The pressure to have summer fun is finally over. Phew. Did you feel like you had to make this summer something truly special for your kids and you lost some of your joy in the process? I can relate. Let this Labor Day be about freeing yourself from your worst critic – you – and finding family joy in the simple things. Catching fireflies in an old mayonnaise jar, sunsets views from camp chairs in the driveway, long evening walks, hot dogs on the grill and family game night. Take off the pressure, turn on the music and just dance. Make it easy, make it meaningful, for all of you.
Happy Labor Day, y’all! Now that it’s September, we are excited to be talking about FRIENDSHIP.
God desires a relationship with us. That’s why He created us in the first place. When we sinned and broke that relationship, God continued to pursue us. God sacrificed His only Son to make it possible for us to have a relationship with Him again.
Jesus demonstrated friendship in the most generous way possible. He showed us the greatest love when He laid down His life for His friends. He went to the cross, not on principle or for a cause, but because of love and wanting to be with us forever.
Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
THIS WEEK for Elementary kids:
Key Question: What makes someone a good friend? At this phase in their life, kids are starting to experience the ups and downs of friendship. That’s why we start with a foundational question to help them wrestle with what God says about having strong friendships with others. If they can recognize the qualities God desires for friendship, they’ll not only choose friends who exhibit those, but hopefully will put them into practice for themselves.
We start the month with something Jesus said in John 13:34, I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you, (NIrV). Along with that, we’ll take a look at one of the most famous friendships in the entire Bible: David and Jonathan. These guys went through a lot together. From making a promise to help each other to escaping the dangers of Jonathan’s own father, King Saul, they showed us exactly what it meant for friends to love each other.
Bottom Line: Friends love one another. Loving our friends often means putting aside what we want to give our friends what they need. We pray that kids will learn how they can show love to their friends in everyday situations at home and school.
THIS WEEK for Preschoolers:
It’s time for a favorite of preschoolers and their leaders! It’s Super Kids month! All kids want to be Super Kids, and they can when they realize that God is always with them. Because God is with them, they can be brave. Because God is with them, they can be strong. Because God is with them, they can be courageous. Because God is with them, they can be wise.
We want our preschoolers to know that when they know God is always with them, they can be super! This month, our preschoolers will learn that we can do super things when we trust that God is always with us and do things His way. Yes, super – the kind of super that really matters – comes from God, and it’s not about what WE can do but about what GOD can do.
We will start our Super Kid month with the story of Elijah and the fire. The story focus is “when God is with me, I can be brave.” The children will hear how Elijah trusted God to be with him as he challenged those who worshiped the fake god Baal. He was brave as he stood up to the king who worshiped an idol rather than the one true God.
We want our preschoolers to grow up knowing that God will use them to do super things when they trust that He is ways with them and do things His way. THAT is what makes a super kid…well…super!
Here’s this week’s lessons/schedules:
See you Sunday!