Safari :: Week of November 2

WE’RE LEARNING… I can thank God for everything.
MEMORY VERSE: “Always give thanks to God.” Ephesians 5:20 (NCV)
BIBLE STORY: Ten Lepers I Esther 1-10

This month, we are learning, “I can thank God for everything.” God has given us so many wonderful things. We can thank Him for everything!

We will learn the story, “Ten Lepers,” in Luke 17:11-19. As Jesus was traveling, He met 10 lepers who asked Him to heal them. Jesus told them, “Go show yourselves to the priest.” As they were on their way, they were healed! Although all 10 men were healed, only one went back to thank Jesus for everything He had done. Just like the one man said thank you, we can show God we are thankful, too! We can always be thankful for everything God does and all He has given us. We can thank Him for everything!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can thank God for everything. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the placemat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who do you see in the picture? (Jesus, 10 sick men Jesus healed, the man who went back to thank Jesus)
  • Jesus healed 10 sick men. Did they all go back to give Him thanks or just one of them? (just one of them)

Say, “That’s right! Just like the man went back to thank Jesus, we can give thanks, too. God has given us so many wonderful things, and we can thank Him for everything! Who can give thanks to God for everything?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can give thanks to God for everything.”


Quest :: Week of November 2

Throughout the month, preschoolers will learn to be thankful for their family, friends, and food. They’ll learn that saying “thank you” is just as important as being thankful. Imagine preschoolers learning to tell God thank you — for EVERYTHING — all while having fun with their Group Leaders and friends. Imagine them growing up giving thanks to the Lord with their WHOLE heart.

This week, we heard the story of Boaz, Ruth, and Naomi to learn that families help one another and we can be thankful for the family God has given us.

At bedtime this week, cuddle and pray, “Dear God, thank You for our family. Thank You for (name people in your family and how they help you/your child). We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


November Family Activities

We may have different demands on our time, but one thing we all value as parents is quality time with our kids. Whether you have twenty minutes or two hours to spend with your child today, we want to equip you with some fun ways to embrace the season together!

Each month, eKidz will provide a Family Activities page with an overview of some seasonally-themed crafts, recipes, and games your family can try out together. If you see one or two (or five!) that look fun for your family, click the link or scan the QR code to be taken to that month’s Family Activities board on our Pinterest page, where you’ll find links with detailed instructions for each activity.

Our November Family Activities page is available now, so click here to let the fun begin!


Teaching Your Kids to Manage Money God’s Way

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” If we want our children to prioritize handling their finances in a godly way when they’re older, we need to start training them to do so while they’re young! 

That’s why eKidz has made it a priority to provide families with “Give. Save. Spend.” kits. These kits teach kids to first GIVE 10% of their money back to God, then to SAVE 10% of their money for the future, and then SPEND the rest in a God-honoring way. At many of our physical locations, “Give. Save. Spend.” kits are available from eKidz upon request. The kits include three jars, labels for each jar, and a set of family devotionals.

If you aren’t near a physical Elevation Church location or prefer a more customized approach to your family’s “Give. Save. Spend.” kit, eKidz now offers downloadable resources you can print at home to create your own money management system, featuring:

  • Family devotionals to help your family learn what God says about how we manage our money
  • Three different designs kids can choose from to match their own personal style
  • Multiple label options to print and attach to their three containers (e.g., jars, envelopes, resealable bags, etc.)
  • An alternate option to print three foldable boxes (card stock or heavyweight paper recommended)

To create your customized “Give. Save. Spend.” kit, download the devotionals and then choose one of the options below:

If using the printed labels, find three containers, such as jars, envelopes, or resealable bags. Cut out the “GIVE,” “SAVE,” and “SPEND” label options you like best, then glue or tape one label to each container.

If using the foldable boxes, cut out the boxes along the outside lines, then slice open the money slot in the top of each box. Follow the instructions on the printed pages to fold each box. We recommend reinforcing the boxes with tape or glue to make sure your child’s money stays safely inside!

As you assemble the “Give. Save. Spend.” kit, talk to your child about what the Bible says about money. Use the devotionals to generate conversations about giving God’s way.

To help teach your child about how to manage money, we recommend setting aside some money to give your child over the next few weeks. Consider creating a household chore chart where your child can earn an allowance, encourage your child to think of ways to earn money (such as raking a neighbor’s leaves or hosting a lemonade stand), or reward your child for other behaviors.

Use these opportunities as teachable moments with your child, helping your child determine how much money to GIVE, SAVE, and SPEND.

 


Table Talk I Week of October 26

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 that God is powerful, so I can be brave. Hezekiah knew his people couldn’t defeat their enemies, so he prayed and asked God to use His great power to save them. God was able to save Hezekiah’s people against a bigger and stronger enemy, and He is powerful enough to help us in any situation we face. Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: What was King Hezekiah’s job? (to take care of God’s people)
Question 2: When a big army came to fight against God’s people, King Hezekiah told everyone not to be afraid. Who did King Hezekiah say would help them fight the battle? (God)
Question 3: King Hezekiah prayed and asked God to help them fight the mean army. When you’re afraid, can you pray to God and ask Him to help you, too? (yes)

 


MOTION

1ST – 5TH GRADE

This weekend, we learned about facing our fears. Instead of running away from fear, God wants us to run toward Him. With God on our side, we don’t just fight fear — we conquer it! Check out this week’s curriculum recap here.

Question 1: Why does it seem easier to run from your fear?
Question 2: How does God help you conquer your fear?
Question 3: What are some fears you have that you want to ask God to help you conquer?