Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

Easter

April 6, 2020

APRIL 6 - APRIL 12

Easter

Happy Easter Week Lightgliders! 

In Lightglider Academy, we go on rescue missions into the Yonders every day. But at Easter, we are reminded of the greatest rescue mission of all time. Even before the world was created, God had a plan to rescue us from sin and brokenness. That plan was and is Jesus. At the cross, Jesus gave up His life knowing that only His blood could pay the penalty of our sins. And on Easter Sunday, God raised Jesus back to life. He is alive! This event is what Easter is all about. Let’s celebrate what He has done for us!


Glide On!

Nisha


Things to Do This Week:


• Play the BRAND NEW game, River Journey, and get on the leaderboard!

River Journey


• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the FrontPage

Easter Spark

 

The Cross Spark


 Easter Prayer

   


• Decorate the Easter Sticker Page and send it to a friend to brighten up their week!


Easter Sticker Page



• Hang out with other Lightgliders in the Academy this week. Look for a moderator every weekday at 5pm EST in the Courtyard! Check your time zones. 



• Use this week’s Mystery Code - EASTER - to receive a Gold Glider!


Things to Think About This Week: 


Read Luke 24:1-7 in the Bible. Why is the resurrection so important?

• How does your family celebrate Easter?

• What miracle happened at Easter?

• Why is the cross so important?

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Role Models

March 30, 2020

MARCH 30 - APRIL 5


Role Models

Hey Lightgliders! 

Congratulations on learning the five values of a Lightgliders -- purpose, humility, confidence, hope, and love. I get the distinct privilege of introducing our new series for the coming weeks. We will be talking about Role Models and the positive character qualities that they possess.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t a role model just really good-looking bread?” And to that I say, “No, that’s a roll model.”  Wow, I just got really hungry.  

A role model is someone you can look up to! He or she serves as an example to you for how to live, how to treat people, and how to grow in your faith. I can’t tell you how important it is to have good role models!  One of my first role models ever was Marlon, who hangs out in the Academy Library.  Marlon cares about me and shows me what it looks like to walk with God. Who are some of your role models? It could be a parent, an older sibling, or perhaps a leader in your church. I encourage you to find someone you look up to, watch how to live their lives, and ask them lots of questions. And remember to listen to their answers!


Glide On!

Santiago


Things to Think About

• Read Hebrews 13:7 in the Bible. Name two people who have taught you about God. What did you learn from them?

• Who do you look up to?

• Who looks up to you?

• How can you be a role model for others?


In-Game Announcements

• Use Lightglider Academy as a place to hang out with friends this week. Look for a moderator inside the Academy each weekday at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm EST and get a prize. Check your time zones!

• Don’t miss a brand new Gliddle Game Gab this week! Ethel and Clem will take you on a wacky adventure through the Yonders mission Sludge Valley in Gliddle Game Gab #12! 

• Watch the Spark video in green called What does it mean to Shine? and the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Strength.

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - MODEL - to receive 50 Gold Coins!

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Love

March 23, 2020

MARCH 23 - MARCH 29


Love

Hey Lightgliders! 

As Lightgliders, we seek to respect others, rescue Gliddles, and restore the land of Glideon! Hopefully, you know that by now. But do you know why we do these things? Because we value love here. Love motivates each of these goals. We want it to motivate everything we do in life. That’s why it is one of our core values. When we love, we put the needs of others ahead of our own. Unfortunately, our selfishness will continue to try to rule our thoughts and motivations, so we need to be continually reminded to love. The best reminder for me to love is to remember what Jesus did on the cross. He did that for me. And because He chose to love me when I didn’t deserve it, I remember to be grateful and am motivated to love others. 


What does it look like to love the people in your life?  Do you offer words of encouragement? Do you serve, give gifts, write notes, smile, hug, share, or listen? There are lots of ways to love others. Love energizes any atmosphere.


Glide On!

Tambika



Things to Think About

• Read John 13:34-35 in the Bible. What will our love do to the world?

• Why can it be difficult to love?

• What does love look like to you?

• Who has God given you to love?

• What is one way you will put the needs of others in front of your own this week?


In-Game Announcements

• This Friday at 6pm EST/5pm CST, we'll be gathering in Lightglider Academy for a Spring Break Dance Party!

