This Sunday was Move Up Sunday at The Crossing. Little Ones moved up by developmental milestones (i.e. when they crawl and walk), Preschoolers moved up by age as of today’s date, and Elementary moved up by grade for the Fall 2011 school year. We hope you had a great morning, here is a look at what we learned:
Big Idea: God Always Keeps His Promises
Bible Passage: Joshua and Jericho—Numbers 13; 14:26-33; Joshua 5:13-6:27
God made the walls of Jericho fall down when His people obeyed Him.
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender” Psalm 111:4 (NIrV)
Monthly Song: “Good, Good Friend” from One Big Gulp & “I’m Gonna Walk” from Have You Heard?
Big Idea: God Always Keeps His Promises
Bible Passage: Joshua and Jericho— Numbers 13; 14:26–33; Joshua 5:13— 6:27
Remember Verse: “The Lord causes His miracles to be remembered. He is kind and tender.” Psalm 111:4
Monthly Song: “I Like To…” from One Big Gulp
Dinner Table Discussion
Discuss the following questions as a family during dinner this week. They’re meant to prompt further conversation about what was experienced on Sunday morning.
Say: Today in The Big God Story we heard that God is a promise keeper. And we saw how He kept all of His promises to His people as He led them into the new land.
I wonder … How do you think the people of God felt when they saw God keep all of His promises?
I wonder … What is a promise that God has made to us?
I wonder … How does your heart feel about God right now?
Kindergarten – 4th Grade
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:13-3; John 6:1-15, Jesus Feeds the 5,000
Remember Verse: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:3-4
Main Point: Jesus Shows Compassion
Sunday Summary: This morning kids heard the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. They made a reminder note to remember to ask themselves, “What needs to be done” so that they can serve those around them.
Follow-Up: At a meal this week ask your kids to imagine if all the food on the table multiplied by 2, then by 10, then by 100! Read together the account of Jesus feeding five thousand people in John 6:1-15. Discuss together how it would have felt to be there and to witness this miracle. Then ask them, what does this miracle tell us about God?
Jesus had compassion for the hungry crowd (compassion means caring deeply for others). Ask your children if anyone has ever shown compassion to them? Have them share who it was and the story of what happened. Ask them how it made them feel? Then pray together that God’s Spirit will lead your family to show compassion to one another and to others – just like Jesus does.
Grapple Question: Why Do I Have to Go?
Kids Learn: Encountering God in Community
Dig Into the Bible: Luke 4:14-16; Colossians 1:18-20; Hebrews 10:23-25
Have you ever had this happen to you on a Sunday morning? As you’re struggling to get the kids up and out of the house, your preteen asks the inevitable question: “Why do we even have to go to church?” And you respond with your most respectful and understanding tone of voice, “Because I said so!”
Think about why it’s important to you that your kids go to church. Is it because you want them to hang out with their friends, so your neighbors will see you going to church as a family, or because you hope your kids will listen to their Sunday school teachers even if they won’t listen to you? Or is it because you realize that some of the most powerful life-changing moments happen in the midst of other Christians, while listening to a friend share about a
tough situation, for example, or worshipping in a large group? Find a quiet time (not on your way out the door to church!) to talk to your preteen about the importance of experiencing God in community. It’s all about growing in relationship with God and others.