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August 9, 2020

Preschool

I am important to God.


Week two, we will talk about how important we are to God. It feels kind of
weird as a grown-up to talk about how important we are, but we are! We are important to God, because He made us! But just how important are we?

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Kids

In Ephesians 2:10, we discover how we reflect God’s creativity. Paul reminds us, We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do, (NIrV). Because we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to create. Whether it’s the arts or the sciences or simple problem solving throughout the day, God created us with a purpose to use our gifts and talents to point others to Him.

Bottom Line: God created you, so you can be creative. We often think about creativity only in terms of the creative arts. But creativity is so much more than that. When we use our God-given abilities to solve the problems we face, we are tapping into what it means to reflect the image of God. We pray that kids will see that no matter how they’re gifted, that God can use their creativity for good.

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Preteens


Key Question: How are you creative? Sometimes people will hear this question and miss the first word, “how.” Many people assume that if they’re not artistic or musical that they’re not creative, but that’s not true. We are created in the image of God, Who’s creativity has no limits. All of us our creative in some way, we might just need some help discovering how that’s true. We hope preteens will discover how they can put their creativity to use.

Next, in Ephesians 2:10, we discover how we reflect God’s creativity. Paul reminds us, We are God’s creation. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good works. Long ago God prepared these works for us to do, (NIrV). Because we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to create. Whether it’s the arts or the sciences or simple problem solving throughout the day, God created us with a purpose to use our gifts and talents to point others to Him.

Bottom Line: God created you, so you can be creative. We often think about creativity only in terms of the creative arts. But creativity is so much more than that. When we use our God-given abilities to solve the problems we face, we are tapping into what it means to reflect the image of God. We pray that kids will see that no matter how they’re gifted, that God can use their creativity for good.

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August 2, 2020

Preschool

I am wonderfully made in God’s image.


We will kick off the month teaching preschoolers that they are made in God’s image. God put thought and love into every single part of them. Not only did He make their curly red hair or their chocolate brown eyes, He also made their brains to think awesome ideas and learn cool things. He made them with the ability and heart to help others. He made them creative so they can build and sing and imagine.

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We kick off this series in Genesis 1-2:3 as we help kids discover something about the beginning of the universe. Looking around at creation, one can’t help but notice God’s creativity. From nothing, God spoke the universe into existence. No detail left out, creation gives us the brilliant creativity of a God who is big enough to create the world and personal enough to love us no matter what.

Bottom Line: There’s no limit to God’s creativity. We pray that kids will start looking at the world more closely and notice God’s amazing creativity. From the uniqueness of animals to breathtaking landscapes throughout the word, not to mention the expansive universe filled with solar systems galore, we want kids to discover the wonder of creation and how it shows us how awesome God is.

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Preteens


Key Question: Where do you see God’s creativity? Wherever you look, God’s creativity is evident. Yet we often get so used it that we don’t see it or acknowledge that the beauty in the world comes from God. We kick off the month with this question to help preteens become more aware of how God’s handiwork is on display. We pray that God’s creativity inspires them to put their own creativity to work.

We kick off this series in Genesis 1-2:3 as we help kids discover something about the beginning of the universe. Looking around at creation, one can’t help but notice God’s creativity. From nothing, God spoke the universe into existence. No detail left out, creation gives us the brilliant creativity of a God who is big enough to create the world and personal enough to love us no matter what.

Bottom Line: There’s no limit to God’s creativity. We pray that kids will start looking at the world more closely and notice God’s amazing creativity. From the uniqueness of animals to breathtaking landscapes throughout the word, not to mention the expansive universe filled with solar systems galore, we want kids to discover the wonder of creation and how it shows us how awesome God is.

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July 26, 2020

Preschool

I spy something that is real.


Week four we will spy Jesus telling His disciples He would be going away soon to a place called Heaven. He said it would have many rooms and He was going to get it ready for all of His friends. Jesus told the disciples to tell everyone, everywhere that He is alive and He wants to be their friend forever, so they can be with Him in Heaven one day.


