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October 17, 2021

Preschool

God made me to do big things.

In week three, David begins making his way into the public eye when he does another really big thing. David defeats Goliath, who happens to be a really, really big person. Not only does David defeat him, but he does it with just a sling and a stone.


Kids

Use your gifts to help others.

As we continue our discussion about how God created us with our individuality, we’ll help kids explore how God uniquely wired them with talents. When we start to understand our strengths, we can see how God can use them as we share Jesus’ love with others.
In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing among the “upper crust” of Philippian society. Lydia also followed God. When Paul and his companions traveled to Philippi, they found Lydia and other women meeting and praying. Lydia became a follower of Jesus and became a leader in the church at Philippi.

Bottom Line: Use your gifts to help others. Each of us has something we’re good at. Just like God used Lydia, God can use our skills and talents to help others and make a difference in the world around us


Preteens

What are you good at?

As we continue our discussion about how God created us with our individuality, we’ll help kids explore how God uniquely wired them with talents. When we start to understand our strengths, we can see how God can use them as we share Jesus’ love with others.
In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing among the “upper crust” of Philippian society. Lydia also followed God. When Paul and his companions traveled to Philippi, they found Lydia and other women meeting and praying. Lydia became a follower of Jesus and became a leader in the church at Philippi.

Bottom Line: Use your gifts to help others. Each of us has something we’re good at. Just like God used Lydia, God can use our skills and talents to help others and make a difference in the world around us.

October 10, 2021

Preschool

God made me to do big things anywhere.

We will dive into the story of David week one, and we will stay there all month long. David’s story is so remarkable that one week is just not enough. We begin with David out in a field caring for his family’s sheep. Meanwhile, the prophet, Samuel, is at his house looking over his brothers hoping to find the next king. It turns out, God had big things for David to do.


Kids

You were made in God’s image

In our first week, we start at the beginning—literally. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy. We get to fill the earth with God’s goodness, each in our own individual way.

Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image. We hope
to help kids understand that being made in the image of God means we can love, show kindness, be creative, solve problems, and care for others—all because we reflect and respond to God’s character. Kids will get to explore how they can reflect God’s image to the people in their world.


Preteens

How would you describe God?

As we kick off the idea of Individuality, we help kids focus on who God is and how we’re created in God’s image. We describe God based on our imagination and what people have taught us about who God is and how God interacts with creation. As we help kids start to understand God, we pray they’ll begin to see how they can reflect God in the way they were created. In our first week, we start at the beginning—literally.

In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy. We get to fill the earth with God’s goodness, each in our own individual way.

Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image. We hope
to help kids understand that being made in the image of God means we can love, show kindness, be creative, solve problems, and care for others—all because we reflect and respond to God’s character. Kids will get to explore how they can reflect God’s image to the people in their world.

October 4, 2021

Preschool

God has big things for us to do.

We will dive into the story of David week one, and we will stay there all month long. David’s story is so remarkable that one week is just not enough. We begin with David out in a field caring for his family’s sheep. Meanwhile, the prophet, Samuel, is at his house looking over his brothers hoping to find the next king. It turns out, God had big things for David to do.


Kids

You were made in God’s image

In our first week, we start at the beginning—literally. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy. We get to fill the earth with God’s goodness, each in our own individual way.

Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image. We hope
to help kids understand that being made in the image of God means we can love, show kindness, be creative, solve problems, and care for others—all because we reflect and respond to God’s character. Kids will get to explore how they can reflect God’s image to the people in their world.


Preteens

How would you describe God?

As we kick off the idea of Individuality, we help kids focus on who God is and how we’re created in God’s image. We describe God based on our imagination and what people have taught us about who God is and how God interacts with creation. As we help kids start to understand God, we pray they’ll begin to see how they can reflect God in the way they were created. In our first week, we start at the beginning—literally.

In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy. We get to fill the earth with God’s goodness, each in our own individual way.

Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image. We hope
to help kids understand that being made in the image of God means we can love, show kindness, be creative, solve problems, and care for others—all because we reflect and respond to God’s character. Kids will get to explore how they can reflect God’s image to the people in their world.

September 26, 2021

Preschool

God is with me so I can be strong.

We will find ourselves in a royal court during week four as we hear about the strong actions of a queen named Esther. She risked her life to gain an audience with the king and plead for the lives of her people.


Kids

Look for ways to celebrate what God has done.

In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15-16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! They celebrated what God had done for them, not only during those 52 days but throughout their history as His people. They heard God’s word and remembered how God had been.

Bottom Line: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. When we realize that God is doing amazing things in our lives, we can’t help but thank Him. We pray that throughout this month, looking at Nehemiah’s story, kids will see how God helps them every day. We hope they learn to celebrate God’s continued work in their lives.


Preteens

What is God doing in your life that you can.

Taking the initiative can be fun. When we’re aware that God is doing something in our lives, we can take initiative and make a big deal about it! But first, we have to see what God is doing. We want preteens to realize that all the good things happening in their life are from God. They can make a plan to celebrate them!

In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15-16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! They celebrated what God had done for them, not only during those 52 days but throughout their history as His people. They heard God’s word and remembered how God had been.

September 19, 2021

Preschool

God is with me so I can be courageous.

Week three is the super exciting account of a woman named Rahab and how courageous she was to hide Joshua’s spies. Had she been caught, it would have been the end of her, but she had heard about the amazing things God had done and she wanted to be on His side!


Kids

Stay focused on what needs to be done.

