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May 15, 2022

Preschool

On day five, God made the birds and fish.

Week three, our preschoolers will be so excited as they get to hear about how God made the birds and fish. Your preschoolers will be flapping their wings and swimming like little fish at some point. Our hope is that as they go out into the world, every time they see a fish or a bird, they will know that God made everything, and it is good.


Kids

You can choose joy when life gets hard.


We will all face times when life is hard; how we respond to those situations matters. We may not be happy about what we face, but we can still trust that God can help us get through it. That can give us joy. And we hope that kids start to understand that when they choose joy, they can point others to Jesus.


Preteens

What helps keep you going?


We have a better chance of showing resilience when we have a plan to help us. As we head into Small Group, we want preteens to think about how they find the motivation to keep going, even when they want to give up. Ultimately, we hope that kids realize that their hope in God can help give them the confidence they need to bounce back and face whatever comes their way.

In week three, we jump over to Acts 16:16-40 and find two more early followers of Jesus: Paul and Silas. After being arrested, they could have given up their calling to share Jesus’ love with others. However, they had resilience even in the middle of this challenging situation. They bounced back and decided to worship God, right there in jail! And when the time came, the Holy Spirit gave them the right words at the right time to help the jailer and his family start a relationship with Jesus.

May 8, 2022

Preschool

On day three and four, God made the land, sea, sun, moon, and stars.

Week two, we will hear about how God made the land, plants, sea, sun, moon, and stars. Our preschoolers can look out at the stars and know that God made the stars! They can smell a flower and know that God made the flowers! God made everything, and it is good.


Kids

Keep going even when it gets tough.


Kids will face moments when they either want to give up or don’t know how to keep going. In those times, it’s essential to help them remember that God is always with them. God can give them the strength to have resilience and finish whatever task is before them. We pray they learn that they can trust God no matter what and keep going.


Preteens

When have you decided to keep going?


The best way to create future success is to remind yourself of success in the past. The same is true of resilience. That’s why we kick off Small Group time with this question. We hope that kids remember the times when God gave them the strength they needed to bounce back and keep going. We pray they’ll do the same for whatever they face in the future.

Next, we head to Acts 3:1-4:21 with Peter and John and their unflinching moment of resilience. Peter and John were resilient even when arrested for sharing the message of Jesus. They wouldn’t let it get them down. They stood up to the religious leaders and never gave up on the mission from Jesus. They were willing to do whatever it took to get it done.

May 1, 2022

Preschool

On days one and two, God made the light and dark and sky and water.

We will begin the month way back at the beginning, on days one and two of creation, when God made light, dark, sky and water. When darkness falls or our preschoolers look up to the sky, they can know that God made everything, and it is good.


Kids

God is always with you.


Kids are just beginning to learn that there are parts of life we have to do independently. From our school work to household chores to getting up to bat, it’s all on us to get it done. This realization can be overwhelming for anyone. Thankfully, we’re not on our own when it comes to resilience. God is always with us and can give us the drive to bounce back and keep going to finish what needs to be done.


Preteens

When have you felt alone?


Discovering the stamina to show resilience can be difficult, especially when you feel like you’re on your own. We start a conversation with preteens about the times they’ve felt alone to help them realize that they’re never really alone: God is with them and can give them the strength needed to get through whatever they face.

April 24, 2022

Preschool

Jesus wants to be our friend forever.

Week four, we learn about an awesome moment Jesus shared with His friends, the disciples. They were out in a boat fishing. Then, they looked out across the water and someone they had been missing. It was Jesus! They quickly went ashore and found Jesus cooking breakfast for them right there on the beach. Can you even imagine? They went from thinking they had lost their friend, Jesus, to eating breakfast with Him on a beach!


Kids

Whatever happens, remember God is bigger than your questions.


Questions are a normal part of growing up and following Jesus. We won’t always understand what we read in the Bible or why our life looks like it does. God wants us to be honest about our questions and doubts. You can create a safe environment where kids can process the questions they face. We pray that kids will understand that they can have hope knowing God will be with them through their questions.


