June God Time Cards :: Faith

To kick off the summer, our elementary kids will be learning all about faith. Faith is defined like this: believing that what Jesus did can change me.  We would like to equip you to begin a conversation about faith at home this summer. To help do this, we want to provide you with this great resource called God Time Cards. These short devotions are designed for elementary aged kids to do during the week. They are fun and engaging – and we hope you and your kids will love them!

Below you will find the God Time Cards for June to help you and your family continue learning about faith. Simply click below to get started!

Week 1                    Week 2

Week 3                    Week 4

What is My Elementary Child Learning in June?

Summer is one of those times of the year when you hope to escape your normal day-to-day and head off on a family vacation. Perhaps you have a passport and hope to fill it with stamps and visas from around the world or maybe you keep albums filled with photos from the places you’ve seen and the people you’ve met along the way.

But when you think about it, these aren’t just passport stamps and travel photos, they are stories capturing moments we lived. As we travel the world and experience the different landscapes and cultures, often we can’t help but notice that no matter where in the world we are, God is already there and up to something amazing.

The prophet Isaiah writes, “The whole earth is filled with God’s glory.” And that glory was made real when 2000-some years ago a REAL human was born, lived a perfect life, died, and rose again. Of course, that man is Jesus. And throughout the past 2,000 years since, His story—His LIFE—has been changing the world.

This summer we’re excited for kids to experience that life-changing story of Jesus first hand and put their faith in Him.

We’ll talk about faith like this:
Believing that what Jesus did can change me.

Our hope is that kids discover that no matter where they are in the world, the story of Jesus can change them, too.

This summer, we get to view the story of Jesus through a man whose life was radically changed when he encountered the story of Jesus. He went from a person who did whatever it took to stop the message of Jesus from spreading to one who ended up writing most of the New Testament of the Bible and dying for his faith in Jesus. This man, as you may have already guessed, is Paul. He went all over the known world preaching the Story of Jesus. We’ll explore where in the world Paul was and how we fit into his story, too.

WEEK 1

We’ll kick off the summer with an overview of the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We want kids to understand that the Story of Jesus is not just a bunch of stories in the Bible; rather it’s a message of salvation He came to give the world. We’ll go through an overview of the Life of Jesus, discover why He needed to come, and discuss what putting our faith in Jesus means for us 2,000 years later after He walked on our planet.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes everything. The most important moment in all of history was when Jesus lived on planet earth. What He taught, how He lived, died and rose again changed the course of humanity. We pray that kids will come to realize that Jesus isn’t just a story in an old book, but a real person who can change their life, too.

Our Memory Verse is Hebrews 11:1 (NIrV), “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being sure of what we do not see.” This verse gives us a great definition for what it means to have faith. As kids learn this verse, we want them to remember that the beauty they see around them in the world can point them to God and His plan to send us Jesus.

WEEK 2

We’ll see what happened in Acts 9:1-25 when Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul was on his way to stop the message of Jesus from spreading. But Jesus had different plans for Paul. Paul was about to become the one to take the story of Jesus to the rest of the world. This encounter with Jesus completely changed Paul’s life.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see him. When we encounter the Jesus of the Bible we realize that he is not just a character in a storybook—but a real human being who lived and died and rose again.

WEEK 3

We’ll continue Paul’s story in Acts 9:26-31, as we find out what happens when he goes to join up with the other Jesus followers he was known for persecuting. As you can imagine, they were probably a bit frightened to trust Paul. But Barnabus convinced the rest of the disciples that Paul could be trusted. He stood up for Paul who used to be his enemy.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I see others. When Jesus enters our life and starts changing us from the inside out, we’ll start to see others how He sees them.

WEEK 4

We’ll finish up June with passages in Acts 11 and 13. Paul and Barnabus head to Antioch as they discover that the message of Jesus is starting to spread to people outside of the Jewish community. Many of these new followers of Jesus are in need. The rest of the disciples send Paul and Barnabus on a journey to collect money that will be a huge help to those Jesus followers.

Bottom Line: The story of Jesus changes how I help others. Jesus said that people would know we are His followers by the way we show love to one another. Putting our faith in Jesus into action will change the way we take initiative to help others in need.

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“Play Through the Bible”

Hi Church family!

Summer is approaching! However, the cold and rain still visit us on some days, making the playground a less desirable destination for you and your children. When outdoor play isn’t an option, we have a solution! Blogger Liz came up with some creative ideas to “Play Through the Bible” in 25 weeks with her toddler. While her plan is geared toward toddlers, it can be expanded upon for older preschoolers.

You can click this link to view Liz’s full introduction of her “Play Through the Bible” program. I have provided a brief summary below.

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The idea is to provide a simple (short and repetitive), basic, and engaging way of teaching the messages of Scripture. For each week, Liz presents the following:

  • Bible Story: One story in the Bible with a big idea! Examples include: Creation, Adam & Eve, Joseph, and Holy Week.
  • Focus Point: A main message to repeat. Ex. “God created everything.”
  • Story Time Tips: Ideas of how to make the story more engaging. Ex. While learning about creation, switch the lights on and off, point outside to the sky, and make animal noises.
  • Activity: A game or activity that reinforces the story. Ex. Go for a walk or read a book, point to things, and ask “Who made this?”
  • Discussion: An ongoing conversation to have with your child. Ex. Ask your child, “Who made you?” and teach them the answer: “God!”
  • 5 Crafts: One easy craft for each day of the week. Ex. Yellow strips on a piece of black paper, showing how the first lights may have been placed in the dark sky.

You can follow her schedule (five days a week for 25 weeks) or go through her program at your own pace—say, choosing one project whenever a rainy day approaches. Liz recommends using The Rhyme Bible Storybook and The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers as you read each week’s story. We suggest using the Jesus Storybook Bible as an additional resource—you could even read the same Bible story from a different Bible each day for one week!

Click this link for the complete list of stories and activities.

We hope this is a fun and meaningful way to explore God’s story with your preschoolers! We would love to hear your stories of aha-moments, laughter, and successes as you engage in this goal—please feel free to comment below or email us 🙂

Blessings,

Chelsey

Antioch Kids | Preschool Coordinator

Elementary God Time Cards for May: Contentment

Contentment is our virtue for the month of May in our elementary classes. Our goal is to help you, as parents, continue teaching your kids about contentment at home during the week. To help you do this, here’s a really helpful resource called God Time Cards. These are short devotions designed specifically for your elementary student. They are fun and engaging – we know you and your kids will love them!

Below you will find May’s God Time Cards to help your child continue learning about the importance of contentment in their life. Simply click below to get started! Have fun!

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Contentment 3              Contentment 4

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