PLEASE NOTE: All face-to-face meetings for Naz KidzMinistry are currently canceled due to Covid-19 precautions. For the latest updates, please go to https://naz.org/coronavirus/.
At Nazareth, we understand that faith takes root during the childhood years. That’s why we work hard to create “good soil” for the children in our church, giving them a Bible-based, fun and nurturing environment where they can learn about God and grow in their faith in Jesus.
CONTACT THE CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TEAM
Kim Albertsen, Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nolan Baskins, Assistant Director – email@example.com
Meg Husted, Family Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org
For any volunteer questions, contact: email@example.com.
“BUILDING FAITH AT HOME” RESOURCES
RIGHTNOW MEDIA: Sign up for a free account to gain access to thousands of videos and faith-building studies for kids (and parents, too).
THE PARENT CUE APP: Download the FREE Parent Cue App – which cues parents to have simple and meaningful faith-moments with their kids that fit seamlessly into the daily rhythm of your life.
NAZ @ HOME CHILDREN’S SERMONS: Find family resources and ideas for applying the Naz Children’s Sermons from Sunday Online Worship Services. After watching the Children’s Sermon, use the activities below to take the conversation home!
Leading Beyond Our Walls (Sunday, June 7):
Memory Verse: …And behold, I [Jesus] am with you always, to the end of the age…” (Matthew 28:20)
Bike Ride: Join the Nazareth Bike Ride to the Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity House that the Naz Builders have been working on. Meet with your bicycle at Nazareth’s Door #1 on Saturday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. or on Sunday, June 14, at 12:30 p.m. Please wear a helmet, apply sunscreen, and take along a bottle of water for the journey. We will use the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail to get to the home at 314 Clay Street in Waterloo – a ride of approximately 45 minutes – and the Cedar Prairie Trail to return to Nazareth – a ride of approximately 40 minutes. In case of rain, the OPEN HOUSE at 314 Clay Street will still be OPEN on both days at those times, so please stop by for a tour of the home no matter the weather.
Domino Activity: Watch this video, try to do your own version at home, and use it as a starting spot to talk with your children about how important it is for us to “go” and share the Good News of Jesus with others.
Pentecost Sunday (Sunday, May 31):
Memory Verse: …Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”…(John 20:22)
Lego Balloon Car Video – Take a look at this video for instructions on creating a Lego balloon car.
“D is for Disciple” Coloring Page – Talk with your child about how – with the help of the Holy Spirit – we can be Disciples for Jesus by telling others about who He is and inviting them to be their Savior, too! Use this coloring page to help! No printer? No problem. Have your kids draw and color their own picture!
GO and Make Disciples Videos – Record your kids racing their Lego balloon cars and shouting “Go and make disciples! Jesus is ALWAYS with us!” and share the video to social media or send it to family/friends.
On Guard (Sunday, May 24):
Memory Verse: Fan into flame the gift of God. (2 Timothy 1:6)
Family Handprint Project: Watch this video and take time in your family’s schedule this week to create a Family Handprint Art Project. Add to the bottom of the page your family’s favorite Bible verse. Take a photo of your project and share it with family and friends and/or email it to us at Naz – firstname.lastname@example.org – so we can share it and inspire other families!
Writing Cards Activity: While you have the craft supplies out, make some cards or letters for a graduate you know, for a neighbor or friend who might be missing something this Memorial Day, or for a church family member who may be needing some encouragement. Add to those notes Joshua 1:9 as a reminder of the promise that God is always with us. Send those cards and letters this week!
License or Liberty (Sunday, May 17):
Memory Verse: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. (Galatians 5:1a)
Fruit of the Spirit Video: Sing along with your child to this video about the Fruit of the Spirit – it’s a song with quite a catchy tune! Talk about how we are free to live in any way we like, but it is a great thing to live with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Game Activity: Play your favorite game together as a family. Win or lose, encourage your child to live out the Fruit of the Spirit.
Abiding Places (Sunday, May 10):
Memory Verse: Let not your hearts be troubled. (John 14:1a)
Plant Video: Take a look at this short video showing how a kidney bean grows into a plant and talk about how God has created all of nature to do amazing things like this. Also, talk about how God has created us to have our “roots” in Him.
Flower Coloring Page – Talk with your child about how God has created him or her as a special person – one of a kind – who can find joy in Jesus. Show them some of the flower coloring sheets on this page and have them select their favorite one to color. No printer? No problem. Have your kids draw and color their own picture of a flower.
Video/Activity – Plant a seed, bean (use a dried bean), or flower this week with your child this week. Take a picture or video of your child checking on their little plant each day. Share the video/photos on social media and/or with family and friends.
Jesus Is The Good Shepherd (Sunday, May 3):
Memory Verse: …The Lord is My Shepherd… (Psalm 23:1a)
Sheep Video – Take a look at this short video showing some funny little lambs to get the conversation started about what makes a good shepherd.
