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 | Choices, Choices, Choices
Sunday, February 3
Grapple Question: Who Should I Listen To?
Kids Learn: Finding Good Counsel
Dig Into the Bible: 2 Samuel 16:23–17:14; 1 Kings 12:1-15; Psalm 37:30-31; Proverbs 12:26
Who do you want your son or daughter to turn to for advice? Take a second to think about everything that influences him or her on a daily basis—movies, magazines, friends, teachers, relatives, youth leaders…and you. It would be easy for your preteen to become confused as he or she is bombarded with mixed messages every day.
Make sure your child has access to positive messages that support your parenting values. Invite other families from your church over for dinner. Subscribe to Christian teen magazines. Encourage your preteen to attend youth functions at your church. But most importantly, keep the lines of communication open by talking to him or her about choices, decisions, and the issues that are faced each day.
Sunday, February 10
Grapple Question: How Do I Know God’s Voice?
Kids Learn: Learning to Hear God
Dig Into the Bible: Judges 6:33-40; James 1:5-7; 3:17; 1 John 4:1-6
With all the noise and confusion going on in the world, how can you help your preteen learn to hear God?
Play this game as a family. Collect several objects that make noise (radios, cellphones, TVs, noisy toys, even buzzers from board games) and turn them all on in one room of your house. Then take turns whispering a sentence to the rest of the family from across the room. (Or play in the car—just crank up the radio and see if you can hear what the person in the back seat has to say!)
Discuss these questions:
• What was the hardest part of this game?
• What distracts us from hearing God’s voice?
• How can we tune in to God this week?
Sunday, February 17
Grapple Question: What if It Doesn’t Feel Wrong?
Kids Learn: Practicing Discernment
Dig Into the Bible: Proverbs 1:1-7; 3:21-26; Romans 14:20-23; Galatians 5:16-17
You probably talk to your kids about how you want them to respond to peer pressure and temptation. But you can’t always be there looking over your son’s or daughter’s shoulder, especially when they’re at school or other activities. How are you supposed to make sure they learn right from wrong when they spend so much time away from you?
Good news—God sent the Holy Spirit to be a constant guide. When your preteen feels a tug at his or her conscience, that’s the Holy Spirit nudging him or her toward the right decision or away from temptation. You can be reassured, knowing that you have a Parenting Partner to help your child make good choices.
Sunday, February 24
Grapple Question: What if I Mess Up?
Kids Learn: Recovering From Bad Choices
Dig Into the Bible: Numbers 15:22-31; Luke 22:55-62; Romans 7:15-20; 1 John 1:7-9
My daughter came home from school in tears last week because she’d been caught making fun of her bus driver. Looking back, she knew it wasn’t right and she felt guilty. Now she had to face the embarrassing consequences of apologizing to the driver and explaining to her principal what happened.
Everyone messes up—including parents. You can be a good example to your child of how to repair relationships after making bad choices. Start by apologizing to your kids when you know you have made a bad parenting decision. Your preteen will follow your example the next time he or she messes up.
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