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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

August Series Description: The most amazing work of art is the one we see in the mirror each day—people! God made everything, but people are God’s most wonderful creation because we are the only creation made in God’s very own image. God made us to think and figure things out, to create and invent, and to help others—just like God.

Every time we look in the mirror and look at another person, we are seeing God’s masterpiece. We want preschoolers to know that they are wonderfully made because of WHO made them—THE awesome artist— God!

Monthly Memory Verse: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14, NIV

Monthly Bottom Line: Ask your child: WHO MADE YOU WONDERFUL? Say with your child: GOD MADE ME WONDERFUL.

Week 1
Bible Story: God Made Me — Genesis 1
Story Focus: God made everything, and God made me.
Week 2
Bible Story: Wonderfully Made — Psalm 139:14; Genesis 1:26
Story Focus: I am wonderfully made.

Week 3
Bible Story: In God’s Image — Acts 17:24; Psalm 46:1; Proverbs 2:6
Story Focus: I am wonderfully made in God's image.
Week 4
Bible Story: You Are Important to God — Luke 12:7
Story Focus: I am important to God.

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

ELEMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS

August Series Description: We are finishing up the Riddle Rangers series in the first two weeks of August, and we will transition to our IT’s A WHATSIT series which is going to lead kids to be challenged to make the earliest stories in the Bible come alive.

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 - August 7: The Truth about God the Son

Big Idea: Jesus is both God and man, and through His death, we can have eternal life.

Bible basis: Philippians 2:5-11

Key Verse: “When the name of Jesus is spoken, everyone will kneel down to worship him. Everyone’s mouth will say that Jesus Christ is Lord.” Philippians 2:10-11, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What are some of the things you know about Jesus? If you saw Jesus, what kind of things would you say to Him or ask Him?

Discussion Questions for older kids: Do you think it would be easier for you to listen to and follow God if He were speaking to you as a person? Why or why not? Why do you think God would choose to become a man and live on Earth?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 2 - August 14: The Truth about God the Holy Spirit

Big Idea: The Holy Spirit guides and helps us, so we can listen to His voice and do what He says.

Bible basis: John 14:15-30, 16:1-15; Galatians 5:13-25; Romans 8:9-17

Key Verse: “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: Why do you think God sent us the Holy Spirit? How do you think the Holy Spirit guides and helps you?

Discussion Questions for older kids: How do you think the Holy Spirit guides and helps you? Have you ever heard the voice of the Holy Spirit “whispering” to you?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 3 - August 21: Deceived in the Garden

Big Idea: God’s love is greater than our sin.

Bible basis: Genesis 1-3

Key Verse: “But here is how God has shown his love for us. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? Why do you think Adam and Eve ate the fruit even though God told them not to?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? Why do you think eating the forbidden fruit was so tempting for Adam and Eve?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.

Week 4 - August 28: God’s Covenant with Noah

Big Idea: God is a promise keeper, so we can trust that His promises will last forever.

Bible basis: Genesis 7:1-9:17

Key Verse: “The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground. But what our God says will stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8, NIrV

Discussion Questions for younger kids: What did you find interesting about this story? If you were Noah, would you trust God to keep His promise to not flood the earth again? Why or why not?

Discussion Questions for older kids: What do you think this story teaches us about God? Why do you think God made a covenant to never flood the entire earth again?

Watch the weekly lesson video together as a family.


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

PRETEEN HIGHLIGHTS

August Series Description: All summer long we are talking about how God gave us the Bible so that we may know Him and His Story. It takes the WHOLE Bible to tell this ONE Story - the story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them. We know in this true story from God, that every book, every story within the Big Story of the Bible points to Jesus and how God rescues His children through Jesus.

This month we will continue to look at the big narrative of the Bible starting with being a part of God's church so that together in community we can spread his goodness and blessing to those around us. We will then continue to discuss the end of the Bible by looking back at the beginning. When we place our trust in Jesus, He makes us new and continues making us new until He returns completing the new creation with the Kingdom of God lasting forever as He intended from the beginning. We will then wrap up the month and the One Story unit by reviewing the big narrative of the Bible.

Our prayer is that your preteen student will see their need for Jesus, see their story within His story, and through faith in Jesus enter into God's redemptive 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 - August 7: The Church: You Belong With God's People

Big Idea: God wants us to share our life with other believers so that together, you spread his goodness and blessing to those around you.

Bible Basis: Acts 2:42-47; Ephesians 4

Key Verse: “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18:20

Discussion Questions of the week: How can sharing our lives with other believers look in our everyday life? Why do you think God wants us to share life with other believers?

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

Week 2 - August 14: The Kingdom of God Forever

Big Idea: Jesus is coming back and He is making everything new!

Bible Basis: Acts 1:11; Revelation 21:1-5

Key Verse: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” Revelation 21:3

Discussion Questions of the week: John’s book of Revelation does not have an ending…because Jesus is coming again. What does that mean for you? What are you most looking forward to being made new in God's new creation?

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

Week 3 - August 21: Rise Sunday

Students will rise to their new grades and may be in new locations in the building. 6th graders will move to Students (upstairs in the Student Building) and 4th graders will move to the 4th & 5th grades Preteen area (Next to Auditorium 1 and the elevator). We will review with our 5th graders and introduce to our 4th graders how the Bible is one story.

Big Idea: The Bible is from God; therefore we know the Bible is true.

Key Verse: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Discussion Questions of the week: How can we trust that God is the author of the Bible? Is His Word true?

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

Week 4 - August 28: How to Read the Bible

We will use this time to talk over Bible skills and encourage your student to start a plan to be more in God's word. Each preteen student will receive The Story of God's Love For You by Sally Lloyd-Jones. We encourage you, along with your student, to read a chapter a week and then read the Bible references that are listed at the beginning of each chapter.

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

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

THINGS TO KNOW

FG Kids Summer Serve - until August 14th: With vacation plans, we will have a limited FG Kids serving team this summer. We have many Sunday serving opportunities available this summer and would love for you to join our team by choosing what dates and service time you are available. To sign-up, please select one or more of the dates listed on our website.

K-Rise - August 20, 9am-12 pm: This high-energy, fun-packed event is designed for children entering Kindergarten in the fall and their parents as an introduction to the transitions they will face and experience. We believe that K Rise is a vital launching point for this new adventure to help both parents and kindergarteners understand the transition from embracing their child's physical needs to engaging their interests. Kids and parents will meet the small group leaders, get a taste of the new programming and worship, and have a chance to walk through the classrooms that the Kindergarteners will be moving to. Registration is now open. Please sign up on our webpage.

Rise Sunday - August 21: On August 21, if your child has just entered Kindergarten, 4th grade, or 6th grade they will move to a different area of our building for Sunday morning programming.

  • The Kindergarten area is located in our K-3rd area, which is located on the first floor of the student building.
  • 4th grade is located in our 4th & 5th Grade Preteen area located next to Auditorium 1 and the elevator.

You will receive an email with more details closer to Rise Sunday. Please let us know if your child's grade is not correct on your family's profile as your child's grade will change to the next grade in our system on August 21.

NextGen Leader Launch - August 21, 3-5 pm: The best way to help kids and teenagers know God is to connect them with someone who knows God. When you show up for the kids and teenagers of this church, you help give them a sense of belonging and a place to authentically engage in faith. Whether you've been serving for five years, five minutes, or are just interested in learning more about serving with the next generation, this event is for you. Join us Sunday, August 21 from 3-5:30 pm for an encouraging evening of fellowship as we kick off this school year with other like-minded leaders who are willing to let God use them to influence the next generation. Please register on our 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: 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