May 22nd & 23rd Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series called Come To The Castle continued this weekend. It’s fantastic series where we’ll be telling stories all month about how God is King and He’s got this.

Week Three

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17, NLT

Key Question: Who’s got it?

Bottom Line: God’s got it.

Bible Story: God teaches me the way to go.

Gideon at Battle • Judges 7:9-22

In this week’s story, we heard a story about a warrior named Gideon who got some pretty strange instructions from God. Gideon and his men were off to battle when God told him to leave the weapons behind. Instead, Gideon’s men were told to hold torches, blow trumpets, and break clay jars to defeat their enemies. The army was confused as to how this would help them defeat the enemy but Gideon had faith in God’s way. They obeyed and God brought them the victory! We hope that kids learned this weekend that God will teach you the way to go.

We helped kids to remember this story in a couple ways:
We had them make torches like the one Gideon and his men used.
They were challenged to follow overlapping paths on the floor.
They even learned how to tie a shoe so they could see what it’s like to follow the right way…

Try going over this story with your child to remind them that we should count on God to show us the right way and to always remember that God’s got this!

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:
May Parent Guide Week 3

Elementary

This month, our over-arching theme for 6-11 year olds is DETERMINATION in a series we call The Amazing Maze.  We’ve also been saying that determination is deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

Our Memory Verse is found in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV).

Week Three

In Ephesians 6:10-18, we read a portion of a letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. The early church is feeling attacked from all sides, and Paul encourages them by reminding them how the Holy Spirit can help them. We have armor that stand against anything that we might face in this world.

Bottom Line: God gives you what you need to keep going. We pray that through this lesson, kids will realize all they have available to them right now to help them show determination when they feel like giving up.

You can help your child remember to keep going all week with these take home materials:
May GodTime Week 3 (K-1st Grade)
May GodTime Week 3 (2nd-3rd Grade)
May GodTime Week 3 (4th Grade)

May 15th & 16th Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series called Come To The Castle continued this weekend. It’s fantastic series where we’ll be telling stories all month about how God is King and He’s got this.

Week Two

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17, NLT

Key Question: Who’s got it?

Bottom Line: God’s got it.

Bible Story:  God hears me and gives me what I need. 
Hagar • Daniel 3:10-28

In this week’s story, we learned all about a woman named Hagar. Hagar and her son were in the desert and things were getting pretty toasty. They were so dehydrated, but unfortunately, no one was around to hear them cry… that is no except God! God heard them and knew what they needed and He told Hagar to look up and Hagar saw that God provided her and her son with what they needed.

We helped kids to remember this story in a couple ways:
We had them make their own crowns to help them remember that God is King.
They made sand castles with real sand and it was admittedly a bit messy but OH SO worth it.
They played around with using pool noodles to send messages to their friends to help them remember that God hears us always.

Try reviewing this story with your little one to remind them that we don’t have to be worried so long as we remember that God’s got this!

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:
May Parent Guide Week 2

Elementary

This month, our over-arching theme for 6-11 year olds is DETERMINATION in a series we call The Amazing Maze.  We’ve also been saying that determination is deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

Our Memory Verse is found in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV).

Week Two

In Acts 10, Peter was a Jewish follower of Jesus. Cornelius was a Roman commander. These two were unlikely friends even in the best of circumstances. You see, Jewish law frowned upon associating with anyone who wasn’t Jewish as they were considered “unclean”. But through a couple of visions, these two men were about to cross paths. Through this meeting, Peter discovered that the message of Jesus wasn’t just for the Jewish people and the mission Jesus gave the disciples was way bigger than he originally thought.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when the job is bigger than you think. There are times we start a job and soon realize that it will be a much larger endeavor. Our first instinct might be to give up all together, but we need to keep going. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can push through and show determination right up until the end.

You can help your child remember to keep going all week with these take home materials:
May GodTime Week 2 (K-1st Grade)
May GodTime Week 2 (2nd-3rd Grade)
May GodTime Week 2 (4th-5th Grade)

May Series BEGINS!

While the April showers are still around, it seems, the May flowers have also appeared in full bloom. We hope that the flowers are a foreboding sign that much growth will be happening this month with two new series being introduced for the different age groups. Take a look at how we hope kids will be growing in their knowledge and closeness with God this month:

Preschool/Kindergarten

This month brings a new set of stories we call Come To The Castle.

In it, we will be telling multiple stories from the Bible which show kids the ways that God takes care of things as our King. Along the way, they will hear a new truth each week:

God is always with me.
God hears me and gives me what I need.
God teaches me the way to go.
God protects me.

