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April 18, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus taught us how to love one another.


Week three is all about what Jesus wants us to do now that He has gone to get Heaven ready for us. Jesus wants us to love one another. Loving one another looks like helping one another, sharing with one another, and being kind to one another. When we love like Jesus, people will believe us when we tell them that Jesus is alive and He wants to be their friend forever.




Kids

You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight.


For week three, we head back to Genesis 26:1-6, 12-22, 26-31. Isaac moved to a region where he reclaimed the wells that had belonged to his father, Abraham. For years no one had cared about the wells until they were opened, then everyone started fighting over them. Instead of fighting, Isaac decided to give away the wells in order to make peace. Isaac simply walked away from what was rightfully his. And by walking away from the fight, those people changed their opinion about Isaac, and decided to trust him.

Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight. Sometimes creating peace with someone means walking away even if we’re not wrong. Often it takes a stronger person to have the self-control to walk away. We pray that kids will learn how they can choose peace when they want to argue and fight.


Preteens

When should you walk away from a fight?


For week three, we head back to Genesis 26:1-6, 12-22, 26-31. Isaac moved to a region where he reclaimed the wells that had belonged to his father, Abraham. For years no one had cared about the wells until they were reopened, then everyone started fighting over them. Instead of fighting, Isaac decided to give away the wells in order to make peace. Isaac simply walked away from what was rightfully his. And by walking away from the fight, those people changed their opinion about Isaac, and decided to trust him.

Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by walking away from a fight. Sometimes creating peace with someone means walking away even if we’re not wrong. Often it takes a stronger person to have the self-control to walk away. We pray that kids will learn how they can choose peace when they want to argue and fight.

April 11, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus wants to be my friend forever.


Week two is one we tell as a continuation of the Easter story. Can you imagine what the disciples felt when they saw Jesus standing on the shore after they thought He was gone? Before they knew it, they were sitting around a fire eating the breakfast Jesus had cooked for them. Jesus is really alive, and He wanted to make sure His friends knew He is alive and that He is going to be their friend forever. That’s what we want preschoolers to know—Jesus is alive and He wants to be their friend forever too!




Kids

We can make peace with others.


Peace can seem like a great idea without a real way to accomplish it. That’s why we start with a question to personalize the impact peace can have in our relationships. We are more likely to build bridges of peace with people when we name them and recognize the role we play in making peace. We pray that kids will see how they can make peace with others.

In week two, we look closer at something else Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15: Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts. As parts of one body, you were appointed to live in peace. And be thankful, (NIrV). Because Jesus made peace with us, we can turn around and show that same peace to others.

Bottom Line: We can make peace with others. When God made peace with us through Jesus, God showed us that peace with others is possible. This doesn’t mean that it will be easy, but peace is worth the effort it takes to make it. We pray that kids will discover the ways they can live at peace with the people in their life.


Preteens

Who do you need to make peace with?


Peace can seem like a great idea without a real way to accomplish it. That’s why we start with a question to personalize the impact peace can have in our relationships. We are more likely to build bridges of peace with people when we name them and recognize the role we play in making peace. We pray that kids will see how they can make peace with others.

In week two, we look closer at something else Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15: Let the peace that Christ gives rule in your hearts. As parts of one body, you were appointed to live in peace. And be thankful, (NIrV). Because Jesus made peace with us, we can turn around and show that same peace to others.

Bottom Line: We can make peace with others. When God made peace with us through Jesus, God showed us that peace with others is possible. This doesn’t mean that it will be easy, but peace is worth the effort it takes to make it. We pray that kids will discover the ways they can live at peace with the people in their life.

April 4, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus is alive!


We kick everything off by sharing the amazing true story about why we celebrate Easter. We will teach our preschoolers that Jesus is special because Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus did amazing things and showed us how to love one another. Then, angry people hurt Jesus so bad that He died. But, Jesus came back—just like He said He would! Yes! Jesus is alive, and He wants to be our friend forever! For some children, this will be the first time they hear this incredible story.




