February Editor’s Notes

February Editor’s Notes

Service is a reflection of the character of God. WEEK 1 Key Question: Why should you serve others? Service often includes going above and beyond to help someone in need. For many preteens, they might wonder why they should go to all that work. This question gives them a chance to discuss why it’s worth it to go out of their way to serve and help point others to Jesus. We start the month in John 13:1-17 where Jesus offered an incredible example of service. When the disciples show up to the meal... Read More
January Editor’s Notes

January Editor’s Notes

Self-control is a response of the character of God. WEEK 1 Key Question: When do you lose control? The best way to discover how you should respond with self-control in a situation is to imagine the moments when you most feel like losing control. We pray that our preteens not only start to identify the areas of their life where they have a tendency to struggle, but also create a plan for how to rely on God to help them. We start with a word picture Solomon writes in Proverbs 25:28. Solomon uses... Read More
October Editor’s Notes

October Editor’s Notes

Contentment is a response to the character of God WEEK 1 Key Question: What do you do when things don’t go your way? By their preteens years, kids know that not everything will happen just the way they want. They are still learning how to respond when moments like these happen. We start with this question because we hope kids will learn to identify how they respond when they face difficulty. We pray that kids will make a plan to help them respond with contentment, as they trust God no matter... Read More
September Editor’s Notes

September Editor’s Notes

Initiative is a reflection of the character of God. WEEK 1 Key Question: What around you needs to be done? Often it seems like preteens are in their own world where everything revolves around them. We kick off the month with this question, because initiative starts with noticing there’s a need in the first place. We hope that preteens will begin to see beyond themselves to see what’s going on around them. In our first week, we start at the beginning of Nehemiah’s story in Nehemiah 1:1–2:9. We... Read More
March Editor’s Notes

March Editor’s Notes

WEEK 1 Key Question: Why is it so hard to give up what you think is fair? Fairness is a big deal to preteens. It’s often their biggest complaint when something doesn’t go their way. As kids start with this question, they’ll discover how God thinks about fairness and how they can be more willing to let go of what they think is fair. We start the month in Genesis 13:5-18, God blessed Abram and his nephew, Lot, with a large amount of flocks and herds, so many that the land they were on couldn’t... Read More
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