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

March 18th & 19th 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: Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41-44)

We talked about how we can always love others by sharing, even when we have a little. In fact, it’s an even bigger expression of love when we share out of our little, like the widow who shared two small coins.    You find that and more in this week’s Bible Story which you can see here:

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

Elementary

Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out.

This week, we continued our look at Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:21-32. Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his Lost Son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The kid’s older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.

The same thing is true for us. When we don’t forgive we have the potential to miss out on all that could happen through that relationship. God can give us the strength we need to forgive. And when we do, we get to find out the amazing things that God can do when we decided to forgive.

Go deeper with these take home materials:
Fix It Up Week 3 Parent Guide

March 11th & 12th 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: Bigger Barns (Luke 12:16-21)

We told the story of the guy who built bigger barns for his grain, instead of sharing with people who needed food. Your preschooler/kindergarteners learned that sharing is the way to go, when you have overflow! While we were having fun building big barns (Say that five times fast) and making our own puppets, we kept pointing it all back to our Bible Story which you can see here:

You can also follow along with this week’s parent guide:

Elementary

Bottom Line: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me.

This week, we continued our look at forgiveness with one of Jesus’ most well known parables. In Luke 15:11-24, Jesus talks about a kid who thinks he’s got it all together. He demands half of his dad’s money and takes off to spend it on himself. It’s only when the money is gone he realizes he’s made a HUGE mistake and needs forgiveness. He’s got just one hope: that his dad will let him come home and be a servant. When he finally gets home, his dad treats him like royalty and is just excited that he came home. Realizing one’s need for forgiveness is a huge step for anyone. But through Jesus’ story, we hope kids walked away knowing that everyone needs forgiveness, even them.

Go deeper with these take home materials:
Fix It Up Week 2 Parent Guide

March Series Is Here!

Spring has sprung and it’s a time for many things….

…Spring Cleaning

…March Madness

…And New Themes for Waters Kids!

This month, we’re getting our hands dirty and talking all about LOVING ONE ANOTHER.

Preschool/Kindergarten

Imagine with me, for a moment, a world filled with men and women who love others the way Jesus loves us. That’s what we want for our pre/kinder schoolers. In their series called “Build It”,  you child will learn about building love for others through sharing, helping, and forgiveness. By the end of the month, we hope kids will answer our KEY QUESTION [How can I love like Jesus?] and say, “I CAN LOVE EVERYONE!” Watch this video for a full preview of this month’s series for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners:

Elementary

Forgiveness is a reflection of the character of God.  Since we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to offer forgiveness when people in our lives hurt us. God’s love in us makes it possible for us to forgive others and work towards fixing our own relationships that tend to break down from time to time.

That’s why we think it’s important for us to help our kids (and families) discover more about FORGIVENESS – Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.

Our Memory Verse for March comes from Colossians 3:13:

“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” (NIrV)

We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers. Watch this video for a full preview of this month’s series for Elementary Schoolers:

March 4th & 5th 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 Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

The Good Samaritan was a great example of how to love everyone. Jesus was always helping people—no matter who they were—and that’s what the Good Samaritan did too. We want our pre/kindergarteners to know that they can love others by helping. Together, we played freeze on one leg, patched up a man’s legs with some bandages in our craft, and watched a story which you see again right here:

You can also follow along with this week’s parent guide:

Elementary

Bottom Line: God forgives you.

We started off the month learning about the lengths God will go to rescue His children. We heard a story Jesus told about a shepherd that risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who has run off from Luke 15:1-7. Through this story of the Lost Sheep, we pray that kids will remember that God forgives us.

Go deeper with these take home materials:
Fix It Up Week 1 Parent Guide
Fix It Up Week 1 GodTime