Hello June! Summer is one of those times of the year when you hope to escape your normal day-to-day and head off on a family vacation. Perhaps you have a passport and hope to fill it with stamps and visas from around the world or maybe you keep albums filled with photos from the places you’ve seen and the people you’ve met along the way.
But when you think about it, these aren’t just passport stamps and travel photos, they are stories capturing moments we lived. As we travel the world and experience the different landscapes and cultures, often we can’t help but notice that no matter where in the world we are, God is already there and up to something amazing.
The prophet Isaiah writes, “The whole earth is filled with God’s glory.” And that glory was made real when 2000-some years ago a REAL human was born, lived a perfect life, died, and rose again. Of course, that man is Jesus. And throughout the past 2,000 years since, His story—His LIFE—has been changing the world.
This summer we’re excited for kids to experiencing that life-changing story of Jesus first hand and put their faith in Him.
We’ll talk about faith like this:
Believing that what Jesus did can change me.
Our hope is that kids discover that no matter where they are in the world, the story of Jesus can change them, too.
This summer, we get to view the story of Jesus through a man whose life was radically changed when he encountered the story of Jesus. He went from a person who did whatever it took to stop the message of Jesus from spreading to one who ended up writing most of the New Testament of the Bible and dying for his faith in Jesus. This man, as you may have already guessed, is Paul. He went all over the known world preaching the Story of Jesus. We’ll explore where in the world Paul was and how we fit into his story, too.
For our elementary kids:
We’ll finish up June with passages in Acts 11 and 13. Paul and Barnabas head to Antioch as they discover that the message of Jesus is starting to spread to people outside of the Jewish community. Many of these new followers of Jesus are in need. The rest of the disciples send Paul and Barnabas on a journey to collect money that will be a huge help to those Jesus followers.
Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I help others. Jesus said that people would know we are His followers by the way we show love to one another. Putting our faith in Jesus into action will change the way we take initiative to help others in need.
Our Memory Verse is Hebrews 11:1 (NIrV), “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.” The author of Hebrews wants us to remember that God has done so much throughout history. Our faith can be stronger when we remember all He has done and all the people who have gone before us.
For our preschoolers:
It’s time for one of our favorite themes of all time—Creation Station! We can’t wait for your preschoolers to see the amazing train cars we’ve created for them this year. Each train car depicts a different day of creation in a fun and imaginative way.
Every week, we will introduce your preschoolers to one day of creation. Now, don’t panic because there aren’t enough days in June to cover all the days. The Creation Station unit will run through all of July as well. And, I’ll let you in on a little secret—when we get to day six, we’ll stay there for two weeks so we can emphasize the special relationship God has designed for us to have with Him.
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Here are this week’s lessons:
See you Sunday!