Relay (3 years-Kindergarten)

 

In Relay, your child will begin to explore the stories and themes of the Bible! Our volunteers actively engage children in worship, prayer, and scripture memorization and use crafts and games to reinforce each week's Bible lesson.

Below, you can find summaries of our weekly lessons and themes along with activities you can do with your child during the week. We look forward to seeing you!

April 22

We took another look at Exodus 32:1-35 as we studied how the Israelites lost their patience and turned away from God! While Moses was getting important instructions from God, the Israelites wanted to worship something. Instead of waiting for Moses, they had Aaron, Moses's brother make a golden cow for them to worship. God and Moses were both very angry when they saw what the Israelites did, and no one who worshiped the cow could go into the promised land. Sometimes when we are patient, it makes us miss out on God's best for us. The Israelites who were impatient could not get all God wanted them to have! We can practice patience by keeping our eyes on God, even when we are waiting for something!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Do it at Home: Don’t forget to pick up your devotional to do throughout the week together and return it next Sunday for a surprise! 

Pray with Us!  “Heavenly Father, we love you so much for being just you! It’s so sad to hear how your people forgot about you and put other things first! Please help us to keep our focus on You so that we don’t lose our patience like the Israelites did. Help us to put our faith and our hope in You alone. Help us to be patient and stay close to You and to remember what’s true. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!

April 15

Our theme for the month is patience, and we can all use more of it! This week we looked at the story of Jacob, who had to work 14 years to marry the woman he loved! He must have had a lot of patience and also a lot of trust in God! We also looked at Proverbs 14:29 and thought about how we can exercise patience in our daily lives. Let us always have patience for every situation. It’s not only our monthly theme, but it’s God’s way!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14,

Do it at Home: Don’t forget to pick up your devotional to do throughout the week together and return it next Sunday for a surprise! 

Pray with Us!  “Father God, thank You for teaching us about patience. You are an amazing God and we love you! We want to be patient friends. We want to be calm and keep our cool when we have to wait for what we want. Remind us of today’s verse any time we feel like getting angry or frustrated while we wait. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.”

April 8

This week we dug into 1 Samuel 1:6-2:1. There we find Hannah wanting to have a baby. She desperately longs to be a mother. The others make fun of her year after year as she feels left out without a child and very sad. We noticed how she reacted to waiting for something she wanted so badly. First she didn't lash out at others, but went to God, the only one that can help her. She tells him what’s on her heart praying and asking for what she would like. With determination, believing in the one true living God and that He is able, she finally received a child! She praised God and dedicated Samuel to Him. What an amazing child he was and now that she had what she wanted, the amount of time it took to receive him seemed to fade away! Being patient now for something we want is not always easy but patience always pays off as we see in this account! Praise the Lord for such wonderful blessings! He is always good and his timing is always perfect!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14,

Do it at Home: Don’t forget to pick up your devotional to do throughout the week together and return it next Sunday for a surprise! 

Pray with Us!  “Dear heavenly Father, Thank you for hearing us when we pray. Thank you for caring so much about us that you listen when we talk to you about our problems. Give us the strength and patience we need as we trust you with our lives. In Jesus’ matchless name Amen.”

April 1

He is risen! He is risen indeed! We started off this new month with the new life app of patience and with one of our very favorite celebrations... Easter! We learned about how when people went to see Jesus in the tomb, they couldn't find Him! We built our own tomb and went looking for glow in the dark eggs that reminded us that Jesus is alive! Happy Easter to you and your family!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord!” Psalm 27:14,

Do it at Home: Don’t forget to pick up your devotional to do throughout the week together and return it next Sunday for a surprise! 

Pray with Us!  “Father God, Thank you for loving us enough to send us Jesus. Thank you that Jesus conquered the grave and death. Thank you for the amazing thing Jesus did for us by dying on the cross to take care of our sin problem so that if we believe and confess our sin, we can be in your family forever. Thank you for the best news ever—that Jesus is ALIVE! We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ precious name, amen.”

March 25

This week we learned about Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and the last supper he had with his disciples. In this story, everyone was being very nice to Jesus! They were cheering for him, and laying down their coats for him. They were eating and celebrating with him! But Jesus knew that very soon these same people would become angry with him and think that he was a liar. Still, he treated them all kindly and prayed for them. Jesus is the ultimate example of treating everyone with peace, no matter what!

Easter Memory Verse: “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (NLT)

Do it at Home: Sing some songs of praise to the Lord with your children this week. After you finish the song, shout HOSANNA and wave your palm branches that you made in class.

Pray With Us: Thank you Jesus for showing us your great love and demonstrating your desire to make peace with us. We honor you this week as we prepare to celebrate your resurrection on Easter Sunday! You are great and victorious! Help me to follow your model of peace! In Jesus' name amen.

March 18

This week we continued learning about peace by looking at the story of how Abigail met David.  In 1 Samuel 25 Abigail gives us a great example of how to deal with people that are mean tempered. Maybe you know someone who is mean sometimes, like a sibling or someone at school. The person she had to deal with was her husband. He almost got their entire household and servants killed by his hateful words and ungratefulness to David and his men! God used Abigail to intercede and make peace with David before such a thing occurred. She went as far as to apologize for her husband and gave them a many generous offerings. She was smart, generous and kind and was a true peacemaker! May we also be peacemakers in our dealings with everyone including our own family! 

Monthly Memory Verse: “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.” Romans 14:19 (NIrV) 

Do it at Home: Help you child(ren) to demonstrate peace in their lives by looking for real life ways they can take a situation and come up with a peaceable solution and always be a great example of keeping the peace!

