Gateway LIVE: 7 Easy Ways Parents Can Teach Their Kids About Jesus

We want parents to be equipped to teach their children about the Bible.

We know that can be intimidating, so we want to give you easy resources you can really use.  Check out the discussion here:

Resources from today’s Video:

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2:35 One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters

helps families start where they are already gathered together on a daily basis―around the dinner table. As the meal comes to a close, family members can take turns turning to the dinner-table devotion for that day, designed to be done together as a family in 10 to 15 minutes. The result is a meaningful daily discussion in which every family member can participate, drawing the whole family closer to God . . . and each other.

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14:03 101 Bible Verses to memorize with your Kids.

Thanks to Lisa, for this resource. Lisa is our Admin Assistant at the Munford campus. She has this on her Pinterest board that is full of resources to teach her granddaughter (pre-school age) about Jesus. You can check out her board here. 

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15:35 Bible Maps.com

This is a great resource for maps and timelines. It’s great to help kids (and adults!) visualize their study of the Bible. They also have an app (iOS & Android).

CD_2for1_Product_Shot_Trust 16:55 Seeds Family Worship

These songs and videos are word-for-word scripture that will help your family learn and memorize God’s Word. We’ll be using this music at Gateway Kids Camp in Summer 2018!

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There’s a great article by Christina Fox over at TGC called “5 Reasons to Read Missionary Biographies to Your Children”. Check out her article and suggestions of missionaries to start reading about with your kids.

20:05 Ten Questions

Tom Ellif, Tom Elliff, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention has published several resources for family. Among “10 Questions to Ask Your Wife Every Year” and “10 Questions to Ask Your Husband Every Year”. These are GREAT resources from Family Life. You can download 10 Questions parents should ask their children every year. As Jeff explains in the video, parents ask these questions and allow their children to answer without comment. So that removes arguing and for the need for defensiveness!

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21:44 The Talk

If we want our children to know the truth about healthy sexuality, we need to create a comfortable climate of continual conversations. This book will show you how to move beyond the initial awkwardness of this subject into an ongoing communication with your kids about God’s amazing gift of sex. He equips you with what you need to talk openly about dating, temptation, porn, and purity, and you will find answers to tough questions and relevant Scripture on sexual issues.

We want to hear from you! What resources are you using that works?

 

What Is God’s Will for My Life?

This week was a special time at Gateway. At both the Atoka and the Munford Campuses, we took time to recognize our High School Seniors who will be graduating this month. This is usually a time when students really question what God’s Will is for their lives. Today, Steve answers that question.


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast. 


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Stay in Him.

There comes a point and time in all our lives that we need to evaluate ourselves. Honestly we should do this on a regular basis. We can become so busy doing good things that we often forget the best thing, that we should stay focused on our relationship with Jesus. It’s out of this connection that everything else should flow. Our family, our friends, our job, our fellow church goers, none of these truly have eternal impact unless they are rooted in the true vine!


This weeks message from Drew Waits is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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Free Family Fun – Spring 2018

Raising a family is expensive! I’ve gathered a list of free or low cost FUN things to do together. These activities are in (or near) Tipton County.  Where possible, I included a link to the organization that is hosting for more information.

Help me keep this list up to date! If you know of a free (or cheap) fun activity for families, drop the details and a link in the comments.


COMING UP AT GATEWAY

PARENTS NIGHT OUT 

  • WHEN: Friday April 13 6-9:30
  • WHERE: Atoka Campus: 1915 Rosemark Road, Atoka
  • COST: *FREE* Donations accepted to benefit students going to camp
  • PLAN IT: Register on-line
  • MORE DETAILS: Enjoy a date night (or night in!) while the kids have a blast at Gateway. It’s more than just baby sitting. They’ll have snacks, games, bounce houses, crafts, and more! Ages 6 weeks – 12 years welcome. This is open to the community.

UNPLUGGED FAMILY CAMPING TRIP 

  • WHEN: Friday & Saturday April 20-21
  • WHERE: Ft. Pillow State Park
  • COST: $10 per family Includes the camp site for tent or RV, all food included!
  • PLAN IT: You must register to reserve your campsite.
  • MORE DETAILS: Unplug from the fast pace of life during a weekend of camping. You don’t have to be a Gateway member to enjoy this group camping trip.

