September 27, 2020

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Message to Parents

Our family has been going to Young’s/Mortimer Farms since the kids were little…massive turkey legs, corn on the cob, rides, corn maze and of course the opportunity to pick out your favorite pumpkin amongst a sea of orange. Here’s a list of the best places to do that in Arizona!

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Grab your Bible and your math skills 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.

Read Luke 17:3-4 and then ask them or write down the answers to the math questions.

3 + 4 = ______________

12 – 5 = ______________

20 – 13 = ____________

Ask them, “Did you get the same answer for all three of the math problems above? What was that answer? Yes, seven! Is there anything you do seven times a day? You probably don’t eat seven meals a day. Or brush your teeth seven times. Have you ever forgiven someone seven times? That seems like a lot doesn’t it?”

“But what if you reverse the idea. What if you are the one who messes up? Wouldn’t you want to be forgiven seven times? Of course. And the awesome reality is, we have. When we tell God what we’ve done and say we’re sorry—He will forgive. Instead of keeping score or holding a grudge, remember that friends forgive one another.”

Finally, ask them to write down the names of three friends on a sticky note. Then as you pray today, have them call out each friend’s name and ask God to help you stop keeping score and just forgive them as He has forgiven you. Have fun!!!

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes

I’ll Be There for You

Jesus and Peter John 21:1-19 (supporting: John 18:1-27)
A friend loves at all times. They are there to help when trouble comes.
Proverbs 17:17, NIrV

Friends forgive one another.

Friendship—Using your words and actions to show others you care

I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

We finish up the month in John 21:1-19 with an incredible moment between Jesus and Peter. After denying Jesus three times, Peter was feeling guilty and ashamed. But Jesus still had plans for Peter. Jesus forgave Peter and restored the broken friendship. And when we put our faith in Jesus, Jesus offers that same forgiveness to us. In turn, we can offer forgiveness to others.

Bottom Line: Friends forgive one another. As kids learn about God’s incredible forgiveness through Jesus, we pray they start to understand more about how they can forgive their own friends. It’s not just accepting an apology and saying it’s alright. We pray that kids will understand how they can forgive others and work to rebuild the friendships that are worth saving.

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