During Beyond we are believing God to stretch the expectations for where He is leading us: in our church, in our families, and in our own lives.
Before we can give beyond we need to understand what God says about giving. The eKidz Guide To Giving is a resource to help build a foundation of faith in your family. Learn about the Biblical tithe and how to trust God with your finances, no matter how small.
Each week during Beyond,
- Watch a video with your family.
- Discuss what it means to tithe.
- Model what it looks like to trust God with your finances.
- Encourage your family to trust God in with their money.
Pick up a copy of the Guide To Giving this weekend at an Elevation location near you.
VIDEOS AND FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
VIDEO 1: What is the tithe?
- Read Leviticus 27:30. God required people to give Him a tenth of everything they grew. Today many of us aren’t farmers to earn money, but we earn money other ways.
- What ways do you earn money? (ex. by doing chores, receiving money as a gift or for good grades, selling lemonade, etc.)
- Everything we have belongs to God. We show we trust Him when we obey His Word. Grab an envelope and write “tithe” on it. Place it where you keep your money. Each time you receive money, remember to give God one tenth and put it first into this envelope.
VIDEO 2: Why should I tithe?
- Think about all the things you have in your room. What would be the hardest to give up? Why?
- Read Deuteronomy 15:10. How do you think it affects or changes someone’s attitude when they choose to give generously?
- What can we give God first to show Him we trust Him to provide for us?
VIDEO 3: What can my tithe do?
- What would you buy with $0.25? What about $1?
- Read John 6:5-13. What impact did Jesus have with the boy’s little lunch of two fish and five loaves of bread?
- Visit ElevationOutreach.com and choose one of Elevation’s outreach partners to learn about. How does our church’s tithe money help the organization make an impact in the community?
VIDEO 4: How do I tithe?
- What is the most important thing you own? Why is it so important to you?
- Matthew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Where we put our money is a sign of what is important to us. Money is important but where we put our money is even more important. Look at a coin or a dollar bill. What does it say about God?
- What is one step you can take to show God you trust Him with your money?
Help teach your child the principles of Biblical stewardship. The Give.Save.Spend kit includes materials for your child to make their own GIVE, SAVE, and SPEND jars and Dollar Devotionals that talk about giving God’s way. Pick up a Give.Save.Spend kit at the eKidz check-in area at your campus.
Bible Story: The Angel and Mary | Luke 1:26-33, 38, 46
Main Point: I can hear the good news.
Memory Verse: “I bring you good news of great joy.” Luke 2:10 (NLV)
There are so many special sights, sounds, and smells that fill the air as we count down to one of the most important days of the year: the day we celebrate Jesus’ birth! As we count down to Christmas in Quest, we’ll think about why this holiday is so special — not just because of all the fun that happens around us, but because it’s when we celebrate the most special Person who ever lived!
In this week’s lesson, God sends an angel to tell Mary she will give birth to His Son, Jesus.
Mary heard the good news from an angel that God’s Son would be born. And even more awesome than that – the angel also told her she would be Jesus’ mother! She must have been so excited to hear that good news! We can be excited, too, because we get to hear the good news about Jesus’ birth in lots of different ways as we count down to Christmas!
December Memory Verse
This month join us in helping your child learn Luke 2:10 (NLV). Children can recite the verse every week in December 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.
I bring you (bring hands to chest)
good news (right arm up)
of great joy. (left arm up)
Luke 2:10 (NLV)
It’s good news that God sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior. This is the best news we could ever get! This verse tells us this good news brings us great joy! Practice this verse with your child so they can celebrate the good news and recite it to their eGroup Leader this weekend in Quest.
eKidz At Home Activities
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your child this week:
- At BathTime, play a silly game of “Jesus is God’s …” Finish with silly things like “pet” or “banana.” Then say, “No, Jesus is God’s SON!”
- At PlayTime, play Good News Tag: Have one person run to another and say, “God’s Son will be born and His name will be Jesus!” Tag and repeat!
- This month let your child wake up to, “Good morning! We’re one day closer to Jesus’ birthday!”
JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.
MAIN POINT: I can have joy because God keeps His promises.
BIBLE STORY: God Promises a Savior | Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:6-11
MEMORY VERSE: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
Even though we try to find joy through our stuff, or our vacations, or our relationships, joy isn’t dependent upon any of those things. Joy is about being content beyond our circumstances. We can have joy when we recognize that God’s plan is greater than our own. Joy is a response to our trust in God. And Jesus is the reason we can find joy! The story of His birth can remind us through every season, regardless of our situation, there’s a reason to celebrate what it means to have a relationship with God.
In Isaiah 9:6-7, the prophet Isaiah wrote:
‘A child will be born to us. A son will be given to us. He will rule over us. And he will be called Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God. He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever and Prince Who Brings Peace.’ (NIrV)
He wrote this hundreds of years before Mary or Joseph or any of the shepherds came on the scene. But this piece of history is significant to the Christmas story because it tells us something incredible about God. It reminds us that God made a promise to send a Savior. A promise He made at a time when things looked dark—during a period when the tribes of Israel were lost and scattered and hopeless. And then finally, hundreds of years later, God kept His promise on that first Christmas.
We can have joy because God keeps His promises. We don’t always see the bigger story God is telling through our lives, but when we remember how God has kept His promise to us in the past, we realize we can trust God with our future.
eKidz At Home Activities
Family activities to review the lesson lesson with your kid this week:
- At dinner, ASK: How can you choose to be joyful even when you don’t get something you want?
- At bedtime, read Isaiah 9:6-7. Pray together and ask God to help you find joy in the middle of things that aren’t going your way.
- The story of Christmas can remind us in any season—no matter your circumstances—there’s always a reason for joy. Watch this telling of the story of Christmas and celebrate that God kept His promise to send a Savior.
Bible Story: Elijah and the Widow | 1 Kings 17:7-16
Main Point: I am thankful for friends.
Memory Verse: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)
This month we learned to say thank you to the people who help us. And there are a lot of people who help us!
Family, community helpers, people who give them what they need, and last but not least—friends. Children need help, tons and tons of help. And, we want them to grow up with eyes that see the people who help them, and a heart that says thanks.
In this week’s lesson, Elijah and his friend the widow helped each other have food to eat.
God provided a friend to help Elijah. When the woman trusted God and helped Elijah even though it didn’t seem to make sense, God was able to help her, too! God loves to give us friends to help us.
Each weekend children visit Wonder! Clubhouse they get collectible cards to add to their poster. Once your child collects six cards and brings their poster back to Quest they can receive a special prize! Make sure your child keeps their poster in a place they can see it every day to help them remember what we are learning in Quest and to spend time with Jesus.