Week 2 Recap

Preschool

This week we continued our kids November series Recipe for Thanks, where preschoolers are exploring the ingredients for a grateful heart!

Week Two

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV

Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.

Basic Truth: God made me.

Story: I am thankful I can pray

The Lord’s Prayer • Matthew 6:9-13

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.

14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

This prayer I know many of us are familiar with and for good reason, prayer is one of the most powerful ways we can connect and grow with God. We can talk to him anytime anywhere and any place we wish to all we have to do is well… talk! God always answers our prayers with either Yes, Not Yet or I have something better in mind. God does not say no to our prayers but he is not going to just give us what we want. As you and your children go about your week remember your prayers and keep praying over these and whatever else may come and you will get to see how much God is with us each and every day and that I am thankful I can pray. 

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 2 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we begin our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look

Week Two

What do you do when you don’t feel grateful? Kids will learn soon enough, that sometimes it’s hard to feel grateful. Through asking this question, we hope kids will come away with a plan to refocus on what really matters and discover how they can show gratitude.

In Matthew 20:1-15, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In the story, the vineyard owner offered to pay workers for helping to collect the harvest before it could be ruined. He hired workers all throughout the day even as the day came to a close. When he started giving the workers equal pay regardless of how long they worked, the early morning workers became ungrateful and started complaining. Then, at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought it wasn’t fair.

Bottom Line: Adjust your attitude. Though not everything in the world is going to be the same and though as much as we would love to have a fair share it may not always be there. We can change our whole outlook on life if we take the time to refocus and think about all that we’ve been given. Because even those who have little can do great things! We pray that kids will see their own life differently and discover all the ways can show gratitude.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 2

Week 1 Recap

Preschool

This week we kicked off our kids November series Recipe for Thanks, where preschoolers are exploring the ingredients for a grateful heart!

Week One

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV

Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.

Basic Truth: God made me.

Story: I am thankful for God’s commandments.

Ten Commandments • Exodus 20

Each and every one of God’s commandments are all equally important to us we won’t list them all but each one is God’s amazing covenant with us. His number-one commandment he gave to us is that we should love him more than anything because if we love him in all we do then we can walk with him in our faith. Right with it is to love your neighbor as yourself, now loving our next door neighbors is always what we should do but God did not just mean them he meant everyone! For if we love God more than anything and treat all with kindness and respect we can follow every commandment.

Though we are human and we fail many commandments each and every day, God loves us anyway as he sent Jesus to die for those sins so that we can be with God in paradise! Remember this week to know that I am thankful for God’s commandments. and who can we thank for everything? We can thank God for Everything!

  Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 1 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we begin our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look

Week One

Key Question: What are you grateful for? We kick off a month on gratitude by helping kids to refocus on their own life and discover reasons they can be thankful. We’re so busy with life that we don’t take the time to pause and notice what God has done for us. We hope kids take the time throughout the year to ask themselves this question. Our lives are filled with blessings big and small and it is always important to see each and every one that God has given us.

We start our look at gratitude with Psalm 100 where we read, Shout for joy to the Lord, everyone on earth. Worship the Lord with gladness. Come to Him with songs of joy, (NIrV). God has done so much for us through the gift of Jesus, it’s only fitting that we respond to Him with a heart of gratitude.  

Bottom Line: Celebrate what God has done. We hope to give kids and families the opportunity to think about all the ways God has shown them love and faithfulness throughout the year. We want them to be able to get excited and celebrate God’s goodness in their lives!

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 1

Thankful for our November Series

Note: Week One Recap of this past weekend will be going up tomorrow @ 9:30 AM

Halloween has passed and with it, the time for tricks and treats are gone at least for a little while. Thanksgiving is now coming up fast but it also means our November Series is here!

Preschool 

This month, we want to cook up a big Recipe For Thanks with our preschoolers! Thinking about the things we’re thankful for is the key to a grateful heart.

Memory Verse: “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Psalm 111:1, ESV

Key Question: Who can you thank for everything?

Bottom Line: I can thank God for everything.

Basic Truth: God made me.

The Bottom lines.

I am thankful for God’s commandments.

I am thankful I can pray.

I am thankful for people who help me.

I am thankful God gives me what I need.

Elementary

This month brings us to our series Refocus: Know where to look. where we take the time to explore Gratitude in all the things God has done for us!- Gratitude is a response to the character of God.  

