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 Family Verse (Carry It On)
Being confident of this,
that He who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion
until the day of Christ Jesus.
Family Verses & Scripture Songs
All this year we’re connecting Scripture meditation (memory verses) to singing. Music is a great way to help us memorize and to have fun doing it. Our family verses will be from the Seeds Family Worship. We are currently on Seeds of Faith song #11 (Carry It On).
- links for Seeds of Faith (Volume 2): Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes | Amazon Music | Seeds Family Worship website | all Seeds of Worship albums on Spotify | all Seeds of Worship albums on Amazon
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: God the Son
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem, He grew up and began to prepare for His ministry. Jesus demonstrated from a young age that He understood His role as God’s Son. When Jesus was baptized, God confirmed His sonship. Jesus was subsequently tempted by Satan, but He did not sin.
Unit Key Passage:
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
—1 Timothy 1:15
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-56
Main Point: God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother.
Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
1. Who told Mary she was going to have a baby? (the angel Gabriel; Luke 1:26-27,31)
2. Mary was engaged to be married to whom? (Joseph, Luke 1:27)
3. How did Mary feel about the angel’s announcement? (afraid, deeply puzzled; Luke 1:29)
4. What did the angel say the baby’s name would be? (Jesus, Luke 1:31)
5. The angel said the baby would be whose Son? (God’s Son; Luke 1:32,35)
6. Who else did the angel say was going to have a baby? (Mary’s relative Elizabeth, Luke 1:36)
7. What special role would Elizabeth’s baby have? (He was going to be the messenger who would prepare the way for the Messiah, Luke 1:17)
8. What did Elizabeth’s baby do when Mary came to the house? (He leaped for joy, Luke 1:41)
9. How did Mary praise God? (with a song, Luke 1:46-55)
Christ Connection: Mary was willing to follow God’s plan, even though being Jesus’ mother would not be easy. Mary wanted to bring praise to God. Likewise, Jesus brought praise to His Father by willingly dying on the cross to save people from sin.
The Challenge Class is doing a 7 week study on the Armor of God. Every kid has been given an activity book to use in class and take home each week. In the activity book their will be a focus on that week’s armor, activities and puzzles, a place to help them pray each week, and places for them to write what they are learning. The second week is focused on The Belt of Truth: Knowing God and His Standard.
Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest.
This week the Challenge Class will be studying meeting 2 in the Armor of God for Kids. The purpose of the study this week is so that kids can…understand that God’s Word is true…discover ways to follow and obey God’s Word as He wants …learn the importance of making a commitment to uphold God’s truth…trust God to forgive them when they disobey God’s Word.
Scripture Memory Verse (Carry It On)
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
In the back of the kid’s activity book their is a parent’s guide that is a great resource to continue what they have been learning in class. Take the time this week to go through it with them and learn together.
Mission in Uganda
Working with Paul Hunter from Next Gen Ministries, he has found the Challenge Class a new mission in Uganda.
David is a young boy about 12 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
- Bring their Armor of God book to class
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 Botswana 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