Putting others first is not something that children do naturally – and neither do we. Sin stains all of us with an automatic “me first” mentality that has to be trained and disciplined out of us. This week’s activities are a great way to continue that training in your kids. Ask the Lord to give you opportunities to put others first this week, too! Be sure to check out the Watermark Kids Significant Summer packet as well as Watermark External Focus Give and Go materials for more great ideas on teaching your kids to Serve this summer.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God takes care of us as we take care of others. God is always with us even in unknown or scary places. In the story of Ruth, a young woman from Moab was married to one of Naomi’s sons. When Naomi’s husband and sons died, she urged her daughters-in-law to return to their people and their gods. One left for her homeland, but Ruth stayed. She wanted to remain with Naomi and take care of her. She followed Naomi to a land and a people unfamiliar to her. While in this new land, she cared for Naomi. She gathered grain and took good care of her mother-in-law. The Lord was with Ruth, and He provided for her. Ruth became the wife of Boaz, a relative of Naomi. Later, Ruth gave birth to a son. King David and later Jesus came from this lineage. (Ruth 1- 4)
We show others God's love by putting others first.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...And love your neighbor as yourself." MATTHEW 22:37,39 (NIV)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us We Show Others God's Love By Putting Others First:
1. Collecting Grain
Cut out several large, simple, oval leaves out of yellow or brown construction paper. Write the names of several family members, one name on each leaf. Let your child color and cut “fringe” on each leaf so it looks more like grain. Have your child close his eyes and hide each piece of grain. Let your child gather the grain and as he finds them read the name on the piece of grain and think of one thing he could do to serve that person such as putting dad’s shoes in his closet or calling a grandparent who lives far away to say I love you.
2. Follow Naomi
Remind your child that Ruth chose to follow Naomi when she went back to her homeland. Play follow the leader with your child (jumping, skipping, tip-toe, waving your arms etc.) while singing this song.
(Sing to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down.)
Ruth followed Naomi where she went,
Where she went, where she went.
Ruth followed Naomi where she went,
God took care of them.
3. Do You Trust Me?
Go out on a walk with your child and talk about how Ruth chose to follow Naomi and help her. Ruth might have been scared to go to a new place, but God took care of her and Naomi. Have your child close their eyes and take your hand. Help them walk safely for several feet and then switch places and let them guide you. As you walk, discuss with your child how we should trust God to always take care of us, even when we are in new or maybe scary circumstances. Continue to talk with your child by using these questions.
1. Did Ruth choose to stay with her family or go far away with Naomi?
2. Did God provide for Ruth and Naomi?
3. How can you show God’s love by putting others first?
Lord, I love you. Help me to show my love for You by serving people around me. Help me to notice ways I can help my friends and family and show them Your love through my actions.
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