Hey Sound City families,
Each week our Younger Students class gathers to learn and grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. Over the next several weeks your child(ren) (4th and 5th grades) will be having a ton of fun as well as grappling with some tough topics and digging into what God's Word teaches about living in today's world. We are excited to help your children to better know, love, and live for Jesus. Below is a breakdown of where we are going over the next several weeks.
New Unit | What's The Point?
Sunday, August 12
Grapple Question: Why did God create me?
Kids Learn: Friendship with God
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 139:1-12; Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 2:10
What’s your favorite thing about your child? Why not come up with a top-10 list of great stuff about your son or daughter? It’s easy for your child to forget in the midst of braces and Oxy 10 that God loves each of us, zits and all, and wants to have a friendship with us. God knows us through and through. The preteen years are full of fickle friends and insecurities—it’s great to have a friend like God…and a parent like you!
Sunday, August 19
Grapple Question: How come I'm not perfect?
Kids Learn: Self-Acceptance and God’s Unconditional Love
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 1:26-27, 31; Psalm139:13-16; Romans 8:35-39
Now is a great time to drag out those ridiculous junior high pictures you vowed would never again see the light of day. Encourage your son or daughter by sharing a laugh over your huge glasses or that Space Age mullet. Your preteen may not look like a movie star, but that’s okay. Continually remind your child that you’re crazy about him or her—and so is God.
Sunday, August 26
Grapple Question: Why Didn’t God Make Us Like Robots?
Kids Learn: Love Without Choice Isn’t Love at All
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 2:8-17; 3:1-6; Deuteronomy 30:15-20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-17
It’s difficult as a parent to watch your child make a bad choice or fail in some way. There’s always the temptation to micromanage or live your life through your kids. Finding a balance between protection and dictatorship is tricky! But giving your kids choices is an important part of building a relationship that’s healthy, secure, and loving. Whenever possible, give your kids opportunities to make safe choices they can feel great about.
Sunday, September 2
Grapple Question: What Does God Want From Me?
Kids Learn: God’s Purpose for My Life
Dig Into the Bible: Proverbs 3:1-6; Micah 6:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
You probably established house rules pretty early on: sleeping in late on Saturdays—okay; eating bean dip in the bathtub—not okay. It’s comforting to have boundaries and know what’s expected of us. The Bible sets clear boundaries for us. It also gives us lofty standards to live by. But God has empowered us through his Holy Spirit to do what he asks of us. Show your child how much you believe in him or her by setting rules and goals together. List what you’d like to accomplish in the next couple of days, by the end of the week, two weeks from now. Challenge each other to stick with it.
Thank you for taking the time to review what your kids will be learning in church for the next several weeks. Our goal is to partner with you, the parents, in helping every child to know, love, and live for Jesus.
For God's glory,
The Kids Ministry Team