This week we kicked off the first series of 2018 with Watch This!
Preschoolers’ love showing us what they can do. They re the embodiment of Watch This moments. And it can be anything – hula hooping, swimming, headstands, or my favorite, making their eyebrows go up and down. I love it when they learn how to do that, their facial expressions are priceless. We want to help kids keep their eyes on Jesus because HE CAN DO ALL THINGS!
Memory Verse: “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26, NIV
Key Question: Who can do anything?
Bottom Line: Jesus can do anything.
Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Bible Story Focus:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus can do what is impossible.
Walking on Water • Matthew 14:22-33
We told the story when Jesus wanted to have some alone time so the disciples went on by boat to their next stop. Soon into the trip, a wild storm blew in causing the ship to rock and sway and nearly sink into the water. The disciples were terrified but then they saw a figure walking on the water coming towards them….. It was Jesus! Jesus jumped into the boat, reassured them and calmed the storm instantly, showing them that Jesus can do what is impossible.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the amazing things Jesus can do. He really can do anything. He can even walk on water! Thank You for giving us Jesus to be our friend forever. I pray each person here will grow up and want to be Jesus’ friend forever too. We love You, God! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
January brings us our new series Work it Out: Commitment
Commitment is- Making a plan and putting it into practice.
Growing in faith is not something that happens by simply cramming information about the Bible into a child’s brain. The knowledge in their head means nothing if we don’t help kids experience what that knowledge can do in their heart. To experience faith, we want kids to practice their faith and that takes commitment.
Key Question: How do you pray to God? Kids are just starting to discover that they can pray more than before meals and at bedtime. We hope the kids in your environments learn that they can pray to God whenever they feel like they feel like pray with whatever words come to mind. God is always there to listen.
In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus’s disciples asked Him how to pray. Jesus responds with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs, and for forgiveness. It’s a comfort to know that we can pray knowing that God knows us and wants to hear from us.
Bottom Line: Practice praying to God. They can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening. We hope kids will understand more about the faith skill, PRAY, and find that talking to God is an important part of growing in their faith.