This month elementary kids are learning about the virtue Compassion: caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. Our memory verse for the month is John 3:16: “For so God loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (NIV).

Here is a quick review of each week’s lesson and questions you can use to prompt talk around the dinner table with your kids at home:

Dec. 1/2
Bible Story: Gabriel appears to Mary (Luke 1:26-38)
Bottom Line: God saw our greatest need. Whose needs do you see?
Talk About It: When have you been so busy that you didn’t notice what was happening around you? How can we as a family make sure to focus on others?

Dec. 8/9
Bible Story: Jesus is born (Luke 2:1-7)
Bottom Line: God gave us the greatest gift. What will you give?
Talk About It: Whom do you know that loves you enough to sacrifice for you? What can you offer to people in need?

Dec. 15/16
Bible Story: Shepherds visit Jesus (Luke 2:8-20)
Bottom Line: God gave us great news. Who will you tell?
Talk About It: How does your knowledge and experience equip you to help your friends? When was a time you thought you were helping someone else, but you received just as much of a blessing?

Dec. 22/23
Bible Story: Wise men visit Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12)
Bottom Line: God loved you first. How will you love him?
Talk About It: How does it feel to help someone else? Have you ever looked back and realized you missed a chance to help someone? How did that feel?

P.S. Kid’s Quest missions projects are a simple and practical way your kids can put the virtue of Compassion into action. See details about our current Coats For Kids project on our missions webpage: