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Hello Parents! In this month’s newsletter, you will find the preschool and elementary series descriptions for this month and upcoming events and registration information for you to mark on your calendars.

PRESCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

July Series Description: We don’t want trusting God to be hard for our preschoolers. God has done so much to show us that we can trust Him. That is why we are going to continue teaching our preschoolers this month that they can trust God with everything. The music, the dancing, and the instruments continue this month. And, most importantly, we have more true stories from the Bible of people who show us why we can trust God. 

We want preschoolers to trust that God is always with them. We want them to look to Jesus so He can show them they can trust God. We want them to put on the armor of God and trust Him to use it to make them strong. And, we want them to trust that nothing can ever separate them from God’s love. It is our prayer that they will always remember all of the reasons why they can trust God.

Monthly Memory Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5 NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO CAN TRUST GOD? Say with your child: I CAN TRUST GOD.

Week 1
Bible Story: Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego - Daniel 3:1-28
Story Focus: God is always with me.
Week 2
Bible Story: Peter walks on water - Matthew 14: 22-23
Story Focus: Jesus shows us we can trust God.

Week 3
Bible Story: Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-17
Story Focus:  God helps me stand strong.
Week 4
Bible Story: Nothing can separate us from God’s love - Romans 8:38-39
Story Focus:  I can trust God.

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

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

July Series Description: When it comes to confidence, we might try and base it on what we do well or what a teacher or parent might say about us. But true confidence should be built on something that lasts forever. We think that’s found in understanding how God sees us. God created us, and God loves us. Nowhere is this more evident than in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. And, when you put your confidence in Jesus, you can truly see yourself how God sees you.

Jesus promised that He would always be with us. Because we believe this is true, we can be confident in Him every day. You can have confidence that He’s working to transform you into exactly who God created you to be.

Monthly memory verse: “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6, NIV

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

  1. What are some times when you need to trust God? — Daniel 3
    Kids trust the adults in their lives to feed them and put a roof over their heads. They trust their teachers to help them learn something new about the world. But kids sometimes have a hard time thinking about what it means to put their trust in God. We hope this question starts some great conversations about the big and small ways we can trust God every day.

    Bottom Line: Trust that God is always with you. Not only has God been faithful to Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego when they were thrown into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), God has proven His faithfulness to all sorts of people throughout history. We can live with confidence, knowing that God will be with us in every situation we face.

  2. What distracts you from focusing on Jesus? — Matthew 14:22-33
    For week two, we head to Matthew 14:22-33. Peter and the rest of the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee when they noticed a figure walking on the water’s surface. When they finally realize that the figure is Jesus, Peter called out and asked Jesus to invite Him onto the water. Jesus did, and Peter took a stroll on top of the waves. However, only when Peter focused on Jesus is he able to stay afloat.

    Bottom Line:  Stay focused on Jesus. When we put our confidence in Jesus, we find the courage to make the wise choice in a difficult situation. Jesus may not be asking us to walk on water, but He does ask us to trust Him and make time with Him a priority in our lives. We hope kids start to understand some practical ways to focus on Jesus and what He wants for their lives

  3. When is it hard to stand strong? — Ephesians 6:10-17
    Next, we look to Ephesians 6:10-17. As Paul wraps up the end of his letter, he focuses our attention on where we can find confidence. Paul encourages the believers to allow God to make them strong. We don’t have to face life on our own. God offers us spiritual armor we can wear to help us stand firm when we face difficulty. God is with us and won’t let us down.

    Bottom Line:  Use what God has given you to stand strong.
    Sometimes kids might feel like they’re on their own, especially when it comes to having courage or finding confidence. We pray this will be a powerful week as kids discover that when they trust Jesus with their life, God offers them spiritual armor to help them face whatever is happening in their lives.

  4. What are some things that are true about God? — Romans 8:38-39
    We finish the month with something Paul wrote in Romans 8:38-39. The church in Rome needed some encouragement, and Paul delivered. He wrote, Nothing at all can ever separate us from God’s love. That’s because of what Christ Jesus our Lord has done (NIrV). God’s love gives us the encouragement and confidence to face anything.

