In our desire to equip parents as they “train their children up in the way they should go,” we have created a blog series to communicate the lessons our kids will be learning each Sunday, family verses to memorize together, and resources to help you as the parent to disciple your children.
The word “disciple” means to intentionally impact the life of someone in the direction of being more like Jesus.
Disciples follow Jesus and help others follow Him too.
Every week faithful servants enter into this discipleship process with the children in Renew Kids. Their are three classes every Sunday: Nursery (ages birth-3), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-9).
This Week’s Story Catechism (Creation: The Garden of Eden)
This week we continue our Summer adventure in the Story Catechism. Take it with you!
The second chapter of the Story Catechism is about the Garden of Eden:
At the beginning of the story there is a garden.
The garden is called Eden.
Eden was a place where everything was in its right and proper place.
And God said it is good.
It was good because God is good and he was there.
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Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and will immerse our kids in the gospel through every story, theological concept, and call to mission from Genesis to Revelation. Ultimately, the gospel message changes everything; heart transformation can only take place when our children experience the gospel. Through The Gospel Project for Kids, our kids will understand the Bible is not just a collection of stories, but one unified story—God’s story of redemption.
Unit Focus: Jesus the Storyteller
Jesus told parables, or stories, to help people understand what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus’ parables show what it looks like to live in God’s kingdom where Jesus reigns supreme. One day, these stories will become our reality when Jesus returns and reverses the curse of sin.
Unit Key Passage:
When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
Session Focus: The Unmerciful Servant
Bible Passage: Matthew 18:21-35
Main Point: God shows mercy to us so that we will show mercy to others.
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
Christ Connection: Nothing we do is enough to pay the debt we owe God and take away God’s punishment for our sin. Jesus came and died on the cross to pay for our sin and take the punishment we deserve. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin completely. We can forgive others because God has greatly forgiven us greatly.
The Challenge Class will be meeting once a month during the summer: June 4th, July 9th, and August 6th
This week the kids will be joining everyone in the regular Sunday gathering but will be continuing their study of the Psalms throughout the summer. The book of Psalms is filled with songs and prayers offered to God by the nation of Israel. The Psalms are very diverse, some of them explode with praise to God, while others reveal the troubled heart of a mourner. They are unified in the fact that they are centered upon the one and only Living God. Over the summer we will be challenging the kids to read the first 41 Psalms and memorize one of the Psalms.
Mission in Uganda
Working with Paul Hunter from Next Generation Ministries, he has found the Challenge Class a new mission in Uganda.
David is a young boy that is 12 years old who lives in Uganda and had his leg amputated as an infant. The Challenge Class is working on helping David buy a prosthetic leg in a couple of years when he is ready. How will they do this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar and every marble they earn will be worth $2 a piece to go towards David’s new leg. How do they earn marbles?
The kids in Challenge Class can earn marbles in these ways:
- Memorize the scripture verse for their Challenge Class
- Study the Bible at home
- Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
- Learn a new story from the Bible
- Draw or Write in their prayer/thankfulness journal
- Pray or Read a Psalm during the week
Hannah Hoover and the World Race
We heard from our own Hannah Hoover about her joining the World Race beginning in October. (She’s in Chile now!) The Challenge Class is excited to follow her during this journey and are committing to praying for her regularly. Here is the link to her blog: Hannah Hoover