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.
In the month of October, we will be getting new check-in equipment and software. You all have received a separate email about this change. The new equipment will be a kiosk with iPads on 3 sides, so you will notice right way when it’s in use. We will also begin using Planning Center, instead of Church Community Builder. Our experience so far is that Planning Center is much more user friendly, so we are hoping that you will all notice an improvement. Also, this is the perfect time to update your profile information (Address, birthdays, allergies, etc) in Planning Center. You will receive an additional email communication with your current profile information, and you will be able to contact the Kids Ministry team with any changes that need to be made.
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 | Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
Sunday, October 6th
Grapple Question: What would Jesus play on is iPod?
Kids Learn: God’s Guidelines for Making Good Music Choices
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Corinthians 6:12; 10:23; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:16-17
What would Jesus play on his iPod? Would he listen only to Christian music? Would it all be jazz, rock ’n’ roll, or heavy metal? Bring an empty chair into a conversation with your preteen about music. If Jesus were sitting in that chair, what would he add to the discussion? How would your preteen explain his or her choices to Jesus? If your child has an iPod, go online together to buy a new song for it. What does your preteen look for in music? Which bands are favorites? What types of lyrics do these bands sing? Trade playlists, and explain your choices. Reminisce about songs that were your favorites when you were a preteen. You might be surprised at how much you have in common!
Sunday, October 13th
Grapple Question: Is God a party pooper?
Kids Learn: God Encourages Celebration (Fun!)
Dig Into the Bible: Leviticus 23:6-8, 23-25, 33-36; Psalms 16:8-11; 21:1-6; Romans 13:13
The Old Testament tells us that God set aside days for celebration, and these days are still celebrated today in the Jewish tradition. The New Testament tells of parties, too. When Matthew became a disciple, Jesus asked him to throw a party so he could meet Matthew’s friends. Look in the Bible, and you’ll see plenty of parties. Jesus knew when to be very serious. He also knew when to party. So what does this mean for us today? Look for reasons to celebrate. Plan a party with your preteen, and invite Jesus to attend. Jesus wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives—including our celebrations. Find out just how much fun a celebration can be when you include Jesus!
Sunday, October 20th
Grapple Question: Can “being a Christian” ever be fun?
Kids Learn: Friendship With Jesus Is Fun
Dig Into the Bible: John 10:10; 15:15; Philippians 3:4-9
Can you imagine the twinkle in Jesus’ eye when he walked across the water to the disciples while they were in the boat? Or what about the time Jesus multiplied the bread and fish so everyone could eat. He told great stories and invited kids to sit on his lap. How often do you think Jesus laughed? Too often, our kids see only the serious side of our faith. Laugh at your mistakes, and rejoice in God’s sense of humor. Tell a joke or two. You and your preteen will both have fun with this. It’s great fun to be a Christian!
New Unit | Who is Jesus?
Sunday, October 27th
Grapple Question: What if Jesus is a liar?
Kids Learn: Jesus Is Always Truthful
Dig Into the Bible: Numbers 23:19; Mark 10:32-34; John 8:12-18, 44; Acts 5:26-42
Although this question may seem irreverent, a lot of kids are wondering about it. If they’re afraid to ask, they’ll never get help digging into the Bible to find the answer. What’s worse, if they truly believe Jesus is a liar, their faith is at risk. We want to encourage kids to ask the tough questions so they get the answers they need to develop their faith. And we want you to be involved. Dig into the Bible alongside your preteen to answer the tough questions. Remember: It’s OK to admit you don’t have all the answers.
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