Preteens

What questions do you have for God?


The preteen years are often the first time kids will start to have questions about their faith. They may wonder if it’s ok to ask the questions, so we decided to use this as an opportunity to ask them about the questions they have. We want kids to understand that the church can be the safest place to ask hard questions about God or anything else. Help the preteens in your church start to unpack the questions they have for and about God. Offer suggestions for how they can find the answers.

We finish the month with a critical moment recorded in John 20:19-29. Although Thomas was one of Jesus’ disciples, He hadn’t yet seen Jesus face-to-face after the resurrection. When the rest of the disciples tried to tell him that Jesus was alive, Thomas couldn’t believe it. When Jesus showed up again, He went right over to Thomas and gave him a chance to touch the scars. Thomas knew once and for all that Jesus was alive!

April 17, 2022

Preschool

Our friend, Jesus, is alive!

Week three, starts out sad, but it gets better…a whole lot better! We’re going to talk with our preschoolers about how angry people took Jesus away and hurt Him so badly that He died. But, three days later, Jesus did something that only He can do. Jesus came back, just like He said He would! Jesus is alive! That’s how Jesus can be our friend forever!


Kids

Whatever happens, remember Jesus is alive.


We know that Easter is more than egg hunts and chocolate bunnies. But for preteens, many are just starting to realize the full impact the truth of the resurrection can have on their lives. This week, we pray that kids will start to personalize Easter and discover the hope they can have because of Jesus.


Preteens

What does Easter mean to you?


We’ll look at Easter through John’s perspective in John 18:1–20:18. As the disciples experienced the events of the crucifixion, from Jesus’ arrest in the garden to His death, they must have wondered if everything they shared with Jesus was all for nothing. But
that all changed when they discovered that Jesus was alive! Everything Jesus said about Himself was true. The disciples’ hope was building on the foundation of a risen Savior.

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember Jesus is alive. No matter what we face in life, we can hope because Jesus is stronger than sin and death. His resurrection is proof that God loves us and wants a forever relationship with us. We pray that kids celebrate Jesus and discover the hope we can have because Jesus is alive.

April 10, 2022

Preschool

We celebrate our friend, Jesus.

Week two, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a palm leaf and wave it in the air as we learn about the time Jesus rode down the road on a donkey. The whole town was filled with excitement because they knew Jesus can do amazing things! And, the best part of the celebration is that Jesus wants to be our friends forever.


Kids

Whatever happens, remember God is still working.


Next, we head to an incredible moment John recorded in John 12:9-16. God’s people had waited for generations for God to send the Messiah. They were overwhelmed when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. God kept His promise. The mission to save the world was happening. Of course, this didn’t happen exactly how they expected, but God was still working and up to something bigger than they could ever imagine!

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is still working. Because God keeps His promises, we can trust Him no matter what. Still, kids will face moments in their life where they might wonder if God will come through for them. They’ll question if what they face is part of God’s plan. We want kids to understand that God is always working and will come through. It might not be as expected, but they can hope God will be with them through their situation.


Preteens

What are you hoping for?


As we talk about hope all month, it’s only natural that kids will start thinking about their hopes. We pray that with this question and the conversation it sparks that the kids will consider how God can help them while they wait for those hopes to come true. We can trust God no matter what and hope that becomes real for kids this week.

Next, we head to an incredible moment John recorded in John 12:9-16. God’s people had waited for generations for God to send the Messiah. They were overwhelmed when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. God kept His promise. The mission to save the world was happening. Of course, this didn’t happen exactly how they expected, but God was still working and up to something bigger than they could ever imagine!

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is still working. Because God keeps His promises, we can trust Him no matter what. Still, kids will face moments in their life where they might wonder if God will come through for them. They’ll question if what they face is part of God’s plan. We want kids to understand that God is always working and will come through. It might not be as expected, but they can hope God will be with them through their situation.

April 3, 2022

Preschool

Our friend, Jesus, is always with us.

