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Safari :: Week of January 12

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

Grab a blanket and play a fun game with your toddler to help them remember God helps me!

Say, “Pretend your mom or dad asks you to pick up your toys, but you want to keep playing. If you know God can help you make the right choice, hold up the blanket as high as you can. (Lead your toddler in holding the blanket up in the air.) Great job! God can help you make right choices!”

Say, “Let’s pretend you’re playing with your friends and it’s hard to share your toys. If you know God can help you share, spin in a circle while holding the blanket. (Lead your toddler in spinning in a circle while holding the blanket.) Great job! God can help you share with others!”

Say, “Let’s pretend it’s time for bed, but you’re scared of the dark. If you know God can help you be brave, shake the blanket! (Lead your toddler in shaking the blanket.) Great job! God can help you be brave when you’re scared!”

Say, “Let’s pretend you want a turn on the swing at the playground, but you have to wait your turn. If you know God can help you wait, hold up the blanket as high as you can and hide underneath it! (Lead you toddler in holding up the blanket and hiding underneath it.) Great job! God can help you wait!”

Continue the activity for as long as your toddler is interested. After the activity say, “God will always be there to help us, no matter what. When you’re scared, tired, or you need helping making the right choice, God can help you! Who helps me?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God helps me!”


Quest :: Week of January 12

Monthly Focus: Who do you need? (I need Jesus.)
Bible Story: Healing the Deaf Man | Mark 7:32-37
Main Point: I need to ask Jesus for help.
Memory Verse: “You are everything I need.” Psalm 119:57 NIrV

Life can be tough. Having a friend like Jesus who knows us, loves us, and has the power to help us can truly change our lives. After all, that’s what friends do. They help one another when they need it. And there is no better friend than Jesus. 

This week, we learned about a time when some people asked Jesus to heal their deaf friend, and He does.

Begin putting together one of your child’s puzzles and ask him or her to help you. When you’re done, thank your child for helping you when you asked. Remind him or her that we can ask Jesus for help too, like when we’re afraid or sad.

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Motion :: Week of January 12

SELF-CONTROL: Choosing to do what you should even when you don’t want to.
Series Memory Verse:“God’s power has given us everything we need to lead a godly life.” 2 Peter 1:3a, (NIrV)
Main Point: Think before you lose your temper.
Bible Story: Slow to Anger | Proverbs 16:32

As we follow Jesus, His love transforms us. His Spirit gives us the power to show self-control.
We can follow His example and choose to do what we should do — instead of what we want to do.

This week, we took a look at Proverbs 16:32, where Solomon used the idea of a fighting warrior to help us understand that being patient and keeping our cool is always the wise choice, regardless of the situation.

Think before you lose your temper. God can give us the strength we need to pause and think about the consequences of our actions. Rather than letting our anger get the better of us, God can help us show patience and keep the situation under control.

At dinner tonight, talk about how you can encourage each other to practice self-control.

Download this week’s Parent Cue card HERE.


Safari :: Week of January 5

WE’RE LEARNING… God helps me.
MEMORY VERSE: “God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4a (CSB)
BIBLE STORY: The Mean Giant I Luke 2:1-7

This month we’re learning, “God helps me.” God will always be there to help us. He loves us and wants to help us every day!

We are learning the story, “The Mean Giant,” in 1 Samuel 17:1-50. When everyone was afraid to fight Goliath, David stepped up. He was only a young boy, but David knew God would help him. David took a stone, swung it at Goliath, and it hit him right in the head. God helped David win the battle and He will help us, too! God loves us and He wants to help us! When we’re scared, tired, or need help making the right choices, we can always ask God for help.

 

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember God helps us. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who is in the picture? (David and Goliath)
  • Did God help David face Goliath? (Yes)

Say, “God helped David fight Goliath and He can help us, too! Who helps me?” Encourage toddlers to say, “God helps me.”


Quest :: Week of January 5

Monthly Focus: Who do you need? (I need Jesus.)
Bible Story: The Four Friends | Mark 2:1-12
Main Point: My friends need Jesus.
Memory Verse: “You are everything I need.” Psalm 119:57 NIrV

Life can be tough. Having a friend like Jesus who knows us, loves us, and has the power to help us can truly change our lives. After all, that’s what friends do. They help one another when they need it. And there is no better friend than Jesus. 

This week, we learned a true story about four guys who carried their friend to Jesus because he needed help.

Cuddle with your child and pray, “Dear God, thank You for giving me everything I need. Thank You for the food we got to enjoy today. Please help us to help those who don’t have enough food to eat. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Download this week’s Parent Cue card HERE.