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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.
Summarize Genesis 39-41 or read the story of Joseph in your favorite children’s Bible. Afterwards, talk through the following questions. What big changes happened to Joseph in his story this week? (Joseph went from the prison to the palace. He was given authority to help get Egypt ready for the 7 years of famine that God said were coming.) Joseph was 30 years old when Pharaoh put him in charge of Egypt. How old was he at the beginning of our story last week? (See Genesis 37:2. He was 17.) How many years had he waited on God through tough times? (He waited 13 years.) Do you think waiting patiently always ends up with something awesome like being in charge of a whole country? How can you practice trusting that God’s timing is best and waiting patiently on Him, no matter how things turn out?
This week, put your kids in charge of a tally sheet and give it three sections: Early, On Time, and Late. Throughout the week, let them keep a record of how many times you arrive somewhere early, on time, or late. At the end of the week, take a look at how many there are of each. Use the record to talk with your kids about God’s perfect timing by asking questions like, “Which section has the most tally marks?” “Were we on time everywhere we went this week?” “Do you think God is ever early or late?” “Is He always right on time?” “How does this remind you that our timing in other areas of our lives isn’t 100% perfect, but God’s always is?”
What is something you feel like you are waiting on God for right now? Pray and thank God that He knows everything you are waiting on and that He is faithful through it all. Thank Him that His timing is always perfect. Ask Him to help you to trust and wait on Him this week.
Find a recipe for homemade bread and talk with your kids about how to bake a loaf of bread. If you’re feeling adventurous, find time this week to make the recipe together. As you talk about or walk through the steps of the recipe, talk with your kids about how it’s similar to patiently waiting on God’s perfect timing. Here are a few example questions to get you started. Feel free to come up with some of your own.
Father, thank you for knowing what I am currently waiting on and for being faithful through it all. Please increase my trust and patience while I wait for your perfect timing.