Hey friends –
We may not like to dwell on it, but bad things happen. To us and to our kids.
Maybe someone we care about dies.
Or they get bad news from a doctor.
A parent loses a job.
One of our children gets bullied at school.
Someone gets divorced.
Kids find themselves trying to make their way through the dark, when all they might need is a little light. That’s why we’re taking the whole month to talk about hope.
Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s important to help kids know what to do when life throws them a curveball—when their picture doesn’t pan out the way they think it will—to let them know that life will get messy at some point. But no matter how confusing, God still has a plan. He is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad.
That’s why a great verse to get your kids to memorize is John 16:33b: “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world,” (NIrV)
Those are actually the words of Jesus. And if you want a demonstration of how God can use pain and suffering and do something powerful, just think about Jesus. More specifically, think about the message of the Gospel. The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is enough to give us all the hope we will ever need, which becomes especially important this month as we get to celebrate and discovery more about Easter.
For our elementary kids:
Next, we’ll look at several passages throughout John 14-16. We get the chance to eavesdrop on the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was arrested. At the Last Supper, Jesus takes one last chance to encourage His disciples with the promise of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and that He will always be with them. Through this moment in Jesus’ life, we pray kids will realize that whatever happens, they can remember what Jesus promised. It’s such a comfort to know that God is always with us and wants to be with us forever.
For our preschoolers:
It’s a very special month this month. It’s Easter! While it can be one of the busiest months of the year in our church, the message of Easter is so important to share, even with our preschoolers.
Jesus came to live among us because He wants to be our friend forever. He knew He was going to go away, and He knew He was coming back. He told His friends that was what was going to happen and it did. Jesus came back. He is alive.
God sent Jesus to do a very important job. He came to teach us about how much God loves us and how much He wants us to love. We will share examples throughout the scriptures of how Jesus taught us about God’s love. Jesus taught us to love God and love people.
Our preschoolers will see how Jesus invited ordinary men to an extraordinary life when He asked them to follow Him. He said just those simple words—follow me. They did. And, we should to. In fact, that’s our bottom line for this month. I can follow Jesus. Who can you follow? I can follow Jesus.
Isn’t that what Easter month should be about? Following God’s Son who came to save us all. I’m so thankful God sent us Jesus. Let’s celebrate that He is alive.
Here are this month’s lessons:
Also, just a reminder that the
packing party is Sunday – March 13th from 3p – 430p. Our ROCKStars (4th/5th grade fellowship) will meet at 3p on the 13th to help with the packing party, also (instead of their usual 430p start time). The party is in the Fellowship Hall.
What to bring:
-A fun spirit!
-A heart for serving others!
-A donation for Bibles for the baskets, or items to put in the baskets, or your completed basket(s) or ALL THREE! 😉
For more information on Baskets of Hope, visit their page here: http://firstcary.com/serve/baskets-of-hope/
Looking forward to seeing you there! Bring a friend, or two, or ten, all are welcome!