Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!
In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 14 | Loving God completely
Bible Basis: Ruth 1:1 – 4:22; 2 Kings 22:1 – 23:3; Esther 1:1 – 10:3
Bible Point: Josiah, Esther, and Ruth all loved God above everything else. I can also love God with all my heart, mind, and strength!
Special Valentines Craft: The Heart Chandelier
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
“Boy King Josiah” (pages 235 – 239)
“ The Brave Queen” (pages 240 – 246)
“Ruth and Naomi” (pages 152 – 155)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.
- What did King Josiah read to all the people so they could make up their minds to follow God? (God’s law.)
- Queen Esther followed God with her heart by asking the king to do what? (To not listen to his adviser Haman; to change the bad law that was made; to protect the Jews from be- ing killed.)
- Ruth used her strength to collect something out in the field. What was it? (Grain.)
- What three things can we use to love God? (Our heart, mind, and strength.)
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. Provide props such as a large rolled-up paper for Josiah to read, uncooked spaghetti noodles for Ruth to gather, and pillows for Esther and the king to sit on when they talk (if you have crowns and scepters, use those too). You can help act out these stories with your child by playing the supporting roles of Naomi and the king.
When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.
Have your child follow their heart this week! What is something your child loves to do that can be used to minister to others? If your child likes to sing, learn a new worship song together and sing it to someone who needs to be cheered up. If your child loves sports, pray together before every game. If your child loves to draw, start a scrapbook of Bible stories your child has drawn and tell others about them.
Have your child use their mind! Intentionally create a problem that your child can help you solve. A few examples may be helping you with the groceries, helping pack their backpack for preschool, and coming up with ideas to help out a neighbor or friend. Remind your child that God gave us amazing minds and that God wants us to use our minds to show and tell others about God’s love.
What can your child do this week to use their strength to help others? Can your child help you with the laundry or pick up the yard for a neighbor? Perhaps your child can pick up a sibling’s room or help a friend at the supermarket. Try to be there after your child has actively done something using strength so you can give praise for those actions.
This week’s verse is fun to do with motions! See which family member can come up with the most creative motions for memorizing the verse, and shoot a family video together! Share the video with friends or with other family members.
In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Valentines Love in action!
IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:
In the lesson we talked about 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:
- What do you think love is?
- In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 it says love never gives up; if love never gives up, then is love depending on how we feel?
- How can you love someone whether you feel like it or not?
- How do you know that needs that kind of love today?
This week is Valentine’s day! In the process of gathering your valentines and candy, you could also Have the kids create Heart Valentine “coupons” for their siblings, friends, or a trusted neighbor. Instead of messages of love, write down a chore or other action the kids can do to show that person love in action.
Some of the greatest memories for children are hearing their family stories. Share your story of when you decided to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Encourage each child to share their S\story with you! After dinner is done and before chores of cleaning up the table are begun, take a minute to pray together as a family. Thanking Jesus for being our first real Valentine.
Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:
Psalm 29:11 ‘The Lord gives Strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’
What you need to know:
Kids take their lead from you. Actively take time in your day to demonstrate your love in action for your family and others. Maybe making breakfast is your act of love for your kids, take the time to stop after serving them and tell them verbally that you love them. Regular practice of this kind helps connect the action with love for a child’s mind. In turn, they will tend to be more grateful and confident in your love for them.
Internet Safety: The Biggest Mistake (Smart) Parents Make
A little girl goes to a friend’s home to play. Instead of playing with dolls, the two girls hide away in the closet and watch hard-core porn on the family’s iPad. Is the fact that the iPad was not password-protected the biggest mistake her parents made?No.
Smart parents understand that the Internet is a dangerous place for kids. To protect their children’s developing minds, they install filters on their computers and password protect mobile devices. They may even reach out to other parents to make sure they are doing the same. Their biggest mistake? To think they’ve done enough.
So if a parent has already installed Internet filters, what else can they do to protect their kids? The answer: Teach them to install their own internal filter.
With more and more kids getting exposed to school computers, an internal filter is crucial.
What’s an Internal Filter?
It’s the understanding of what pornography is, how it affects the brain, and an action plan to use when kids are innocently exposed to it.
Here are three steps to help your kids install their own filter.
- Define the word pornography.
- Explain that viewing pornography can hurt their brain (just like drugs).
- Give them an action plan to use when they see sexually explicit media.
Some parents shy away from even saying the word pornography, but that just gives it more power. Jill Manning, Ph.D., author of What’s the Big Deal About Pornography? A Guide for the Internet Generation and an expert who has testified before Congress on the dangers of pornography, advises parents to define the term so kids are clear about what we want them to avoid. “Being clear on what pornography is and how to recognize it is the first step to protecting ourselves.” Let’s bring this darkness out into the light without apology or shame.
For some great tips, check out How to Define Pornography for a 7-Year Old.
Pornography Can Hurt the Brain
More and more brain research is demonstrating what mental health practitioners already know: viewing pornography can lead to a lifelong addiction that can be more difficult to overcome than addictions to drugs, alcohol or tobacco. And because kids have easy access to the internet, these addictions are beginning younger and younger.
Recently, Valerie Voon from Cambridge University published the results of a study which showed that pornography addiction leads to the same brain activity as alcoholism or drug abuse. Another study done in Germany documented brain shrinkage in people addicted to pornography. These and many others studies are beginning to show that pornography can damage the brain just like drugs do.
What do your young kids need to know? That just like other drugs, viewing pornography can lead to brain damage and addiction. For more kid-friendly information about how pornography affects the brain (and a child’s freedom), read Hey Kids! Freedom Begins in Your Brain.
Give Your Kids an Action Plan!
This is where you get to help your kids with some specific strategies. Answer these questions to help you devise your family’s porn exposure action plan:
- When they see it, what should they do immediately?(Shut down the device—it’s a good idea to practice this drill.)
- Who should they tell if they are ever exposed to pornography? (Kids often keep exposure to pornography a secret for a variety of reasons—encourage them to tell you and assure them that they won’t get in trouble.)
- How can they deal with the memories of the porn exposure that keep popping up? (This is a cognitive skill—for some helpful tips, read Teach Kids Two Ways to “Forget” Porn.)
I am convinced of this truth: As we face the dangers of pornography head-on, our kids won’t have to face them alone.