Kids

We finish the month and this series in Revelation 21:3-5a with something John wrote towards the end of his life. John’s been exiled to live out his life alone on a remote island for prisoners. While he’s there, he has a vision of a future that’s more wonderful than we could ever fully understand. But we do know that God is making all things new. And because of Jesus, we get to experience life forever with God.

Bottom Line: Following Jesus will turn out greater than you can imagine. Because of their developmental stage, it’s hard for kids to imagine life that lasts forever. Our prayer is that through this lesson, they’ll catch a glimpse of what life can be like when we follow Jesus. Not only is God with us now, but we’ll be with God forever. We may not understand it all, but we can have faith that it will be absolutely amazing!


Preteens


Key Question: What do you think heaven will be like?

We have John’s description of the new heaven and new earth, but those words spark imagination of what life will be like when God one can for all makes all things new. We hope through this lesson, preteens will have renewed hope in their relationship with Jesus.

We finish the month and this series in Revelation 21:3-5a with something John wrote towards the end of his life. John’s been exiled to live out his life alone on a remote island for prisoners. While he’s there, he has a vision of a future that’s more wonderful than we could ever fully understand. But we do know that God is making all things new. And because of Jesus, we get to experience life forever with God.

Bottom Line: Following Jesus will turn out greater than you can imagine. Because of their developmental stage, it’s hard for kids to imagine life that lasts forever. Our prayer is that through this lesson, they’ll catch a glimpse of what life can be like when we follow Jesus. Not only is God with us now, but we’ll be with God forever. We may not understand it all, but we can have faith that it will be absolutely amazing!

July 19, 2020

Preschool

I spy someone who tells the truth.


Week three we will spy Paul again, only this time he’s in Rome. From morning until night, Paul taught people that Jesus is telling the truth. Jesus really is the Son of God. Jesus really is alive. And, Jesus really wants to be your friend forever.


Kids

In Acts 27:1–28:10 we find a moment towards the end of Paul’s life. He was on his way to Rome to stand trial, but he and the entire crew were shipwrecked on the journey. This was a major setback, but Paul knew he could trust God. God used Paul in this moment to bring others to Him.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see your problems. Life will not always be easy. Thankfully, when we have a relationship with Jesus, we don’t have to go through them on our own. Jesus can change the way we see our problems. He can turn them into situations where we find God’s peace that passes all understanding.


Preteens


Key Question: When have you seen something good come out of something bad? It’s easy for anyone to only see the bad in a situation, that’s why we start our preteen discussions with this question.

We pray that they see that although life is difficult right now, God is still working. God is still with them and can make something good come from this season of life.

In Acts 27:1–28:10 we find a moment towards the end of Paul’s life. He was on his way to Rome to stand trial, but he and the entire crew were shipwrecked on the journey. This was a major setback, but Paul knew he could trust God. God used Paul in this moment to bring others to Him.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see your problems. Life will not always be easy. Thankfully, when we have a relationship with Jesus, we don’t have to go through them on our own. Jesus can change the way we see our problems. He can turn
them into situations where we find God’s peace that passes all understanding.

July 12, 2020

Preschool

I spy someone who made everything!


In week two we spy Paul teaching people in Athens that we can believe God is real because we can see all of the real things He made. What exactly did God make? Everything! God made the whole world and everything in it—including people! But He didn’t stop there. God went on to give us His Son, Jesus,
to be our friend forever.


Kids

In week two, we follow Paul’s journey as he goes to Athens, a city known for statues and idols to false gods. In Acts 17 we see how Paul noticed a statue they had to an “unknown god” as if the people of Athens were covering their bases, just in case they
missed a god out there. Paul used this to share the truth of Jesus with the people.

Bottom Line: You can help others know Jesus. Regardless of how old someone is, if they have a relationship with Jesus, they can help others know Him too. We want kids to realize the simple ways they can share Jesus with others. From inviting them to church to being kind and sharing their toys, kids can play a huge role in helping their friends start a relationship with God.


Preteens


Key Question: How can you help others know Jesus? Preteens may want to share their faith with their friends, but they’re not sure how. We hope through this lesson, that they’ll begin to understand that helping others know Jesus doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. God wants everyone to know Jesus, and we can be part of that with how we show our friends God’s love with how we treat them.

