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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

January Series Description: A great storyteller can pull you in and make you forget everything else that is going on around you. They make you feel empathy and conviction for things that really matter. Life lessons are revealed with each word, and you walk away wanting to change and just be a better human.

Jesus is that kind of storyteller.

When addressing Jesus in the Bible, His followers used one specific title more than any other. It wasn’t Healer or Provider. His followers called Him “Teacher.” They listened intently as Jesus taught with a depth of wisdom and knowledge no one had ever heard before.

Jesus is indeed the master storyteller and there is nothing better than Story Time with Him. When Jesus starts talking, it’s time to listen. Because, Jesus teaches me important things.

Monthly Memory Verse: “The crowds were amazed at His teaching.” Matthew 7:28, NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO TEACHES YOU IMPORTANT THINGS? Say with your child: JESUS TEACHES ME IMPORTANT THINGS.

Week 1
Bible Story: Prodigal Son * — Luke 15:11-24
Story Focus: Jesus teaches us God loves us no matter what.
Week 2
Bible Story: The Lost Sheep * — Luke 15:3-7
Story Focus: Jesus teaches us we are important to God.

Week 3
Bible Story: Bigger Barns * — Acts 2:45; Luke 12:16-21
Story Focus: Jesus teaches us we can share our stuff.
Week 4
Bible Story: Good Samaritan * — Luke 10:25-37
Story Focus: Jesus teaches us to help others.

Week 5
Bible Story: House on a Rock * — Matthew 7:24-27
Story Focus: Jesus teaches us how to live.

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

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

January Series Description: Squish, boing, chomp, splat! The only thing better than hearing these sounds is making them yourself! Telling a great story is exciting, but when you get to add your own noises, things get…well… (insert Kaboom sound) explosively fun! That’s exactly what kids will be doing during the “Live Out Loud” series. Using their mouths, bodies, and just about anything else they can find, kids will help make the early stories of Jesus’ life come alive with sound effects. The sounds of the story won’t be the only thing making noise, though. As kids hear about the wisdom, love, and compassion that Jesus showed, they’ll learn that following his example will help them to “Live Out Loud” so that other people take notice and wonder who or what made them so extraordinary.

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 - January 9:

Big Idea: Jesus grew in wisdom and favor by spending time in His Father’s house.

Bible basis: Luke 2:41-52

Key Verse: Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52 (NIV)

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? Why do you think Jesus wanted to stay behind at the temple instead of going home with Mary and Joseph?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? Jesus said to his parents, “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” What do you think he meant by that?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 2 - January 16:

Big Idea: Baptism gives us a picture of Jesus’ amazing sacrifice.

Bible basis: Luke 3; Matthew 3; Mark 1:29-34

Key Verse: By being baptized, we were buried with Christ into his death. Christ has been raised from the dead by the Father’s glory. And like Christ we also can have a new life. Romans 6:4 (NIrV)

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? Why do you think baptism takes place in the water?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? If Jesus never sinned, why do you think it was part of God’s holy plan that he be baptized?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 3 - January 23:

Big Idea: Jesus said “no” to sin, and so can we.

Bible basis: Luke 4:1-13

Key Verse: You are tempted in the same way all other human beings are. God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted any more than you can take. But when you are tempted, God will give you a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIrV)

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? What did Jesus do that helped Him say no to sin?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about Jesus? Why do you think Jesus repeated scripture every time Satan tempted Him?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 4 - January 30:

Big Idea: Jesus was rejected for saying unpopular things.

Bible basis: Luke 4:16-30

Key Verse: Am I now trying to get people to think well of me? Or do I want God to think well of me? Am I trying to please people? If I were, I would not be serving Christ. Galatians 1:10 (NIrV)

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? Why do you think the people in the synagogue were angry when Jesus said He had come to save everyone?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? Why do you think the people from Jesus’ hometown had a hard time believing Jesus was the Messiah?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

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

THINGS TO KNOW

One of the most rewarding aspects of Kids Ministry is being able to attend our NextGen Baptism Celebration and celebrate with a kid’s family and friends and their decision to trust and follow Jesus. At our most recent baptism celebration, Max was baptized as a declaration of his faith. We were so excited for him as he took those next steps! Please see Max’s faith story as a testament to what God has done in his own life.

Faith Story: “I always loved God. I was grateful that he made me. I always knew he was real. I believed what my parents and my church told me. I wanted to go to heaven and have an everlasting life. I talked to my Daddy and he explained what it meant to be a Christian. I know I’m going to go to heaven when I die and my sins are washed away. Sometimes I learn about God from Bibleman cartoons. I want to be baptized to show everyone that I’m a Christian. I love other people and want to tell them about Jesus.” - Max S. (see picture)

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 Sunday, January 30, 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.

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, teach and talk 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 of December: 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