Monthly Archives: October 2012

Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Nov 4: God Calls Moses

Bible Text: Exodus 3:1-4:12

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 101-103

Key Point of Passage: God sent Moses to bring His people out of Egypt.

Memory Verse: The Lord saved Israel from Egypt (Ex 14:30). 

Questions for Discussion:

1)      What does fire normally do to wood? But in this story, the bush never burned up! Do you think that got Moses’ attention?

2)      How did God say He felt about His people being slaves in Egypt?

3)      Who did God send to bring His people out of Egypt?

4)      When Moses was scared that he wouldn’t know what to say, did God promise to help him?

5)      If there is ever a time you don’t know what to say, do you think God would help you too?

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Lower & Upper Elementary November 2012 Sneak Preview: Cooperation

God can do ANYTHING. There is literally nothing God can’t do. He knows everything and He sees everything, and He is powerful enough to make anything happen.

Even though God is completely self-sufficient, He chooses to work with us. From the beginning, God looked for ways to work with the people He had created to accomplish His plan. God worked with Noah to build the ark that saved both people and animals. God worked with Moses to bring the Israelites out of slavery. And when Jesus stepped on this planet, He worked with His friends and disciples to share the message of God’s love with the world.

Just like God doesn’t work alone, God doesn’t want us to work alone. God wants us to work with others, seek help from others, and be ready to offer help to others. This month’s memory verse helps kids understand: “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV). When we don’t cooperate with others, we will always be limited in what we can accomplish.

A one-man band can play a simple tune, but with more than one musician we can have a true jam session and build a beat together. Because cooperation is working together to do more than you can do alone.

In Week Oneour Bible story demonstrates how the Israelites cooperated to build the tabernacle (Exodus 28:1, 3; 31:1-11; 35:21, 25, 34; 39:42-43). All the skilled workersand artisans had to work together to build this first “church location” for God in the middle of the desert. We still work together as the church to accomplish God’s work. OurBottom Line is: With God, we can work together to get His work done. When we team with other people and rely on God’s strength, we can do what He asks us to do.

In Week TwoOur Bible story shows how cooperation helped Joshua win the battle over the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-13). Moses, Aaron, and Hur were not the victors of the battle. Joshua was. But the three men cooperated with God and each other to help Joshua succeed. Our society does not often emphasize helping others succeed, but ourBottom Line is: With God, we can work together to make someone else succeed.

In Week Threeour Bible story tells of Nehemiah, a man who wasn’t afraid to ask for help with the impossible task of building the wall (Nehemiah 1:1-6, 2–4; 6:1-16). OurBottom Line is: With God, we can work together to do what seems impossible. Our tendency is to desire self-sufficiency, but teaching kids when to ask for help is important. It’s the only real way to accomplish something bigger than ourselves.

In Week Four, our Bible story shows how cooperation led to Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Luke 5:17-26). Because the friends cooperated with Jesus and each other, the man walked out of that house. Our Bottom Line is: With God, we can work together to change someone’s life. Whether we think about changing someone’s life through bringing them to Jesus, or through helping meet their physical needs, both require the combined efforts of teamwork.

We aren’t made to only work with other people. We are also made to cooperate with God. And it’s when we learn how to work with God and others that, in His strength, we can do incredible things.

By Jessica McKee ©2012 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Oct 28: Jacob and Essau

Bible Text: Genesis 25:19-34

Read with Me Bible Reference: 56-59

Key Point of Passage: Esau sold his birthrights to his younger brother Jacob because he was hungry; the Lord ordained that Jacob would rule over Esau.

Memory Verse: God chose Jacob instead of Esau (Romans 9:12-13).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      When Rebecca couldn’t have children, her husband Isaac prayed to God. Did God help them?

2)      How were the twin brothers Jacob & Esau different?

3)      When the babies were in Rebecca’s belly, they were wrestling with each other. Normally the older son in a family would have special rights and get more of his parents’ things than the younger sons. But which son did God say was going to rule over the other?

4)      When Esau was really hungry one day and wanted his brother’s soup, Jacob said he’d give him some soup if he sold him his rights as the oldest son. Did Esau do it?

 

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Oct 28: Baby Moses in Egypt

Bible Text: Exodus 1:7-22; 2:1-10

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages  93-100

Key Point of Passage: Pharaoh hurt the people of Israel and tried to kill the baby boys, but God used Moses’ mother, sister, and even Pharaoh’s daughter to save Moses.

Memory Verse: The Lord saved Israel from Egypt (Ex 14:30).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      The Bible says the people of Israel had become slaves to Egypt. Who knows what a slave is?

2)      Why did Moses’ mother hide baby Moses?

3)      How did God use Moses’ mother and sister, and Pharaoh’s daughter, to save baby Moses?

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Right Here, Right Now (Elementary Sneak Preview for Oct 28)

Paul and Timothy have traveled to Ephesus and taught the church there. When Paul is called to Macedonia, he leaves Timothy in charge. But the church in Ephesus has false teachers telling the people things that aren’t true, so Timothy has a tough job ahead of him. Paul encourages Timothy with a letter that contains our Bible story this week: 1 Timothy 4:12-16.

 This week’s story includes the Memory Verse we’ve been studying all month. Through this lesson, we’ll be able to help kids relate to Timothy’s story. Timothy was a very young leader, but he used his gifts and made a big difference. We want kids to know that they don’t have to wait until later to do something that matters now. Our Bottom Line is: You can make a difference right now.

That’s why this month’s Memory Verse is so important for kids to remember: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV Each child is uniquely positioned to use the gifts God gave them to make a difference right now.

At Home 

Our song is Young by Seeds Family Worship. This song is based on our memory verse and we will be singing it in our lower elementary classroom.

Download this week’s Parent Cue (28 Oct 2012) (for parents)

Download this week’s God Time (28 Oct 2012) (for kids)

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All Together Now! (Elementary Sneak Preview for Oct 21)

Paul and Timothy had traveled to Corinth and started a church of believers. After they’d moved to another town, they received word that there was trouble in the Corinthian church, so Paul sent timothy to the Corinthians, with the message of 1 Corinthians 12:12-21, 25-27.
The same message applies to us today. Sometimes we can be envious of other people’s gifts. But each of us is gifted in different ways, and that’s a good thing. Our Bottom Line is: When we use our gifts together, we make a greater difference. You can never be who God needs you to be if you spend all your time being jealous of who God made someone else to be.

Regardless of our age or circumstance, we can work together to use our gifts and serve God. Which is why we’re learning our monthly Memory Verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Set an example for the believers in what you say and in how you live.” 1 Timothy 4:12a, NIrV

At Home 

Our song is Young by Seeds Family Worship. This song is based on our memory verse and we will be singing it in our lower elementary classroom.

Download this week’s ParentCue (21 Oct 2012)(for parents)

Download this week’s God Time (21 Oct 2012)  (for kids)

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sunday Oct 21: Isaac and Rebecca

Bible Text: Genesis 24:1-67

Read with Me Bible Reference: 50-55

Key Point of Passage: God blessed Abraham, and led his servant to one of his relatives, Rebecca, for a wife for his son Isaac. 

Memory Verse: Abram believed the Lord (Genesis 15:6).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Even though Abraham was living in a land far away from his relatives, did God still help his son Isaac find a wife from his hometown and family?

2)      Was Rebecca kind to Abraham’s servant and his camels?

3)      How did Abraham’s servant know which young woman God had chosen to be the wife of Isaac?

4)      When you are unsure of what God has planned for you, can you ask God to guide you too?

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