In week four, we see how Nehemiah deals with some distractions in Nehemiah 2:19-20, 4, and 6. Not everyone liked what Nehemiah was doing. He had enemies who tried to get the people distracted from finishing the wall. But he sees through their plan and focused on the job God gave him to finish.

Bottom Line: Stay focused on what needs to be done. From cleaning their rooms to finishing their homework, kids have all sorts of things that need to be done. But it often doesn’t take long for cleaning a room to become playing with the toys you’re supposed to be picking up. We hope kids will see that focusing on the task at hand is important. God has all sorts of jobs for us to do. We can trust Him to give us the focus we need to finish them!


Preteens

What distracts you from doing what needs to be done?

We’ve all started projects that end up unfinished because we were distracted by something else that was happening. We want our preteens to start thinking about some of those distractions. Some might be out of their control, but for the ones they can control, we hope they can leave with a plan to ignore those distractions and get their jobs done.

September 12, 2021

Preschool

God is with me so I can be wise.

Week two, we will learn about a remarkable leader named Deborah. God was with her. And, because of that, she was wise enough to lead God’s people and tell them the right things to do. God is always with us so we can be wise, too.


Kids

Look for ways to make things right.

In week three, we see a different part of Nehemiah’s story. In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped building the wall to confront the issue. Helping others who were mistreated was more important than finishing the wall. He cared enough about the people to say to help them figure out a solution.

Bottom Line: Look for ways to make things right. As they grow up, kids will notice others in need. They may see when others being mistreated. We pray that kids will start to understand how they can be part of the solution to helping these situations and fixing what’s broken. Maybe they can do this on their own; perhaps they need help from a trusted adult. Either way, we pray that they take the initiative to help instead of thinking it’s someone else’s problem. God can use them along with the trusted adults in their life to make an impact in the lives of others.


Preteens

Who do you see being treated unfairly?

Initiative isn’t just about tasks that people need to accomplish. Often what needs to be done has something to do with how people are being treated and broken relationships. Preteens are becoming more sensitive to the needs of others. With this question, we can begin helping them understand something about empathy and what they can do to help the people around them.

In week three, we see a different part of Nehemiah’s story. In Nehemiah 5:1-12, we discover that while everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severally mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, he stopped building the wall to confront the issue. Helping others who were mistreated was more important than finishing the wall. He cared enough about the people to say to help them figure out a solution.

September 5, 2021

Preschool

God is with me so I can be brave.

Week one, we tell the story of baby Moses and his mom. Moses’ mom believed that God was always with her and that God would always be with her baby. That is what helped her be brave enough to hide Moses in that tall grass.


Kids

Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done.

In our first week, we start at the beginning of
Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:18. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the vast need, but before he did anything, he prayed. Nehemiah knew that whatever he would do, he’d need God’s help to accomplish it.

Bottom Line: Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. When kids see something that needs to be done, they might think that someone else will take care of it. But what would happen if our kids saw they could be part of the job? We want kids to realize that when they know what needs to be done, God might be telling them they can be the one to do it. And if they can’t do it all on their own, they can ask someone they trust for help.


Preteens

What around you needs to be done?

Often it seems like preteens are in their own world, where everything revolves around them. We kick off the month with this question because initiative starts with noticing a need in the first place. We hope that preteens will begin to see beyond themselves to see what’s going on around them.

In our first week, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:18. We discover that Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the vast need, but before he did anything, he prayed. Nehemiah knew that whatever he would do, he’d need God’s help to accomplish it.

August 29, 2021

Preschool

God’s power can protect me.

We will end the month with Daniel’s incredible story of being thrown into a den of lions for praying to the one true God. God showed that His power can protect Daniel and us when He forced those lions’ mouths shut!

We pray that your preschoolers will hear the stories and Bottom Line this month and know that God is awesome and mighty and powerful.


Kids

Never stop growing in wisdom.

We finish up the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 12:2. Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect (NIV). As we put our faith in Jesus and allow His Spirit to change us, we’ll not only grow in our relationship with Jesus but we’ll also mature in how we see the world and the choices we’ll make.

Bottom Line: Never stop growing in wisdom. No one ever has all of the wisdom they’ll ever need. Just like we can keep learning about the world around us, we can keep learning how to make the wise choice throughout different circumstances we face. We pray that this month sets kids on a journey to discover how they can keep growing in wisdom and their relationship with God.


Preteens

How are you wiser than you used to be?

The start of the new school year is a great time to think about how you’ve grown. Kids outgrow their clothes, their shoes, even the designs on their notebooks and backpacks. On top of that, hopefully, they outgrow some of the ways they used to see the world. Throughout this week, we’ll offer kids a moment to evaluate how they’ve grown in wisdom. We pray they’ll see the many ways than can choose to continue growing in wisdom.
We finish up the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 12:2.

Don’t live the way this world lives. Let your way of thinking be completely changed. Then you will be able to test what God wants for you. And you will agree that what he wants is right. His plan is good and pleasing and perfect (NIrV). As we put our faith in Jesus and allow His Spirit to change us, we’ll not only grow in our relationship with Jesus but we’ll also mature in how we see the world and the choices we’ll make.
Bottom Line: Never stop growing in wisdom. No one ever has all of the wisdom they’ll ever need. Just like we can keep learning about the world around us, we can keep learning how to make the wise choice throughout different circumstances we face. We pray that this month sets kids on a journey to discover how they can keep growing in wisdom and their relationship with God.

August 22, 2021

Preschool

God’s power helps me make the right choice.

Week four we will hear Daniel’s story and how God’s power helped him make a hard but right choice. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but God will help us make the right choice and obey Him.


Kids

Hang out with wise people.

