“Continue praying, keeping alert, and always thanking God.”
Colossians 4:2, NCV
We start off the year with an account straight from Matthew 8:5-13 & Luke 7:1-10. A moment between Jesus and the Centurion reveals to us the simplicity of faith and asking God for help. We want your preschoolers to know this simple bottom line…
I can talk to Jesus.
Just as the Centurion boldly approached Jesus and asked Him for help… your preschooler can do the same.
This week, Create a Rhythm, by tapping into the power of quality moments together. Here is a game to play with your preschooler. It’s called, “Be Silly Like Me!”. The game is simple. Choose a silly movement and challenge your preschooler to mimic you. Remember, the sillier the movement, the more fun your preschooler will have. You can make movements like: make a silly face, hop on one foot, hop like a frog, slither like a snake, hop like a bunny or roll like a log. Enjoy some laughter with your kids and talk about how the Centurion in the bible was a commander that told others what to do, and they did it!
Elementary (K-3rd grade)
This week, we’re discovering how God tells Noah to build an ark (Genesis 6:5-22, Genesis 7 & 8). It took him 50 years, but Noah was determined to do what’s right no matter how long it took! Event if others thought he was nuts, Noah continued to make the wise choice and follow God.
Be the one who keeps doing what’s right.
When times get tough, it’s tempting to find a shortcut, develop a bad attitude, or just give up. But since we trust that God is in control, we are motivated to keep doing what we know is the right thing. Following God may not always be easy, but it’s worth it.
“Let us keep on running the race marked out for us”
Hebrew 12:1b, NIrV
When God asks us to do something, He’s often guiding us step-by-step in a certain direction that we may not even see or realize. With each moment we choose to do what’s right, we step further down the path He’s marked out for us. Our determination to follow God leads us closer to the good things he has in store for us!
This week, Widen the Circle, by inviting another adult to share with your child a moment in their life where they had to choose determination and how God ordered their steps.
Club 45 (4th & 5th grade)
Best Year Ever!
When we release guilt and bitterness to God, we are forgiven.
Have you ever done something you totally regret? Have you had something done to you that you’ve had trouble forgetting?
This week, we’re talking to your preteen about what Jesus wants us to do with these two things: Guilt & Bitterness.
The further away these things are from us, the more joy we experience. And in order for this to be the best year ever… we’ve got to know what to do with Guilt & Bitterness.
Digging into Luke 15:11-32, we explore how Guilt, Bitterness & Grace worked in the life of two brothers and their father. We learn the importance of receiving forgiveness, extending grace and how that sets us up to experience the best year ever.
This week, Fight for the Heart, by creating an environment of unconditional love in your home. Invite God to reveal where you wrestle to extend grace and forgiveness to your kids.