What your Kids will be Learning about in June

Early Childhood
Birth - Kindergarten

Basic Truth: God made me.
Key Question: Who can help you?
Bottom Line: God made people who help me!
Memory Verse: “Be kind and loving to each other." Ephesians 4:32 (NCV)

Helping others is not always an easy thing to do.  For some of us, asking for help is even harder!  God made us to help and be helped.  Think about what it looks like for you to help other people.  When you help others and allow yourself to be helped you are creating an environment for your child to do the same.
Beach House
Grades 1 - 6
When you were growing up, did your parents ever find you doing something wrong and ask: “What in the world are you doing?” Think about that phrase for a second. What if we took this phrase that is used most often in a negative context—catching kids doing something wrong—and what if we flipped it around? What if we used it to catch kids doing something right? This month, let’s decide to find kids doing great things and ask: “What in the world are you doing?” Let’s emphasize the fact that we need to be constantly thinking about how we can do great things.
The definition we use for responsibility is showing you can be trusted with what is expected of you. And most importantly, we want kids to recognize they have an opportunity to demonstrate who God is to the world around them by the way they respond to that world. Think about the word responsibility. It really breaks down into how you respond to your abilities. We want children to not only understand how to respond to the ability that God’s given them but also how to respond to God’s ability to work through them to change the world around them.
We are going to begin the month at the very beginning—creation. When you think back to the beginning of the world there is a defining moment in the story when God leans down to mankind and reminds them that they are responsible for taking care of the planet. So the question we are going to ask this week is simply: “What in the world are you doing to take care of what God has made?” We want children to look around at the earth that God has given us and recognize that they have a responsibility to be guardians of His creation.

The second week we ask the question a different way. We are going to add a different ending to make it: “What in the world are you doing to use what God has given you?” Remember the story Jesus told about the parable of the talents? The servants are all supposed to use the talents that their master gave them to make a difference. In the same way, we are called to use what God has given us to make a difference. There’s an important principle at the end of this story. Jesus ends the parable by saying that if you are faithful in little, you will be faithful in much. This week, we want to teach kids how to be responsible even with the small things God has given them so they can be trusted to be responsible with much more down the road.

We also want children to start to understand their responsibility toward the people around them. We want to show them how they each have an ability to encourage and build others up. So the third week, we are talking about a passage in the fourth chapter of Ephesians. This particular passage talks about the power of our words and how we are responsible for what we say. That’s why in the third week, we will be asking the question:”What in the world are you doing to encourage others?”

In the last week, we are asking kids: “What in the world are you doing to show others God’s goodness?” By asking the question this way, we are reminding children that we are responsible for letting our light shine before men. In the book of Matthew Jesus talks about being the Light of the world and He says to an entire generation of people: “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.”
As parents and leaders, we want our children to understand that they can be influential starting right now. We want them to believe that God put them on this planet for a reason—a reason that is directly connected to how they show the people around them who God is.

There’s one more thing we would like to ask you to do in preparation for this month. We want you to be responsible and go ahead and memorize the verse that you will be asking your children to memorize also. The verse says this: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”  Luke 16:10 (NIV)