Kids

God made peace with us.


When you look around at the bunnies and flowers and chocolate eggs, you can understand why it might be hard for kids to grasp the importance of Easter. We start with this question, to engage kids in a discussion about Jesus and how they can have a relationship with Him. We will celebrate that Jesus is alive!

We kick off the month with something Paul writes about Jesus in Colossians 1:20​ and John 20:1-18. On Easter Sunday, we want to make sure that kids know how they can have a relationship with Jesus. Throughout the entire Bible, we see God’s plan to make peace with us. In the second part the Colossians verse, Paul reminds us that it’s through what Jesus did on the cross that the world can be right with God again.

Bottom Line: God made peace with us. God went to great lengths to fix what was wrong between us and Him. When God looked across humanity and saw the brokenness of our relationship with Him, He proved He cared about us by sending Jesus, His only Son to die— to build a bridge and resolve the conflict that existed.


Preteens

Why does Easter matter?


When you look around at the bunnies and flowers and chocolate eggs, you can understand why it might be hard for kids to grasp the importance of Easter. We start with this question, to engage kids in a discussion about Jesus and how they can have a relationship with Him. We will celebrate that Jesus is alive!

We kick off the month with something Paul writes about Jesus in Colossians 1:20​ and John 20:1-18. On Easter Sunday, we want to make sure that kids know how they can have a relationship with Jesus. Throughout the entire Bible, we see God’s plan to make peace with us. In the second part the Colossians verse, Paul reminds us that it’s through what Jesus did on the cross that the world can be right with God again.

Bottom Line: God made peace with us. God went to great lengths to fix what was wrong between us and Him. When God looked across humanity and saw the brokenness of our relationship with Him, He proved He cared about us by sending Jesus, His only Son to die— to build a bridge and resolve the conflict that existed.

March 28, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: We can celebrate Jesus


We will end the month with a huge celebration! Yes, palm branches will be involved and lots and lots of cheering for Jesus. We want to encourage our preschoolers to celebrate Jesus for showing us how to give and receive His amazing love. It is because of Jesus that we can love like Jesus, and that is worth celebrating!




Kids

You can celebrate even when you’re waiting.


We all face times in our life when our waiting feels endless. Maybe we’re waiting for someone to feel better, to understand a concept in math, or for summer vacation. Identifying where we need to have patience can help us know how we can wait well. We pray that kids will understand how they can stay positive and maybe even have some fun when they need to be patient.

We finish the month with Palm Sunday. By this time, God’s people had been waiting hundreds of years for God’s promises of a Savior to come true. In Matthew 21:1-11, we see that people were really starting to believe that Jesus was that Savior. God’s promises were finally coming true. So when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, just like the prophesy foretold, they celebrated and worshipped Jesus. Of course, this all turned out very different from what they expected and they’d have to wait a bit longer to understand, but they could find joy because God was faithful.

Bottom Line: You can celebrate even when you’re waiting. How we wait can show others how we trust God. Celebrating might feel like a strange way to wait. However, when we remember how much God loves us, that Jesus came to save us, that God will always be faithful, we can’t help but celebrate and have joy believing that God will do the same in the future. We pray that kids learn how to celebrate God while they wait.


Preteens

What are you waiting for right now?


We all face times in our life when our waiting feels endless. Maybe we’re waiting for someone to feel better, to understand a concept in math, or for summer vacation. Identifying where we need to have patience can help us know how we can wait well. We pray that kids will understand how they can stay positive and maybe even have some fun when they need to be patient.

We finish the month with Palm Sunday. By this time, God’s people had been waiting hundreds of years for God’s promises of a Savior to come true. In Matthew 21:1-11, we see that people were really starting to believe that Jesus was that Savior. God’s promises were finally coming true. So when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, just like the prophesy foretold, they celebrated and worshipped Jesus. Of course, this all turned out very different from what they expected and they’d have to wait a bit longer to understand, but they could find joy because God was faithful.