• Use Lightglider Academy as a place to hang out with friends this week. Look for a moderator inside the Academy each weekday at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm EST and get a prize. Check your time zones!

• Compete in this week’s Game of the Week, Forest Defense. Every Lightglider on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a pirate hat! Aarrgggg!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Love and the Prayer video in orange called Strength to Love.

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - LOVE - to receive 5 Green Emeralds!


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Free Resource from Lightgliders

March 20, 2020

To our Lightglider families and community,

We have a free resource for you and your kids.

It is likely that you and your family have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 in one form or another. Schools, businesses, and even churches have been forced to close their doors. I can't remember a time quite like this. Yet, it is not a coincidence that our theme inside of Lightgliders this week is HOPE. No matter how difficult our present day circumstances are, we have hope for the future because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Recognizing that many of you are at home throughout the week with your kids for the unforeseeable future, our team at Lightgliders has developed a resource that may help as you look for positive ways to spend the time. We call it "Biblical Breaks."

Lightglider Biblical Breaks
While you are looking for things for your kids to do, check out our free resource, Lightglider Biblical BreaksPurposeful Play When You Need It.

Just visit Lightglider Biblical Breaks and choose from a collection of games and devotional activities to give your kids something fun to do while they encounter life-changing truths from the Bible. You can even download and print application guides, so that your kids may engage in deeper learning or conversation.

As I said on Facebook Live this week, during this time we want to bepractical, prayerful, and full of praise. We want to offer practical resources for you and your family, to beprayerful for our community and world, and to be full of praise knowing that God is still in control of the world He created.

Please feel free to share Lightglider Biblical Breaks with your friends, family, and community. We want this resource to be widely available in the coming days.

"Never stop praying!" ~ I Thessalonians 5:17

All the best,


Zach Fay
Creator of Lightgliders

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Hope

March 16, 2020

MARCH 16 - MARCH 22


Hope

Hey Lightgliders! 

This week our theme is hope. It’s a small word with a big impact. To live with hope means to look to the future with the expectation that good things are coming.  

This is tough to do sometimes, especially if things around us are tough. But, with our faith in Jesus, we always have a reason to live with hope. God promises eternal life and a fully restored world in which we’ll live. He will make everything right again some day. The future is secure. Therefore, we can live with hope!

And, trust me on this, hope is invigorating. It is electrifying. It is powerful! When we live with hope, we will share it with others. And, like a spark, the fire of hope spreads and the future begins to look brighter and brighter to those around you. Think of the Gliddles in the Yonders. Just knowing that Lightgliders are out there gives them hope that the future will be bright. This is the power of hope. 

I try to wake up each day with hope--with the expectation that the day will be new, exciting, and meaningful. I'm telling you, living with hope makes a difference!

Glide On!

Marlon



Things to Think About

• Read 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 in the Bible. According to these verses, what does Jesus give us?

• How can you spread hope to others?

• What do you hope for in life?

• What does it look like to have hope in hard times?

• How does Jesus’ love for us give us hope?


In-Game Announcements

• Compete in this week’s BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Blight Blocks. Every Lightglider on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a prize!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Hope and the Prayer video in orange called Hope in Hard Times.

• Do you know there are Sticker Pages for you to decorate?! Open the one of the front page or scroll down and find your favorite. Decorate it and send it to us at community@lightgliders.com. You may need an adult to help you send it, but YOUR PAGE could be featured in the Glider Gazette! Check out the Academy Field sticker page and decorate today!

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Confidence

March 9, 2020

MARCH 9 - MARCH 15

Confidence

Hey Lightgliders! 

We’re talking about the Lightglider value of confidence this week. Confidence comes from a strong belief that you are known and loved. We can live with confidence because of how much God knows and loves us! How can we be so sure of this? Because of the cross! God sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for our sins and purchase back our lives. Do you realize what this means? It means that we never have to question our value, no matter what anyone says or thinks about us. We are known and greatly loved by the Creator of the universe!

Never forget how valuable you are. You always have a reason to be confident because of what Jesus did for you. Our confidence does not come from our abilities, our friends, or our moral performance. These things are not dependable. Our confidence comes from God's immeasurable love for us, which was showcased through Jesus at the cross! When we understand that our confidence can be anchored upon the unchanging rock of God's love, we will walk with the courage and boldness necessary to shine in dark places, to stand up for what is right, and to repent when we make mistakes. 


