Preteen (4th – 5th)

Sunday, January 10

Weekly Parent Guide


What you need:
Scrap paper, pencil, jar or bowl

What you do:

On small scraps of paper, write down the names of people who fit the following categories. Write one name per piece of paper.

  • an elderly neighbor
  • someone who didn’t get much for Christmas
  • a friend who is sick –
  • a teacher or coach –
  • a family member –
  • a family in need
  • your church

When you’re finished, fold the papers and place them in a jar or bowl.

Say, “Let’s take turns taking out one scrap of paper at a time and reading what’s on it. Then, let’s both think of ways we can share what we have with whoever is on the paper.” Take turns drawing a paper out of the jar or bowl.

When you’re finished, say, “There are lots of ways we can share what we have with others. We can give our time, our money, our talents, and our possessions (our stuff ).”

Depending on your current circumstances, choose one of the ideas you came up with and put it into practice! Together with your child, find something to share with one of the people on the list above.

Talk about the Bible story:

Why do you think God was upset with the rich man in the story? (The rich man was selfish; he could have shared his extra grain with a lot of people.)

In your own words, what makes a person “foolish”? (No names!)

Who or what was the rich man focused on? (himself, his own success)

How can we NOT be like the man in the story?

How can we share with others without making them feel embarrassed or less important?

Parent: Tell a story about a time when you struggled to share something. Then, tell a story about a time you shared what you had. Talk about how you felt after each experience, and how those feelings were different in each situation.


“Dear God, it’s so easy for us to hold on too tightly to the things we have. When we see others in need, help us to be willing to share what we have. You’ve given us so much! You even gave Your own Son to die in our place. Help us to look for opportunities to share what we have with others. Amen.”