This month in our Elementary classes we are focusing on Honesty and choosing to be truthful in whatever yous ay and do.
Our memory verse is Proverbs 10:9, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught.”
2 Kings 5
Naaman and Elisha’s Servant, Gehazi.
Say this: When you are not truthful, you lose trust.
1 Samuel 21-22
David and Ahimelek
Say this: When you’re not truthful, you hurt others.
Haman’s Plot Against the Jews
Say this: When you lie to help yourself, you hurt yourself instead.
1 John 1:9
Confessional/Being Honest with God
Say this: Being truthful with God helps keep you close to Him.
This month is Early Childhood, we are learning the basic truth that God made me. Our memory verse is Psalm 33:11, “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever.”
Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5
God is with Joseph when his older brothers get mad and send him to Egypt.
Joseph is put in jail for something he didn’t do yet continues to trust that God has a plan for him.
Joseph tells Pharaoh (the king) what his dream means. Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of helping save the food.
Genesis 42-45; Psalm 16:11
Joseph forgives his brothers when his family comes to Egypt looking for food.
SAY THIS: Who has a plan for you? God has a plan for me.
We start the month with e Bible. No, that wasn’t a typo. ink about it, in some ways the entire Bible is a lesson in patience. Not because it takes so long to read from cover
to cover, but because often people are seen waiting . . . for God to speak, for the rescuer to arrive. at’s why we kick o April with the Easter story and the story of the Bible that introduces us to Jesus—His life, death, and most importantly His resurrection. A tting way to celebrate that Jesus is alive!
Bottom Line: Jesus is alive! God sent Jesus to rescue us from the consequences of our sin. is week, we want to be sure that every child leaves knowing how much God loves them and made a way for them to have a relationship with Him forever.
For our rst week focused on patience, we look to 1 Samuel 1:6–2:1 where we discover the story of Hannah. She had waited years for a child. Rather than become frustrated and angry toward God, she prays and tells Him all about it. When God answers her prayer, she gives her son back to God. He honored her waiting and blessed her with even more children.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, talk to God about it. It’s important for us all to remember that talking
to God about waiting will help us stay patient through whatever circumstance we might face. He may not change our circumstance, but He’ll give the strength to keep waiting well.
ere’s an important patience principle King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:29. Anyone who is patient has great understanding. But anyone who gets angry quickly shows how foolish they are (NIrV). How we respond to waiting shows others our character. Getting frustrated and angry doesn’t make the wait any less; it
just makes us look foolish.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, keep your
cool. Sometimes when you’re waiting, becoming angry and frustrated with others is the rst thing that pops into our minds. But when it comes to waiting, often there’s very little we can do to make the wait any less. While you’re waiting, don’t make yourself look foolish by taking it out on the people around you.
In week four of April, we head to Exodus 32:1–35 where we nd the Israelites at the foot of Mount Sinai. Instead of obeying God and waiting for Moses to come down o the mountain, the entire nation of Israel grew impatient. ey built a golden calf and began to worship it instead of worshiping God. eir lack of patience had some severe consequences.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think about what’s true. It’s easier to wait when you remember all the times God has helped you before. You can trust Him, knowing that He’ll help you wait.
We’ll nish out the month with one of the best examples of what happens when you’re not patient; you lose something of value. In Genesis 25:24-34, we discover the story of Esau sacri cing his birthright for a bowl of stew. Because Esau was impatient, he lost something he could never get back.
Bottom Line: When you think you can’t wait, think twice. Don’t let your lack of patience cause you to make a decision you’ll regret. ink twice about what really matters. Ask God to help you wait patiently for what matters most.
We have some BIG NEWS for you! Are you ready for it?
JESUS. IS. ALIVE!
Okay, okay. You already know that, but for many of the preschoolers who will be celebrating Easter with us, this will not only be BIG NEWS, it will be NEW news as well!
We have the awesome privilege of telling preschoolers that Jesus is God’s Son, He is alive, and He wants to be their friend forever. It truly is BIG NEWS!
In week one, we will hear the wonderful story of how Jesus lived, died, and came back, just like He promised. We want every preschooler to remember the big news that Jesus is alive and He wants to be their friend forever!
Not only do we want our preschoolers to know the BIG NEWS, we want them to feel comfortable telling others the BIG NEWS as well. We’re going to practice doing just that all month long.
During week two, we will learn how the early church didn’t just tell others the big news about Jesus. ey showed them by taking care of one other. Telling others the BIG NEWS doesn’t just have to be shouting it in our outside voices. We can show others Jesus’ love in many ways—including the preschool favorite, sharing.
In week three, we get to hear the amazing story of how Saul changed when he met Jesus. He went from hurting people who loved Jesus to telling everyone about Jesus! Talk about a change! Saul’s change to Paul is a drastic one, but everyone changes when they learn about Jesus. We want to teach our preschoolers to tell others about Jesus so everyone has a chance to know Him and be changed by His love.
Week four, Paul and Silas show us that no matter how hard it is, we can tell others about Jesus. While we may never have it as rough as Paul and Silas had it, there will be times that it’s hard to tell other about Jesus. We want our preschoolers to know that God is with them in every circumstance, including telling others about His Son.
We will wrap up the month with week ve learning about how to give the best gift, just like Peter and John did. And what is the best gift? Well, Jesus of course! Telling others about Jesus
is the best gift we can give. Nothing is as precious and life- changing as the gift of Jesus. We want our preschoolers to know that telling others about God’s Son is like giving a gift to everyone.
We need to get ready to tell the BIG NEWS that Jesus is alive and He wants to be our friend forever! Imagine preschoolers running around telling the BIG NEWS that Jesus is alive—now THAT would be awesome.