BLOCK PARTY

  • WHEN: Friday April 27, 7-10pm
  • WHERE: 78 Walnut Cove, Millington TN 38053
  • COST: *FREE* Donations accepted to benefit the Colorado Missions Team
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS: There’s lots of activities planned. The Knight family is opening the homestead again for a ever popular Scavenger Hunt, there will be a giant movie screen with a family friendly film, fire-pits, hot dogs, snacks, and sodas. Even if you aren’t a Gateway member, this event is SO fun and you are welcome to attend.

PARENTS NIGHT OUT 

  • WHEN: Friday May 19 6-9:30
  • WHERE: Munford Campus: 145 Joe Joyner, Munford
  • COST: *FREE* Donations accepted to benefit the Colorado Missions Team
  • PLAN IT: Register on-line
  • MORE DETAILS: Enjoy a date night (or night in!) while the kids have a blast at Gateway. It’s more than just baby sitting. They’ll have snacks, games, bounce houses, crafts, and more! Ages 6 weeks – 12 years welcome. This is open to the community.

KIDS CLUBS

  • WHEN: June & July
  • WHERE: In parks all around Tipton County
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Locations & Dates released soon!
  • MORE DETAILS: These 5-day clubs are like a mini-camp for kids. Activities include: music, story time, games, snacks, and crafts.

TOWN OF ATOKA, PARKS & REC

I talked to my friend, Cassi Yates, the Program Coordinator for Atoka Parks & Rec and she gave me tons of great things for families. Check it out:

PARKS are always free!

  • Greenway Trail
    • Phase 1 is open! It runs through Walker Park, then parallel to Walker Parkway down to the fire station.
  • Walker Park
    • Pavilion, picnic tables, playground, walking track, soccer fields, restrooms, Splash Pad open Memorial Day – Labor Day, concessions, restrooms,
  • Nancy Lane Park
    • Nature Trail and 18 hole frisbee golf course, fantastic playground, picnic table, caboose, softball fields, concessions, restrooms
  • Pioneer Park
    • lighted walking track, fishing pond, playground, picnic tables
  • Adkison Park
    • lighted walking track, playground, picnic tables

You can host a birthday party at Nancy Lane Park or Walker Park – or the new fire station for a very reasonable fee! Visit their website for details. 

EVENTS, PROGRAMS, AND OTHER FUN STUFF

SUMMER MOVIE SERIES

  • WHEN: June & July
  • WHERE: Walker Park
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS: Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and some friends or neighbors for a great evening under the stars !

ROCK THE BLOCK

  • WHEN: August 4
  • WHERE: Walker Park
  • COST: FREE
  • MORE DETAILS: This partnership event hosted by Gateway Baptist Church and the Town of Atoka is a summer tradition in Atoka. Thousands of people attend for free food, activities, games, fireworks, music, and more!

OTHER FREE EVENTS

  • Atoka BBQ Fest – April 6-7 2018 at Nancy Lane Park
  • Safe Night Out – October 31, 2018 at 5:30pm at Nancy Lane Park
  • Christmas Tree Lighting – Tuesday November 27, 2018 at 7:00pm in Adkison Park
  • Santa’s Ride – Santa rides through the town on a Fire Truck. Welcome to Small Town, USA!
  • For details about Atoka Events, click here.

Not free, but worth mentioning:

The Town of Atoka also hosts tons of sports and recreational programs including soccer, softball, kickball and flag football, art classes, cooking classes, and camps. For details click here. 


CITY OF MUNFORD PARK & REC

My friend, Cori Yarbrough, the Programs and Facilities Coordinator with Munford Parks and Rec, is SO excited about some new amenities coming to some of our area Parks. Check it out:

PARKS ARE ALWAYS FREE

  • CENTENNIAL PARK
    • baseball fields, playground, picnic tables, walking track, concessions, restrooms
  • CITY PARK
    • gazebo & playground
  • POPLAR PARK
    • playground, skate board park, tons of open space
  • HOPE PARK
    • walking trail & exercise equipment
  • VALENTINE PARK
    • pavilion (can be reserved for free!), 2 playgrounds, nature trail & disc golf course, soccer fields, restrooms, NEW – dog park under construction, NEW exercise equipment to be installed in 2018!

