Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

Community

October 11, 2021

OCTOBER 11 - OCTOBER 17


COMMUNITY


Hey Lightgliders!


When we trust and believe in Jesus, we become a part of God’s family, which is a worldwide community of people who follow Him. As a part of this faith community, we all offer something unique. God has made each one of us with special gifts, talents, and passions to shine His light throughout the world.


When we gather together with others in our community of faith, we have opportunities to learn about God, encourage each other, pray together, understand the Scriptures, and experience Jesus. When we do this, God is glorified and we are strengthened! 


Glide On!

Tambika


Things to Think About This Week:

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read Romans 12:3-5 in the Bible. What does it mean to be a part of the body of Christ?

• Who encourages your faith in God?

• How do you use your gifts to encourage others?

• How can you show your parents that you are grateful for what they do for you?

• Who are three close friends of yours and how are they different from you?

• What does your community of faith do when you are together?


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Machine Blitz 2!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

Community Spark

Prayer for Parents

• Use the Mystery Code - COMMUNITY - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• Check out this week’s Gliddle Game Gab! You might see some familiar Lightgliders in the video!



Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Hide & Seek!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #60

October 9, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Jasmine Super Bunch and Shade Beastly Hero: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Jasmine Super Bunch engages with so many friends during parties and is always patient and kind. Plus, she sends epic postcards! What an incredible Lightglider!

Shade Beastly Hero CRUSHED it in the newest Game of the Week, Mission: The Candy Bot Cometh! Way to go, Shade!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Update Your App!

Have you updated your mobile app yet?! Be sure to do so soon! There are some major updates - now you can earn light by playing games, watching videos, going on missions, and level up to gain access to EVEN MORE inside Lightgliders!






Glide on!


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Update Your Mobile App Today!

October 8, 2021

Update Your Mobile App Today!

The mobile Lightgliders experience has received a major overhaul! Play fun games and explore the virtual community inside Lightglider Academy like never before. Update your Lightgliders mobile app!

 

Explore Big Enhancements to Lightgliders!

Check out the NEW LAYOUT for all mobile devices! It is now easier than ever to glide around the Academy, decorate your Treehouse, chat with friends and use emotes! Or, use the map to navigate to the different rooms and activities inside the Lightgliders mobile app.

Discover ACTIVITY HOTSPOTS located throughout the Academy! These hotspots contain bundles of games, missions, videos, and Bible-based activities. Unlock new hotspots as you increase your Light Bar!

Enjoy a more comprehensive LEVEL UP EXPERIENCE. As you play games and watch videos you will level up your LIGHT BAR. With every level up, you will unlock more store items, treehouse deck upgrades, and activity hotspots.

Update today, and we'll see you in the Academy!

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Courage

October 4, 2021

OCTOBER 4 - OCTOBER 10


COURAGE


Hey Lightgliders!


How is your new school year going? We have been discussing The Far Greater Story of God’s love for us in recent weeks. We are currently learning about redemption and how God bought back our lives with the blood of Jesus. As we understand this truth, and recognize that we have been rescued, we can point others to the story of Jesus with great courage!


To be courageous is to be brave. To take risks. To initiate. To try new things. To do hard things. To not be afraid of failing. We can be courageous because our confidence comes from God’s love for us, and not from anything else! 


As Lightgliders, we will not shrink back from difficulties or danger. We will not run away from opportunities to help those in need. 


Be courageous today, Lightgliders! Remember that you are never alone. Nothing can separate you from God’s love.


Glide On!

Tova


Things to Think About This Week:

Here are some questions to think about as you learn about courage this week!

• Read Romans 8:38-39 in the Bible. Why can God’s love give you courage?

• What are some ideas for purposeful adventures in your neighborhood, at your school, or in your community?

• When have you been courageous?

• What can you do to overcome fear?

• What makes you feel brave?

• What does it look like to live with courage?



Things to Do This Week:

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Mission: The Candybot Cometh!


• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Purposeful Adventures

Prayer for Protection

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - COURAGE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!



Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Boost Tag!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #59

October 2, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Oscar Wild Explorer and Sparkle Valiant Superstar: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Oscar Wild Explorer CRUSHED IT in Waterfall Climber last week! Way to go, Oscar!