Many kids might assume that friends are friends, and it doesn’t matter who they are as long as they’re friends. However, when it comes to wisdom, having the right people in your life is essential. We want preteens to discover that, good or bad, who they hang out with influences the choices they make.

In week four, we head to 2 Chronicles 10 and discover what happens with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When he took over as king over Israel, the people pleaded with him to make their lives easier. Rehoboam received counsel on both sides of this issue, but rather than acting on the advice of his father’s advisers; he acts on the foolish advice of his friends. This ends up causing a split in the nation of Israel, creating Israel and Judah.
Bottom Line: Hang out with wise people. It’s been said we are sum total of our five closest friends. Who we choose to spend our time with influences not only choices but who we are. We pray that kids learn that when they surround themselves with wise friends, they will be more likely to make wise choices throughout every area of their life.


Preteens

Who is the wisest person you know?

Many kids might assume that friends are friends, and it doesn’t matter who they are as long as they’re friends. However, when it comes to wisdom, having the right people in your life is essential. We want preteens to discover that, good or bad, who they hang out with influences the choices they make.

In week four, we head to 2 Chronicles 10 and discover what happens with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When he took over as king over Israel, the people pleaded with him to make their lives easier. Rehoboam received counsel on both sides of this issue, but rather than acting on the advice of his father’s advisers; he acts on the foolish advice of his friends. This ends up causing a split in the nation of Israel, creating Israel and Judah.
Bottom Line: Hang out with wise people. It’s been said we are sum total of our five closest friends. Who we choose to spend our time with influences not only choices but who we are. We pray that kids learn that when they surround themselves with wise friends, they will be more likely to make wise choices throughout every area of their life.

August 22, 2021

Preschool

God’s power helps me make the right choice.

Week four we will hear Daniel’s story and how God’s power helped him make a hard but right choice. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but God will help us make the right choice and obey Him.


Kids

Hang out with wise people.

Many kids might assume that friends are friends, and it doesn’t matter who they are as long as they’re friends. However, when it comes to wisdom, having the right people in your life is essential. We want preteens to discover that, good or bad, who they hang out with influences the choices they make.

In week four, we head to 2 Chronicles 10 and discover what happens with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When he took over as king over Israel, the people pleaded with him to make their lives easier. Rehoboam received counsel on both sides of this issue, but rather than acting on the advice of his father’s advisers; he acts on the foolish advice of his friends. This ends up causing a split in the nation of Israel, creating Israel and Judah.
Bottom Line: Hang out with wise people. It’s been said we are sum total of our five closest friends. Who we choose to spend our time with influences not only choices but who we are. We pray that kids learn that when they surround themselves with wise friends, they will be more likely to make wise choices throughout every area of their life.


Preteens

Who is the wisest person you know?

Many kids might assume that friends are friends, and it doesn’t matter who they are as long as they’re friends. However, when it comes to wisdom, having the right people in your life is essential. We want preteens to discover that, good or bad, who they hang out with influences the choices they make.

In week four, we head to 2 Chronicles 10 and discover what happens with Solomon’s son, Rehoboam. When he took over as king over Israel, the people pleaded with him to make their lives easier. Rehoboam received counsel on both sides of this issue, but rather than acting on the advice of his father’s advisers; he acts on the foolish advice of his friends. This ends up causing a split in the nation of Israel, creating Israel and Judah.
Bottom Line: Hang out with wise people. It’s been said we are sum total of our five closest friends. Who we choose to spend our time with influences not only choices but who we are. We pray that kids learn that when they surround themselves with wise friends, they will be more likely to make wise choices throughout every area of their life.

August 15, 2021

Preschool

God’s power can give me what I need.

Week three, we will talk about how God’s power can give us what we need—even when what we need is nowhere to be found. That is what happened with Moses and the Israelites. They needed water in the worst way, but there was no water anywhere. God used His power to make water come from a rock. Water. From. A. Rock. God is so powerful!


Kids

Think before you act.

For week three, we look to something Solomon wrote
in Proverbs 22:3. Wise people see danger and go to a safe place, but childish people keep going and suffer for it (NIrV). Without thinking, people can rush into a situation and soon discover that they are in trouble. Solomon warns us to make sure we know what we’re facing before moving forward with a decision.
Bottom Line: Think before you act. Kids face all sorts of decisions where they have to decide if they will keep going or pause to evaluate the best option. These decisions happen as they learn to navigate friendships, technology, and priorities. We hope kids discover that pausing to ask themselves, “What’s the wise choice in this situation?” can save them from getting hurt.


Preteens

What could keep you from being wise?

Preteens are starting to understand the difference between a wise and an unwise choice. However, none of them are perfect, and they often find themselves on the other side of an unwise decision. We hope that kids will start to identify what, in their life, is keeping them from being wise and make the necessary changes to make wisdom a priority.

For week three, we look to something Solomon wrote
in Proverbs 22:3. Wise people see danger and go to a safe place, but childish people keep going and suffer for it (NIrV). Without thinking, people can rush into a situation and soon discover that they are in trouble. Solomon warns us to make sure we know what we’re facing before moving forward with a decision.
Bottom Line: Think before you act. Kids face all sorts of decisions where they have to decide if they will keep going or pause to evaluate the best option. These decisions happen as they learn to navigate friendships, technology, and priorities. We hope kids discover that pausing to ask themselves, “What’s the wise choice in this situation?” can save them from getting hurt.

August 8, 2021

Preschool

God’s power is awesome.

