Tag Archive: children

Aug 10

First Presbyterian Church – Butte, Montana comes to campus to provide VBS Day Camp

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This week, Intermountain hosted a dozen volunteers from First Presbyterian Church in Butte, Montana and ministry interns from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Missy Henry, although “great with child,” did a great job organizing the volunteers and setting up the week to be successful. The group came and shared a modified version of the VBS curriculum by …

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Feb 26

Intermountain Residential Kids’ “Lord’s Prayer”

The Intermountain Children's version of the Lord's Prayer

In a previous post, I explained that this fall I worked with the children on understanding and interpreting the Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer, or “Our Father,” posed many interesting opportunities to discuss themes that each and ever one of us struggle with. It was a challenge preparing a lesson for children with emotional disturbance …

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Jul 03

Happy Independence Day!

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“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again…” Galatians 5:1 As we celebrate the Fourth of July, Intermountain and the Chaplain’s Department wish you the greatest freedom that can be known—the freedom to be all you were meant to be as God’s beloved …

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Feb 23

When will we “fig”-ure it out? An object lesson for the third Sunday in Lent

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NOTE: This object lesson appears in the series of 7 free object lessons available here. Objects needed: Fig Newtons (preferably one small package, and one large package) Theme/Main Idea: God waits patiently for us to respond to his love… what are we waiting for? Presentation: “Good morning! How are you this morning? Are you filling …

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Dec 29

Your messages of hope for our children

Just a few dozen of the many "messages of hope" you have shared with our children and staff during the Christmas appeal

As part of our Christmas appeal for the last two years, we have included a card that has allowed our supporters to include a “message of hope” for the children of Intermountain. These words are passed on to the staff and children who are doing the hard work of healing through building healthier relationships. It is tough …

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Dec 21

Angels point the way! An object lesson for Christmas Eve

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Objects needed: An angel ornament, or picture of an angel Theme/Main Idea: Just as the angels announced the good news of Jesus birth to the shepherds, we can tell others about why we really celebrate Christmas. There are plenty of people out there that don’t really know, and we can point them to Jesus! Presentation: …

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Dec 14

“Jumping for Joy!” An object lesson for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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Objects needed: A jump rope. Theme/Main Idea: God keeps his promises, and that should cause us to jump for joy! Presentation: “Have you ever been so happy that it was hard to hold it in? Yes? What are some of the reasons you have had to be happy? [let children share] Wow! Those are great …

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Dec 08

Where is the fruit? An object lesson for the 3rd week of Advent

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Objects needed: A piece of fruit, or several different fruits. Theme/Main Idea: What we do to help others shows that on the inside something has changed. Just as a good tree bears good fruit, we want people to see the “fruit” from our lives and see that it’s because God has changed our hearts! Presentation: …

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Dec 06

John the Baptist and Advent: Preparing the Way, Pointing to Christ

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(this post is based on the sermon Chaplain Chris Haughee delivered in worship at Community Protestant Church in West Yellowstone, MT, on Dec. 6th, 2015. Click here to visit the church’s website) Passage: Luke 3:1-6 (ESV), “John the Baptist Prepares the Way” 3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being …

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Dec 03

“Preparing the Way” An object lesson for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Objects needed: A piece of red fabric that could be “rolled out” like a red carpet. Theme/Main Idea: When someone important is coming, we prepare. At certain special events, we “roll out the red carpet,” either figuratively or literally. How are we preparing for Jesus this season? Presentation: “I have a question for you this …

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