Elementary God Time Cards for September

Elementary students at Antioch are learning all about Initiative this September! Initiative is seeing what needs to be done and doing it. We would like to equip parents to continue the conversation about initiative at home this fall. To help you do this we want to provide you with a great resource called God Time Cards. These short cards are designed for elementary kids to do as a weekly devotion. They are fun and engaging – and we know you and your kids will love them!

Below you will find the God Time Cards for September to help you and your elementary student continue learning about the importance of initiative and what it means to take action when we see a need. Simply click below to get started! Have fun!

Week 1                         Week 2

Week 3                        Week 4

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What is my elementary child learning in September?

When you walk into a room and you look around, do you notice what you need to notice? Have you ever wondered why there are some people who can see things that other people just don’t see? It seems like some people just have this knack for looking around a room and noticing things that others don’t. Maybe they notice that there are three crooked pictures on the wall or three people are wearing orange shirts. Sometimes they might even notice that there’s a job to be done—like cleaning up a spilled glass of soda or emptying an overflowing trashcan. Now, what if this ability to notice things has more to do with being trained to open your eyes instead of a simple natural ability? Because when it comes down to it, seeing what needs to be done is not just about training yourself to see what’s around you; rather, it should be more about doing something about what you’ve seen.

But let’s be honest for a second, sometimes what you end up seeing are jobs that are pretty dirty, huh? Not many people like taking out the trash, cleaning up the yard after the dog has been out there, or those bathrooms that just never seem to clean themselves. But somebody’s gotta do those jobs. If they don’t, life will get pretty messy, pretty fast.

But dirty jobs aren’t just about cleaning the house. Sometimes, we see a relationship that needs to get fixed or someone that needs some encouragement. Are we really aware of what’s happening around us to take notice and take action?

The same goes for our kids. Shouldn’t we train our children to open their eyes, to be aware of their surroundings and get involved? What would happen if we started teaching our kids how to really look at the world around them and actually do something about what they see? What would it be like if our children could begin to notice things that need to be done and do them without being asked? What could happen if they look at the people in their life that need help and take the initiative to help them?

Or what about when it comes to their own life? What if they saw things that needed to be changed and changed them? These don’t have to be huge. It could be something simple like brushing their teeth or taking a bath or keeping their room clean. That’s why we’re taking this whole month to discover more about initiative.

Initiative is seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Initiative isn’t just some practical principle; it’s really a spiritual principle that starts with God. Initiative is part of God’s character. God took initiative on our behalf. When God saw our broken relationship with Him, He sent Jesus to make it right. When we show initiative, we are reflecting God’s image that is hardwired in us.

Help your kids see life in a different way. Start asking the question, “What do you see?” When you walk into a room, when you walk by someone and when you’re trying to teach children to see themselves from a different perspective, train your kids to notice things they would not ordinarily notice and encourage them to do something about what they see.

In fact, we all might pay attention a little more when we realize that we aren’t just working for our parents or our bosses but we are actually working for God. That’s why we chose Colossians 3:23a (NIrV) as our memory verse for the month. “Work at everything you do with all your heart. Work as if you were working for the Lord.”

To dive deeper into initiative, we’re heading back to the Old Testament to talk more about one of the greatest examples of someone taking initiative—a man by the name of Nehemiah. This month, we’ll break down the story of Nehemiah into four segments that will give kids insight into this idea of initiative.

WEEK 1:

We are going to begin with the first chapter of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was working for King Artaxerxes when his brother brought news from the exiles living in Judah. When he heard about the devastation in Jerusalem, Nehemiah was heartbroken. He recognized the huge need and before he did anything he prayed. He knew he needed God’s help.

Bottom Line: When you see something big to be done, ask God for help. We want children to understand that no matter how big or small the project, God can help them accomplish it. The first thing kids should do when faced with a task is to pray and ask God for help.

WEEK 2:

We’ll check out Nehemiah 2:1-9 and 11-18. Nehemiah took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step, he went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.

Bottom Line: When you see what needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it. We hope kids learn that when they see what needs to be done, they shouldn’t wait to take action. Of course there might be times that the task seems dangerous or too big to handle by themselves. Still, kids can still take initiative and ask someone they trust for help.

