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Preschool parents (infant to Kindergarten)

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Have you ever played PAC-MAN? The best part of that game is eating the large power pellets. Pac-Man immediately powers up, and then you can do anything. The bad guys can’t get you! You can eat them and earn bonus points doing it! It’s awesome!

Feeling like we can do anything is a pretty great feeling. We may not have power pellets lying around that we can eat to power up, but we do have another power source—a real power source that gives us the power to do everything God wants us to do. His name is Jesus. And, He is AMAZING!

We are going to Power Up through the next two month with the hope of creating a super fun and engaging experience for preschoolers to learn about the fruit of the spirit—what happens when we are connected to Jesus, the real power source.

 

Elementary Parents (First to THird Grade)

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God created us in His image, and He sent His Son, Jesus, to show us the way to live. He also knew we would need help; that’s why He sent us the Holy Spirit. All summer we’ll be talking about how we can “power up” with the help of the Holy Spirit. When we do, our lives will show the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Every month, kids discover something about God’s character and how they can reflect or respond to that character because they are created in God’s image. We call those Life- Apps. Each of these Life Apps is something God does in us to change the world around us. This summer, our Life Apps will be the different fruits of the Spirit.

 

Preschool parents (infant to Kindergarten)

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What would you do if you were assigned a huge building project to manage? Or told to step into the leadership role for an entire nation where every person would depend on you to make the right decisions? How about helping someone else accomplish a big job where you’re not going to get much recognition? Or, do the one thing you would be most afraid of doing, while everyone you know watches? All of these are pretty big things and would intimidate most of us. However, God can help us do really big things. When our preschoolers are faced with big things, we want them to remember to hop to it, because God will help them. Our world is filled with things that are big and sometimes scary. When our preschoolers face these big things, we don’t want them to run. We want them to hop to it because they know God is bigger and will help them do big things.

 

Elementary Parents (First to THird Grade)

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Throughout history, God has offered strength to help people persevere through difficult situations. Jesus persevered through death itself to make it possible for us to have a forever relationship with God. Because of what Jesus did for us, we can trust Him to help us find the strength to persevere through whatever we face. We start the month in Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1-2 as we listen in on the last conversation Jesus had with His disciples before going back to heaven. He gave them a huge mission—to share His message to ends of the earth. He also promised that they wouldn’t have to do it alone. He would send the Holy Spirit to help. When the Holy Spirit did come at Pentecost, the Spirit gave the disciples power to accomplish the task Jesus set out for them. We all have jobs to do. Some jobs feel completely overwhelming and make us feel like we want to give up. God can give us the strength we need to keep going and finish what we started. Next, we head to Acts 16:16-40 to discover what happens when Paul and Silas were arrested. They could have given up their calling to spread the message of Jesus. However, even in the middle of this difficult situation they decided to worship God. And when the time came, they had the right words at the right time and helped the jailer and his family start a relationship with Jesus. Next we head to Hebrews 12:1 where the author of Hebrews reminds us that when life gets hard, we can look to the heroes of the faith and see how they trusted God through some extremely difficult circumstances. God brought them through those trials, and God will help us through ours. We finish out the month with another passage in Hebrews. In Hebrews 12:2-3 the author notes that to run the race of life with perseverance, we should focus our attention on Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate example of someone who endured death itself to accomplish the rescue mission God set out for Him.

 

Preschool parents (infant to Kindergarten)

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Our theme this month is Pack a Picnic. God created us to be in a relationship with Him and in relationships with people here on earth. He wants us to have friends, and He wants us to be a good friend. In fact, He wants it so much, God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to show us how to be a good friend and make a way for us to be friends with Him forever. Friendships are a big part of preschoolers’ lives. Through these first relationships, they are learning how to be a friend, have fun with friends, get along with friends, problem-solve with friends, resolve conflict with friends, and above all, love friends. This month, we hope preschoolers will learn that Jesus is their friend – the best friend they will ever have. If our preschoolers finish this month knowing that Jesus wants to be their friend forever, that is a huge win! That will make it a very Happy Easter!

 

Elementary Parents (First to THird Grade)

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When you’re stumbling in the dark, there’s only one thing to do. Turn on the light! The same is true when you feel like you’re stumbling through a difficult time in your life. Turn on the light of hope! After all, our hope doesn’t come from this world. Our hope is in Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to defeat sin, darkness, and death—forever. He rose from the dead and proved that everything He said is true. He offers the hope of eternal life to anyone who believes. As we examine the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection, we will help kids see that whatever happens in life, we can have hope in Jesus. We can’t always understand why some things happen. But we can believe in a God who keeps His promises. We can have hope, even in the toughest times, because we know He can make something good out of something bad.

