PARENT GUIDE for Feb. 21/16

Hello, Parents!

A few reminders:

1) This Sunday is the WINTER FESTIVAL out at the Norris’ place! It’s an afternoon of family fun and great food, so mark your calendars!

2) There will be a lot of talk of Multisite in the next few weeks! Please make sure you understand what multisite means for us as a church and be praying with us as we seek God’s direction in our next steps as a church! I wrote an article for the Chronicle newsletter this past week (front page story) and outlined my journey in understanding our multisite identity. Check it out and let me know if you have any questions!

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Unit 6, Session 1: The Ten Commandments: Love Others (Preschool-Gr.4)

Dear Parents,

This week, our journey through the Bible using The Gospel Project® for Kids takes us to the remaining six of the Ten Commandments. These commands show God’s people how they can love others. When someone truly loves God, they are compelled to love what He loves – including other people.

Help your kids understand that loving people is not an option but something God commands us to do and something we should want to do out of gratitude to God.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • God is holy.
    • God is holy; He always does what is right.
    • God wants us to love others.
    • God showed His love for us by sending Jesus.
  • Preschool
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law except Jesus.
    • God gave rules about loving others.
  • Kids
    • Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
    • God gave us rules to help us know how to love Him and others.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Leviticus 11:45

NEXT WEEK

  • “The Tabernacle Was Built” (Exodus 35:4-40:38)

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FLYTE: Do Drugs Really Hurt? (Preteens)

No community, church, or family is immune to the drug epidemic that continues to plague society. Tragically, many preteens are ensnared by drugs that are physically, emotionally, and spiritually destructive.

During the Bible study this week, we will introduce preteens to three principles that will help them understand God’s perspective concerning drug abuse. Not everything that is lawful is best (1 Corinthians 6:12-14). In this passage, Paul explains that not everything that is permissible is beneficial.

The most important question to ask then, is not if something is legal, but if it is best. Preteens can use this principle to understand that if some legal things are not good for them, then surely the things that are illegal—such as drugs—are not good. The body is God’s temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Holy Spirit dwells in the believer, and drugs harm the body. Preteens can use this principle to understand that they should do all they can to take care of their bodies as a way to honor God. Bad company corrupts good people (1 Corinthians 15:30-34; Proverbs 23:17-21).

Some preteens may not abuse drugs, but they spend time with others who do. Preteens can use this principle to understand that it is dangerous for them to spend time with friends who use drugs.

Pray. Ask God to help you be sensitive to realize some preteens in your group may be wrestling with drug abuse and that they will need to hear loving, yet firm, biblical principles from us and you.

MEMORY VERSE:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

KEY PASSAGES:

1 Corinthians 6:12-14,19-20; 15:30-34; Proverbs 23:17-21