Week One

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Memory Verse: “He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God.” Deuteronomy 10:17, NLT

Key Question: Who’s got it?

Bottom Line: God’s got it.

Bible Story:  God is always with me. 
Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego • Daniel 3:10-28

In this week’s story, we heard about a king named King Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar (let’s call him King Neb from now on) thought he was this awesome king and he clearly wanted everyone to know it. So, he had a gold statue built of his own likeness and placed it in the center of the city. After that, King Neb made a rule that every time the music played, the people in his kingdom had to bow down to the statue. Most everyone followed the king’s command and bowed to the statue, but there were three guys who refused. Their names were: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Shad, Mesh, and Abe believed that the only One they should bow to is God. Well, the king didn’t like the fact that Shad, Mesh, and Abe weren’t following his directions so he ordered that they be thrown into a fiery furnace. Thing is, the three guys didn’t seem worried at all about being burnt in the furnace. They knew that God’s got this and when He sent an angel to protect them, everyone could see that God was truly the one in control.

Try reviewing this story with your little one to remind them that we don’t have to be worried so long as we remember that God’s got this!

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:
May Parent Guide Week 1

Elementary

This month, our over-arching theme for 6-11 year olds is DETERMINATION in a series we call The Amazing Maze.

Through Scripture, we can discover that God has been faithful to His people. He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He sent Jesus to rescue us from our sin. He remained faithful to the early church as they spread the message of Jesus throughout the world. When we see how God gave His people what they needed to continue following Him, we can respond with determination believing that God will give us what we need to finish what we start.

We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about determination—deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

Our Memory Verse for May comes from Galatians 6:9.

In Galatians 6:9, we read, “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV). Throughout this week, we’ll see how determination shows up in the early church and the first followers of Jesus as they worked to accomplish the mission He had for them.

Week One

We started our discussion about determination in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John are arrested for healing a man and teaching about Jesus (Not exactly criminal activity). They are brought before the Sanhedrin where they tell them to stop talking about Jesus or face severe consequences. Peter and John show determination as they proclaim that nothing can keep them from talking about Jesus.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when it gets hard. Life will be difficult. As much as we might try, we can’t escape hardships. But in those times, we can trust God to give us what we need to show determination and keep going.

You can help your child remember to keep going all week with these take home materials:
May GodTime Week 1 (K-1st Grade)
May GodTime Week 1 (2nd-3rd Grade)
May GodTime Week 1 (4th-5th Grade)

April 29th & 30th Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.” John 3:16 GNT

Key Question: Who is the best?

Bottom Line: Jesus is the Best!

Bible Story:  The Great Commission – Matthew 28:19-20

The last week of this special series we’ve been doing with preschoolers and kindergarteners focused on the important mission that Jesus gave his followers before He left for Heaven. This story showed us that even though we may know that Jesus is #1, that isn’t all we need to learn. Jesus told the disciples to go into the world and spread the news of who Jesus is and what He did for us.  Your kids played with a GIANT GLOBE to find places they could go to tell others who Jesus is. They played a matching game with card showing different kids living in other parts of the world. Afterwards, they made their very own megaphones (because they weren’t loud enough already…) to remind them that they can tell everyone that “Jesus is the best!”

If you didn’t get them already, you can use this guide to keep this lesson on your child’s mind throughout your week:
April Parent Guide Week 5

Elementary

Humility is tough to learn and even tougher to do. When the world around you is focused on the “me”, we hope your child will start focusing on the “we” after this series.

This week, we talked about the example that Jesus set in humility when He gave up Heaven to come to earth and be punished for crimes He didn’t commit. Just the way that He did what no one else could and saved the world from being a prisoner of sin.  Even though Jesus deserved to be put first more than anyone, He became a servant to everyone.

That leads us to our Bottom Line:

Put others first.

It’s simple to say but harder to follow. It helps that Jesus promised us that the Holy Spirit would be here to help us in His place. We pray that your child has gotten even a little more humble and is hopefully trying to put others first.

You can take this lesson a bit further with these take home materials:
April Parent Guide Week 5
April GodTime Week 5

April 22nd & 23rd Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.” John 3:16 GNT

Key Question: Who is the best?

Bottom Line: Jesus is the Best!

Bible Story: Peter The Rock – Matthew 16: 17-18

Now that the celebration of Easter is over and we remembered the amazing news that Jesus is alive, we saw that Peter wasn’t going to keep it to himself. If Easter was just for him, then he may not have needed to tell anyone. He could have gone back to being a loud-talking fisherman just like he was before Jesus asked for Peter to follow Him. That’s not what he did, though. Peter decided that He was going to keep the miracle of Easter to himself. He told everyone he could tell that Jesus is the Best!

