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Our elementary curriculum builds on the biblical foundation laid for kids in preschool. We want elementary kids to see the excellent character of our all-powerful God and why He is the hero of every story. We do that by looking at 36 godly character traits – one per month – with weekly Finish Lines that teach kids about God, His Word, and how He can help us reflect His character to the world.
Our character trait for March is PATIENCE! Check out the Monthly Overview for a snapshot of everything we will be learning about this month.
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read or review the story of Joseph from Genesis 37. After you’ve reviewed Joseph’s story, ask each other the following questions: How would you feel if you were in Joseph’s situation? How would you explain patience to someone? Where does all patience come from? (See Romans 15:5. It comes from God who is patient with us.) When is it hard for you to be patient and wait on God? Is it ever hard for you to understand why you have to wait a long time for something? What do you do during those times? What is always true about God even when you don’t understand and need to be patient?
Write each word from this month’s memory verse (Psalm 27:13-14 NLT) on a sticky note. Post the notes on the inside of your car…on the windows, backs of the seat, etc. As you drive around, practice saying the verse. Each time you come to a stop light, remove one of the sticky notes and see if you can still say the verse. You could also have one person mix the sticky notes up and have someone else try to unscramble them before you get to the next light.
Who is one person you need to ask God to help you show patience with this week? Is there something you do not understand and need to trust and wait on God for this week? Thank God for His unending patience with you. Ask Him to help you to be patient this week and to help you to trust and wait on Him in all circumstances.
Grab some notecards and create a set of concentration flash cards with names of people and things from the story this week. You will need to write each name or word on two cards. (Examples: Joseph, Joseph, Asher, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Issachar, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, Zebulun, Judah, coat, dream, and Egypt). Once you create the cards, play a few games of concentration. Lay all of the cards out, face down. Flip one card over and then try to find its match is by flipping over one other card. If the cards match, you can play again. If they do not, flip the cards back over and the next person will get a chance to try. The game of concentration can be frustrating at first, especially when you do not know where the matching cards are. It takes patience and perseverance to find all of the matches. Similarly, we can find ourselves in situations where we don’t understand what is going or why something is happening. Even in these moments, we can trust that God is good and is perfectly in control. We can come to him in all circumstances because He is patience and loving towards us.
Father, thank you for being patient in all circumstances. Help me increase my patience this week and to trust you in all circumstances.