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 May is HUMILITY!
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read John 13:1-17. When Jesus began to wash the disciples’ feet, the disciples were not sure why he was doing it. Peter even tried to stop Jesus. This was not a task that teachers or people of importance would perform. Washing people’s feet was reserved for slaves. Jesus, though, demonstrated the perfect example of humility by performing a lowly task to show his immense love for others. It was very unexpected. Talk about different people you know or see in your neighborhood that you could encourage with the love of Christ. As a family, take time to make notes with encouraging words or Scriptures to leave in different, maybe even unexpected, places (a neighbor’s front porch, cars in the grocery store parking lot, your mailbox, etc.).
Practice the memory verse stop-and-go style! When you are about 100 feet from a stoplight or stop sign, start saying the verse as fast as you can. The goal is to get through the entire verse before you have to stop at the light or the sign. If you don’t make it in time, pause when you reach the light/sign and then pick it back up when you start driving again.
Think of a time when someone focused on you and met a need you had. Pray and thank God for this person and how they served you. You could even write them a thank you note and encourage them with this month’s memory verse, Philippians 2:3-4.
Help your kids think of a time when God helped them be others-focused and met a need they saw without being told. As a family, think of a person that you could reach out to this week. This could be a neighbor, or a family member in the area, an essential worker, or a person in your household. Make a plan to do and/or bring them something that would “surprise and delight” them. You could make something like a treat or a video, or you could perform a task that they need help doing. Get creative and have fun!
Thank God for Christ’s perfect example of how to focus on others. Ask Him to show you areas in your life where you can be others focused this week.