Week 4 Recap

Preschool

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

Week Four

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 God gives me what I need.

The Lord is my Shepherd • Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever. (ESV)

       This famous psalm written by David came partially from his background as a  shepherd, and like a shepherd their job is to care for the flock, making sure they are safe, nourished, calm and happy at all times. Not only that but they are vulnerable to predators because sheep themselves cannot run very far nor are they always smart enough to escape the danger….. sound familiar? There are an endless amount of things that come our way that we may not be able to overcome on our own, that’s why God is always here for us always! We hope through this that the children know I am thankful God gives me what I need.
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide

Elementary

This Week we end our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look where we have been talking about how Gratitude is a response to the character of God.   

Week Four

Key Question: What’s keeping you from being thankful? As we continue to talk about how to refocus on what God has done for us, we help kids take a closer look at what gets in the way of gratitude.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we read, Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.” There are many times we might not want to give thanks, but our hope in Jesus allows us to be thankful regardless of our circumstances, (NIrV).

Sometimes our sports team does not always win, sometimes we do not get to do the things we used to. Those times and so much more are where it is the hardest to be thankful for even the smallest blessings God has given us in our lives.

Bottom Line: Always be grateful. Kids will learn that no matter what is happening in their lives, they can always find a way to say thank you!

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 4

Week 3 Recap

Preschool

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

Week Three

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 people who help me.

Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz • Ruth 1–2

Some of you may recognize this story as this is the current message series in the main service with Pastor Tim where we wanted to show that when your children are going through hard times that God will always put someone in our lives that will help us through tough times.

 Naomi had been living in Moab until a series of terrible circumstances had forced her to return to Judah where she had lived before a famine had forced her to move away. However, one of her widowed daughters in law begged Naiomi to allow her to join her back to Judah. Despite not being able to care for her without a husband Naiomi lets her and they make the trip back. While they settled back in it was clear Naiomi would not be able to work much since she has gotten older to Ruth set out to collect leftover barley for food. While Ruth worked tirelessly in the field the owner, Boaz noticed her working and asked a servant for her story who told him how she had decided to leave her family and life behind to help Naiomi. Upon hearing this he immediately called her over and offered her many great perks from being able to collect the same water the servants drank from and collecting part of the harvest for herself and Naiomi.

Ruth had no way of knowing what she and Naomi would come across but she knew she would need help. Even more amazing is that she happened to come across Boaz’s field who would be a man willing to help them out with sharing his harvest even though he could have just let her pick the leftover barley and move on to another field. Without these acts of kindness, we would hear a very different story about Ruth and Naomi. It is stories like this that help us to say I am thankful for those that help me.” 

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

Elementary

This Week we begin our series ReFocus: Know Where to Look where we have been talking about how Gratitude is a response to the character of God.   

Week Three

Key Question: What are creative ways to say thank you? Saying thank you doesn’t have to feel like a chore. Kids will discover all sorts of fun ways they can show gratitude to the people in their life.

We will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about ten lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. It is worth mentioning that leapers were treated as if they did not exist and nobody ever gave them any attention. One of the lepers, a Samaritan heard rumors that Jesus was coming their way and that he could heal them. When Jesus came down the road the lepers approached them begging to have him take mercy on them. Jesus instructed them to go see the priests of the town, and along the way, the leprosy was cured! The men cheered and ran off to see the priests but one turned back and thanked Jesus for healing him. Out of the 10, he was the only one who turned back.

Bottom Line: Say thank you. We want kids to become the kind of people who take the time to go out of their way to show gratitude towards others. Even when we have our difficult days where it may be hard to be grateful for anything, remember all of the amazing and wonderful things he has done for you.

Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: God Times Week 3

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!