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Safari :: Week of October 7

MONTHLY FOCUS: God can help you.
VERSE FOCUS: “We have the Lord our God to help us.” 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NLT)
BIBLE STORY: David Protects the Sheep | 1 Samuel 17:34-37

This month we are learning, “God can help you.” No matter what situation we are in, we do not need to be afraid, because God can always help us.

We will learn the story, “David Protects the Sheep,” in 1 Samuel 17:34-37. David was a shepherd and he took care of sheep by feeding them and making sure they were safe. One night, a big lion came and grabbed one of the sheep. David knew he needed to save the sheep, but he needed help. He knew God was with him and God would help him. God made David strong and helped David save the sheep!

We made a Bible story mat to help us remember God can help us.

Place the Meal Time Bible Story Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your child:

  • What do you see in the picture? (David and his sheep)
  • Who helped David get his sheep back after a lion took it? (God helped David)

Even though David couldn’t see God, David knew that God made him strong and helped him get his sheep back. Just like God helped David, God can help us, too!


Safari :: Week of September 23

MONTHLY FOCUS: God is always with you.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Battle of Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20

This week we did a craft activity to remind us that God is always with us.

Point to the back of your toddler’s newsletter and say, “Who did God tell to march seven times around the city wall of Jericho?” Encourage your toddler to say, “Joshua and his army.” Say, “That’s right! So, that’s what Joshua did. He led the army around the wall seven times, and then the army yelled. And you know what? The city wall fell down! Isn’t that amazing? God was always with Joshua when He helped Joshua knock down the wall in the Battle of Jericho.”

Say, “God wants you to do what He says, just like Joshua did. God will always be with you! Who is always with you?” Encourage your toddler to say, “God is always with me!”


Child Dedications This Fall

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At Elevation, child dedications are a joint expression of a parent’s desire to raise Godly children. As a church we are committed to empower parents in that calling and help families raise God-honoring kids. We count it an honor to be entrusted with that incredible privilege.

In 1 Samuel 1:27-28, a godly woman named Hannah prayed for years for God to give her a child. He answered her prayers and she gave birth to a son, whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was born, Hannah prayed these words: “I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.”

Child dedications are a time for parents, like Hannah, to commit themselves to raising their child God’s way. It’s a powerful time for parents to embrace the responsibility they’ve been given by God and to catch a vision of the impact they can make in their child’s life.

We make these events special by encouraging the whole family to get involved and an event families will always remember.

We invite families with children ages 0 – 4 years to participate in the dedication. Child dedications are scheduled periodically throughout the year at each Elevation location.

If you would like more information about our next child dedications, please complete the form by clicking here


Safari :: Week of September 9

MONTHLY FOCUS: God is always with you.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Battle of Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20

This week we played a game to help us remember God is always with us. Play it at home with your toddler to remind them God is always with them, too!

March around the room with your toddler, just like Joshua and his army marched around Jericho. Say, “God is with you when you march. Show me your best march.” March to the door and say, “God is with you by the door.” Next march to the table. Say, “God is with you by the table.” Encourage your toddler to repeat this after you. March to other areas of the room and continue to say, “God is with you by the [area of the room].”

When marching for the last time, have fall down like the wall of Jericho and yell, “God is with me!”


Safari :: Week of September 16

MONTHLY FOCUS: God is always with you.
VERSE FOCUS: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: Battle of Jericho | Joshua 6:1-20

This week during the eKidz we sang a song to remind us that God is always with us.

Say, “Come stand with me and let’s sing a song together. God was with Joshua when the walls fell down, and He is always with us, too!” Sing the following to the tune of The Hokey Pokey.

You put your right arm in, (put right arm in the circle)

You put your right arm out. (take right arm out of circle

You put your right arm in, (put right arm in the circle)

And you march it all about. (pretend to “march” your arm)

You march around the city, (march in place)

Then you scream and shout. (turn around in a circle)

And watch the walls fall down! (everyone falls down)

After the right arm, complete each verse with the following body part:

  • Left arm
  • Right leg
  • Left leg
  • Head
  • Whole body