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 May, the Younger Students have been really excited about the end of the school year and about moving to a new stage of life. Our 5th graders will be joining the Student Ministry this year, which kicks off with Summer Camp on July 10-14. It’s been fun to see the 5th graders hear about camp from the older kids and start to make plans and get excited for that. Summer Camp is always a rich, sweet time of deepening relationships with Jesus and with each other, and the Student leaders are so excited to get to know these students in a deeper way. Also, most of the Younger Students’ teachers are also Student leaders, so there will be lots of familiar faces there for them.
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 | What Really Matters?
Sunday, June 2
Grapple Question: Is being liked what matters?
Kids Learn: Focusing on God’s opinion.
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 139:17-18; Matthew 10:29-32; John 5:16-18, 36-44; 2 Corinthians 10:12-18; Galatians 1:10
Fitting in—wanting to have the right clothes, watch the right TV shows, and hang out with the right people—is growing increasingly important to your preteen. And the media your child sees (magazines, TV shows, commercials, and movies) just reinforces this message of the need to be liked and accepted.
Take a minute with your son or daughter to thumb through some magazines targeted at preteens and teens (companies are starting to target these age groups together). Check out Teen People, Teen Vogue, J-14, or other magazines your preteen might subscribe to or be interested in. Count how many references to popularity or fitting in you can find. Then read Romans 12:2 together. Remind your child that fitting in with God’s plan is more important than being liked.
Sunday, June 9
Grapple Question: Is being liked what matters?
Kids Learn: Being kind.
Dig Into the Bible: 2 Samuel 9:3-7; Jonah 3–4; Galatians 5:22-23; Colossians 3:12-13
Do you have a know-it-all in your life? Maybe it’s a co-worker who always offers advice you didn’t ask for, a neighbor who points out every flaw in your landscaping, or even a child or spouse who always has to have the last word. Galatians 5:22-23 points out, “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Sometimes, out of patience and kindness, we need to keep our opinions to ourselves. Talk to your son or daughter about a time you did just that, and encourage your preteen to always speak kind words to others—even when being honest.
Sunday, June 16
Grapple Question: Is being the best what matters?
Kids Learn: Being faithful.
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Philippians 3:12-14; 1 Timothy 4:6-12; Hebrews 11
Preteens can get pretty competitive. Some kids vie for the attention of teachers, coaches, and parents by pointing out how they are the best at something or by trying to outdo their peers. Sometimes we, as parents, get caught up in comparing our child’s talents and abilities to others, too. But God doesn’t need your child to be the best athlete or student or musician or painter. God is just looking for kids who are faithful to him. There are lots of examples of people in the Bible who weren’t the best—they were too weak, too old, or too young—but God still used them because they were faithful. This week, praise your kids for something they keep working at faithfully—even if they’re not the best at it.
Sunday, June 23
Grapple Question: Is being happy what matters?
Kids Learn: Being content.
Dig Into the Bible: 2 Corinthians 6:4-10; Philippians 4:11-14; Colossians 3:10-11
Companies pay big bucks to market to kids, mostly by sending the message that you can’t be happy without their product. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (commercialfreechildhood.org) reports that about $17 billion is spent annually on marketing to children and that children under 14 spend $40 billion each year.
Sit down to watch TV with your family tonight—but this time, don’t mute the commercials. Instead, work together to make a list of all the products that are advertised during the commercial breaks of a normal 30-minute prime-time TV show. Talk about the difference between being happy and being content (read Philippians 4:11-14 to get you started). Remind your preteen that having everything shown on TV wouldn’t make him or her happy—but it’s still possible to be grateful and content!
New Unit | What’s The Big Deal About Sin?
Sunday, June 30
Grapple Question: Am I really a sinner?
Kids Learn: All have sinned.
Dig Into the Bible: Luke 1:5-6, 18-20; Romans 3:10-13, 23; 5:6-11; 6:1-4; Hebrews 4:14-16
Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Spend some time in prayer today, allowing God to reveal some of your sins that have become bad habits for you. Then read John 3:16: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” By dying on the cross, Jesus proved that he is more powerful than all your sin! Now spend some time talking with your preteen about God’s amazing gift of forgiveness and his power over sin.
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