We want to help you build the habit of discipling your children as you GO…Just like 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.”
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We aim to help by providing weekly updates to what’s being taught in each ministry, giving you the content to have at home, along with questions and activities for each Sunday’s lessons. As we begin to 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.
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See below for your relevant ministry’s updates…

(Preschool)

Genesis 21:5
This week we read the story about how baby Isaac was born and how he was promised to Abraham and Sarah. We learned about how God was faithful to keep his promises to Abraham and Sarah.

Memory Verse: “The Lord is faithful and will keep all of his promises.” Psalm 145:13

Talking points:
– Do you think it was easy or hard for Abraham and Sarah to wait for God’s promise to come true? Why do you think that?
– Do you think you could wait that long for God’s promise to come true?

Take Home Family Go Sheet available here

 

(Elementary)

Key Verse:  I know the plans I have for you, announces the Lord.  I want you to enjoy success.  I do not plan to harm you.  I will give you hope for the years to come.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIrV)

Activity: Pumpkin Slime
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has an amazing plan for our lives.  Even when something unfair or sad happens to us, we have to trust that God can use it as a part of His amazing plan.  In fact, if we look hard enough, we might even see how what we thought was unfair was actually good for us.  

Cut open a pie pumpkin.  The insides are gross and yucky.  They don’t seem useful for anything, BUT  follow this recipe:
https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/how-to-make-pumpkin-slime-with-real-pumpkin/

After you added the other ingredients and mixed them all together the icky mess was something you could actually play with!  It’s kind of like that with God.  Sometimes unfair, sad, icky  things happen, but if you keep on trusting God and following His plan for your life he will work things out for your good and for His glory!

Discussion:
We all have things happen in our lives that seem to be unfair.  A lot of times we just end up getting mad about it, but there’s another way we can respond.  Today we learned that we can trust God’s plan for our lives even when unfair things happen.

– When is the last time you wanted to yell, “That’s not fair!”?  Tell the group what happened and why you thought it was so unfair.
– What do you think it means that God has a plan for your life?
What are some of the wonderful things you think God might have planned for you?–

 

(Middle & Highschool)

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.