Glide On!

Santiago


Things to Think About

• Read Ephesians 3:10-12 in the Bible. What does our faith in Christ give us?

• How can a knowledge of God’s love affect our confidence?

• Where does your confidence come from?

• What is an example of a time when you stood up for what was right?

• What distracts you from resting in God’s love?


In-Game Announcements

• Compete in this week’s Game of the Week, Yonders Run. Every Lightglider on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a NINJA OUTFIT!

• Find the Lightglider Moderator inside the Academy on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week to receive a prize! Look for the purple name tag.

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Confidence and the Prayer video in orange called Confidence in God’s Love.

• Game Tip of the Week: Yonders Run!

Lightgliders! It’s Tambika. I’m here to give you a boost on the leaderboard! You’ve been selected to scout out a new area of the Yonders. Dodge the Machines and blight and grab the coins you find there! Tap to jump up to two times in a row, and grab the powerups to get boosts to your speed, jump height, and armor! How deep into the Yonders will you be able to go?


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Humility

March 2, 2020

MARCH 2 - MARCH 8


Humility

Hey Lightgliders! 

This week we are discussing the Lightglider value of humility. We learned last week about purpose - how God has created each of us uniquely and in His image. Even though each of us are created to shine like stars in the universe, we must come to understand that we are not perfect. The sin and selfishness that began in the Garden of Eden carries on today in every human heart. It causes division, brokenness, and strife. Admitting our need for God’s love and forgiveness requires humility. To live with humility means to acknowledge that we are weak and that we need others. We cannot depend on our own talents, accomplishments, or even our good behavior. These things will fail us, as they will never be able to pay for our sin. We have to depend on God and on His love for us. Only with humble hearts is this even possible. As we live with humility, we are able to take our focus off ourselves, receive God’s love, and truly focus on the needs of others.

When you go on enough Yonders missions, you will be ready for one filled with puzzles. One of these is called “Keep Out!” That’s a good name for it because those who are proud or unwilling to fail should keep out. To complete it, you will need humility. Stay focused on your missions to the Yonders. You will fail at some. You will succeed at some. But, in all of them, stay humble!  

Glide On!

Nisha



Things to Think About

• Read Philippians 2:3-5 in the Bible. What kind of attitude did Jesus have?

• What does it mean to be humble?

• In what ways do you take an interest in others?

• What is one area of weakness where you need God’s help?

• What are ways to point others to Jesus?



In-Game Announcements

• Compete in this week’s BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Machine Bunker. Every Lightglider on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a prize!

• Join Gertrude in front of the Arcade in the Academy for a Dance Break on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday! Come bust a move at 4:30pm EST/3:30pm CST and get a prize!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Humility and the Prayer video in orange called He Must Increase.

• Kwan’s Game Tip of the Week: 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!


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Purpose

February 24, 2020

FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1


Purpose

Hey Lightgliders! 

Purpose is one of the five core values of a Lightglider. We want to live with absolute certainty that our lives are extremely valuable. But how do we know this is true? It comes from the truth that God made us in His image. Because of this, our lives have worth and dignity that no one can take away. If the Creator of the universe took time to create you, then guess what. Your life matters!

To live with purpose means to live every day with the belief that you are valuable and that you can make a difference. In Lightglider Academy, we rescue Gliddles, clear the blight, and seek to help any way we can. Look around you. The world is in need and you were uniquely created to make an impact!

Each day provides us a new opportunity to live an adventure filled with purpose!

Glide On!

Tova


Things to Think About

• Read Ephesians 2:8-10 in the Bible. According to these verses, as God’s masterpiece, what can we do?

• In what ways do you live with a sense of purpose?

• What does it mean to you to be ‘God’s masterpiece?’

• In what ways do you want to positively impact the world?


In-Game Announcements

• Let's celebrate this unbe-LEAP-able Leap Year in the Courtyard this Friday at 5pm CST! Get your very own lily pad glider and frog hat while we party!

• Compete in this week’s Game of the Week, Machine Blitz. Every Lightgliders on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a prize!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Purpose and the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Purpose.

• Did you miss the new Yonders Mission? Be sure to check it out on the front page this week!

• Tambika’s Treehouse game tip: Tambika’s Treehouse: Lightglider! It’s Tambika, and I need your help! My Treehouse was attacked and it’s covered in blight! Can you help me restore it all? 

