Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Climb (Jesus Grows Up)- Elementary Lesson for Sunday June 2

This month we are going back to the basics, where we’ll learn from Jesus’ life, teaching, and example.

These are the basics: Wisdom—I need to make the wise choice; Faith—I can trust God no matter what; Friendship—I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Wisdom: Jesus taught that the best way to learn what we should do is by listening to God’s Word. The Bible teaches us the wise choice for many situations.

Faith: Jesus came to earth to physically show us God’s love. We can grow stronger faith in God because we have seen what He did through Jesus.

Friendship: Jesus walked every day with His friends, allowing them to get to know Him, teaching them, and helping their hurts. By following Jesus’ example, we can know how we should treat others.

When we return to these ideas we can begin to discover what God is doing in us to change the world around us.

This week, we’re discovering:

13JUNE_BL_Week1_InstagramIn this week’s biblical principle, Luke tells us how Jesus grew up (Luke 2:52). We don’t know a lot about Jesus’ life between the wise men’s visit and the start of His ministry, but we do know that He grew in wisdom, faith, and friendship. These are the basics that help us grow closer to God.


Our Bottom Line is:
God is doing something in you to change the world around you. We can’t change the world until we allow God to change us on the inside and make us more like Jesus.

The monthly memory verse is: And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 NIrV Following Jesus’ example, we can grow in wisdom, faith, and friendship too.

 

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GodTime (June, Week 1) – weekly devotional for kids 

ParentCue (June, Week 1) – for parents 

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Be Cool (Proverbs Principle)- Sunday May 26

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Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix. A patient person will remember that we generally prefer to be around someone who can wait well.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He has waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. And it’s something He still does for us today.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning. He waits patiently for us to come to back Him.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.

(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus. People around us will feel they can trust us to treat them gracefully while we’re waiting.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s biblical principle, we learn the wisdom of being patient (Proverbs 14:29). A person who gets angry quickly often ends up looking foolish, but a person who is patient takes the time to make wise choices.

Our Bottom Line is: when you think you can’t wait, don’t lose your cool. We can work hard to keep control of our words, actions, and attitude while we wait. That way we can avoid doing something we might regret. In fact, we might even use the time while we’re waiting to do something helpful or productive.

The monthly memory verse is, Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV When our words, actions, and attitudes honor God while we wait, we show we trust Him and the people He’s put in charge. Remembering that trust will help us be strong even when we don’t understand why we’re waiting.

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Baby Love (Hannah Prays for a Baby)- Sunday May 19

13MAY_BOTTOM_LINE3_INSTAGRAM-300x300As a fruit of the Spirit, patience is foundational in the way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix. A patient person will remember that we generally prefer to be around someone who can wait well.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He has waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. And it’s something He still does for us today.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning. He waits patiently for us to come to back Him.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.

(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus. People around us will feel they can trust us to treat them gracefully while we’re waiting.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Hannah wants to become a mother but is waiting for a baby (1 Samuel 1:9-2:1). Her prayers to God are so emotional that even strangers notice. But even through the sadness of her prayers, God gives her the strength to wait until the time is right.

Our Bottom Line is: when you think you can’t wait, tell God about it. God wants us to talk to Him when we’re facing a difficult time. We can always talk to God about how we feel, especially our feelings about needing to wait.

The monthly memory verse is, Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV Sometimes it feels too hard to be strong while we wait, but it’s always safe to tell God about those feelings. He will give us the strength to stand up and keep going no matter how long we wait.

 

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Coming this Summer to Trinity Kids

This summer, Orange & Trinity Kids 7014JUNE_MATRIXare venturing into some new territory. Instead of two separate Life Apps for June and July, we’re taking the full seven weeks to focus on one key concept that’s at the heart of everything we do.

God is doing something in me to change the world around me.

Each week, kids will visit Base Camp to gather the tools and supplies—the basic truths—that will get them ready for what’s ahead.

