Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Coming Soon!

We are super excited to announce that we are launching a new after school program for Port Streets Kids in kindergarten - 3rd grade.

Wednesday, April 20th
1:30 - 2:40
@ Newport Hills ClubHouse
(Phase II)

Our first meeting will focus on the Easter story and include an egg hunt!
Kids must be dropped off and picked up at the club house.

Interested in helping out?
Have a 4th - 6th grader who may be interested in helping as a junior counselor?
email us: alibray at mac dot com

Need more information?
For info on our mission, go here.
For info on who we are, go here.
For info on the schedule of our time, go here.

Any other questions - email us.

alibray at mac dot com

What We Will Be Doing

We intend to have a whole-lot-of-fun with the KWAV's.

Our time will include:
  • a snack and memory verse from the previous week's Bible story
  • fun songs
  • lesson from the Bible
  • discussion time (introduction of character development trait & Bible verse that corresponds with that trait - click here for the list)
  • activity
Picture Vacation Bible School, but with the added goal of fostering a spirit of compassion for others who have less than we do.

We will also be organizing some additional dates that kids can participate in a service project in some capacity (sorting canned goods, delivering food to homeless shelter, etc.).

Who are we?

That is a great question.

We are moms (and a grandma) from the neighborhood.
We have kids just like you.
We are volunteering to organize this group because we recognize that our own kids could benefit from time in this environment.

We could use some extra help so please let us know if you'd like to participate with us!
[email alibray at mac dot com]

Core Leadership Group:

Donna Phebus - a port street native who has a heart for kids and more energy than any other grandma we know (she is also the KWAV's "Chief")

Keri Olson - a port street native and mama to 3 kiddos

Tami Sanders - a port street mama to 4 kiddos

Ali Bray - a port street mama to 2 kiddos

About KWAV's : our mission

KWAV's stands for "Kids With A Vision".

Our mission is to create a safe place where kids (kindergarten thru 3rd grade) will:

  • learn about God
  • explore Bible stories
  • positively develop character and integrity
  • learn to serve others and practice generosity
  • and have FUN!
Lets keep it real - we live in a pretty dreamy place.

We are surrounded by abundance, especially in comparison to our global community.

We want to create some space in our kids' lives to pause and consider who God is, and how they can be a blessing to those around them in our local community, as well as in our global community.
[photo: world vision]

Part of our program will be to partner with World Vision in order to educate the children about local and global poverty and injustice, to learn about issues affecting the poor and oppressed, and to support a World Vision project.

Kids over 3rd grade age are welcome to join us as "junior counselors".

WHEN: Wednesdays, after early out
1:30 PM - 2:40 PM

WHERE: Newport Hills Clubhouse Activity Room (Phase II)

Although there will be NO COST to attend, we will ask kids to bring an item to donate each week that will correspond with our service project. (Thank you for helping with that!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Character Traits We Will Focus On

Part of our time together will be spent discussing character traits and encouraging the children to hone these traits in themselves as they leave our time together.

We will have a character trait each week, along with a Bible verse that will correspond with the character trait.

Here is the list that we will follow:

Attentive: Listening with my eyes, ears and heart.

"Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching."
-Proverbs 1:8

Behave: Doing what you are told with a happy heart.

"Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right."
- Ephesians 6:1

Contentment: Happy with what I have.

"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." -Philippians 4:11

Diligence: Working hard to finish something.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart." -Colossians 3:23

Encourage: Showing support for others with words and actions.

"So encourage each other and build each other up." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Forgive: Choosing to forget if someone has hurt me.

"Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ." - Ephesians 4:32

Gentleness: Giving a kind answer if someone is mean to me.

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." - Proverbs 15:1

Honesty: Speaking the truth in love.

"Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies." - Psalm 34:13

Innocent: Keeping away from evil.

"Little children guard yourselves from idols." - 1 John 5:21

Kindness: Doing something to bring happiness to others.

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:16

Love: To treasure others more than yourself.

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." -John 15:12

Memorize: Learning God's word and keeping it in my heart.

"I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." - Psalm 119:11

Nice: Treating others how you would want to be treated.

"Love your neighbor as yourself." - Leviticus 19:18

Order: Keeping everything in its place.

"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way." - 1 Corinthians 14:40

Patience: Waiting with a happy heart.

"Be patient, bearing with one another in love." - Ephesians 4:2

Quiet: To be still and silent.

"Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still." - Psalm 4:4

Respectful: Showing someone they are worthy of my attention.

"Show proper respect to everyone." - 1 Peter 2:17

Self-control: Being careful with my words and actions.

"I will be careful how I act and will not sin by what I say." - Psalm 39:1

Thankfulness: Being grateful and saying so.

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good." -Psalm 118:1

Unity: Living at peace with one another.

"How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!" - Psalm 133:1

Victorious: Resisting temptation and turning from sin.

"Victory is through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:57

Wisdom: Thinking God's way.

"Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." - Proverbs 9:10

eXcellence: Doing my very best.

"Follow God's example in everything you do, because you are his dear children." - Ephesians 5:1

Yielding: To live God's way and not my own way.

"Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." - James 4:7

Zealous: To do something with my whole heart.

"I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands." - Psalm 119:10