Every month each classroom experience has a new focus. Check out what we are focusing on in November:
Our bible verse:
Preschool Monthly Focus:
Our lives are like puzzles aren’t they? We have lots of the pieces, and we keep getting new ones. However, we can’t see what the picture is going to look like in the end. Only God sees the finished work. Only He knows how they all fit together. Only He knows His plan for us.
That’s what we’re teaching preschoolers this month, that God has a plan for us. He gives us pieces of our puzzle as we go through life, and they all fit together. They are all part of His plan.
Nowhere in the Bible is God’s ultimate plan easier to see than through the story of Joseph. From his fabulous colorful coat to his time spent in jail to his saving the people of Egypt from famine, Joseph’s story truly illustrates that God had a plan. And, even though Joseph didn’t know God’s complete plan, he trusted it and he continued to trust God.
We’re going to show preschoolers God’s plan for Joseph this month. As they learn the stories, they are going to construct a puzzle to see how each piece of his story fits together—how it all fits together. Then, we’ll teach them that God has a plan for them too. It says so right in His word, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever,” (Psalm 33:11, NIV). By the time the month is over, our preschooler will be able to state with confidence, “God has a plan for me.”
As God’s Son, Jesus deserved a palace with a throne, complete with servants waiting on His every need or desire. Yet for Jesus, it wasn’t about the lap of luxury or the fame. Jesus came for a different reason. He came to save us, and He focused His attention on serving, not being served.
I think that we all want our children to grow up and recognize that often life is about what can do for the people around us. We hope that kids start to understand that they really do have an important role in this world to give, to help, and to serve others.
We kick off the month with an interaction that Jesus had with His disciples. They had been known to argue about who would be the greatest. In Mark 10:32-45, we see that even James and John ask Jesus if they can sit at the places of honor in His kingdom. Jesus reminds them that He came to serve and give His life for everyone. He taught them that if they wanted to be great, they needed be the servants of all.
Bottom Line: Serve others because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus is the ultimate example of service. We’d love for kids and families to understand that serving others is part of what it means to follow Jesus. Because He loved and served us first, we should love and serve others.
We’ll head to the Old Testament and discover a principle from the book of Deuteronomy. Serving others has always been part of what it means to follow God, and Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10 remind us that it’s not just the act of serving that’s important; it’s also important that we serve others with the right attitude.
Bottom Line: Have a good attitude when you lend a hand. We want kids to learn they should give to others freely. Rather than complain when we serve others, we should joyfully serve those in need.
For week three, we look at a familiar story in John 6:1-13. Jesus had been talking to a crowd of over 5,000 people. Now it was late in the day, and they were starting to get restless and hungry. Jesus sent the disciples to figure out how to feed them all. A boy offered what he had for them to use: five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus used that boy’s small offering and turned it into more than enough food for everyone.
Bottom Line: Use what you have to lend a hand. Kids may not think they have much to give, but God can use what they do have to accomplish something great. We pray kids walk away from this week encouraged to use what they have to lend a hand.
We help kids discover a story they may not know very well, but we think it’s a great example of lending a hand. In 1 Kings 17, we learn that Elijah asked a poor widow for water and bread, but because of the severe drought in the country, the woman had only enough for one meal for her and her son. Elijah told her that God would provide flour and oil until the next time it rained. God did just that—and none of them went hungry.
Bottom Line: Ask God for what you need to lend a hand. There will be times when you’re not sure you have what it takes to serve others. In those moments, we want kids to remember that they can ask God to help them. God is able to come through for them and give them what they need to help others.
We end the month with a passage that Jesus spoke during the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus explains that when we serve or give it shouldn’t be in a way that is showy and puts all of the attention on ourselves. In fact, He even says to give to others in secret.
Bottom Line: Lend a hand without looking for applause. This week, we want kids to walk away knowing that helping others shouldn’t be about getting thanked. Often the best way to serve is to surprise someone and help them without getting any recognition at all.
What do you think would happen to the heart of a child, to the character of a child, if they grew up looking for good things to do for others in secret? Not to be recognized by people, but to realize that they were doing it only for God? That’s why our memory verse this month is Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
The purpose of serving others isn’t so people will see how good you are. Rather, when you serve others, they see a reflection of God, which brings glory to Him.
God is up to something big in this world, and the amazing thing is that He wants us to be part of it. This month as we learn what it means to lend a hand and serve others, we pray kids are inspired to use what they have to join in the work God is doing and make a difference in the world.
Have you ever had a moment that made you stop and think,
“Wow, this changes everything”? Maybe it was finding out
you didn’t make the team or that your parents were splitting.
Maybe it was finding out you’re good at something or bad
at something you didn’t expect. In these moments our lives
change direction quickly. The funny thing is nearly everyone
who met Jesus had one of those moments. They came in
with ideas about God, about themselves, and about their
futures. But as soon as they spent any time with Jesus, their
whole lives were turned upside down. And, as we look at
three of these stories, we may just find that an encounter
with Jesus has the power to flip our lives as well.