Pastoral note: During the weeks leading up to Advent, our friends with Story Catechism are journeying and reflecting on the character of God, filling in the blank: GOD IS _________.
You’re invited to join along » StoryCatechism.com/blog. He is inviting us to know Him; with invitation comes access.
(During the Advent season we will again reflect on the lessons and insights in the Advent Catechism.)
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 (Do Not Fear)
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Listen & sing along:
Seeds of Courage (Vol. 1) by Seeds Family Worship
Family Verses & Scripture Songs
We are trying something new for our family verses. 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 soon finish Volume 1 Seeds of Courage, and Do Not Fear is song #12 on that album. Next week we will be starting Seeds of Christmas!
- links for Seeds of Christmas: Spotify | iTunes | Amazon Music | Seeds Family Worship website | all Seeds of Worship albums on Spotify
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 through the life of Joshua all the way to the life of Samuel.
Unit Focus: God Judges His People
Because His people continually fell into a pattern of sin, God raised up judges to help refocus the people’s faith and trust in Him. God used the judges to help deliver His people from their enemies. While a judge was still alive, God saved the people from their enemies, but when the judge died, the nation would lapse back into sin and again need salvation through another judge.
Unit Key Passage
For the Lords is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver; the Lord is our king; he will save us. —Isaiah 33:22
Bible Passage: Judges 3:7-31
Main Point: God’s people turned from Him to worship idols.
Big Picture Question: How does God accomplish His plan? God uses people for His glory and our good.
1. Who was the first judge? (Othniel, Judg. 3:9)
2. Who was the second judge? (Ehud, Judg. 3:15)
3. Who was the third judge? (Shamgar, Judg. 3:31)
4. Who defeated the king of Aram? (Othniel, Judg. 3:10)
5. Who gave Israel 40 years of peace? (Othniel, Judg. 3:11)
6. Who hid a sword? (Ehud, Judg. 3:16)
Christ Connection: The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.
The Primary class will continue learning the song Silent Night this week. They will be singing along with the Challenge class in front of the church family on December 18th at the end of our regular church service. This is the version they will be learning and it would be great if they could practice at home:
The Challenge Class will begin studying the Advent Catechism this week as we enter into the Christmas season. 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.
A DISTANT PROMISE
In the beginning, God created everything, and it was: perfect.
Deceived, humanity rebelled against God and continued to walk in: brokenness.
God made a great promise to restore their relationship and atone for humanity’s: sin.
So God sent men to share His promise — these men were called: prophets.
The prophets proclaimed the promise of rescue, so God’s people: waited in hope.
Scripture Memory Verse (Refuge and Strength)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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.
- Where do we see the gospel in this Scripture?
- How does this scripture apply to your life?
- What does this scripture tell you about God?
- What did you learn this week?
The Challenge class will continue learning the ASL for the song Silent Night this week. They will be singing and signing along with the Primary class in front of the church family on December 18th at the end of our regular church service. This is the ASL they will be learning and it would be great if they could practice at home:
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 Nepal 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