Bottom Line: You can celebrate even when you’re waiting. How we wait can show others how we trust God. Celebrating might feel like a strange way to wait. However, when we remember how much God loves us, that Jesus came to save us, that God will always be faithful, we can’t help but celebrate and have joy believing that God will do the same in the future. We pray that kids learn how to celebrate God while they wait.

March 21, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: When you love like Jesus, you can love everyone.


This week we will talk about Jesus’ call for us to love others the way He loves us. Jesus said it so simply—go and love others the way I have been loving you all this time. Jesus calmed the storm when the disciples were afraid. He washed their feet. Jesus fed people when they were hungry. Jesus was the disciples’ good friend when no one else was. We want our preschoolers to know that when they share with others, help others, and say kind words to each other, they are loving like Jesus.




Kids

If you don’t wait, it could cost you.


We will face times when we have a choice between what’s good and what’s best. We might rush to take the good because we don’t want to keep waiting for what’s best. Yet it’s in those moments when we might miss out on something really great. We pray that kids will learn how to wait with the future in mind. God has something amazing planned for them if they learn to have patience.

For week three, we go to Genesis 25:24-34, where we find one of the best examples of what happens when you’re not patient—the story of Esau. After a hunting trip, Esau was exhausted and hungry! And wouldn’t you know, his brother Jacob had a pot of stew cooking on the fire. Jacob takes advantage of this situation and offers a bowl in exchange for Esau’s inheritance. Turns out, Esau couldn’t resist. He lost something extremely valuable all because he was impatient.

Bottom Line: If you don’t wait, it could cost you. Through the story of Esau, we pray that kids will discover why it’s important to have patience and wait. We will face moments when we want to rush and take the first choice that comes our way, but that might not be God’s best for us. We pray kids will discover that when they wait, they can experience something even better than they can imagine.


Preteens

What could you miss out on by not waiting?


We will face times when we have a choice between what’s good and what’s best. We might rush to take the good because we don’t want to keep waiting for what’s best. Yet it’s in those moments when we might miss out on something really great. We pray that kids will learn how to wait with the future in mind. God has something amazing planned for them if they learn to have patience.

For week three, we go to Genesis 25:24-34, where we find one of the best examples of what happens when you’re not patient—the story of Esau. After a hunting trip, Esau was exhausted and hungry! And wouldn’t you know, his brother Jacob had a pot of stew cooking on the fire. Jacob takes advantage of this situation and offers a bowl in exchange for Esau’s inheritance. Turns out, Esau couldn’t resist. He lost something extremely valuable all because he was impatient.

Bottom Line: If you don’t wait, it could cost you. Through the story of Esau, we pray that kids will discover why it’s important to have patience and wait. We will face moments when we want to rush and take the first choice that comes our way, but that might not be God’s best for us. We pray kids will discover that when they wait, they can experience something even better than they can imagine.

March 14, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: When you love like Jesus, you can be a good friend.


We will hear about the time Jesus showed us how to love others by washing His disciples’ feet. This was the ultimate example of what it looks like to be a good friend—serving others and putting their needs before our own. When Jesus was done, He told His disciples to go and do for others what He had done for them. We want our preschoolers to know that when they choose to put others first and be a good friend, they are loving like Jesus.




Kids

When you have to wait, remember what’s true.


Having a strategy when it comes to waiting is a great way to have patience. We pray that as kids discover more about patience, they’ll consider all of the truth of Scripture, the ways God has helped them in the past, and the hope they can have knowing God will help them in the future. Waiting might be hard, but God can help us wait well.

In week two, we head to Exodus 32:1-35. Moses met with God on Mount Sinai. He left his brother, Aaron, and the rest of the Israelites to wait. Rather than waiting patiently for Moses to return, the entire nation of Israel rebelled. They built a golden calf and began to worship it instead of worshiping God. And because of their lack of patience, God judged an entire nation. If only they had remembered how God rescued them from Egypt and trusted Him while they waited.