Have you taken the time to sit and think about all of the blessings in your life? God gave us each and every blessing because of the unconditional love he has for each and every one of us. He created a planet that’s perfectly and wonderfully made for all that live on it. Then, He sent His Son, Jesus, to that planet to die and be raised to life so He could have a forever relationship with you. Throughout the month, we’ll help kids refocus on all that God has done for them. Because when you know what God has done for you, YOU CAN BE GRATEFUL—ALWAYS. The connection between Gratitude and God’s character, as shown through God’s big story

     With Thankfulness being the theme for this November, we cannot wait for all that is in store!

 

Week 5 Recap

Preschool

Halloween is right around the corner and with it November approaching and this weekend we concluded our October series Zig Zag Zone: where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!

Week Five

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me 

Story: We can praise God because He helps us.

David Praises God • 2 Samuel 6:5, 14; Psalm 149:1-5

This series has been about how God was always present in David’s life helping him every step of the way. In week one we learned about David was just a shepherd and had to protect his sheep from big animals. One day a lion tried to grab one of his sheep and God helped David defeat the lion and save his sheep!

King Saul asked David to do the extremely difficult task of leading his armies, and God was there and helped David defeat many of Isreal’s enemies even when the odds were stacked against him.

David also had to do something very hard, he had to say goodbye to his best friend Johnathan forever. We all have lost a close friend to us and during those hard times where we have to move on and God helped us through each and every time.

Finally, David, when he had become king, went out to fulfill his promise to Johnathan to protect his family and found Mephibosheth and cared for him any way he could.

David wrote made music and songs as his way to give back to God for everything he has blessed David with. God has blessed and helped David every step of the way but we are not just talking about David, God wants to help us too in each and every moment of our lives. Remember we can praise God because He helps us.

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 5 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we continue into Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

Week Five

Key Question: How do you live for what really matters? Even kids have several options when it comes to how they choose to live their life. Throughout the month, we’ve talked about using time, things, and money wisely, but this can also be about the company we keep, the way we study for tests, or the way we treat our neighbors. Kids are starting to realize that the way they live comes with consequences both good and bad. We hope to guide kids to see their life as more than the here and now. They can live their life to gain popularity and friends, or they can choose to live their life in a way that honors God.

That’s why we conclude our month about stewardship looking more closely at something Jesus told His followers during the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 6:19-24. Jesus tells us, “Your heart will be where your riches are.” Jesus reminded us rather than spending all of our time on earth to gain riches that won’t last, we should spend our time on what matters most—serving God and storing up treasures that will last forever.

Bottom Line: Live like you know what really matters. The world is filled with voices shouting at us what should be important—money, power, fame, and personal glory. But what God wants for us is different. When we live our life for only things that matter on earth, they’ll end up fading away and being destroyed. Instead, we pray kids will learn to make choices about their life that will matter for eternity.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 5

Week 4

Preschool

Our series Zig Zag Zone continued this week where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!

Week Four

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Story: God can help me help others.

David Helps Mephibosheth (muhfibuh-sheth)  • 1 Samuel 20:14-17; 2 Samuel 9:1-13

In last week’s story
David and Johnathan were inseparable friends, but when David had to hide away to escape king Saul Johnathan asked David to promise that he would take care of his family when he was king and he would never forget it.
            Many years later when Johnathan was gone and David was king, he sought out to see if any of Johnathan’s family was still alive. Mephibosheth, one of Johnathan’s sons was alive but unfortunately, he was unable to walk and so David had his servants bring him to the castle. David gave him many servants that would be able to to take care of him, when Mephibosheth why he was doing this for him he said “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.”(2 Samuel 9:7) David would treat Mephibosheth just he did Johnathan. With God’s help, David helped Mephibosheth, and you can help others with His help too. So remember, God can help me.
 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we continue into Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

Week Four

Key Question: How can you best use your money? They may not have a lot of it, but kids this age are starting to have some “pocket money” of their own. And even if they don’t, now is a perfect time to set a foundation of stewardship related to how we use the money we have in a way that honors God. We’ll walk kids through the principles of giving, save, and spend, so when they ask themselves this question, they’ll have a perfect starting point to make wise choices with their money throughout their lives.

A huge way we can use our money wisely is how we give some away to help others. We’ll look at something Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give . . . God loves a cheerful giver, (NIrV). We have opportunities every day to spend money on all sorts of things and experiences. But what if we looked at our money differently? What if we looked at money through the eyes of stewardship and saw that how we use our money reflects how we take care of what God has given to us.

Bottom Line: Use your money wisely. One of the best ways we can use our money is to give some away and allow God to something amazing with it. We’ll help kids figure out ways that can give, save and spend their money wisely.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 4

Week 3 Recap

Preschool

Our series Zig Zag Zone continued this week where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!

