Preteen (4th – 5th)
Sunday, February 21
Weekly Parent Guide
ACTIVITY: the extra Mile
What you need:
About 20 index cards, and something for you and your child to write with
What you do:
Divide the cards between you and your child. Say, “Let’s write down some of the tasks and chores we do on a daily basis—one per card.”
(Take a few minutes to write down five to 10 tasks while your child does the same.)
Then say, “Now, let’s flip the cards over and write down one way we can go ‘the extra mile’ with that task or chore—in other words, how we can do more than we have to do.”
Talk about the Bible story:
Why is going the extra mile a great way to show kindness? (It shows people that we value them.)
When has someone gone the extra mile for you? How did it feel?
What usually keeps us from going the extra mile?
What can you do this week to go the extra mile? Think about homework, schoolwork, friendships, chores at home, relationships with family, sports practice, instrument practice, etc.
Parents, share an example of when someone went the extra mile for you.
“Dear God, thank You for this important truth Jesus taught about kindness. We know You were kinder to us than You had to be when You sent us Jesus…and that makes us want to do the same for others. Please help us think of ways we can do an unexpected, extra-kind thing for someone else. We love You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.”