Take The Determination Challenge! January 11, 2013Posted by rshort in : 2-What We're Teaching , comments closed
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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 December 14, 2012Posted by rshort in : 2-What We're Teaching , comments closed
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:
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?
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?
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?
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.
Are You Content? October 17, 2012Posted by rshort in : 2-What We're Teaching , comments closed
Have you ever read the Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches?
“Now, the Star-Belly Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-Belly Sneetches had none upon thars.
Those stars weren’t so big. They were really so small.
You might think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.”
The Sneetches’ society was split into two classes, those with stars on their bellies and those without. And those without were terribly envious of those with stars. They spent all their time moping, desperate to change their situation – even to the point of losing sight of what’s really important in life.
Have you ever felt discontent — that longing for something you can’t have? Maybe you feel a pang of jealously when you see your neighbor’s beautiful home renovations or disappointment when someone else gets the promotion you wanted at work. Maybe you’ve been sighing at the sight of your girlfriend’s new diamond bracelet or stubbornly settling for a family camping trip while your friends go on a fabulous cruise.
In October, elementary kids in Kid’s Quest are learning what God has to say about the virtue of Contentment: choosing to be happy with what you’ve got, drawing our inspiration from Philippians 4:11-12 (NIV 1984):
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Here’s a quick review of what elementary kids are learning this month. Use the following questions to talk about Contentment at home:
Bible Story: The Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:1-13, 23 & 24
Bottom Line: When you want what you shouldn’t have, it can lead to trouble.
Talk About It: Do you prefer to be around people who always want more or who are content with what they have? What is the difference between being content and striving to make things better?
Bible Story: Israelites long for Egypt, Exodus 16:2-21, 17:1-4
Bottom Line: When you want what you had before, you miss what you have now.
Talk About It: Have you ever felt content with what you had until someone else made you feel like it wasn’t good enough?What things in your life rob you of contentment?
Bible Story: The Grapes Are Always Greener (King Ahab & Naboth’s vineyard), 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27
Bottom Line: When you want what someone else has, it can make you miserable.
Talk About It: Have you ever regretted not being content? Is the person with the most stuff usually the most content? Why?
Bible Story: Don’t Worry, Be Happy (do not worry), Matthew 6:25-33
Bottom Line: When you trust God, you don’t have to worry about tomorrow.
Talk About It: Have you ever tried to get a lot of something because you were scared it would be gone later? Have you ever put your trust in something besides God? How did you learn to be content?
What Is Love? September 7, 2012Posted by rshort in : 2-What We're Teaching , comments closed
“Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This month Elementary kids are exploring the virtue of Love: choosing to give someone your time and friendship no matter what. Here’s a quick look at what we’re covering each week at Kid’s Quest:
- Sept. 1/2: Love God by loving others, Matthew 22:39
- Sept. 8/9: Love others, even your enemies, Matthew 5:43-47
- Sept. 15/16: Love others by putting them first, Mark 8:27-30, 10:33-40; John 13:1-9, 34-35, 15:12-13
- Sept. 22/23: Love others by forgiving them, John 21:15-19
- Sept.29/30: Love others, even those who are different, Acts 10:1-35
Talk further at home to help your kids fully grasp what they’re learning in Kid’s Quest. Here are some questions to get the conversation started…
- When was a time you gave something up so that someone else would know you really loved them?
- Is there someone in your school or neighborhood who isn’t kind to you? How can you show them love?
- What might distract you from showing your family and friends you love them?
- When was a time that someone made you feel loved without spending much money?
- Think about someone you know who’s different from you. Does God want you to love them? Why?
Next, help your kids personally apply what they’re learning. Last weekend we sent home a flier of family service opportunities outlining multiple practical, tangible ways your family can live out this month’s theme verse, Matthew 22:39. If you missed it, pick one up this weekend!
Elementary Summer Series July 13, 2012Posted by rshort in : 2-What We're Teaching , comments closed
This past weekend elementary kicked off an exciting summer teaching series called See-Do. See-Do is an eight-week video series based on James 1:2: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Kids will enjoy watching hosts Craig and Natalie as they ride Sea-Doos on Lake Powell and explore different Bible stories to learn what it means to live out their faith in practical ways. Kids will learn to “See the need and Do the deeds” to help others and please God. Here’s an overview of each week’s lesson:
- Lesson 1: Rock and Roll (Cheerfulness): God provided fresh water from a rock for the Israelites, even though they were always complaining. Kids will learn that if they choose to be thankful when things go wrong, they will have a cheerful heart.
- Lesson 2: Does it Float? (Responsibility): Elisha helped his friend recover a borrowed ax that fell in the water, so that he could be responsible. Kids will learn that it is important to be responsible by taking care of their things so that others can depend on them.
- Lesson 3: Let’s Take a Dip (Humility): Naaman was an important leader, who learned the importance of humility, when he was told to wash in the Jordan River to be healed of his leprosy. Kids will see that God wants them to be humble and put God first in their lives.
- Lesson 4: Serve Us, Anyone? (Example): Kids will hear how Jesus set a perfect example of serving others by washing His disciples’ feet. They will learn that they can be servant leaders as well, by looking out for the needs of others, before their own.
- Lesson 5: Chill Out (Calm): Jesus helped the disciples to calm down when they were out on a lake in the middle of a storm. Kids will hear that God is able to help them through any storm in their own life and give them peace and calm in the midst of the storm.
- Lesson 6: Don’t Drink the Water (God’s Power): God showed Pharaoh that His Power was mighty when He used the plagues to get Pharaoh’s attention. Kids will learn that nothing or no one is greater than God Himself.
- Lesson 7: Remember When (Remember): Kids will learn that the Israelites built a special rock memorial to remind them and their children of all the incredible things that God did for them. God wants all of us to remember the many blessings He has given to us.
- Lesson 8: Time for a Bath (Believe): Jesus healed a man who had been blind from birth because he believed. God desires for everyone to believe in His son, Jesus, as He is the only way to heaven.
Watch the first video in the series which the kids saw this past weekend.
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 coming dressed for these weekly themes:
- July 15: Beach Day
- July 22: Crazy Hair Day
- July 29: Olympic Sports Day
- August 5: Hat Day
- August 12: Super Hero Day
- August 19: Camo Day
- August 26: Backwards Day
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 or view it online.