Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Sunday, October 4
Weekly Parent Guide
Activity: THIS PATH OR THAT PATH?
What you need:
Painter’s or masking tape, cotton ball (or similar), timer
What you do:
Create two paths with masking tape. For the first, create a straight path, about 5-10 feet long and 5 inches wide. For the second, make a zigzag path the same distance and width as the first path.
Give your child a cotton ball. Explain that you will time how long it takes them to blow the cotton ball down both paths. Tell them they can only use their mouth to blow the cotton ball down each path.
Call out, “Ready? Set. Go!” and then time how long it takes for your child to blow the cotton ball down Path One.
Then do the same for Path Two and time how long it takes for your child to blow the cotton ball down that path. (Path Two should take longer.)
Ask, “Why do you think it took longer to blow the cotton ball down Path Two?”
Discuss their response before moving on to talk about the Bible story.
Talk about the Bible story:
Our memory verse for this month is, “Anyone who lives without blame walks safely. But anyone who takes a crooked path will get caught,” (Proverbs 10:9, NIrV). What do you think that means? (Relate it to the game you played earlier—how much easier it is to walk the “straight” path versus the “crooked”.)
Integrity means choosing to be truthful in whatever you say and do. How did Daniel and his friends show integrity? (They didn’t eat the king’s food. Doing so would dishonor God because the food had been offered to false gods.)
What happened when Daniel and his friends only ate vegetables for 10 days? (they looked healthy and well fed—they looked better than the men who ate the king’s food)
When can it be hard for you to tell the truth or show integrity?
(Share a personal example of an area in your life that you’re working on showing more integrity in.)
“God, thank You for being our Friend forever. Thank You for loving us no matter what. Help us to be a friend like Jonathan. Help us to be loyal, honest, and good to the people You have put in our lives. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”