Hope Kids at Home: Week of November 13-19

Dear Parents,

There is a theory in education that kids will become what they are called.  Want them to read?  Call them readers.  Want them to improve their math skills?  Call them mathematicians.  This builds confidence and security.  As believers, we want our kids to be confident and secure in their need for God.  We want them to know that God sees their need for Him, that He cares about how much they need Him, and that needing Him is a critical piece in walking with Him.  So we want to encourage you at home to talk openly and confidently about needing God.  Just as kids will start to see themselves as readers the more often they are called readers, they will also start to see themselves as needing God the more often they are told that they need Him.  Let’s not just save this for times of correction and discipline, let’s wrap our day with loving conversations about our desperate need for Him and His all powerful response to our need!

Devotion Overview

Read:  Manna and Quail, Exodus 16 (Jesus Storybook Bible: “Ten Ways to be Perfect”)
Practice: Repeat the Weekly Hope phrase
Engage: Talk with you child, using the guided question and response as a starting point.  Take on the suggested activity together or create an activity on your own!
Worship: This is Amazing Grace by Bethel Kids
Pray: Pray together.  Encourage your child to feel comfortable and open talking to Jesus.

Week of November 13th - 19th

Yellow: Ages 2-3

Weekly Hope:  God sees me!
Story:  Exodus 16
Ask Your Child:  What does God think when He looks at you?

God sees you and He thinks, “Wow! I love you so very much!”.  God can always see you and He is always thinking about how much He loves you!  When He sees you laughing, He loves you!  When He sees you crying, He loves you!  He always sees you and loves you no matter what!

Activity:  Turn your backs to each other.  One person says, “What does God think about you?”.  Jump around to look at each other as you shout, “Wow! I love you!”.  Repeat and have fun!  Pray together thanking God for always seeing and loving us.

Red: Ages 4-5

Weekly Hope:  God knows that I need Him!
Story:  Exodus 16
Ask Your Child:  What does God know about you?

God knows everything about you!  He knows how many hairs are on your head, your favorite food, and what you will be when you grow up.  He also knows something very important; God knows that you need Him.  He knows that you cannot be perfect and that you will always need His help.  He loves you and will always help you!

Activity:  Draw a picture of things that God knows about us.  (Examples: favorite food, favorite animal to sleep with, things that make us worried, etc.)  As you draw together, talk about how God knows all of these things and He knows how much we need Him!  Pray together thanking God for knowing that we need Him.

Purple: K-2nd Grade

Weekly Hope:  God knows that I need Him!
Story:  Exodus 16
Ask Your Child: Is God mad at me because I cannot be perfect?

Not at all!  God is not mad at you when you make mistakes.  Instead, He wants you to know how much you need Him.  He is not angry when you sin, but He does want you to talk to Him right away and ask for His help.  He wants you to know that it is impossible to be perfect, but He is always right there to help you!

Activity:  Go outside together to run!  Ask your child, “What do we do when we sin?”.  Together yell out, “We run back to God as fast as we can!”.  Then run together!  Stop frequently to repeat the question and response.  Pray together thanking God for knowing that we need Him.

Checkered: 3rd-5th Grade

Weekly Hope:  God knows that I need Him!
Story:  Exodus 16
Ask Your Child:  If God knows that you need Him, what can you do when you are feeling pressure to do something wrong?

God knows that you need Him; He is waiting for you to ask for His help!  If you ever feel like you are being pressured to do something wrong, (like gossip about a friend, take something that is not yours, cheat at school, or lie to your parents), He is right there waiting for you to ask Him for a way out!  He knows that you cannot be perfect and that you need His help everyday.  He is waiting to help you!

Activity:  Talk together and create a secret code word.  This word is one your child can use when feeling pressured and needing help out of a situation.  While it may just be simple word, what is means is, “Help God!  I’m stuck and don’t know what to do!”.  It is also a word that can be told to parents to indicate that the situation is challenging.  Pray together thanking God for always sending His help.