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-2), Primary (ages 3-6), and Challenge (ages 6-10).
This week’s Family Verse
I tell you,
you can pray for anything,
and if you believe that you’ve received it,
it will be yours.
—Mark 13:33 (Jesus)
On Sunday June 19th, we are inviting the Primary and Challenge classes to join us in ‘big church’ for a shared to experience to learn together through the STORY Catechism. This kicks off #RenewSummer as we all learn together the story of the Gospel. We’re anticipating this special season! Find out more in the video below:
Our curriculum for the Primary class comes from The Gospel Project for Kids and systematically teaches the stories of the Bible starting in Genesis and finishing in Revelation. We are currently studying the Old Testament going from Creation through the life of Joseph.
Unit Focus: The Ten Commandments: Love Others
As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God’s perfect holiness. God also gave rules for worship. God’s laws show that no one can keep all of them perfectly and that the only way to be right with God is through faith in Jesus.
Unit Key Passage
For I, the Lord, am the one that brought you up out of Egypt, that I might be your God. Therefore you must be holy because I am holy. —Leviticus 11:45
Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12-17
Main Point: God gave rules about loving others.
Big Picture Question: Who can keep God’s law. No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
- Who wrote the Ten Commandments? (God)
- On what did God write the Ten Commandments? (two stone tablets)
- What are the last six commandments about? (God gave rules about loving others)
- Name some of the commandments you learned?
Christ Connection: God’s rules tell us what it looks like to be perfect. Everyone has sinned. No one is perfect except for Jesus. Jesus loves everyone perfectly. He loves people so much he died to take away our sin.
The Challenge Class is currently studying the Gospel of Mark. Mark emphasizes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus announced the Kingdom of God, healed the sick, and died as a ransom for sinners. Three main groups of people are focused on in Mark: the disciples, the crowds, and the religious leaders, none of whom understood Jesus. In the Challenge Class we focus on learning to study and read the bible and learn what God is trying to tell us through scripture.
Gospel for Asia Project
The Challenge Class has successfully earned a pair of goats for a family through Gospel for Asia. How did they earn this? Every week the kids in the Challenge Class have had the opportunity to earn marbles to fill up a jar in order to earn a pair of goats for the Gospel for Asia Ministry. How did they earn marbles?
The Challenge Class earned marbles in these ways:
- Memorized the scripture verse for the Challenge Class
- Studied the Bible at home
- Drew a picture of something they learned in the bible
- Learned a new story from the Bible
- Learned the books of the Old Testament
This week we will be continuing in the Gospel of Mark and will be focusing on Mark 13:1-37 and we will continue learning the books of the Old Testament. This section of Mark focuses on Jesus foretelling the destruction of the temple and the signs of the close of the age. Jesus also uses a fig tree as a picture of how they will know end times are coming and gives them warning about “staying awake” since no one will know the day or the hour of his return.
Scripture Memory Verse
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. —Mark 13:33
In the Challenge Class we really encourage the kids to ask questions and think about how the scripture is alive for them today. We would really like encourage the parents to continue to model this at home with open ended questions about the scripture we are studying. The goal of the Challenge Class is for the kids to be able to read and study the bible themselves with the help of their parents and teachers as they grow in Christ.
Hannah Hoover and the World Race
Two weeks ago Hannah joined the Challenge Class to show them her new gear for her World Race Mission Trip beginning in October. She also shared some of her hopes and fears and ways the kids can be praying for her. 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
Encouragement for the Parents
Isn’t it funny how
day by day
but when you look back
everything is different… —C.S. Lewis