We are all moved up and in our new grade/age classrooms as of August 24th. The transition seemed to go well, thanks to all of you for your welcoming and gracious presence with all of our kids and families navigating a new year!
During August, our elementary kids are talking about respect—showing others they are important by what you say and do.
This month our memory verse comes from 1 Peter 2:17. It just says, “Show proper respect to everyone.” (NIrV) 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!
This week, we’ll close out the month by returning to the book of James (if your child was in Large Group last week, ask them why that’s one of my favorite books of the Bible!). In Chapter 2:1-5 we’ll learn that with God it doesn’t matter what people look like on the outside. We should respect all people because they are valuable to God.
Our Bottom Line is: Respect others because they are important to God. Everyone has value because they were created in God’s image.
We hope that as kids discover what the Bible says about respect in August, they’ll head into their new school year knowing they can respect those in charge because they know the One who’s in charge of everything.
For this week, use these conversations starters:
Ask a kid: When you respect what God created, you also show respect to Him.
What else has God made that you should respect?
Ask a parent: When you show respect for God’s creation, how could it possibly
change your relationship with God?
For our preschoolers, there’s no better way to start a year than to recalibrate and refocus, so that’s what we’re doing for August. We are spending the rest of this month introducing the three basic truths to our preschoolers and their parents. We want all three of them to be front and center so everyone (you included) can be reminded what the goal is. Do you know the goal? Here it is: We want every child to know God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to be my friend forever. And, we want them to embrace it firmly in their little hearts.
Last week we reminded preschoolers that God made them. He made each little eyelash and each little freckle, and that makes them so very special. This week, they’ll hear how much God loves them and that He has a plan for each and every one of them just as He had a plan for Abraham. Each week we’ll give you a key question to use with your child and a basic truth for that week, what we want them to remember from their lesson, and the overarching bottom line. Here it is for this week:
“Nothing can separate us from God’s
love.” Romans 8:39, NIrV
God made me. God loves me.
Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
Who loves you?
God loves me.
God loved Abraham and had a plan for
him. He has a plan for you too.
Play a game this month each time you get in and out of your car with your preschooler. Tell your child that to open the car door, to get in, he has to say, “God made me.” He has to say, “God loves me” to get out of his
car seat. And he has to say, “Jesus wants to be my friend forever,” to open the car door, to get out. This will be a fun way to review the three basic truths all month long. We don’t want you or your child to ever forget that God made you, God loves you and Jesus wants to be your friend forever.
In addition,there are 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. There’s even videos and songs for the kids!
For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
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