GC Little Kids | November 2022

Hey Parents!

Sometimes we get so excited about the gift that we forget to remember the giver. So, this month we will take some time to look around at the wonderful gifts God has given us and teach our preschoolers that God is good!

We want our preschoolers to know that all of the good things they see in the world are good gifts from a very good God Who loves them. And we can say “thank you, God!” Everywhere we look we see good gifts that God has given us, like friends and family, people who help us, and yummy food. . . like donuts! But DONUT forget to thank God because God is good!

ONLINE CONNECTION | Family Time

We love encountering God with our Grace City Kids each and every Sunday. However, we know at times our kids will miss church due to various circumstances. We want to provide an opportunity for our kids to not miss a beat + help families incorporate God encounters at home. Check out the videos + parent connections from our series this month.

WEEK 1 | Every Good + Perfect Gift


WEEK 2 | Elijah + the Widow


WEEK 3 | Aaron + Hur Help Moses


WEEK 4 | Nehemiah Repairs a Wall

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Elementary | November 2022

Parents,

This month we are continuing a journey through God’s Big Story with stories from the Old Testament. Each of these significant people trusted God and found courage to face difficult circumstances.

Like these people we read about in the Old Testament, God may ask our kids and us to take a risk or do something we might not feel prepared to do. But God will also give us the courage we need to face that challenge. We can also look to Jesus. He faced the biggest challenge of all: death on the cross. Still, He chose to be brave and follow God’s plan.

Check out the different people we will be exploring this month! We are also challenging our kids to remember their verse of the month + start to look up verses in their Bibles! We will have a end of the month surprise for all the ones who remember their verses!!

ONLINE CONNECTION | Family Time

We love encountering God with our Grace City Kids each and every Sunday. However, we know at times our kids will miss church due to various circumstances. We want to provide an opportunity for our kids to not miss a beat + help families incorporate God encounters at home. Check out the videos + parent connections from our Courage series this month.

WEEK 1 | Joshua + Caleb


WEEK 2 | David + Goliath


WEEK 3 | Daniel + the Lions Den


WEEK 4 | Esther

Little Kids | October

Hey Parents!

This month, we are talking about God’s plans for us. The prophet Jeremiah shares the wonderful truth that God knows the plans He has for us. Even when we don’t understand the plans and even when they are hard, we can still trust God because of Who God is, and God’s plans are always a hole-in-one!
God loves us, and God keeps His promises. We can fully trust God’s plans because God’s plans are always best!

We are going to have a great month!!

Carrie Kelley

Grace City Children’s Pastor

MEMORY VERSE:

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN + AT HOME ACTIVITIES:

WEEK 1
Story Focus: I can always trust God’s plans.
We will share one of the most exciting and well-loved Bible stories with preschoolers – Noah’s Ark! Now we love the story because we get to read all of it in one sitting, and we know how God’s plans work out for Noah. But imagine if you were Noah and his family. They had to trust and follow God’s plans each step of the way, over many, many years, not knowing how things would turn out. Fortunately, for Noah, one thing he did know was that he could always trust God’s plans, and he did!

WEEK 2
Story Focus: God keeps His promises.
We get to introduce preschoolers to the very…first…rainbow! And even better, we get to teach them that the rainbow is part of God’s plans for them. Every time we see a rainbow in the sky, God is also looking at that same rainbow and remembering His promise to never flood the entire world again. It’s such a special story that reminds us that we are all a part of a much bigger plan.

WEEK 3
Story Focus: I can trust God’s plans even when they’re hard.
We meet a new guy who trusted God’s
plans for him. His name is Joseph. If anyone ever had reasons to doubt God’s plans, it had to be Joseph. His jealous older brothers throw him in a hole and sell him into slavery in Egypt. Then, he is put in jail for something he didn’t do. Joseph went through some really painful times, but he shows us that we can trust God’s plans even when they’re hard.

WEEK 4
Story Focus: God’s plans are always best
. In the second part of Joseph’s story, we get to see that God’s plans for Joseph really did work out, and not just for Joseph either. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, needed hep understanding his dreams, and God helped Joseph understand them. Because Joseph trusted and followed God’s plans, he collected enough grain to save all of the people in Egypt from starving, plus Joseph’s own family and people from all over the world! Talk about a hole-in-one!

