Resources from Grand Parkway Staff | Week of March 22, 2020

People of the Parkway,
I want to encourage you to take just a few minutes to explore the resources provided below.  There is something for everyone so don't miss what might be for you.

Enjoy!  
Wade Burgess
Executive Pastor

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All our planned mission trips have now been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. What has not changed is our ability to pray for one another. This week, pray for our partners: Ovidiu & Adina Petric in Romania and Steve & Sabrina Marshall in France. Consider writing them a short note of encouragement by clicking their names in the previous sentence.

Question to consider: Hebrews 10:24 says, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” With all that’s going on in our culture today, how will you spur one another on toward love and good deeds? To “spur one another on” is more than encouragement; it’s encouraging people in a godly direction. It’s important to keep that in mind because not all encouragement leads in a godly direction.

Time to relax: Michael Jr. is a Christian comedian who’s tagline is “Laughing on Purpose.” Watch one of his comedy specials – laugh and enjoy

Here’s a word from Travis Dunham and Dennis Scott

Ladies, read the latest from Marcie HERE

For All Parents: What does my family do with all of our newfound time together? How can we be intentional as we disciple our kids during this time? Those are great questions, and this article has some great ideas. As this article points out, “We have to think through not only the disruption to everyday life, but also how to lead children through cancellations that affect them.”​

How do I talk with my kids about COVID-19? Where do I even begin the conversation? Is it even worthwhile, or will it lead to confusion? These five questions can get the conversation started.

Reading Plans: We’ve invited and challenged your student to join us in Bible reading plans. You can download the He Reads Truth or She Reads Truth app for free in your app store and join in on our new studies (these cost $1.99 on the app or free online):  Guys | Girls

For Parents of Students: This week, we’re looking at Psalm 27. In this chapter, we read two prayers (vv. 1-7 & vv. 8-12). One of the things that we see is that David asks to “dwell…gaze…inquire,” and we should, too. Lastly, we are told to “wait…be strong…take courage” at the end of the chapter. What a great reminder for us these days.

For Your Student: School is canceled. Restaurants are take-out only. Groups of 10 or less. Social distancing. Life feels canceled. Here’s something for students to ponder, "5 Things to Remember When the Coronavirus Cancels Your Life."

For Bridge Parents: Currently with Bridge students, we’re working our way through the Old Testament. This week’s story is filled with biblical prophecy. Here, we learn how the Messiah will eternally rule the nations. To convey God’s message, Daniel shared his dream of four beasts, each representing a nation or empire. Here is a video teaching and discussion guide.

For the Bridge students: Check out our Bridge FB page (with your parent's permission) for a weekly post by Mrs. Courtney. It's a place for you to interact with the Word and stay connected with each other! Read the post, do the suggested activities, and post your results. 

For Parents: Lots of uninterrupted family time means conflict is inevitable. Use The Peace Process to teach reconciliation in your home.

For the Kids:  Jana, Krista, and Shelley have a message for your kids.

For the Family: Our Bible story for last week is available as a Family Worship Guide. We hope you will set aside 15–20 minutes this week and use this to lead a discussion with your children. Join Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Jana as they dive into Daniel and the Lion’s Den.

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