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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 FEBRUARY is LOVE! 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 summarize Luke 15:11-32. Which son do you relate to more? Why? Do you ever feel like you’ve done something so bad that God will stop loving you? Do you ever think that if you do enough good stuff that God should love you more than someone else? How would you answer those questions based on this story that Jesus told? Since the father represents God in the story, what does this story tell you about God’s love for you?
As you drive to different places this week, talk about what each person’s favorite thing is there. Have you ever changed your mind about what you thought you loved most? Guess what! God’s love for you never changes! Take the opportunity to share this amazing love of God with someone and pray for them at the place you are going.
There is nothing you can do to make God love you more or less than He already does. Praise God for His unfailing love. Confess to Him times when you have done things that you know did not please or honor Him. Thank God for forgiveness and for loving you no matter what.
This month’s memory verse is more like a memory passage! It’s long, but it’s so important and filled with GREAT truths for our lives. Sometimes hand motions help with memorization. Here’s the verse typed out with suggested hand motions. Learn it as a family and feel free to add more motions or even come up with different ones.
“Love is patient (tap watch), love is kind (thumbs up). It does not envy (grab air and pull hands to chest), it does not boast (hands around mouth), it is not proud (puff up chest). It is not rude (hand forward, turn head), it is not self-seeking (thumbs to chest), it is not easily angered (angry fists), it keeps no record of wrongs (shake head no, write a list on palm). Love does not delight in evil (thumbs down) but rejoices with the truth (thumbs up). It always protects (use arms as a shield), always trusts (make T with arms), always hopes (fold hands), always perseveres (march in place). Love (hands over heart) never (shake head no) fails (wipe arms like safe)!” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8A
Father, I praise you for your never ending love. Please help me remember that your love never fails and always perseveres.