We will begin, week one, with the amazing story of Jesus walking on water. One minute the disciples are terrified and the next they are exclaiming, “Jesus! You truly are the Son of God!” Jesus can do anything—like walk on water. So, if Jesus says He’ll always be with us, then Jesus will always be with us.


Kids

Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is.


We start the month with friends of Jesus who had lost all hope. John records an incredible moment that we find in John 11:1-45. When Lazarus died, Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after death.

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is. God can do amazing things in your life. We pray that kids will understand that when they face something difficult or hard to understand, they’ll find hope that God’s power can help us through whatever we face.


Preteens

How do you react when bad things happen?


We can’t escape bad things happening in our lives. We will all face difficult moments in life, and we can respond to them in various ways. We want kids to identify the way they react in these moments and figure out a plan for finding hope, responding well, and trusting God no matter what is happening in their lives. We start the month with friends of Jesus who had lost all hope. John records an incredible moment that we find in John 11:1-45. When Lazarus died, Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after death.

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is. God can do amazing things in your life. We pray that kids will understand that when they face something difficult or hard to understand, they’ll find hope that God’s power can help us through whatever we face.

March 27, 2022

Preschool

Jesus is a good friend to everyone.

Week four, we will end the month talking about a time when Jesus fed 5,000 hungry people after they had been listening to Him teach all day. What kind of friend does that? A good friend, that’s what kind. And that’s what Jesus is. Jesus is a good friend… to everyone.


Kids

Make a habit of working together.


We wrap up our study on cooperation in Acts 2:42-47. As people began putting their faith in Jesus, several needs started to arise. At the beginning of Acts, Luke offers some insight into how the early church shared what they had and worked together to help each other through the basic problems of life.

Bottom Line: Make a habit of working together. When we work together, many people will have a chance to see Jesus’ love in action. Accomplishing Jesus’ mission for the world is a HUGE undertaking. However, when we practice working together, we can help others and share how much God loves them.


Preteens

How do you cooperate every day?


The preteen years are the perfect time for kids to explore their role in the church. We hope to give kids the chance to figure out how God has uniquely gifted them to help point their friends and family to Jesus.

We wrap up our study on cooperation in Acts 2:42-47. As people began putting their faith in Jesus, several needs started to arise. At the beginning of Acts, Luke offers some insight into how the early church shared what they had and worked together to help each other through the basic problems of life.

Bottom Line: Make a habit of working together. When we work together, many people will have a chance to see Jesus’ love in action. Accomplishing Jesus’ mission for the world is a HUGE undertaking. However, when we practice working together, we can help others and share how much God loves them.

March 20, 2022

Preschool

Everyone can be friends with Jesus.

Week three, we get a look at all twelve of Jesus’ disciples. The ones He chose. Fishmen, tax collector, betrayer… Jesus knew them all—better than they knew themselves. He knew all of their mistakes —past, present and future, and He chose them. Jesus truly does love everyone, and He wants the world to know that everyone can be friends with Him. What better messengers to spread the Good News than this ragtag group of guys.


Kids

Work together to help someone in need.


Before you can meet someone’s need, you have to realize the need in the first place. We hope that our preteens become aware of the people around them. Once they see those needs, they can cooperate with friends and trusted adults to help meet them.

In week three, we head to a story found in Luke 5:17-26. We discover a paralyzed man who just happened to have some excellent friends. When they heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. When they arrived, the place was packed. Instead of giving up, the friends went to the roof and tore a hole big enough to drop their friend down right in front of Jesus. Jesus did something unbelievable because of their faith and cooperation.

Bottom Line: Work together to help someone in need. When we see others with needs that seem huge and overwhelming, we often think they’re too big for us to help and end up doing nothing. However, if we cooperate with others to meet those needs, we have a better chance of making a difference in their life and pointing them to God.


Preteens

Who do you know who needs help?


Before you can meet someone’s need, you have to realize the need in the first place. We hope that our preteens become aware of the people around them. Once they see those needs, they can cooperate with friends and trusted adults to help meet them.

