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.
As you have heard, September 1st will be the first day of our school year. This means the Younger Students class will be saying goodbye to kids going into the 6th grace and will be welcoming the new 4th graders. We have passed out individualized letters to help remind you of where your child should go starting September 1st, but please talk to the Kids Ministry Team (Hannah Colvin, Jenn Ashby, Brittany Hackett, Stephanie Patrick, and Shane Patrick) or the service lead (Kelsie Braceros at the 9:00 and Stephanie Patrick at the 11:00) if you have questions. Kids going into 6th grade celebrated their last day in Younger Students on August 25th. They now transition into our Student Ministry, which meets on Wednesday nights at 6:45 at the church offices. This means, starting on September 1st, your child will be sitting with you in the main service on Sunday mornings.
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.
New Unit | Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
Sunday, September 1st
Grapple Question: Why Do My Parents Always Say No?
Kids Learn: God’s Direction to Parents: Boundaries=Love
Dig Into the Bible: Exodus 20:1-17; Jeremiah 5:22; Ephesians 6:1-4
How often are you told no? Don’t park here; don’t exceed this speed; you can’t have this job. It’s part of life, and none of us likes it. As parents, we often say no. It’s our job. Sometimes kids rebel purely because they think we always say no. The preteen years are tough because preteens see older kids doing lots of cool stuff they want to do, too, but can’t. Look for ways to say yes. When the answer must be no, look for a way to get your preteen to say it with you. Ask, “What kind of parent would say yes/no?” or “If I were the one asking you for permission to do this, what would you say?” or something similar.
Sunday, September 8th
Grapple Question: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Kids Learn: God’s Plan for Handling Family Conflict
Dig Into the Bible: Genesis 4:1-12; Psalm 133; Colossians 3:12-15
None of us is perfect—and how quickly our preteens can point that out to us! Kids at this age have a huge need for fairness and are quick to point out when something isn’t fair—at least in their eyes. And, they’re starting to see they can do things more independently; they’re testing their abilities. There’s no way to avoid conflict, especially with those you live with daily. However, you can try a biblical approach to conflict to help you and your preteen build an understanding and help you both navigate this interesting time in your lives. Read some of the folowing verses with your preteen to open up discussion about conflict in your relationship. Use these verses to talk about ways to deal with conflict in a manner that would please God. Read: Colossians 3:1-2; 1 Peter 3:11; and James 3:13-18.
Sunday, September 15th
Grapple Question: Why Can’t I Be an Only Child?
Kids Learn: God’s Plan for Loving Our Siblings
Dig Into the Bible: Matthew 10:16-22; John 21:15-19; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Sharing just doesn’t come easily for many preteens. And what preteens sometimes want from their parents is their undivided attention, affection, and resources. As kids mature, they learn that they need to share their parents’ attention and resources. The only parent capable of giving undivided attention is God. As parents we do our kids a favor when we admit our deep love for them as well as our limitations of time and resources. We can prepare them for the challenges of life by directing them to God, who will always have the time, unconditional love, and wisdom our kids really need no matter where they are or where we are.
Sunday, September 22nd
Grapple Question: Why Do I Have to Sit in the Back Seat?
Kids Learn: God’s Call to Sacrifice for Our Siblings
Dig Into the Bible: Luke 6:37-38; John 15:12-13; Philippians 2:3-11
Why do I have to sit in the back seat? Because it’s the law. Kids aren’t supposed to sit in the front seat until they weigh 80 pounds. But that’s not the point. We all have this need to be number 1, don’t we? We’ve learned to take numbers at the deli and line up at the box office, but we haven’t learned to like it. It’s no different in families—biblical or not. But God wants us to put others before ourselves. Share a personal story with your preteen about a time you sacrificed for a sibling or close friend. Talk about how that sacrifice affected your relationship. Applaud times when your preteen takes the back seat—literally and figuratively—and express how proud you are of your preteen.
New Unit | Kids Just Wanna Have Fun
Sunday, September 29th
Grapple Question: Why Can’t I Go to PG-13 Movies?
Kids Learn: God’s Guidelines for Making Good Movie Choices
Dig Into the Bible: Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8
We’re so much like computers, aren’t we? What we put in determines what comes out, and nothing can come out that hasn’t been put in. God allows us to choose what enters our minds, and we show our choices through what comes out of our mouths. Preteens like to make their own choices—and see how far they can push the envelope. This is a perfect time to challenge their decision making. Ask them to help determine the parameters for movie viewing. Involve them in open dialogue about why the movie industry provides labels, and then look seriously at what God has to say about what to watch. Kids at this age can make good choices if we give them the correct tools, but they still need your guidance.
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