You can use the take home materials to remind your child of this lesson throughout the week:
April Parent Guide Week 4

Elementary

When Easter came and Jesus rose from the dead, the disciples must have thought they were dreaming. First, you see your Friend and Mentor killed and three days later you see Him standing in front of you.  To make things even more dream-like, that same Friend was lifted in into Heaven right before their eyes. Jesus made a big splash while He was here and He changed the world forever but suddenly He was gone…

And the disciples could only stare in awe of what just happened…

And they probably asked themselves…. Now what?

This week, we learned that the disciples were given a special task just before Jesus ascended. He told the disciple to “GO”. Go everywhere. Go as far and wide as possible to as many places as possible and tell them about the Gospel. The disciples got the message and they spent their lives spreading the Good News of Jesus. That leads us to the Bottom Line this week:

I can put others first because Jesus put me first.

We get to continue the mission that Jesus gave His disciples all those years ago. When we choose to share Jesus’ love with others, we’re putting them first. We pray that kids will realize that they have an important role in God’s One Big Story.

Go even deeper with these take home materials:
April Parent Guide Week 4
April GodTime Week 4

Easter Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.” John 3:16 GNT

Key Question: Who is the best?

Bottom Line: Jesus is the Best!

Bible Story: Easter – Matthew (26:20-30)(27:45-50)(28:1-7)

This Easter may have been the very first time EVER for some preschoolers to hear the true story of Easter. And for others, this may have been their first time ever even going to church. We have the awesome opportunity to tell them for the first time about how Jesus died and rose again and that He did it all for us! We made some paper tombs and played a games called “Cross Toss” so we could drive this point home.

You can help your preschooler/kindergartener remember the story of Easter by watching here:

You can use the take home materials to keep the lesson going throughout the week:

Elementary

We were SOO excited to celebrate Easter with you all as we spent time in John 18:12–20:23.  We started with Jesus’ trial and end with celebrating the resurrection. The religious leaders were up in arms because Jesus has claimed to be God. It didn’t matter that it’s TRUE; they were still ready to dish out the ultimate punishment. And Jesus chose to give up everything and take that punishment, so that no one else has to.

Bottom Line: I can put others first because Jesus put me first.

It cost Jesus everything to put us first. He gave up His life, so we could be with God forever. As we respond to God and His gift of salvation, we can follow Jesus’ example and put others first.

Go even deeper with these take home materials:
April GodTime Week 2

April 9th & 10th Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.” John 3:16 GNT

Key Question: Who is the best?

Bottom Line: Jesus is the Best!

Bible Story: Palm Sunday (John 13:3-17)

HOSANNA! The people of Jerusalem shouted “Hosanna!” in praise as Jesus entered the town on a donkey. This week, children saw the story of when Jesus was celebrated on a day we call Palm Sunday. Your kids learned to make their own palm branches, played games where they had to look for the branches hidden with the people’s coats that were thrown before the feet of Jesus, and help Jesus get through a maze of Jerusalem. All these activities point to the big idea of the day that “We can praise Jesus!”

You can help your preschooler/kindergartener by reminding them of this story:

You can use the take home materials to keep the lesson going throughout the week:

Elementary

This week in our series called Gooooal!, we talked about Gethsemane. *Bless You*  …No….. That’s not a sneezing sound. That’s the name of the garden where Jesus prayed on the Mount of Olives just before He was arrested. We did, however, have your kids use sound effects to help us tell that story. We had them make the sound of the pattering feet that were coming up the mountain to take Jesus into custody.

Jesus definitely heard the angry mob coming for Him but He didn’t stop them even though He could have. This is because Jesus knew why He came to earth. While He prayed for His Father to make another way, ultimately Jesus knew that He had to let go of what He wanted for the sake of saving the world from sin.

Bottom Line: I can put others first by letting go of what I want. At some point in our lives, we’ll be faced with a decision to give up something we want for what someone else wants. We pray that kids will realize that showing humility is often more important than getting their way.

Go even deeper with these take home materials:
April GodTime Week 2

April 2nd & 3rd Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son.” John 3:16 GNT

Key Question: Who is the best?

Bottom Line: Jesus is the Best!

Bible Story: Washing Feet (John 13:3-17)

This new series began with the story of when Jesus decided to wash the Disciples’ feet. We had some silly fun with feet as we made some footprint art and matched shoes together in game we called “Go Shoe!” All these games and activities pointed back to the idea we wanted your kids to take from this story of Jesus doing something only servants did in His day: “Jesus shows us we can serve others.”

