May 16, 2021

Run the Race

LIFE APPLICATION | Commitment—Making a plan and putting it into practice

MEMORY VERSE | Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:8, NIrV

Grove Kids | Sunday Notes


Livin’ on a Prayer

Model Prayer

Luke 11:1-4

BASIC TRUTH | I can trust God no matter what.

In Luke 11:1-4, we find Jesus’s disciples asking Him how to pray. Jesus responds with a prayer that serves as the perfect model for how we can talk to God. We can pray with gratitude and honesty, pray for our needs and forgiveness. It’s comforting to know that we can pray, knowing that God knows us and wants to hear from us.

Bottom Line: Practice praying to God. We can pray anytime, anywhere because God is always listening. We hope kids will understand more about the faith skill, PRAY, and find that talking to God is an essential part of growing in their faith.

Message to Parents

Ever heard these comments from the basketball bleachers, football/soccer sidelines or a softball/baseball lounge chair…”Come on Johnny!  You could’ve caught that!’, “What are you doing Coach?  You can’t take her out of the game!’ and my favorite ‘How about a little consistency in your strike zone Blue!  Here, use my glasses for the rest of the game!!!”  Next question…is that you?  Are you that parent?  If that’s the case, I need you to take a deep breath and ask yourself…Are we doing more harm than good when it comes to our kids with our inappropriate comments?  Here’s an article that might help…

5 Things NOT To Say To Your Sports Kid

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, a piece of paper, colored pencils/crayons and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Commitment means making a plan and putting it into practice!

Share with your kids, “One of the most amazing things about God is that while He is big enough to be in charge of all creation, He is personal enough to know you inside and out. He even knows how many hairs are on your head! And He wants to hear from you.”

“Did you know that you can ask God to provide what you need? It’s true! You can ask God to take care of you, each day. But there’s a difference between praying for what you want (like a hoverboard) and what you need (like food or shelter).”

Read Luke 11:3 with your kids.

Play some quiet music and grab a piece of paper and some colored pencils or markers. Ask them to write “God Is” in the center of the page and complete that statement any way you choose. As the music plays, write or draw pictures of things you need (both things you can hold in your hand, like food or shelter and things you can’t, like wisdom to make a tough decision or help with a bad attitude). Then connect each request to the “God Is” statement in the center with different colors and types of lines to create a prayer web.

Now pray with them and thank God for all that He provides for us!  Most of all, have fun with your kids!!!

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