Grove Kids - October 17, 2021

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Individuality—Discovering who you’re meant to be so you can make a difference

This Month’s Memory Verse:

How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.

Psalm 139:14, NIrV

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Lydia – Acts 16:13-15

In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing among the “upper crust” of Philippian society. Lydia also followed God. When Paul and his companions traveled to Philippi, they found Lydia and other women meeting and praying. Lydia became a follower of Jesus and became a leader in the church at Philippi.

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

Bottom Line

Use your gifts to help others.

Each of us has something we’re good at. Just like God used Lydia, God can use our skills and talents to help others and make a difference in the world around us.

Message to Parents

You just made dinner and cleaned up, kids are still semi wet from the bath and it’s time to put them to bed.  You’re exhausted, mentally and physically, and here it comes, the breakdown before bedtime.  It’s funny because if you thought this was about the kids, think again, many times you’re the one that loses it and raises your voice.  Let us help.  Here’s some quick strategies to help you contain that outburst which, doesn’t really help your kids and makes you feel terrible all at the same time.

7 Things To Do Instead Of Yelling At Your Kids

Now for your Kids...

Grab your Bible, a flashlight and get ready to experience Jesus with your kids!  Here’s your theme…Individuality is discovering who you’re meant to be so you can make a difference.

Read Matthew 5:14-16 with your kids.

Ask them “Have you ever hunted for spiders at night?”

Grab a flashlight after dark and head outside. Turn on the flashlight and hold it up to the side of your head, level with your eyes. Then look carefully at the grass or flower beds. You should begin to spot some tiny, bright pinpoints of light. Some of these might be drops of water on the grass but if you look closely, you may be surprised at how many spiders you spot!

Share with them, “Spiders sparkle because of a shiny layer behind their eyes called a tapetum. This makes things look much brighter. God’s creativity is amazing, isn’t it?”

“Did you know you have the ability to shine like a spider? No, that doesn’t mean your eyes glow in the dark! Every time you help, or listen, or encourage, or love others, it’s like shining bright light to point others to God. God is counting on you to use the uniquely individual and amazing way He’s made you to help others.”

As you hunt for spiders tonight, think about ways you can help others and shine bright this week!

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