Pray with Us!  Heavenly Father. You are an amazing God! Thank You for caring about every detail of our life and for the Bible. You gave us great examples and stories of brave people like Abigail. She saw a problem, and she did something about it. She became part of the solution. Help us to remember that we can do the same thing. When we see a problem, help us to ask ourselves what we can do to fix it the way you would want us to. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ mighty name, amen.”

March 11

We will continue our life app of peace this week as we take a look at Isaac in Genesis 26. Specifically we will look at how Isaac handled disputes over wells that were clearly his and his father’s Abraham’s. Isaac had some wells that he used to get water, but when a drought came, people tried to take his wells! Instead of fighting them, Isaac moved on to the next location trusting God for his supply and guidance. He didn’t repay evil for evil but gave up his right to prove he was right by keeping peace. Later the Philistines realized God was with him and they wanted to make a peace treaty. We show godly character when we are living a life of peace with others. 

Monthly Memory Verse: “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.” Romans 14:19 (NIrV) 

Do it at Home: Don’t forget to pick up your weekly devotional and try to hit home peaceable solutions throughout the week as situations arise. 

Pray with Us!  Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us and caring for us and your Word so we might know how to live. Please help us to follow Isaac’s example. When bad things happen, when people are mean, when we feel like fighting back, please remind us to follow You and walk away. Help us to choose peace. Help us to show others that we care more about THEM than we care about winning. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ name

March 4

This month we started a new theme: Peace! Our definition for peace is proving your care more about other people than you do about winning. Our story this week is found in Genesis 13:5-12. We learned that Abraham protected his relationship with Lot by letting him choose what land he liked. even though this doesn't seem fair, God blessed Abraham and the land he lived in was truly the better land! God loves it when we show love to other people in this way! Let's all practice living peacefully with our friends this week!

Memory Verse: “So let us do all we can to live in peace. And let us work hard to build up one another.” Romans 14:19, NIrV

Do it at Home: Fairness is a BIG DEAL to preschoolers! Practice peace with your child splitting a candy bar with them. Let your child separate the bar into two pieces. Explain that they get to separate the bar, but you get to pick which piece you want. (To make this easy, use Reese's Cups or a KitKat Bar.) Ask your child why they separated it the way that they did. Then, you split your bar and let them pick first. Explain that peace means that sometimes we think more about other people than ourselves, like when we let our friends pick the bigger half of a chocolate bar.

Pray with us! Peace can be a difficult thing for a preschooler to understand! Join us as we pray that their minds would be open and that God would help them grow in self-control as we learn together this month. Take some time to declare over your child that they will be a peacemaker!

February 25

To finished off our series on kindness, we read the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37 where Jesus tells us just how kind we should be to others. Jesus showed us that the one that loved like Jesus was the one that had the most reason to walk right by the hurt man! We should show kindness to everyone, even people who are mean to us.

Monthly Memory Verse: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIrV

Do it at Home: Come up with three random acts of kindness that you and your child can do together. You could pay for the person's coffee in line behind you, or hold a door for a stranger, or pray for someone who is having a bad day! We can't wait to hear all about it next week!

Pray with Us!  Father God, Thank you for always being so kind to us!  Help us to love like you love and treat everyone with kindness, even when it would be easier to be mean. Thank you for helping us be more like you. In Jesus's name, Amen!

February 18

In honor of the Winter Olympics, we celebrate Kidlympics this weekend! We started with the opening ceremonies and had a great time practicing various sports including skiing and curling. We looked at 1 Corinthians 9:24-28 and learned that we are supposed to run to win! We can run to win by praying and reading our Bible and practicing living like Jesus lived. Anything you see your child's torch, hat, or medal from this weekend, use it as a way to remind them that they are running their race for God!

February 11

This week we looked at the kindness that Ruth showed to her family in Ruth 1-2. Ruth decided to stay and help her husband's mother even though it meant that she would not get to go live with her parents and siblings again. For Ruth, being kind to her family was an easy decision! Sometimes we treat our families badly, but God wants us to treat them with kindness! Often we treat those closest to us the worst, but God shows us Ruth as a wonderful example of being kind to our family and extended family. No matter what happens, God promises to help us show kindness to our family and friends. 

Monthly Memory Verse: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIrV

Do it at Home: Encourage your child(ren) to show some of their friends and family members how much they mean to them this week as we celebrate Valentine’s Day by making some homemade cards! 

Pray with Us!  “Heavenly Father, Thank you for sending us Jesus, Your Son. What you did means we can be in your family forever. You are so loving and so kind even before we even loved you back. Help us to be kind to others, too, even when it’s hard. We know you can help us. We love You. We pray this in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.”

February 4

February brings us to a new theme: Kindness! We looked at the ultimate act of kindness God gave us when He gave His Son Jesus so that we could be with God forever! That truly was an act of love and kindness, one so great we could never earn it!  Our classes also talked about Jonah, who didn't want to show kindness to the city of Nineveh! Instead of letting him drown in the storm, God saved Jonah's life and gave him, and the city of Nineveh, a second chance. We should always be kind to others, because God is kind to us!

Monthly Memory Verse: “Do to others as you want them to do to you.” Luke 6:31, NIrV

Do it at Home: Help and encourage your child(ren) to find ways to show kindness to others this week. Create a "kindness jar" at home and challenge your child to fill it with pom poms or some other filler, with each pom pom representing a kind thing that they did! When they fill the jar, find a way to reward them for their kindness.

Pray with Us!  God, thank you for being so kind to us! Help us to be full of your love and kindness to others in return. We love you so much! In Jesus’ name, Amen.