WEEK 3:

We will focus on a different part of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 5:1-12. While everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, even though he was the leader, and even though he was in charge, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to say to help them figure out a solution.

Bottom Line: When you see people in need, don’t wait for someone else to help them.When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help, instead of thinking it’s someone else’s problem. 

WEEK 4:

We’ll look at several passages through Nehemiah and that throughout the whole process of building the wall, Nehemiah demonstrated some amazing truths about initiative. He demonstrated how to see what needs to be done and did it. He demonstrated how to care for others. He even demonstrated something that’s very important to recognize when talking about initiative—Nehemiah realized that the ability or strength to do what needs to be done comes from God. We cannot accomplish the task on our own. We have to lean on God to do His part as well. The most powerful part is seeing that when they did their part, God stepped in and did something that only God could do.

Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done. Often when we take initiative on something big, we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help. We want kids to know that if they do what they can do to help, God will do the rest.

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Preschool Parent Cue for September

Here comes autumn! This September we are focusing on the bottom line that God will take care of me. On Sunday mornings we are going to listen to Bible stories about people who saw God provide for them and we will do activities that illustrate God’s care for us! We invite you to continue the conversation and learning at home by checking out the ideas included in this month’s Parent Cue. We hope you and your kiddos continue to grow in your understanding of God’s love for you!

Preschool Parent Cue September

What is My Preschooler Learning in September?

Hi friends!

It’s the beginning of a new season! We are excited to teach kids this first month of fall that even when lots of things change—like the leaves falling, the air getting colder, starting school, or growing out of old clothes—God cares for us consistently. Our bottom line for the month is God will take care of me and our memory verse is “My God will meet all your needs” (Philippians 4:19, NIV). September’s Bible stories will highlight people whose needs were met by God.

  • Esther (Esther 2:2 – 8:17) | She had to move to a new place and wasn’t sure she would be okay. God made sure she had food, a bed, clothes, and new friends. She even became a queen and did some important things for God!
  • Spies from God’s Army (Joshua 2:1-22, 6:1-25) | God used Rahab to help the spies hide from their enemies in Jericho. Then God kept Rahab and her family safe when God’s army came back to Jericho.
  • A Widow and her Son (1 Kings 17:7-16) | They were very, very hungry and had no food! God sent the prophet Elijah and he told the widow that God would make it so her flour and oil would never run out, so she could keep making bread for them to eat.
  • Hagar and her Son Ishmael (Genesis 21:14-20) | When they were in the desert and ran out of water, Hagar prayed to God for help and God provided a well of water.

As we teach these stories on Sunday mornings, we will offer some pet-themed learning activities to illustrate God’s provision for our needs. The way we take care of our pets gives us a little glimpse of the tremendous ways God cares for us!

Scripture Cake

Are you looking for a way to get your kiddos interested in the Old Testament? Here’s a fun way to engage with Scripture and make a delicious treat at the same time! Below is a recipe for “Scripture Cake” drizzled in syrup. To find out what the ingredients are, just look up these Bible verses.

Scripture Cake

Example:
> 1 1/2 cup Jeremiah 6:20
> “What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.” (Jeremiah 6:20, ESV)
> “Sweet cane” = granulated sugar
> 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Once your kiddos have finished their detective work, you can go to the blog “With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart” (click here) to double check their list of ingredients and find the baking instructions for your cake and syrup!

Scripture Cake

  • 3/4 cup Judges 5:25
  • 1 1/2 cup Jeremiah 6:20
  • 5 Isaiah 10:14
  • 3 cups sifted Leviticus 24:5
  • 3 teaspoons 2 Kings 2:20
  • 3 teaspoons Amos 4:5
  • 1 teaspoon Exodus 30:23
  • 1/4 teaspoon each 2 Chronicles 9:9
  • 1/2 cup Judges 4:19
  • 3/4 chopped Genesis 43:11
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped Jeremiah 24:5
  • 3/4 cup 2 Samuel 16:1
  • Whole Genesis 43:11 for garnish

Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups Jeremiah 6:20
  • 1/2 cup Genesis 24:45
  • 1/4 cup Genesis 18:8