Week 4 Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series Kids Rock continues this week, it is a series where kids get to see how children from the Bible did some pretty amazing things.

Week Four

Basic Truth: God made me.

Memory Verse: “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10, NCV

Key Question: Who can do what God wants you to do?

Bottom Line: I can do what God wants me to do.

Bible Story:  I can do brave things

David and Goliath * 1 Samuel 17:1-50

 This time in Israel there was constant rivalry and war with the neighboring nation of Philistine. Unfortunately for the Israelites the Philistines brought a soldier named Goliath who was taller and stronger than any man they had ever seen before. The Bible described him as a giant standing over 9 feet tall! Goliath everyday would march onto the battlefield and challenge the Israelites to fight him, but nobody was brave enough to face him. That was until a voice had shouted out that he will fight Goliath. Everyone in the Israelite camp were shocked to see that it was a young David who was only a young boy wanting to fight Goliath. The soldiers immediately began to plead with him telling him he was too young to fight, but David knew that with God’s help he could accomplish anything. So as David walked out and began to torment him, undeterred he responded “Goliath, you may come at me with all your big weapons, but GOD is with me!”. It was then he charged at David and in response David launched a stone striking Goliath down instantly. 

Last week we saw David be given the immense responsibility to be the next king which showed how we can lead others and do great things no matter who or where you have come from. This week he showed us that we can do incredible things we trust God.

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 I can do brave things

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:

Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we continue our monthly theme of Creativity in a series called Gadgets and Gizmos Uniquely Wired>> Wonderfully made. We have also defined Creativity as imagining what you could do because your made in God’s image.

Our memory verse for this month is found in Psalms 139:14 14 How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful.  I know that very well.”(NIrV)

Week Four

This Week we head to Genesis 3:1-23 and find out what happened when Adam and Eve decided to do what they wanted to do instead of following God’s plan for them. Adam and Eve had one rule: don’t eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. But the serpent tempts them, and they decided to give into the temptation so they could become like God. And in a moment, everything changed. All that was perfect was now broken. Thankfully, although the consequences for Adam and Eve were severe, God never gave up on having a relationship with His creation.

Bottom Line: God made you to know Him. We know now that God sent Jesus to make a way for us to truly know Him again. We pray that kids will discover that no matter what they’ve done or how far away they feel from God, that Jesus came to make a way for them to be right with God. God made us know Him, and that’s possible because of Jesus.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials.

God Times K-5th

Week 3 Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series Kids Rock continued this week, it is a series where kids get to see how children from the Bible did some pretty amazing things.

Week Three

Basic Truth: God made me.

Memory Verse: “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10, NCV

Key Question: Who can do what God wants you to do?

Bottom Line: I can do what God wants me to do.

Bible Story:  I can lead others 

David Anointed King * 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Samuel, now grown up, was given a big task by God. He was told to go the house of a man named Jesse because one of his sons was to be the next king of Israel! God told them that once Samuel got there that he would show him which one would be the next king. Jesse when he heard this was amazed and honored and asked if he wanted someone older and wiser or strong and handsome. He immediately pointed to his oldest son who was handsome and strong, and Samuel thought surely God would pick him but God did not choose him. Samuel went through the other six sons but God did not choose any of them. Samuel was confused as to why God did not pick any of them, but he also knew that it was not up to him and God would choose the right one. He asked if Jesse had any more sons and he replied that there was the youngest named David  who was not home and out taking care of the sheep. He had Jesse send for him and when David came home God decided to make David the next king and Samuel anointed him.

Even though David was only a kid when he was selected still was chosen to take on a massive responsibility, showing that no matter who you are, how old you are, or where you came from that you can do great and amazing things.

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 I can lead others

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:

Week 3 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we continue our monthly theme of Creativity in a series called Gadgets and Gizmos Uniquely Wired>> Wonderfully made. We have also defined Creativity as imagining what you could do because your made in God’s image.

Our memory verse for this month is found in Psalms 139:14 14 How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful.  I know that very well.”(NIrV)

Week Three

This week in Genesis 2:19-20, we get a glimpse into life for Adam in the garden. One of the first tasks as caretaker of the garden was to name the animals. What a fun job for Adam to imagine the names for the creatures as they passed. Adam’s imagination would be crucial for take care of his responsibility of God’s world.

Bottom Line: God made you to imagine. Adam’s job of taking care of the earth has become our job. We need our God-given imagination to solve problems, help people, and create whatever is necessary to fulfill our responsibilities. We pray that kids will discover that imagination is more than creating art and music, but is something that God has given them to make a difference in the world.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials.

God Times K-5th

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Back parent guide

Week 2 Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series Kids Rock continued this week, it is a series where kids get to see how children from the Bible did some pretty amazing things.

Week Two

Basic Truth: God made me.

Memory Verse: “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10, NCV

Key Question: Who can do what God wants you to do?

Bottom Line: I can do what God wants me to do.

Bible Story:  I can listen to God.

Samuel 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19

Samuel as a young boy served under a priest at the temple named Eli. One night as they were headed to bed, Samuel heard someone calling his name. Thinking it was eli he ran to him and asked him if everything was alright, but Eli did not call him. Confused, Samuel went back to bed but as he was about to go back to sleep he heard the voice calling his name again, once more he ran to Eli, but he did not call him. This repeated once more but Eli realized that it was God speaking to Samuel! Eli told Samuel to go back to sleep but this time say “Speak Lord, I am listening”. He followed these instructions and sure enough God spoke to Samuel about all the plans that he had for him. Samuel even though he was just a kid learned to listen to God, and show how anyone no matter their age can do great things for God!

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 I can listen to God.

