Here’s what we’ll be talking about on January 21:
Elementary – God Awakens
II Kings 22-23 (King Josiah)
This week we’ll read in God’s Big Story about Josiah, a boy who God made king over His people when he was only 8 year old. Imagine that! Your third grader, king over an entire nation!
Josiah’s heart was tender towards God, and Scripture says that when he heard God’s Word read, “he tore his robes.” (II Kings 22:11) God awakened Josiah’s heart to renew the covenant with His people, to get rid of the idols that were worshipped and celebrate a nationwide Passover. God used Josiah to lead a renewal throughout the entire nation!
As believers, we have the Holy Spirit within us who teaches us God’s Word and prepares our hearts to be awakened by it. The Holy Spirit helps us to want to obey God and follow His leading, just like Josiah.
How can we help kids learn to understand the Holy Spirit’s voice and respond in obedience? I’d love to hear your ideas!
Preschool– God is Our Shepherd & King
II Samuel 5; Psalm 23 (David Crowned King)
God’s people, the Israelites, had a hard time getting along, and they couldn’t agree. God had a plan to bring His chosen people back together. He chose a new king, one who would rule Israel following God’s commands. He chose a king who would lead by the example Go set—a shepherd king.
God told David, “You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will be come their ruler” (II Samuel 5:2b). David not only led the people, but he fed them spiritually. Through his guidance, Israel’s focus was pointed toward God once more.
Preschoolers can learn that God is not only King of Kings, but He is our Shepherd—taking care of us, feeding us, guiding us—all of our lives.
2 Year Olds – Jesus is God (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41)
Calming the Storm—Foundational Truth: God Loves Me
Who is Jesus? Ask a 2 year old, and you’re bound to get some interesting answers!
Jesus asked His own disciples this same question, “Whom do men say that I am?” (Mark 8:27; Matthew16:13)
This week we’ll hear about a terrible storm. Where was Jesus during the storm? Asleep! His disciples were terrified! They woke Jesus up asking, “don’t you care if we drown?”
Jesus did care! He showed the disciples that He is God and has power over nature.
Jesus cares about us too! Help your little ones understand that Jesus knows and cares when we are scared and will help them too.
Kids Quest Offering
Our offerings this past Sunday came to $16.07 bringing our total offerings this year to $31.48.
The children shared a few ideas on Sunday. We’ll keep you posted on what they decide to do to love others with their offerings.
Register Today!: Basics Waypoint - January 21
This Waypoint will give parents of 3rd to 6th graders the opportunity to clearly present the Gospel to their kids. We then will have the opportunity to talk together about Believer’s Baptism and the taking of the Lord’s Supper. We encourage families to participate in this Waypoint as part of the process of preparing for Baptism. Our next baptism services will be held Sunday, January 28. Register for Basics HERE!
MOSAIC is Coming!
Would you like to help your kids learn what prayer is, and the importance of prayer in their life? Plan now to join me at MOSAIC—Sunday, February 11th from 10:30-11:30am. It will be a fun, interactive time of learning and growing for elementary kids and their parents! Register HERE!
Children’s Ministries Director
Energizing the Next Generation to Love God,
Love Others and Make Disciples