Happy August! This month, we are Digging Deep with our elementary classes and are going Up, Up and Away with our preschoolers – read all about it:
For our Elementary kids:
Sometimes it’s easy to know the wise choice. You probably know by now that a healthy breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola is a wiser choice than the greasy, fast-food goodness of a sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. It may pain you because you love a good breakfast from a fast-food joint, but you know that the healthy choice is the wise choice.
But what happens when the wise choice isn’t as easy to spot? Maybe you’re deciding between a few great job opportunities or figuring out the best neighborhood to raise your family. You weigh the pros and the cons of each choice and seek guidance from wise people. You even take time to pray about it. And in the end, you trust that the choice you made is best.
As parents and leaders, we’ve learned this over time. But our kids are just starting their journey of discovering wisdom, and unfortunately, our choices aren’t always cut and dry. As our kids grow up, they’ll soon learn that not every decision they’ll have to make is as clear as we might wish.
That’s why giving kids a strong foundation of wisdom is important. We want them to be equipped to face whatever choices they may encounter in the future, so we’re taking the next several weeks to talk about wisdom.
We define wisdom as finding out what you should do and doing it. It’s not simply about the difference between right and wrong, but about what is wise as we see life from God’s perspective. Jesus knew this first hand. The Bible says that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
When it comes to wisdom, we want every child to grow up and say: “I can trust God no matter what.” And, because of how they trust Him they will also realize they can treat others the way they want to be treated and make wise choices regardless of the circumstances.
The principle is simply this, when a child realizes how much Jesus really loves them, what He did so they could have a relationship with God—and when that child makes a relationship with God and His words a priority in his or her life— then they will have the power and wisdom they need to live out a bigger and better story.
As kids search for wisdom throughout August, we’ll encourage them to memorize Proverbs 8:10-11, “Choose my teaching instead of silver. Choose knowledge rather than fine gold. Wisdom is worth more than rubies. Nothing you want can compare with her.”
Wisdom is valuable. We’re hoping to help kids dig deep into the Bible and discover some of God’s wisdom along the way that will help them in the years to come. After all, finding wisdom isn’t that difficult—all you have to do is look.
This week, we will look at 1 Kings 3:4-15 and discover one of the wisest men who ever lived—Solomon. As Solomon got ready to take on the weight of leading a nation, he had an incredible dream. God came to him and asked: “What is it that I can give you, if I could give you anything, what is it that you would choose?” And Solomon picked wisdom.
For our Preschoolers:
We’ll begin this month telling preschoolers that God made them. He made their hands, their eyes, their feet. He made each and every part of them. The second week, we’ll explain that not only did He make them, but He has a plan for them. He has a special plan for everyone! Then, preschoolers will hear the story of the lost coin and how God loves them even more than the woman loved her coin. God loves them so much and will always seek them. Finally, they will hear how God loved them so much that He sent Jesus to be their friend forever. Jesus is an amazing friend and loves each and every one of us so much. We’ll finish off the month with fun review games and activities. And be on the lookout for Martin – he’s is in the clubhouse for our Wonder! Look at God’s Story videos this month. He’s getting ready to go on a hot air balloon ride. How exciting!
Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!
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