You can help your preschooler/kindergartener to remember this story by rewatching it here:

Reinforce this story with some of these materials:
Memory Verse Card
Jesus is #1 Parent Guide Week 1

Elementary

We began the month with a new series that is wistfully named Gooooal! The idea behind this series is that we need to “Pass It to Win It” and that happens when we learn HUMILITY.

This week, we started our discussion about humility in John 13:1-17 where we find Jesus and His disciples celebrating Passover in the upper room. Jesus wanted to give His disciples an example of what it meant to be a servant leader. With humility, Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He served them by doing the job of a servant. Jesus gave us this week’s Bottom Line to put in action:

I can put others first by serving them.

Kids saw that, though they don’t need to wash their friends’ feet to show humility, they can find ways to serve them and put them first. We pray this will be a powerful week for kids as they see how much Jesus did for them and how they can respond to Him by how they treat others.

Get serious about HUMILITY with these take home materials:
Goooooal! Parent Guide Week 1
April GodTime Week 1

We Aren’t Foolin’ Around This April!

As April begins, it can be hard to believe anything you read online. You might have already been tricked on your way to this post and we can sympathize.

That’s why this month in Waters Kids, our main theme will be PRACTICAL JOKES.

We are incredibly excited to show kids how to be pranksters so that they can avoid being prank-ees. 

Week 1: We’ll start with the History of the Whoopie Cushion and it’s many uses.

Week 2: ….. Okay not really.

We couldn’t resist.

This month is actually all about HUMILITY. 

More than the feeling you get after being fooled on a day like today, HUMILITY is a response to the character of God. Your kids will see how we can sometimes act like our own “god” and how knowing God means knowing that He is the source of all our strength.

Take a look at how kids of different ages will be talking about the character of God this month:

Preschool/Kindergarten

It’s that time of the year when we celebrate that Jesus is alive! He went away, but He came back! Yay, Jesus!

This Easter could be the very first time EVER for some of the preschoolers hear the true story of Easter. For some, it could be their first time ever even going to church. This means we have the awesome opportunity to tell them for the first time about how Jesus washed His disciples’ feet; made His triumphal entry; died and rose again; built His Church; and gave us the Great Commission.

We get to tell them the true story of how much God loves them and how He gave them His only Son in a new series called Jesus is #1!

Watch this video for a full preview of this month’s series for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners:

Elementary

Jesus is the ultimate example of humility.

Jesus is the Son of God. And in the beginning, Jesus was part of creating the heavens and the earth. And as the Son of God, there is nothing in Heaven or on earth that isn’t under Jesus’ command. Yet Jesus chose to become one of us.

We live in a world that’s all about putting ourselves first. Jesus lived in a world like that too. He could have looked out for Himself, called 10,000 angels to come and rescue Him. But He didn’t. Out of His love for us He chose the humble route and put us first. It cost Him everything.

Putting others first will cost you something: your time or money. Maybe it will cost you some pride. But when we choose to follow Jesus with our lives, believing that His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be right with God, the least we can do is put others first even if it’s a bit uncomfortable and cost us something.

We think it’s important, especially at Easter, for us to help our kids and families discover that HUMILITY is putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

Watch this video for a full preview of this month’s series for Elementary Schoolers:

March 25th & 26th Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Basic Truth: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

Memory Verse: Love one another.” John 13:34 NIV

Key Question: How can you love like Jesus?

Bottom Line: I can love everyone!

Bible Story: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24)

We wrapped up the month with the story of the prodigal son where we saw that we can love, no matter what, thanks to forgiveness. Just like Jesus loves us, even when we do something wrong, we can love others, even when they do something wrong. Your kids expressed how they would feel if they were the Prodigal Son through emojis, they made a tool belt out their Memory Verse, and they watched a great story that you can revisit right here:

Don’t forget to use this week’s parent guide if you didn’t get one:

Elementary

We finished the month with another one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 18:21-35. We saw the time when Jesus tells the story of a servant who likes to live it up—even though he’s weighed down by MILLIONS of dollars in debt! (That’s about 29 million to be exact).

This servant gets a big break when the king forgives his debt. You’d think he’s got it made—until he finds a man who owes him a few bucks and while we expect him pay it forward and cancel the debt, that’s not what happened. He gets caught when he didn’t forgive others like the king forgave him. That’s where our Bottom Line for the week comes in:

Since God forgave you, you should forgive others.

Forgiveness is full circle. God chose to forgive us when we had a huge debt against Him because of our sin. Because we are forgiven of so much, when others hurt us, we should respond with forgiveness in return. We pray that kids will start to realize how they can forgive people in their life.

Go deeper in this topic with these take home materials:
Fix It Up Week 4 Parent Guide