Week Three

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Story: David and Johnathan: 1 Samuel 1-4, 20:3-42

David and Johnathan were best friends and were inseparable, they did everything they could together, however, Johnathan’s father King Saul did not like David. David was a leader in Saul’s army and was so popular many of the people and this made Saul very jealous. Saul wanted to harm David so he could not be more popular than him. This worried David to where he felt he had to move away so he could be safe when he told Johnathan this made both of them upset. It was probably the hardest thing both of them have ever done as it meant they would never see each other again. However, Thankfully both knew God was with them and will help them with all things!

We all have moments in our lives where we have to make some of the toughest decisions of our lives, but in those moments just remember that God can help me do hard things!

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:  Week 3 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we continue into Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

Week Three

Key Question: How can you best use your things? If you asked the kids you know, most would tell you that what they own is super important to them. But if you pressed them long enough, you’d probably discover that they leave their LEGOs on the floor, their bikes out in the rain, or their video game controllers lost somewhere in the couch cushions. But we want kids to remember that what they have actually belongs to God, that God made it possible for them to have those things. Along with that comes a responsibility to use your things (or your time, talents, and money) wisely.

This was something important to Jesus as well. Jesus talked about stewardship through several of His parables, including one recorded for us in Matthew 25:14-30. This is a familiar parable about a businessman who went on a journey and left three of his workers in charge of some of his money. Two of the workers turned a profit while the third buried his portion did nothing with it and wasted his opportunity for growth. In the end, the people listening are left wondering how they are caring for what’s been entrusted to them.

Bottom Line: Use your things wisely. God has given each of us to be responsible for something—money, talents, even our stuff. We pray kids discover how they can use those things wisely.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 3

Week 2 Recap

Preschool

Our series Zig Zag Zone continued this week where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!

Week Two

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Story: David Is Strong in Battle • 1 Samuel 18:7; 12-14

7As they danced, they sang,
“Saul has killed thousands of men.
David has killed tens of thousands.”
12 The Lord had left Saul and was with David. So Saul was afraid of David. 13 He sent David away. He put him in command of 1,000 men. David led the troops in battle. 14 In everything he did, he was very successful. That’s because the Lord was with him.
wars were fought constantly and Isreal time and time again protected itself thanks to David’s leadership all because he stayed devoted to God and stayed true to his plan. Now we may not be fighting in great wars, but we still have many moments in our lives where we just feel alone and there is nobody able to help us through what we are struggling with. It is here that it is important for us to remember as David did to know that God can help me.

 Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 2 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we treat you to the beginning of our new series Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

Week Two

Key Question: How can you best use your time? Kids are just starting to become aware of time. We’ll help kids begin to realize that we only have so much time, so how we use it matters to God. Kids will wrestle through the ways they spend their time now and figure out what needs to change to use their time wisely. Really, this is a question we hope small group leaders and parents ask themselves as they lead their kids. Everyone can benefit by taking a look at how they’re spending the time God has given to them.

With that in mind, we continue looking at stewardship with another Psalm. In Psalm 90:12, Moses writes, Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom, (NIV). Moses knew more than most the importance of time and reminds us that when we take time to think about the time God has given us, we have an opportunity to use it wisely.

Bottom Line: Use your time wisely. We only have so much time while we’re here on earth, but every day God gives us is a chance for us to do something that matters. We can waste our time or use it to do something significant. We pray that kids will make every moment count.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 2

Treating you to our October Kids Series!

Preschool 

This Month as we start the season off with our October series Zig Zag Zone!

We know things are going to happen in our preschoolers’ lives where they will need God’s help—times when their lives will zig one way and then zag another. We want them to grow up believing that God loves them and can help them anywhere, with anything, no matter how hard it may be. He can even help them help others! We will focus on the life of David from the Bible and the many Zigs and Zags, goods and bads in his life and how God was with him every step of the way!

 

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

The Bottom lines.

God can help me anywhere.

God can help me do anything.

God can help me do hard things.

God can help me help others.

Elementary

This month brings us our new series Use it or Lose it: Stewardship!

In Psalm 24:1, we read, The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, (NIV). In other words, whatever we have isn’t really ours. God created the entire world—the land and sea, planets and galaxies, animals and people. And when people create, those people do so because of the gift and talents that God gave them. It’s our job to take care of what God has loaned us for a time to use in order to bring Him glory.

Jesus put stewardship into action. He used the time He had on earth wisely, never wasting a moment, but always working towards God’s plan. He used what He had—from bread and fish to dirt and spit—to perform miracles, helping people see and eat. Everything Jesus did showed us how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

 

With so much happening in October we cannot wait for all that is in store!