Week two, we will hear the story of when God used His awesome power to divide the Red Sea and make a dry path for Moses and the Israelites to walk across. Just in case we’ve heard this story so many times we’ve lost some of the wonder, let’s read that again. God DIVIDED a body of water for His people. There was a wall of water on each side of them as they walked across on dry land! THAT is powerful!


Kids

Trust God to give you wisdom.

For week two, we head to 1 Kings 2:4-28. The time had come for King David’s son, Solomon, to take the throne. When Solomon became king, God offered Solomon the choice to anything to help him rule the kingdom of Israel. Instead of choosing power in wealth, Solomon chose wisdom. Quickly, that wisdom was put to the test. Solomon had to arbitrate a difficult moment between two women. God helped him make a wise ruling that solves the situation.
Bottom Line: Trust God to give you wisdom.
Wisdom isn’t necessarily something that we have overnight. It takes time to learn how to put wisdom into practice. We might not always know which choice is the wise choice. That’s why we chose to share this story about Solomon. We pray that kids will understand that God can give them wisdom in any circumstance. All they have to do is ask.


Preteens

Why do you need wisdom?

Kids might understand why they need knowledge. After all, what they’re learning right now in school will show up on a test at some point. But when it comes to wisdom, they might struggle with knowing why wisdom is so important. We’ll give preteens a chance to wrestle with this question and discover how wisdom can be a crucial part of how they navigate life.
For week two, we head to 1 Kings 2:4-28. The time had come for King David’s son, Solomon, to take the throne. When Solomon became king, God offered Solomon the choice to anything to help him rule the kingdom of Israel. Instead of choosing power in wealth, Solomon chose wisdom. Quickly, that wisdom was put to the test. Solomon had to arbitrate a difficult moment between two women. God helped him make a wise ruling that solves the situation.

Bottom Line: Trust God to give you wisdom.
Wisdom isn’t necessarily something that we have overnight. It takes time to learn how to put wisdom into practice. We might not always know which choice is the wise choice. That’s why we chose to share this story about Solomon. We pray that kids will understand that God can give them wisdom in any circumstance. All they have to do is ask.

August 1, 2021

Preschool

God is powerful.


We will kick off the month with God’s first display of awesome power when we talk about how God made everything out of nothing. That includes God making you and me. We want our preschoolers to know that God MADE them. Wow!




Kids

Wisdom is worth searching for.


Kids learn in school that knowledge is power. But while knowing things is certainly important, how we apply what we know is more important. We want our preteens to discover the difference between knowledge and wisdom and why that matters for how they can grow in their faith.

We start the month with Jesus and our only glimpse into His life as a child. In Luke 2:41-52, we discover that Jesus knew His Father’s house was where He needed to be. Jesus grew in wisdom, faith, and friendship, and this is the model we should follow as we seek to grow in our relationships with God.

Kids are growing up in the information age with access to more data than we could need or imagine. But our knowledge is only as good as how we apply it. We pray that kids find value in searching for wisdom through God’s Word, trusted friends and Small Group Leaders, and their family. Wisdom is out there; we just need to find it.


Preteens

What does it mean to be wise?


Kids learn in school that knowledge is power. But while knowing things is certainly important, how we apply what we know is more important. We want our preteens to discover the difference between knowledge and wisdom and why that matters for how they can grow in their faith.

We start the month with Jesus and our only glimpse into His life as a child. In Luke 2:41-52, we discover that Jesus knew His Father’s house was where He needed to be. Jesus grew in wisdom, faith, and friendship, and this is the model we should follow as we seek to grow in our relationships with God.

Bottom Line: Wisdom is worth searching for. Kids are growing up in the information age with access to more data than we could need or imagine. But our knowledge is only as good as how we apply it. We pray that kids find value in searching for wisdom through God’s Word, trusted friends and Small Group Leaders, and their family. Wisdom is out there; we just need to find it.

July 25, 2021

Preschool

I can trust God.


We will wrap up the month with a truth that we hope our preschoolers never, ever, ever forget. Nothing can separate us from God’s love—no distance, no circumstance, no bad choice—nothing. And, because of everything we have learned about God, they can Press Play and trust that God loves them, always.




Kids

God love you no matter what.


We finish the month with something Paul wrote in

Romans 8:38-39. The church in Rome needed some encouragement, and Paul delivered. He wrote, Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done (NIrV). God’s love gives us the encouragement and confidence to face anything.

Bottom Line: God loves you no matter what. We all
face times when we feel far away from God’s love. But Paul’s words remind us that nothing can ever stop God’s love for us. This truth can help us live with confidence. No matter what life looks like for us, God’s love can give us the encouragement we need to keep going. We can trust God no matter what.


Preteens

What are some things that are true about God?


We close out the summer with this critical question. When we remember that God is faithful and loving, powerful and just, we can find the confidence we need to face anything in life. We hope kids leave with an idea of how they can trust God and remember how much God loves them.

We finish the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39. The church in Rome needed some encouragement, and Paul delivered. He wrote, Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done (NIrV). God’s love gives us the encouragement and confidence to face anything.

Bottom Line: God loves you no matter what. We all face times when we feel far away from God’s love. But Paul’s words remind us that nothing can ever stop God’s love for us. This truth can help us live with confidence. No matter what life looks like for us, God’s love can give us the encouragement we need to keep going. We can trust God no matter what.

July 18, 2021

Preschool

God helps me stand strong.


Week three, we will look at what Paul calls the armor of God. This will be an exciting time as we go through each piece of armor with our preschoolers so they can Press Play and trust that God can help them be strong.




Kids

Use what God has given you to stand strong.