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:

Week 2 Parent Guide

Elementary

This week we continue our monthly theme of Creativity in a series called Gadgets and Gizmos Uniquely Wired>> Wonderfully made. We have also defined Creativity as imagining what you could do because your made in God’s image.

Our memory verse for this month is found in Psalms 139:14

Week Two

This week we dive deeper into the story with Genesis 1:26-2:25 and we begin to see how God created Adam and Eve. God saw the earth and wanted to fill it with his image, So Adam was formed from the dust of the earth and formed Eve from Adam’s rib. He wanted mankind to bring him glory as they spread out on the earth.

Bottom Line: God made you, this is probably the most crucial message for anyone to understand, and it is not to be taken lightly. We pray that kids learn how creatively and wonderfully made we are, most importantly they will know that they will have value because they are God’s child.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials.

God Times K-5th

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Parent Guide Back

Week 1 Recap

Preschool/Kindergarten

Our series Kids Rock begins this week, its a series where kids get to see how children from the Bible did some pretty amazing things.

Week One

Basic Truth: God made me.

Memory Verse: “God made us to do good works.” Ephesians 2:10, NCV

Key Question: Who can do what God wants you to do?

Bottom Line: I can do what God wants me to do.

Bible Story:  I can tell others about God

Jesus Teaches at the Temple: Luke 2:41-50

Mary, Joseph and little Jesus went on a long journey to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration. Once they reached the city they stopped at the temple where many people were celebrating God. They joined in and when it was all over they decided to leave. However after some time Mary and Joseph realized Jesus was not with them. They went back to the city and found Jesus in the temple teaching others about God! The teachers were shocked to see Jesus who was only a kid at the time know so much about God. Jesus as a boy showed just how kids can do some pretty incredible things.

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 I can tell others about God.

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week:

Week One Parent Guide

Elementary

This month we are going through a series about Creativity. We have also defined Creativity as imagining what you could do because your made in God’s image.

Our memory verse for this month is found in Psalms 139:14

Week One

This week we looked to Genesis 1:1-25, In the beginning….. I mean the very beginning, God set out to create the universe and all the creation within it. He made the planets, stars, the sun and the moon, but most importantly he made the earth and all we see and know today. When we look all around us we see that are beautifully and creatively made.

Bottom Line: God made everything.  We pray that by knowing this message that will help the kids learn how God’s creativity is not only all around but within us, and to use it for Gods plan for their lives.

You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take home materials.

God Times K-1st

God Times 2nd-3rd

God Times 4th-5th

God Times K-5th

Hey June!

As May draws to a close and June approaches, brings in the fresh summer days on the beach or maybe a campfire with s’mores at night.

Most importantly it also means new themes for Waters Kids!

Preschool/Kindergarten

This month brings a series we like to call Kids Rock

Throughout the Bible we have seen many adults like the disciples, Paul and many others, but what about the kids of the Bible? The Bible is full of children who did some pretty amazing things and this month we want to highlight them. As we go through this series we will learn this point along the way.

I can tell others about God.

I can listen to God.

I can lead others.

I can do brave things.

Elementary

This month, our big theme is CREATIVITY in a series we call Gadgets and Gizmos “Uniquely wired and wonderfully made.”

As we read the Bible very quickly we learn just how creative God was, using only words night and day were placed, spoke the galaxies into motion, and breathed the earth into existence and gave it the incredible plants and animals we know today. Even then he wasn’t done and decided to make something amazing in his image…. us! All of us are creatively made as we all have our given talents and skills, we can create paintings and play music, build enormous cities, and solve problems. We all have the ability to do great things thanks to the creativity God formed us with.

We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover how we each are wonderfully and creatively made

Our Memory Verse for June comes from Psalm 139:14

In Psalm 139:14 we see 14 How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful.  I know that very well.”(NIrV)
    The way we are made is amazing and it is important that we realize it. Throughout the week we will see God’s creativity in motion as we see how we created all that we see today.

We are looking forward to all that is happening this month!

May 27th & 28th 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 Four

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 protects me.

Daniel and the Lions: Daniel 6:1-23

In this week’s story, we heard a story about a man named Daniel who loved God very much and prayed to him three times a day. King Darius, the ruler at the time, loved Daniel but the king’s friends did not and decided to talk him into making a rule that the people could no longer pray to God and only to him. The rule also stated that if anyone was to break this rule, they would be thrown into a lions den! Daniel however knew the Lord would protect him and decided to keep praying. King Darius stayed true to his word and threw Daniel into the lions den, but God sent down an angel which calmed the lions and saved Daniel! God protected Daniel much to the astonishment of Darius and his friends. We hope that the kids learned this weekend that as God protected Daniel, he will protect us even when we are afraid.

We helped kids to remember this story in a couple ways:
We called out different animal names like dog, cat, sheep, lion, and cow and had them pretend to be that animal to remember the lions from the story.

We also took small mirrors and markers to draw a lions mane and face on the mirror then have the child look into the mirror to see how they look just like a lion.

Try going over this story with your child to remind them that even when bad things happen, God protects me!

You can use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week

Parent Guide Week 4

Elementary

This month, our 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 Four

In Revelations 21:1-5, 21:23-25 and 22:1-5 we read a part of the letters sent by John to the early church when he was exiled on the island of Patmos towards the end of his life. It was there Jesus appeared to him and told him that he was no longer dead but alive! Jesus told him all the things that would happen and what was to come when he returned. God showed him the future and Heaven. God showed him how the story was going to end for all those who believed in him.

Bottom Line: Keep going because God knows the end of the story. We hope that through this message, kids will realize that through their determination to keep going in the knowledge they know God has the answers for us and will guide us through even when it seems like they can’t.

You can help your child remember to keep going all week with these take home materials:

God Times K-1st

God Times 2nd-3rd

God Times 4th-5th

God Times K-5th

 

 

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