November 2018 Editor’s Notes

Hello, First Look Friends!

The Happy Helpers Club is back, and we want everyone to join! In the past, we’ve talked about all the ways we can help. This time, we want to look at helping from a different angle and focus more on being thankful for the many people who help us. We’re asking, “Who helps me, and how can I show them I am thankful for them?”

Simply put, we want our preschoolers to grow up with eyes that see the helpers and a heart that is thankful. Because no matter how grown up you are, you always have people helping you—and a “thank you” goes a long way. 

We will start this month introducing a new Bible story to our First Look friends. They will hear the story of Tabitha and how she made clothes for those who were in need. There are many people in a preschooler’s life who give them basic necessities, like clothes. We want to remember to thank them for helping them and giving them clothes.

Sometimes we need a lot of help, and God made people to help us. We can do more as a group than we can alone. Nehemiah rebuilt the wall around the city, but he didn’t do it alone. He had helpJ ust like Nehemiah asked people to help, we can ask people to help us too. And, we should be thankful for the help they give.

In week three, preschoolers will hear the story of the Good Samaritan. When we are hurt and scared, we need help. God made people to help us just like the Good Samaritan helped the hurt man. Preschoolers get boo boos often, and so many people help them when they’re hurt. We can say thank you to all the people who help us when we’re hurt.

The widow in week four’s story gives Elijah food even when she may not have enough to feed herself and her son. God rewards her for being a Happy Helper by keeping her flour and oil from running out. Preschoolers are surrounded by so many Happy Helpers who give them food when they are hungry. We want them to learn to say thank you for those that supply the food that fills their tummies.

When we stop and think about it, we are surrounded by helpers who deserve a big “thank you” for all the ways they help us.  They are making the world we live in—the world our preschoolers live in—a better place.

Manny and Harper are creating a Happy Helpers Club of their own in the clubhouse this month. 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.

November’s Preview Video is available in the November 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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