November 1, 2020
Message to Parents
We talk a lot about the difficulties of being a parent but what about the parent that isn’t their parent at all (at least biologically). The one that loves our kids even though they don’t have to…the one that steps up and into the role without asking for anything in return…the one that sacrifices themselves for a child that may never give them anything in return. “I raise a glass to all the stepparents out there opening their hearts to children and embracing the new role of a mother or father. I know it’s not easy to inherit us, but we love you and are forever grateful for your acceptance and love.”
Now with your kids
Grab your Bible and a roll of masking or duct tape and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids! Here’s your theme…Gratitude means letting others know you see how they’ve helped you.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Say to them, “Have you ever had a really bad day? A day where nothing seemed to go your way? Yeah, I’ve had days like that too. But that doesn’t mean we get a pass on gratitude. That’s what you’re learning this month at church in Grove Kids. Gratitude is letting others know how they’ve helped you.”
“The Bible verse today reminds us that you ALWAYS have something to be grateful for.”
Now grab your duct tape or masking tape. Tear off a piece about six to eight inches long and fold it so the sticky sides are together. Write the words, Give thanks no matter what. Then fit it around your wrist to create a bracelet.
Tell them, “Every time you look at your bracelet this week, remember you always have something to be grateful for. And you know what, every time I see your bracelet it reminds me of how thankful I am to have you!”
Grove Kids | Sunday Notes
Always Something There to Remind Me
Give Thanks No Matter What Happens
1 Thessalonians 5:18
You always have something to be grateful for.
Gratitude—Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you
I can trust God no matter what.
Key Question: What are you grateful for? We start a month on gratitude helping kids refocus their own life and discover reasons they can be thankful. We can get so busy with life, that we often don’t take the time to pause and notice what God has done for us. We pray that kids will consider why they can always be thankful.
We kick off this series with something Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus, (NIrV). It’s pretty clear. Giving thanks is something God wants us to do. No matter what happens, we can be thankful for Jesus and God’s gift of salvation.
Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for. When life is hard or even if life is normal, finding why you should be thankful can be difficult, especially for kids. We pray that as kids think about this bottom line, they’ll remember they can always be thankful to God for sending Jesus to be our Savior.
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