October’s Memory Verse
Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
–Psalm 100:1-3, Shout, Seeds of Praise, Track 4
This month toddlers have been exploring the story of Noah. Possible activities to do with your toddler:
*Using toy animals and figurines, act out the story of Noah, using a box as a pretend ark.
*Talk about rainbows. Share some beautiful pictures of them like these: http://webneel.com/beautiful-rainbow-photography. Thank God for it’s reminder of His mercy and faithfulness for us.
Preschool- Abram and Sarai, Genesis 12, 13
Preschoolers will spend the next 2 months looking at stories from the Old Testament, that display the arc of God’s redemptive story.
*I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt when they were told to move to a new home?
*I wonder if you’ve ever gone somewhere and didn’t know where you were going?
*I wonder how Abram and Sarai felt when God spoke to them as they moved to their new home?
*I wonder where God is when you go place to place?
Grades K-1-A Giant Staircase to Heaven (Jesus Storybook Bible), Genesis 11
Younger Elementary children continued in the Jesus Storybook Bible with the story of the tower of Babel.
*I wonder why people wanted to build such a tall tower to reach up to heaven?
*I wonder why the tower made God angry?
*I wonder what it was like to not understand what everyone was saying?
*I wonder what it means that “People could never reach up to Heaven, so Heaven would have to come down to them”? (Jesus Storybook Bible, page 54)
Grades 2-4, Jacob and Esau Genesis 25:19-34, 37
Older Elementary children are spending October studying key stories of Genesis. This week they looked at the story of Jacob and Esau.
*I wonder what a birth right is and why it’s so important?
*I wonder what Jacob thought of tricking his brother Esau?
*I wonder why Esau was so angry at Jacob?
*I wonder why God would use such broken people like Rebekah and Jacob?
Grades 5-6 Who is God: What does it mean that God is perfect and eternal? Ps 145:3, Rom 11:33, Ps 139:6
The younger Middle Schoolers continued looking at what is scripture.
*What do you think about the fact that God is perfect? What picture of God does it give you?
*Reread one of the passages above. What about God’s eternalness do you wonder?
Grade 7-8 Mark 2
Each week the Older Middle Schoolers will look at a new passage through the lens of these questions. This Sunday, they looked at Mark 2:1-17.
1. What does this passage teach me about Jesus?
2. What does this passage teach me about following Jesus?
3. So what? (What difference does this make for my life?)