In July we’ve been continuing our focus on Harmony: Together is Better, and are sticking with our summer theme: Friendship is treating others the way you want to be treated. We carry on exploring the New Testament, looking at the letters and sermons delivered by people and for people.
This week, kids will discover how they can encourage each other. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul tells the believers that they should build each other up with how they speak to one another. Basically, friends encourage each other. We have hope because of Jesus. When we share that hope with others, we can encourage them to keep going even when life is tough. Our Bottom Line is: Friends encourage each other.
This month’s key verse is, “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” Proverbs 17:17. It’s easy to be friends when everything is great. But friends should also stick together when life gets hard. That’s when friendships matter most. This week kids can also memorize 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “So cheer each other up with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that’s what you are doing.”
If your child memorizes the monthly or the weekly verse and can tell it to any member of the Children’s Ministry staff, they will receive a prize!
Our new curriculum, Orange, has great “Parent Cues” that we’ll be sending home each month, both in hard copy on Sunday morning and in these posts. For this week’s cue, use these conversations starters:
Ask a kid: What is one small way you can encourage a friend today?
Ask a parent: How do you feel when you take the time to encourage someone?
In addition, they have live podcasts on the topic of the month. Download the podcast on www.OrangeParents.org. Also check out www.Studio252.tv and the Parent CUE App for your smartphone. I have the app and love it because it pops up and gives me conversation starters – it’s a great trigger reminding me of the weekly and monthly focus and how to bring it home. My son and I had a great discussion last week on forgiveness, using some of the questions the app popped up for me. There’s even videos and songs for the kids!
For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
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