Stride (1st-5th Grade)

 

Our Elementary class takes your child through the Bible with a dynamic hands-on, and conversational approach. Classes can include a variety of elements, such as an object lesson, in depth Bible discussion, crafts, games, and more! For more information on our Stride program, please visit us during one of our regular weekly services!

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! We all have times it seems like it is taking forever to get something or go somewhere we want, but while we are waiting, we must always remember to keep our eyes fixed on God and not the things of this world. We need to be mindful of what we do with our time and who or what is getting our attention. It’s so easy to spend too much time on video games, TV, hanging out with friends, sports or your favorite activity and forget about spending time with the Lord! He should always be our main focus! So let’s stay focused on God and what He wants from us, not what we want all the time! Be patient and wait upon the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and watch just how living a godly life will give us unspeakable joy, great success and a great witness to those around  us!

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! We dug into Exodus 32:1-35 and see just where impatience can get you. Not waiting to hear from God can be a true catastrophe in every way! How thankful we are to Jesus who can not only forgive our sins but also with the help of the Holy Spirit we can patiently wait on a God-and anything else for that matter-and not sin at all! 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! Our lesson included mapping out the Easter story in the Bible from beginning to the present time using some Easter peeps. We unpacked each part of the story in a surprising way, just like Jesus surprised us all with his all encompassing pursuant love for us. First we looked at the creation of the earth and of man. Next, original sin and how God had already had a plan to make a way for us to be with him. We love because He first loved us. Praise Him for He alone is worthy! Easter blessings to you and yours!

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

We finish our month long life app of PEACE today. Throughout the month we looked at different places in the Bible where God shows us how to live in peace. We discussed living in peace with our family, siblings, and with our enemies. On Sunday, we looked at Colossians 3:1-20 focusing our attention on living in peace with our brothers and sisters in Christ specifically. Just like any family, there can be bumps in the road of our relationships with one another. God reminds us to always give each other grace and love as God has afforded us in all areas and to always live in peace with one another! Remember we all have our place in the body of Christ and to do His work we must all get along and move in one direction ... toward Jesus and building His kingdom. It’s a tall order, but when we follow the Holy Spirit instead of our own desires, it's easy! 

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 devotional to do throughout the week together and return it next Sunday for a surprise! 

Pray with Us!  Father God, You are amazing and wonderful and mighty! It’s amazing to hear the story of how You made peace with us. We created a big problem—a sin problem—but You fixed that problem when You sent us Jesus. Thank You for loving us. Thank You for forgiving us. Thank You for sending Jesus so we could have peace. We love You, and we ask these things in Jesus’ matchless 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

March brings us to the new Life App of PEACE. This week our passage came from the first book of the Bible, Genesis 13:5-12. We will talk about Abraham and how he demonstrated being a peace maker. The kids will get to act out the story for some added fun as well. To bring the story home we will play a game, once giving them fair rules and a second time having unfair rules. We talked about how it feels to be treated unfairly. How can we handle unfair situations and most importantly how would Jesus have wanted us to handle it? Of course Jesus wants it to always be a peaceable solution! So let’s go and live in peace everyday!

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!  Dear Father, You are an amazing God who cares so much for us. You care about every detail of our life. As unfair situations arise in our lives, help us to find peaceable solutions. May your will be done in our lives as we peaceably point to you in every situation! We thank You for your Word that shows us great examples and we thank you for your love. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray, amen.”

February 25

To finished off our series on kindness, we read Matthew 5:43-48 where Jesus tells us just how kind we should be to others. In fact he tells us to be different than the world and be kind to our enemies as well! Of course, sometimes, we don't want to do be kind to those who aren't kind to us but we must be obedient to God and how he wants us to live. He commands us to do everything in love and to walk by the Spirit and not by our own desires. We also talked about tangible ways we can take bad situations, with people who are unkind, and turn it around with the love of God. We want to shine bright for Jesus everyday and being kind to everyone helps us stand out from the rest of the world!

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! You are an awesome God, and we love you! Sometimes it feels like we’re kind over and over again without anyone being kind back to us. Help us not to look at kindness that way. Help us look at kindness like You do. You love us and treat us with kindness no matter what. Help us to be kind to everyone—even to our enemies--just like your Word tells us. We pray this in Jesus’ 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

As we continued our February theme of kindness, we took a closer look at the book of Ruth in chapters 1 & 2. 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. Ruth even demonstrated kindness during difficult times and situations. God richly blessed Ruth for her kindness, and He will surely do the same for us as we love others the way God would want us to. This week, through our lesson, a game of charades, and discussion, we were challenged to give God’s message of 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 this week in Titus 3:4-7. We know that God loves us because He gave His Son Jesus to live and die for us. He made a way so we can be His forever. That truly was an act of love and kindness, one so great we could never earn it!  Our classes also looked at the example of God showing love to Jonah and the story of the Good Samaritan. If we show kindness to others, it will be a dominoes effect in our lives and those around us if we make kindness part of our everyday life! 

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!  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.