Thankfully, I had stored a ton of RES orbs before the attack. Just open up some of the safe areas to recharge your RES! Help rescue the Gliddles and relocate them to a safer Treehouse while we restore mine!


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Five Values

February 17, 2020

FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23


Five Values

Hey Lightgliders!

I just got back from the Yonders and was talking with Santiago in the courtyard about the Lightglider values -- why we do what we do! When I’m in Timberlands Treetops, clearing blight and battling Machines, it’s important for me to remember the values I want to live by. The five values of a Lightglider are purpose, humility, confidence, hope, and love. I want these values to affect how I think, how I act, and how I behave. They are especially important to remember in times of uncertainty and pressure, like when I’m battling a Clampneck Machine in the Yonders! I’m excited for us to talk about these values over the coming weeks.

Most every family, community, and culture lives by a set of values. Lightgliders seek to live with five values: purpose, humility, confidence, hope, and love. And they are supported by a biblical worldview:

• Purpose: Because God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), our lives are valuable. They have purpose.

• Humility: No one is perfect; we all fall short of God’s moral standard of goodness (Romans 3:23). A deep understanding of this produces a life of humility.

• Confidence: Knowing that God loves us and that Jesus paid for our sins at the cross despite our shortcomings generates a strong sense of confidence (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are greatly loved by the only One who matters!

• Hope: Because the future is in God’s hands and that He promises to restore the brokenness, we can always looks ahead with hope believing that good things are coming. When we live with hope, we give hope to others (Romans 15:13).

• Love: With Jesus’ example as our example, we seek to love. Such love is not a feeling. It is a choice that inspires action by putting the needs of others before our own (John 15:13). This is exactly what Jesus did at the cross!


Just like a good seed properly nourished helps to produce a beautiful tree, good values help to produce beautiful lives. 

Glide On!

Bryce



Things to Think About

Read Matthew 7:17-20 in the Bible. How does the Bible say we will know a tree? How can we be known by the “fruit” we produce?

• What are values and why are they important?

• What are some examples of values?

• What are your family’s core values?


In-Game Announcements

• Compete in this week’s BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Impossible Glider Challenge. Challenge your family members and see who can get the highest score!

• On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, you can meet one of the Lightglider Mods, Norman Snowman Cook. He’ll be in the Courtyard at 5:30pm EST/4:30pm CST telling jokes and giving out prizes! 

• Did you know you can decorate a Sticker Page and send it to a friend? Try one out on the front page today!

• Watch the Spark video in green called What’s A Value? and the Prayer video in orange called Thank You For My Family.

• Bryce’s Timberlands Treetops game tip: Hey, Lightglider! It’s Bryce. One of our missions is to head out to the Timberlands and explore the treetops! There are lots of dangerous Machines up there, but I know you’ll battle them with ease! A great tactic to deal with faster Machines is to “kite!” When a Machine charges you, start slowly backing away, firing behind you as you go. The Machine will try to chase you, but they won’t be able to catch you. It’s like you’re stringing along a kite behind you! Use this tactic on many of the smaller Machines. You’ll come out on top! Glide on!

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The Desktop App is Here!

February 13, 2020

The Lightgliders Desktop App is Here!

Great news Lightgliders Families! Your subscription to Lightgliders now includes a new way to access all of the weekly content, games, videos, activities, and the multiplayer virtual world. The Lightgliders Desktop App gives you and your kids a faster and more seamless Lightgliders experience on the computer.

Get the desktop app in 3 easy steps. Here's how:

1. Click here to download the desktop app
This must be done from a computer.

2. Once the download is complete, open the file to run the installer

Your virus protection software may not recognize Lightgliders. Be sure to open/run anyway to complete installation.

3. Once Lightgliders has finished installing, login and have fun!
Parents can login with their email and password. Kids can login with their username and password.

Now your kids can access everything Lightgliders has to offer right from the desktop - without launching a web browser - even the multiplayer virtual world, Lightglider Academy!

Update Lightgliders on your Mobile Devices

We also released updates to our mobile app(s). Make sure you have the latest version of Lightgliders on all your mobile devices!


You'll know you have the latest version of Lightgliders when you can see our new icon on your devices!

Glide On, Lightgliders!

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