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 April, the Younger students class has been talking about God’s enemies. Kids have been asking lots of questions, which we love! We strongly encourage our kids to think for themselves and to make their faith their own. They have been asking questions like, “Did God create evil?” and “Why do people believe in the Big Bang?” They are definitely keeping us on our toes!
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 | Take A Risk
Sunday, May 5
Grapple Question: What if I Don’t Like It?
Kids Learn: God is good.
Dig Into the Bible: Exodus 16:1-15; Deuteronomy 1:26-46; Psalm 116:1-8; Romans 8:28
Do you have picky eaters in your family? This week, serve a few different foods that no one in your family has ever tried before (exotic fruits are a good place to start). Encourage everyone to take one bite to see if they like it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the hardest thing God asked us to do was to eat unusual foods? God has lots of ideas in mind for us, including many that seem risky or strange. Read Romans 8:28 as a family: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Talk with your preteen about something you did in the past that you didn’t want to do, and share how God used that situation for good.
Sunday, May 12
Grapple Question: What if I fail?
Kids Learn: God is full of grace.
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Kings 8:44-51; Matthew 17:14-20; 26:31-35, 69-75; John 21:15-19; Philippians 3:12-14
Explore this question with your preteen: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Try out for the Olympics? Sing a solo in your school play? Climb Mount Everest?
Fear of failure holds us back from trying a lot of things. But God is full of grace! Even when we mess up, he loves us. Read Philippians 3:12-14 with your preteen. Then encourage your preteen to make a commitment to try one risky thing this week (invite a friend to church, post Bible verses on his or her desk or locker, and so on). Check in with your preteen at the end of the week to see how it went!
Sunday, May 19
Grapple Question: What if I give up?
Kids Learn: God doesn’t give up on us.
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Kings 19:1-13; Psalm 42; 2 Timothy 2:3-13
How does your preteen react when you catch him or her lying, cheating, or in other sins? Aloof? Remorseful? Afraid of disappointing you?
Even when we mess up, God doesn’t give up on us. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” Practice that kind of unconditional love for your preteen this week by forgiving your son or daughter for a time they’ve messed up recently. Remind your preteen that forgiveness ultimately comes from God, so encourage your preteen to ask God to wipe the slate clean, too.
Sunday, May 26
Grapple Question: What if I get hurt?
Kids Learn: God is a refuge.
Dig Into the Bible: Job 1:12-22; Psalms 23:1-4; 31:14-22; Jeremiah 29:11
School shootings. Car accidents. Terrorist attacks. When we experience danger, pain, or fear, it’s often difficult to understand how God can allow that situation to happen. Trusting God in those times can be a real test of our faith. We want to put our whole life, and the lives of our kids, in God’s hands, but what if we (or they) get hurt?
We may never fully know why God allows bad things to happen. But we can trust that he is with us during tragedy. Talk with your preteen about different situations where people have been hurt. Then together, ask God to help you trust him to be a refuge and to keep you safe when things around you are a mess.
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