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Hello Parents! We believe you (parents) are the most significant influence in your kids' lives and are in the best position to help your kids know God. We also believe that we can uniquely equip and partner with you along the way as a kid’s ministry. With this in mind, this newsletter will highlight resources, events, and opportunities for us to partner together in raising the next generation. 

PRESCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

November Series Description: 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!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.” Psalm 107:1, NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO IS GOOD? Say with your child: GOD IS GOOD.

Week 1
Bible Story: Every Good and Perfect Gift — James 1:17; Genesis 1
Story Focus: I can thank God for God is good.

Week 2
Bible Story: Elijah and the Widow — 1 Kings 17:7-16

Story Focus: I can thank God for food.

Week 3
Bible Story: Aaron and Hur Help Moses — Exodus 17:8-13
Story Focus: I can thank God for family and friends.
Week 4
Bible Story: Nehemiah Repairs a Wall — Nehemiah 1–3

Story Focus: I can thank God for people who help me.
 

Find the weekly videos and parent guides on our Preschool Resources Page.

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

November Series Description: We will continue our “Space Ninjas vs. Pirate Squirrels” series, where kids will be embarking on a life-changing battle through the Book of Judges to discover the next part of God’s Big Bible Story.

Key passages, verses, and questions for this month: Read the passages together as a family and ask the following questions. Also, take the time to watch the weekly lesson video (under 10 minutes) together as a family.

Week 1 - November 6: The Judges: Gideon

Big Idea: God is great, so we should give Him all the glory.

Bible basis: Judges 6-7

Key Verse: “LORD, may glory be given to you, not to us. You are loving and faithful.” Psalm 115:1, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What was your favorite part of this story? Why do you think God had Gideon send so many of his warriors home?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? How do you think the Israelites were able to defeat the huge Midianite army with only 300 men?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 2 - November 13: The Judges: Samson

Big Idea: God desires righteousness and wants us to control our anger.

Bible basis: Judges 13–16

Key Verse: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19-20 NIV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What was your favorite part of this story? How do you think Samson’s life would have been different if he didn’t get so angry?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? How do you think Samson’s life might have been different if he had obeyed God and controlled his temper?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 3 - November 20: The Judges: Samuel

Big Idea: God hears our prayers, so we can call out to Him with our whole heart.

Bible basis: 1 Samuel 7

Key Verse: “When I was in trouble, I called out to the LORD. I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice. My cry for help reached his ears.” Psalm 18:6, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What was your favorite part of this story? Why do you think the Israelites called out to God for help instead of trying to beat the Philistines on their own? 

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? Why do you think the Israelites finally turned back to God?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 4 - November 27: David Spares Saul’s Life ONLINE ONLY

Big Idea: God is just, so we can refrain from taking revenge on others.

Bible basis: 1 Samuel 23-24, 26, 31

Key Verse: “Make sure that no one pays back one wrong act with another. Instead, always try to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What was your favorite part of this story? Why do you think David didn’t take revenge on Saul?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What does this story teach you about God? If you were David, would you have taken revenge on Saul?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Find the weekly videos and parent guides on our Elementary Resources Page

PRETEEN HIGHLIGHTS

November Series Description: We are wrapping up our Identity series this month. Throughout this study preteens have taken a deep dive into the conversation of identity and what they allow to define them. They have learned about being created in God’s image and for His glory, being broken by sin, and yet being deeply loved by God. They have learned what it means to be accepted, secure, significant, and called.

This month they will walk through the blessings God has given them to equip them for the mission He is calling them to. Our prayer for your preteen is that as this study concludes, they know what it looks like and are able to live out their faith in confidence, knowing the truth of what defines them is what God says is true about them. He calls them ambassadors and invites them to join Him in the glorious mission of sharing Jesus with those around them and growing deeper in relationship with their Savior.

Key passages, verses, and questions for this month: Read the passages together as a family and ask the following questions. Also, take the time to watch the weekly lesson video (under 10 minutes) together as a family.

Week 1 - November 6: I have the gift of the Holy Spirit

Big Idea: Those who have trusted Jesus to save them, have the Holy Spirit in them.

