From Pastor Donne’s Desk





preschool BibleIn the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 10 | Listen for God’s Direction

Bible Basis: 1 Samuel 1:1 – 20; 3:1 – 21; 8:1 – 10:27

Bible Verse: Psalm 32:8: “I will guide you and teach you the way you should go. I will give you good advice and watch over you.”

Bible Point: God gave Samuel directions when he asked God for help. When I listen, God gives me directions too.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“Hannah’s Prayer”(pages156–159)

“A Voice in the Night” (pages 160 – 163)

“Israel’s First King”(pages164–167)

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

  1. Have you ever asked God to help you out? When?
  2. How do you think God has helped our family?
  3. What is something you want to talk to God about today?
  4. Who was the main character you learned about this week? (Samuel.)

LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.

The interaction God had with the young boy Samuel is not only humorous but also teaches a good lesson about listening. We all need to learn to give God our ears and our attention. So, this week when you put your child to bed, ask, “Do you remember what Eli told Samuel to say to God?” (He told Samuel to say, “Yes, Lord, I am listening.”) Say your child’s name a few times and have your child say, “I am listening!”

Before you tuck your child into bed, pray together. Remind your child that God is always here, just like you are here if your child needs you. This is an easy way to start a great new nightly bedtime routine for a family prayer time together. If you do not normally pray before bedtime, this is your week to get started!

EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.

This week’s verse starts “I will guide you and teach you the way you should go.” Spark your musical side by putting this verse to music. Start by humming a familiar melody and see if it fits. The tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” works quite well:

I will guide and teach you, teach you, teach you

I will guide and teach you, the way that you should go.

  • Periodically during the week, ask your child to recite (or sing) the verse of the week. This could be during breakfast, in the car, or even over the phone. Encourage other family members to sing along!

heroesbible-imageIn the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Heroes-David and Self- Control

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home:

Today we learned that big heroes exercise self-control. King Saul had gone mad. He was angry with David and determined to end David’s life. So David was on the run. One night, David encountered Saul without Saul noticing. David could have easily killed his pursuer. But David exercised self-control and spared the life of his king. When we have self-control, we can be heroes like David.


Make this week’s lesson real:

Challenge your kids to a self-control test. Fill a bowl with eight small treats. Set the bowl out where they can get to it at any time. The goal is to exercise control, eating no more than one per day. At the end of one week, there should still be one treat left in the bowl. At the end of the week, have a discussion about self-control in light of the challenge.


Here are some great discussion starters

Why did Saul want to kill David?

Why did David spare Saul’s life?

What does it mean to have self-control?


Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)


What you need to know:

Take some time to consider where you lack self-control. When do you have the most difficult time showing restraint and understanding with your kids? Are there certain behaviors of theirs that always seem to set you off? Seek help – from God, from friends, from a trusted counselor – to improve in these areas.



12/11 Advent: Remember your children are participating in Advent this coming Christmas Season. They are already practicing and getting excited about the event. This video of the song will be great to listen to during the week to help our preschool and grade school students become familiar with the song.

12/18 Sweater day: If you have a Christmas Sweater from Aunt Fanny who pinches your cheek, an ugly sweater, an itchy sweater or a blue sweater; we will be celebrating Christmas and the cold by wearing our sweaters Sunday, December 18th! Please join us in the fun!

12/24 Christmas Eve: The Children’s Ministry has been special requested to join in the Christmas Eve Festivities! This song, as well as the song we are singing for advent, will be the songs we will be singing on Christmas Eve. If you have any questions or concerns or want to volunteer to help let Pastor Donne know!

1/8 Pie Day: The Grade School Class, until January 8th, has been challenged to bring their Bibles consistently to church. If the kids accomplish this task and bring their Bibles for a total of 144 times, their name will be placed in a drawing to have the opportunity to PIE some of their faithful teachers and Pastor Donne in the face! Here are more details! This is all a chance to partner with you as you encourage your children to build a good habit of bringing and using their Bibles in their daily lives. Contact Pastor Donne if:

  1. You want to join in being ‘pie’d’ on January 8th
  2. You want more information.


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