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Respect

January 30, 2023

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.” - Romans 12:10 (NLT)

Hey Lightgliders!

Last week we talked about goals and why they matter! Lightgliders pursue three goals each day - respect, rescue, and restore. The first goal of a Lightglider is to respect. We seek to show respect toward others and toward ourselves. But, how do we do that? What does that even mean? 

When we respect, we are acknowledging worth. You and everyone you meet is worthy of respect because each is created by God and in His image. We show respect in the way we treat people and in the way we treat ourselves. Therefore, we should seek to care about everyone we meet. We should also care for our minds, hearts, and bodies. 

Whether it’s your best friend or someone you don’t get along with very well, choosing to show respect is what Lightgliders strive to do. So, when you’re in Mission Control, the Courtyard, the Library, or the Innovation Lab, look for ways to show respect to the other Lightgliders. 

Glide On!

Nisha

P.S. Keep an eye out for Moderator Flounder this week! Say hi, respectfully!!, and he just might give you a prize!

• Read Romans 12:10 in the Bible. How do you take delight in honoring others?

• Why does everyone deserve respect?

• What are ways to respect yourself?

• What are ways to show respect to others?

• Who can you pray for who has caused you difficulty?

• Play the Game of the Week, Treehouse Jumping 2! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday will receive some gold coins!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

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

Join us in the Academy for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST / 11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Duck, Duck, Boost in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

 

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Spotlights #128

January 28, 2023

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Violet Cupcake Spanner and Buttercup Dreamer Superstar: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Violet is a shining example of a new Lightglider! She is kind to everyone and is very welcoming to new friends. She represents what it means to be a Lightglider. Way to go, Violet!

Buttercup has been a Lightglider for almost one month. She's super nice and sweet to everyone she meets. Way to be a shining example, Buttercup! 

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

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!

Machine Bunker

Hey there! My name’s Bryce, and I’m the head of missions here at Lightglider Academy. I love to save Gliddles from the Machines, so my mission for you is to take on the Machines where it’ll hurt them most! We’ve discovered the location of a Machine Bunker, where Machines are made and sent out into the Yonders. We need to shut this factory down! 

There are lots of Machines in there, so stay alert! Remember, your defense systems can fire automatically, so concentrate on dodging enemy attacks while you battle Machines. Some Machines are programmed to guard doors and hallways. They have lots of armor, but they’re very slow. Stop at a safe distance and you’ll whittle them down!

Go get ‘em!  I’ll be rooting for you!

Glide On!

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Goals

January 23, 2023

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” - Philippians 3:14 (NLT)

Hey Lightglider!

Do you know what the goals of a Lightgliders are? Well, we have three overarching goals that never change: RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE! We respect ourselves and each other at Lightglider Academy. We rescue Gliddles from the clutches of the Machines. And we restore the land from the blight. A goal is an objective that you are trying to achieve. Setting goals is important because they give us something to strive for! They also help us live with purpose and spend our time wisely. When we set a goal, we commit to think and act in ways that will help us reach it.

Glide On!

Santiago

P.S. Goals are also what I hope to score in my next soccer game!

• Read Philippians 3:12-14 in the Bible. Why does Paul say he wants to reach the end of the race?

• What are goals and why are they important?

• What are the goals of a Lightglider?

• What goals are you pursuing?

It’s PARTY WEEK Lightgliders!! Join fellow Lightgliders and Moderators in the Courtyard on Friday at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Ocean Floor Party!

• Check out the Game of the Week, Laser Squad! Every Lightglider on the leaderboard this Saturday receives a prize!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

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

Join us in the Academy for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST / 11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a Crazy Outfit Show in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: PARTY DAY!!! Meet in the Courtyard at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Ocean Floor Party!!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #127

January 21, 2023

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Ezra Prudent Lion and Glow Gliding Artist: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Ezra likes to help and he is very encouraging when he sees someone who needs help. He also sends reminders to his friends to read the Bible, pray and obey. Way to go Ezra!

Glow has been a great Lightglider since she started playing. She prays for everyone and makes others feel welcomed in the Academy.

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

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!

Blighted Grassland

It’s Tambika, calling on you again to take on a new mission! We’re sending you into the Grasslands, a sprawling area that’s filled with blight and Machines. Keep your wits about you and be on the lookout for secret areas! And check out that cool speedboat in the water; who do you think brought that to the Grassland?

