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Table Talk I Week of January 25

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “Jesus can do what is impossible.” Jesus walked on top of the water to get to his disciples’ boat when it was out in the middle of the lake. He can do things that would be impossible for anyone else! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: The disciples were far from land when a BIG storm came. Who came walking toward them on the water? (Jesus)
Question 2: Do you know anyone who can walk on water like Jesus? (no) Is it impossible for us to do that? (yes)
Question 3: Is there anything that’s impossible for Jesus? (No; He can do anything!)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned that instead of always seeking to have more, we should stop and appreciate what we already have. God’s Word teaches us the importance of setting limits. These limits allow us to practice gratitude and appreciate God’s blessings. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What does it mean to have “too much of a good thing”? Can you think of a time when you had too much of a good thing?
Question 2: What are some things you really wish you had more of? (e.g., toys, games, clothes, etc.) Why do you want more of these things so badly?
Question 3: What does it do to our hearts when we constantly focus on what we want instead of what we already have? (It keeps us from feeling gratitude and causes us to be selfish and greedy.)


Table Talk I Week of January 18

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “Nothing is too hard for Jesus.” Jesus fed over 5,000 hungry people with only five loads of bread and two fish. He can fix any problem — even the ones that seem too hard to fix! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: The huge crowd of people listening to Jesus got hungry, so Jesus told the disciples to feed them. One of the disciples found a young boy with a small lunch. What was in the young boy’s lunch? (five loaves of bread and two fish)
Question 2: Could you feed over 5,000 people with a small lunch? (no) Did Jesus feed all those people with the small lunch? (yes)
Question 3: What is something that’s too hard for you right now that you can ask Jesus to help you with?

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about the value of patience. The world around us encourages us to demand what we want NOW, and when we don’t get it right away, we feel frustrated and mistreated. God’s Word teaches us to practice patience instead. Patience gives us the calm awareness we need to make wise choices. It means waiting and trusting that God knows better than we do and allowing time for God to show us the wise path. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: When is it hardest for you to be patient? Why is it hard to be patient in that situation?
Question 2: Think of someone you know who is great at being patient. How have you seen that person practicing patience?
Question 3: How does patience help us make wise choices? (It helps us slow down, consider the consequences, and filter our choices through God’s Word.)


Table Talk I Week of January 11

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “Jesus can do things we can’t.” Even though Peter and his fishermen friends had been fishing all night and hadn’t caught anything, Jesus was able to help them catch tons of fish! Jesus can do all kinds of amazing things that we could never do because He is God’s Son. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Peter and the fishermen had been fishing all night, but they weren’t able to catch anything. They were ready to give up. Who told them to throw their nets back into the water? (Jesus)
Question 2: When Peter let his net down again, what happened? (The net was full of fish.)
Question 3: What is something you aren’t able to do, no matter how hard you try? Can Jesus do it?

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about how our choices affect both us and the people around us. When we want to know how to make right choices, we can look in God’s Word. The book of Proverbs is a great place to start because it highlights how much better our lives can be when we choose obedience to God’s wisdom over our foolish earthly knowledge. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Have you ever made a foolish choice? How did you know it was foolish?
Question 2: What could you do to make sure you make a wise choice in the future?
Question 3: Where are some places you can find godly wisdom? (in the book of Proverbs, in other parts of the Bible, at church, through conversations with godly people)


Parent Cue Article: Why Kids Crash on Social Media (And What To Do About It)

Long before I got my driver’s license, my parents taught me about driving. Before pulling out in front of someone they’d say, “You can’t always trust that a blinker means someone is really going to turn.” When crossing traffic, they’d point out places I needed to focus. On the highway, they’d extol the merits of only passing in the left lane instead of the right. What’s interesting is that my education started years before I would ever sit behind the wheel. Why did they teach me in advance? Because it’d be dumb to never teach me about using a car and simply hand me a pair of keys upon my sixteenth birthday. The less I knew about driving, the more likely I was to get in a crash.

As obvious as that is, it’s amazing how easy it is for us parents to treat social media that way. Instead of teaching our kids about the benefits and dangers of social media before they use it, one day we just give them a Facebook page. “Here, this is the entire Internet. A wondrous world populated with great beauty and great danger. Good luck!” Having turned over the keys, we walk away, surprised later that they wrecked the car. Like driving, the best time to teach a kid about social media is before they use it. What does that look like from a practical sense? Here are a few examples:

  1. When you Google something for them, like say the name of the American Girl Doll of the Year, teach them about how fun Google is, but that they’ll need to be careful about the words they use to search someday.
  2. When you show them a funny cat video on YouTube, teach them how if they someday post their own videos, the people who post comments on YouTube might not say the nicest things.
  3. When you Instagram a picture, tell them the number of likes you get doesn’t determine the value of the photo. The photo had value before it was even shared.

Each time you use social media around your kids there’s a chance to say, “This part is great and this part is challenging.” The little advice you give can really add up over time. The more you teach them now, the easier it will be for them to avoid a wreck in the future.

P.S. If you’ve got a fifteen-year-old and have never talked with him about social media, you might be thinking it’s too late to start. It’s not. The best time to talk to a kid about social media is right now. It’s never too late.

For more blog posts and parenting resources, visit ParentCue.org.

 

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Table Talk I Week of January 4

Family life is busy, so being intentional with the time you do have is more important than ever. Table Talk helps mealtime matter — whether it’s at the soccer field, in the car, or around the table. Let this resource be a tool to connect your family and create faith-based conversations with your Quest and Motion children.

 


QUEST 

3 YEARS – KINDERGARTEN

This weekend, we learned “Jesus can do anything.” Jesus saved a wedding celebration and made lots of people happy by turning water into a “super-fancy party drink” when the hosts ran out of the drink. He can do amazing things for us, too, and He loves to do things that make us happy! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Would you be able to turn water into your favorite drink? (no)
Question 2: Who is the only person who could do that? (Jesus)
Question 3: How do you know that Jesus can do anything? (Jesus turned water into wine, which is something only He can do. He can do anything!)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about the importance of guarding our hearts, or finding filters for our lives that will protect our hearts from lies and distractions. God’s Word is the ultimate filter. When we read the Bible and then put what He teaches us into practice, we can ensure our hearts will stay pure. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: The more we listen to someone, the more we recognize their voice. If we want our hearts to recognize God’s voice, what’s the best way for us to learn to recognize it? (spend time in God’s Word)
Question 2: What are some distractions that might keep you from spending enough time with God?
Question 3: When someone wants you to do something you aren’t sure is right, how can God’s Word be a filter that helps you make the right choice?