 

Preschool parents (infant to Kindergarten)

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All this month we are teaching our preschoolers that they are wonderfully made by God, in His image. Our goal in teaching our kids that they are made by God, is that they will come to understand how valuable that makes them. Knowing God made them in His image helps them realize they are important, creative, and worthy of respect. Knowing God made everyone in His image helps them see the importance to respect others as well.

 

Elementary Parents (First to THird Grade)

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All month long we are talking about Individuality— discovering who God created you to be. God is one of a kind. He has no beginning and no end. Everything He has created is unique and one- of-a-kind, including people created in His image. Every person is an original reflection of God in how they love, care for others, imagine, create, and solve problems. Jesus lived this out in the way He loved all people, and helped people feel like they had value no matter who they were or what they had done. We can reflect this in the way we live out how God created us. By the end of this month, our kids will have heard that God made them in His image and wants to have a relationship with them. He created them to make a difference, to give Him glory not ourselves, and to love others.


Preschool parents (infant to Kindergarten)

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We can’t think of a better time to teach preschoolers about how much Jesus loves them than February—the month of love! And how much does Jesus love preschoolers? Well, the same as He loves you and me—A LOT! In fact, there is nothing wider or longer or higher or deeper than the love Jesus has for you and the preschoolers in your life. This month, our goal is for preschoolers to know Jesus loves them, and that nothing will ever change that. To do that, we’ve planned some super fun, hands-on-activities and are ready to tell amazing Bible stories in ways that will engage young minds. We also have some colorful, little friends joining us... LOVE BUGS!

 

Elementary Parents (First to THird Grade)

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All month long we will be talking about Service—lending a hand to help someone else. Jesus demonstrated what serving really means by washing His disciples’ feet and even laying down His life for the sins of the world. We reflect His character to the people around us when we lend a hand and serve. We will walk through four different bible stories to teach our kids that we serve others because of what Jesus did for us. We will talk about how we can use what we have to serve others and point them to Jesus. We will remind them that our service is about lending a hand to help someone else so we should serve in secret, that way our service becomes more about the other person and less about us.


PRESCHOOL PARENTS (INFANT TO KINDERGARTEN)

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One of the wonderful things about preschoolers is they know they have needs and they are not afraid to let you know. That’s a good thing and something we want to use to help preschoolers see another need they have – a need we all have – and that is Jesus. Yes, I need Jesus is the focus this month. And, we know from experience that the older preschoolers get, the more they will need Jesus. Life can be tough. Having a friend like Jesus who knows us, loves us, and has the power to help us can truly change our lives. After all, that’s what friends do. They help one another when they need it. And there is no better friend than Jesus.

 

ELEMENTARY PARENTS (FIRST TO THIRD GRADE)

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It’s 2019, and everyone is ready for a fresh start! That’s why it’s the perfect time to talk about self-control. Self-control is choosing to live life God’s way even when it is hard. Here’s the great news. God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life (2 Peter 1:3a, NIrV)—even when it comes to keeping our cool. Our kids will be walking through different Proverbs to learn more about what it looks like to be slow to anger, and to choose your words carefully.


Preschool Parents (Infants to Kindergarten)

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Happy birthday, Jesus! Yes, we know that Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday, but do your preschoolers know? It will be a new idea to some of them. We have the best jobs in the world because we get to share with preschoolers for the first time that Christmas is all about Jesus’ birthday! Jesus has a birthday? Yep! He sure does! And, we are going to celebrate it BIG! We also want our preschoolers to know that the reason we celebrate Jesus’ birthday is because Jesus is God’s Son. God’s Son deserves a celebration as big as Christmas and a birthday bash as big as what we’re going to give Him this month! He is that special! So, gather up all the birthday celebration you can and prepare to party all month long! It’s not just balloons and party hats. We are sharing the true story that God gave us His only Son, Jesus, and HE is worth celebrating!

 

Elementary Parents (First to third grade)

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This month we are learning all about Compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else’s needs. Compassion is what the Christmas story is all about. That’s why we are taking the entire Christmas season to talk about compassion and ask a different question each week to get kids and family thinking about how they can show compassion this Christmas. When God sent His one and only son he did something about our greatest need. That’s what Christmas is all about. We will take a look at how God’s compassion shows up throughout the Christmas Story. 