Bottom Line: When you have to wait, remember what’s true. We can’t avoid having to wait, but we can choose how we respond. A good way to discover patience is to think about what’s true about God: God loves us and knows what’s the best for us. God cares for us and is with us. We can trust God no matter. We pray that kids remember what’s true about God when they have to wait.


Preteens

What can you think about when it’s hard to wait?


Having a strategy when it comes to waiting is a great way to have patience. We pray that as kids discover more about patience, they’ll consider all of the truth of Scripture, the ways God has helped them in the past, and the hope they can have knowing God will help them in the future. Waiting might be hard, but God can help us wait well.

In week two, we head to Exodus 32:1-35. Moses met with God on Mount Sinai. He left his brother, Aaron, and the rest of the Israelites to wait. Rather than waiting patiently for Moses to return, the entire nation of Israel rebelled. They built a golden calf and began to worship it instead of worshiping God. And because of their lack of patience, God judged an entire nation. If only they had remembered how God rescued them from Egypt and trusted Him while they waited.

Bottom Line: When you have to wait, remember what’s true. We can’t avoid having to wait, but we can choose how we respond. A good way to discover patience is to think about what’s true about God: God loves us and knows what’s the best for us. God cares for us and is with us. We can trust God no matter. We pray that kids remember what’s true about God when they have to wait.

March 7, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: When you Love like Jesus, you will be a light.


Jesus Himself says to start your engines, so to speak, and go be a light in the world. We want our preschoolers to know that when they love others the way Jesus loves them, they are like a shining light in this world. People see us when we shine bright with the love of Jesus, and it brings glory to God!




Kids

When you have to wait, remember God is with you.


As we start our month talking about patience, we help kids think about the times when it’s most difficult for them to wait. When we’re able to anticipate the moments when patience might be tricky, we can prepare and be ready to wait. We pray that kids will learn to trust God with the situations where they have to wait.

We kick off the month with a story found in Luke 2:25​-35. God’s people had been waiting for hundreds of years for the Savior. God promised Simeon that he’d get to see the Messiah before he died. We believe that Simeon waited a long time. But finally, when Mary and Joseph came to the temple with baby Jesus, Simeon finally saw what he’d been waiting for.

Bottom Line: When you have to wait, remember God is with you. Waiting is just a part of life: in lines, for school to let out, to take their turn on the playground. Some situations can be more difficult to wait than others, we pray that kids will remember that they don’t have to wait on their own. God is with them while they wait.


Preteens

When is it hard to have patience?


As we start our month talking about patience, we help preteens think about the times when it’s most difficult for them to wait. When we’re able to anticipate the moments when patience might be tricky, we can prepare and be ready to wait. We pray that kids will learn to trust God with the situations where they have to wait.

We kick off the month with a story found in Luke 2:25​-35. God’s people had been waiting for hundreds of years for the Savior. God promised Simeon that he’d get to see the Messiah before he died. We believe that Simeon waited a long time. But finally, when Mary and Joseph came to the temple with baby Jesus, Simeon finally saw what he’d been waiting for.

Bottom Line: When you have to wait, remember God is with you. Waiting is just a part of life: in lines, for school to let out, to take their turn on the playground. Some situations can be more difficult to wait than others, we pray that kids will remember that they don’t have to wait on their own. God is with them while they wait.

February 28, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus loves me no matter what.


Jesus loves me no matter what. We will end the month with a story of a woman expressing her deep gratitude because Jesus loved her, no matter what. We want more than anything for our preschoolers to hear this story and believe this to be true, ‘Jesus loves me, no matter what, and nothing will ever change that.’ Because every child was made for His love.



Kids

Be kind to people who are different from you.


