In November, Eden’s Kids is learning about Gratitude (letting others know how they’ve helped you). Our lessons this month are:
In Week 1, we kick off the month by taking a closer look at our memory verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18. It says, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV).
We want to help kids understand why God wants us to give thanks in all circumstances. We believe something will happen in the heart of any child when they learn to take a TIME OUT, think about this verse, and remember the Bottom Line: You always have something to be grateful for.
In Week 2, we will take a look at a powerful story in Luke 17:11-19 about 10 lepers who asked Jesus to be healed. But when their skin condition went away, they became so ecstatic about the miracle that they ran off and forgot to say “Thank you” … all except for one, who came back to show his thankfulness. It’s great to influence children in such a way that they become the kind of people who put our Bottom Line into action: Take time to say “thank you.”
For Week 3, we’ll dig into a parable Jesus told one day about some vineyard workers. In Matthew 20:1-15, we read that a few of the workers started making comparisons to what others were getting paid. They became ungrateful and started complaining. Then at the end of the day, they had a bad attitude because they thought, “That’s not fair.” Have you heard that around your house lately? Well, then, maybe it’s time for this week’s Bottom Line: Take time to adjust your attitude.
In Week 4, we’ll explore Exodus 23:14-19 and discover how some of the rules God gave His people included some major celebrating with entire DAYS and sometimes WEEKS set aside to give His people an opportunity to take time to celebrate. That’s what we want our kids to do too: Take time to celebrate what God has done.
Finally, in Week 5, we’ll look at how the Apostle Paul closed out his letter to the Roman followers of Jesus. He thanked people—a lot of people—for helping him on his journeys. We hope kids leave with this Bottom Line: Take time to remember how others have helped you.
Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of November in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (1Thessalonians 5:18). Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.