March Children’s Ministry Update

MK Gauci

Hey Parents!

Here at The Springs, we know that families will have the primary impact on shaping faith in your children. God has called YOU to disciple your kids. As the church, we want to come alongside you as you train your children to be fully devoted followers of Christ! You can expect monthly updates in The Well, sharing what your children have been learning in their classes, as well as some activities you can do at home to spark conversations and create connections with your kids.

Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

Preschool

This month in Preschool Ministry, your kids have been learning what it means to serve others. Putting others first is not something that children do naturally – and neither do we. Sin stains all of us with an automatic “me first” mentality. Looking to Jesus we see the ultimate example of a servant. He was the King of the Universe and yet got down on His knees and washing the dirty, stinky feet of His disciples. Not only that, he laid down his own life for our salvation. This great love for us isn’t meant to be kept to ourselves—because we know the love of God, we can share it with others.

This week, talk with your kids about how Jesus loves them enough to serve them (and die for them). Then talk about how you can show others God’s love by helping them, putting them first, and serving them. Here’s an activity for preschoolers to help make it practical.

Each morning this week, help your child think of one person he can especially take care of that day and things he might do for that person. Depending on your child’s ability, you might come up with something along these lines:

  • Monday – prepare and serve snacks for siblings
  • Tuesday – “polish” Daddy’s shoes (wipe with a damp rag)
  • Wednesday – help Mommy put the dishes away
  • Thursday – make banana bread or muffins together and take it to a neighbor
  • Friday – color a picture to take to church on Sunday and give to his teacher. Help him write, “Thank you for taking care of me!” on the note.

Elementary

Each month our Elementary kiddos focus on a different character trait. This month, we are learning about the character trait trustworthy. Trustworthy is defined as “being dependable without a doubt!” We started the month learning about how God is trustworthy and always keeps his promises. Then we learned that God helps us be dependable with what he has given us. This past week we learned that there are consequences for not trusting God’s plan. Ask your kids to tell you the story of Jacob and Esau from Genesis 27.

Your kids are also memorizing a new verse every month that goes along with the character trait. This month it is Hebrews 10:23. Next time your family takes a drive, try this activity to take advantage of some time in the car to practice this verse with your kids!

Here’s a fun, creative way to memorize God’s word as a family! Write each word from this month’s memory verse (Hebrews 10:23) on a sticky note. Post the notes on the inside of your car…on the windows, backs of the seat, etc. As you drive around, practice saying the verse. Each time you come to a stop light, remove one of the sticky notes and see if you can still say the verse. You could also mix the sticky notes up and have your sibling unscramble them before you get to the next light!

Families, I hope these activities are helpful to you as you daily disciple your kids! You don’t have to do anything fancy—check out God’s command to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 6:6-7. Summarized, God tells them to follow Him and as they follow, to talk to their kids about it. So, GO! Follow God and as you follow, share Him with your children.

We are always looking for more leaders in our Kids Ministry! If you are looking for a place to serve at The Springs, come on and join us as we partner with families to train up children to be fully devoted followers of Christ. Check out our volunteer application for the first steps to getting started. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our Kids Ministry, please let me know! I’d love to meet up over lunch or a cup of coffee and share more.

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