“Good Shepherd” Coloring Page – Talk with your child about how Jesus knows them, takes care of them, and loves them because He is their Good Shepherd, and have them color this page. No printer? No problem. Have your kids draw and color their own picture!
Little Lamb Videos – Record your kids pretending to be little lambs and shouting out “Jesus is my Good Shepherd!” Share the video to social media or send it to family/friends.
Overflowing with the Love of Jesus (Sunday, April 26):
Memory Verse: We love because Jesus first loved us. (1 John 4:19)
Jesus Loves Me Video – Help your kids learn “Jesus Loves Me” by sharing this video with them!
Jesus Loves You Coloring Pages – Talk with your kids about how Jesus loves them and how they can overflow with His love to others. Ask your kids to decorate one of these coloring pages and send it to someone. No printer? No problem. Have your kids draw their own!
Overflowing With Love Activity: Want to try the “overflowing with the love of Jesus” baking soda/vinegar activity? Take a look at this video for a quick guide! (Note: you can add a little water to the baking soda if you like.)
Jesus Loves Me Videos – Record your kids singing “Jesus Loves Me” and share the video to social media or send it to family/friends.
At Naz, we’d love to see your your photos and videos so that we can share them to inspire other families! Please email them (along with your child’s first name and their age) to email@example.com.
KidzRock is held from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
KidzRock began on Sunday, September 8, but we always take new registrations!
KidzRock is a highly engaging, age-appropriate, Bible-based, faith-building time for kids ages 3 (3-year-olds MUST TURN 3 BY September 15, 2019) to 6th grade from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings (drop off starts at 9:20 a.m.). During this time, kids and volunteers worship together and learn about an important Bible truth through storytelling, video, teaching and/or drama presentations. Following the teaching, kids break into small groups for kid-relevant relationship building, discussion and activities with their leaders.
The following Sundays KidzRock doesn’t meet: December 1st, December 22nd, December 29th, March 15th, March 22nd, and April 19th.
The Nazareth Nursery is open during all Sunday morning worship services and welcomes infants and toddlers up through the age of 3.
A room is provided for nursing mothers every Sunday morning. A closed-circuit television allows you to view the worship service. Please stop at the Information Desk on Sunday morning and ask for more information.
Checking In on Sunday Mornings
If you are a first time guest and would like your children to join us, please check in at the information desk near the Family Life Center through Door #6. Our team will help you register your children and will guide you to their classrooms.
If Cedar Falls Schools gets out early or is canceled on a Wednesday due to weather, that automatically cancels Wednesday night student programming.
WOW (K-4th Graders): 6:00-7:15 p.m.
In WOW (Worship on Wednesday), kids learn about Bible stories in an interactive and engaging way. They also have time to connect in small groups while doing activities and playing games that will help them to apply the Bible lesson for the night. “Pajama nights” are held throughout the year for even more fun!
JUMP56 (5th and 6th Graders): 6:00-7:15 p.m.
In Jump 56 (Jesus Use Me Please), kids learn what it means to serve by parpticipating in a variety of projects, including packing kits for Lutheran World Relief; playing BINGO with residents at NewAldaya Lifescapes (formerly the Lutheran Home); making cards for soldiers, missionaries, or church members; and picking up trash on the church grounds. A devotion is presented weekly. Theme nights take place on occasion, and students enjoy playing games such as Fear Factor or a special version of Minute to Win It based on Bible stories.
WOW and JUMP56 runs from September 11th through November 20th and then January 22nd through April 29th. There is no WOW or JUMP56 on Ash Wednesday (February 26) or Spring Break Week (March 18). If Cedar Falls Schools gets out early or is canceled on a Wednesday due to weather, that automatically cancels Wednesday night student programming.
Wednesday Family Meals
Family meals are served each Wednesday night from 5:00-5:45pm prior to KidzWOW and JUMP56. Cost per person is $4 and families of 4 or more are $15. All are welcome to enjoy these tasty meals!
Parents, you are the spiritual leaders of your families, and we want to help equip you for that eternally important task!
We invite you to join us for a parent-focused opportunity here at NAZ called POWW (Parents on Wednesday Worship). This community group meets from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesdays (during WOW and JUMP56), beginning on September 11 in Room 301. Childcare is available.
This year’s study will be Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles that Can Radically Change Your Family (by Paul Tripp).
There is a private facebook group where members can answer/discuss questions and participate in the study even if you are unable to attend the Wednesday meetings:
Click HERE to visit the page!
Please email Meg at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions! We can’t wait to see you soon!
At the beginning of each summer, NAZ offers a high-energy, fun-filled week of VBS. Kids are encouraged to invite their friends and neighbors to experience a week of awesome activities and learning about Jesus. All week long, kids and volunteers will worship together, watch Bible stories be performed, work on a service project, build cool crafts, and participate in great games. You don’t want to miss it!