In week two, we follow Paul’s journey as he goes to Athens, a city known for statues and idols to false gods. In Acts 17 we see how Paul noticed a statue they had to an “unknown god” as if the people of Athens were covering their bases, just in case they missed a god out there. Paul used this to share the truth of Jesus with the people.

Bottom Line: You can help others know Jesus. Regardless of how old someone is, if they have a relationship with Jesus, they can help others know Him too. We want kids to realize the simple ways they can share Jesus with others. From inviting them to church to being kind and sharing their toys, kids can play a huge role in helping their friends start a relationship with God.

July 5, 2020

Preschool

I spy someone Jesus loves, no matter what.


Week one we will spy Peter telling people he is not Jesus’ friend. This is the same Peter that saw Jesus walk on water, heal the sick, and vowed to never leave Him. But, after Jesus died, Peter was so afraid that he denied being Jesus’ friend. Later, after Jesus came back, Jesus let Peter know that He still loved him, no matter what. And, Jesus loves us no matter what, too.


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We start off the month with something Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it, (NIrV). When it comes to faith in God, everything, especially God’s gift of grace through Jesus, is a gift of love. All we have to do is accept it.

Bottom Line: Jesus is a gift for everyone. This is a simple yet powerful bottom line we pray sinks into the hearts of kids. There’s nothing we have to do to earn our Salvation. We just have to accept God’s amazing gift of grace through Jesus. We pray this is a decision every kid will make at some point in their life; maybe even this summer!

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Preteens


We start off the month with something Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus. In Ephesians 2:8-9 we read, God’s grace has saved you because of your faith in Christ. Your salvation doesn’t come from anything you do. It is God’s gift. It is not based on anything you have done. No one can brag about earning it, (NIrV). When it comes to faith in God, everything, especially God’s gift of grace through Jesus, is a gift of love. All we have to do is accept it.

Bottom Line: Jesus is a gift for everyone. This is a simple yet powerful bottom line we pray sinks into the hearts of kids. There’s nothing we have to do to earn our Salvation. We just have to accept God’s amazing gift of grace through Jesus. We pray this is a decision every kid will make at some point in their life; maybe even this summer!

Key Question: Why do people give gifts? We start with this question to help preteens frame the whole idea of gift giving in general. This will set up the idea that the best gifts come from a person’s love for the other person. God gave us Jesus as a gift of love. As they experience this lesson, we pray that preteens will put their own faith in Jesus. We start off the month with something Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus.

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June 28, 2020

Preschool

Peter and Cornelius — Acts 10

“These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God.” John 20:31, NLV

Story Focus: I spy someone I can tell about Jesus. By the end of June, we will turn our eyes to helping others see and believe in Jesus the way Peter did. Peter was a very good friend of Jesus. He saw Jesus do so many things that only He can do. Peter saw Jesus walk on water, heal people, and ultimately die and come back, just like Jesus said He would!

God helped Peter see that He wants everyone, even those who are different than us, to see and believe in Jesus too. Our hope is that each of your preschoolers will have the truth that they can believe in Jesus with them forever.

BOTTOM LINE: I CAN BELIEVE IN JESUS.

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We finish the month in Acts 10 as we pick up Peter’s story. Through a pretty crazy dream and encounter with a non-Jewish follower of Jesus, Peter learns that the message of Jesus if for everyone. Peter had to change his mind about Gentiles because God was now including them in what He was doing in the world through Jesus.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see others. We might not always get along with everyone, but Jesus can help us see each other the way God sees them. God loves each and every one of us just as He’s made us. We should love and accept each other just as God loves and accepts us.

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Preteens

Key Question: What are some ways people are different from each other?

Preteens are very aware of how they are different from others in their life. Sometimes those differences get in the way of how we show friendship to others. When we follow Jesus, we can see others the way He sees them. Our differences are something to celebrate as God brings us all together though Jesus.