WEEK 5
Story Focus: God has plans for me
. The prophet Jeremiah will help us wrap up the month with the
wonderful truth that God knows the plans He has for us. This means even when we don’t understand the plans, we can still trust the One who does. We can trust God because of Who God is, and God’s plans are always a hole-in-one!

Check out the parent cue app for more activities to do with your little ones this month!

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Elementary | October

Hey Parents,

We are traveling through God’s Big Story. This month, we take a closer look at the lives of Joseph and Moses. Both of these men trusted God through hard circumstances and would not give up. These are two heroes of the faith, and we hope to help kids see how their stories connect between Genesis and Exodus.

God has been faithful throughout history and has helped people get through and overcome incredible difficulties. God’s Son, Jesus, endured the pain of the cross and death itself so that we could have a forever relationship with God. God gives us the Holy Spirit to empower us to keep going, even when life gets difficult.

Each week, our kids will be challenged with a GRIT statement! We know our world is full of difficult decisions and hard issues. This month we will teach our kids how to have GRIT and hold on to their faith in the middle of hard situations!

Sincerely,

Carrie Kelley

Grace City Children’s Pastor

MEMORY VERSE:

Each month we have one memory verse that we focus on. Check out the memory verse below and get your kids to practice saying it to you!

GodTime Journal Readings + Activities:

Week 1:

For week one, we pick up God’s Big Story in Genesis 37, 39-40. We learn how Joseph was his father, Jacob’s, favorite son. Joseph’s brothers were completely jealous—with their jealousy fueled by Joseph’s dreams that had them bowing down to him. They decided to get rid of Joseph and sell him to a band of traders headed to Egypt. They covered up their actions by lying to Jacob and telling him that Joseph had died. But even though Joseph was enslaved in Egypt, God continued to show up in Joseph’s life and help him become successful—both in Potiphar’s house, and even in prison after he was falsely accused.

Bottom Line: Hold on because God is with you. As we introduce the idea of grit to our kids, we want them first and foremost to understand that the best way to have grit is by trusting God. God has been faithful to so many people throughout history. God will be with us no matter what we face. We may not understand why we must go through a hard season, but we can trust that God is with us and will give us what we need to keep going.

WEEK 2:

Next, we continue Joseph’s story in Genesis 41-45, where Joseph was in prison, forgotten. Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. The cupbearer remembered how Joseph had interpreted his dream. At once, Pharaoh sent for Joseph. With God’s help, Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and offered a plan for helping Egypt survive the coming famine. Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the entire kingdom! Sure enough, everything Joseph said came true, and a famine swept across the land. Joseph’s brothers made the trek down to Egypt, and they ended up right in front of Joseph. After some back and forth, Joseph couldn’t stand it any longer. He revealed himself to his brothers and offered them forgiveness for everything. Joseph brought his whole family down to Egypt. God used Joseph and his circumstances to save the Israelites and fulfill the promise to Abraham.

Bottom Line: Hold on because there’s a bigger story. When we’re going through a difficult time, it’s hard to imagine that it could be part of something bigger and better than we expect. Thankfully, we don’t have to find grit on our own; we can trust God to give us what we need to keep going. This idea is not to diminish any pain or hurt we might experience during our difficult time. But we can live with hope, knowing that God can turn our difficulties into something better than what we think is possible.

WEEK 3:

In week three, we head to Exodus 2:1-10. Joseph’s family, God’s people, were growing in number. Pharoah enslaved them and made life miserable for them. That’s where Moses came in. Moses was born when Pharaoh went even further and commanded that all Israelite baby boys should be killed. Moses’ mother and sister probably weren’t too sure that putting Moses in a basket in the Nile River would keep him safe, but they were determined to keep Moses alive. They chose not to give up. God rescued Moses through the Pharaoh’s daughter, who ended up bringing Moses into the palace as her son and raising him as an Egyptian.

Bottom Line: Hold on even when you don’t know what to do. One of the biggest lessons we learn from Moses’ mom and sister is that they never gave up trusting in God. They weren’t sure how their circumstances would work out, but they believed that God would keep Moses safe. They held on to hope. And God came through for them with a major rescue. God can do the same for us. God can meet us in our confusion and give us the grit we need to push through.

