Monthly Archives: May 2012

Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 3rd: Intro to the 10/40 Window

Lesson Sneak Preview 

On Sunday children in both elementary classrooms will learn about God’s desire for all people to know and worship Him. They learned about the 10/40 Window, a term used to describe a part of the world that extends from a latitude of 10 to 40 degrees north of the equator. Within this rectangular “window” are North Africa, the Middle East, India, Asia, and some parts of the former Soviet Union. This region of the world is crowded with two-thirds of the world’s population, but most people follow other religions. Children learned the acronym THUMB as a way to remember the major non-Christian religious beliefs found in the 10/40 Window:

  • Tribal
  • Hindu
  • Unreligious
  • Muslim
  • Buddhist

People in the 10/40 Window have little or no opportunity to learn about the true God. Many people groups are considered “unreached”. Unreached people groups have not been exposed to the gospel in a significant way. Many unreached people do not have Bibles in their own language. Most do not have Christian churches, Christian media, or contact with Christians in their culture or missionaries.

Your child will see a DVD about the 10/40 Window and THUMB. They also will participate in cultural activities, sing songs, and pray for THUMB peoples. Children will be challenged to pray at home for some of the children they learned about in their lesson.

Home Follow-Up 

Here are some ideas that you can implement to help give your child a heart for the world:

  • Ask your child something that they learned about the 10/40 Window or Thumb peoples
  • Read Malachi 1:11. Discuss how far God’s greatness will stretch.
  • Pray for people in the 10/40 Window who enjoy the same hobbies and sports as you.
  • Display a globe or map somewhere in your home to remind you to pray for the world.

May God Bless you as we partner together!



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Summer Preview

Dear Parents,

This summer our elementary classrooms will be learning about God’s desire for all people to know and worship Him. We will be going on a global adventure as we meet new friends and learn about the lives and beliefs of children around the world.

Over the next twelve weeks, we will be traveling the through the 10/40 Window and learning about five different people groups who represent five major non-Christian worldviews. The five worldviews are:

  • Tribal (Bhil Culture)
  • Hindu (Rajput Culture)
  • Unreligious (Han Culture)
  • Muslim (Malay Culture)
  • Buddhist (Khamba Culture)

As we learn about our new friends, we will be encouraging your children to be praying for the children who live in the 10/40 window. This summer, we want to also help your children discover how God can use them in His plans to reach all nations with the gospel.

We invite you to join with your children in prayer and discover how God wants to use your family in His grand scheme of reconciling the world to Himself. To help equip you in your task, we’re excited to share that this summer the Trinity Kids blog will be highlighting various mission-related ideas and resources.

May you and your children be richly blessed this summer!

In Christ,

Amanda Kunzeman
Children’s Ministry Assistant

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday June 3: Paul and Silas in Prison

Bible Text: Acts 15:36-16:40

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 424-429

Key Point of Passage: God used even Paul’s imprisonment to show His power and to save people like the jailer and his family.

Memory Verse: Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      In our story today, who was locked in the jail?

2)      What were Paul and Silas doing while they were in the prison?

3)      All of a sudden there was a big earthquake that shook the whole prison and opened all the prison doors. Who made the earthquake happen?

4)      When the jailer and his family wanted to know how to be saved, what did Paul tell them they had to do? Who did they need to believe in?

5)      Did God take care of Paul and Silas even when they were in prison? Did God take care of the jailer and his family? Will God take care of us?

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday May 27: Paul, the Missionary

Bible text: Acts 13:1-14:28

Key Point of Passage: The Holy Spirit sent Paul and Barnabas out to travel to other places and tell everyone about Jesus – even when their enemies tried to stop them.

Memory Verse: Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What is our new memory verse for this unit? Does anyone know what a “witness” does?

2)      When Jesus was going back to heaven, he told the believers that they would be his witnesses. Were Paul and Barnabas witnesses for Jesus?

3)      The Bible says the Holy Spirit sent Paul and Barnabas to tell other people about Jesus. When their enemies tried to stop them from doing this, did the Holy Spirit help Paul and Barnabas?

4)      Can the Holy Spirit help us tell people about Jesus today?

5)      What is the good news about Jesus that everyone needs to hear? (He died for us so God could forgive our sins!)

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sundays May 20-Jun 3: Paul’s Letter about Love

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 12:29-13:13

Key Point of Passage: God wants us to love other people and put them first.

Memory Verse: Love your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What was our Bible story about today?

2)      What is our Bible memory verse today? (Read the verse above). When we love someone like we love ourselves:

        Will we be good and kind to them?

        Will we share with them?

        Do we forgive them?

        Will we always stay friends with them?

3)      Does God want you to love people around you too?

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday May 20: Saul Meets Jesus

Bible Text: Acts 9:1-18

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 415-421

Key Point of Passage: Jesus opened Saul’s eyes so that Saul was changed into someone who was against Jesus into someone who worked for Jesus.

Memory Verse: “Come follow Me”, Jesus said (Mark 1:17). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      When Saul was on the road to go put believers in prison, he met Jesus. What did he see and hear?

2)      Afterwards, Saul was blind, but God sent Annanias to pray for him. When Annanias prayed for Saul, what happened? Could Saul see then?

3)      After this, did Saul continue to be against Jesus, or did he start following Jesus and working for Him?

4)      The Bible says that each of us has to decide is we are going to live our lives against Jesus, or if we are going to follow Him like Saul did. Let’s pray that we will all choose to live FOR Jesus instead of against Him.

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday May 13: Peter Escapes from Prison

Bible Text: Acts 12:1-19

Key Point of Passage: Herod put Peter in prison, but the church prayed to God, and He sent an angel to free Peter.

Memory Verse: God did miracles (Acts 2:22).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What did King Herod do to Peter? Where did he put him?

2)      But the church prayed for Peter. Did God answer their prayers? What happened?

3)      Is God powerful enough to answer big prayers today too? Let’s pray together now.

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