Preteen (4th – 5th)

Sunday, July 26

Weekly Parent Guide


What you need:
Two bowls, sheet of paper, pen or pencil

What you do:
Tear your paper into 16 pieces. On each piece, write down the following words:

God’s children
God’s word (Bible)
A place for everyone
Skinned knees
Broken arms
Stomach bugs

Mix the words together and grab the two bowls. Tell your kid, “The bowl on the left represents things we’ll find in heaven. The bowl on the right represents the things that won’t be in heaven. Let’s read each of these words and decide which ones we could find in heaven and which we couldn’t.” Read each word and let your kid decide which words belong in the “heaven” bowl and which belong in the “not-heaven” bowl. Talk about their choices and add your own thoughts about what else might be in heaven!

Talk about the Bible story: 

  • What else do you think will or won’t be in heaven? (Discuss)
  • What part of heaven are you most excited about? (Discuss)
  • Is there any part of heaven that makes you nervous? (Discuss)
  • What does it take to get into heaven? (Faith in God’s Son, Jesus)
  • How does knowing we can have hope in heaven change the way you think? (When bad things happen, or people we love die, or we get hurt or angry, we know that there is hope in a better place to live: in heaven with God forever!)

“God, we don’t know everything about heaven, but what we do know sounds pretty awesome. When things get really hard in our lives, help us to remember that when we put our faith in You, we have hope in a place where there is no pain, sadness, or anger. Thank You for making a way for us to live with You forever. We love you, God!”