As any experienced mountain climber knows, being prepared can make the difference between life and death. Before climbers begin their assent up the rock face, they make one last stop. At Base Camp they can safety-check their gear, stock up on food, and review weather forecasts for the climb. Depending on the duration of the trip, a climber may need to visit multiple basecamps on his way up the mountain.

The same goes for a follower of Jesus. The journey of faith is long, and it’s worth our while to stop every so often and camp out on the basics. Our summer series will use stories from the life of Jesus to unpack these three basic truths:

Wisdom – I need to make the wise choice.

Faith – I can trust God no matter what.

Friendship – I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

In the future, 252 will dedicate each June/July to a unique summer series based on a single theme. This means your kids will still experience 30 separate Life Apps during our three-year rotation—while allowing for a change of pace during the summer months.

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May 2013 Parent Newsletter

The May Parent Newsletter is now available!

We are so excited to provide you with this parent newsletter filled with information and resources that we have designed just for you. There is also a calendar of Trinity Kids events.

May2013 Parent Newsletter.

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Udder Disaster (The Golden Calf)- Sunday May 12

6877MAY_MATRIXAs a fruit of the Spirit, patience is foundational in the way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix. A patient person will remember that we generally prefer to be around someone who can wait well.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He has waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. And it’s something He still does for us today.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning. He waits patiently for us to come to back Him.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.

(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus. People around us will feel they can trust us to treat them gracefully while we’re waiting.

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, the Israelites grow impatient waiting for Moses to finish meeting with God (Exodus 32:1-35). They ask Aaron to build an idol for them to follow instead of God. When Moses returns to see them gathered around a golden calf, the Israelites immediately regret their impatience.

Our Bottom Line is: when you think you can’t wait, don’t forget what’s true. God had put Moses in charge of the Israelites and led them out of slavery. But in a moment of impatience, they forgot everything they’d experienced. From them, we can learn to be patient and trust the people in charge.

The monthly memory verse is, Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV When we start to lose hope, remembering the truth of what God has done will help us wait well.

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Souper Man (Esau’s Birthright)- Sunday May 5

6877MAY_MATRIXAs a fruit of the Spirit, patience is foundational in the way that we reflect God’s character. When we show patience, we are less likely to hurt our relationships with others. We are more likely to trust that God has something better for us in the future.

Patience is waiting until later for what you want now. Waiting isn’t always easy. When having patience seems too difficult, the Lord will give us strength to wait. At its core, patience is fueled by faith. We trust that what we’re waiting for is best for us.

But patience is more than just waiting. It’s also about our attitude while we wait. A patient person can wait with joy even when the situation might be stressful or anxious. A patient person avoids searching or settling for a quick fix. A patient person will remember that we generally prefer to be around someone who can wait well.

For God, it seems as though patience is all about relationships with people. Even after we sinned, He still pursued us. He has waited time after time for people to repent and work to make things right. And it’s something He still does for us today.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God has been patient with us since the very beginning. He waits patiently for us to come to back Him.

(2) The Bible challenges us to reflect patience in our lives with how we respond to circumstances that are out of our control.

(3) As we demonstrate patience, we begin to look more like Jesus. People around us will feel they can trust us to treat them gracefully while we’re waiting.

 

This week, we’re discovering:

In this week’s Bible story, Esau comes in from hunting and is very hungry (Genesis 25:24-34). When his younger brother, Jacob, offers him a bowl of stew in return for his birthright, Esau trades his entire inheritance for a full stomach. Esau’s impatience cost him everything.

Our Bottom Line is: when you think you can’t wait, think twice. Just because we want something right now, we still need to take the time to think through the consequences. Don’t give up what’s best for something else.

The monthly memory verse is, Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14, NIrV God knows our needs and has great things in store for us. We can trust Him and wait for the best that He will give us.

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Download this week’s God Time (May, Week 1)

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