We finish the month in Acts 10 as we pick up Peter’s story. Through a pretty crazy dream and encounter with a non-Jewish follower of Jesus, Peter learns that the message of Jesus if for everyone. Peter had to change his mind about Gentiles because God was now including them in what He was doing in the world through Jesus.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see others. We might not always get along with everyone, but Jesus can help us see each other the way God sees them. God loves each and every one of us just as He’s made us. We should love and accept each other just as God loves and accepts us.

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June 21, 2020

Preschool

Paul’s Conversion — Acts 9:1-20

Many people saw Jesus do things only He can do. And, thankfully, they did not keep what they saw to themselves. They told people what they saw Jesus do, and some even wrote down what they saw Jesus do. We can read about what they saw in the Bible, and we can believe in Him.

BOTTOM LINE: I CAN BELIEVE IN JESUS

MEMORY VERSE: “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God.” – John 20:31 (NLV)

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KEY QUESTION: What are you afraid of? One of the best ways to work through your fear is to name what makes you scared. We pray that as kids start to understand their fears, they’ll experience the peace that can come from knowing Jesus.

In Acts 9:10-31 we see what happens after Jesus meets Paul on the road to Damascus. God came to Ananias, a follower of Jesus living in Damascus. Ananias knew Paul’s reputation, but he trusted that God would take care of him. He might have been scared, but he trusted that Jesus could change anyone, including a man like Paul. He even helped Paul escape Damascus when some of the religious leaders plotted to kill Paul. Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus can help you face your fears.

When we believe that Jesus conquered death itself, we can believe that Jesus can do anything. Knowing Jesus gives us a peace that passes all understanding. We might fear something from time to time, but we can put our trust in Jesus and know that we can face anything when He’s with us.

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Preteens

KEY QUESTION: What are you afraid of? One of the best ways to work through your fear is to name what makes you scared. We pray that as kids start to understand their fears, they’ll experience the peace that can come from knowing Jesus.

In Acts 9:10-31 we see what happens after Jesus meets Paul on the road to Damascus. God came to Ananias, a follower of Jesus living in Damascus. Ananias knew Paul’s reputation, but he trusted that God would take care of him. He might have been scared, but he trusted that Jesus could change anyone, including a man like Paul. He even helped Paul escape Damascus when some of the religious leaders plotted to kill Paul. Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus can help you face your fears.

When we believe that Jesus conquered death itself, we can believe that Jesus can do anything. Knowing Jesus gives us a peace that passes all understanding. We might fear something from time to time, but we can put our trust in Jesus and know that we can face anything when He’s with us.

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June 14, 2020

Preschool

Matthew 26-28 & John 21: 1-14

Many people saw Jesus do things only He can do. And, thankfully, they did not keep what they saw to themselves. They told people what they saw Jesus do, and some even wrote down what they saw Jesus do. We can read about what they saw in the Bible, and we can believe in Him.

BOTTOM LINE: I CAN BELIEVE IN JESUS

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In week two, we head to Acts 9:1-9 and meet a man named Saul, also known as Paul. Paul was on his way to arrest and persecute followers of Jesus. But Jesus had other plans for Him. Jesus stopped Paul on his journey and told him about his new mission. In a moment Paul went from believing that Jesus was a false-teacher to believing that Jesus was the Son of God and Savior of the world.

BOTTOM LINE: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see everything. When we put our faith in Jesus, it changes everything. We’ll see people as God sees them. We’ll discover a personal mission to join God in His rescue plan for the world. Jesus really lived and died and rose again. Believing in that, impacts our entire life.

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Preteens

In week two, we head to Acts 9:1-9 and meet a man named Saul, also known as Paul. Paul was on his way to arrest and persecute followers of Jesus. But Jesus had other plans for Him. Jesus stopped Paul on his journey and told him about his new mission. In a moment Paul went from believing that Jesus was a false-teacher to believing that Jesus was the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes the way you see everything. When we put our faith in Jesus, it changes everything. We’ll see people as God sees them. We’ll discover a personal mission to join God in His rescue plan for the world. Jesus really lived and died and rose again. Believing in that, impacts our entire life.