There are times when we face people who we feel don’t deserve our kindness. Most likely, preteens could list out the people who they don’t get along with or people that are different from them. They may even be able to make excuses as to why those people don’t deserve their kindness. But Jesus tells us to love our enemies and show kindness to everyone. Through this question, we hope kids start to discover how they can show kindness to all sorts of people they meet.

We finish the month with a familiar parable found in Luke 10:25​-37. When the religious leaders tried to make themselves look good, they try and trick Jesus with a question. If we’re supposed to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, who exactly is our neighbor? Jesus answers with the parable of The Good Samaritan. Jesus used this story to completely change how people who follow Him should look at showing kindness to others— it’s not just for people we know or like, but for everyone we meet.

Bottom Line: Be kind to people who are different from you. Everyone is deserving of our kindness, whether they look like us or not. We hope kids learn from a young age, that God’s love is for everyone. We can’t hold back kindness from others just because they might look or act different from us. Jesus modeled a love and kindness that included everyone. We should do the same.


Preteens

How can you be kind to people who are different from you?


How can you be kind to people who are different from you? There are times when we face people who we feel don’t deserve our kindness. Most likely, preteens could list out the people who they don’t get along with or people that are different from them. They may even be able to make excuses as to why those people don’t deserve their kindness. But Jesus tells us to love our enemies and show kindness to everyone. Through this question, we hope kids start to discover how they can show kindness to all sorts of people they meet.

We finish the month with a familiar parable found in Luke 10:25​-37. When the religious leaders tried to make themselves look good, they try and trick Jesus with a question. If we’re supposed to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, who exactly is our neighbor? Jesus answers with the parable of The Good Samaritan. Jesus used this story to completely change how people who follow Him should look at showing kindness to others— it’s not just for people we know or like, but for everyone we meet.

Bottom Line: Be kind to people who are different from you. Everyone is deserving of our kindness, whether they look like us or not. We hope kids learn from a young age, that God’s love is for everyone. We can’t hold back kindness from others just because they might look or act different from us. Jesus modeled a love and kindness that included everyone. We should do the same.

February 21, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus wants to help me.


Jesus wants to help me. Week three, we will see another way that Jesus showed His love for us in the way He helped a Centurion. This man was not one of Jesus’ typical followers, but he had heard about the amazing things Jesus could do. So, he asked Jesus for help. And, Jesus helped the man, because He loved him. We want our preschoolers to hear this story and know, Jesus will help me, because Jesus loves me. Why? Because every child was made for His love.


Kids

Be kinder than you have to be.


Have you ever received unexpected kindness? We pray that this question will help kids discover how they feel when someone surprises them with kindness. And when that happens, we hope to guide them to figure out the unexpected ways they can show kindness to people in their lives.

For week three, we head to Matthew 5:41​. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught, Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them, (NIrV). To us that might sound strange, but to those listening—not so much. Roman soldiers could force them to carry their pack for a full mile. Jesus reminds His followers to go above and beyond in how they respond to others.

Bottom Line: Be kinder than you have to be. Often kindness can feel like an obligation. Because of that, we tend to do the bear minimum when it comes to showing kindness. What if we helped kids look at it differently? What if helped them see that kindness can be extravagant and unexpected. It’s that sort of kindness that can change people’s hearts and show them how much God loves them.


Preteens

Have you ever received unexpected kindness?


Have you ever received unexpected kindness? We pray that this question will help kids discover how they feel when someone surprises them with kindness. And when that happens, we hope to guide them to figure out the unexpected ways they can show kindness to people in their lives.

For week three, we head to Matthew 5:41​. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught, Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them, (NIrV). To us that might sound strange, but to those listening—not so much. Roman soldiers could force them to carry their pack for a full mile. Jesus reminds His followers to go above and beyond in how they respond to others.

Bottom Line: Be kinder than you have to be. Often kindness can feel like an obligation. Because of that, we tend to do the bear minimum when it comes to showing kindness. What if we helped kids look at it differently? What if helped them see that kindness can be extravagant and unexpected. It’s that sort of kindness that can change people’s hearts and show them how much God loves them.

