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 have a ton of fun, as well as grapple with some tough topics and dig into what God's Word teaches us about living as a follow of Jesus in today's world.
During the month of July, we spent time at Summer Camp with many of our kiddos who just finished 5th grade. They honestly shared struggles with each other, comforted each other, shared new things they were learning about God, and even learned how to compete while still loving each other well. It was so refreshing to see them growing into amazing men and women of God and gave us new excitement about leading our incoming 4th and 5th graders into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
We love helping your children to better know, love, and live for Jesus. Below is a breakdown of where we are going over the next several weeks.
Continuing Unit | What’s The Big Deal About Sin?
Sunday, August 4th
Grapple Question: If I’m Forgiven, What’s the Big Deal About Sin?
Kids Learn: Confessing Sin and Pursuing God
Dig Into the Bible: Psalms 32; 51; Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:12-15
There are some sins that don’t seem to be a big deal—a little white lie here, a small manipulation of the facts there. It doesn’t really hurt anyone, right? But even one little sin can affect our relationships with God and others. Tell your son or daughter about a time something turned out to be a bigger deal than you expected—maybe you fudged a little on your résumé and your boss found out, or maybe you told a friend you liked her awful new shirt and she ended up buying you the same one for your birthday. Remind your child that even “little” sins can have an impact.
New Unit | Relationships: Boy Meets Girl
Sunday, August 11
Grapple Question: Are We Really That Different?
Kids Learn: Uncommon Commonalities
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18-24; Galatians 3:26-28; 1 Timothy 2:8-15
As an adult, you can probably name a dozen differences between men and women—physical characteristics, personality tendencies, ways of handling problems. But your preteen may just be realizing all the differences between boys and girls. Think about what traits make your daughter special as a female, or what sets your son apart as a male. Maybe she is compassionate and gentle, or he is strong in handling tough situations. Tell your preteen that you’ve noticed and admire that trait. Remember that both genders are made in God’s image and are equally awesome!
Sunday, August 18
Grapple Question: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?
Kids Learn: Respect: Friendship First
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 39:6-20; Ruth 2; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Think back over your lifetime of dating relationships. What would you like your preteen to learn from your experiences? Not to fall in love too quickly? Not to hold back when the person is trustworthy? Your preteen is at the age when your experiences and opinions about the opposite gender can be especially influential. Have a chat (with age-appropriate details, of course) about your dating experiences over the years. What have you learned? What would you do differently if you could? What do you wish you’d known as a preteen? Opening the door of communication will help your preteen feel more comfortable when he or she has questions or concerns in the future.
Sunday, August 25
Grapple Question: What’s Really Okay?
Kids Learn: Appropriate Boundaries
Dig Into the Bible: Psalms 86:11; 119:9-16; Romans 13:12-14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 7:1
Ah, the dreaded “How far is too far?” question. It would be so much easier to think that your innocent preteen doesn’t need to know or care about boundaries with the opposite gender. Try this activity with your preteen. Create a line on the floor in the middle of the room by stretching out a piece of rope or yarn, or laying a broom handle across the floor. Stand with your preteen on one side of the room. As you talk about ways that guys and girls express affection (talking, holding hands, kissing, and so on), take steps toward the line together. As you approach the line and cross over it, define what “crossing the line” is. Give your preteen an opportunity to share his or her ideas, and then share your values. Now turn back around. As you walk together—away from the line back toward where you started—talk about ways to stay pure with the opposite gender.
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