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Mission Hill Kids: Verse to Remember

I am having a great morning so far in the office, I am so glad to be back working after taking some time off. For my first week back to Mission Hill Kids we learned about how while everything else in our lives can change, God remains a constant that we can always depend on. Take some time this week and learn this week’s Verse to Remember is Hebrews 13:8.

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Mission Hill Kids: Verse to Remember

We had a great service this past Saturday at Mission Hill Kids! This week we learned about Adam and Eve’s disobedience, but more importantly how God’s rules are meant to protect us. With that in mind this week’s Verse to Remember is Proverbs 8:33.


Enjoy this beautiful Monday!

~Michael J. Snowden

Summary of this week’s MH Kids Lesson


This evening we read in the nineteenth chapter of Matthew about a rich young ruler. The story begins in Matthew 19:16. Jesus is approached by a young man who asks how he can enter the Kingdom of God:

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’  and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” 20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”  25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Through this passage we are taught that what was keeping the young man from eternal life was the fact that he loved his riches more than he loved God. Riches aren’t going to buy us a ticket into heaven. Good deeds can’t earn us a spot in heaven. The only way that we can get into heaven is by believing in Jesus.

I hope that this will give you something to think about as you get ready to start your week.

~Michael J. Snowden


Children’s Ministry Myth: Babysitting

Happy Friday!

Today, I thought I would share this short thought in response to a conversation I had last week. Often times when we are looking for volunteers for children’s ministry at one of our campuses people will approach me and ask what exactly it is we do. When I explain what our children’s ministry program is all about it’s normally not what they expected to hear, so I ask them what they thought they would have to do and I can’t tell you how many times the word babysitting comes up in their response. “Well I thought it would be like babysitting 20 kids or something.” False.

I want to be clear for anyone who wants to get involved in any children’s ministry program. We aren’t babysitting children during our services, we are teaching and equipping them on this journey of following Jesus Christ. We are teaching them that what Jesus said over 2000 years ago is both relevant and applicable to their lives today. We may do it differently than an adult service would, and often times we do object lessons and games related to the message that we teach, but never are we babysitting kids. Everything we do is designed for children to have a deeper knowledge and understanding of the bible and what it means for them.  When you think about it like that what better job could there be?

Have a great weekend!


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Kids Convention

Parents of Mission Hill Kids,

Have you signed up your child for Kids Convention 2014 on October 3rd & 4th? Well if they are in grades 1-6 they can go!


Kids Convention, which is hosted by the Assemblies of God Kansas Ministries Network & Wheat State Camp, is a great weekend opportunity for kids to come and learn about God. Many times kids who have never been away from home before, shy away from going to kids camp in the summer because of the 5 days that we are gone. Kids Convention is a great alternative for some of these kids to be able to see where the camp ground is and get a feel for what it is like to be away from home. I would encourage every parent to speak with their child about going to Kids Convention.

This year’s theme will be Lego and Let God. The cost for kids to attend is $45 for the weekend. We will be leaving the church around 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd and will be returning the next day around 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions about Kids Convention, Assemblies of God Kansas Ministries Network, or Wheat State Camp feel free to contact me!




Great Read – “Quiet: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Happy Friday everyone!

I love Fridays. Most of the staff is out of the office and I have a chance to get a lot of work done without the interruptions of office life. One of the things I try to do towards the end of my Friday is think of one encouraging thing that I can share with someone over the weekend. This week I thought I would share about a book that I found encouraging. In the hopes that you too will read it.

With the announcement of the speaker line up for the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit, I went out and bought almost half of the speaker’s books because I am an big time reader, I just love to read. So I have read 14 different books from this year’s speakers in the last 5 months or so and one of my favorites was Susan Cain’s “Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” This book is phenomenal, it was such an encouraging and refreshing read for me personally. I think that it would be a good read for anyone, and it’s not just for introverts, I would say that anyone can benefit and learn from reading this book.

I would also suggest watching Susan Cain’s TEDtalk that she gave on the subject. If you are not a big reader at least listen to the talk, it’s amazing and worth the time. I believe it was reported as the Most Viewed TEDtalk from 2012.

One of my favorite things that Cain says in the book is “don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.” I think that as a society we have a misconception as to what introversion is and we try to cure it, which you simply can’t do. Cain covers society’s misconception in both schools and the work place, briefly in her TEDtalk.

Another thing that I liked that Cain included in her book was her “Manifesto For Introverts” which I have included below.


I hope you will take the time to read the book, you won’t regret it. To learn more about Susan Cain and the book, visit her website.

Have a wonderful weekend,



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