September 20, 2020
Message to Parents
What does your QUIET TIME look like? I’m hoping you laughed a little when you read that, just as I did…”Quiet time? There’s no quiet time!” What I should have said is…What does your Quiet GOD Time look like and how does that compare to the rest of your day? We all know that it’s really important to carve out time for yourselves in order to reset every once in a while, but are we sharing that experience with our kids? Do they see you reading scripture? Do they watch/listen to you pray in your time alone with God. Part of our job as a parent is to teach them His Word but there’s another part that allows us to put our faith into action so others might follow! Let them follow your example!
Now here’s the tough part…How does your Quiet GOD Time compare to the rest of your day? Do you find yourself in the middle of chaos after you say “Amen”? Here’s a quick article that will hopefully bring perspective and calm into the ‘not so quiet times of the day”.
Now with your kids...
Grab your Bible, anything you can stack (building blocks, Legos, etc.) 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.
Plop on the floor with your Bible and blocks and build the tallest tower you can with them! Now ask them, “Take a guess as to how long your tower will last before someone knocks it over? An hour? Fifteen minutes? Thirty seconds? What if you were to stand next to it to protect it? Would it last longer if you were there to keep watch?”
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11 with them.
Next tell them, “When it comes to friendships, encouragement is super important. Everyone has bad days, days when they don’t feel like they can do anything right. As a friend, you have the opportunity to help someone feel better just by using words that encourage!”
“But encouragement isn’t just about words. Sometimes, just being present, sticking with a friend and letting them know you’re there can go a long way too. When someone is sad, just sitting with them, giving a high five or a smile can help too.”
“Take a look at your tower. Name one friend you would like to encourage this week with your words and actions so that you can build each other up just like this tower.”
As you pray with them, ask God to help you remember that friends encourage one another.
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Friend Like MeElijah and Elisha 1 Kings 19:14-21; 2 Kings 2:1-15
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
Friends encourage one another.
Friendship—Using your words and actions to show others you care
I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
In week three, we head to 1 Kings 19:14-21 and 2 Kings 2:1-15 and take a look at a different sort of friendship between Elijah and Elisha. God knew Elijah needed help and directed him to Elisha. Elisha came alongside Elijah and stayed with him to the very end. Elisha knew the importance of encouragement.
Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another. Our kids are growing up in a world that can feel like everyone is out for themselves. God has a different way for us to live. God wants us to take time out to encourage others. Kids will find out how they can be friends who use their words and actions to build others up.
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