WEEK 4:

In week four, we discover God’s plan for rescuing the Israelites. In Exodus 3-6; 7-12:42, we see how God’s plan started. Moses was watching sheep on the side of a mountain and saw a bush on fire—but it wasn’t burning up. Now, that alone might make someone a little nervous, but then Moses heard the voice of God! God asked Moses to go up against the most powerful ruler of his time, to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites free from their enslavement. This incredible story shows how Moses trusted God and never gave up. God’s people saw God show up in amazing ways—all to rescue them!

Bottom Line: Hold on because God knows what you’re going through. In this story, we see how God saw, heard, and did something about what was happening to the Israelites. God sees, hears, and has the power to take care of what we’re going through, too. We can find comfort in knowing that the God of the universe knows our circumstances and is helping us get through them. We can trust God no matter what.

WEEK 5:

We finish up the month in Exodus 13:17-14:31. God’s people were on their way out of Egypt. Everything was looking great for the Hebrews, until Pharaoh changed his mind. Moses and the Hebrew people found themselves trapped between the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh’s army in hot pursuit. But with God’s help, Moses and the Israelites didn’t give up, even in a tough situation. God performed a miracle, parting the Red Sea and allowing the Israelites to escape.

Bottom Line: Hold on because God is in control. We often feel like the Israelites—stuck, with no clear way out of our circumstances. We’re not sure what to do, and we’re not sure we’ll ever get to the other side.

Little Kids | September

Hey Parents!

This month, our Grace City little kids (3 year olds- Kindergarten) are learning all about their emotions. We want to help them understand how emotions work in their lives in a positive way! Our littles are going to experience feeling sad, afraid, frustrated, and happy – sometimes all in one day! This month is all about God’s BIG, never stopping, never running out, never-failing love for us! We’ll talk about some BIG emotions this month and how God loves us, even when we’re feeling all the feelings.
Here’s the good news: We are wonderfully made in God’s image, and God gave us all of these emotions! We want our kids to know that they can trust God with all their hearts and talk to God about everything, including how they feel. And when they do, God will always listen and help them because God loves them no matter what.

Loving our Grace City Kids!

Carrie Kelley

Children’s Pastor

Each month our kids will have a memory verse, key question and bottom line to help them focus on the teaching. Check out these things above and help your child (children) understand how much God loves them no matter what!
Visit parentcue.org to see more resources to help connect you with your child(ren) this month!

Be sure to grab a GodTime Journal on our Resource Wall at church.

This journal helps guide your child through this month’s focus on a deeper level.

1st – 5th | JUNE

Hey Parents!

We are starting a new series called Make Waves where we are learning all about the Fruits of the Spirit. We were created in God’s image. God sent Jesus to show us the best way to be human. But God knew we’d need help. That’s why God sent us the Holy Spirit. With the power of the Spirit, we can produce fruit that points others to Jesus. Every month, kids discover something about God’s character and how they can reflect or respond to that character because they are created
in God’s image. You could call them characters traits
or virtues, but we call them Life Apps: something that God is doing in you to change the world around you. In other words, we show the world what God is like when we demonstrate these ideas. We’re helping kids discover what the Apostle Paul called the Fruit of the Spirit throughout June. When we show the Fruit of the Spirit, we make waves and show others who Jesus is. Follow along with us being it is going to be an amazing month!

Sincerely,
Alexis Friar
Grace City Children’s Pastor

MEMORY VERSE:

Each month we have one memory verse that we focus on. Check out the memory verse below and get your kids to practice saying it to you!

Parent Cue:

GodTime Journal Readings & Activities:

WEEK 1

We start our month in 1 John 4:9-13. John tells us exactly what real love looks like: God loved us enough to send Jesus to offer His life and make us complete. John goes on to say: Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another, (NIrV). Love is at the heart of God’s plan for the world. We are close to the heart of Jesus when we show love to others.

Bottom Line: Love others because God loves you. God gave us the ultimate example of love when God sent Jesus to live a perfect life and die on the cross to make it possible for us to have a forever relationship with God. Kids will discover how God’s love for us can motivate us to show love to others.

WEEK 2

Next, we head to Acts 5:17-42. When Jesus’ disciples started sharing about His death and resurrection with others, they faced all sorts of trouble. Thankfully, they had Jesus’ Holy Spirit to help them find joy.

Bottom Line: Choose joy no matter what’s going on. From not making the team to struggling in a class at school, kids of all ages struggle with what it means to have joy when life is hard. We pray they start to discover what God can do in them to help them choose joy.

