We are in a series this Summer entitled, “Dive In”. We are diving into God’s Word and seeing how we can learn about life from Scripture. This first month we are learning about following Jesus’ example. Let’s DIVE IN!
This week’s “MAILBOX” WINNER is…….Olivia Vicente!!! Congratulations Liv! You were selected from the “mailbox” as the activity sheet prize winner for this week! You can pick up your prize at church any coming Sunday…it will be located at the kids check-in. And honorable mentions go to Myles Green, Evelyn Green, and Elijah Longchamps! All three of you can also pick up a special treat at the kids check-in.
Our current theme is, “Follow Jesus’ Example.” This week we are going to talk about valuing others.
WHO DOES GOD VALUE?
The word VALUE refers to the WORTH or IMPORTANCE of something or someone. Think about money…what value does a quarter have? (25 cents) What value does a dime have? (10 cents) What value does 100 pennies have? ($1) Which of those three has greater value? The pennies! Those are easy to compare because there is a set value to those items. But what about people? Can you compare the value of people? If we try to do that we may compare talents, money, jobs, etc. For instance, when I was growing up and I got hungry…in my mind, the most valuable person in my family was my mom….because she could make a much more enjoyable meal than anyone else in my home. But does that mean she was more valuable than my dad or my sisters? NO! It was just in that MOMENT she was the one who could MEET my NEED.
When we value people based on what they can do, or better yet, what they can DO for ME…that mindset can become very dangerous for many reasons. First, that means their value can change and the more talented and generous a person is, the more valuable they are. And that is just not true! Second, it also would mean that YOUR value can change and is only set by what other people THINK of you. Also, not true! So…what is our value? How do we know our value? How is it measured? The Bible says that each person is unique and of value to God! Let’s take a look at what Jesus says about our value.
“Value Others” Name Game
There are so many different ways to show others their value. Sharing words of encouragement, acts of kindness, and respect are ways to let others see how much you value them. So here is a challenge for you! This is the VALUE OTHERS Name Game!
You need to write your first name on a sheet of paper, going down the side of the paper (so each letter goes underneath the letter before it – see below for my name). You then need to come up with a different way you can show “value” to someone else, by starting with each letter of your name. If you have a short first name, do both your first and last name 😉 Here is mine:
V – Visit them when they are sick
I – Invite them to play with me
C – Call them by name
K – Know what matters to them
Y – Yield to what they want to do, instead of getting my own way
F – Find ways to bless them
L – Laugh with them, NOT at them
E– “Elbow” high-five them to prevent sharing germs 😉
C – Cheer them up when they are sad
K – Keep quiet when they are talking
I would love to see your ideas! Share them with my on paper or by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can’t wait to see your ideas!
Quantity versus Quality – don’t assume someone is more valuable because they have more talents or own more things…
value is not defined in “quantity” (how much we have),
but instead “quality” (who we are).
“I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you.”John 13:15 (July’s Memory Verse)
Memory Verse Challenge!
John 13:15 is our theme verse for this unit. This month’s challenge was to create your own song or hand motions to help memorize the verse. This month’s winner is…EMMA V! Great job Emma! A Bill Grey’s Oreo Milkshake is headed your way!!! We will have the same challenge next month…so get ready to get creative! Enjoy watching Emma’s submission:
LESSON PAPERWORK – Review, Activities, & Prizes
Below are some options for you to continue the lesson from home. There is a review sheet for conversation purposes and there are grade level activity sheets as well. These are available (in print) on Sunday mornings near the Kids’ Check-In Station, and there will also be a “mailbox”. Grab one, complete it in the sanctuary, and return the completed activity sheet to the mailbox after service. You will have a chance to win prizes each week. They are available to download here in case your family is not able to return for in-person worship yet…parents can scan/text pictures of completed sheets to Pastor Vicky to be entered in the weekly prize drawing. A winner will be drawn each Monday, and if you miss a week, you can put both activity sheets (previous two lessons) in the mailbox the following Sunday. Let’s dive into God’s Word and grow together in the Lord! PS: You may need a Bible, so be sure to bring your Bible each Sunday.