by Pastors Stephen & LaCinda Bloomfield
Last week LaCinda and I spoke together for Mother’s Day about creating “Teachable Moments” with your kids, or anyone you are an influence to.
Kids are mirrors
Every moment can be an opportunity to help build the faith of those who are looking to us to guide them and help them make confident decisions and choices. Even challenging moments of bad behavior, or how you face a crisis can be a teachable moment. If we are fearful, worried, or depressed, our kids will automatically imitate those things.
Here are 3 keys we can use to teach our kids how to be courageous overcomers and champions, from our message.
1) Teach your kids to trust God for themselves
Psalms 78:5-7 He commanded our ancestors to teach their children [God’s Word], 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
Rather than being negative, take every opportunity to impart faith and trust in God, point them to the Word, agree with them in faith that God is working it out.
2) Teach your kids to love God’s word everyday
Deuteronomy 6:4-7 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
A mountain view, a person less fortunate than yourself, a great victory, or a hard lesson are all opportunities to point out God’s purposes at work. God made the mountains, God loves the poor person, nothing is impossible with God, God’s grace is sufficient for us…
3) Our kids are our reflections
Galatians 5:22-23 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Our influence is more “caught” than taught. Are we displaying unconditional love, a peace-making attitude, patience, kindness, etc… Our kids are learning to handle life from us, so let’s be aware of how we are reacting in front of them.
Join us for part two of “Teachable Moments”. Don’t miss this powerful teaching for your family.
I hope you enjoy this recipe I got from my mother. Â It has been a Christmas morning tradition for as long as I can remember! â€“LaCinda
Christmas Breakfast Bake Recipe
3 Cups cubed ham (turkey ham works great)
1/2 lb grated cheese
3 cups cubed French bread (any bread works)
Lightly grease 9X13 pan
Layer ham, cheese, then French bread
Combine 3 tbsp each of flour and butter and sprinkle over top.
In a mixing bowl mix 5 eggs and 3 cups of milk and pour evenly over other all ingredients.
Cover in plastic wrap overnight.
In the morning heat oven at 350â€¢
Bake for 50 min to an hour.
Serve with warm cinnamon buns by placing them in the oven for the last 20 min of baking!
(Set the table nicely before bed so when you wake up it’s all ready to go for the morning)
What’s your Christmas tradition?
I Commit To Pray.
Champions come in many packages -Â some are moms and dads who sacrifice for their kids, some are students who standup for their faith to their peers and teachers, some go to the less fortunateÂ and minister to their needs, some use their businesses to resource the kingdom of God so the local church can be a strong voice toÂ our community and world. Â For all of those we must commit to pray. Â Others are Champions for Christ and heroes of the faith because they have had greatness thrust upon them, and have risen to the occasion in the face of terror and death. Â They are the ones around the world who suffer the worst of human atrocities simply because they are Christians, and they desperatelyÂ need you and I to say, “I Commit To Pray”.
This SundayÂ is the national day of prayer for the Persecuted Church â€“Â those brave Christians around the world who refuse to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ, often to the point of death or worse. Â Champion Church is joining with icommittopray.comÂ to keep these Champions of faith in prayer, and to hold them up before God as they face untold dangers and hardships.
“I Commit To Pray” is a connection pointÂ created by “The Voice of The Martyrs” (persecution.com) to tell the stories of these heroes of faith and to connect us, the ‘free’ church, to the reality of what our brothers and sisters in Christ experience everyday.
Hebrews 13:3 Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
The war against Christianity is raging around the world, byÂ ruthless and relentless wolves, and yet the message of love and forgiveness shines in the faces of Persecuted Champions. I strongly encourage you to addÂ “I Commit To Pray” to your commonly visited sites, and receive their updates so you can do your part to hold up the hands of those paying a heavy cost for their faith. Â Your connect group should take a suggested story from “I Commit To Pray” each week, and pray for them everyday.
Watch Habila’s story here:
It was an amazing moment as weÂ cut the ribbon on SundayÂ for theÂ opening of the new miracle parking lot – dedicatedÂ to the unconditional love, grace, and hope that Jesus brings to all who receive Him.
We dared to believe
The Love Uprising Movement has begun with a huge heart beat of LOVE!!
From the very beginning Champion Church has focused on being the hands, HEART and feet of Jesus and this month we’re shinning a light on it and giving you ways to explode with Gods love to our very hurting world!
The Love Uprising movement is an amazing opportunity for You to;
1. Renew your personal love and commitment to your Savior Jesus Christ.
2. Renew your love and commitment to His House in praying, serving and giving.
3. Be open and ready for God to show
you where and how His love is needed and it’s needed EVERYWHERE!!!
Here’s just a couple things happening for you and your children to be part of:
Over the next several weeks the Love Uprising will be delivering mounds of food to our local Food Bank.
We we’re so honored to have had Mike Ivers from the Yuma Community Food Bank come and thank us for all we do- He shared how on his first day of being at The Food Bank Tim Dunn, the producer of our Pumpkin Patch showed up with tons of pumpkins to bless those who needed them. Tim prayed for him and Mr. Ivers said, “I’ve felt connected to Champion Church from that day forward and I’ve always wanted to thank you for the pumpkins you bring to us each year!”
We’re launching our weekend lunch program for our students at Carver Elementary School who depend on the lunch program for weekday meals and we’ll now provide them with their weekend meals by partnering with the Power Pack Lunch Program.
