Renew Kids: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 (Learning Together)

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.

Renew Kids

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)
  • (approximate ages for guiding parents as they choose which class is best for their child)

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:

Let’s …

  1. Honor & obey our leaders
  2. Listen respectfully to God & others
  3. Keep our bodies to ourselves

This Week’s Family Verse (Trust in the Lord)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
—Proverbs 3:5-6

Listen:

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 #5: Trust in the Lord.

Primary Class 

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.”
—Ephesians 2:8

Session Focus: Jesus’ Ressurection

Bible Passage:  Matthew 28:1-15; John 20:1-18

Main Point: Jesus is alive.

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:   Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but He rose from the dead and is alive! God raised Jesus from the dead to be the King over everything. Jesus rescues us from sin and promises that we will live forever with Him.

Challenge Class

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.

Challenge Study

This week we will be continuing our study on the Gospel of Luke and will focus on Luke 2:1-25. This part of Luke focuses on the birth of Jesus and Jesus being presented at the temple. The Challenge Class will also be memorizing the Seeds of Worship song Trust in the Lord.

Scripture Memory Verse (Trust in the Lord)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
—Proverbs 3:5-6

Discussion:

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.

Ideas:

  • 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:

  1. Memorize the scripture verse for their Challenge Class
  2. Study the Bible at home
  3. Draw a picture of something they learned in the bible
  4. Learn a new story from the Bible
  5. Draw or Write in their prayer/thankfulness journal
  6. Pray or Read a Psalm during the week
  7. Bring their Bible to class

The Challenge Class rejoins the Sunday gathering for communion and worship.

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