This Week in First Look - April Week 2
Updated: Apr 23, 2019
Who is your friend? Jesus is your friend!
Jesus wants to be my friend forever!
WEEK 2 VERSE:
MATTHEW 21:1-16 People praise Jesus by shouting, waving palm branches, and spreading their coats on the ground.
This month, our goal is to let toddlers and preschoolers know that Jesus wants to be their friend - they are fearfully and wonderfully made - and that makes them SO special! We will share bible stories, play worship videos, and engage your preschooler in hands-on activities that remind them that God made them carefully and loves them completely!
DRIVE TIME - DO THIS:
As you drive, listen to your favorite children's worship music. Sing along to the songs with your preschooler. After several songs, ask your preschooler: Who you are singing about? Who are you praising? Who wants to be your friend forever?
REMEMBER THIS:“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17, NIrV
PreK: Week 2 Parent Cue
Babies: Monthly Parent Cue
Toddlers: Monthly Parent Cue
PALM LEAF HANDPRINT
Your child can make this palm leaf and wave it, shouting, "Hosanna!" The people were SO excited to see Jesus coming to town! They grabbed big palm leaves and praised Him by shouting, “Hosanna!”
Tell your child: He wants to be your friend FOREVER!
Find the full instructions here!
From PreK Parent Cue:
HOPE ON A NAPKIN
By Sherry Surratt
Her voice was a whisper, "What are you doing?" I whispered back, "Not much, what are you doing?" In a guilty voice, she explained she was calling from the garage because she was hiding from her five-year-old twin boys, who had just removed the bedroom door from its hinges while having a ‘quiet time.’ They had actually removed the screws using parts of their Junior Explorer Tool Set. "I think my kids might be wild Indians, and I decided to eat Oreos in the garage. It’s me that needs the quiet time." I reassured her that I had had similar thoughts before.
Parenting is like this sometimes. It’s a conundrum of the happiest moments of your life mixed with ones that would have you losing your mind. If you’ve ever wanted to hide in your car, in the pantry, or even in your bathroom, you’re definitely not alone. And if you’ve ever felt like a failure as a parent, we’ve all been there.
From Toddler Parent Cue:
4 MEANINGFUL WAYS TO CELEBRATE EASTER WITH YOUR PRESCHOOLER By Autumn Ward
One of the things I wrestled with when my kids were growing up was how to make the true story of Easter the most important part of Easter while participating in all the fun around us. I loved watching my kids dig through their baskets and run through the grass looking for hidden eggs. I mean, how cute is a toddler walking off-balance carrying a basket that’s bigger than he is? And I’ll confess, I have eaten my share of Peeps and Cadbury Crème Eggs in my minivan after buying groceries . . . several weeks before Easter!
But even more than all that cuteness and yumminess, I had a sincere desire for my kids to know how much God loves them and what Jesus did for us so we can be with God forever. This is why we celebrate Easter.
Here are a few simple, but meaningful, ways to celebrate the true story of Easter that your kids may one day want to enjoy with their own . . .
From Babies Parent Cue:
WHAT EASTER IS ABOUT
By Sarah Anderson
IT’S EASTER!!!!! JESUS IS ALIVE!!!!!!!
Easter reminds us that something good can always come out of something bad. See, Jesus told us life would be hard. That bad things would happen. That things that don’t make any sense would confuse us and make us wonder about God and if He is really as good aswe want Him to be. We can count on life being difficult. But Easter is all about something being more true than life just being hard. Easter is about something new and something good happening in something old and something bad.
As parents it can be really easy to get discouraged in a tough season with our kids. It can feel like it can never end and things will never get better. But Easter is the reminder that no season lasts forever and to hang on. The story will get better . . .
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