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.
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Sunday, November 4
Grapple Question: Is It Okay If I Don’t Get Caught?
Kids Learn: Integrity—Who I Am When No One’s Looking
Dig Into the Bible: Acts 5:1-11; 1 Timothy 1:18-19; 1 John 2:3-6
“Do as I say, not as I do.” How many times have you wanted to say that to your child when caught in an awkward action? Your kids probably learn more from how you live than from what you try to teach them with your words, so be careful to set an example of integrity for them. Be careful that your speech and your actions are consistent with each other and that both consistently teach the values you want your kids to learn. Even if you think no one’s looking, your kids are—and they’re deciding how they’ll act when no one’s looking based on your actions.
Sunday, November 11
Grapple Question: Is It Okay if Nobody Gets Hurt?
Kids Learn: Sin Hurts Me; It Hurts You; It Hurts God
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 32:1-5; Romans 5:12; Galatians 6:7-10; Ephesians 4:30
Preteens generally deal with the feelings of guilt and shame that come as a consequence of sin in one of two ways. Either they suppress and deny those feelings, or they become overwhelmed by them. Suppressor/deniers are the ones who will claim that their actions have not hurt anyone, least of all themselves. Kids who are overwhelmed by their feelings need to be led to repentance and assurance of the complete forgiveness of their sins. Talk with your preteen this week about the consequences of sin and God’s amazing forgiveness.
Sunday, November 18
Grapple Question: Is It Okay if I Was Trying to Help?
Kids Learn: Motives: God Looks at the Heart
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 16:2; 20:27; Jeremiah 17:10; Philippians 1:12-18
This week, tell your child about a time you did something with pure motives, but the results of your actions were disastrous. Have a good laugh together, and share other stories of times you or your child meant well but couldn’t quite pull off the desired results. Explain that it really is the thought that counts in such situations and that God looks at the motives and intentions of our hearts.
Sunday, November 25
Grapple Question: Is It Okay if My Friends’ Parents Say It’s Okay?
Kids Learn: Honoring My Parents
Dig Into the Bible: Deuteronomy 5:16; Proverbs 13:1; Mark 7:10-13; Romans 13:1; Colossians 3:20
This week create guidelines with your child for staying over at friends’ homes. What things do other parents have authority to decide? Discuss rules about junk food and soda, what kind of TV and movies your preteen may watch, Internet and video-game use, curfews, and so on. Will you have the same rules no matter where your child stays? When should your child call to consult you? Clear guidelines will head off most problems.
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