    Bottom Line: God loves you no matter what. We all face times when we feel far away from God’s love. But Paul’s words remind us that nothing can ever stop God’s love for us. This truth can help us live with confidence. No matter what life looks like for us, God’s love can give us the encouragement we need to keep going. We can trust God no matter what.

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

THINGS TO KNOW

July 5-24: Community Bible Reading (CBR) journal for students - A new journal is out covering Romans and Ruth. 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 the next generation comes to love and develops a daily habit of spending time in God’s Word. New journals will be passed out in 3rd-5th grade Sunday programming. You can also request or download a copy here. We would also love for you, parents, to join us as we read through the Bible as a church together. 

Tuesday, July 13: Preschool Park day - Preschool families are invited to join our FG Kids staff at Kids Planet in Greer from 10-12 am on Tuesday, July 13 for fun and fellowship. While your preschooler enjoys a playdate with other preschoolers, parents can enjoy some fellowship time with each other. Feel free to invite any other preschool families. Popsicles will be provided for everyone. Make sure to bring water and any other snacks your preschooler may need. No need to register.

Friday, August 6: K Rise - This high-energy, fun-packed evening is designed for children entering into Kindergarten in the fall and their parents as an introduction to the transitions they will face and experience. On August 6th, at 6pm-8pm we will meet in the student building in room 155 to kick-off the night. Join us for an evening of fun, pizza and popsicles, an orientation to what FG Kids (Kindergarten - 2nd Grade) ministry is all about. Registration is now open.

Sunday, August 22: Promotion Sunday - On this Sunday, all kids and students entering a new grade this fall will move up to their next grade in our check-in system and may move to a different area of the building. Those entering Kindergarten will move to our Kindergarten-2nd grade area near the main worship auditorium and those entering 3rd grade will move over to our 3rd-5th grade area on the first floor of the student building. Those entering 6th grade, will move to the second floor of the student building. Until then, all kids will remain in the grade and area they just completed in school.

PARENT RESOURCES

1. The Art of Parenting study: Parenting is a journey filled with twists, turns, delights, and difficulties. It requires intentionality and strategy to rear children to know and love God. If you are looking for a path to help you navigate parenting consider being a part of the small group study, The Art of Parenting.

In this eight-week study, working as a group, participants will process forming character, building relationships, understanding & nurturing identity, and preparing for mission. Register here.

2. AM2PM (Affirming and Mentoring Preschool Moms) Bible study: The most important conversations you will have with your kids will be in the context of everyday life. In Everyday Talk, author John Younts explains how to use ordinary conversations to talk to your kids about God and his world. You'll be delighted by his clear, practical insight and biblical wisdom.

Groups will meet weekly on Tuesday or Thursday | August 31 to November 9 from 9:30-11:30 am. You can find more information and registration here.

3. Mom’s with School Age Kids Bible Study: Your Teenager is Not Crazy by Jeramy and Jerusha Clark. As God allows us to understand the mystery and marvel of brain science, we have the exciting opportunity to reexamine our assumptions about human behavior. Perhaps nowhere does this impact our lives more profoundly than when we think about raising children-especially teenagers. Where parents often see a sweet boy or girl who has morphed into an incomprehensible bundle of hormones and angst, what we really ought to be seeing is an amazing young adult whose brain is under heavy construction. And changing the way we see our teens will revolutionize our relationships with them.

Groups will meet weekly on Thursday | September 2 to November 11 from 9:30-11:30 am. You can find more information and registration here.

4. Re|Engage Marriage study: RECONNECT, REIGNITE, AND RESURRECT YOUR MARRIAGE. Whether your marriage needs to be reignited, or be completely resurrected, re|engage is a safe place for couples to reconnect. This ministry offers hope to marriages by helping couples move toward oneness through stories of grace, teaching, and small groups. Re|engage is a marriage enrichment program; whether couples are struggling to get along, have broken relationships, or simply want to grow closer together, marriages in any condition can benefit.

The study begins Wednesday | August 25 to December 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm. You can find more information and registration here.


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