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 | Why In The World?
Sunday, December 2
Grapple Question: What Difference Can I Make?
Kids Learn: Serving Others
Dig Into the Bible: Mark 10:42-45; Luke 10:38-42; Romans 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:5-11
Young children tend to be egocentric—feeling like the world revolves around them. But preteens are starting to become aware that there are other countries and cultures around the world—many without adequate food, water, and shelter. Your child might become overwhelmed by the thought of trying to help so many hurting people. How can one person make a difference?
Think of a time one person made a difference in your life. Maybe a teacher, youth leader, pastor, friend, or family member has made a big impact on you. Share that experience with your preteen to remind him or her that one person can make a difference.
Sunday, December 9
Grapple Question: Why Can’t Countries Get Along?
Kids Learn: Pursuing Peace
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 26:12-22; 1 Chronicles 28:1-3; 2 Chronicles 26:1-8; Romans 12:18-21; James 4:1-3
Turn on the news or flip open a newspaper—you don’t have to look very far to find something about people not getting along (both domestically and internationally). At the heart of many of these feuds are cultural differences. Your child is at a perfect age to become aware of and appreciate cultural diversity. Talk to him or her about cultural differences seen at school or in your community. Or better yet—find events in your area (think food, holiday celebrations, music, dance, and so on) that celebrate different cultures. Make plans to attend one or two as a family. During your drive home from the event, talk about what you saw that was similar to or different from your own family’s culture, and what you can learn from those experiences.
Sunday, December 16
Grapple Question: Why Isn’t There Enough to Go Around?
Kids Learn: Sharing With Others
Dig Into the Bible: 2 Samuel 12:1-9; Acts 4:32-37; 2 Corinthians 8:10-15; 9:7-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12
Take this two-part challenge with your family this week.
Challenge One: Cut down on your trash! Before your trash is picked up this week, count the number of bags to be discarded. See if you can cut down by at least one bag of trash next week (by recycling, donating gently used items, or just being less wasteful).
Challenge Two: Share your resources! There are many organizations that collect food and money to distribute to needy people—locally, nationally, and overseas. Pick one and give back!
Sunday, December 23
Grapple Question: Is Our Environment Really Falling Apart?
Kids Learn: Responsibility For Creation
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 2:8-15; Psalm 115:15-16; Romans 8:19-22; Hebrews 4:13
In the past few years, ongoing research has shown how bad our environment is getting. And God calls us to help take care of that environment. But how can your family help?
Sit down and brainstorm ways your family can reduce waste and energy use. Some ideas include: using canvas bags for grocery shopping, turning off lights you’re not using, and carpooling to work or school. Can you come up with at least 10 different ideas? Then challenge each family member to commit to doing at least one of those things during the next week.
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