Week 1 Recap

Preschool

Our series Zig Zag Zone kicked off this week where we learn about how God is with us through the ups and downs through the life of King David!

Week One

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Memory Verse: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8, NLT

Key Question: Who can help you?

Bottom Line: God can help me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Story: David Protects the Sheep • 1 Samuel 17:34-37

David at first was a shepherd who attended to his father’s sheep out in the fields. One night, while the animals were asleep a lion, had appeared looking for its next meal. David knew that God was with him and when the lion tried to take the sheep God gave great power to David and defeated the lion!

Though we may not be wrestling  Lions, we still have many struggles and challenges in our lives and in the children’s lives where we have to fight our way through. David in protecting the sheep also showed that God can help me anywhere.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 1 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we treat you to the beginning of our new series Use It Or Lose It where we talk on Stewardship – Everything Jesus showed us on how we can take care of God’s stuff by using it the way that points people to God and fulfills the mission God has for our lives.

Week One

Key Question: How can you treat everything like it belongs to God? It’s hard for anyone to refocus how they think about their stuff. This is especially true for kids. We hope to guide kids through the process of realizing that what they have is a gift on loan to us from God. Because of that, how we take care of what has mattered. We want kids to walk away with a plan for how they will treat what they have like it belongs to God—because it does!

That’s why we start the month with something David wrote in Psalm 24:1, The earth belongs to the Lord. And so does everything in it. The world belongs to him. And so do all those who live in it, (NIrV). What David wrote at the start of this Psalm is an important reminder. As we head into a month talking about stewardship, we want kids to focus on the Creator and how everything big and small, seen and unseen, belongs to God.

Bottom Line: Remember, everything belongs to the Lord. Kids have an easy time claiming what’s theirs. One of the first words a child learns is “mine!” We want kids to understand that what they have is actually on loan to us. Remembering that everything belongs to God is the first step in choosing to use what we have wisely because what we have belongs to God.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 1

 

Week 4 Recap

Preschool

Our series Super Kids wrapped up this week, all kids want to be Super Kids, and they can when they realize that God is always with them. Because God is with them, they can be brave. Because God is with them, they can be strong. Because God is with them, they can be courageous. Because God is with them, they can be wise.

Week Four

Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV

Key Question: Who is always with you?

Bottom Line: God is always with me.

Basic Truth: God loves me.

Bible Story Focus: When God is with me, I can be wise.

Battle of Jericho • Joshua 6:1-20

Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day, you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” So Joshua called together the priests and said, “Take up the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and assign seven priests to walk in front of it, each carrying a ram’s horn.” Then he gave orders to the people: “March around the town and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the Lord.” After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the Rams’ horns started marching in the presence of the Lord, blowing the horns as they marched. And the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant followed behind them. Some of the armed men marched in front of the priests with the horns and some behind the Ark, with the priests continually blowing the horns. 10 “Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So the Ark of the Lord was carried around the town once that day, and then everyone returned to spend the night in the camp. 12 Joshua got up early the next morning, and the priests again carried the Ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests with the Rams’ horns marched in front of the Ark of the Lord, blowing their horns. Again the armed men marched both in front of the priests with the horns and behind the Ark of the Lord. All this time the priests were blowing their horns. 14 On the second day, they again marched around the town once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.15 On the seventh day, the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times.16 The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!17 Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.18 “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel.19 Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the Lord and must be brought into his treasury.20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.

Joshua could have attacked the town a thousand different ways, but he chose God’s way and it paid off in the end. The plan was absolutely against every military doctrine of the time, some even questioned Joshua. However, Joshua remained unshakable to change what God had told him. Sure enough, the plan worked perfectly and the city was handed over to the Israelites. Joshua proved the bottom line that When God is with me, I can be wise!

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we conclude our series Lunchroom Friendship where we talk about friendship – Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.   

Week Four

Key Question: How can you be a friend this week? At some point in a person’s life, he or she is going to need someone they can trust to help them through it. Kids know what’s happening in their friends’ lives. However, they don’t always know how to help. Through the discussion this week, we hope to help kids come up with simple ideas they can put into practice to encourage those friends no matter what they’re going through.

We close out the month with something Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, So encourage each other with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that is what you are doing, (NIrV). When Job experienced trial after trial, his friends decided to help. They didn’t bring meals or tell jokes. Rather, they came alongside and grieved with Job. Now, we find out they didn’t always get it right, but for that first week, they let Job know that they were there for him.

Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another. Kids might not always know what to say or do when it comes to helping cheer up their friends. We pray they discover that they can encourage each other even if it simply means being a shoulder to lean on.

 

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 4