In week three, we head to a story found in Luke 5:17-26. We discover a paralyzed man who just happened to have some excellent friends. When they heard that Jesus was in town, they tried everything to get their friend to Jesus. When they arrived, the place was packed. Instead of giving up, the friends went to the roof and tore a hole big enough to drop their friend down right in front of Jesus. Jesus did something unbelievable because of their faith and cooperation.

March 13, 2022

Preschool

Everyone can be friends with Jesus.

Week two, again, Jesus passes right by all of the expected friend choices, and He heads straight to Matthew, a friendless tax collector. Jesus walks right up to Matthew’s table and says, ‘Follow me.’ Matthew was probably still holding money in his hand, but he left it all and followed Jesus. One by one, Jesus was showing the world that everyone can be friends with Him, even those who have made bad choices.


Kids

Work together to help someone succeed.


For week two, we look at Exodus 17:8-13, at a time where Joshua is leading the Israelites in a fierce battle against the Amalekites. When Moses held up his staff, the Israelites were winning the battle. When Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur came to the rescue and helped hold up his arms. The Israelites won the battle because of how they all cooperated.

Bottom Line: Work together to help someone succeed. Like Hur and Aaron, our kids need to realize that working together isn’t just about doing something for themselves. You can work with people to help others accomplish something as well.


Preteens

Who do you work well with?


A big part of cooperation is figuring out who you connect with can work together with. We want kids to start thinking about the people in their life they can partner with to help someone else succeed.

For week two, we look at Exodus 17:8-13, at a time where Joshua is leading the Israelites in a fierce battle against the Amalekites. When Moses held up his staff, the Israelites were winning the battle. When Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur came to the rescue and helped hold up his arms. The Israelites won the battle because of how they all cooperated.

Bottom Line: Work together to help someone succeed. Like Hur and Aaron, our kids need to realize that working together isn’t just about doing something for themselves. You can work with people to help others accomplish something as well.

March 6, 2022

Preschool

Jesus says, “Follow Me.”

Week one, Jesus begins gathering those who would become His inner circle, His closest friends—the disciples. Jesus didn’t go to the religious leaders. He didn’t go to the kings. He went to…fishermen. I’m sure they were as shocked as anyone, which probably explains why they dropped their nets and followed so quickly.


Kids

God wants us to work together.


We kick off the month looking at how God’s people cooperated to build the sacred tent or tabernacle. We read throughout Exodus 28, 31, 35, and 39 how God chose people to work together. God could have had Moses build this on his own, but instead, God called expert artists and builders along with all kinds of people to work together to create this incredibly intentional place of worship.

Bottom Line: God wants us to work together. Sometimes we think it’d be better if we didn’t have to rely on anyone else to get a job done, but this isn’t how God created us. God created us for community, to work together and do more than we can do on our own. We hope that kids see the value in cooperation because cooperation starts with God.


Preteens

When have you seen people work together?


Through school, sports, and activities, kids are learning how to work together. More often than not, they may not get to choose with whom they work. However, when kids think about seeing others work together, it can inspire them to work together with their peers. God has a plan for us to work with each other to do more than we could do on our own.

We kick off the month looking at how God’s people cooperated to build the sacred tent or tabernacle. We read throughout Exodus 28, 31, 35, and 39 how God chose people to work together. God could have had Moses build this on his own, but instead, God called expert artists and builders along with all kinds of people to work together to create this incredibly intentional place of worship.

Bottom Line: God wants us to work together. Sometimes we think it’d be better if we didn’t have to rely on anyone else to get a job done, but this isn’t how God created us. God created us for community, to work together and do more than we can do on our own. We hope that kids see the value in cooperation because cooperation starts with God.



February 27, 2022

Preschool

We can love like Jesus.

We can love like Jesus. Then, we will wrap up the month with a truth that will change our lives, too. We can love everyone just like Jesus loves everyone. We can love the people who are different than us. We can love people who have made bad choices. We can love all of them because Jesus loves all of them.


Kids

Make time to help others.