Cori mentioned there will be a FREE Summer event in 2018. Details coming soon on their FaceBook page.

Not free, but worth mentioning: 

  • The Munford Skating Rink is open every Friday night from 6pm-9pm. Skating is only $7/person and includes skate rental fee. When school is out (spring/summer/fall break), it’s $5 1pm-3pm during the week.
  • They also hosts a HUGE selection of summer camps: tennis, cheer/tumbling, hunter safety, arts and crafts, British soccer, DSLR photography, flag football, dance, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball. The schedule isn’t yet finalized. I expect to see it sometime in late April or May.
  • Munford plus the usual sports and recreation programs. These aren’t free or cheap, BUT they do offer payment plans!

Cori says the best way to stay updated is on their FaceBook page.


COVINGTON PARKS & REC

I spoke very briefly with Austin Black, a Fitness Leader at the SportsPlex. I hope to hear back from someone else with more info soon.

PARKS ARE ALWAYS FREE

  • PARKS:
    • Shelton Park – gazebo & fountain
    • Park on the Square – relaxing place for downtown visitors
    • Patriot Park – airplane: skyhook attack bomber
    • Cobb Parr Memorial Park – AKA Castle Park, playground, pavilion, walking trail, picnic area, Covington BBQ fest
    • Frazier Park – 1/2 mile fitness trail, 3 playground areas, 2 lighted outdoor basketball courts, 2 picnic pavilions, In June there’s the Frazier Fun Fest and In July there’s the Frazier Alumni Association 4th of July Family Picnic
    • Museum/Nature Trail – free admission, tons of events, classes, May festival on May 5

EVENTS

  • Home Run Derby – April 7, 1pm at Mueller Brass Fields For boys and girls 12U and 14U. More info here.

Not free, but worth mentioning: 


DIY with Kids

  • WHEN: 1st Saturday of each month
  • WHERE: Home Depot in Covington
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Register online
  • MORE DETAILS: Build something with your kids! They get to keep their craft. Plus other bonuses. On May 5: “Windmill Planter”
  • BONUS: Ladies, there’s a “Do-It-Herself” on the 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:30. Use power tools (under supervision!) and make and take a craft. On April 19: “Modern Wall Planter”

TIPTON COUNTY LIBRARY 

I talked with Sharon Timbs, Assistant Director, and she has SO MANY programs! ALL FREE!  The Library is a WONDERFUL place.  60+ this summer alone!! I’m going to list some of the programs below. Check out their website or their FaceBook page for information.

  • STORY TIME every Thursday 10am
  • LEGO CLUB  
  • Movies clubs
  • Book clubs
  • MAKE IT AT YOUR LIBRARY -STEM crafts and projects,
  • Family Story Time
  • Story Walk at Tipton County Museum (May, June, July)
  • Summer Reading Challenge in June & July

 


Tipton County Master Gardners

My darling friend Carrie Hamm is a Gateway Member and a  Master Gardner. (I’m so proud of her for earning that title!!). She told me about some of the things around the community. Check it out:

Arboretum

  • WHEN: Daily
  • WHERE: Drummonds Park
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS:  Tree Mapping at Drummonds Park. Which is a wonderful park! There’s an amphitheater, playground, and there are 30+ trees labeled. 901 rocks there!!

Pollinator Bed

  • WHEN: Coming Soon!
  • WHERE: Tipton County Museum & Park
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS:  Park entrance is free. During the blooming months this is a beautiful place to visit. The Master Gardners also host a guided tour of these beds. Watch their FaceBook page for details about the events.

Not free, but worth mentioning:

Plant Camp

    • WHEN: TBA
    • WHERE: University of Tennessee Tipton County Extension Office
    • COST: $40
    • PLAN IT: Call (901) 476-0231
    • MORE DETAILS:  plant STEM skills and fun, seed planting, landscaping, vermiculture, and trees

More Details about the Master Gardners here.


URBAN AIR

Thanks to Jeff Gautney, Gateway’s Missions & Family Pastor for this tip!