Next, we look to Ephesians 6:10-17. As Paul wraps up the end of his letter, he focuses our attention on where we can find confidence. Paul encourages the believers to allow God to make them strong. We don’t have to face life on our own. God offers us spiritual armor we can wear to help us stand firm when we face difficulty. God is with us and won’t let us down.

Bottom Line: Use what God has given you to stand strong. Sometimes kids might feel like they’re on their own, especially when it comes to having courage or finding confidence. We pray this will be a powerful week as kids discover that when they trust Jesus with their life, God offers them spiritual armor to help them face whatever is happening in their lives.


Preteens

When is it hard to stand strong?


We kick off small group with a question to get preteens thinking about the moments where having confidence might be difficult. This allows them to think through how they can respond in those moments. We pray this will be a great discussion that will lead them to understand what God has already given them to stand strong.

Next, we look to Ephesians 6:10-17. As Paul wraps up the end of his letter, he focuses our attention on where we can find confidence. Paul encourages the believers to allow God to make them strong. We don’t have to face life on our own. God offers us spiritual armor we can wear to help us stand firm when we face difficulty. God is with us and won’t let us down.

Bottom Line: Use what God has given you to stand strong. Sometimes kids might feel like they’re on their own, especially when it comes to having courage or finding confidence. We pray this will be a powerful week as kids discover that when they trust Jesus with their life, God offers them spiritual armor to help them face whatever is happening in their lives

July 11, 2021

Preschool

Jesus shows us we can trust God.


Week two, we will hear the story of a man named Peter and how Jesus showed him he can trust God. Peter hadn’t decided exactly who Jesus was yet when he saw Jesus walking on the water. Then, Jesus said, “walk to me,” and Peter stepped out of the boat and did it. When Jesus helped Peter walk on water, Jesus was showing Peter that we can trust God. And, that’s what we want for our preschoolers. We want them to Press Play and let Jesus show them that they can trust God.


Kids

Stay focused on Jesus.


For week two, we head to Matthew 14:22-33. Peter and the rest of the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee when they noticed a figure walking on the water’s surface. When they finally realize that the figure is Jesus, Peter called out and asked Jesus to invite Him onto the water. Jesus did, and Peter took a stroll on top of the waves. However, only when Peter focused on Jesus is he able to stay afloat.

Bottom Line: Stay focused on Jesus. When we put our confidence in Jesus, we find the courage to make the wise choice in a difficult situation. Jesus may not be asking us to walk on water, but He does ask us to trust Him. We hope kids start to understand some practical ways to focus on Jesus and what He wants for their lives.


Preteens

What distracts you from focusing on Jesus?


Let’s be honest; kids have a lot going on. From to extra-curricular activities to hangouts with friends, preteens have full social calendars. We hope that through this question, they’ll begin to figure out how they can focus on Jesus and make time with Him a priority in their busy lives.

For week two, we head to Matthew 14:22-33. Peter and the rest of the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee when they noticed a figure walking on the water’s surface. When they finally realize that the figure is Jesus, Peter called out and asked Jesus to invite Him onto the water. Jesus did, and Peter took a stroll on top of the waves. However, only when Peter focused on Jesus is he able to stay afloat.

Bottom Line: Stay focused on Jesus. When we put our confidence in Jesus, we find the courage to make the wise choice in a difficult situation. Jesus may not be asking us to walk on water, but He does ask us to trust Him. We hope kids start to understand some practical ways to focus on Jesus and what He wants for their lives.

July 4, 2021

Preschool

God is always with me.


We start the month with the incredible story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. These three men trusted God so much they were willing to be thrown into a fire before they worshipped anyone but the one true God. And, God was with them through all of it — even in the fire. We want our preschoolers to know that they can Press Play and trust that God is ALWAYS with them—no matter where they go.


Kids

Trust that God is always with you.


We continue our discovery of confidence with an incredible example found in Daniel 3. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego had their faith put to the test when they chose to obey God rather than bow down to the golden statue. They remained confident in God’s power. God was with them and rescued them from the fiery furnace.

Bottom Line: Trust that God is always with you.
Not only has God been faithful to Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego, God has proven His faithfulness to all sorts of people throughout history. We can live with confidence, knowing that God will be with us in every situation we face.


Preteens

What are some times when you need to trust God?


Key Question: What are some times when you need to trust God? Kids trust the adults in their lives to feed them and put a roof over their heads. They trust their teachers to help them learn something new about the world. But kids sometimes have a hard time thinking about what it means to put their trust in God. We hope this question starts some great conversations about the big and small ways we can trust God every day.

We continue our discovery of confidence with an incredible example found in Daniel 3. Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego had their faith put to the test when they chose to obey God rather than bow down to the golden statue. They remained confident in God’s power. God was with them and rescued them from the fiery furnace.

Bottom Line: Trust that God is always with you.
Not only has God been faithful to Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego, God has proven His faithfulness to all sorts of people throughout history. We can live with confidence, knowing that God will be with us in every situation we face.

June 27, 2021

Preschool

God can do anything.


We end the month learning about trusting that God can do anything—even something like send fire down to an altar. Elijah totally trusted God and told everyone around him that God is the one true God and they should trust Him, too. We want our preschoolers to know that they can Press Play and trust that God is the one true God, and He has the power to do anything.


Kids

God can do the impossible.


We will all face moments in our life that seem impossible. We hope that preteens will get the chance to consider those situations and figure out how a bit of confidence might help them get through them. When we believe that God truly can do anything, it can change the way we live.

We finish up the month in 1 Kings 18. Elijah showed confidence that God could do the impossible. When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, He believed that God would come through for him and send fire from heaven. So much so that he doubled-down on the challenge. God showed up and proved His power over the impossible.

