Whew! Easter flew by and April is here!
At Easter we celebrated the most amazing display of God’s love for us! Before and after His death and resurrection, Jesus taught that we can show God how much we love Him by treating others the way He wants us to treat them. We can’t wait to teach kids the memory verse from Matthew 22:37-39 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… Love your neighbor as yourself.” This month kids will learn to care for others through the lens of “my neighborhood.” As we teach kids about who their neighbors are—that is, everyone around them, including their teachers, doctors, cashiers at the grocery store, and literal next-door neighbors—we will reinforce the bottom line: I can love God and love people. This month we will teach the following Bible stories.
- Saul to Paul • Acts 9:1-31 | Everyone can learn to love God and love people. Saul didn’t believe Jesus was the Rescuer, and hated Jesus’ friends. But one day Jesus met Saul and changed him so that he decided to follow Jesus, to love God and love people.
- Early Church • Acts 2:42-47 | We can love God and love people with our friends. The Church is the group of God’s people. We are God’s people, and we can show love to God and people by spending time together, praying and learning about God together, and helping when someone has a need.
- Peter and John • Acts 3:1-16 | We can love people with what we have. Peter saw a man who couldn’t walk and the man asked for money. Peter told him that he didn’t have money to give him, but instead he told him he would give what he did have; with Jesus’ power Peter helped the man to walk again!
- Love God, Love People • Matthew 22:34-40 | I can love God and love people. Jesus taught people that the most important things they should do are: love God and love people! When we show love to people, it shows God we love Him, too.
We can’t wait to teach kids the important truth that God wants us to love Him and love people!