February 2019 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

We can’t think of a better time to teach preschoolers about how much Jesus loves them than February—the month of love! And how much does Jesus love preschoolers? Well, the same as He loves you and me—A LOT! In fact, there is nothing wider or longer or higher or deeper than the love Jesus has for you and the preschoolers in your life.

This month, our goal is for preschoolers to know Jesus loves them, and that nothing will ever change that. To do that, we’ve planned some super fun, hands-on-activities and we’re ready to tell amazing Bible stories in ways that will engage young minds.

We will kick off the month with one of our favorite stories, Jesus and the Children. In this story, Jesus makes it very clear that children are important, and He wants them to come to Him. Why? Because Jesus loves them! Jesus loves us all—young or old. And, we’re never too old or young to hear about His amazing love for us.

Week two we will hear a story about Jesus’ friends, Mary and Martha. Jesus wanted them to stop and sit a bit so they could spend time together. Why? Because Jesus loved them. Jesus wants to spend time with us because He loves us too! We can spend time with Jesus by reading the Bible, by praying, and even by taking a walk out in nature.

Week three is an exciting story about a Centurion. He was an important solider that asked Jesus for help. Do you think Jesus helped him? Of course He did! Why? Because Jesus loved him. Because Jesus loves us, He wants to help us. We can always ask Jesus for help—no matter what kind of situation we find ourselves in. 

We’ll wrap up the month with a tender story about a time Jesus gave forgiveness, grace, and friendship to a woman who had made a lot of mistakes. Why? Because Jesus loved her, no matter what. Jesus loves us all the time. It doesn’t matter what we do. It doesn’t matter what we say. Jesus loves us—all of us.

Imagine if the preschoolers in your life grew up believing, with all their heart, that Jesus wants them to come to Him, He wants to spend time with them, He wants to help them, and He wants to be their friend forever—all because He loves them, no matter what.

Don’t miss the Valentines Extras folder in your February Download! We have included some super special Ollie Valentines for you to send to your preschoolers. Can you imagine their faces when they see an Ollie card in their mailbox?! In addition, we’ve provided a volunteer “thank you” printable for you to use for their valentines. Everyone loves a valentine!

Devin and Harper are in the clubhouse this month searching for some bugs of their own! You can find their stories on the Wonder! DVD this month. The DVD is available at The Orange Store, and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription. Use this DVD to supplement a live Storyteller and/or Host for the Story section of the curriculum. In addition, the Wonder!videos are available in the monthly media package.

February’s Preview Video is available in the February download­—it is located in the week one Prelude file. If you’d like to embed the video into your church blog, we have it available on Vimeo.Feel free to share the vision with everyone!

Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder as you give preschoolers a “first look” at the God who made them, loves them, and wants to be their friend forever.

Kathy Hill
Director of Preschool Curriculum
The reThink Group

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