We’ve picked up several hidden areas with our sensors. Look for these around fences, grates, and doors and you might find a ton of treasures!

Glide On!

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The Far Greater Story

January 16, 2023

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” - Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

Hey Lightglider!

Did you know that the Lightgliders story that you have entered into points to a far greater, far more important story? In Lightgliders you’ll hear that we seek to respect, rescue, and restore. And you will learn how this points to The Far Greater Story, the true story of God’s love for us found in the Bible!

The Bible reveals God as the ultimate respecter, rescuer, and restorer. He RESPECTS us by creating us in His image and giving us dignity and purpose. He RESCUES us from the grip of our sin and death through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And He promises to RESTORE us and our broken world one day so that we may live forever with Him. This is The Far Greater Story.

We are so glad you’re here. Yes, you are here to play games, meet friends, and have fun. But, your purpose for being here is far greater! 

Glide On!

Marlon

• Read Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Bible. What are ways to follow the example of Jesus?

• What is your favorite Bible story about Jesus and what do you learn from it?

• How can we best learn about and imitate God’s love?

• Why is the cross the ultimate example of love?

• What is your favorite family memory and why?

• How can you share the far greater story of God’s love for you?

• Play the Game of the Week, Hover Frenzy! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

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

Join us in the Academy for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST / 11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #126

January 14, 2023

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Lavender Coco Periwinkle and Grace Creative Mastermind: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Lavender is a great friend to anyone in need in Lightglider Academy! She is kind, encouraging, and helpful to others. She was nominated by fellow Lightgliders who said, "She makes Lightgliders so happy." Way to go, Lavender! 

Grace is always a pleasure to have at events. She is kind to everyone and enjoys playing games and attending events in Lightgliders. She shares, takes turns, and is a great friend. She also sends amazing and encouraging postcards. Way to go, Grace! 

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

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!

Blighted Institute

Hello again! It’s Tambika, and I have a tricky mission for you. We’ve found a major source of blight in the Yonders: some kind of old abandoned Institute. It’s full of empty classrooms, broken tech, and lots and lots of blight! We need you to go in there and clear out all the blight!

Have you been collecting the Lilies that grow in the Yonders? Not only are they pretty, but they somehow grow without being harmed by the blight! Please bring back some of these Lilies for research. Every mission has 10 Lilies growing in them. Can you find them all?

We’ve found some sort of locked door that only opens with coins. I wonder who put this kind of toll entrance there? What treasures are behind that door? Will you spend the coins to open the door? The choice is yours!

Glide On!

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Made to Shine

January 9, 2023

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” - John 1:5 (NLT)

Hey Lightgliders!

If you are new around here, we - the other Lightglider leaders and me - want you to know that you were MADE TO SHINE! That is something you will hear a lot here because we must believe this and be reminded of it regularly. Let me tell you what this means.

• God created you uniquely. There is no one in the history of the world like you. No one else has your exact personality, interests, and talents. In other words, you were made

• You have opportunities every day to use your uniqueness to love God and to love others in ways that only you can. When you do this, you shine. You bring light into the world. And, if there is one thing you need to know about light, it always defeats darkness.

• When you put these two ideas together, it is easy to see that you were made to shine

And this is what we Lightgliders seek to do each day. This can feel like a big responsibility. But, like a candle in a dark tunnel, even the smallest light can be blinding. If you’ve been to Machine Bunker in the Yonders, you know what I mean!

Jesus is the true light of the world. As we follow Him, we will reflect Him and will shine like stars in the heavens. Let’s reflect His love and light everywhere we go this year!

Glide On!

Bryce

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 John 1:1-5 in the Bible. What are all the things we learn about the “Word” in these verses?

• What does it mean to live in God’s light and to share it with the world?

• What do you think it means to shine?

• In what ways do you shine in the darkness?

• How were you uniquely made to love God and love others?

• How could your interests, personality, or talents be used to shine?

• Check out the BRAND NEW Lightgliders Journal! Find it in the “This Week” section of Lightgliders and journal your thoughts, feelings, and reflections on all the questions asked at the end of Sparks and Prayers! 

• Play the game of the week, Mission: Keep Out! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

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

Join us in the Academy for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST / 11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a Race around the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

 

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Spotlights #125

January 7, 2023

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

SO BRIGHT!!

