Parent Cue: January!

Parent Cues provide an overview of this month’s weekly lessons, Bottom Line, and Memory Verse as well as a few fun activities to help reinforce this month’s lessons at home. Below are the preschool and elementary  parent cue for January- you can also pick up a physical printout at the check-in table on Sundays! We hope these prompt great conversation between you and your child during the week!

Preschool Parent Cue: Parent Cue

Elementary Parent Cue: Parent Cue

 

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December Preschool Parent Cue!

Parent Cues provide an overview of this month’s weekly lessons, Bottom Line, and Memory Verse as well as a few fun activities to help reinforce this month’s lessons at home. Below is the preschool monthly parent cue for December- you can also pick up a physical printout at the check-in table on Sundays!

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What’s my elementary child learning?

It’s official—the holidays are around the corner. With all the Christmas hoopla, it’s easier than ever to lose focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. That’s why we want to spend this month talking about Generosity: making someone’s day by giving something away.

We hope kids get wrapped up in others as they show them how much God has been so generous toward us. There’s a danger in getting so wrapped up in ourselves or so wrapped up in our things that we miss the essence of this season. There’s just something about giving that reflects the character of God to those around us. Every good thing we have is a gift from Him. But we also know that God’s generosity has a purpose. God gives to us and expects us to do the same for others in return.

Generosity changes us when we learn how to give the way God gives. This month, we’ll look at four great stories from the New Testament that help us understand God’s plan for generosity in our lives.

In Week 1, we start our month on generosity in Luke 12:13-21 with a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was wrapped up in the wrong thing. He worried more about storing up more stuff and ended up losing everything that really mattered. Our Bottom Line is: Don’t get wrapped up in your stuff.

In Week 2, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation that Jesus had with a rich ruler that Luke recorded in Luke 18:18-25. This man was so wrapped up in his stuff that he couldn’t let go of what didn’t really matter in favor of what mattered most, a relationship with Jesus. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in what matters most.

In Week 3, we celebrate that God sent us the greatest gift when He sent us Jesus. Through John 3:16-17 and Luke 2:1-18, we will focus on Jesus’ birth as we pause and remember that God gave us His only Son, so we could have a personal relationship with Him. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in Christmas.

In Week 4, we’ll see that the wise men knew how to be generous. In Matthew 2:1-12, we read about the men who came to visit Jesus. They went above and beyond to see Him and show generosity. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in giving.

Our memory verse is a great reminder for us. “Be rich in good deeds … be generous and willing to share,” 1 Timothy 6:18. Many times, we think that our ability to be generous is connected to our stuff. However, being rich really isn’t defined by how much we have or collect, or how many presents we get. We’re not generous because we are rich; rather, we are rich because we are generous. This month, we hope that kids will discover what it really means to be rich—to let God’s generosity show up in their lives and help them get wrapped up in others.

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What is my Preschool Child Learning? (December)

Merry Christmas! It’s here! It’s here! The bestest time of year! That’s right, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. This year, we are sharing THE BESTEST NEWS EVER with our preschoolers. Do you know what the bestest news ever is? That God sent us His Son, Jesus, on that very first Christmas day. Yes, THE CHRISTMAS STORY is truly the bestest news ever.

We’re going to have a great time this year sharing the Christmas story with our preschool friends. Each week, they will be introduced to a section of a simple, fun rhyme so that by the end of the month they will be able to tell everyone what the story of Christmas is all about! Each week we’ll be asking Pre-Schoolers “Why is Jesus special?” and reminding them of our Bottom Line- “Jesus is God’s Son.”

We’ll start the month with the story of how the angel came and told Mary she was going to have a special baby named Jesus. (LUKE 1:26-33, 38, 46)

Then, during week two, Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem to find no room in the inn, and Baby Jesus is born in a stable. (LUKE 2:1-7)

The shepherds enter the story in week three and run to meet this special baby. And Finally, the wisemen arrive and help us complete both the fun rhyme we’ve been learning and the Christmas story. (LUKE 2:6-18 and MATTHEW 2:1-2, 9-11)

Week 4 (Sunday, December 28) there will be no Antioch Kids classes and you and your preschooler are instead invited to attend a special Family Service in the main auditorium 🙂

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December God Time Cards

From tribesmen to billionaire philanthropists, the social value of generosity is obvious. Generosity transforms lives. Generosity communicates love. Generosity encourages generosity in others. The habit of being generous is a pattern that is easiest to develop when young. After all, giving away one’s most valuable treasure (whether that be sharing money or sharing a favorite toy) is hard! We really want kids at Antioch to know why generosity is important and know how to be generous to others.

Let us present this month’s “God Time Cards”. God Time Cards provide 4 short devo’s each week for elementary aged kids. Each devo reinforces the virtue of the month. The virtue for December is (did you guess it?)… GENEROSITY!

They are short, but they are profound. We hope this resource helps create generous hearts as the holiday season approaches. Make sure to check them out!

Week 1 (December 7-13)

Week 2 (December 14-20)

Week 3 (December 21-27)

Week 4 (December 28- January 3)


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