Bottom Line: God can do the impossible. This simple bottom line is packed with some amazing truth. God has the power to do anything! When we believe that, it can change everything. We hope kids discover how they can live with confidence knowing this truth about God.


Preteens

What seems impossible to you?


We will all face moments in our life that seem impossible. We hope that preteens will get the chance to consider those situations and figure out how a bit of confidence might help them get through them. When we believe that God truly can do anything, it can change the way we live.

We finish up the month in 1 Kings 18. Elijah showed confidence that God could do the impossible. When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal, He believed that God would come through for him and send fire from heaven. So much so that he doubled-down on the challenge. God showed up and proved His power over the impossible.

Bottom Line: God can do the impossible. This simple bottom line is packed with some amazing truth. God has the power to do anything! When we believe that, it can change everything. We hope kids discover how they can live with confidence knowing this truth about God.

June 20, 2021

Preschool

God can use you no matter what.


Week three, we will hear about how Gideon trusted that God could use him, despite his weaknesses, and God used Gideon to do some pretty amazing things! We want our preschoolers to know that they can Press Play and trust God to use them too.


Kids

God can use you no matter what.


Kids are at the age when they are just discovering their talents and passions. Some will know immediately, while, for others, this may take time. Thankfully, God can use them no matter who they are or what they enjoy. We pray that kids realize that God wants to use them to change the world.

In Judges 6-8, we discover more about when God called Gideon to lead the Israelites. Gideon doubted God would want him to help. After all, Gideon was from the smallest tribe, the smallest family, and he was the smallest of his family! God wanted him anyway. Eventually, Gideon learned that God could use him no matter what!

Bottom Line: God can use you no matter what. Big or small, young or old, God can use people to do extraordinary things. We pray that whether kids feel like Gideon or have the confidence of an entertainer taking the stage, kids will realize that God can use them.


Preteens

How could God use you?


Preteens are at the age when they are just discovering their talents and passions. Some will know immediately, while, for others, this may take time. Thankfully, God can use them no matter who they are or what they enjoy. We pray that kids realize that God wants to use them to change the world.

In Judges 6-8, we discover more about when God called Gideon to lead the Israelites. Gideon doubted God would want him to help. After all, Gideon was from the smallest tribe, the smallest family, and he was the smallest of his family! God wanted him anyway. Eventually, Gideon learned that God could use him no matter what!

Bottom Line: God can use you no matter what. Big or small, young or old, God can use people to do extraordinary things. We pray that whether kids feel like Gideon or have the confidence of an entertainer taking the stage, kids will realize that God can use them.

June 13, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: We can trust God’s plan.


Then, we will hear the story of a guy named Joshua and his battle against Jericho. Joshua had a choice to make, and it all came down to whether or not he trusted God and His plan. God’s plan for Joshua worked, and we want our preschoolers to know that they can Press Play and trust God’s plan for them too.


Kids

God’s plan is the best plan.


When have you needed a plan? We start with this question to get preteens thinking about the sorts of plans they’ve created in their life. Some plans are great; others, not so much. Just because you have a plan doesn’t mean it’s best. We pray that kids will consider how aligning their plans with God’s plan gives them the best chance for confidence in life.

In week two, we head to Joshua 5:13-6:20. God recently chose Joshua as the next leader of the Israelites. Joshua’s first task was a doozy. He was leading God’s people into the promise land, including taking the giant city of Jericho. God’s plan might have seemed a bit crazy, but Joshua had confidence that God’s plan would work. He led the people, and God came through for them.

Bottom Line: God’s plan is the best plan. The writers of the Bible remind us over and over that the plans we make are nothing compared to the plans God has for our life. We pray that kids will start to discover how much God loves them and wants what’s best for them. When we follow God’s plan, we can have confidence that it’s the best plan.


Preteens

When have you needed a plan?


We start with this question to get preteens thinking about the sorts of plans they’ve created in their life. Some plans are great; others, not so much. Just because you have a plan doesn’t mean it’s best. We pray that kids will consider how aligning their plans with God’s plan gives them the best chance for confidence in life.

In week two, we head to Joshua 5:13-6:20. God recently chose Joshua as the next leader of the Israelites. Joshua’s first task was a doozy. He was leading God’s people into the promise land, including taking the giant city of Jericho. God’s plan might have seemed a bit crazy, but Joshua had confidence that God’s plan would work. He led the people, and God came through for them.

Bottom Line: God’s plan is the best plan. The writers of the Bible remind us over and over that the plans we make are nothing compared to the plans God has for our life. We pray that kids will start to discover how much God loves them and wants what’s best for them. When we follow God’s plan, we can have confidence that it’s the best plan.

June 6, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: God’s plan gave us Jesus.


Week one, we will begin with how much God loves us. God loves us so much He gave us Jesus to be our friend forever. That is a lot of love. We want our preschoolers to know that because God gave them Jesus, they can Press Play and trust God’s love for them.


Kids

You can be confident because God loves you.


By the time they reach their preteen years, a kid who grows up in the church has heard that Jesus matters because of what He did for us on the cross. However, some kids may start to wonder how that impacts their life every day. We begin with this question for preteens to discover how they build their life on Jesus.

We kick off the month with the most famous verse ever: John 3:16. God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life (NIrV). John is quick to remind us that our life is best when built on God’s love for us through Jesus. Our confidence comes from Him.

Bottom Line: You can be confident because God loves you. God loves us so much. God sent Jesus to bring us life to the full. We can find confidence when we choose to build our life on Him. We pray that kids will understand how much God loves them. Knowing that can help us find confidence in any situation.


