WEEK 7: Parent Guide (Nov.1/15)

GOSPEL PROJECT: Unit 2, Session 1: God’s Covenant with Abraham (Pre-School-Gr.4)

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Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Over the next few weeks, kids will learn that God is a covenant-making God. After the people spread out over all the earth when God mixed up their languages, He spoke to a man named Abram. God called Abram to leave behind his family and his lands to go to a place God would show him. God made a covenant with Abram, promising to bless all the world through one of his descendants. (Gen 12:1-3) By faith, Abram obeyed.

God was serious about the covenant; He always keeps His promises. God even changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “Father of a Multitude.” God promised to bless all the earth through Abraham. At just the right time, Jesus was born into Abraham’s family. (Gal. 4:4-5) Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham. (See Gal. 3:8.) Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Through Him, all the nations of the earth are blessed.

Family starting points

Babies and Toddlers Preschool Kids
  • God made a promise to Abraham.
  • God always keeps His promises.
  • God promised to send Jesus into Abraham’s family.

 

  • What did God promise? God promised to bless His people
  • God promised to bless Abraham.

 

  • What did God promise? God made a covenant to bless His people.
  • God promised to bless all the world through Abraham.

 

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FLYTE: Unit 2, Session 3: Coping with a Changing Body

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This week our Pre-Teens (Gr.5-6) will be continuing to learn about physical changes from a biblical standpoint. Please take the time to have discussions with your Pre-Teens on what changes to expect and how amazing and beautiful they are to God, no matter how awkward they feel! God has an amazing design! This week they will be specifically looking at how to cope with change. Please take a look at the article below and use it as a springboard for conversation!

 

7 Ways to Deal with Change

by Sean Dillon

In autumn, things change. The days become shorter. Leaves fall off trees. Politicians get elected or replaced. “Survivor” moves to a different island. But things also change in the spring. And in July. And on Thursdays. And in every moment of every day throughout recorded time.

We change too. We adopt puppies. We sprain our ankles. We lose our keys. Some people handle life’s inevitable transitions with grace befitting royalty. Others freak out.

And then the big stuff happens. We fall in love. We move. We buy houses. We lose loved ones. We hit 30 or 40 or some other crisis-inducing milestone that makes us dye our hair and lease convertibles.

Change is constant. And every change—whether positive or negative—causes some kind of stress. Left unaddressed, stress can unleash anxiety, sleep loss, disgruntled digestion, and a host of other ills. But it doesn’t have to. The following stress-dispersing tips can help you deal with change.

1. Get Physical. Go for a walk. Go for a jog. Dunk a basketball. Wrestle a badger. Whenever you’re stressing, anything that gets your heart beating can drastically improve your outlook. Even a quick trot around the block can give you perspective, fresh air, and a boost in your blood-pumper. Afterward, be a copycat and stretch like a kitty, taking 25 seconds for each position. Getting flexible eases muscle tension and can improve your mental focus.

2. Get Fed. The way to a person’s attitude is sometimes through the stomach. Prevent low blood sugar—which stresses everybody out—by eating small nutrient-packed meals and snacking on fruits and veggies. Eating unrefined carbs, nuts, and bananas will boost serotonin levels (the happy chemical in your brain), improving your mood. Avoid downers like fried, fatty foods that make you feel like a slug (a stressed-out slug at that).

3. Get a Grip. What if you don’t like the change? If your dislike has you sour and stumped, follow the advice of Maya Angelou: “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” A good attitude in a rough situation makes a difference mentally and even physically. Lissa, a speech/language pathologist in Kentucky, observes the importance of attitude disposition in her stroke patients’ recovery. “Some get negative and depressed and just give up,” she explains. “Others dive in and educate themselves and work hard to overcome the obstacle. They rise to the challenge and become better people for the experience.”

4. Get Some Backup. You’re not the only one dealing with change, and you don’t have to deal with it alone. In Ecclesiastes 4:12, we’re reminded that “if somebody overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” Halve your troubles (and double your joys) by sharing with others. At least talk with trusted friends on a regular basis.

5. Get Some Perspective. Life changes can seem overwhelming until we break them down. Say you suddenly have to move to the French Riviera. That’s big. But break it down to manageable tasks. “First, I have to get a passport. Then I need to buy some Berlitz tapes. Then I have to watch some Jerry Lewis movies, then. …” Before you know it, you’ll be frolicking on a Mediterranean beach with a pet monkey named Maurice.

6. Get Even More Perspective. When it seems that a door has been closed, look for unexpected options. Situations that initially look disastrous can often turn out to be blessings.

7. Get in Touch with Something Permanent. God’s love for us is constant. It’s immutable. It does not change, even if we change for the worse. Try to see your situation through God’s eyes. He sometimes permits hardships and stress as a way to force us to grow. “For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

This article is courtesy of Christian Single. © 2001-2011, LifeWay Christian Resources