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Safari :: Week of February 18

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This week during the worship experience we used red masking tape to make a large heart shape on the floor.

Make a heart on your floor then, say to your toddler, “Let’s play a fun game. Come sit with me on the floor.” Gather your toddler to sit on the floor around the outside of the heart.

Say, “See this heart? Can you stand inside the heart?” As your toddler stands in the heart say, “[insert child’s name], is standing in the heart. Yay! Jesus loves [insert child’s name]. Yes, Jesus loves you very much.”

Take turns standing in the heart with your toddler. Encourage your toddler to say, “Jesus loves us” with you.


Quest :: Week of February 18

Bible Story: The Centurion | Matthew 8:5-13
Main Point: Jesus wants to help me.
Memory Verse: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18, NIV

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! Big, big, big! Jesus has many ways of showing us how much He loves us. Jesus shows His love for us by simply wanting to spend time with us. Jesus wants us to come to Him – anytime, anywhere – just come. Jesus shows He loves us by helping us. And, Jesus loves us no matter what.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus helps a centurion when he asks for it.


Jesus loves you and wants to help you, just like He loved and helped the army captain and the servant. There are lots of times we can ask Jesus for help, and He always helps us because His love for us is so big!

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:

  • At BathTime, say, “The bath soap is supposed to get you clean if you will help scrub with it! Jesus will help us do what we’re supposed to do, too!”
  • At PlayTime play a helping game with your child. How many ways can you help each other? Remind your child Jesus will help us when we ask Him!
  • Parent Podcast: Check out this month’s Parent Cue Live podcast.

February Memory Verse
This month join us in helping your child learn Ephesians 3:18 (NIrV). Children can recite the verse every week in February to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.

How wide (stretch arms wide)
and long (stretch arms vertically)
and high (reach arms high)
and deep (reach arms low)
is the love of Christ. (hug yourself)
Ephesians 3:18 (open hands like a book)

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! This month our Bible verse says Jesus’ love for us is wide and long and high and deep. Jesus loves us SO much that it cannot be measured! He loves us A LOT!

Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.


Motion :: Week of February 18

LOVE: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.
MAIN POINT: Comfort others who are hurting.
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Calms the Storm | Mark 4:35-41
MEMORY VERSE: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

God is love. As we read through the Bible, we see an epic love story unfold that reaches a dramatic and unmatchable climax when God sends His own Son to die for our sins to ensure we can spend eternity with Him. That ultimate act of perfect love changes everything. And when we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated, we show them a glimpse into this perfect love God has for each and every one of us.

This week we learned what it means to love by giving to others.

In Mark 6:30-44 we see how Jesus’ care for others turned into one of His most amazing miracles. Jesus reached a point in His ministry when He was extremely popular. Everyone wanted to hear what He had to say about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, thousands of people showed up to hear Him speak. As it became later in the day, Jesus could have sent them all home to grab some dinner, instead He made the unthinkable happen. He turned five loaves of bread and two fish into a meal for more than 5,000 people.

We show love when we give to others who are in need. As we start to see others the way God sees them, we will become more aware of their needs. We have opportunities everyday to help others and meet their needs. This can be as simple as lending a pencil to a friend or offering to share part of our lunch. It’s amazing how when we start to show love to others when we
become aware of the needs around us.

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:

  • At dinner, ASK: Take some time to talk about what it means to follow Jesus and love like He loved.
  • At bedtime, read Mark 6:30-44. Share with each other two or three people you know who have a need. Now brainstorm ways you can help fulfill those needs.
  • Dance Party: Who needs a little love? Everyone does! 

 

February Bring It! Challenge

BringIt_Sign_8.5x11_January2017We want kids to Bring It! to church. The Bring It! Challenge encourages Motion kids to bring themselves, their Bible, and scripture they’ve learned to Motion. Not only can kids be rewarded for bringing it, but the Bring It! Challenge is a fun way to grow and learn more about God and how He wants us to live.

During Behind the Scenes, kids can earn fun prizes each week by:

  • FINDING 1 John 4:10 in their Bible.
  • RECITING 1 John 4:10 from memory.
    • SAYING the series virtue, LOVE, from memory. (Love: Choosing to treat others the way you want to be treated.)

In Psalm 119:105, we read that God’s word is like a light that guides us. When we dig into God’s word, we start to know how God wants us to live. The Bring It! Challenge helps kids dig into God’s words and see the next steps to take on their journey through life. God’s Word points the way towards a growing relationship with Jesus.


Safari :: Week of February 11

MONTHLY FOCUS: Jesus loves you.
VERSE FOCUS: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Jesus and the Children I Luke 18:15-17

This week during the worship experience we sang a song to help us remember Jesus loves us.

Sing to the tune of, “Hush Little Baby.”

Hey everybody have you heard?
Jesus loves every little boy and girl.
Jesus loves you and Jesus loves me.
Give a friend a hug when I count to three.
One, two, three. HUG!”

Repeat and change out the words, “Give a friend a hug,” with one of the following:

Skip all around.
Jump up and down.
Wave your arms around.

Be sure to change the verb “hug” on the last line to the new phrase: skip, jump, or wave. Help your toddlers remember that Jesus loves them by saying together, “Jesus loves us.”


Quest :: Week of February 11

Bible Story: Jesus and the Children | Luke 18:15-16
Main Point: Jesus loves me.
Memory Verse: “How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:18, NIV

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! Big, big, big! Jesus has many ways of showing us how much He loves us. Jesus shows His love for us by simply wanting to spend time with us. Jesus wants us to come to Him – anytime, anywhere – just come. Jesus shows He loves us by helping us. And, Jesus loves us no matter what.

In this week’s lesson, Jesus calls the children to come to Him when the disciples try to make them go away.


Jesus loves all of the children. He wanted to spend time with them because He loved them. And He loves us, too! He loves us on the playground, He loves us when you’re at school, He loves us at home, and He loves us when you’re at church. Jesus loves us always, no matter where we go or what we do.

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Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:

  • At BathTime as you run the bath water, talk about how the water is getting deeper and deeper, but nothing is deeper than Jesus’ love for us!
  • At PlayTime make Valentine cards with your child. As you work, tell your child that Jesus’ love is so big, and He loves all the people Valentine’s are being made for, including our child!
  • Buy this month’s song, Hey, hey, hey! Jesus Loves Me, to sing along with at home or in the car!


February Memory Verse
This month join us in helping your child learn Ephesians 3:18 (NIrV). Children can recite the verse every week in February to earn a special memory verse card. When your child receives a memory verse card celebrate with them on learning their verse and put the card on their Quest poster.

How wide (stretch arms wide)
and long (stretch arms vertically)
and high (reach arms high)
and deep (reach arms low)
is the love of Christ. (hug yourself)
Ephesians 3:18 (open hands like a book)

Jesus’ love for us is SO BIG! This month our Bible verse says Jesus’ love for us is wide and long and high and deep. Jesus loves us SO much that it cannot be measured! He loves us A LOT!

Practice this verse together and encourage your child to recite it to their eGroup Leader this week in Quest.