We’re excited to begin a new season with you and your sweet preschoolers. This month we will be teaching kids the bottom line, I can trust God, and the memory verse, “Trust the Lord with all your heart” (Proverbs 3:5, NCV). Click here to view the motions for the memory verse!
During September kids will hear the following stories:
- Noah (God’s Plan) • Genesis 6:8-33; 7:1-24 | I can believe what God says. God told Noah that a flood was coming, but that God would keep Noah safe if he followed God’s plan. God told Noah to build a huge ark and put his family and every kind of animal inside it. Noah obeyed, and the flood came. God kept his promise and kept Noah safe!
- Noah (God’s Promise) • Genesis 8:1–9:17 | God keeps His promises. After many, many days, God dried up some of the water so that there was dry land for Noah and his family and all of the animals. He put a rainbow in the sky and told Noah that the rainbow was the sign of His promise that He would never send a flood to cover the whole earth again.
- Jonah • Jonah 1:1–3:10 | I should go God’s way. The people of Ninevah did not follow God, but God still loved them. God picked Jonah to give a message to the Ninevites, so they could learn how to be friends with God! Jonah didn’t want to give the message, he didn’t think those bad people deserved a second chance, so he ran away. He ended up on a boat, and then in the ocean, and then in the belly of a big fish! After talking to God, Jonah decided to obey and talk to the Ninevites. They decided to follow God and Jonah learned that God’s plan is the best!
- Naaman • 2 Kings 5:1-14 | I can trust God even when it’s hard. Naaman had a skin disease and went to Elisha for help. Elisha told Naaman that God would heal him if he washed himself seven times in the dirty Jordan river. That plan was very different than what Naaman expected, so he got angry and didn’t want to do it. But when he decided to trust God and obey, he was healed!
Click here for a fun video telling the story of Noah.
Click here to view a video of the story of Jonah.
A preview video can be found here, and the Parent Cue for September can be found here.
We can’t wait to see what God has to teach us—kids and adults alike—about trusting Him this September. See you soon!
April is here! This month we’re teaching kids a memory verse from Matthew 22:37-39 – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart… Love your neighbor as yourself.” The bottom line is I can love God and love people. We’re excited to teach kids this important truth! Check out the Parent Cue below for ideas of how to keep teaching this to your kiddos at home!
Preschool Parent Cue – April
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!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and we can’t wait to celebrate the amazing love of our God! This month our preschoolers will be learning the bottom line that Jesus loves everyone and the memory verse: “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NIV). Our kids will hear about how Jesus wants the whole world to know that he loves every single person–even if they do something wrong and even if no one else loves them. See the Parent Cue below for ideas of how to incorporate the message of God’s love into your routine this month!
Preschool Parent Cue – February
Happy February! The arrival of this month is often characterized by hearts, and the colors red and pink, and maybe even some special gifts for the people we love (like chocolate or little delicious hearts with sweet messages on them). What a perfect time of year to talk about…
This month’s bottom line for our preschoolers is Jesus loves everyone! Our memory verse is “Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12, NIV). We can’t wait to share these Bible stories about Jesus’ love for people!
- Woman at the Well • John 4:1-30 | Jesus loves everyone. Jesus met a Samaritan woman—she was different from him, she lived in a different place and wore different clothes—and Jesus loved her and wanted to be her friend, even though they were so different!
- Zacchaeus • Luke 19:1-10 | Jesus loves us even when we do something wrong. Zacchaeus made some wrong choices, but Jesus still wanted to be his friend and visit him at his house! When he did, he showed him he loved him and helped him make right choices.
- The Unloved Woman • John 8:2-11 | Jesus loves us when no one else does. There was a woman who made some bad choices, and everyone was mean to her and wanted to hurt her. But Jesus saved her and told her that because he loved her, he wanted to change her life and help her make good choices!
- Disciples Tell Others • Matthew 28:16-20 | Tell everyone Jesus loves them. Jesus loved everyone so much that he told his best friends, the disciples, that they were going to have new jobs: they were going to tell as many people as they could that Jesus loved them and wanted to be their friend forever!
