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 does it mean to accept a friend? Even kids will tell you that some people are easier to get along with than others. But just because we get along with some people better than others, doesn’t mean we ignore them or treat them poorly. We’ll help kids figure out how they can be friendly and accept others in a way that honors God.
In Romans 15:7, Paul writes, Christ has accepted you. So accept one another in order to bring praise to God, (NIrV). We see this played out perfectly through Paul and Barnabus. Paul had a terrible reputation, one that was well deserved. But after his encounter with Jesus, Paul changed. Barnabus believed that about Paul, accepted him, and stood up for him as he introduced Paul to the rest of the apostles.
Bottom Line: Friends accept one another. We pray that kids start to realize that regardless of how people dress, what they own, or are able to do, we are called to accept them and show them how much God loves them with our friendship.
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.
This week, the children will meet one of the strongest women in the Bible, Esther. The story focus is “when God is with me, I can be strong.” We’re not talking about the normal super power strong, we’re talking about the strength that only God can supply. Esther used this strength to save her people.
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: