Renewal Conference 2015
Theme: Knowing God’s Way - Developing Healthy Habits to Help Hear God's Voice
Building on last year's theme (choosing the 'Wise Way' Choice, not the 'My Way' Choice) and taking a cue from Disney/Pixar's newly released movie "Inside Out," we will take an inward look at our emotions - those voices in our head that compete with God's voice - and learn how to let God's voice be bigger than all the others. We will also discuss the difference between Joy and happiness and lots of other mind-blowing concepts!
(The cast of Inside Out: Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger)
Objective: Learn and practice Healthy Habits (spiritual disciplines) to help us recognize God's voice and know God's way.
Underlying Objective: To apply a Christian worldview to the premise of Disney/Pixar's movie "Inside Out," offering kids (and their parents) Biblical truths that coincide with the movie's teaching about the roles of feelings and emotions:
- how we recognize and embrace emotions
- how we can develop spiritually healthy habits to deal with them
- how important it is to allow our faith community (family) to help us find God's voice in the midst of our emotions
Strategy: Each day, one of our emotions will make a guest appearance. Mr. Doug (a male version of the character Joy) will teach us about someone from the Bible who also struggled with that emotion, and how they listened to God's voice and ultimately found joy in the midst of their circumstances.
- Monday: Emotion - Fear
Bible Story - Who Me? Gideon Faces His Fears
Healthy Habit - Study God's word; remember God's provisions; know God's promises
- Tuesday: Emotion - Disgust (likes and dislikes, disapproval, eye-rolling disdain)
Bible Story - You Want Me to Do What? Naaman Takes a Bath
Healthy Habit - Serve others in humility; become others-centered; respect opinions of others
- Wednesday: Emotion - Anger
Bible Story - That's Not Fair! Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego Face the Fire
Healthy Habit - Practice gratitude; pray
- Thursday a.m.: Emotion - Sadness
Bible Story - I'm Not Drunk! Hannah Prays for a Baby
Healthy Habit - Quiet time with God; unplugging, creative outlets, journalling
- Thursday p.m.:
Bringing it all together - Joy in the midst of any circumstance
Making it Stick: Using skits, stories, motions, slogans, games, worship songs, and a few other challenges during the week, kids will practice Healthy Habits that will help hear God's voice and find joy, celebrating the new life we have in Christ.
Biblical verse for the week: The Lord gives me strength. He is like a shield that keeps me safe. My heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart jumps for joy. With my song I praise him. (Psalm 28:7)