As we have seen higher numbers at 11a at the ROCK recently, due to the increase of adult Sunday school classes meeting at that hour, I wanted to let you know about a change to our format at that time. Starting this Sunday, May 24th, the Elementary age children’s Sunday school class will meet in room 118. They will start there with music and large group time and then will split into either 2 or three small groups (by age), depending on how many kids are there. We will be using different lessons than we do at 9:45a, so any children attending both 9:45a and 11a will not hear the same message twice. 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions or have any interest in serving at 11a. On that note, onto our 9:45 plans for this Sunday…
For our elementary kids it’s Honesty month:
There’s something about the things that we say that kind of stack up one way. Then there’s the way we live, or the reality about certain situations that stack up another way. If both stacks line up, you can build something strong on them. When what we say lines up with what we do, people know they can trust us—our words have strength, our lives are built with integrity.
Honesty really is a big deal. That’s why we’re spending the month of May talking about it. Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do.
When we’re honest, when our words line up with our actions, people know they can trust us. Our relationships grow stronger. God understands the relationship between honesty and trust. This is something God set into motion in the first place.
Since the beginning, God has been in the business of making and keeping promises.
God told Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation of people—he was.
God told the Israelites that He would provide for them in the desert—He did.
God told Joshua that the wall of Jericho would fall if the people marched around it for seven days—it did.
God told Mary that she would give birth a Son, Jesus—she did.
That baby boy was the answer to a promise God had set in motion from the beginning: God kept His promise to send a Savior. When we were lost, He came through and sent Jesus, the Messiah, the One who in whom we can ultimately put all of our trust.
That’s really it, isn’t it? God is honest. He has proven from the beginning that He can be trusted—even to the point of sending His Son. And we’re called to reflect the image of God to a world around us that is desperate for people who will live with integrity.
We want kids to begin building the kind of lives that show they can be trusted. Because they know the One who can be trusted above any other.
For this week, we’ll head to the book of Esther. We learn that Haman’s just been promoted as the king’s most important advisor, but there’s one man who won’t bow to him: Mordecai. Haman is so angry that he vows to destroy not just Mordecai, but all of his people, the Jews! Little does Haman know that Mordecai has family in high places. Queen Esther risks everything to save her people. Once her plan with Mordecai is set in motion, Haman’s dishonesty to hurt others ended up hurting himself instead.
Bottom Line: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead. Sometimes we have a tendency to lie in order to make ourselves look good. But we can’t keep the lie for long. Eventually we’ll be found out and our lie will only hurt ourselves.
As we look at these great stories and principles from the Bible, we hope that kids begin to live with honesty and integrity, that what they say will line up with what they do. But this won’t always be easy. That’s why our memory verse for the month can serve as a prayer for our kids when they need God’s strength to tell the truth. Psalm 119:29 says “Keep me from cheating and telling lies. Be kind and teach me your law.” We pray that this month will be a great reminder to all of us to be honest no matter what the situation looks like*
For our preschoolers, it’s Happy Helpers time:
The Happy Helpers Club is back! And, it’s better than ever. This is one of our FAVORITE themes to do with preschoolers. At a young age, children start saying, “I help,” and it’s our responsibility to teach them how to help. God wants them to help others, to think of others before themselves, so let’s make sure they know how to do it! This week, they’ll experience the story of the woman who built a room for Elisha so that he had somewhere to rest when he was in town. We can help others by providing them hospitality. All month long we’ll be meeting unique Biblical helpers. Here’s a clip to get you excited about HELPING this month: Happy Helper’s video
Holy cherry trees, Batman, you read the whole thing – thanks!
This week’s lessons are here:
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