You can bring in all food items this week- perishables, non perishables, lunch items, hygiene items, and baby diapers (very needed) along with baby food, cereals and wipes.
Be sure to pass out your Love Uprising Movement card to someone this week. It’s SO exciting to hear all that God is doing through you… You are legend status in our eyes, a true Champion to Gods heart… One who STANDS and fights for another!
We “LOVE” you,
Pastors Stephen & LaCinda xox
Below are photos from 3rd service with Mike Ivers & Pastor Stephen- Such an amazing day in Gods House!
Hello Champion friends and family! I am so excitedÂ to be standing in the construction zone of our brand new parking lot! Â This is the Pave The Way dream and it is happening right now. Â If you’ve been in our services lately you’ve heard me talking about having the Champion Church Parking Lot paved and ready for the Pumpkin Patch in October. Â When I began sharing that with you it was an impossible dream, BUT GOD specializes in the impossible!Â We started praying and believing, and giving, and God miraculously opened doors for this dream to happen. We are paving the way!
During the Pumpkin Patch season, many thousands of people come to Champion to enjoy the wonderful family atmosphere, and spend time with each other in a safe and friendly environment. Â It’s a treasured time for families and our community to come together. Â Of course with that many people, comesÂ all kinds of burdens and challenges they are dealing with, and when they get to Champion, our goal is to show them the unconditional love of Jesus. Â The PumpkinÂ Patch has become one of the largest attended and most loved events in the city of Yuma, and we are blessed to be the hands, feet and heart of Jesus to our city.
NOW, thanks to the Pave The Way Partners, they will park on the new parking lot, and have a safe drop off zone for the children and families. Also there will beÂ a new turning lane on Avenue 5E, Â so that as people come in from either direction they’ll have a safe entrance to the property.
What a blessing! This is the time for us to celebrate and I am so blessed that you have participated as you have.Â With your prayers, faith, and support, it is getting done. Â It’s an amazing day!
We still need everyone to give and continue Paving the Way
Please continue standing with us and trusting God for all the provision to come in. Â We are not there yet,Â and we need everyone to takeÂ part in this exciting vision for our church and community, and get it done! Â If everyone gave even $20.00 every week extra, it would make a difference.
Join Our Community of Business People
Join our community of local business people that are making this happen and show your support for the community ofÂ Yuma.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
Mark and Gillian Burchell are the senior pastors of Champions Church in Dudley, England. They have over 25 years of experience in leadership and church ministry. Their teaching is both inspirational and practical as they are committed to seeing ordinary people connect with an extraordinary God and become Champions in life. Pastors Mark and Gillian have a contagious zeal for life and passionately believe in the potential of all people and are devoted to the cause of Christ and building His church.
Mark and Gillian have 3 children: Esther, Joshua, and Caleb and reside in Dudley, England.
A Beautiful Tradition
Today marks exactly seven days until the father daughter dance, and I can’t tell you how excited I am…
I’m sure you have heard that Champion Dance School is hosting this event; that itself is reason enough to be excited for! As the director of CDS I absolutely can’t wait to see our students, the girls of Champion Church, and even those coming from the city Â dancing all night long and enjoying a beautiful evening with their daddies in an event that Champion Dance School has put on itself. This feels to me like a mini Glorified!
But the real reason I am most excited? I can’t wait to dance with my own daddy.
Father Daughter dances have been a tradition with my dad and I since my Daisy Girl Scout days and those are honestly some of my favorite memories. I can clearly remember when my dad would take me and my sister Eden to the Christmas dance ever year. We wold get dressed up in our cuteÂ dresses and he would take us to a fancy dinner before the dance. I’ll never forget the time we were seated eating our dinner at the restaurant and a lovely older couple came up to us and told my dad how lucky he was to be on a date with two beautiful girls,Â and then how he told them that heÂ was headed to the ball with his princesses. From that moment forward I have always loved going to any father daughter dance, and its no different that Champion’s last father daughter dance! You bet I was there!
This will be the second father daughter dance Champion Church will have held and IÂ hope with all my heart thatÂ it will be as amazing as the last one, because at that dance I made some of the most beautiful memories with my father.
At the last dance there was an activity for both fathers and daughters to do before dinner. The fathers wroteÂ a message in a box to their daughters and the daughters made a cupcake for their daddies and themselves to enjoy as a dessert before dinner. My sister and I enjoyed decking our cupcakes out in sprinkles and icing and sharing our cupcake designs with all the other daughters. Oh how much fun we had! And at the other station the daddies wrote heartfelt letters to their princesses. When my dad gave our letter boxes to my sister and I, he specifically told us to not open it until our wedding days.
It has beenÂ 20 days since my wedding day now; 20 days sinceÂ reading through my tears the beautiful letter my daddy wroteÂ me years ago. I can’t describe in words how beautiful that moment was with my father. And now as a married woman I still feel like I am 5 years old waiting for my dad to take me to the dance again! I know that this year’s dance will be that muchÂ more special to my dad and I. Just the other days he joked withÂ my husband that now he has to ask him for permission to take me to the dance! Haha!
Trust me, I already have my dress picked out and I’m counting down the days! I hope that you will attend and I pray that you will be able to create a precious memory with your dad or your daughter (Just like a did!) on our special candy themed night of sweet moments. See you there!
To register go toÂ Â https://championchurch.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=23