June 2015 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

It’s summerrrrrr! I hear Olaf singing that, don’t you? Gotta love Olaf, but we have no snowmen in our summer theme this year. We do however have water—and lots of it!

It’s time for Camp Splish Splash!

Camp Splish Splash will run through both June and July and introduce our preschoolers to lots of interactive Bible stories that all teach us God’s way is perfect. And, they all have something else in common—water! So, get your tubs, buckets and towels ready. The water activities are coming. If you are in an environment where the kids can safely go outside, you might even consider doing some of the activities outdoors (when applicable) for easier cleanup.

In June, preschoolers will hear about Noah, his ark, the multitude of animals and the rainbow. This one’s always a preschool favorite, Noah’s story is such a great one of how one man trusted God and did extraordinary things. And, the animals—they’re lots of fun too.

Then, preschoolers will learn about Jonah and that very BIG fish. Oh Jonah, why didn’t you listen the first time? Jonah truly shows us that God’s way is perfect, even when we don’t want to do it.

The month will end with Gideon and his dwindling army. Now, here is a man who really trusted that God’s way is perfect. He listened to God and allowed his scared soldiers to leave. Then, God told him to only keep the soldiers who drank from the river in a certain way. Gideon trusted and listened, and God led his army to victory. What an awesome story!

As we share these stories with preschoolers, we want not only to have fun, but to show them solid examples of people following God’s way and it being the perfect way. We want to teach them to trust God’s way in the easier things so that when life gets harder, they will know that God’s way is perfect, and that’s the way they should choose.

The Camp Splish Splash logo is available for you in the download matrix in both PDF and JPEG form. Feel free to use it as you need. We encourage you to make a sign for your large group area and use it to make camp t-shirts. We can’t wait to see what creative things you think of!

Martin is in the clubhouse for our Wonder! Look at God’s Story DVD this month. He’s gets into all kinds of crazy adventures as he helps with Camp Splish Splash. The Wonder! 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 Make It True section of the curriculum.

June’s Preview Video will be on the First Look website. You can also purchase a download of the video for your church’s use at the Orange Store. This product includes the script we used in case you want to record it yourself. 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—volunteers, parents, staff.

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.

Kathy Hill
Lead Editor, First Look
The reThink Group

 

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