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June 7, 2020

This is week two of DNA and we’re learning about Mexico with this great video from our mission partners. We have some friends in Mexico, who love Jesus too! They are doing a great work in Chiapas. Located in Arriaga, Chiapas, Mexico, The Little Flock Children’s Home is currently the home for more than 25 children ranging in age from one to sixteen years. Our children have been rescued from some of the most horrible situations imaginable and welcomed into a loving home. Our home is not an institution, but a family that offers the love and acceptance each child has longed for.

Preschool

I spy God’s Son, Jesus.


We are going to start with some men who wrote down what they and others saw with their very own eyes. Luke tells us that Mary saw an angel and what that angel told her would happen really happened! Mary had God’s Son, named Him Jesus, and He grew up to do things only He can do. Matthew, Mark, and John all saw Jesus do these amazing things with their very own eyes. They wrote some of those things down so we can see and believe in Jesus too!

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We start off the month in Hebrews 11:1–12:3 where the author recounts the ways heroes from the past looked forward in faith towards Jesus. They trusted God even though they didn’t have all the answers or know exactly how God was leading.

Bottom Line: You can know Jesus even though you’ve never seen Him. As the Old Testament heroes looked forward in faith, we look backwards in faith. We can believe in Jesus because of what we see around us and learn from the experience of God’s faithfulness throughout history. We hope that kids will start to understand the faith they can have in Jesus.

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Preteens

We start off the month in Hebrews 11:1–12:3 where the author recounts the ways heroes from the past looked forward in faith towards Jesus. They trusted God even though they didn’t have all the answers or know exactly how God was leading.

Key Question: What are things you believe that you can’t see? Faith can be abstract for kids who still think pretty concretely about life. But we believe all sorts of things are true even though we can’t see or know for sure. From the chairs we use to the love our mom gives us, we choose to believe every day. We pray that kids will start to see how they can believe in Jesus too!

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May 31, 2020

This week we kick off DNA2020 with a look at India. Watch this short intro video today before your family worship time and check our Kids Online playlist tomorrow for the second video in our week long look at India and how God is good!

Preschool

The Lost Coin | Luke 15:8-10


We will finish the month with a story Jesus told about a woman who stopped everything to search for a lost coin. While our preschoolers practice their counting, they will learn how much God loves them. Jesus told this story to help us understand that because God loves us so much, He wants us to be with Him, always. Our prayer is that every preschooler will walk away knowing that God made them and God loves them. And NOTHING will ever change that!

Bottom Line: God loves me, and I am special to Him.

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Philip and the Man from Ethiopia | Acts 8:26-40

We end the month in Acts 8:26-40, and discover a Jesus follower named Philip. An angel told Philip to travel toward the desert. On the way, Philip met an Ethiopian official who was reading the Jewish Scriptures. He had questions and asked Philip. Philip answered the man’s question and pointed him to Jesus. The official put his faith in Jesus and was baptized.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when you have questions. We’ll never know everything about anything, especially when it comes to our faith in God. In order to keep going, sometimes we have to ask questions about what we don’t know. We pray that kids will discover people in their life who they trust to ask hard questions about life and faith.

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Preteens

Philip and the Man from Ethiopia | Acts 8:26-40

Key Question: What questions do you have?

We want church to be one of the safest places for kids to ask questions about their faith. We pray this question will spark great conversations in your home. When you realize that everyone has questions about faith, you feel safer to ask your own. If you or your preteen have questions about faith please check out our Children’s Ministry website and click in the parent resource called “Start Here.” This will help you answer your kid’s questions about their growing faith.

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May 24, 2020

Preschool

God Gave His Only Son | John 3:16


Story Focus: God loves me and sent Jesus to be my friend forever.

During week four, preschoolers will hear just how much God loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. That’s a very big love!

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The story of Stephen | Acts 6:1-7:60

Stephen, a church leader, was arrested and put on trial for teaching about Jesus. Even as he was being stoned to death, Stephen showed determination. He boldly shared how Jesus was the Savior God promised from the beginning. Stephen was willing to die for his faith because he believed that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

Bottom Line: Keep going because God knows the end of the story.

When it comes down to it, most of our fear comes from being unsure of what will happen next. It’s all too easy to go to the worst-case scenario in the situations we face. Thankfully, no matter what difficulties we may face in life, we can trust that God will help us face them. God can give us the strength and courage we need to get through every moment.

