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Hey Toddler and Preschool parents,
Your child learned about Joseph yesterday (May 6) and to “do what’s right”. Check it out:
May 6, 2012
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Key Question: Can you do what God says?
Bottom Line: I can do it!
Memory Verse: “Learn to do what is right.” Isaiah 1:17, NIrV
Bible Story: God wants me to do the right thing.
Joseph Does What Is Right • Genesis 37:12-28; 41:36-56
Make It True
After children have participated in Make It Fun, encourage the kids to have fun singing with you and then tell the Bible story.
When sharing the Bible story, guide kids to gather around you on the floor. Some kids (especially the younger ones) may wander. That’s okay. They’re still listening and learning!
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WORSHIP LEADER: “Let’s sing a fun song about how much we love God!”
Lead children in singing “I Can Do (What?).”
WORSHIP LEADER: (Clapping) “Wow! That was great! God loves it when we sing to Him! God loves you, and [Basic Truth] God loves me. He wants us to do the right thing. Now let’s get ready to hear a true story from the Bible.”
What You Need: A Bible and 11 Fisher-Price® Little People® concealed in a bag.
STORYTELLER: “Good morning, everybody! Today is such a special day! I have a super special story to tell you today. It’s a true story from the Bible. (Hold up your Bible.) Before I start to read, I will need everyone to come sit down in a circle so you can hear the story.
“There was a young man named Joseph. He had a lot of brothers! Can you help me count Joseph’s brothers? (As you all count, begin pulling figurines out of the bag and lining them up in front of you.) One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven! Wow, eleven brothers!
“Do any of you have that many brothers? (Pause.) I didn’t think so! Sometimes Joseph didn’t get along with his brothers. Sometimes they were very, very mean to him! Can you make a really mean face? (Pause.) Wow, those were some mean faces! One time, Joseph’s brothers were so mean that they sent him away to live in another country that was far, far away! Now that is mean!
“Joseph’s brothers sent him far, far away! Joseph didn’t know anyone at all in the new place. He could have been so mad at his brothers! What do you think he did? Do you think he cried? (Stomp one foot.) Do you think he whined? (Stomp the other foot.) Do you think he said (crossing your arms), ‘No, no, no’?
(In a very emphatic way, make the following big transition.) Or … do you think he said, ‘One (putting your left forefinger to your temple), two (putting your right forefinger to your temple), what should I do (putting both hands out to the side)?’
“Can you all do that with me? Ready? (With the kids) Do you think he cried? (Stomp one foot.) Do you think he whined? (Stomp the other foot.) Do you think he said (crossing your arms), ‘No, no, no’? Or … do you think he said, ‘One (putting your left forefinger to your temple), two (putting your right forefinger to your temple), what should I do (putting both hands out to the side)?’
“Great job! You know what? Joseph didn’t whine or pout. He knew God didn’t want him to be mad. So Joseph did the right thing. Joseph worked very hard in the new country.
“The king, who was called Pharaoh, had a problem. Joseph helped him see that soon there wouldn’t be enough food to eat in his country. (Start rubbing your tummy.) Without food, the people would be so hungry! Can you rub your tummies with me? Oh, the people were so very hungry. Pharaoh needed Joseph to help him with the food. It was going to take a lot of work to fix the problem. So Joseph had to think very hard!
“Try it with me. (With the kids) Do you think he cried? (Stomp one foot.) Do you think he whined? (Stomp the other foot.) Do you think he said (crossing your arms), ‘No, no, no’? Or …do you think he said, ‘One (putting your left forefinger to your temple), two (putting your right forefinger to your temple), what should I do (putting both hands out to the side)?’
“Joseph knew that God wanted him to help Pharaoh! He wanted to do the right thing. Joseph wanted to do what God said. So Joseph said, ‘I’ll do it!’ He helped store up lots and lots of food so everyone had enough to eat.
“Even though lots of bad things happened to Joseph, he didn’t get mad or say, ‘No, no, no.’ He did the right thing, just like God wanted him to do. Joseph did what God said. You can do what God says too! Can you do what God says? [Bottom Line] I (two thumbs pointing to yourself) can do it (raising your fingers up in your air, with flickering jazz hands)!
“Why don’t we try that together? Can you do what God says?”
CHILDREN and STORYTELLER: [Bottom Line] “I (two thumbs pointing to yourself) can do it (raising your fingers up in your air, with flickering jazz hands)!”
