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.
Finally, in Week 4, we’ll wrap up our summer in the book of Hebrews. This is another letter full of wisdom from God. We will take a look at how friends worship with each other. The writer of Hebrews talks about this in chapter 10 verses 24 and 25. Life can be hard sometimes. Don’t try to go it alone. When we are connected to a community of friends who can encourage us and remind us of God’s love, it makes those times a little easier. We shouldn’t give up meeting together with our Small Group and friends at church. Encourage each other to live out loving God and loving others in every single thing you do. Our Bottom Line is: Friends worship with 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 Hebrews 10:24-25 “Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope.”
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 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: Where are some places that kids might need a new friend?
Ask a parent: What are some ways you can show friendship to others?
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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