Elementary Summer Fun Days

This summer elementary kids will engage in a summer series by Empowering Living called “Living On The Edge.” The principles of Chip Ingram’s r12 series on Romans 12 are communicated to kids in a fun, relevant and life-changing way. Here is an overiew of the lessons:

Lesson 1: Loving God and Loving Others. Each child will learn the greatest commandment is to love God and love others. They will also hear how to have a personal relationship with God. Matthew 22:37-39
Lesson 2: I Surrender to God Daily. Through Abraham’s example, each child will learn to surrender to God’s plan for their life and to trust God daily. Romans 12:1
Lesson 3: Victory Over the World. Through Daniel’s example, each child will learn what it means to be changed into a person who really loves God and wants to serve Him daily. Romans 12:2
Lesson 4: I Learn to Be Humble. Each child will learn in a practical way what it means to be humble by looking at the life of Moses. They will learn to put others first. Romans 12:3
Lesson 5: Noticing the Needs of Others. Through the story of Jonathan and David, each child will understand the importance of friendship and serving others. Romans 12:10
Lesson 6: Giving Out Good When Things Get Bad. By learning about the life of Joseph, each child will understand the importance of showing forgiveness to others that have hurt them. Romans 12:21

This is a video-based teaching series with live worship and audience participation games. Check out the first video in the series at
http://vimeo.com/14414282.

Living on the Edge Elementary Series from Empowered Living on Vimeo.

As part of our summer programming, elementary kids will be divided into teams based on grade level:

  • Kindergarten/1st Grade: Courageous Captains
  • 2nd grade: Freedom Force
  • 3rd Grade: Thunder Agents
  • 4th Grade/5th Grade: Justice Defenders

Teams will be rewarded for their enthusiastic participation in Large Group, completion of summer take-homes, and coming dressed for these weekly Summer Fun Days:

  • July 5/6: Patriotic Day
  • July 12/13: Crazy Hat n’ Hair Day
  • July 19/20: Sports Day
  • July 26/27: Pajama Day
  • Aug 2/3: Beach Party Day
  • Aug 9/10: Camo Day
  • Aug 16/17: Pirate & Princess Day
  • Aug 23/24: Mismatch Day
  • Aug 30/31: Bible Hero Day

 

What’s Happening In Elementary

Elementary kids are continuing to Sail the C’s this month as we finish up the last 3 weeks of our summer series:

  • Aug 10/11 Compassion: Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • Aug 17/18 Commitment: Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
  • Aug 24/25 Celebration: John 10:10 (CEV) I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

If you’ve missed any of previous weeks, visit our Curriculum Resources page to download the Take-Home sheets which include recaps of the lessons and discussion questions.

Also “enter into the action” at home by making use of our Family EnterAction Guide, a booklet filled with daily activities to help reinforce the lessons. Guides are also on the Curriculum Resources page.

And finally, we invite your kids to partcipate in our remaining Summer Fun Days:

  • Aug 10/11: Superhero Day!
  • Aug 17/18: Pirate Day
  • Aug 24/25: Backwards Day

 

Elementary Summer Series

This weekend, July 6/7, elementary kicks off an exciting summer teaching series called Sailing the C’s. Sailing the C’s is an an eight-week video series teaching on 8 C’s: Character, Competence, Chemistry, Calling, Courage, Compassion, Commitment, and Celebration. Kids will enjoy watching hosts Craig, Natalie, and Alyssa as they sail on the ocean and learn about each C. Here’s an overview:

  • Lesson 1 Character: James 1:3-4 (NLT) For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.
  • Lesson 2 Competence: 2 Corinthians 3:5-6a (NIV) Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He made us competent as ministers.
  • Lesson 3 Chemistry: Romans 12:10 (NIV) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.
  • Lesson 4 Calling: Galatians 1:15 (GNT) But God in His grace chose me even before I was born, and called me to serve Him.
  • Lesson 5 Courage: Joshua 1:9 (NLT) I command you, be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
  • Lesson 6 Compassion: Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
  • Lesson 7 Commitment: Proverbs 16:3 (NLT) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
  • Lesson 8 Celebration: John 10:10 (CEV) I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

Watch the first video in the series which the kids will see this weekend.

Sailing the C’s Elementary Series from Empowered Living on Vimeo.

Our teaching time will also include dynamic worship to get kids moving and praising God and interactive team competition. Your kids can score big for their summer teams by participating in our Summer Fun Days, coming dressed for weekly themes.

Following Large Group kids will have time in Small Groups to discuss what they learned and apply it to their own lives. But the learning doesn’t have to stop when they leave Kid’s Quest! Each week kids will receive a take-home sheet with a recap of the lesson and “To Do At Home” questions to answer with their families. If they bring it back completed the following week, they’ll earn points for their team and receive a prize. If you ever miss a week, visit our Curriculum Resources page to get caught up.

Also “enter into the action” at home by making use of our Family EnterAction Guide, a booklet filled with daily activities to help reinforce the lessons. Guides are available with your child’s Small Group Leader.

Take The Determination Challenge!

This month elementary kids are learning about the virtue of Determination: deciding it’s worth it to finish what you’ve started. Our memory verse for the month is Hebrews 12:1b: Let us run with perserverance the race marked out for us (NIV).

We in Kid’s Quest believe that one thing that’s worth starting and finishing is intentional family discussions about what your kids are learning in Kid’s Quest and how they can put what they’ve learned into action. By partnering together, our combined influences can have a stronger spiritual impact on your child’s growing faith than what we can accomplish individually. So let’s do this!

We’d like to challenge your family to have 4 intentional conversations together. Just pick 4 meal times together to use the Talk About It questions we’ve provided below. You don’t have to go in order and if you missed a week at Kid’s Quest, that’s ok. Read the Bible Story together and then start talking!

Jan 5/6

  • Bible Story: Noah builds an Ark, Genesis 6:5-22
  • Bottom Line: Be the one who keeps doing what’s right.
  • Talk About It:  Is there anything in your life that you gave up on that you wish you had followed through with? What is something that you’d be willing to practice every single day?
  • Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

Jan 12/13

  • Bible Story: Moses at the Burning Bush, Exodus 3:1-15; Exodus 4–11,14,16,19
  • Bottom Line: Be the one who does what God says because He’s AWE-some.
  • Talk About It: What is something that requires determination for you to finish? What sometimes keeps you from finishing what you start?
  • Basic Truth: I can trust God no matter what.

Jan 19/20

  • Bible Story: Stand by Naomi, Book of Ruth
  • Bottom Line: Be the one who sticks by someone in need.
  • Talk About It: What is something that has helped you keep going, even when you felt like giving up? Who do we know that needs us to stick by them? How can we help?
  • Basic Truth: I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Jan 26/27

  • Bible Story: True Grit, A Principle of Work, Colossians 3:23-24
  • Bottom Line: Be the one who works hard because God sees your heart.
  • Talk About It: What is something you can do to make a difference? How can our family encourage each other to finish what we start?
  • Basic Truth: I need to make the wise choice.

WILL YOU TAKE THE CHALLENGE?
We’d like to hear if your family is up for this challenge! Email romney.short@mcleanbible.org to let us know so we can cheer you on to victory! Just pick 4 meal times for 4 conversations. If you complete the challenge, we’ll send your kids a special surprise!

Compassion

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: mbctysons.org/kqmissions.