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Motion :: Week of August 24

How did Jesus define church? Does going to church really matter? Is it worth sticking with for the rest of my life? We’ll help kids answer these important questions in Big Church!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show to learn about the future of the Church and the part we get to play in it. We took a look at James 1:26 to learn that we can help the Church grow when we tell others about Jesus, share our faith with them, and invite them to church.

As Christians, we can say Bible verses that we’ve memorized, but if we aren’t acting out what those verses teach us, it’s worthless. We shouldn’t just GO to church; God calls us to BE the church. That means our words and actions should reflect God all the time.

At bedtime this week, read James 1:26 and pray together. Thank God for allowing you and your child to be the future of the Church, while you also get to be part of the Church right now. Ask God to give you and your child the courage to share your faith with others and invite them to church.

Curriculum from Life.Church


Motion :: Week of August 17

How did Jesus define church? Does going to church really matter? Is it worth sticking with for the rest of my life? We’ll help kids answer these important questions in Big Church!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show to learn about some of the places we can gather with friends and family. We took a look at 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 to learn that we are the body of Christ — God’s Church — and we all have an important part to play!

Think about how the different parts of your body work together.  All the parts of your body work together to help you, and each part has specific jobs. As the Church, we should function like one big body. When we all do the jobs God has called us to do, and when we work together to make church a wonderful, welcoming place, people will naturally want to be a part of it.

At bedtime this week, read 1 Corinthians 12:26-27 and pray together. Pray that your child would realize they are part of the Body of Christ — God’s Church! Pray they’d always feel a strong desire to gather with others in church as part of God’s family.

Curriculum from Life.Church


Motion :: August Parent Cue Article

This information is taken from the Phase Guides by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner.

Parenting is hard. Just when you think you understand your child, everything changes. And then you have to get re-acquainted and figure out a new way to parent. It might be helpful to know that every kid at every phase is asking a unique and fundamental question. How you answer that question for your child will communicate the one thing they need most: LOVE.

Your Elementary-Aged Child is Asking “Do I” Questions

K-1st Grade

In kindergarten and first grade, kids are adjusting to lots of changes and trying many things for the first time, like going to school, riding the bus, joining a team. With all the increased opportunities in these early years, your kindergartner or first grader is asking one major question:

“DO I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?”

In this phase,  your child needs to know you see their efforts, their ideas, their failures.

2nd-3rd Grade

In second and third grade, kids are becoming increasingly self-aware, and they begin to compare themselves to others. They are asking this fundamental question:

“DO I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?”

They want to know they have what it takes to make the team, to get the grade, and to measure up to their own (and your) standards.

4th-5th Grade

Your fourth or fifth grader can understand different points of view, empathize with others, and negotiate like a champ. That means one thing: Your influence is shifting. Your kid still needs you, but they are beginning to need you in a different way.

4th and 5th graders are asking one major question:

“DO I HAVE FRIENDS?”

Sure, everyone needs a friend. But research shows there’s extraordinary value in having a best friend in the fourth and fifth grade. Kids need to share their most authentic version of themselves with another person.

In elementary school, you can give your child the love they need when you do one thing:

ENGAGE THEIR INTERESTS.

When you engage their interests, you . . .

communicate that their ideas have value,
show curiosity about their activities
establish that their efforts are significant,
demonstrate that they are worth loving,
help them push through setbacks,
communicate their relationships have value.

So pay attention to what they like and who they like. Who and what do they seem to enjoy the most right now in this phase?

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


Motion :: Week of August 10

How did Jesus define church? Does going to church really matter? Is it worth sticking with for the rest of my life? We’ll help kids answer these important questions in Big Church!

This week, we tuned into the Loop Show to learn how we can serve the church. We took a look at James 1:26 to see that God wants us to serve out in our communities, but it’s equally important to serve within our church.

As followers of Jesus, we’re called to serve — to help where help is needed. Jesus spent His life doing everything He could to serve others and put others first. When we “do good to everyone,” we’re following His example. When we serve in our church, we’re helping people learn about Jesus while building community with other believers at the same time.

At bedtime this week, read Galatians 6:10 and pray together. Pray that your child would realize they are part of the Body of Christ — God’s Church! Pray they’d be able to use the gifts and talents God has given them to help serve the Church, in their church.

Curriculum from Life.Church


Motion :: Week of July 27

Jesus demonstrated what serving really means by washing His disciples’ feet and even laying down His life for the sins of the world. We reflect His character to the people around us when we lend a hand and serve.

This weekend, we took a look at one of Jesus’ most popular sermons in Matthew 6:1-4. During this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains that when we serve or give it shouldn’t be in a way that is showy and puts all of the attention on ourselves. Rather than making a big deal about our own acts of service, He says to give to others in secret.

Serve others without looking for applause. Typically, when we do something for someone else, we want everyone to know what we did. After all, having others compliment us feels good. But we hope that kids start to understand that when we decide to give in secret, the act of service becomes totally about the other person and not themselves.

At bedtime this week, read Matthew 6:1-4. Then, brainstorm one way your family can do a secret service project for someone in need together this week.