What We Learned This Weekend...November 6/7, 2010

Critter Cove and Short Boarders
(Birth - Kindergarten)

Flowers and Birds • Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus teaches us not to worry. If God will take care of the birds and flowers, He will surely take care of His people. This is a great time of year to be outside take a nature walk with your child. Look for birds, squirrels and other animals and talk about how God gives them the food they need. If God gives animals what they need, He will give you what you need too. Look for colorful leaves on the ground or still in the trees. Talk about all the beautiful colors God gives the trees to wear. And if God gives trees and flowers colors to wear He will give you clothes to wear too.

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Beach House
(Grades 1 - 6)

This month we’re going to be talking about uniqueness, which is learning more about others so you can know more about yourself. God invented uniqueness. (No one with eyeballs can deny the diversity rampant in creation all around us. Consider bugs, for example. Just bugs—nothing else—of which there are 10 quintillion at any given moment. ’Nuff said?) Indeed, God is the epitome of uniqueness: “Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God?” (Psalm 77:13, NIV). “‘O Lord Almighty, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth …’” (Isaiah 37:16, NIV). “Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?” (Psalm 113:5-6, NIV). No one, that’s who. God alone is without equal or rival, peerless and incomparable. Yet God made us unique as well. In fact, He made everybody different. On purpose. You may be SIMILAR to your parents, a sibling, your best friend in some ways. Having things in common can make us feel comfortable, at home. But you are not exactly like anyone else. No one else has your unique blend of characteristics and abilities; that’s God-designed. And no one else has the exact role to fill in God’s big story that you do; that’s singular. Consider Deborah (today’s Bible story) and her unique blend of abilities and roles. She was a prophetess, a judge, and a national leader. (After Moses, only Samuel filled that same combination of roles, at a different point in history, of course.) Because Deborah followed God and was willing to do what He’d created her to do, Israel’s history was changed. Help kids discover that God can work through them, too—through all the things that make them different—to change others’ lives for the good.

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