Preschool Parents (Infants to Kindergarten)

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This month’s theme of Happy Helpers Club helps us focus more on being thankful for the many people who help us. We’re asking, Who helps me, and how can I show them I am thankful for them? Simply put, we want our preschoolers to grow up with eyes that see the helpers and a heart that is thankful. Because no matter how grown up you are, you always have people helping you—and a “thank you” goes a long way. When we stop and think about it, we are surrounded by helpers who deserve a big thank you for all the ways they help us. They are making the world we live in—the world our preschoolers live in—a better place.

 

Elementary Parents (First to third grade)

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This month’s theme is Jam Session: Build a Better Beat. We are learning all about cooperation, working together to do more than you can do alone. Cooperation is a spiritual concept that originates with God. God created us to work together in community. Throughout the Bible, we see how God brought people together to accomplish something big for Him. When we work together, we reflect what Jesus envisioned for His followers. Our love for one another can point people to Him.


Preschool Parents (Infants to Kindergarten)

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October Memory Verse

October Memory Verse

This month’s Camp Out theme helps us to teach our Preschooler’s that God’s got it! There are a lot of things in life that we just can’t do. That’s right. Sometimes we just don’t have it. We don’t have a handle on our circumstances. We don’t have what it takes to makes things better. We don’t have the answers, energy, wisdom, patience, solution, or way out of a situation. But, we do know the One who does. And, when you know the One who does, there’s no need to worry. God’s got it. That’s what we’re talking about with our preschoolers this month. No need to worry, be afraid, or feel alone. God’s got it!

 

Elementary Parents (First to third grade)

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This month’s theme of “More or Less?” is all about contentment. Everything we have comes from God. He is faithful to provide what we need. And even more than what we own, God can also provide what we need to face whatever happens in our life. God has proven time and again, that we can trust Him no matter what. We can complain or become jealous of what others have, or we can choose to respond with contentment, knowing that God has a plan for our lives.


Preschool Parents (Infants to Kindergarten) 

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This month’s Colorific theme is going to help us teach preschoolers that God keeps His promises. We’ve all experienced a broken promise or two and our preschoolers won’t have to wait long to experience one too. We want them to grow up knowing that God always keeps His promises. No matter how long we have to wait, God will
come through.

Colors are a huge part of a preschooler’s world, and as we explore the colors of the rainbow, we will teach preschoolers that God loves them, and that He always
keeps His promises. This is such an important part of the foundation we want to build for preschoolers as they grow to believe that God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.

September Memory Verse

September Memory Verse

Elementary Parents (First to third grade) 

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When we give kids a task, they're often very eager to help. But what if they learned to do it without being asked? What if we helped them see the needs around them and they take action? That's initiative: seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

When God saw our sin, He took initiative. He sent Jesus to make things right. When we see a need and choose to do something about it, people can see the reality of God’s love for them.

All month long, we’ll be taking a closer look at one of the best examples of someone who showed initiative even when he didn’t have to, Nehemiah! 


Preschool Parents (Infants to Kindergarten) 

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We are so excited for our new theme this month called Anchors Away! We’re even more excited about our bottom line as we set sail to teach preschoolers that God’s way is perfect.

When you think about it, there are tons of different ways we can go in life. And, sometimes they can all sound like the right way at the same time. Our kids are going to grow up with more choices than ever. Every day, they will have to decide if they are going to go this way or that way. Is this the right way, or is that the right way?

That’s where we come in! We have the opportunity to begin teaching our children that God’s way is perfect. In fact, GOD’s way is the ONLY that is 100% the RIGHT way every, single time. Not my way. Not your way. God’s way!

Memory Verse For August

Memory Verse For August

 
 

Elementary Parents (First to third grade) 

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Memory Verse For August

Memory Verse For August

The Hunt: Wisdom is worth searching for! Wisdom is more than just being smart. It’s more than knowing the different between right and wrong. Wisdom means learning how to see life from God’s perspective. It’s finding out what you should do.... and doing it

Since God is the source of all wisdom, we want kids to understand that they can always go to Him to find it. We’ve got to go on the hunt because His wisdom is worth searching for. When Jesus was a boy, He grew in wisdom. God wants us to discover wisdom, too. When we make the wise choice, we reflect the character of Jesus to people around us. That’s why giving kids a strong foundation of wisdom is important. We want them to be equipped to face whatever choices they may need to make in the future.