STORYTELLER: “That’s right! God loves you, and [Basic Truth] God loves me. We can do what God says! Let’s pray together and thank God for helping us do what He says!
“Dear God, thank You for helping us to do what You say. Help us to remember that You are always with us! We love You, God! Amen.”
Here’s the Parent cue for this week:
The Kindergarten to Grade 5 kids are learning about RESPONSIBILITY. Take a look and use the stuff below to share with your kids. Last Sunday (May 6 th) the kids learned from the Parable of the Talents. Use the material below to encourage the lesson found in this story. Have a great week!
POSTED BY CAREY NIEUWHOF
When our kids were younger, I was working long hours at the church I pastored. My wife was working part time. The kids were in swimming, music and seasonal sports. And to top it all off, one of them was experiencing night terrors. You know, the kind of terrors where your child screams bloodcurdling cries that convince you a murder is happening down the hall in another bedroom? Those kind of night terrors.
There was one night in particular when my wife and I were both so tired, neither of us thought it was physically possible for us to get up and deal with night terror #638.
Our conversation in bed went something like this:
You get up.
No, you get up.
No, you have to get up. I got up last time.
I can’t get up.
I can’t even more.
Listen, I have to work tomorrow…you have to get up.
I can’t. Won’t. You don’t understand how exhausted I am. You get up or else…
We were both displaying the emotional maturity of a cabbage that night. In fact, when we got up in the morning we both said we understood for the first time in our lives that it was possible for a husband and wife to harm each other. We didn’t, but we felt like we could have. That’s how exhausted we were.
There are some things we understand quite well.
If you consistently spend more money than you make over a long period of time, you will go bankrupt.
If you run out of gas, your car stops working.
If you stop eating, you will get sick and eventually die.
Underneath is is a simple principle: if output is greater than input you suffer. Sometimes fatally.
So why is it that we think that rule doesn’t apply to us as parents?
I am amazed at parents who think that being a great parent = output without input.
We spend more money than we have to give our kids ‘every advantage’
We get up early and stay up late so our kids have a better life.
We so focus our energy and activity around our kids that we rarely have time left over for ourselves.
Much of our days–including weekends–is spent in a tiring cycle of work, household chores, kids activities, homework, sports, lessons, church and more.
What we came to understand in that season of life is that parents have needs too. Not just kids. And if the input into our lives isn’t greater than the output, you start to run flat or you go bankrupt.
That’s why it’s so critical for parents to put themselves first when it comes to personal growth.
Your kids (and the world) are making constant emotional, spiritual, relational and physicalwithdrawals. The only way to counterbalance this is to make sure that you are prioritizing healthy emotional, spiritual, relational and physical deposits.
This week, make a deposit into each account. Get yourself in a position where you can replenish yourself. Here are some ideas:
Do something you love to do. It will replenish you emotionally.
Spend some time alone with God. It will replenish you spiritually.
Hang out with a friend or family member who gives you life…you know, the kind of person that always makes you better when you’re around them? It will replenish you relationally.
Go for a walk, a run, a bike ride or do something physically rewarding, and then go to bed early. Shoot for eight hours of sleep at least one night (trade off the kids with someone if you need to). It will replenish you physically.
Once you’ve done each of these for a week, start working them into your calendar. If you stay fresh, you will be so much easier to be around. You’ll snap at the kids and at each other less. And you’ll be living the way God designed you to live, and maybe you’ll even find some joy in the journey.
What have you found helps you stay away from emotional, spiritual, relational or physical bankruptcy?
Your toddler or preschool child learned the following this past Sunday, April 29 th. Please read and help your child to know more.
Handling Household Chores
Here’s how to turn the bitterness around the minutiae of married life into domestic bliss.
Photo by Catherine Yeulet/istockphoto.com
Harmonious or hellish? How’s your honey-do list handled?
In a busy family, the list of household chores is lengthy. Laundry, cleaning, repairs — the to-dos can be endless. And endlessly infuriating. Are yourchores a labour of love or like a scene from War Of The Roses?
