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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

October Series Description:   God made us to do big things. God has a plan for each of us—plans filled with purpose and passion. Plans to help and serve others. Plans to do good! David’s life exemplifies just that. God planned for a shepherd boy to become king and be in the lineage of Jesus.

We will dive into the story of David all month long. We begin the month with David out in a field caring for his family’s sheep and will wrap up the month with David celebrating God. God had big things for David to do and we want preschoolers to know that God made them to do big things as well. We want them to believe without a doubt that the God who made all things made them in His image to do things that matter….and we believe that’s a pretty big thing.

Monthly Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid...for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO MADE YOU TO DO BIG THINGS? Say with your child: GOD MADE ME TO DO BIG THINGS.

Week 1
Bible Story: David Chosen as King - 1 Samuel 16:6-13
Story Focus: God has big things for us to do.
Week 2
Bible Story: David Protects Sheep - 1 Samuel 17:34-37
Story Focus: God made me to do big things anywhere.

Week 3
Bible Story: David and Goliath - 1 Samuel 17:1-50
Story Focus: God made me to do big things.
Week 4
David Helps Mephibosheth - 1 Samuel 20:14-17 & 2 Samuel 9:1-13
Story Focus: God made me to help others.

Week 5
Bible Story: David Praises - 2 Samuel 6:12-15
Story Focus: We can celebrate that God made me to do big things.

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

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

October Series Description: God is one of a kind—with no beginning and no end. Everything He has created is unique, including people created in His image. Every person is an original reflection of God in how they love, care for others, imagine, create, and solve problems. To see how we can do this well, we should look to Jesus. Jesus showed us what it means to be created in God’s image in the way He loved all people and helped people feel like they had value—no matter who they were or what they had done.

Monthly memory verse: “How you made me is amazing and wonderful. I praise you for that. What you have done is wonderful. I know that very well.” Psalm 139:14 NIrV

Key passages and questions for this month: Read the passages together as a family and ask the following questions.

  1. How would you describe God? — Genesis 1:26-28
    In our first week, we start at the beginning—literally. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy.

    Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image.  We hope to help kids understand that being made in the image of God means we can love, show kindness, be creative, solve problems, and care for others—all because we reflect and respond to God’s character. Kids will get to explore how they can reflect God’s image to the people in their world.

  2. How would you describe yourself? — Matthew 9:9-13
    In week two, we turn to Matthew 9:9-13 and discover an essential moment from Matthew’s life. As a tax collector, Matthew would have been shunned by Jews and Romans alike. He was seen as a traitor to the Jews. Matthew must have been shocked when Jesus came up to him and asked him to be one of His disciples. Matthew might have seen himself as unworthy, but that would have changed once Jesus made him feel valued

    Bottom Line: Look for ways to make things right.  Knowing Jesus changes how you see yourself. Matthew might have seen himself as a mess. But Jesus chose Matthew to follow Him. Regardless of who we were or who we are right now, Jesus wants to have a relationship with us too. Jesus sees past our mistakes and sees the individual that God created. When we know that Jesus sees us as valuable, we can start to understand that we’re valuable too.

  3. What are you good at? — Acts 16:13-15
    In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing among the “upper crust” of Philippian society. Lydia also followed God. When Paul and his companions traveled to Philippi, they found Lydia and other women meeting and praying. Lydia became a follower of Jesus and became a leader in the church at Philippi.

    Bottom Line: Stay focused on what needs to be done.
    Use your gifts to help others. Each of us has something we’re good at. Just like God used Lydia, God can use our skills and talents to help others and make a difference in the world around us.

  4. How can you make a difference right now? — 1 Timothy 4:12
    Next, we head to something Paul wrote to Timothy in 1Timothy 4:12. Timothy was a gifted young leader who Paul mentored. Paul wrote to Timothy and reminded him to stay faithful to the task God gave him. Even though Timothy was young, God could use him to lead the church and point people to Jesus.

    Bottom Line: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. You can make a difference right now. God created us for a purpose. God can use our strengths as we help others and show them what it means to follow Jesus. Through Timothy’s story, we hope that kids start to understand the purpose God has created for them.

  5. What makes a great team? — 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
    In our final week, we head to something Paul wrote to the church in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. God’s Spirit gives each of us different gifts and abilities. Rather than feeling jealous of others or wanting a gift or skill that someone else has, we should make the most of our own, combine them with what others have, and make a greater difference! This is how the church is meant to work.

    Bottom Line: We can use our gifts together to make a greater difference. No matter how big or small they appear, all gifts and abilities can make a great difference in the world. But there’s a way they can be even greater. When you believe that Jesus is who He says He is, then you’re a part of something bigger than just yourself. When we use our gifts and abilities together, we can make a greater difference than we can on our own.

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

THINGS TO KNOW

FG Kids Elementary small groups: Elementary kids (kindergarten-5th grade) who have attended Sunday mornings the past month have been assigned a small group. If your child has not been assigned a small group, we will assign your child one on the Sunday they attend. 

For Kindergarten-2nd grades: When checking in, your child’s small group color will be indicated on your child’s check in tags. Drop off and pick up will remain in the K-2 large group space (Room 120). This allows for less congestion in the hallway. After the large group worship and message, each group goes into their assigned small group room for further activities and discussion on the morning’s Bible story. They then return to the large group space for pick up.

For 3rd-5th grades: When checking in, your child’s small group room number and color will be indicated on your child’s check in tags. You will drop off and pick up your child from their small group classroom. 3rd grade small group rooms are located in the entry hall of our 3rd-5th grade space and 4th-5th grade small group rooms are located on the opposite hallway.

4th and 5th grade small groups are made up of 4th and 5th graders, however, they are split by gender. This is by design so that when the 4th graders eventually enter into Student ministry, they will hopefully already know some other kids making the transition less intimidating. We also hope that by splitting them by gender, greater and deeper conversations and friendships can be made.

Sunday, October 31: We know that families have different opinions and ways they do or do not celebrate Halloween. We just want all families to know that your kids are welcome to attend service in costume. We know how kids get excited about dressing up and we don’t want you to be discouraged from attending church because your child has their heart set on wearing their costume all day. We just ask that your child not wear anything scary or evil.

PARENT RESOURCES

Parent Podcast: FG has just 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!

Phase Summary Cards: We have phase summary cards available for every year of childhood. Each summary includes a brief description of the phase, growth & developmental insights, simple techniques for influencing a kid's mind and heart, and a roadmap for discipleship.

Available for free at the Faith at Home Center and our Family Resource Centers around campus. 

Teach and Talk Cards: Included inside each phase summary card is a teach and talk card. Each Teach and Talk card gives parents information on things they can teach their child about faith, things they can do with their child during this phase, and suggested resources.

Available for free at the Faith at Home Center and our Family Resource Centers around campus. All suggested resources listed on the teach and talk card are available for check out at the Faith at Home Center.

Parent Prayer Cards: We have a bundle of 12 prayer cards available. Use these prayer cards each month throughout the year as a guide to help you pray that God would develop His characteristics in your life and your child’s life—making them more like him.

Available for free at the Faith at Home Center and our Family Resource Centers around campus.

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!


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

The FG Kids Team
kids@fellowshipgreenville.org