Week 2 (November 8):
We’ll go to the Old Testament and discover a principle from the book of Deuteronomy. Serving others has always been part of what it means to follow God, and Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10 remind us that it’s not just the act of serving that’s important; it’s also important that we serve others with the right attitude.
Bottom Line: Have a good attitude when you lend a hand. We want kids to learn they should give to others freely. Rather than complain when we serve others, we should joyfully serve those in need.
Week 3 (November 15):
For week three, we look at a familiar story in John 6:1-13. Jesus had been talking to a crowd of over 5,000 people. Now it was late in the day, and they were starting to get restless and hungry. Jesus sent the disciples to figure out how to feed them all. A boy offered what he had for them to use: five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus used that boy’s small offering and turned it into more than enough food for everyone.
Bottom Line: Use what you have to lend a hand. Kids may not think they have much to give, but God can use what they do have to accomplish something great. We pray that kids will walk away from this week, feling encouraged to use what they have to lend a hand.
Week 4 (November 22):
We help kids discover a story they may not know very well, but we think it’s a great example of lending a hand. In 1 Kings 17, we learn that Elijah asked a poor widow for water and bread, but because of the severe drought in the country, the woman had only enough for one meal for her and her son. Elijah told her that God would provide flour and oil until the next time it rained. God did just that—and none of them went hungry.
Bottom Line: Ask God for what you need to lend a hand. There will be times when you’re not sure you have what it takes to serve others. In those moments, we want kids to remember that they can ask God to help them. God is able to come through for them and give them what they need to help others.
Week 5 (November 29):
We end the month with a passage that Jesus spoke during the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus explains that, when we serve or give, it shouldn’t be in a way that is showy and puts all of the attention on ourselves. In fact, He even says to give to others in secret.
Bottom Line: Lend a hand without looking for applause. This week, we want kids to learn that helping others shouldn’t be about getting thanked. Often the best way to serve is to surprise someone and help them without getting any recognition at all.
Remember, kids earn 5 Bible Bucks each week of November in which they can recite the memory verse from the picture below (Matthew 5:16). Help your child learn to keep God’s word in his/her heart.