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.
For the past few months, we have been really excited to see kids genuinely sharing their struggles with each other. The Younger Students teachers really strive to create a safe environment and to model transparency while also showing the kids how to respect and love each other through whatever they are going through. We believe that this is a very important part of discipleship. We want our students to develop relationships with Jesus that will survive the challenges of adolescence and adulthood, and we believe that transparency and asking questions are necessary to develop that relationship. It is truly a joy to watch them learn and grow and make their faith their own.
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 Can’t I Sleep In?
Sunday, March 3
Grapple Question: Why Do I Have to Go?
Kids Learn: Encountering God in Community
Dig Into the Bible: Luke 4:14-16; Colossians 1:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25
Have you ever had this happen to you on a Sunday morning? As you’re struggling to get the kids up and out of the house, your preteen asks the inevitable question: “Why do we even have to go to church?” And you respond with your most respectful and understanding tone of voice, “Because I said so!”
Think about why it’s important to you that your kids go to church. Is it because you want them to hang out with their friends, so your neighbors will see you going to church as a family, or because you hope your kids will listen to their Sunday school teachers even if they won’t listen to you? Or is it because you realize that some of the most powerful life-changing moments happen in the midst of other Christians, while listening to a friend share about a tough situation, for example, or worshiping in a large group? Find a quiet time (not on your way out the door to church!) to talk to your preteen about the importance of experiencing God in community. It’s all about growing in relationship with God and others.
Sunday, March 10
Grapple Question: Why Are There So Many Churches?
Kids Learn: The Church Is the Body of Christ
Dig Into the Bible: John 17:20-23; Romans 16:16-17; 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 12:12-31
Many people focus on the differences between churches. But the real message Jesus gave us is that we are all one church. First Corinthians 1:10 says, “Live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”
Talk to your family about ways to work together with people from other churches. Maybe you will think of a few families in your neighborhood who go to different churches and invite them to your home for dinner. Remember that as Christians we need to work together as the body of Christ.
Sunday, March 17
Grapple Question: What Am I Supposed to Do at Church?
Kids Learn: The Purpose of Church
Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 22:37-40; 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:6-12; Ephesians 3:8-12; 4:11-13
Being part of a church community serves a lot of different purposes. We develop a sense of belonging, learn about Jesus together, and have an opportunity to learn about the gifts God has given each of us.
Romans 12 explains that everyone has different spiritual gifts—gifts of encouragement, teaching, giving, showing kindness, and so on. As a parent, you probably already see some unique qualities emerging in your preteen. Send your child an email or text message today to point out a character trait that makes your child unique and special. If your child doesn’t have an email account or cellphone, write a card or simply tell your child about the unique and special character trait you see. Encourage your son or daughter to use that gift to tell others about Jesus.
Sunday, March 24
Grapple Question: Why Is Church So Long?
Kids Learn: Church Practices
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 100:1-3; Luke 22:19-20; 2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Timothy 2:8, 4:13
Do your kids complain about how much time you spend at church each week? Do this object lesson as a family to remind everyone of the importance of spending time with God each week.
Measure and cut a rope or string to make it 168 inches long (that’s how many hours are in a week). Then attach a 1-inch piece of masking tape to the string (one hour is the average length of a church service). Stretch the string out so your family can see it. Then read Psalm 150 as a family. Spending time at church is just one small opportunity to worship God. Talk about how you could spend the other 167 hours a week praising him!
New Unit | God’s Enemies
Sunday, March 31
Grapple Question: What’s Satan Trying to Do?
Kids Learn: Satan Has a Plan
Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 4:1-11; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8-9
Don’t you get frustrated when you’re driving somewhere, only to run into a detour along the way? You have an idea of where you want to go, but you’re sent in a different direction. Satan has a plan to detour us away from the path we’re on. When he sees that we’re going Jesus’ way and following God’s directions, Satan devises strategies to get us off course.
As you and your preteen are driving around town this week, watch for detour signs. No construction in your area right now? Surprise your preteen and create your own detour by taking a different route to a familiar place. Talk about Satan’s plans to divert our lives, and how to keep on track when that happens.
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