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Hello Parents! In this month’s newsletter, you will find the preschool and elementary series descriptions for this month, Easter registration, and information on our new Community Bible Reading journal for Preteen elementary students.

PRESCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

March Series Description: When Jesus was on earth, He showed us who to love and how to love them. It doesn’t matter what someone looks like or what they’ve done. Jesus loves them. When we love like Jesus, we become a light of God’s love to the world.

When race car drivers hear the call to “start your engines,” the mission is clear, and they are ready to go, go, go! The same can be said for those of us who follow Jesus. Jesus is calling each of us to start our engines and go do what He has prepared us to do. His call is to “love each other the way I have loved you.” Yes, the mission is clear, and it’s time for us to help our preschoolers get ready to go, go, go and love, love, love—like Jesus!

And, how do we love like Jesus? We put others first and are a good friend. We share with others, help others, and say kind words to each other. When we do these things, our light shines bright and the love of Jesus shines through us. Preschoolers want to show everyone that, “I can do it. I can put on my shoes. I can make my bed. I can carry heavy things.” Let’s help them add, “I can love like Jesus,” to that list. Now, start your engines!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO CAN LOVE LIKE JESUS? Say with your child: I CAN LOVE LIKE JESUS.

Weekly Bible Story and Focus:

Week 1
Bible Story: Light of the World - Matthew 5:14-16
Story Focus: When you love like Jesus, you will be a light.
Week 2
Bible Story: Washing Feet - John 13:3-17
Story Focus: When you love like Jesus, you can be a good friend.

Week 3
Bible Story: Love one another - John 13:34-35
Story Focus: When you love like Jesus, you can love everyone.
Week 4
Bible Story: Palm Sunday - Matthew 21:1-16
Story Focus: We can celebrate Jesus

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

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

March Series Description: Waiting is a part of life. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait on our own. God can help us experience the patience we need to wait well. After all, God is patient. God is in control and knows what’s best for us. Even though God’s people had been waiting for years for the promised Savior, at just the right time, God sent Jesus. As we’re created in God’s image, we can reflect His patience in our lives. We can be patient when we remember what God has done and trust God no matter what.

Monthly memory verse: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 NIrV

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

    1. When is it hard to have patience? — Luke 2:25-35
Bottom Line:
When you have to wait, remember God is with you. Waiting is just a part of life: in lines, for school to let out, to take their turn on the playground. Some situations can be more difficult to wait than others, we pray that kids will remember that they don’t have to wait on their own. God is with them while they wait.

    2. What can you think about when it’s hard to wait? — Exodus 32:1-35
Bottom Line:
When you have to wait, remember what’s true. We can’t avoid having to wait, but we can choose how we respond. A good way to discover patience is to think about what’s true about God: God loves us and knows what’s the best for us. God cares for us and is with us. We can trust God no matter. We pray that kids remember what’s true about God when they have to wait.

    3. What could you miss out on by not waiting? — Genesis 25:24-34
Bottom Line:
If you don’t wait, it could cost you. Through the story of Esau, we pray that kids will discover why it’s important to have patience and wait. We will face moments when we want to rush and take the first choice that comes our way, but that might not be God’s best for us. We pray kids will discover that when they wait, they can experience something even better than they can imagine.

    4. What are you waiting for right now? — Matthew 21:1-11
Bottom Line:
You can celebrate even when you’re waiting. How we wait can show others how we trust God. Celebrating might feel like a strange way to wait. However, when we remember how much God loves us, that Jesus came to save us, that God will always be faithful, we can’t help but celebrate and have joy believing that God will do the same in the future. We pray that kids learn how to celebrate God while they wait.

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

THINGS TO KNOW

RSVP for Easter Services!

Easter is the perfect time to worship God and celebrate the redemptive life he provides. It's also an important time for Fellowship Greenville, as our friends and family who may not normally attend church are more likely to come at Easter than at any other time of the year. Even though our buildings are at a limited capacity, we're still overwhelmingly excited to gather as a church family in person and online.

If you're considering joining us for services this year, please know that we're delighted to have you, whatever your church background may be. To help us maintain safety and respectful distancing practices, we ask that you RSVP for our services ahead of time. Click the button below to get started!

RSVP FOR SERVICES HERE

If you're an FG regular, we ask that you prayerfully consider investing in Easter by serving or inviting others to join us for our weekend services and by faithfully praying that God will move in the hearts of those who might join us. How might God use you to invest and invite this Easter to share His redemptive message?

SIGN UP TO SERVE HERE

Our celebration will also be streamed online via YouTube, Facebook, and Church Online for Good Friday at 7 PM and Easter Sunday at 11 AM! Remember to snap some pictures of your experience, share to social media, and use this hashtag (#easteratfg) for your posts.

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe environment for all our families to join in worship!

PARENT RESOURCES

Community Reading Bible journal for Preteen and Middle School students

In February we handed out the first Community Bible Reading (CBR) Journals for Students who attended FG Kids 3rd-5th grade programming. On March 21 we will hand out the next CBR journal. The CBR Journal is a guide for daily Bible reading. Each day includes a passage to read, a small devotion, and questions to help your child think about and apply what they read. It is our greatest desire and prayer that this next generation comes to love and develops a daily habit of spending time in God's Word.

Our 3rd-5th grade small group leaders are going through the journal as well and are facilitating conversations around what they read at the beginning of Sunday mornings. We also encourage you to go through the journal with your child. Sharing with your child what God is teaching you through His Word will help your child and family make daily Bible reading and discussions a part of your family's routine.

Your child will receive a new CBR journal each month as we go through a different book of the Bible. You can use this link to download a digital copy or you can request a copy to be mailed to you by clicking this link.


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