September 6, 2020
Message to Parents
Oh the choices we face…Facetime vs. Face to Face!!! God has blessed us all with beautifully gifted children and one day our kids will have the opportunity to mimic the choices we’ve made in our adult lives. I already hear some of you questioning this and saying, “Oh, I hope they don’t do some of the same things I did!” I hear you and want you to know I’m right there with you. But what if we could change that? What if we had an easy and quick strategy that placed the focus on our kids and would in turn teach them to do the same with others? This article gives you one step, all you have to do is “Pivot”.
-Pastor Clark and the Grove Kid Leaders.
Now with your kids...
Grab your Bible and two different kinds of ice cream and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Friendship means using your words and actions to show others you care.
Ask your kids to choose between two kinds of ice cream. Grab a scoop for each of you and read Proverbs 12:26 together.
Tell them: “Let’s pretend it is ice cream day at school. You happily line up, already tasting that creamy cold sugary goodness on your tongue. When you finally get to the front, you spot the last little container of chocolate—your favorite. You grab that cup with the small wooden spoon and smile widely all the way back to your seat.”
Ask them: “What do you think is more important? The flavor of ice cream we choose or the friends we choose? You’re right! Friendships are way more important than ice cream flavors. Why? Because friends have influence. Influence means that it might change the way we do things.”
“We need to choose friend who will be a good influence. That’s why it’s important to choose friends who will lead us in the right direction. So when you think about your friends, remember how careful you are about the ice cream you choose and be intentional with friendships too!”
Prayer: Spend some time today thanking God for ice cream and the good friendships in our lives! Ask Him to help you choose friends that will lead you in the right direction.”
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Better TogetherTwo people are better than one Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Choose your friends carefully.
Friendship—Using your words and actions to show others you care
I need to make the wise choice.
We kick off this series in Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 where Solomon wrote, “Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Solomon goes on to reminds us that like a three-strand cord, we are stronger when we work together as friends.
Bottom Line: Choose your friends carefully. God designed relationships to help make life easier. As kids become more aware how their friends influence them, it’s important for them to know how to choose good friends. We pray that kids will choose friends who encourage them and help them grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Tonight will you pray with us? “Father, we need Your strength to ‘keep on keeping on.’ Lift our hearts when we become discouraged. Help us to persevere in sowing good seeds in the lives of our children, leaving the results—and the harvest—to You. Amen.”
Raising our kids in Christ together!!!
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