WEEK 3

In week three, we jump back to 1 Samuel 25:1-35, where we find a story about a woman named Abigail that starts with King David. He was furious with a man named Nabal, who mistreated his soldiers. David decided to get revenge until the man’s wife, Abigail, used her peacemaking skills and stopped something that could have been horrible. Even though she was not responsible for her husband’s offense, she realized she could play a role in making peace.

Bottom Line: You can help others make peace. Peace is often about helping stop an argument before it can escalate into something worse. Acting as a peacemaker between others will take time and energy, but God
can give us the strength to help others make peace. Sometimes our outside perspective is what someone might need to see a peaceful solution. We want kids to know that with God’s help, they can make waves by helping others make peace.

WEEK 4

In week four, we spend time discovering more about Proverbs 15:18. Waiting can be the worst! But something Solomon wrote in Proverbs can help us remember why patience is so important. A person with a bad temper stirs up conflict. But a person who is patient calms things down, (NIrV). When we have to wait, it’s important not to let impatience get the best of us. We can trust God to give us the strength to have patience and keep our cool.

Bottom Line: Be patient with each other. We all face moments where we’ll find it difficult to have patience. From waiting in line to get a seat at your favorite restaurant to sitting in construction traffic on your way to vacation, how can you have patience when you want to get a move on? We pray that kids will start with prayer and ask God for help. God can give us patience in any situation!

Little Kids | JUNE

Hey Parents!

Have you ever seen the commercial where one person does something kind? Then, a person who witnesses this kindness, is motivated to do something kind. Followed by another person seeing this kindness who feels moved to also be kind. It’s not just in commercials. It’s in real life, too. Waves of generosity. Lives changed. And, it all begins with one act of kindness. That is what our series, Make Waves is all about this month!

During this month, we are going to be teaching our preschoolers that they, too, can Make Waves when they choose kindness—as well as love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Most importantly, we want them to know that Jesus is there to help them choose these things. Because when Jesus is my friend forever, Jesus can help me do everything! Follow along with us because this is going to be an amazing month!

Sincerely,
Alexis Friar
Grace City Children’s Pastor

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN + AT HOME ACTIVITIES

WEEK 1
Story Focus: Jesus can help me choose love. We will kick off this month talking about love. Everything begins with how much God loves us. And, just how much does God love us? God loves us so much that He gave us His Son, Jesus, to be our friend forever. That’s a lot of love! And, it is that love that helps us love others.


Here is an activity to go along with this weeks Bible story:

WEEK 2
Story Focus: Jesus can help me choose joy. Week two, Paul and Silas will show us what it looks like to choose joy even in the middle of a not so joyful situation. When others would have been downcast and hopeless, they chose to sing and praise God! And, their joy made some pretty big waves—so big that we’re still talking about their story today!


Here is an activity to go along with our Bible story:

WEEK 3
Story Focus: Jesus can help me choose peace. Week three, we get to hear about a woman named Abigail. She went above and beyond to do what she could do to choose peace, even though the people around her were not acting very peaceful. And, because she was quick to act, she created waves of peace that literally saved lives!


Here is an activity to go along with our Bible story:

WEEK 4
Story Focus: Jesus can help me choose patience. Week four, we will see the amazing reward that came to Simeon after he chose patience. Simeon waited year after year after year… soooooo many years waiting, and then he finally got to see Who he had been patiently waiting for—Jesus!


Here is a snack to go along with our Bible story:

M E M O R Y V E R S E

Each month we have one memory verse that we practice each Sunday. We pair it with motions to make it fun and easier to learn! Practice it at home with your little ones!

Parent Cue

1st – 5th | MAY

Hey Parents!

This month we are kicking off a new series called, Get Back Up Again. We are going to be talking all about resilience. God is strong and faithful, always working in our lives. We might get knocked down from time to time, but when we put our trust in God, we find the strength we need to get back up again. Jesus showed us how to face life with resilience. No matter what happened, Jesus relied on God to help Him accomplish the mission set before Him. Because of Jesus, we can trust God no matter what. We can bounce back from whatever knocks us down and complete the mission God has for us. We think that it is so important for 1st-5th graders to grasp this truth. Follow along with us, because this month is going to be so powerful!

Sincerely,
Alexis Friar
Grace City Children’s Pastor

MEMORY VERSE:

Each month we have one memory verse that we focus on. Check out the memory verse below and get your kids to practice saying it to you!