Ace doesn't miss a prayer time, he's willing to pray for others and always offers help when there is a need!

Zane attends prayer time frequently, comes to quite a few events and offers great ideas at Gamestorming. He's such a helpful Lightglider.

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

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!

Keep Out!

It’s Kwan again! I wanted to give you some tips for taking on this mission. We’re sending you back into the abandoned building where lots of Machines have taken up residence. There’s a defense jammer installed there, so if you don’t have a Gliddle with you, you won’t be able to battle Machines! You have to use your wits and careful gliding to get you out of some sticky situations!

There’s a powerful Machine at the end of the mission. Concentrate on avoiding its blasts and let the Gliddles you find do their work!

Don’t forget to check for secret areas; the overgrowth in the building might have opened up new pathways!

Glide On!

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Lightgliders

January 2, 2023

"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." - Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

Hey there! Welcome to Lightgliders. My name is Kwan, and it’s my job to make sure you’re outfitted, trained, and ready for action. And that starts with you learning just what a Lightglider is!

Lightgliders are defenders of good, a force made up of individuals just like you that shine in the darkness and help out those in need. Right now, the land of Glideon is in need!

For unknown reasons, a mysterious gooey substance called blight is spreading all over the land. At the same time, strange Machines have appeared and are kidnapping lovable creatures called the Gliddles! It’s up to us to go on missions to clear away the blight and rescue the Gliddles from the Machines!

Being a Lightglider is a purposeful adventure. As you play, you will have opportunities to learn about the greatest adventure there is--to know God and to grow in His love for us.

If you are here in Lightgliders on a computer, click “Enter Lightglider Academy” to access the full Lightgliders experience. You’ll battle Machines, rescue Gliddles, clear blight, meet other Lightgliders, and much more.  

If you are here on a mobile device, you’re most likely already in the Academy! Explore the Courtyard, Innovation Lab, Library, and Mission Control! Play minigames, watch videos, create postcards, and read messages. As you do, you will level up your light bar and unlock more fun content. 

Many of the activities inside Lightgliders are color-coded, so make sure you know what the colors mean. Let me try to help!

Everything in Purple is a Game. There are lots of games to play inside Lightgliders.

Everything in Green is a Spark. These are short video stories that help us learn an important lesson from the Bible.

Everything in Orange is a Prayer. These are short prayer videos to do on your own or with a family member. 

Everything in Pink is a Postcard. Customize these and send them to your friends!

Everything in Red is a Message. These are articles about Lightgliders gameplay, the weekly lessons, Bible studies, and more. (Fun fact: You are currently reading one!)

Everything in Blue is LGTV.  These are gameplay videos to encourage fun, learning, and laughter. 

In time, you’ll learn more than just skills for battle and adventure. You’ll learn about the Far Greater Story found in the Bible, the story about the God who loves you more than you could possibly imagine.  As Lightgliders, we seek to RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE every day because that is what God has done and is doing for us, in us, and through us.  You were made to use what He has given you to help a world in need.  You were made to shine!  

Welcome to Lightgliders! Let’s glide! 

Glide On!

Kwan

P.S. Come find me in the Innovation Lab!

• Read Matthew 5:14-16 in the Bible. What does the Scripture say shines out for all to see?

• In what ways did you shine today?

• What is on your heart to pray about?

• What does it mean to rescue something?

• What does it mean to put others before yourself?

• Play the Game of the Week, Tap Tap Boom! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a surprise in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

• Use the Mystery Code - LIGHTGLIDER - for a surprise in your inventory!

Join us in the Academy for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12pm EST / 11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Follow The Leader in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #124

December 31, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Forest Epic Marvel and Fifi Fearless Voyager: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

WHOA SO SHINY!!

Forest Epic Marvel has been motivating her friends by reminding them how much God loves them, she has shared encouraging words and makes sure everybody feels good!

And Fifi Fearless Voyager has been listening to her friends' needs and reminding them that the best thing to do is to pray.

Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

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!

River Journey

Tambika here, with another mission for you! This time you’ll be clearing the blight and rescuing the Gliddles near the River. After your success in the Waterfall area, I’m sure you’ll do great!

Be on the lookout for more secrets here! Anything that’s out of place might hide treasures and Gliddles! 

We also try to send supply drops to tricky areas. Look for areas marked with a glowing door--you’ll find supplies to help you recharge and get back into the action! Glide on!

Glide On!

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