January’s Memory Verse
Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
-Matthew 12:34, “The Mouth” from Seeds of Praise album, track 6
This month toddlers have been exploring the story of The Lost Sheep from Psalm 23 and John 10
Possible activities and questions to ask with your toddler:
*Act out the story with your child, using the shepherds found in a nativity set.
*Read parts of Psalm 23 and John 10.
*Some wondering questions:
-I wonder what the sheep’s names were?
-I wonder how the sheep feel with the Good Shepherd?
Preschool- The Magi Show the Way to Bethlehem, Matthew 1-2, Luke 1-2
Preschoolers finished their study of Christmas by following the Magi on their way to Bethlehem.
*I wonder how the Magi felt when the saw the special star for the baby King Jesus?
*I wonder if it was hard for them to find King Jesus?
*I wonder what it’s like to be a baby and a king?
Grades K-1-Heaven Breaks through (Jesus Storybook Bible), Matthew 3
Younger Elementary children will continue in the Jesus Storybook Bible this month by reading through stories of Jesus’ ministry. This week they explored the story of Jesus’ Baptism.
*I wonder how they felt when John told them to change the way they live and get ready for the special Son of God, Jesus?
*I wonder why Jesus needed to be baptized?
*I wonder what it was like to see the light around Jesus and hear God’s voice from heaven?
*I wonder if the people were ready to be close to Jesus?
Grades 2-4, Jesus Presented in the Temple, Luke 2:22-40
Older Elementary children will spend January looking at Jesus’ young life and ministry.
This Sunday they explored the story of Baby Jesus being presented at the Temple.
*I wonder why Jewish parents presented their children to the Lord?
*I wonder what it was like when Simeon took baby Jesus and acted like he knew him and talked to God loudly?
*I wonder what it means that through Jesus would be “the falling and rising of many” (v. 34)?
*I wonder what it was like for the prophetess Anna to meet baby Jesus?
Grades 5-6 Who is Jesus?
*Review Question (based on last months study of “What does it mean to be human?”): Do you believe that humans have intrinsic value? Defend your answer.
Takeaway Question : Reread Matthew 4:1-11 , Mark 11:15-19. Why did Jesus have to be human?
*Reread Mark 5:22-43. What do you think was significant about these healings? Who are the marginalized people in your world that Jesus would have reached out and touched?