Welcome to the Watermark Plano Kids Kit Preschool edition! Our heart is to share God’s truth with you and your kids in a simple and engaging format. We miss seeing each of our sweet preschoolers each Sunday, but hopefully our Plano version will bring some familiar faces to you in your home. Find a time this week that works for your family to WATCH, READ, DISCUSS and DO together!
Our goal for preschool curriculum is to build a foundation of biblical knowledge so preschoolers will know the major stories of the Bible and how they fit together into God’s big story. We teach the major stories of the Bible in mostly chronological order, and each week there is a Teaching Truth we want kids to hear and learn about God and His Story.
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This Week's Teaching Truth:
Current Unit: Serving Others
Current Memory Verse: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…And love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37,39
You can read to your children the NLT passage below or from The Beginner’s Bible, “Ruth and Naomi” (p. 152-155).
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”
18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more. 19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival.
Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.
2 One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it.” Naomi replied, “All right, my daughter, go ahead.”
3 So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.
4 While she was there, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters. “The Lord be with you!” he said. “The Lord bless you!” the harvesters replied.
5 Then Boaz asked his foreman, “Who is that young woman over there? Who does she belong to?”
6 And the foreman replied, “She is the young woman from Moab who came back with Naomi.
7 She asked me this morning if she could gather grain behind the harvesters. She has been hard at work ever since, except for a few minutes’ rest in the shelter.”
8 Boaz went over and said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field.
9 See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.”
10 Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.”
11 “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers.
12 May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”
13 “I hope I continue to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
14 At mealtime Boaz called to her, “Come over here, and help yourself to some food. You can dip your bread in the sour wine.” So she sat with his harvesters, and Boaz gave her some roasted grain to eat. She ate all she wanted and still had some left over.
1. How did Ruth put Naomi first? (She did not leave Naomi on her own. She stayed with her as they traveled to Naomi’s hometown instead of going back to her family.)
2. How did Ruth help Naomi once they returned to Bethlehem? (She went and gathered grain from the ground so they would have food.)
3. How did God take care of Ruth and Naomi? (He cared for Naomi through Ruth’s kindness and loyalty to her mother-in-law. He provided for both of them through Boaz, a man who showed kindness to a stranger.)
4. What do you think God wants us to learn from this story? (He wants us to know that we show others God’s love by putting them first and that we can trust God no matter what happens.)
Parents, this week you get to teach your child about trust. Sometimes it is hard to trust God when hard things happen. However, just like you love your child and want to care for him/her, God loves and cares for us. We can trust Him. Remind your child that Ruth chose to follow Naomi when she went back to her homeland. Ruth might have been scared to go to a new and unfamiliar place, but God took care of her and Naomi. You are going to play a trust game today. Use a scarf or bandana to blindfold your child. Tell them that they are going to have to trust your words to make it safely across the room. You will tell the blindfolded child where to walk, when to turn and how many steps to take. Tell them that they might be scared, but they need to trust you to take care of them just like we trust God to take care of us. We can trust God no matter what happens.
The Knights of Narnia are challenging families this summer to read through the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Click here to download the Narnia Study Guide. This PDF will walk you through which chapters to read each week and then give you questions to answer as a family.