Welcome to the Explorers program at Emmanuel Church in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The goal of our new program is to get the children excited about God while learning the bible, applying it to their everyday lives, and developing friendships.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Explorers in April!



Memory Verse:
“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new

2 Corinthians 5:17.

During April The Explorers will focus on the death and
resurrection of Jesus and what that means for our lives today.

The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of resurrection
for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges
later far more beautiful and powerful than before.

Blastoff Week (April 3)

The children will be listening to the story of what happened on Easter
Sunday focusing on the resurrection and the empty tomb. They will do a
craft symbolizing the new life we have in Jesus.

Drama Week (April 10)

There will be a Memory Verse Hunt and a Road to Easter Game along
with a dramatized interview with Mary Magdalene and Salome.

Technology Week (April 17)

The children will have a "Movie Day" and watch the end of the Jesus

Life Application Week (April 24- Easter Sunday)

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt and decorate paper eggs if there is time.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January Messy Church

Messy Church is Saturday, January 29th at 4:30.  This month's theme is the Parable of the Lost Coin.  Come on out and invite your friends, (rumor has it there will be some chocolate involved!)

Program Change

Please note that Technology Week and Blastoff Week have been switched this month.  Technology week began our new theme on January 9th and the Blastoff Activities will be running on January 23.

The Explorers in January!





John 6: 1-15)


Memory Verse:
"He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without
cost from the spring of the water of life." Revelation 21:6.

The explorers are starting the new year by investigating the miracles of
Jesus and how they relate to the kingdom of heaven. This month we look at
the feeding of the 5000 from 5 loaves and 2 fish. The focus of these miracles
is to highlight the breaking in of the new kingdom that will be fully realized
in the New Jerusalem. We will also be making connections as to what that
means for our lives today.

Blastoff Week (January 9)

The children will be listening to the story of the feeding of the 5000.
They will then be involved in the process of making food to help them
enter the story.

Drama Week (January 16)

We will be looking at how great a miracle feeding 5000 from 2 fish and
5 loaves is. 5000 is a large number to be explored and made concrete
through dramatic exercises.

Technology Week (January 23)

The children will have a "Movie Day" that focuses on the miracles of

Life Application Week (January 30)

The children will be participating in games relating to the story.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Exploring in December!

The Explorers in December

“Advent: John the Baptist announces
Jesus” (Matthew 3)

Memory verse: “I baptize you with water, but one who is more powerful that I
is coming. I am not worthy to untie the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize
you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Luke 3:16

This Advent month the Explorers (ages 5-11) are going to be learning
about the coming of Jesus through studying the story of John the
Baptist. During Advent, we not only remember the coming of Jesus at
his birth, we also focus on His coming again. We celebrate both the
coming Kingdom of God and the birth of the Messiah while we also face
the brokenness of the world that the Messiah has entered into. John’s
announcement of Jesus and his call to repentance are one of the ways we
hope to begin to teach the children the nature of this ‘advent waiting’.

Blastoff Week (December 5th):

The children will listen to the story of John the Baptist. Following this, children will work on Advent decorations for the Sunday School
Christmas tree. Many thanks to Don Ure for finding such a beautiful tree for the children to

Drama Week (December 12th):

The children will be guided through dramatic exercises that help them reflect on the meaning of the John the Baptist story.

Technology Week (December 19th):

This month, the children will have a “movie day”, complete with hot chocolate and popcorn, and will get to watch an animated version of the John the Baptist story.

December 26th and January 2nd:

we will have a break from our usual Explorers curriculum. Children can choose from a number of supervised activities: skating (on the expanded rink behind the CEC building), watching a movie or working on an art project.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Explorers in November

The Explorers in November
1 Kings 18
Memory verse: I will lift up my eyes to the hills.  Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.Psalm 121: 1-2


This month the Explorers (ages 5-11) are going to learn about the Old Testament prophet Elijah.   Part of what we aim to do in the Explorers is teach how the Old and New Testaments are connected and how both are integral to knowing who God is.  In the case of Elijah, his works and life as a prophet foretold the coming Kingdom of God.  Healings, miracles, direct experiences of God and the conquering of evil: all of these were foretastes of the Kingdom of God that Christ brought in.  So in entering into the story of Elijah the children encounter amazing stories of God’s desires for his people and they learn more fully about the meaning of the coming of Christ. 

Blastoff Week (November 7th):            The children will listen to the stories from 1 Kings about Elijah’s life and ministry.  Following this, the younger children will work on a craft-based activity related to the story. 

Drama Week (November 14th):                  The children will be guided through dramatic exercises that help them reflect on the meaning of Elijah’s life as a prophet.  
Technology Week (November 21st):   The children will continue working with the new software,  with an added discussion time about some of the connections between the Old Testament material in the software and the New Testament life of Jesus. 

Life Application Week (November 28th):           

Several games will be designed  to challenge the children to think through the meaning of the Elijah story in their own lives. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Time to Sing!

The Explorers are invited to participate in the Children's Choir.  We are working towards a Christmas performance.  The choir will be meeting after the service (and a short snack downstairs) each Sunday for a half hour rehearsal.  Anyone is welcome to join in!