Bible Basis:  John 14:15-26

Key Verse:But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative–that is, the Holy Spirit–he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you." John 14:26

Discussion Questions of the week: How does the Holy Spirit help you view the world? When you sin, how does the Holy Spirit help you?

Please see your child’s weekly bulletin for further activities and questions.

Week 2 - November 13: I am not alone.

Big Idea: In Christ, we are surrounded by a community of faithful believers, the church, that love and encourage us to follow and obey God.

Bible Basis: Ephesians 1:1-14

Key Verse: “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Discussion Questions of the week: What are some ways people in our church encourage each other? How can our family be encouragers to others?

Please see your child’s weekly bulletin for further activities and questions.

Week 3 - November 20: I am on mission.

Big Idea: We have everything we need to live on mission for God.

Bible Basis: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21

Key Verse: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere–in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

Discussion Questions of the week: In what ways has God equipped you to tell people about Jesus? Why does God want you to tell people about Jesus? Where can our family fulfill our mission?

Please see your child’s weekly bulletin for further activities and questions.

Week 4 - November 27: No preteen programming due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Your preteen will join service with you. 

Find the weekly videos and parent guides on our Elementary Resources Page

THINGS TO KNOW

Parent & Me - November 5th: The transition to preschool can be overwhelming for both parents and their children. We believe this phase is the perfect time for children and their parents to bond with other young families as they experience this significant change together. Parent & Me is a vital touching point designed to connect families at Fellowship Greenville while previewing our preschool areas used on Sunday mornings.

On Saturday, November 5, from 9-11 AM, join us in Room 200 (upstairs in Building A) for an engaging meet and greet with our Preschool Coordinator, a tour of our Kid's facilities, and a chance to connect with others. To register for the Parent & Me event, please sign up on our event webpage.

Next Gen Baptism - November 6th: Do you have a child or student who is interested in getting baptized? Here at Fellowship Greenville, there is a three-step process for your child to be baptized. The first step is to complete a Stepping-In class, which helps you and your child learn all about baptism. Our next Stepping-In class is on January 29th, at 11:00 am in Room 232. For more information on the steps or to register for the next Stepping-In class visit our baptism webpage.

NO ELEMENTARY/PRETEEN MINISTRY - Sunday, November 27th: Due to Thanksgiving, we will not have elementary or preteen programming on Sunday, November 27th. Your elementary child is welcome to join you in service. We will have worship notes and crayons available. Visit the FG Kids Elementary Resource page for the lesson videos and parent guides.

PARENT RESOURCES

Parent Cue: This resource offers content for parents that is specific to your child’s phase and can be accessed on the Parent Cue website or with the Parent Cue app. Available content includes parent resources, discussion prompts, and blog articles written by parents with relevant topics that matter to parents. We hope this resource provides you with encouragement and helps you disciple your children!

Faith at Home Center and Family Resource Centers: Our Faith at Home Center is located in the commons next to the welcome desk and is available on Sunday mornings. Our Faith at Home Center provides free resources to parents as they guide their children to grow spiritually. We have volunteers at the center to help point parents to resources and to help with checking out material.

We have Family Resource Centers located throughout the campus, usually next to the check-in areas in the FG Kids areas. Here you will find Phase summary cards and parent prayer cards. These resources are available for free.

Featured Books of the Month: Pastor Rob wrote a wonderful article about teaching the story of the Bible as parents to your children. We have three featured books for the month: The Jesus Storybook Bible, The Big Picture of What God Has Always Wanted, and The Promise. Please check out his article, and stop by the Faith at Home Center to borrow a copy!

Parent Podcast: FG has launched our parent podcast, Parenting for a Change, with Student Pastor Matt Densky and NextGen Pastor Rob Marks. How do we parent our kids well in the midst of all kinds of change? How do we change as parents so that, in turn, our kids change for the better? Our hope and prayer is that parents would grow in their own faith in Christ and then pass on that kind of authentic faith to the next generation. This first series of podcasts will break down five principles of what it looks like to pass on our faith. Listen on Spotify or the FG Website!


If you have any questions about our ministry or doing life with a preschool and elementary child, please let us know by reaching out to us!

The FG Kids Team
kids@fellowshipgreenville.org