February 14, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus wants to spend time with me.


Jesus wants to spend time with me. Week two, we will hear the story of Jesus wanting to spend time with two of His friends, Mary and Martha. We focus on the simple fact that Jesus wants to spend time with us. We want preschoolers to walk away thinking, ‘Wow! Jesus wants to sit with me, listen to me, talk with me, because Jesus loves me!’ Why? Because every child was made for His love.


Kids

Be kind to your family and friends.


If kindness is something that we know should be a part of our lives, why do we find it difficult to show kindness to others? Often, we find it’s easier to show kindness to strangers than those who are closest to us. We hope through this question and the discussion that will happen; preteens will start to understand how they can make sure they show kindness to the people they love. This week we head to Ruth 1 and 2, where we find Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Their husbands have died, and Ruth has the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chooses to show kindness to Naomi and stay with her. Ruth’s kindness doesn’t go unnoticed. Boaz sees how Ruth is treating Naomi and offers kindness to Ruth, changing her life in a huge way.

Bottom Line: Be kind to your family and friends. When it comes to our family and friends, we can often find ourselves taking them for granted. We hope through the story of Ruth, kids will learn to show kindness to the people who care about them the most.


Preteens

When is it hard to be kind?


When is it hard to be kind? If kindness is something that we know should be a part of our lives, why do we find it difficult to show kindness to others? Often, we find it’s easier to show kindness to strangers than those who are closest to us. We hope through this question and the discussion that will happen; preteens will start to understand how they can make sure they show kindness to the people they love. In week two, we head to Ruth 1 and 2, where we find Naomi and her daughter-in-law, Ruth. Their husbands have died, and Ruth has the opportunity to return home to her family. Instead, she chooses to show kindness to Naomi and stay with her. Ruth’s kindness doesn’t go unnoticed. Boaz sees how Ruth is treating Naomi and offers kindness to Ruth, changing her life in a huge way.

Bottom Line: Be kind to your family and friends. When it comes to our family and friends, we can often find ourselves taking them for granted. We hope through the story of Ruth, kids will learn to show kindness to the people who care about them the most.

February 7, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus loves me.


We will begin, week one, with the beautiful story of Jesus and the children. We want our preschoolers to hear, loud and clear, Jesus saying, ‘Let the children come to me.’ Let Maggie come to me. Let Jamar come to me. Let Isabella come to me. Let ALL the children come to me. It is our sincerest hope that, as preschoolers hear Jesus saying, ‘let the children come to me,’ that they will also hear, Jesus loves me. Because every child was made for His love.


Kids

Be kind to others because God is kind to you.


In some ways, kindness can feel subjective. What one person sees as an act of kindness another might see as an obligation. That’s why we start our preteens with a conversation about kindness. When you can identify what kindness can look like, you start to see all the ways you can show God’s kindness to others. We kick off the month of February with something Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:32​. Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done, (NIrV). Even when we were separated from God, He showed us kindness through sending Jesus to rescue us and model what kindness can look like in our lives.

Bottom Line: Be kind to others because God is kind to you. As we follow Jesus and look for ways to reflect His love to the people around us, kindness is one of the easiest ways to do that.


Preteens

What does kindess look like?


What does kindness look like? In some ways, kindness can feel subjective. What one person sees as an act of kindness another might see as an obligation. That’s why we start our preteens with a conversation about kindness. When you can identify what kindness can look like, you start to see all the ways you can show God’s kindness to others. We kick off the month of February with something Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:32​. Be kind and tender to one another. Forgive one another, just as God forgave you because of what Christ has done, (NIrV). Even when we were separated from God, He showed us kindness through sending Jesus to rescue us and model what kindness can look like in our lives.

Bottom Line: Be kind to others because God is kind to you. As we follow Jesus and look for ways to reflect His love to the people around us, kindness is one of the easiest ways to do that.

