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:
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.
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
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.
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.