The minutiae of married life can too easily become a divisive force, making matrimony a source of acrimony. Turn that bitterness into domestic bliss. Here’s how:
• You can’t control someone else’s behaviour. So stop trying. What you can control, however, is the way you think about that person’s behaviour. That’s right, each of us is capable of exercising mind control — control over our own minds, that is. We assign meaning to behaviours and, with a little practice, we can learn to assign new meanings. Does your partner neglect the overflowing compost just to piss you off, or is it because she’s preoccupied with a work problem? Is the unfolded laundry in the living room a metaphorical middle finger, or is your mate conserving strength for his long to-do list? We get to choose the lens through which we view behaviours. Change the lens and you’ll create a monumental change in the climate of the marriage.
• You have a right to expect an equal division of labour. You don’t have a right to expect that labour to be done in your way and on your timelines. The dust bunnies in the corners of the dining room may be driving you crazy, but if your spouse is in charge of vacuuming you’ll have to respect his right to schedule it when it suits him. So put the stopwatch away. And while you’re at it put the white glove away, too: setting too-high standards is a sure-fire way to start a chore war.
• Pinpoint the problem — and then solve it. If she ruins your white clothes by laundering them with reds, redistribute the domestic tasks. Switch it up. Take over the laundry and hand off grocery shopping. Blaming and shaming gets you nothing but a ton of hurt. It doesn’t solve the problem of the laundry. So keep the conflict in the crosshairs—it’s the problem not the person that needs to be corrected.
• Keep this in perspective. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. And in the lifetime of a partnership, dust bunnies and laundry are just that — small stuff.
Maurcia Delean Houck
Prayer habits that last a lifetime are most often formed in childhood. That’s why it’s so critical to teach young children how to pray. As with most spiritual disciplines, prayer is caught more than it’s taught. As teachers model meaningful prayer lives, kids will learn how they, too, can talk to their Creator.
Practical ways to “bring kids to their knees”!
Don’t discourage a child from including a song from The Little Mermaid in her prayer.
Here are the basics of teaching children how to pray.
Help children talk to God. Everyone — especially children — would find sitting down to prayer easier if we could find a way to forget our notions of “correct prayer methods” and just start talking. To do this, avoid focusing on form in prayer. Rather, model for your children an easy, comfortable way to simply talk to God as you’d talk to a friend. Urge children to talk to God just as they’d talk to anyone else. They can tell God about their day, express their fears, and even be a little mad if they want to.
There’s nothing too big-or too small-for God. It’s true; God can help us face the hardest moments in our lives. God is also there to share in our smaller moments, too. He wants to know how our day went. He enjoys hearing that the rainbow we saw early in the morning made us smile, and that the bully on the playground scares us.
Anything is okay to talk to God about. Don’t discourage a child from including a song from The Little Mermaid in her prayer. Let her thank God for her favorite movie and share what’s in her heart.
Making prayers relevant to children’s lives enables them to grow in prayer. Because kids have a strong tendency to view the world in terms of me, my, and mine, capitalize on this very normal stage of development by focusing prayer on kids’ everyday concerns. For example, many adults make the mistake of asking young children to pray for church missionaries. Chances are kids don’t understand what they’re actually asking God for. As a result, God becomes more remote.
A better idea would be to focus kids’ prayer requests on asking God to heal Damon’s chickenpox, giving thanks for Jasmine’s new puppy, or asking for help for Alex, who may find it difficult to sit through class quietly.
God listens to ALL prayers. God is always there, willing and eager to listen to what we have to say. But kids aren’t always so sure; sometimes they need proof.
So give it to them. The best way to help children realize that God truly listens is to point out answered prayers. Did you ask for the quick recovery of Andi’s cold? When she’s feeling better, thank God for answering your prayers.
Make answered prayer visual by creating a prayer wall where kids write their prayer requests on one side of a divider. When the prayer is answered, move the prayer request to the other side. Thank God for each answered prayer.
Help children understand that God may answer prayers in several ways. God may answer exactly as children requested. But God may also answer in a different way, wait to answer, or say no. Help children see these answers to prayer also.
The right place is any place. The Bible describes a variety of ways to pray: kneeling, standing, lifting hands, and even lying on a bed. Encourage children to pray whenever-and wherever-they want to. Even if it means a quick “Please make Janie all right” on the playground when a friend is hit with a ball.
Prayer is never inappropriate. Especially when it comes straight from the heart. In the end, that’s all you really need to teach children to help them communicate with our God who’s always listening.
Maurcia DeLean Houck is a free-lance writer in Pennsylvania. Please keep in mind that phone numbers, addresses, and prices are subject to change.
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