Preteens

How does Jesus matter in your life?


By the time they reach their preteen years, a kid who grows up in the church has heard that Jesus matters because of what He did for us on the cross. However, some kids may start to wonder how that impacts their life every day. We begin with this question for preteens to discover how they build their life on Jesus.

We kick off the month with the most famous verse ever: John 3:16. God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life (NIrV). John is quick to remind us that our life is best when built on God’s love for us through Jesus. Our confidence comes from Him.

Bottom Line: You can be confident because God loves you. God loves us so much. God sent Jesus to bring us life to the full. We can find confidence when we choose to build our life on Him. We pray that kids will understand how much God loves them. Knowing that can help us find confidence in any situation.

May 30, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: God’s way is always perfect.


We will wrap up the month with Gideon. Gideon really had to trust that God’s way is perfect—especially after he heard God’s plan for Gideon to lead the army. Let’s just say it was not your typical battle plan. Gideon trusted God because He knew that God’s way is perfect.


Kids

Practicing Living for God.


Kids might think that they only practice their faith when they come to church, go to Small Group, or sing in large group. But when you practice living for God, you discover that whatever you do—work, play, read, sing, listen, whatever—can be a way you worship God with your life.

We finish the month in Mark 12:41-44. Jesus is with His disciples and notices how wealthy people are giving lots of money, but then came a poor widow. She gave just two small coins. While this seemed like such a small gift, Jesus says this woman gave more than the rich people because she gave everything she had.

Bottom Line: Practice living for God. We know that many kids love to sing and worship God. But worship isn’t just something we do when we sing at church; worship is how we honor God with our whole lives—through how we love others and serve them, how we give of our time and talents, how we obey and praise God, even how we rest. We want kids to practice the faith skill, LIVE, and discover that worship isn’t just singing loud. It’s living loud.


Preteens

How can you live for God?


Kids might think that they only practice their faith when they come to church, go to Small Group, or sing in large group. But when you practice living for God, you discover that whatever you do—work, play, read, sing, listen, whatever—can be a way you worship God with your life.

We finish the month in Mark 12:41-44. Jesus is with His disciples and notices how wealthy people are giving lots of money, but then came a poor widow. She gave just two small coins. While this seemed like such a small gift, Jesus says this woman gave more than the rich people because she gave everything she had.

Bottom Line: Practice living for God. We know that many kids love to sing and worship God. But worship isn’t just something we do when we sing at church; worship is how we honor God with our whole lives—through how we love others and serve them, how we give of our time and talents, how we obey and praise God, even how we rest. We want kids to practice the faith skill, LIVE, and discover that worship isn’t just singing loud. It’s living loud.

May 23, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: I can tell others about God’s way.


Week four, we will hear the story of a young king named Josiah. Not only did he believe God’s way is perfect and choose to go God’s way, he told others about God’s way, too! We want our preschoolers to know that, even though they are young, they can tell others that God’s way is perfect.


Kids

Practice talking about God.


Talking about what God is doing in your life is a significant part of growing in faith. This can feel overwhelming to kids who’ve never really chatted about their faith with anyone before. This week, we help kids figure out the trusted people who can be a sounding board to help them process their questions and listen to their faith stories.

For week four, we head to Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus asked his disciples about who people thought He is. Then Jesus turned the question on them: after everything they’d seen Jesus do and heard Jesus say, who did they think He was? This gave Peter the perfect moment to declare what he believed about Jesus—that He truly is the Son of God.

Bottom Line: Practice talking about God. We can know God better by talking about Him with others. As kids process their growing faith, they will have questions and doubts. We want kids to practice the faith skill, TALK, and learn how to talk through their questions about God with others who believe in Jesus.


Preteens

Who can you talk to about God?


Talking about what God is doing in your life is a significant part of growing in faith. This can feel overwhelming to kids who’ve never really chatted about their faith with anyone before. This week, we help kids figure out the trusted people who can be a sounding board to help them process their questions and listen to their faith stories.

For week four, we head to Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus asked his disciples about who people thought He is. Then Jesus turned the question on them: after everything they’d seen Jesus do and heard Jesus say, who did they think He was? This gave Peter the perfect moment to declare what he believed about Jesus—that He truly is the Son of God.

Bottom Line: Practice talking about God. We can know God better by talking about Him with others. As kids process their growing faith, they will have questions and doubts. We want kids to practice the faith skill, TALK, and learn how to talk through their questions about God with others who believe in Jesus.

May 16, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: I can go God’s way even when it’s hard.


A man named Naaman will show us what it looks like to have to make a hard decision. You see, Naaman thought things would happen one way, but God had a different way. Fortunately for Naaman, he chose to go God’s way even thought it was hard. We want our preschoolers to know they can go God’s way when it’s hard, too, because God’s way is perfect.


Kids

Practicing praying to God.


Kids are just starting to discover that they can pray more than before meals and at bedtime. We hope the kids in your environments learn that they can pray to God whenever they feel like praying with whatever words come to mind. God is always there to listen.

In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus’s disciples asking Him how to pray. Jesus responds with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs and forgiveness. It’s comforting to know that we can pray, knowing that God knows us and wants to hear from us.

Bottom Line: Practice praying to God. We can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening. We hope kids will understand more about the faith skill, PRAY, and find that talking to God is an essential part of growing in their faith.


Preteens

How do you pray to God?


Kids are just starting to discover that they can pray more than before meals and at bedtime. We hope the kids in your environments learn that they can pray to God whenever they feel like praying with whatever words come to mind. God is always there to listen.

