Elementary (1st – 3rd)
Sunday, October 11
Weekly Parent Guide
What you need:
A small toy—like a small stuffed animal or toy truck
What you do:
Say, “Let’s play a game. I’ll close my eyes and count to ten. While I’m counting, you hide the toy somewhere in this room. Then, I have until you count to ten to find it. If I can’t find it, yougetapoint.IfIdofindit,Igeta point! Then, we’ll switch. I’ll hide the toy while you count with your eyes closed. Let’s do it!”
Take turns behind the “hider” and the “seeker”.
After a few rounds, add up the points and see who won! Tell your child that hiding things from each other for a game can be fun. Ask them: “Who should we always be honest with?” (God. We don’t need to hide anything from God.)
Talk about the Bible story:
Do you ever talk or pray to God? What are some things you tell God? (Share with your child If not, talk about how you talk and pray to God.)
Look up 1 John 1:9 (NIrV) and read it together.
What does it mean to sin? Why should we tell God about it? (We sin when we do something we know we shouldn’t. Everyone sins—moms and dads, included. God wants us to tell Him when we’ve sinned so that He can forgive us.)
Once we confess our sins, does that mean we won’t do wrong things again? (No, we are humans and we aren’t perfect. God knows we can’t obey Him perfectly and He still wants us to talk to Him about everything including when we mess up or disobey Him.)
How does confessing our sins and being truthful keep us close to God? (When we’re truthful with God, we remember that He sent Jesus to make it possible for us to have a forever relationship with Him.)
Is there anything you need to tell God about right now? Let’s pray silently for a moment and talk to God.
“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.”