November 29, 2020

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Message to Parents

There’s something about story time at night that brings excitement and wonder to our kid’s hearts. Surely you remember as I did, the magic in flying with Peter and Wendy or eating through all the food with the Very Hungry Caterpillar or all the rhyming silliness with Dr. Suess books that infused a deeper meaning! 

So here’s the question for you parents…If those stories had that big of an impact on you and your kids, why couldn’t we tell them real stories at bedtime as well? Stories that are just as fun and crazy and have a deeper meaning! Why aren’t we incorporating Bible Stories into their story time? Here’s a quick article that inspires just that!!!

Now with your kids...

Grab your Bible, a Thanksgiving type meal, family and friends, 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. 

Before you pray ask your family, “Did you know that Jesus prayed before every meal? When He fed the crowd with just five loaves and two fish, He looked up to heaven and thanked God before He broke the bread. And on this night, the last meal He would share with His friends, He broke bread again, and gave thanks to God knowing that very soon His own body would be broken for you.” 

Now that you’re in the habit of bringing your Bible to the dinner table, read Luke 22:19 with them. 

Tell them, “Praying before you eat is an opportunity to pause and remember that everything, including the food on your table, comes from God. Bowing our heads to talk to God before we dig in is a habit to help us practice gratitude.” 

For tonight, ask each member of your family to lead the prayer first and to thank God for at least three things as they pray. Take turns every night, allowing each family member to lead the prayer at your meal, always thanking God for at least three things!

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes

I Could Not Ask for More

Lord’s Supper / Last Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23-26, Exodus 12

Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good. His faithful love continues forever.

Psalm 136:1, NIrV

Get in the habit of being grateful.

Gratitude—Letting others know you see how they’ve helped you

I can trust God no matter what.

We finish up the month in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and Exodus 12. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul talks about taking time out to celebrate Communion, or the Lord’s Supper. When we drink the cup and eat the bread, we celebrate that Jesus lived and died, and rose again to make us right with God. As we think about what Paul wrote, we’ll take time to remember that this celebration is rooted in another rescue story where God lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt.

Bottom Line: Get in the habit of being grateful. People often focus on bad habits they need to stop. However, the best way to stop a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. Replace those sweets with healthy choices. Replace TV with exercise. Replace complaining with gratitude. We pray that kids will start to see that gratitude is a choice that God can help them make, especially when they remember all that Jesus did for us on the cross.

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