January 31, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus is Amazing!


We will end the month with Jesus again doing only what He can do—healing a blind man and making his eyes see again. But, Jesus doesn’t just do these amazing things. Jesus is amazing! Jesus did so many amazing things while He was on earth, and we want our preschoolers to know all about them. Learning that the same baby Jesus they heard about at Christmas grew to be a man who performed amazing miracles is a key piece of preschoolers’ spiritual foundation. Jesus is God’s Son, and He is amazing.


Kids

Use your words wisely.


We finish the month with something Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29. Paul writes, Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs, (NIrV). Our words have power to help or hurt others. When it comes to our rules for life, what we say and how we speak matters. Bottom Line: Use your words wisely. Words are important, but even as adults we tend to use them without thinking. We hope that as kids hear more about what Paul wrote in Ephesians, they’ll understand that how they use their words can show God’s love to others.


Preteens

Why do your words matter?


Preteens are starting to be aware of the impact their actions have on their relationships, including the words they use. We hope that kids will start to think about the importance of words and how they can use them to help others. We finish the month with something Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:29. Paul writes, Don’t let any evil talk come out of your mouths. Say only what will help to build others up and meet their needs, (NIrV). Our words have power to help or hurt others. When it comes to our rules for life, what we say and how we speak matters.

Bottom Line: Use your words wisely. Words are important, but even as adults we tend to use them without thinking. We hope that as kids hear more about what Paul wrote in Ephesians, they’ll understand that how they use their words can show God’s love to others.

January 24, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus’ miracles are amazing.


This week we see Jesus do a miracle in the midst of common, everyday fishermen. When they threw their nets out, they caught nothing. When Jesus told them to throw their nets out again, they caught so many fish their nets began to break! Jesus is amazing!


Kids

Make the most of what you’ve been given


Kids are often so focused on what they want, that they don’t think about how to use what they already have. Whether we have a lot or a little, it’s important for us to use what we have wisely. We hope that preteens will start to realize that what they have—talents, time, or possessions—comes from God. We pray they’ll discover how they can use them to point others to Jesus. Next, we discover another one of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:14-30. A businessman 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, wasted his opportunity for growth, and ended up having it taken away.

Bottom Line: Make the most of what you’ve been given. God has given each of us responsibility over something—money, talents, even our stuff. Kids will discover some of the ways they can remember that everything we have comes from God. We pray kids discover how they can use those things wisely.


Preteens

How can you use what you’ve been given?


Kids are often so focused on what they want, that they don’t think about how to use what they already have. Whether we have a lot or a little, it’s important for us to use what we have wisely. We hope that preteens will start to realize that what they have—talents, time, or possessions—comes from God. We pray they’ll discover how they can use them to point others to Jesus. Next, we discover another one of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:14-30. A businessman 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, wasted his opportunity for growth, and ended up having it taken away.

Bottom Line: Make the most of what you’ve been given. God has given each of us responsibility over something—money, talents, even our stuff. Kids will discover some of the ways they can remember that everything we have comes from God. We pray kids discover how they can use those things wisely

January 17, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus’ power is amazing.


Jesus’ power is amazing. In this week’s teaching, we find Jesus and the disciples in a boat in the middle of a raging storm. Have no fear though! Jesus has power over nature, and He used it to calm the storm. Even the disciples were asking, Who is this that even has power over the wind and waves? Jesus! That’s Who! And, Jesus is amazing!


Kids

Work hard.


This week, we take a closer look at Proverbs 6:6-8. Think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! (NIrV). God created ants to take responsibility and work hard storing up for the winter months. We can look to them as an example, as we take responsibility and work hard.

Bottom Line: Work hard. God has created us to work, yet often we try to do whatever we can to avoid it. We pray that this simple bottom line will be a reminder for kids to take responsibility when they have a job to do. God can give them the strength they need to follow through and get the job done.


Preteens

When have you had to work hard?