In week four, we finish up in Mark 10:46-52 with an encounter between Jesus and Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was blind. Because of this, he was often ignored by those who passed by him. When he learns that Jesus is passing by, he calls out for help. Rather than walking past and getting on with his day, Jesus takes time to stop and help Bartimaeus. Jesus knew that Bartimaeus had faith and healed him, changing his life forever.

Bottom Line: Make time to help others. We all know people who require some help and compassion. However, we don’t always prioritize those people in our lives. Jesus showed us that prioritizing others and making time for them is important for demonstrating His love. We pray that kids will have a chance to think about the ways they make time throughout their day to meet the needs of those around them.


Preteens

When has someone made time for you?


To help preteens understand why making time for others is a great way to show them God’s compassion, we’re giving them a chance to think about the times someone has done this for them. When they remember how others have made them feel loved, they’ll be more likely to do the same for people they know.

In week four, we finish up in Mark 10:46-52 with an encounter between Jesus and Bartimaeus. Bartimaeus was blind. Because of this, he was often ignored by those who passed by him. When he learns that Jesus is passing by, he calls out for help. Rather than walking past and getting on with his day, Jesus takes time to stop and help Bartimaeus. Jesus knew that Bartimaeus had faith and healed him, changing his life forever.

Bottom Line: Make time to help others. We all know people who require some help and compassion. However, we don’t always prioritize those people in our lives. Jesus showed us that prioritizing others and making time for them is important for demonstrating His love. We pray that kids will have a chance to think about the ways they make time throughout their day to meet the needs of those around them.



February 20, 2022

Preschool

Jesus loves people even when they do something wrong.

Story Focus: Jesus loves people even when they do something wrong. Week three, we will hear about the time Zacchaeus, the friendless tax collector, climbed down a tree to have dinner with Jesus at Jesus’ invitation. We will listen in as Zacchaeus learns that Jesus loves everyone even when they do something wrong.


Kids

Use what you have to help others.


This familiar story is found in John 6:1-13. People had been clamoring to see Jesus heal and perform miracles. Even has Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, they followed him. When Jesus saw them, He didn’t ignore them or send them away. Instead, Jesus knew they were tired and hungry. He had compassion for them and decided to feed them. With no food in sight, a young boy offers his meal of bread and fish. Jesus takes what the boy has and feeds the multitude with leftovers!

Bottom Line: Use what you have to help others. Kids might think they’re too young to make a difference in how they treat others. This story reminds us that what we already have has the potential to help others and make a massive difference to them. We just have to be aware of others’ needs and be willing to give up what we have to help them. We pray that kids start to discover the easy ways to use what they have to show compassion.


Preteens

What do you have that you can use to help others?

Key Question: What do you have that you can use to help others? While most kids know that they should help others, they might not always know how to help. We hope this question, paired with the boy’s story who shared his lunch with Jesus, will lead to some great discussion with kids. We hope that every kid starts to believe that they can show compassion with what they already have.

This familiar story is found in John 6:1-13. People had been clamoring to see Jesus heal and perform miracles. Even has Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, they followed him. When Jesus saw them, He didn’t ignore them or send them away. Instead, Jesus knew they were tired and hungry. He had compassion for them and decided to feed them. With no food in sight, a young boy offers his meal of bread and fish. Jesus takes what the boy has and feeds the multitude with leftovers!

Bottom Line: Use what you have to help others. Kids might think they’re too young to make a difference in how they treat others. This story reminds us that what we already have has the potential to help others and make a massive difference to them. We just have to be aware of others’ needs and be willing to give up what we have to help them. We pray that kids start to discover the easy ways to use what they have to show compassion.



February 13, 2022

Preschool

Jesus loves people everywhere.

Story Focus: Jesus loves people everywhere. Week two, we get to hear about a conversation Jesus had with a woman at a well. She was from a family that didn’t get along with Jesus’ family. That’s why she was surprised when Jesus talked to her, was kind to her, and offered to be her friend forever. Why did Jesus do that? Because Jesus loves everyone, everywhere—not just the people on His street that look and talk just like He does.


Kids

Show others that they matter.


