Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mama Mia! (Gabriel Appears to Mary) Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Dec 2

In this week’s Bible story, we see God begin His compassionate rescue by sending Gabriel to appear to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). Gabriel tells Mary that God has seen His people’s need, and Mary gets to be a part of God meeting that need. Immanuel—God with us—is coming to rescue us!

Our Bottom Line is God saw our greatest needs. Whose needs do you see? When we slow down and look outside ourselves, we see the needs of those around us. But when we stay focused on our own needs, we miss the chance to help others.

The monthly memory verse summarizes God’s example of compassion: God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. John 3:16, NIrV  God saw the world’s greatest need and cared enough to do something about it!

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Download this week’s Parent Cue- Big Give Week 1

Download this week’s God Time- Big Give Week 1

 

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Dec 2: Blessings of the Law

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20 

Key Point of Passage: God called the Israelites to choose to love and obey Him so  they would live a long and blessed life.

Memory Verse: Love the Lord your God (Deut 30:15).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      If we love God, will we obey Him or disobey Him?

2)      What does it mean to have God’s commandments in our heart? How do they get there?

3)      If God’s people choose to love and obey Him, will they live a long and happy life, or a short and sad life?

4)      In what ways does God sometimes bless us when we obey? What good things can happen?

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Christmas Lessons for Early Childhood: The Angel Visits Mary

Bible Text: Luke 1:26-38

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 252-255

Key Point of Passage: The Holy Spirit came upon Mary so that she became pregnant with King Jesus, the Son of God.

Memory Verse: A Savior has been born; He is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Who did the angel visit in the Bible story today?

2)      Why do you think Mary was afraid at first?

3)      What did the angel tell Mary?

4)      The baby to be born was the Son of God. What was His name?

5)      Did Mary trust God? Can we trust God too?

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Lower & Upper Elementary December 2012 Sneak Preview: Compassion

If you want to understand who God is, if you want to learn more about His character, there may be no better place to start than the Christmas story.

The Creator of the entire universe was attentive to His creation. He saw and understood our ultimate consequences of sin. He saw our greatest need. And He did something about it. He humbled Himself to be born as a tiny baby in a remote town in the dwelling place of animals. He lived as one of us so that, eventually, He could die for us and rise again, giving us the chance to live eternally with God in heaven.

The Christmas story shows that one aspect of God’s character is compassion. COMPASSION is caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. God lovingly saw our greatest need and met it in the most remarkable way.

God’s example of compassion is summarized in the monthly Memory Verse: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIrV) God saw the world’s greatest need and cared enough to do something.

In Week Oneour Bible Story is a glimpse into God’s compassionate rescue by sending Gabriel to Appear to Mary (Luke 1:26-33). Gabriel tells Mary that God has seen His people’s need. Immanuel, God with us, is coming to rescue us! Our Bottom Line is God saw our greatest needs. Whose needs do you see? When we slow down and look outside ourselves, we see the needs of those around us.

In Week Twoour Bible Story is THE moment of God’s big gift to us: Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-7)! God didn’t just see our needs. He did something to meet them. He came to us! Our Bottom Line is: God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give? After we see someone else’s needs, how can we go and help them?

In Week Three, our Bible Story tells of Shepherds Visit Jesus (Luke 2:8-20) after having heard the good news from a host of angels! After the shepherds saw the baby Jesus, they wanted to tell everyone they met about how God was meeting our greatest need. Our Bottom Line is: God gave us great news. Who will you tell? Every person has the same great need to be rescued. We can help meet it by telling them the good news of Jesus.

In Week Four, our Bible Story helps us understand why we can show compassion to others. Since God Showed His Love (1 John 4:9-12), we can also love each other. It’s God’s love in us that gives us the passion, energy, and creativity to do something to help others. Our Bottom Line is: God showed the world His love. How will you show the world? When Jesus was born into the world, God’s love met our greatest need. So, now we serve others because it’s what God modeled for us.

In Week Five, our Bible story follows some wise men who visited Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). The men left their homes to travel a far distance, navigating the constellations, just to visit Jesus. They must have understood our Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love him? We can follow God and show Him our love by spending time with Him, talking to Him, reading His Word, among other things. We can love God by loving others.

People with very real and practical needs surround us. Let’s train our eyes to see their hurts and teach our hearts to step outside our comfort zone. When we can imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes, take action, and do what is in our ability to do to help them, we reflect God’s COMPASSION into the world.

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

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Together- Walkin’ in Galilee (Elementary Sneak Preview for Nov 25)

Our Bible story shows how cooperation led to Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Luke 5:17-26). The man’s friends worked together to fight through the crowds, lift the man to the roof, and lower him down to Jesus. Then Jesus forgave and healed the man. Because the friends cooperated, the man was able to walk out of the house that day.

This week, our Bottom Line is: with God, we can work together to change someone’s life. Whether you’re telling someone about Jesus or helping meet their physical needs, both require the combined efforts of teamwork.

Our Memory Verse is “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, NIrV)When we work with God, our friends, neighbors, family, and even strangers, we can see lives change for the better!

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Download this week’s God Time (25 Nov 2012)– for kids

Download this week’s Parent Cue (25 Nov 2012)– for parents

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Family Devotions for Early Childhood, Sundays Nov 18-25: God’s Covenant with Jacob

Bible Text: Genesis 27:41-28:22

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages  67-69

Key Point of Passage: Jacob’s parents sent him to his uncle’s house to avoid Esau’s anger, and to find a wife. God promised to be with him, to watch over him, and to give him the land and many kids.

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

Questions for Discussion:

1)      Why did Jacob’s parents send him to his uncle Laban’s house?

2)      What did God promise to do for Jacob when he appeared to him in a dream?

3)      Why did Jacob call that place “House of God”?

4)      God promised to always be with Jacob. Is God always with us too?

 

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Preschool-Kindergarten, Sunday Nov 25: The Ten Commandments

Bible Text: Exodus 19:1-20:17

Read with Me Bible Reference: Pages 131-134

Key Point of Passage: God commanded us to first love Him, and then love others second.

Memory Verse: Love the Lord your God (Deut 30:15).

Questions for Discussion:

1)      When God came to meet with the people of Israel at the mountain, what are some of the things the people saw or heard?

2)      What was the first commandment God gave His people?

3)      What is our memory verse for today/this unit?

4)      In what ways can we put God first in our lives and show our love for Him?

5)      What about other people, like our brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. In what ways can we show love to them?

 

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