When it comes to hard work, kids tend to want to avoid it at all cost. However, when they remember how God has helped them work hard in the past, it can encourage them to work hard with whatever they’re facing now. For week three, we take a closer look at Proverbs 6:6-8. Think about the ant! Consider its ways and be wise! (NIrV). God created ants to take responsibility and work hard storing up for the winter months. We can look to them as an example, as we take responsibility and work hard.

Bottom Line: Work hard. God has created us to work, yet often we try to do whatever we can to avoid it. We pray that this simple bottom line will be a reminder for kids to take responsibility when they have a job to do. God can give them the strength they need to follow through and get the job done.

January 10, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus’ healing is amazing.


This week, we will hear the story of four friends who carried their friend who couldn’t walk to Jesus. They were so determined to see Jesus that they climbed to the roof and lowered their friend down, because they couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd. Their determination allowed Jesus to perform a miracle and heal their friend! Jesus is amazing!


Kids

Share what you have.


In week two, we head to Luke 12:13-21 where we find a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was focused on the wrong thing. As a successful farmer, his land produced a large amount of crops. He decided to build bigger and bigger barns to collect it all. He might have a had a lot for himself, but he failed to think about how he could have helped the people around him.

Bottom Line: Share what you have. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of someone’s generosity, but other times we get to show responsibility by sharing and being generous to others. When we realize that God has given us everything we have, we’re more likely to share with others. We pray that as kids learn more about the parable of the rich man, they’ll discover ways they can be responsible with how they share what they have.


Preteens

What do you have that you can share?


Key Question: What do you have that you can share? From an early age, most kids are taught to share. Asthey get older though, the stakes get higher and it can take more effort to share. As we ask this question, we pray that preteens will see that they can share more than their stuff. They can share their time, their friendship, and their talents.

This week, we head to Luke 12:13-21 where we find a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was focused on the wrong thing. As a successful farmer, his land produced a large amount of crops. He decided to build bigger and bigger barns to collect it all. He might have a had a lot for himself, but he failed to think about how he could have helped the people around him.

Bottom Line: Share what you have. Sometimes we are on the receiving end of someone’s generosity, but other times we get to show responsibility by sharing and being generous to others. When we realize that God has given us everything we have, we’re more likely to share with others. We pray that as kids learn more about the parable of the rich man, they’ll discover ways they can be responsible with how they share what they have.

January 3, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: Jesus’ teaching is Amazing.


This week we will hear about Jesus teaching in the Temple as a boy. He amazed all of the people who heard Him with His understanding of God at such a young age. Jesus is amazing!


Kids

Love God. Love Others.


We kick off the New Year in Matthew 22:36-40. The religious leaders were always trying to trap Jesus with His own words. This moment was no different. They asked Jesus, out of hundreds of laws they were to follow, which were the most important. Jesus simplified everything, and made love the top priority. The most important responsibility is to love God, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Bottom Line: Love God. Love others. These are four simple words, but they are not always simple to put into practice. We hope that, as kids discover more about responsibility, they start to understand the ways they can love God and love the people God has put in their lives.


Preteens

What are things you’re expected to do?


Key Question: What are things you’re expected to do? Even kids and preteens have responsibilities. As they start to name them, they’ll start to realize that those expectations aren’t there to frustrate them. Each of us has things we need to do—including our responsibility to love. We pray that kids will take Jesus’ words to heart as they discover how to show God’s love to others.

We kick off the New Year in Matthew 22:36-40. The religious leaders were always trying to trap Jesus with His own words. This moment was no different. They asked Jesus, out of hundreds of laws they were to follow, which were the most important. Jesus simplified everything, and made love the top priority. The most important responsibility is to love God, and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

Bottom Line: Love God. Love others. These are four simple words, but they are not always simple to put into practice. We hope that, as kids discover more about responsibility, they start to understand the ways they can love God and love the people God has put in their lives.

2020 Videos

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