Hello, First Look Friends!
“How wide and high and long and deep is the love of Christ,” Ephesians 3:18, NIV. Can you measure it? That’s what we’re investigating this month! Can we even measure how much Jesus loves us? How big (picture a preschooler’s arms open wide) is His love?
You and I know we can’t measure Jesus’ love. It’s way too big, but we’re going to have fun trying this month with our preschoolers as we celebrate the month of love by celebrating the One who loves us the most.
We will tell the stories that Jesus told when He was trying to communicate how much God loves us. The story of the lost sheep where the shepherd loved his one sheep so much that he left 99 to go and find him. The story of the Prodigal Son that demonstrates how much God loves us even when we walk away from Him. The story of the Good Samaritan (a preschool favorite), which shows us how we are to love others like Jesus loves us. And finally, the story of Zacchaeus, a wee little man who learned he was loved even though he had made many, many bad choices.
We will share all these stories of love so that our preschoolers will know that they too are loved. They are loved by Jesus with a love that is so wide and high and long and deep that they could never really measure it—no matter how hard they try.
To help our preschoolers remember their verse (and try to measure Christ’s love), we will be offering a special take-home in the reThink store this month. Our special Verse Rulers will be available for purchase the second week of December. Be sure to order some so your preschoolers can try to measure Jesus’ love at home too.
Our friend, Super Shea, again hosts this month’s Wonder! Look at God’s Story DVD. She too will be trying to measure Christ’s love. The Wonder! DVD is available at www.TheReThinkStore.org, and you can even sign up for a monthly subscription. Use this DVD to supplement a live Storyteller and/or Host for the Make It True section of the curriculum.
February’s Preview Video will be on the First Look website, http://www.WhatIsOrange.org/firstlook. You can purchase a download of the video for your church’s use at www.TheReThinkStore.org. This product includes the script we used in case you want to record it yourself. The video is also available at http://Vimeo.com/WhatIsOrange/videos to embed into your church blogs. 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 loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.
Editor in Chief, First Look
The reThink Group