would like to express my thanks to you and your church for an outstanding event providing fun, food, and love for the community. Your community is something we should all strive to work for. So wonderful seeing the smiling faces of the refugees and immigrants gather together.”

These stories are why we decided to do this. We are commissioned to be the hands and feet of Jesus and, as a church, we want to unify around a mission of serving others. Tukwila is a beautiful community made up of incredibly diverse hard working people and God laid it on our hearts to serve this community. As a church, we discuss God’s calling of going to the nations to share the love of Jesus and felt Jesus calling us to Tukwila, an area where the nations have come to the Seattle area.  

As we move forward as a church, I hope we can take away the strength and power found in rallying around a designated mission as a church. We have such an incredible congregation, many of whom are close friends with each other, and when we focus those relationships on the greater calling God has for us, nothing can stop us, not even chilly rain.

And the rain didn’t win. For about an hour, the rain ceased and the dance floor was quickly saturated with dancers of every age, race and dancing ability celebrating the generosity of God. As I looked at this beautiful scene, I couldn’t help but feel that I was getting a glimpse of the Kingdom of God here on earth, on Foster High School’s softball field.

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By Jennifer Larson

Kids Ministry Monthly: November Updates & Resources

A DAY IN KIDS MINISTRY

You faithfully bring your kids to Discovery Forest, but do you ever wonder what happens between kid’s release and the end of the service? I’d love to give you a glimpse!

In the Nest, the little ones play and rest while we pray for and enjoy them. It’s such a sweet time in their lives. In the Message, Psalm 8 says that “infants gurgle praises about [God].” I love remembering that no child is too small to praise God! While this time for our littlest ones is largely unstructured, we are intentional, believing that creating a safe space for them to be loved by God is worth it.

In the Roots, we have a different Ponder Point each week that points out something about God that we see from one part of the Big God Story. Our activities, games, remember verse and worship are all centered around that week’s Ponder Point. Our hope is that as we explore the Big God Story each week, kids will remember something about who God is and know that they too, are a part of the story God is writing.

THIS MONTH IN THE ROOTS

Nov 1  |  Serve Sunday

Nov 8  |  God is Provider  |  Exodus 16; Numbers 11:7-9; Psalms 78:23-24

Nov 15  |  God is the Famous One  |  Joshua 2; 5:13-6:27

Nov 22  |  God Blesses  |  Ruth 1-4

Nov 29  |  God is With Us  |  1 Samuel 3

MEMORY VERSES

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is His name.” Luke 1:49

“For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” Psalm 52:9

FAMILY ACTIVITIES THIS MONTH

Kids Morning Out – Free kids care every at our office every Tuesday morning 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Parents Night Out – November 7th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Sign up here.

Family Lifegroup –Visit our Lifegroup Page for more information.

Imagine Children’s Museum – Visit a new spot to play and explore at the Imagine Children’s Museum.

Hands On Children’s Museum – Head south to Olympia to check out the Hands On Children’s Museum.

Zip Line – Hit the zip line and then try to find a leaf the size of your face at Lincoln Park in West Seattle.

Free Play Space – Checkout Ballard Church’s free play space for a few hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Pottery Painting – Paint your own pottery with your kiddos at Paint the Town & Dancing Brush Studios 

Swimming Isn’t Over – Still in the mood for swimming? Visit the Snohomish Aquatic Center! The water is kept nice and warm and they have everything from a surf-machine to a lazy river!

By Sadie, Childrens Ministry Director

Mosaic Discipleship Schools

Sunday school, church camp, youth group, small groups, private Christian schools and Christian college…you name it and I’ve done it.

All of these things formed the beginnings of my faith in Jesus, but the six months I dedicated to worshipping and growing in God through Mosaic Discipleship School impacted my life for decades to come. Before the school began, I heard God promise me that the lessons in MDS would put values in me that I would build the rest of my life on. 

The school began, and on the first day, someone share the exact same word with me. God couldn’t have been more accurate! Here I am a year later, still living out the lessons I learned during my time in the discipleship school. When life gets crazy or when hard decisions are to be made…it’s not what I learned studying Theology in college, or all the Bible classes I took as a kid but rather what I learned and experienced during my time in MDS that I fall back on.

