Horizon Kids PRE-SCHOOL (September)
It’s time to visit the We Care Pet Shop where we care for your pets and you! The First Look team has had so much fun planning this month. It’s full of dogs and frogs and birds and mice! Oh my! Your kids are sure to have fun, but more importantly, they are sure to learn about caring and that God cares about them.
That’s what we want our kids to walk away with this month, the knowledge that “God will take care of me.” What a powerful thing for our littlest friends to know. No matter what, God will take care of them.
God will take care of them when they are in a new place just like He took care of Esther when she went to a new city to become queen. God will give them people to protect them just like He used Rahab to protect the spies and the spies to protect Rahab. God will put people in their lives to help them just like He introduced Elijah to the widow and her son, and God helped them never run out of oil and flour. Finally, God will provide for them just as He showed a well to Hagar when she and her son were so very thirsty.
God will take care of them! The Pet Shop theme will help them connect to what that means as they play and take care of pretend pets of their own all month long. The second Sunday of the month is BRING YOUR PET TO CHURCH day where we encourage your preschoolers to bring their “pet” with them. Now, by pet we mean stuffed friend or even a picture of their real pet. We’re pretty sure you don’t want a church full of live animals. Right? We’ve provided a note for you to send home the first week of the month (or even before that) encouraging them to bring their special pets to church with them. Be sure to have tape and Sharpies handy for labeling when they come in that day. We’ve also provided a few social media images for you to use to get the message out.
Oh, and if you want live animals in your environment, feel free to use them during the intro sketch of Make It True with your 3-5s. Each week, your host will have a different pet to introduce. We challenge you to use live animals if possible, but have also provided links to pretend replacements in case you need them. Make sure you discuss the live option with your host for the month to make sure there is not any apprehension or allergies there.
We have new friends in the clubhouse this month on our Wonder! Look at God’s Storyvideos. Brooklyn and Maddy have started a pet sitting business and have all kinds of pets to care for.
Our team will be praying for you to have moments filled with wonder as you give you kids a “first look” at the God who loves them, made them, and wants to be their friend forever.
written by Kathy Hill, used with permission by the reThink Group
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