Parent Cue:

GodTime Journal Readings & Activities:

WEEK 1

We start our month in Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 1-2. Right before God takes Jesus back to heaven, Jesus gave His disciples an incredible task: tell the world about Him and share His love with others. This task wouldn’t be easy, but Jesus promised He would send the Holy Spirit to help. When the Holy Spirit did come at Pentecost, the Spirit gave the disciples power to accomplish the task Jesus set out for them.

Bottom Line: God is always with you. Kids are just beginning to learn that there are parts of life we have to do independently. From our school work to household chores to getting up to bat, it’s all on us to get it done. This realization can be overwhelming for anyone. Thankfully, we’re not on our own when it comes to resilience. God is always with us and can give us the drive to bounce back and keep going to finish what needs to be done.

WEEK 2

Next, we head to Acts 3:1-4:21 with Peter and John and their unflinching moment of resilience. Peter and John were resilient even when arrested for sharing the message of Jesus. They wouldn’t let it get them down. They stood up to the religious leaders and never gave up on the mission from Jesus. They were willing to do whatever it took to get it done.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when it gets tough. Kids will face moments when they either want to giveup or don’t know how to keep going. In those times, it’s essential to help them remember that God is always with them. God can give them the strength to have resilience and finish whatever task is before them. We pray they learn that they can trust God no matter what and keep going.

WEEK 3

In week three, we jump over to Acts 16:16-40 and find two more early followers of Jesus: Paul and Silas. After being arrested, they could have given up their calling to share Jesus’ love with others. However, they had resilience even in the middle of this challenging situation. They bounced back and decided to worship God, right there in jail! And when the time came, the Holy Spirit gave them the right words at the right time to help the jailer and his family start a relationship with Jesus.

Bottom Line: You can choose joy when life gets hard. We will all face times when life is hard; how we respond to those situations matters. We may not be happy about what we face, but we can still trust that God can help us get through it. That can give us joy. And we hope that kids start to understand that when they choose joy, they can point others to Jesus.

WEEK 4

For week four, we spend time in Hebrews 11. The author of Hebrews reminds us that when life gets hard, we can look to the heroes of the faith and see how they trusted God through some tough circumstances. We use Abraham, Joseph, and Moses to help kids understand how to show resilience through difficult circumstances.

Bottom Line: Trusting God can help you get back up. It’s comforting to know that others have made it through to the other side of difficult times. When we see how God helped them, it helps us trust God more with our circumstances.

WEEK 5
We finish the month in Hebrews 12:1-3. Resilience might not be easy, but the author of Hebrews reminds us of something important: all sorts of people have gone before us. They give us an incredible example to follow of what it means to have resilience, even throughout the most challenging moments of life. We can focus our attention on Jesus. He is the ultimate example of someone who endured death itself to accomplish the rescue mission God set out for Him.

Bottom Line: Keep going because of what Jesus did for you. Knowing that Jesus persevered through His death and was resurrected is the best encouragement for us to keep going when life gets hard. When we focus on Jesus, we remember that nothing is impossible, and God will help us show resilience through whatever we face in life.

Little Kids | MAY

Hey Parents!

This month we are starting a brand new series called Scavenger Hunt. We will be talking all about how God made everything! Preschoolers will ask questions countless times as they get to know the world around them. It’s like they’re beginning a lifelong Scavenger Hunt. This is the perfect opportunity for us to not only tell them what they are looking at but Who made it as well. That’s why we are going to add another question to their inquisitive minds. Who made everything? Who made the red ladybug? Who made the grey rocks? The white clouds? The blue bird? We want preschoolers to know that God made everything. We want them to think of God as they explore and get to know this wonderful, colorful world we live in. And even more, we want them to know that the same God who made everything made them and loves them. Follow along with us because it is going to be a great month!

Sincerely,
Alexis Friar

Grace City Children’s Pastor

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN + AT HOME ACTIVITIES

WEEK 1
Story Focus: On days one and two, God made the light and dark and sky and water. We will begin the month way back at the beginning, on days one and two of creation, when God made light, dark, sky and water. When darkness falls or our preschoolers look up to the sky, they can know that God made everything, and it is good.


Here is an activity to go along with this weeks Bible story:

WEEK 2
Story Focus: On day three and four, God made the land, plants, sea, sun, moon, and stars. Week two, we will hear about how God made the land, plants, sea, sun, moon, and stars. Our preschoolers can look out at the stars and know that God made the stars! They can smell a flower and know that God made the flowers! God made everything, and it is good.