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Preteens

The story of Stephen | Acts 6:1-7:60

Key Question: When were you scared but kept going?

When you remember how God has been faithful in the past, it helps you show determination in the future. We hope that as preteens remember how they kept going in the face of fear, they’ll find the courage to keep going and finish what they start.

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May 17, 2020

Preschool

Prodigal Son | Luke 15:11-24


Today, we will hear a story told by Jesus. In this story, a son leaves his father to go and do things his own way. The son makes a lot of wrong choices, but the father never stops loving him. In fact, when the son returns, instead of punishing his son, the father throws a huge party! That’s how much the father loved the son. Jesus wants us to know that God loves us even more than the father loved the son. God loves us no matter what!

BOTTOM LINE: God loves me no matter what.

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Peter and John are Taken to the Sanhedrin | Acts 3:1-4:21


Peter healed someone in the name of Jesus and caused quite a stir. Peter and John used this moment to share the message of Jesus. Soon though, the religious leaders arrested them and had them stand trial. Peter and John showed determination. They made it clear that no matter what happened to them, they would continue sharing Jesus with others.

BOTTOM LINE: Keep going even when it gets tough. Even when we follow Jesus, we’re not promised an easy life. We are promised that God will be with us. Just because a situation we face is difficult, doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. We pray that kids will learn to lean into the power of God to find the determination they need to keep going.

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Preteens

Peter and John are Taken to the Sanhedrin | Acts 3:1-4:21

KEY QUESTION: What keeps you from finishing what you start? Preteens don’t always understand why they want to quit, so they need a little help to understand their feelings. When you start to identify what keeps standing in your way, you can start to make a plan to overcome and finish. We pray that kids will start to see how they can trust God to give them the strength they need to keep going.

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May 10, 2020

Preschool

Esther | Esther 2:2–8:17


A young girl named Esther will show us that because God loves us, He has a plan for us. No matter how hard things get or how wrong things seem, we can trust God’s plan and know that in His time, He will use our situation for good. God had a plan for Esther, and He has a plan for us too.

BOTTOM LINE: God loves me and has a plan for me!

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The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost | Acts 2:1-41


Find out how the disciples would have the strength to keep going and tell the world about Jesus. As the disciples were gathered together, the Holy Spirit came upon them and empowered them to preach with boldness. Peter preached the message of his life, and over 3,000 people put their faith in Jesus.

BOTTOM LINE: God gives you what you need to keep going.

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Preteens

The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost | Acts 2:1-41

We all face moments when we wish we could give up. We need to have a plan for when that happens. We’ll help our preteens discover some solutions for the moments when they want to quit. When you have a plan, you’re more likely to follow through and finish what you start.

KEY QUESTION: What helps you keep going?

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May 3, 2020

Preschool

God Made Me | Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139:14


God loves you, and nothing will ever make Him stop. He loves you not because of what you do or don’t do. He loves you because He made you. You are His creation. And that is why He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world.

BOTTOM LINE: God loves me!

Memory Verse – “Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:39, NIrV

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On the Road to Emmaus | Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11

We start off the month in Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53, and Acts 1:1-11 as we help kids discover more about the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth. Before He went back to His Father, Jesus gave His disciples a huge mission: tell the world about Him. The message of Jesus was for everyone, and it was their job to get the word out.

BOTTOM LINE: Keep going even when it seems impossible.

A lot can seem impossible to a kid. From learning to tie their shoes to reading paragraphs out loud in class to memorizing those multiplication facts, kids will face all sorts of moments when they feel like everything is too hard, too big, or too long to finish. But that’s where God comes in. We pray that kids will start to understand that no matter what they face— impossible or not—they can trust God to help them through it.

MEMORY VERSE: “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9, NIrV

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Jesus’ Final Orders to His Disciples / Ascension | Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11

We start off the month in Matthew 28:16-20, Luke 24:50-53, and Acts 1:1-11 as we help kids discover more about the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth. Before He went back to His Father, Jesus gave His disciples a huge mission: tell the world about Him. The message of Jesus was for everyone, and it was their job to get the word out.

