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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 August is INITIATIVE! 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.
Nehemiah followed God’s lead and stepped up by asking the king if he could return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls of the city. He didn’t do this to make himself famous. He did it to honor God. Because Nehemiah knew and trusted the character of God, he was able to take wise action without being told. We cannot begin to show initiative in serving God unless we know who God is. As a family, go around the table and share different names and characteristics of God. Share which ones are your favorite and why. Talk about which ones might be harder for you to believe and why.
If you go to pick up food from a drive thru this week, make sure you take your kids with you, and pay for the person behind you. Explain to the restaurant employee that you are so grateful for how the Lord has been taking care of and providing for you that you want to follow His lead and share what He’s given you with others. If possible, you give your kids the opportunity to share that message with the employee.
One way that we can take initiative each day is to pray for others. God’s Word tells us to pray at all times (1 Thessalonians 5:16) and for all people (1 Timothy 2:1), even those who may have hurt us (Matthew 5:44). Take some time to pray for people you know who are going through hard situations. If possible, make and send a card letting them know that you are praying for them.
Write each word of the memory verse (Matthew 5:16) on post-it notes and stick them somewhere where you’ll see them throughout the week (refrigerator, kitchen window, game room wall, etc.). Remove one sticky note every day and see if you can still say the verse. If you can, keep going until there are no post-its left!
Father I thank you for blessing us with your good and gracious character. Please provide opportunities to let your good deeds shine through me.