Here is an activity to go along with our Bible story:

WEEK 3
Story Focus: On day five, God made the birds and fish. Week three, our preschoolers will be so excited as they get to hear about how God made the birds and fish. Your preschoolers will be flapping their wings and swimming like little fish at some point. Our hope is that as they go out into the world, every time they see a fish or a bird, they will know that God made everything, and it is good.


Here is an activity to go along with our Bible story:

WEEK 4
Story Focus: On day six, God made animals and people. Week four, well, this week is super special because on day six, God made the animals and God made people! This means every time a preschooler goes to feed their dog or cat, they can know that God made them. And, every time they look in the mirror or see another person, they can know that God made them, too. God made everything, and this time, is was very good.


Here is a craft to go along with our Bible story:

WEEK 5

Story Focus: God looked at everything He made. Then, He rested. We will all be ready for a rest week five after a month filled with learning that God made everything. And, that’s what God did on day seven. God looked at all that He had made, and then He rested. It will be a wonderful time of looking back at everything God made and how it is all so, so good.

M E M O R Y V E R S E

Each month we have one memory verse that we practice each Sunday. We pair it with motions to make it fun and easier to learn! Practice it at home with your little ones!

Parent Cue

1st – 5th | April

Hey Parents!

Sometimes, life can sometimes feel like a giant puzzle. All we can see is the piece we’re experiencing right now, and we’re not sure where it fits into the greater picture the is forming. We can’t always understand why some things happen to us or those we love. Yet, despite our confusion, we can have hope. God has kept promises throughout history. We can believe that God will continue to be with us through what we face now. Even in the toughest times, we can have hope because we know God is always working and can make something good out of something bad. Follow along with us all month long as we talk all about the HOPE that we have in Jesus!

Sincerely,
Alexis Friar
Grace City Children’s Pastor

MEMORY VERSE:

Each month we have one memory verse that we focus on. Check out the memory verse below and get your kids to practice saying it to you!

Parent Cue:

GodTime Journal Readings & Activities:

WEEK 1
We start the month with friends of Jesus who had lost all hope. John records an incredible moment that we find in John 11:1-45. When Lazarus died, Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after death.

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is. God can do amazing things in your life. We pray that kids will understand that when they face something difficult or hard to understand, they’ll find hope that God’s power can help us through whatever we face.

WEEK 2
Next, we head to an incredible moment John recorded in John 12:9-16. God’s people had waited for generations for God to send the Messiah. They were overwhelmed when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. God kept His promise. The mission to save the world was happening. Of course, this didn’t happen exactly how they expected, but God was still working and up to something bigger than they could ever imagine!

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is still working. Because God keeps His promises, we can trust Him no matter what. Still, kids will face moments in their life where they might wonder if God will come through for them. They’ll question if what they face is part of God’s plan. We want kids to understand that God is always working and will come through. It might not be as expected, but they can hope God will be with them through their situation.

WEEK 3
We’ll look at Easter through John’s perspective in John 18:1–20:18. As the disciples experienced the events of the crucifixion, from Jesus’ arrest in the garden to His death, they must have wondered if everything they shared with Jesus was all for nothing. But that all changed when they discovered that Jesus was alive! Everything Jesus said about Himself was true. The disciples’ hope was building on the foundation of a risen Savior.

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember Jesus is alive. No matter what we face in life, we can hope because Jesus is stronger than sin and death. His resurrection is proof that God loves us and wants a forever relationship with us. We pray that kids celebrate Jesus and discover the hope we can have because Jesus is alive.

WEEK 4
We finish the month with a critical moment recorded in John 20:19-29. Although Thomas was one of Jesus’ disciples, He hadn’t yet seen Jesus face-to-face after the resurrection. When the rest of the disciples tried to tell him that Jesus was alive, Thomas couldn’t believe it. When Jesus showed up again, He went right over to Thomas and gave him a chance to touch the scars. Thomas knew once and for all that Jesus was alive!

Bottom Line: Whatever happens, remember God is bigger than your questions. Questions are a normal part of growing up and following Jesus. We won’t always understand what we read in the Bible or why our life looks like it does. God wants us to be honest about our questions and doubts. You can create a safe environment where kids can process the questions they face. We pray that kids will understand that they can have hope knowing God will be with them through their questions.