use your gifts to serve others!

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

Ants usually show up at a picnic.

It’s all about serving this week. Serving is something even¬† young children can do! Take the message home this week: When we serve others, we are serving God!

Word: Service

Bible Verse: Use your gifts to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10

Story: Miriam and Baby Moses (Exodus chapter 2)

Take-It-Home

Parents
Children learn the most from you! If you model serving others, your children will grow up serving others. This week, find some simple ways to serve others and talk to your children about what you are doing and why. Here are some examples–but have fun coming up with your own!

  • hold the door open for someone
  • let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store
  • make a meal for someone who is ill
  • offer to babysit for a friend

Birth-Age 2
Children naturally want to help. Use this willingness to show your child what it means to serve! When they help you with simple tasks around the house, thank them for serving! Here are some ideas–but feel free to try your own!

  • pull clothes out of the dryer
  • sweep the floor
  • put toys away
  • dust the coffee table

Age 3-Kindergarten
If Dad is the one who usually takes out the trash, let your child take out the trash just to surprise him! Serving others is rewarding–help your child experience the joy of serving this week. With your child’s help, think of other chores they could do to serve someone in the family (feed the dog, put groceries away, set the table). Remind them that when we serve others, we are serving God.

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Ants are hard workers! And just like they work together to carry things, we can work together to serve God!workerant

This week’s word: Service

Bible Verse: Use your gifts to serve others (I Peter 4:10)

Story: Miriam and Baby Moses (Exodus 2)

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I know that when I help others, I am helping you. I want to serve others every day. Amen.

Try these activities to help your kids “take home” the lesson this week:

Parents
Children learn the most from you! Model serving others and your children will grow up serving others. This week find simple ways to serve others and talk to your children about what you are doing and why. Some ideas:

  • Hold the door for someone
  • Allow a shopper to go ahead of you in the check-out line
  • Make a take a meal to someone who is ill
  • Offer to babysit for a friend

girlandmixerBirth – Age 2
Children naturally want to help you! Encourage your child this week, by letting them help you with simple tasks around the house – and thank them for their hard work!

  • Pull clothes out of the dryer and into the laundry basket
  • Sweep the floor
  • Put toys away
  • “Dust” with a rag
  • Set the table

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Is there a chore around your home that is typically done by a particular person? Ask your child to help you surprise that person by doing the chore for them (without them knowing). The surprise will be fun and your child will feel good about helping the family member. Talk about how anytime we help others, we are serving God.