October in NextGen

Orchard Students [Middle School and High School]

This month we will continue our Echo the Story curriculum unit exploring the stories of King Saul and King David (1st and 2nd Samuel). Help donate towards students’ sketch journals here!

Our Hangout:

  • Zombie Party! Thursday, October 27th from 6:30-8:30 at Oak Street. Come in costume! More details here.

Our Small Group:

  • High School students are welcome to join us to discuss the Breathing Under Water series together as a small group. We meet on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 at Oak Street.
Orchard Kids [Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary)

This month in Orchard Kids we will be exploring the story rotation, “A Storm” based on Matthew 8.

  • Matthew 8: 23-27 “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
  • Our weekly affirmations are:
  1. God gives me peace when I am afraid.
  2. In stillness I experience the peace of the Holy Spirit.


Orchard Parents [resources to equip you for the journey]
  • Inner stillness is the key to spiritual understanding and growth.
    Although being still within is a natural state, most people grow accustomed to an unnatural state of restlessness. We learn to look continuously for stimulation from the environment, and our active, energetic culture provides little opportunity for stillness.
  • Taking time to be in stillness is important for physical and mental well-being, and it is absolutely vital if we want an inner experience with the Holy Spirit. It is not easy to quiet the storms in our minds and learn to be comfortable with stillness. Providing opportunities early on to practice is a priceless gift we can give children.
  • Prayer and Meditation Exercise:
  • Allow yourself to experience stillness through prayer and meditation.
  • Repeat the lines of the following prayer out loud or mentally. You may choose to say the prayer several times until you feel still and quiet.   

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am.
Be still and know.
Be still.

  • Begin your meditation by watching your breath for a few minutes; then, as you take an inhalation, mentally say the syllable “still.” As you exhale, mentally say the syllable “ness.” Feel yourself sink into stillness and continue breathing. You may want to end you time by repeating the prayer in reverse.