In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus’s disciples asking Him how to pray. Jesus responds with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs and forgiveness. It’s comforting to know that we can pray, knowing that God knows us and wants to hear from us.

Bottom Line: Practice praying to God. We can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening. We hope kids will understand more about the faith skill, PRAY, and find that talking to God is an essential part of growing in their faith.

May 9, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: I should go God’s way


Week two, we will hear the story of Jonah and some of the choices he made. Preschoolers will learn about what happened to Jonah when he decided to go his way instead of going God’s way. They will hear how Jonah eventually decided, that God’s way is perfect so that was the way he should go.


Kids

Practicing hearing from God.


When kids first hear they should learn to hear from God, they might have some questions. Especially when God doesn’t speak audibly, how can they hear from God? We hope kids wrestle with this idea and learn that hearing from God might not be as tricky as they might have thought.

In week two, we head to Matthew 7:24​-29, where we can read a parable Jesus told at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Two builders took two different approaches to build their homes. One house was built on a solid foundation, the other on shifting sand. The message is clear: a solid foundation in life starts with hearing and doing what Jesus says.

Bottom Line: Practice hearing from God. We can’t do what God says until we know what God says. Discovering more about that starts with listening to God. We pray that kids will learn the faith skill HEAR and find how they can navigate and personalize God’s Word.


Preteens

How can you hear from God?


When kids first hear they should learn to hear from God, they might have some questions. Especially when God doesn’t speak audibly, how can they hear from God? We hope kids wrestle with this idea and learn that hearing from God might not be as tricky as they might have thought.

In week two, we head to Matthew 7:24​-29, where we can read a parable Jesus told at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. Two builders took two different approaches to build their homes. One house was built on a solid foundation, the other on shifting sand. The message is clear: a solid foundation in life starts with hearing and doing what Jesus says.

Bottom Line: Practice hearing from God. We can’t do what God says until we know what God says. Discovering more about that starts with listening to God. We pray that kids will learn the faith skill HEAR and find how they can navigate and personalize God’s Word.

May 2, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: God’s way is perfect.


We will begin in the Garden of Eden. This is when God introduces us to Himself and His perfect plan. We will explore how perfect everything was from the flowers and the food that grew to the amazing animals that Adam was tasked to name. God has a way of doing things, and it works out best for us when we choose to trust that God’s way is perfect.


Kids

Keep practicing what matters most.


Our relationship with Jesus should be part of our everyday world. Like anything, if we want to get better at it, we need to practice. Through this question, we help lead preteens discover the value of practicing and how that relates to growing in their faith.

We kick off the month with something Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24​-25. So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard, (NIrV). Paul used running in a race as a way to talk about our relationship with God. A growing relationship with God isn’t something that happens overnight; we need to practice it. The verse sets up the rest of the month for how we can practice our faith.

Bottom Line: Keep practicing what matters most. What matters most? We think it’s a growing relationship with Jesus. When it comes to getting things done, more often than not, you need a plan. The same is true in your relationship with Jesus. We hope kids learn some practical steps to make a plan to prioritize growing an everyday faith in Jesus.


Preteens

How does practice help you?


Preteens are starting to understand that faith is more than what happens at church. Our relationship with Jesus should be part of our everyday world. Like anything, if we want to get better at it, we need to practice. Through this question, we help lead preteens discover the value of practicing and how that relates to growing in their faith.

We kick off the month with something Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24​-25. So run in a way that will get you the prize. All who take part in the games train hard, (NIrV). Paul used running in a race as a way to talk about our relationship with God. A growing relationship with God isn’t something that happens overnight; we need to practice it. The verse sets up the rest of the month for how we can practice our faith.

Bottom Line: Keep practicing what matters most. What matters most? We think it’s a growing relationship with Jesus. When it comes to getting things done, more often than not, you need a plan. The same is true in your relationship with Jesus. We hope kids learn some practical steps to make a plan to prioritize growing an everyday faith in Jesus.

April 25, 2021

Preschool

Story Focus: I can tell others about Jesus.


We finish up the month with the great commission. Yes, Jesus wants to be my friend forever, but the awesomeness doesn’t stop there! Jesus wants to be everyone’s friend forever, and He told us to make sure everyone knows it. Young and old, we can all tell others about Jesus, and He will always be with us to help us.


Kids

You can show you care about others by being part of the solution.


It’s one thing to say that peace is important, it’s another thing to actively work towards making peace. As kids go about their day, we hope they stop, look around, and see how they can help make peace between people they know who are experiencing an argument.

We finish the month in 1 Samuel 25:1-35, where we find a story about woman named Abigail, but it starts with King David. He was furious with a man who mistreated his soldiers. He decided to get revenge, until the man’s wife, Abigail, intercepts him with gifts to make peace and apologizes. Her peacemaking skills stopped something that could have been horrible. Even though she was not responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she could play a role in making peace.

Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution.


Preteens

What are ways you can be a peacemaker?


It’s one thing to say that peace is important, it’s another thing to actively work towards making peace. As kids go about their day, we hope they stop, look around, and see how they can help make peace between people they know who are experiencing an argument.

We finish the month in 1 Samuel 25:1-35, where we find a story about woman named Abigail, but it starts with King David. He was furious with a man who mistreated his soldiers. He decided to get revenge, until the man’s wife, Abigail, intercepts him with gifts to make peace and apologizes. Her peacemaking skills stopped something that could have been horrible. Even though she was not responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she could play a role in making peace.

Bottom Line: You can show you care about others by being part of the solution. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution.

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

You can find all our 2020 videos in our Kids Online Playlist on YouTube!


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