SpringTown & Treehouse (Preschool)
Need to Know: God Gives Me Friends Bible Story: Best Friends, 1 Samuel 16:14-23; 18-20, The Beginner’s Bible Memory Verse: “Teach me how to live. Lead me along the right path.” - Psalm 27:11 Motions: “Teach me how to live (hold hands out like holding a Bible/book). Lead me along the right path (march in place).” - Psalm 27:11
Just like a pool has water and a toothbrush has toothpaste, we have friends. Today we learned where our friends come from—God! As we saw how God blessed David with a friend named Jonathan, we learned that God gives us friends!
In today’s training we helped Mardy with his third mission as he traveled to Treehouse Island. Two people on this island had never talked to each other—they thought they were better off alone. Mardy’s mission was to bring them together and tell them what we’re learning: God Gives Me Friends.
Mardy pulled his Bible from his toolbox and shared the story of two friends named David and Jonathan. Jonathan and David said kind words about each other, Jonathan protected David from his dad, King Saul, and they promised to take care of each others’ families. Jonathan and David showed us what good friends are like, and made the islanders realize that they should be friends.
This Week At Home
Encourage your child to make a new friend this week, and help your child do something kind for one of his or her friends!
ImagiNation, Jump Street & Shockwave (Elementary School)
Need to Know: God Will Make a Way for Me to Follow Him Bible Story: Israelites Cross the Jordan River, Joshua 3 & 4 Memory Verse: “Here is what I am commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be terrified. Do not lose hope.” - Joshua 1:9 (to be continued)
Sometimes God asks us to impossible things like inviting people to church, dealing with our siblings, helping someone in need, or sticking up for someone no one else likes. But these are things we do when we follow God. In our third week of training we learned that God Makes a Way for Us to Follow Him. How does God make a way for us to do this? By giving us the Bible, church, and family and friends who follow Jesus to help us know how to follow Him.
When God asks us to do impossible things, He doesn’t expect us to do them alone—He makes a way for us to follow Him! This is how the Israelites crossed the Jordan River. The river seemed impossible to cross, but God stopped the river’s flow so the Israelites could cross safely. God made a way for them to follow His command to cross the river! And Boston & Beans learned this same lesson as Sergeant Neice provided ways for them to complete the seemingly impossible Wilderness Time Trial.
This Week At Home
What impossible things is God telling your family or its members to do? Invite a friend to church, help someone in need, give something up? Pray as a family for God to make a way for you to follow Him.