We want to help you build the habit of discipling your children as you GO …as Deuteronomy 11:19 says: “Teach them (God’s words) to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

We aim to help by providing weekly updates to what’s being taught in each ministry, giving you the content to have at home, with questions and activities for each Sunday’s lessons. As we think about how God has called us to GO in our daily lives, let’s not forget that our own children are our most important mission field. Think of the fruit that will come from the years of discipleship that they will receive in your home.

Find your ministry’s GO Moment below…

(Preschool)

This week in Wee Worship we read the bible story: Water from a Rock (Exodus 17:1-7)

Activity: Tower of Power (Application Activity)

Supplies: Plastic cups (5 per group)

Preparation: Stack the five cups into a tower by alternating them right side up and upside down. Starting at the top, write one of the letters P-O-W-E-R on each of the five plastic cups. When finished, the tower should spell “power” from top to bottom.

Directions: Challenge the children to work together to build the Tower of Power. Begin by teaching the children how to spell “power.” Next, choose a child to go first. Ask the child, “What is something that you need to live?” (Ex. food, water, bed, house, family, etc.) After answering, allow them to place the “R” cup on the ground. Continue having children answer the question and stack the cups by alternating them right side up and upside down so that it spells “power” from top to bottom. If they can stack all five cups without falling over, have the kids say “God is so, so powerful.” If the tower falls over, have the children do 10 jumping jacks and start over.

If you want to play multiple rounds with increasing difficulty, allow children to use both hands during round one, only one hand during round two, and only their non-dominant hand (usually left) during round three.

Take Home Family Go Sheet available here

 

(Elementary)

Big Idea: God is all knowing, so I can go to Him for wisdom.

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 8-10

Key Verse: “If any of you needs wisdom, ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone. He doesn’t find fault.” – James 1:5

Discussion: In our story for this week, Samuel asked God for wisdom when he was in a tricky situation. God gives us wisdom when we ask for it! When we are in tough situations, we might have a lot of different ideas of what we should do. How do we know which of those ideas is wisdom from God? Well, the first thing we need to ask ourselves is if we can think of a Bible verse that gives us the answer. The Bible is God’s Word to us! It is full of wisdom! Next, we need to decide if following that advice is something that Jesus might do. Remember, Jesus is our example of how to live. We can also go to other Christians and ask for their opinion.

Activity: Memory Verse Game
What you’ll need:
– Balloons (Short on time? Skip the balloon part)
– Paper
– List of scenarios/questions (below)

How to play:
– Prepare the balloons in advance—one balloon for each scenario. Write this lesson’s memory verse (Proverbs 3:13) on a sheet of paper and cut it into portions (one to three words each), so that you have one portion/slip of paper for each balloon. Blow up the balloons and insert one slip into each balloon before tying it off.
– Line up the kids to take turns answering “wise or not wise” scenarios. After a child answers correctly, she has to pop the balloon to get a portion of the memory verse! (This part is a hoot. Watch as kid try sitting, jumping, and lying flat on their balloons just to get them to pop!)
– Once all the balloons are popped, work together to assemble their slips of paper in the correct order to form the memory verse.

1. When Lily was at a friend’s house, the friend started playing a video game that Lily’s mom would not have approved. Since she knew it was wrong, she left the room right away and did not participate in the video game.
Wise or not wise? (Wise)
2. Jack wasn’t prepared for the test, so he asked a friend if he could cheat off her test.
Wise or not wise? (Not wise)
3. Tracy had a lot of friends. Some of them didn’t always do what was right. So she decided to hang out more with the friends that helped her follow God.
Wise or not wise? (Wise)
4. Mason knew he was wrong when he took his friend’s toy, so he returned it and asked for forgiveness. He never stole anything again after that!
Wise or not wise? (Wise)
5. Trisha was angry that Ashley was bragging about beating her again in soccer. Trisha talked to Ashley and told her that it hurt her feelings. Ashley didn’t realize this and said she was sorry.
Wise or not wise? (Wise)
6. Sam knows he shouldn’t spread rumors about his classmates, but he likes how everyone listens to him, so he keeps doing it.
Wise or not wise? (Not wise)
7. Lisa likes to play with Sara, but she’s been noticing that Sara has been lying a lot lately. Lisa told Sara that lying goes against what God teaches, and people won’t trust her if she keeps lying. Sara said she didn’t care.
Is Sara acting wise or not wise? (Not wise)
8. One of Cody’s classmates looked lonely on the playground. So Cody asked him if he wanted to play.
Wise or not wise? (Wise)
9. At recess, Jenna’s classmate told her, “Don’t talk to Sally. She’s weird and she laughs funny. Let’s ignore her.” Jenna was afraid to speak up for Sally, so she went along with Jenna’s advice to ignore her.
Wise or not wise? (Not wise)
10. Ben and Jordan are good friends. When a new boy moves into the neighborhood, Ben’s dad suggests they should invite the new kid over to play basketball. Ben and Jordan are shy, and they prefer to play alone. But they take Ben’s dad’s advice anyway and end up having a great time.
Wise or not wise? (Wise)

 

(Middle & Highschool)

This week we heard from a very special speaker from Slovakia: Peter! Peter talked about the importance of faith. Peter used to be a science teacher before stepping into ministry full time and used lots of science example to show how we believe in things that we cannot see.

Questions:
This week ask your child about what examples they liked and why?
Ask them about what faith means to them.

This month we are talking about BIG QUESTIONS!

This is such an important series for your children to ask any big questions that they have about God, the bible, creation, etc. We hope to create an environment that welcomes these BIG QUESTIONS and be able to discuss them openly.

Week One: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT CREATION
Week Two: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS
Week Three: BIG QUESTIONS ABOUT SIN AND GOOD VS. EVIL
Week Four: FINAL BIG QUESTIONS PANEL TO ANSWER ANY REMAINING QUESTIONS

We started off this series by asking everyone to ask questions anonymously and everyone asked something vital to faith. This month I would encourage you to ask your children about what question(s) they asked and talk with them about it. As well as asking them after each Elevate what they learned that night. Please feel free to ask Bryan, Seab, and Katlyn about any questions that you have.