To our parents and family members and Antioch Kids leaders, you are so influential in these kiddos’ understanding of God’s love! We invite you to take some time this month, amidst preparing valentines for your kids’ classmates or decorating Valentine’s cupcakes, to remind your children about the most powerful, joyful, life-changing love there is—the love of our great God!
“… God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him… if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:8-9; 12, NIV)
December is here! This season is so exciting, because we are thinking about Christmas. When kids think about Christmas, they often think about presents, too. On Sunday mornings in Antioch Kids we will get to tell kids about the most amazing gift ever given! This gift, of course, is when God sent His own Son into the world to be with us! Here is the plan for each week in December:
- Jesus is Born • Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46-49; 2:1-7 | An angel came and told Mary she was going to have a baby. This baby would be God’s Son, and he would be called “Jesus.” Right before Mary was ready to have her baby, she and Joseph had to travel to Bethlehem. Every inn was full, so Jesus was born in a stable.
- The Shepherds • Luke 2:8-20 | God chose shepherds to be the first people to hear about His Son’s birth.
- The Wise Men • Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 | Some wise men knew a baby King was coming, and they followed the star that led them to him.
- Family Service | On December 27th our kiddos and adults will get to learn together about the story of the young boy Jesus in the temple!
Below are two videos from the Jesus Storybook Bible that present the stories from weeks one and two. The third story can be found in the print version of the book, which can be purchased here (The Wise Men | “The King of All Kings”).
During the first three weeks, we will also be introducing the remaining three pillars of Advent Conspiracy to our preschoolers.
- Give More (Dec 6) The best gift ever was God sending His Son Jesus to be with us. We can follow His example by giving relational gifts, our time and shared experiences, rather than just stuff.
- Worship Fully (Dec 13) The Christmas story teaches us to worship fully by choosing to celebrate our king Jesus with every breath.
- Love All (Dec 20) Jesus came into the world in order to love people. We can love others by noticing their needs and doing something to help.
This is such a special time of year, when we celebrate the coming of our God, because He loved us so much! We can’t wait to continue talking with your kiddos about the love of our great God!
Christmastime is nearly here! This December, we are teaching preschoolers the bottom line that God gave us Jesus and the memory verse: “God has given a Son to us” (Isaiah 9:6, NCV). We are excited to teach kids about the most important gift that was ever given: Jesus, Immanuel, “God with us”! Below in this month’s Parent Cue, you will find some ideas for continuing the conversation at home.
Preschool Parent Cue December
Can you believe it’s already August? This month we’re so excited to teach your preschoolers that God loves them! And we want to help set you up for great conversations with your kids about how God loves them, too. Below you will find a Parent Cue for preschool children. Check out the brief summary of what they are learning and find suggested activities to start a great conversation and teaching opportunity for you and your kids!
Preschool Parent Cue August
We’re excited for July in Antioch Kids! As we continue teaching our preschoolers that God’s way is perfect, we want to help set you up for great conversations with your kids! Below you will find a Parent Cue for preschool children. Check out the brief summary of what they are learning and find suggested activities to begin a (hopefully) great conversation and teaching opportunity for you and your kids!
Preschool Parent Cue July
We hope you and your family have been enjoying your summer in Antioch Kids! Our preschoolers have started learning about how God’s way is perfect and will keep hearing and applying this concept all month long.
This month’s Bible stories include focus on what God did for and through Moses and Naaman. We will learn about how God:
- kept Moses safe from Pharaoh when he was a baby (Exodus 1:21-2:10)
- made a way for the Israelites to escape the Egyptians (Exodus 13:17-14:31)
- provided water for the thirsty Israelites in the desert (Exodus 17:1-7)
- healed Naaman’s leprosy (2 Kings 5:1-14)
If you would like to explore these stories in creative ways with your kiddos at home, you can view videos of the stories from weeks two and four here:
These videos are adaptations of the Jesus Storybook Bible, a kids’ Bible which tells biblical stories in kid language and explains how these stories point to Jesus. This book can be purchased here via Amazon. We love this Bible!
We would like to encourage you to keep asking your kiddos what they are learning at church on Sunday mornings and reinforcing this month’s bottom line: that God’s way is perfect! We want your children to understand that God—in His big wisdom, goodness, and love—knows what is best for us, even when we don’t, and will show us the right way to go.