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.
During the month of March, the Younger students class has been talking about church, why we do it, and how Jesus is the head and we are the body, and as the body our goal is to help each other love and obey Jesus more. We talked about what the kids feel they’re gifted at then figured out how they could use their gifts to serve and encourage others. For example, a couple of kids said their talent was drawing and we talked about how it can be so encouraging to plan ahead and make a drawing for someone because it shows you were thinking of them. When we encourage others it frees them up to worship Jesus more easily. Some other kids mentioned how they’re friendly to others and we made the point that it can be really awkward in YS when you don’t come all the time and how the friendly-gifted kids can be intentional about making others feel welcome. The kids were really interactive at talking about their gifts and how they could use them to serve. Overall it’s been really encouraging to our hearts as teachers to be able to talk about why we actually come this place each week and how the kids can actually be active participants as we share the love of Jesus with each other.
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 | 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.
Sunday, April 7
Grapple Question: Why aren’t other religions okay?
Kids Learn: Jesus is the only way
Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 7:13-23; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 1 John 5:1-12
With hundreds of different religions in the world (not to mention all the different denominations and beliefs there are even among Christians!), sometimes we forget the main foundation of our faith: Having a relationship with Jesus is the only way to salvation.
It’s important to know about other religions so we can discuss our beliefs intelligently. With your preteen, write down five questions you have about other religions. Then together type “compare religions” into an Internet search engine, and find a site that answers some of the questions you have.
Sunday, April 14
Grapple Question: How can so many people ignore God?
Kids Learn: Pride makes us ignore God
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Samuel 3:1-11; 2 Chronicles 33:10-13; Job 33:14-18; 2 Corinthians 5:21–6:2; James 4:4-10
People ignore God for so many reasons—they don’t believe in God, they don’t know how to listen for God to speak, or they’re so used to God taking care of them that they take God for granted.
Is there an area in your life where you’re ignoring God? Take a minute to pray and ask God to reveal himself to you. Then talk to your son or daughter about the lessons God is teaching you, and listen to what your preteen is learning, too!
Sunday, April 21
Easter: No YS Class
Sunday, April 28
Grapple Question: Why don’t all people want God?
Kids Learn: Rebellion leads us away from God
Dig Into the Bible: Numbers 16:1-11, 23-35; Joshua 24:14-18; Isaiah 53:1-8
When it comes down to it, life is really all about choices, isn’t it? You’ve been giving your preteen the opportunity to make choices since you let your daughter pick her own outfit at age two, or since you gave your son cereal options for breakfast when he was a toddler. Teaching your preteen to make wise decisions isn’t just to prepare him or her for adulthood. It’s also in preparation for eternity. Because God gives us the freedom to choose to follow him, in the end your son or daughter will have the responsibility of making that choice for himself or herself.
Spend a few moments praying for your preteen. Ask God to help your preteen make wise decisions and to give you the strength to be a good example as a parent.
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