Parents Connections – fpKIDS

Preschool (2yrs to PreK)

God is always ready to help!

This week’s story is from 1 Samuel 17:34-37 where David faces a lion and a bear!  Have you ever had to face something incredibly scary?  As adults, it’s easy to look at situations, draw upon our past experience and remind ourselves that things are not as scary as they seem.  But our preschoolers don’t know that yet!  In fact, we have the opportunity right now to teach them a very simple Truth.  That God Loves Me and He is always ready to help.  

As we teach from David’s experience of fighting off a lion and a bear, we help your preschooler connect with scary moments and teach them that even in the scariest moments of their lives, God is always ready to help.

Create a Rhythm, by reminding your child when they’re scared that God is always ready to help and they can talk to God, tell them how scared they are and ask for help to not be scared any more.  

Elementary (K-3rd grade)

Individuality is discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference.

Our Bible story introduces us to Timothy, a young man who makes a big difference. In Acts 14:1-23 we read about Paul’s missionary journey to Timothy’s hometown. This is the point at which Timothy decides to connect his story to God’s story.

Our Bottom Line is Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference. We’ll get a sneak peek into Timothy’s family to see that he is uniquely situated to be used by God. Timothy’s story helps kids identify what is unique about their story. What are we able to do because of where we come from and what we’ve experienced?  This month’s Memory Verse hints at some of the impact Timothy was able to make. It is Paul’s encouragement to Timothy as he strives to do that for which he was uniquely made. “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV

Make it Personal this week and consider.  How can God use your unique story to make a difference?

Club 45 (4th & 5th grade)

Let Your Light Shine

As Christians, we are called to be light to the world. You are called to, let your light shine for others. One day, huge crowds gathered to hear Jesus teach. Listen to what Jesus said to His followers. Matthew 5:14–16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and

it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

We are the light of the world. Jesus has commanded us to shine so that others will see Him and know more about Him. It is our job to let our light shine for others. There is something really cool about light and how it penetrates darkness. 

Consider this.  When you light a candle, do you focus on the candle or the darkness around it? No, we don’t stare at darkness. We stare at light! Your eyes were drawn to the light because it stands out in the middle of the darkness.  God’s desire is for us to be that kind of light. In your neighborhood/workplace/community, you are called to be an example of His love that attracts others. You are a light that makes others want to know more about Him and have a relationship with Him. Jesus said not to hide the light, but to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Make it Personal this week and ask yourself that question.  Do I let my light shine for others to see?