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 the disciple-making process with Renew Kids.
There are now FOUR classes every Sunday:
- Nursery (birth-2yrs),
- Preschool (ages 3-4yrs),
- Primary (ages 5-7yrs), and
- Challenge (ages 8-10yrs)
All of us begin the gathering together to sing, listen, and pray as a whole church family.
These are the three simple rules we introduced for the whole church family. While we had kids in mind in the wording, these are really for everyone! You likely have varied rules in your home, yet in this shared space, as a church family, our rules are simply a three-fold invitation:
- Honor & obey our leaders
- Listen respectfully to God & others
- Keep our bodies to ourselves
This Week’s Family Verse (Follow Me)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
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 Purpose, with song #6: Follow Me.
- links for Seeds of Purpose (Volume 4): Bandcamp | Spotify | 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: Jesus the Savior
Soon after Jesus arrived in Jerusalem, He was betrayed, arrested, tried, and crucified. However, the darkest moment of the story became the brightest when Jesus rose from the dead to provide forgiveness for all of God’s people.
Unit Key Passage:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
Session Focus: The Emmaus Disciples
Bible Passage: Luke 24:13-35
Main Point: Jesus taught that all the Scriptures point to Him.
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus die on the cross? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, and He is alive today.
Christ Connection: The whole Bible is about Jesus. When Adam and Eve sinned, God began working out His plan to send Jesus to rescue people from sin. All of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection—the time when Jesus would bring God’s promised salvation for sinners.
The Challenge Class will be continuing their study this week on the Gospel of Luke. Luke gives a detailed account about the birth of Christ and the theme of Luke’s gospel is Christ, the Son of Man, and it narrates many of those events that demonstrated Christ’s humanity. 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.
This week we will be continuing our study on the Gospel of Luke and will focus on Luke 2:25-52. This part of Luke focuses on prophesies and Jesus speaking with the teachers. The Challenge Class will also be memorizing the Seeds of Worship song Follow me.
Scripture Memory Verse (Follow Me)
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
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?
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 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
- Bring their Bible to class