KEY QUESTION: What seems impossible to you?

What seems impossible is often in the eye of the beholder. Preteens face all sorts of things throughout their week that feel impossible to them, from homework to extracurricular activities to something happening in their home life. As preteens start to identify what seems impossible to them, we pray they’ll also discover how they can trust God, keep going, and finish what they start.

MEMORY VERSE: “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9, NIrV

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April 26, 2020

Preschool

Great Commission | Matthew 28:19-20


We end the month with Jesus giving all of His followers a special command. Go and tell. Go and tell everyone everywhere that Jesus is alive and He wants to be their friend forever. People who follow Jesus have been doing this ever since He came back. That’s why we know Jesus is alive, and it’s up to us to keep telling others so everyone everywhere knows that Jesus is alive!

BOTTOM LINE: JESUS IS ALIVE!


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On the Road to Emmaus | Luke 24:13-35


In Luke 24:13-35, we find two followers of Jesus on their way to Emmaus. From what we read, it seems they were sad and confused by Jesus’ death on the cross. Little did they know that Jesus was walking with them. He explained how Jesus’ death was the answer to years of God’s promises to the Israelites.

BOTTOM LINE:

Bottom Line: There’s always more to discover about God’s plan. What we help kids understand about God is important. We get to lay a foundation of faith that will set them up to keep learning about God as they grow and mature in their faith.

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On the Road to Emmaus | Luke 24:13-35


In Luke 24:13-35, we find two followers of Jesus on their way to Emmaus. From what we read, it seems they were sad and confused by Jesus’ death on the cross. Little did they know that Jesus was walking with them. He explained how Jesus’ death was the answer to years of God’s promises to the Israelites. They were shocked when they realized that this person was Jesus. They ran back to Jerusalem to tell everyone about what they had just seen.

KEY QUESTION:

What have you discovered about God that surprised you? We want our preteens to discover that even though they might not know everything there is to know about God, they should still keep asking questions and learning more about Him and the plan He has for their lives.

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April 19, 2020

Preschool

Breakfast on the Beach | John 21:1-14


“I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18

Jesus’ friends are out in a boat and they look to the shore. Guess who they see? Jesus! He’s sitting on the beach cooking breakfast. They quickly join Him to eat, talk, and just be with their good friend, Jesus. This story of Jesus being with His friends on the beach helps solidify the idea that Jesus really did come back in preschool minds.

BOTTOM LINE: JESUS IS ALIVE!


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Servant Principle | Philippians 2:3-8

Paul explains how Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did . . . He was humble and obeyed God completely. He did this even though it led to his death, (NIrV). As God’s Son, Jesus was equal with God, but instead of using that to His advantage, Jesus put us first and made a way for us to have a relationship with God.

BOTTOM LINE:

Put others first because Jesus put you first. When it comes to our interactions with others, we should remember what Jesus did for us. Rather than thinking we’re the best or deserve the most, we should remember that Jesus deserved everything but gave it up because He loved us so much. When we put others first, we show them a glimpse of what Jesus did for the entire world.

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Servant Principle | Philippians 2:3-8

Paul explains how Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. As you deal with one another, you should think and act as Jesus did . . . He was humble and obeyed God completely. He did this even though it led to his death, (NIrV). As God’s Son, Jesus was equal with God, but instead of using that to His advantage, Jesus put us first and made a way for us to have a relationship with God.

KEY QUESTION:

What keeps you from putting others first? If we’re honest, I think we’d all say that putting others first can be difficult sometimes. One of the best ways to figure out how to put others first is to think about the reasons you might not show humility in the first place. Small group leaders will guide preteens through conversations that we pray will allow them to consider how they can show humility even in those situations where it’s most difficult.

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April 12, 2020

Preschool

BLOOM: EASTER SUNDAY (MATTHEW 26:20-50, 27:1-2, 28:1-7)


“I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18

There is so much power in the words, “Jesus is alive.” Those words mean that Jesus conquered sin and death, that Jesus really is with us, that Jesus gives us the power to love like He loves, and that Jesus hears us when we pray. “Jesus is alive” is our hope and the foundation of our faith.

