PARENT GUIDE for Oct.23/16

IMPORTANT!

**A Reminder that this upcoming Sunday there is NO SUNDAY SCHOOL! We are having our Kids Serve Sunday! Please encourage your children to explore their giftings in service to God and others! Explain to them why service is important and how God created them to be a unique part of the Body of Christ!


GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 10, Session 4: David and Jonathan Became Friends

Dear Parents,

Yesterday we continued to trace David’s rise to replace Saul as king. David’s victory over Goliath brought David great fame and adoration in Israel. Saul had brought David into his court, but in time, Saul became intensely jealous of David and even tried to kill him.

Meanwhile, David and Saul’s son, Jonathan, became true friends. Even though Jonathan was next in line to be king after Saul, he recognized and accepted that God had chosen David instead. David and Jonathan’s friendship points to an even greater friendship—our friendship with Jesus. Jesus calls us friends (John 15:15), and he showed His love by dying to save us from sin.

Help your kids see Jesus is our King and He is our friend also.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
○ Jesus is our King.
○ King Saul wanted to hurt David.
○ Jonathan was a good friend to David.
○ Jesus is our Friend and King.
● Preschool
○ Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever.
○ God gave David a friend.
● Kids
○ Who is our King? Jesus is our King forever, and He rules over the world.
○ God used Jonathan to save David’s life.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Psalm 47:7-8 (Preschool: Psalm 47:7)

COMING UP IN 2 WEEKS:
● “God Made a Covenant with David” (2 Samuel 7)

 


FLYTE: Can’t They Take a Joke? (Preteens)

It was the last day of March. A couple of friends took Joe aside.
“Listen,” they whispered. “Tomorrow is April Fool’s and we want to
play a joke on Mrs. Hinson” (their English teacher). “You’re president of
the class, so she won’t suspect you. At 10 o’clock in the morning, wad
up a piece of paper, then walk up and toss it on her desk. The whole
class will follow you.” Well, you know what happened–Joe got up, tossed
the paper on her desk, and nobody else moved.

“You’ll do detention!” Mrs. Hinson said to Joe sternly. He winced. Then
she and everyone laughed. Yep, the gag was on him, and the teacher was in
on it.

Playing practical jokes can be fun if they’re harmless, as was in Joe’s
case. But telling coarse jokes, teasing people, and using other kinds
of inappropriate speech can be harmful to ourselves and hurtful to
others. The apostle Paul advised his readers in Ephesus to watch
carefully what they said and did. He warned them always to be truthful
and to avoid anger because it gives the Devil opportunity to wound
the church. Paul also warned them not to steal but to earn their living
honestly. They should control their words and only say things that were
uplifting to all who hear. Paul told them to put away coarse words and
behaviors that brought pain to others.

His wish for them was that they would forgive one another, imitate
God, and only do things that were spiritually wholesome and
glorifying to Christ.

Pray. Pray that God will reveal areas in your own life where you take
joking too far. Pray that your preteens would also understand this in their own lives.

FLYTE Plan
Preteens will discover the
spiritual and relational
consequences of inappropriate
humor.

Bible Study
Ephesians 4:25-32; 5:1-4

Memory Passage
1 Corinthians 13:4-7