Sparkle Valiant Superstar attended her first event this week - Jokes with Norman. She was so friendly and kind, making friends quickly in the Academy. What a great example of what it means to be a Lightglider!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

The Candybot Cometh

Hey, it’s Bryce again! I have another bonus mission for you. It’s the most dangerous mission yet, so please be careful! There is a very powerful Machine in an abandoned building in the Yonders. Its electromagnetic field is interfering with the auto-defense systems in our armor. We can’t battle this Machine!

Knowing when and where to move is the key to getting through this battle. This Machine (nicknamed “The Candybot” by some Lightgliders) has a very robust defense system, but it won’t activate if you aren’t in the same room as it. Use quick tactics to swoop into the room, grab the Gliddles trapped there, and then get out of there!


Can you clear the blight surrounding the Candybot and grab the coins there? This will be a great test of skills! 




Glide on!


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Rescue

September 27, 2021

SEPTEMBER 27 - OCTOBER 3


Rescue


Hey Lightgliders!


Last week we talked about the third part of the Far Greater Story - Redemption! Did you know that God is a rescuer? He will stop at nothing to rescue us. That’s what redemption is all about! God sent His Son Jesus to earth to rescue us from sin and death. Jesus lived the perfect life, a life that we are incapable of living. And, when Jesus died on the  cross, He paid the penalty of our sin. When He came back to life three days later, Jesus defeated death for us. Because of what He did, we can be forgiven and live in a relationship with God forever. This is the ultimate rescue!


As Lightgliders, we have the awesome responsibility of going on missions to rescue the Gliddles from danger. We put on armor, glide into the Yonders, and free them from the toxic blight and the control of the Machines. Rescuing others from dangerous situations requires courage and strength of character. Remember that!


If you’ve ever made a truly selfish decision or disobeyed God’s standards in any way, then you need to be rescued. The hard truth is that we all have done this. We all need to be rescued from our sin, which separates us from God, causes pain to others, and destroys our lives. 




Through Jesus, God rescues us from sin and death! And, as our theme verse tells us, through the power of the Holy Spirit we can point others to Jesus and pray that God rescues them! 


Glide on!

Nisha



Things to Think About

• Read Acts 1:8in the Bible. In what ways can you point others to the story of Jesus’ rescue?

• Why do we need to be rescued?

• How does our sin and selfishness hurt us and those around us?

• How can we be rescued?

• Have you been rescued?

• What are ways to love your friends well?



Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Waterfall Climber!


• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

The Goal to Rescue

Prayer for Another


• Use this week’s Mystery Code - RESCUE - for a surprise in your inventory!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Tic-Tac-Toe!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #58

September 25, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Faith Humble Protector and Blaze Risky Champion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Both of these Lightgliders broke the 100 mark on the Game of the Week Leaderboard last week for the newest game inside Lightgliders, Treehouse Chase! Way to go you two!! AMAZING WORK!


And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Waterfall Cavern

Hello again! It’s Tambika, and I’m giving you a new mission in Waterfall Cavern, just underneath Waterfall Meadow. This cave seems to be where a lot of the blight is coming from, so we need to get in there and destroy the blight inside! Click on blight next to you to clear it. You can click and drag on multiple blight patches to restore them quickly! Blight usually covers treasures and Materials in the Yonders. Go ahead and grab them; you can trade them for cool stuff here at the Academy!

Clearing blight uses RES, the yellow bar to the left of your screen. If you run out, don’t worry. Just come back to the Academy and hang out. Your RES will recharge over time, and then you can go back to the mission where you last passed a checkpoint! Be on the lookout for RES orbs in the Yonders as well. Don’t grab the RES orbs if you’re already full on RES, or they’ll be wasted!



Glide on!


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Redemption

September 20, 2021

SEPTEMBER 20 - SEPTEMBER 26


REDEMPTION


 Hey Lightglider!


Continuing in The Far Greater Story, we have come to its climax, known as Redemption. To redeem something means to buy it back. Remember that God created everything and called it good. This is why there is dignity in everyone you meet. However, we have all rebelled against God’s standard of goodness. This is called sin. And, because of our sin, we are separated from God forever. Without this next part of the story, we are left without hope. 


But God, in His goodness, didn’t leave us hopeless! He sent His Son Jesus to redeem us. When Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sin. He bought us back! He made a way for us to be restored to God and to live with Him forever! This is what it means to be redeemed. This is the heart of The Far Greater Story and the proof that God loves us.  