In week two, we head to John 4:1-30, 39-42. Samaria was a region that the Jews in Jesus’ time tried to avoid. But rather than walking around this region, Jesus took His disciples straight through it and stopped at Jacob’s well. While He was there, a Samaritan woman came to the well. He spoke with her and completely changed how she understood the Messiah and what God was doing in the world. She left and spread the news about Jesus to the people she knew.

Bottom Line: Show others that they matter. When Jesus took the time to have a conversation with the Samaritan woman, He showed her that she mattered regardless of who she was or what she’d done. The truth is that we all matter and are valuable to God. When we care for others, include them, and spend time with them, we help them see how much they matter to God and us.


Preteens

Who matters to you?


Key Question: Who matters to you? As we kick off Small Group time with this question, we imagine that kids will respond with people closest to them like relatives, friends, and meaningful adults in their life. However, we also hope that as the discussion continues, they’ll discover that there might be others who should matter to them too. All people matter to God, and they should matter to us too.

In week two, we head to John 4:1-30, 39-42. Samaria was a region that the Jews in Jesus’ time tried to avoid. But rather than walking around this region, Jesus took His disciples straight through it and stopped at Jacob’s well. While He was there, a Samaritan woman came to the well. He spoke with her and completely changed how she understood the Messiah and what God was doing in the world. She left and spread the news about Jesus to the people she knew.

Bottom Line: Show others that they matter. When Jesus took the time to have a conversation with the Samaritan woman, He showed her that she mattered regardless of who she was or what she’d done. The truth is that we all matter and are valuable to God. When we care for others, include them, and spend time with them, we help them see how much they matter to God and us.


February 6, 2022

Preschool

Jesus loves everyone.

Story Focus: Jesus loves everyone. We begin with the story of the Banquet Parable. The king prepares for the party. The table is set. The food is ready. And the invitations go out to EVERYONE! And, if Jesus had a party, He would invite everyone, too! Jesus loves everyone, and everyone is invited to be His friend forever.


Kids

Following Jesus means caring about others.


We start with a crucial moment from Jesus’ life, found in Luke 4:14-24, 28-30. After Jesus returned from being tempted in the wilderness, He started teaching in the Synagogue. Soon Jesus traveled to Nazareth, where He grew up. Jesus went to the Synagogue, stood in front of the crowd, and read an important passage from Isaiah about the promised Messiah. Jesus says that He is the One sent to fulfill those things written in Isaiah: bringing freedom, healing, and hope to ALL people. Jesus let everyone know His purpose in life.

Bottom Line: Following Jesus means caring about others. Jesus showed us genuine compassion. Jesus knew God’s purpose for His life, and every interaction He had with others demonstrated that. As kids learn what it means to believe in Jesus and follow Him with their life, we pray that they will catch His purpose and decide to make a difference in the world by sharing God’s compassionate love with others.


Preteens

What’s your purpose in life?


Key Question: What’s your purpose in life? By the time they’ve reached the preteen years, most kids have probably heard the question, “What do you want to
be when you grow up?” They might not have heard a question about their purpose. Purpose goes beyond one’s occupation to one’s motivation for getting up in the morning and fulfilling a role in life. As kids learn about Jesus’ purpose, mission, and life, we pray this will inspire kids to show His compassion as one of their life’s purposes.

We start with a crucial moment from Jesus’ life, found in Luke 4:14-24, 28-30. After Jesus returned from being tempted in the wilderness, He started teaching in the Synagogue. Soon Jesus traveled to Nazareth, where He grew up. Jesus went to the Synagogue, stood in front of the crowd, and read an important passage from Isaiah about the promised Messiah. Jesus says that He is the One sent to fulfill those things written in Isaiah: bringing freedom, healing, and hope to ALL people. Jesus let everyone know His purpose in life.

Bottom Line: Following Jesus means caring about others. Jesus showed us genuine compassion. Jesus knew God’s purpose for His life, and every interaction He had with others demonstrated that. As kids learn what it means to believe in Jesus and follow Him with their life, we pray that they will catch His purpose and decide to make a difference in the world by sharing God’s compassionate love with others.


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