BOTTOM LINE: JESUS IS ALIVE!


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UPSIDE DOWN: JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING | CRUCIFIED AND RISEN (JOHN 18:12-20:23)

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Jesus gave us the ultimate example of humility. Not only did He become human to come to earth and save us, but He also showed us how to serve others and put them first.

BOTTOM LINE: JESUS PUT US FIRST


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UPSIDE DOWN: JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING | CRUCIFIED AND RISEN (JOHN 18:12-20:23)

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Jesus gave us the ultimate example of humility. Not only did He become human to come to earth and save us, but He also showed us how to serve others and put them first.

KEY QUESTION: What does Easter mean to you?


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April 5, 2020

Preschool

BLOOM: PALM SUNDAY (MATTHEW 21:1-11, 15-16)


“I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18

There is so much power in the words, “Jesus is alive.” Those words mean that Jesus conquered sin and death, that Jesus really is with us, that Jesus gives us the power to love like He loves, and that Jesus hears us when we pray. “Jesus is alive” is our hope and the foundation of our faith.

BOTTOM LINE: JESUS IS ALIVE!


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UPSIDE DOWN: JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING | JESUS PRAYS IN GETHSEMANE (MATTHEW 26:36-56)

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Jesus gave us the ultimate example of humility. Not only did He become human to come to earth and save us, but He also showed us how to serve others and put them first.

BOTTOM LINE: PUT OTHERS FIRST


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UPSIDE DOWN: JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING | JESUS PRAYS IN GETHSEMANE (MATTHEW 26:36-56)

Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3

Jesus gave us the ultimate example of humility. Not only did He become human to come to earth and save us, but He also showed us how to serve others and put them first.

BOTTOM LINE: PUT OTHERS FIRST


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March 29, 2020

Preschool

FOLLOW THE LEADER | LOVE ONE ANOTHER (John 13:34-25)

“Come and follow me,” Jesus said. – Matthew 4:19

Who can follow Jesus? The same “everyone” that Jesus loves. Which means everyone can follow Jesus. I can follow Jesus. You can follow Jesus. The person on the other side of the world that is nothing like you can follow Jesus. Even crooked tax collectors and uneducated fishermen can follow Jesus. The invitation is for everyone!

BOTTOM LINE: I CAN FOLLOW JESUS


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D.I.Y.FORGIVENESS: IT’S UP TO YOU | OLDER BROTHER & THE FATHER (LUKE 15:21-32)


“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.”
– Colossians 3:13

No matter how much we mess up, God will always forgive us. Jesus even chose to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Because God forgives us, we should work hard to forgive others.

BOTTOM LINE: WHEN YOU DON’T FORGIVE, YOU MISS OUT.



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D.I.Y.FORGIVENESS: IT’S UP TO YOU | OLDER BROTHER & THE FATHER (LUKE 15:21-32)


“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.”
– Colossians 3:13

No matter how much we mess up, God will always forgive us. Jesus even chose to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Because God forgives us, we should work hard to forgive others.

KEY QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU LOSE IF YOU DON’T FORGIVE?



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March 22, 2020

Preschool

Follow the Leader | THE GOSPELS

“Come and follow me,” Jesus said. – Matthew 4:19

Who can follow Jesus? The same “everyone” that Jesus loves. Which means everyone can follow Jesus. I can follow Jesus. You can follow Jesus. The person on the other side of the world that is nothing like you can follow Jesus. Even crooked tax collectors and uneducated fishermen can follow Jesus. The invitation is for everyone!


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D.I.Y.Forgiveness: It’s Up to You | THE STORY OF THE LOST SON (LUKE 15:11-24)

“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13

No matter how much we mess up, God will always forgive us. Jesus even chose to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Because God forgives us, we should work hard to forgive others.

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D.I.Y.Forgiveness: It’s Up to You | THE STORY OF THE LOST SON (LUKE 15:11-24)

“Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13

No matter how much we mess up, God will always forgive us. Jesus even chose to forgive those who were crucifying Him. Because God forgives us, we should work hard to forgive others.

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