  • WHEN: Thursday evenings
  • WHERE: Urban Air, Cordova
  • COST: $35 – family of 5
  • PLAN IT: Call 901-334-9993
  • MORE DETAILS:  Jeff’s family of 5 jumped for 1 hour (which was plenty) plus enjoyed a pizza and water. Usual price for them was $60 for everyone to jump 1 hour, no food included. So while it’s not free, it IS a deal!

TIGER HUNT

This is something my family really enjoyed doing!

  • WHEN: Anytime (go when the weather is gorgeous!)
  • WHERE: Memphis and surrounding areas
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Use this map to plan your route.
  • MORE DETAILS:  Make memories and hunt 100 tiger statues all over Memphis. All you need is a great playlist and a map of the locations. Enjoy showing your kids the town. Stop and inspect the incredible art on the Tiger statues & get photos of your kids. (Tag me so I can see!)

PINK PALACE

  • WHEN: Summer
  • WHERE: Pink Palace Museum
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: You must pre-register for a trial membership
  • MORE DETAILS: As of the writing of this post, the website still has information on the “Trial Membership” for 2017,

BOWLING

Thanks to Stephanie Bishop for this awesome tip! Visit KidsBowlFree.com for a list of allll the facilities and programs. You just have to register. SO COOL!


PEABODY DUCKS

  • WHEN: Daily 11am & 5pm
  • WHERE: Peabody Hotel
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS: Ducks march to and from the grand fountain in the lobby every day. There’s lots of pomp and circumstance. Kids can sit write on the carpet and get a birds-eye view (ha!).

BIBLE MUSEUM ON THE SQUARE

  • WHEN: Tues – Sat | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • WHERE: 140 E. Mulberry Street, Collierville, TN 38017
  • COST: $5/person $15/family (3-5 people)
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS: Visit their website for more info!

MEMPHIS ZOO

  • WHEN: Tuesdays 2pm-close
  • WHERE:
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS: There are a few restrictions about age and residency. Check out details here.

KIDS EAT FREE

Wow! There are SO many places to eat free. Please call ahead to verify deals. Most require a minimum purchase


VOLUNTEER TOGETHER

One of the best ways to spend time with your family is to serve the community together. How many wonderful things it teaches them! Here are some volunteer opportunities:

Town of Atoka Earth Day Community Clean Up

  • WHEN: April 21, beginning at 9am
  • WHERE: Meet at Town Hall
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Just show up!
  • MORE DETAILS:  The town will provide gloves, safety vests, garbage bags, and recycling bags.

FOR TIPTON DAY

  • WHEN: April 28
  • WHERE: Covington and surrounding areas
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Join a project team and get details here.
  • MORE DETAILS:  Teams meet for breakfast and lunch at Gateway on the Square.  Several projects to choose from including ones in the morning or the afternoon.

Community Service Project – Obstacle Course

  • WHEN: May 19
  • WHERE: Cobb Parr Park
  • COST: FREE
  • PLAN IT: Teams of 5-6 contact Kristin Sallee 901-256-1580
  • MORE DETAILS:  Community Service Opportunity to help build obstacles for the Covington Confidence Course. Girls Scouts will be providing a hydration station and lunch.

Plus – Thanks for Dave Baldridge for pointing out that bringing your family to church  and studying the Bible together is always free!

Ready. Hope for His Return

The book of Acts tells us that after Jesus’ resurrection, He gathered His disciples together for one last set of instructions. After calling them to be His witnesses to all the earth, He ascended back to Heaven. The angels that were there that day told the disciples that Jesus would return one day just as He had ascended.

In the days and years to come, Jesus’ followers would find hope in the promise of His second coming. Many of them would be persecuted or martyred because of their faith in Jesus, and His promise to come again gave them hope in the darkest of times.

Do we live our lives today in light of the second coming of Jesus Christ? Are we finding hope in the belief that one day Jesus will come and set all things right? When the hard days come, we can look toward His coming and find the hope that one day we will be with Him forever.


This weeks message from Steve Carpenter is from our Atoka Campus.  If you missed the message or want to hear it again, listen on-line or tune in to our podcast.


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