We are enthusiastically starting our Learning to Use My Bible curriculum series in the 3rd grade classrooms this Sunday – September 21st. This 8 week lesson is particularly exciting because it recognizes that each of us learns in different ways. Each session in Learning to Use My Bible includes activities that will address the learning needs of the different kinds of learners. The variety of styles plus the repetition of learning reinforce the session so that children see, hear and think God’s message in their daily lives. We will use the CEB Deep Blue Kids Bible that the kids received on the 14th. If you registered for the workshop Sunday, teaching service, or Bible blessing, we will have a Bible inscribed and waiting for you in your child’s classroom this Sunday. If you did not receive a Bible on the 14th and haven’t registered, please sign up at: https://www.easyreg.org/cgi-bin/acct/5RCMKS3EJ3/displayForm.pl?dir=T6S1XGTR_2014
and we’ll put one in your classroom for you. We love the CEB translation because it uses words and phrases that sound natural and conversational for today’s kids. Don’t forget to bring that Bible Sunday mornings!!
Teachers – see links to the lessons below. Thanks!
Have you ever walked through your local grocery store and noticed the potential just sitting on the shelves?
You can head down one aisle and discover spices from around the world.
Over in the produce stands, you can find the ripest apples, cartons of blueberries, maybe even some obscure Dragon Fruit.
Not to mention all of the staples on another aisle: flour, sugar, eggs, and milk.
Incredible ingredients that will sit there and go bad unless someone takes them home and creates something delicious.
You can speculate all day about the potential in that grocery store, but until there is some type of response to what you believe can really happen, it’s just potential. In other words, with the right kind of response, faith in a process I can’t fully understand, and a big mess of dishes, those ingredients could turn into warm, sticky-sweet, apple cobbler goodness. But if those ingredients just sit there, even though they have incredible potential, the flour will just stay powdery and tasteless. The butter will soften. And those apples will turn brown. In fact, if you do nothing, they will lose their potential and turn into something that just makes your trash smell bad.
Think about someone’s life, with all of the God-given, God-created ingredients. You have time, talents, opportunities, words, and resources. The point is, we can choose to either respond to what God has given us or we can ignore it. One of the most powerful things leaders and parents can do is to inspire their children to trust that God can do amazing things through the abilities He’s given them. Kids should grow up knowing that their faith in God’s ability to do that, can profoundly affect how they view and respond to their unique potential.
That’s why our elementary kids are taking September to look more closely at what the Bible has to say about responsibility. We define responsibility as: Showing you can be trusted by what you say and do.
This week, we’ll hear from one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 21:28-32. In the Parable of the Two Sons, a father asked his sons to do some work. One said “yes” but didn’t follow through with his actions. The other said “no” at first, but ended up completing the job anyway. We’ll discover that it’s important to do what you say you will.
Our Bottom Line is: Show you can be trusted by what you do. You can’t just say you’ll do something; you actually have to do it.
Our memory verse this month is Luke 16:10a, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.” (NIV) When we show responsibility with the little things, there’s a good chance we’ll have opportunity for greater responsibility in the future.
God has created everyone with potential: talents, time, resources, opportunities. And we can either respond to God with our abilities in a way that honors Him, or we can waste what He has given. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond with your abilities. And we want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God’s given them, but also how to respond to God’s ability to work through them to change the world around them.
For this week, use these conversations starters:
Ask a kid: In what areas do you think you could be more responsible?
Ask a parent: When was a time your child showed responsibility and proved they
were ready to handle more?
Want to talk more with your kids about responsibility? Use these tools:
Parent CUE App: Centered around a monthly topic, this app sends weekly CUEs that remind us to connect with our kids whether at home or on the go Studio252.tv: A family web site that helps us make the most of everyday moments at home to build a spiritual legacy in our family
For our preschoolers, how often do we throw out the words, “I’ve got it”? More often than we’ve actually got it, I would think. You know who’s actually “got it”? God. God’s got it. He is everywhere and has power over everything. That’s what we want our preschoolers to learn this month. No matter what’s going on, God’s got it.
This week they’ll hear the story of Moses and the burning bush and learn that God has the power to speak to them. We’ll continue with Moses and tell the story of the pillars of clouds and fire next week to show our preschoolers that God has the power to show us the right way to go. And finally, we’ll close the month with the super amazing story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego where preschoolers will learn that God is so powerful that He can always be with them. Always. And, because He’s always there, He’s always got it!
Who’s got it?
God loves me.
God’s got it.
We want your child to always remember that God is with him wherever he goes. This week, at CUDDLE TIME:
Cuddle up with your child and pray.
“Dear God, I pray You will
give [name of child] and
me the courage to do what
is right, even when we’re
scared and it’s hard to do. Thank You for
always being with us and never leaving us.
Help us to remember that when things get
hard, You’re right there with us. We love
You, God. In Jesus name, amen.”
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By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.
For our teachers, here’s this week’s lessons:
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