My time in MDS impacted my life by bringing deep intimacy to my relationship with Jesus and sowing in me values of the Kingdom that I now carry in everyday life.

Are you considering doing MDS? Go for it! When else will you get the opportunity to worship God, be taught by pastors and teachers from around the world, and live in close community with fellow believers?

Mosaic Discipleship School offers a six month day school that meets Monday through Friday and a year long night school which meets once a week.

You can learn more about Mosaic Discipleship School or find an application here.

The deadlines to apply for MDS are coming up! If you are considering these schools, apply now!

If you have any questions, please email Garrett, the MDS Director.

Made For It

Enk and Nandia are 19 year old Mongolians. Their parents have great jobs, they live in a bustling city and have optimistic futures. We met them one afternoon in a busy shopping center, there was loud street work happening in the background and dozens of people walking by, but this moment changed the trajectory of their lives forever.

Mongolian culture is extremely open and friendly, what started as a random conversation on the street two days later turned into two hour follow up conversation about faith, God, and the purpose of life. I’m sitting across the table from two guys who fifteen minutes before had told me they didn’t believe in God and simply went through Buddhist traditions because that’s what their parents did, but after hearing the full Gospel, they both confidently and securely said they wanted it. A simple presentation about creation, fall, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection completely changed their minds.

In fact, they were so enthralled they wanted to tell their friends too. The concept of grace was brand new for them. Never before had they been presented with a worldview that allowed for the forgiveness of their shortcomings, and they were in. Quickly, they learned how to share the story themselves and they committed each to telling one friend before we met next.

After hearing the full Gospel, they both confidently and securely said they wanted it. A simple presentation about creation, fall, Jesus’ life, death and resurrection completely changed their minds.

Two days later, we met up again. Enk and Nandia were excited. They were full of questions and had told two people each. At our next meeting we read the story of the prodigal son. The Father’s reaction of mercy and unconditional love didn’t match the paradigm they were accustomed to. I then asked them if they wanted a restored relationship with their perfect Heavenly Father. They both said, “yes!” and prayed to received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I would pray one sentence and they would repeat in their own words from their hearts. The last line of Enk’s prayer was this: “Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, that was the most generous thing anyone has ever done.”

I sat there astonished. Just four days before Enk and Nandia didn’t believe in God, or so they said. They were educated, spoke great English, had great style and lots of friends but we’re starving for the truth and now they had it and would never be the same.

“Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross, that was the most generous thing anyone has ever done.”

We spent three weeks in Mongolia spreading the love of Jesus and serving the local church. Twelve folks from Mosaic College Ministry, walking around Ulanbaatarr looking for conversations. We left having met 7 people like Enk and Nandia. People that were starving to know the truth. No one had ever told them. No one had ever opened the Bible and shown them the story of Jesus’ love and grace. It didn’t take them convincing, we didn’t argue them into conversation. It just made sense because they were made for it. We were able to pass these new friends off to people from the church that will continue investing in them as they take steps with God.

All over the world and all over our city there are people starving for the truth. God made them for relationship with a perfect Heavenly Father but many of them have just never heard the truth. Short term missions trips are an incredible chance to tell people what they were made to know. But you don’t have to travel halfway across the world. Right next to you at work on the bus, there are people that need to be reminded that they are made for relationship with a loving God of grace and forgiveness. Often times no one has ever told them.

No one had ever opened the Bible and shown them the story of Jesus’ love and grace. It didn’t take them convincing, we didn’t argue them into conversation. It just made sense because they were made for it.

Who in your life could you tell this week that they’re loved by God?

By Will Aufhammer, College Ministry Director

Summer BBQs

“Why are you guys doing this?”

“We love our city and want to bless the people who live here with a free meal!”


Each month this summer, we hosted a free BBQ at Gasworks Park. In an effort to simply love our city, we gave away free food, played fun games, and met new friends each month. These parties were a blast and we are excited to continue loving our city in the months ahead.

Whether people need a meal, want to meet new friends, or are looking for a fun place for their kids to play, we wanted to provide a fun and free space for people to come together, share a meal, and meet some people.

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Did you come to a summer BBQ? Do you have a fun story to share or something you enjoyed? We’d love to hear in the comments!