Glide On!

Tova


Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to think about God’s great love for us through His redemption! Here are some questions to get you started.

• Read Ephesians 1:6-8 in the Bible. 

• What is God rich in?

• How did God purchase our freedom?

• How can we be redeemed by God?

• What is redemption?

• How do you show people you care?

• How can being redeemed give you confidence?


Things to Do This Week:

• Join us in the Courtyard THIS FRIDAY at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for a Medieval Mayhem Party. All Lightgliders in attendance will receive new party themed hats and gliders!

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Treehouse Chase!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Redemption

Thankful for Redemption

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - REDEEM - for a surprise in your inventory!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Sardines Hide & Seek!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Join us in the Courtyard THIS FRIDAY at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for a Medieval Mayhem Party. All Lightgliders in attendance will receive new party themed hats and gliders! 

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #57

September 18, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Amber Awesome Artist and Ace Dangerous Ranger: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Amber is a great friend to all. She is there for her friends when they need help, prayer or just want to have fun and play! She helped resolve a misunderstanding between friends and was there for both of her friends. Remarkable job, Amber! 


Ace is always a blast to have at parties and events in the Academy! His personality shines bright through his kindness toward others and fun jokes. Way to go, Ace!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Hello, it’s Nisha! Don’t you love helping others? There’s such a feeling of joy when  we serve and encourage others, and that includes when you give Boosts to people! You’ll find Boosts growing in your Treehouse. The color of each deck shows you what kind of Boost you’ll grow! Some of them are very strong, and they take a lot of time to grow. When you collect a Boost, it will show up at the top of your screen. You can go to the Courtyard and drag and drop them onto other Lightgliders to help them out in the Yonders!

If you are low on RES, giving other Lightgliders your Boosts will also recharge some of your RES!

If you are given a Boost, you can choose to use it in the Yonders and get an advantage:

• Yellow Boosts give you more RES to clear blight!

• Green Boosts speed you up, letting you dodge attacks with ease!

• Blue Boosts let you carry more Gliddles at a time!

• Purple Boosts make your armor super strong - you’ll take less damage!

• Red Boosts beef up your defense system, making your blasts more powerful!


Now go give some Boosts to other Lightgliders!


Glide on!


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Honesty

September 13, 2021

SEPTEMBER 13 - SEPTEMBER 19

 

Honesty


Hey Lightglider!


Oomph. I just got back from the Yonders and it was rough! I barely escaped without getting covered in blight. We’re talking about honesty this week in Lightgliders, so I guess I need to practice it myself. Sometimes it’s hard for me to admit that I can get discouraged, but to be honest means to be truthful. I’m here to tell you today to be honest with yourself. Pay attention to your feelings and be honest about them with God and with those who love you. God knows exactly how you are feeling, so you can always be honest with Him in your prayers.  


Also, be honest with others. Have you ever told a lie to make yourself look good or to avoid getting into trouble? You might be tempted to protect yourself in this way rather than to be honest and accept a consequence. Here’s the honest truth about me right now -- I want you to think I’m a skilled Lightglider, but that is not always true. I was unable to complete my last mission to the Yonders. I’m going to talk to Nisha to get her advice on how to do it. With her insight, I hope to succeed next time. Wow, I’m realizing even as I write this to you that honesty and humility are connected.


Being honest honors God and shows others that we can be trusted. Speak the truth, Lightglider. Refuse to lie. In doing so, you are showing the character of Christ.  


Glide On!

Bryce


Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to think about honesty! Here are some questions to get you started.

• Read Colossians 3:8-10 in your Bible. What does it look like to strip off your old sinful nature and put on your new nature? How can we receive this new nature?

• What does it mean to be an honest person?

• In what ways could you be a more honest person?

• Have you ever been lied to? How can dishonesty be hurtful?



Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Wall Ball, and get on the leaderboard! The top 5 Lightgliders on Saturday morning get a new Astronaut Helmet in their inventory! Look for a message from Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel when you log in this weekend!


Wall Ball



• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the FrontPage


Honesty Spark


Prayer for Honesty

   


• Use this week’s Mystery Code - HONESTY - to receive a surprise in your inventory!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of 20 Questions!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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