HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas season filled with joy and laughter and love. Now that our preschool friends have heard that Jesus was born, it’s time for them to learn that He is with them ALL THE TIME and He is all they need.
Throughout the upcoming months, our children will hear how Jesus was there for people in the past. He was there when the blind man needed Him. He was there to heal the deaf man ( and the lepers who needed Him . He was there to calm the storm when the disciples needed Him.
Just like He was there when all these people needed Him in the past, He will be there when we need Him in the future. That’s what we want to plant in the hearts of our preschoolers this year. Jesus is all we need, and He’s with us ALL THE TIME.
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? Time to decorate, bake cookies, buy gifts, sing carols. And, in our world, it’s time to teach preschoolers the true story of Christmas—the story of when God gave us Jesus—the best gift ever!
Every year, the story is the same. God sends an angel to tell Mary the good news. Jesus is born. The angels tell the shepherds. And, once they see baby Jesus, they tell everyone! Then the wise men come and worship God’s Son.
If we’re not careful, we can easily forget that the story we’ve heard a million times is brand new for many of the preschoolers who will be hearing for the first time this year. The story we get to share with preschoolers this time of year is so special that we need tell it with excitement and wonder so that our children are excited about it too! We want to tell the true story of Christmas in a way that communicates to preschoolers that Jesus really is the best gift ever! He’s a very special delivery!
We see works of art every day that have a Maker and a plan. We pass them on the street, at work, and every Sunday they play around our feet. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Yes, people!
People are God’s works of art. He is our Maker. And, He has a plan for each of us. Every neighbor. Every preschooler. Every parent. God has a plan for all of us, because He made us and loves us.
We want to teach our preschoolers that God has a plan for them. And we can’t think of a better story than the life of Joseph.
We’ll introduce the idea that God has a plan for me as we follow Joseph to Egypt, compliments of his older brothers. Joseph had to choose very early on in his life to trust that God had a plan for him. Not only did God have a plan for Joseph, but He has a plan for each and every one of us too.
September Weeks 2 and 3 : Joseph Gets a Coat and Goes to Egypt – Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5 – Story Focus: God has a plan for me.
Then, Joseph finds himself sitting in a jail for something he didn’t do. Talk about hard! But it’s during this time that Joseph learned to trust God’s plan, even when it is hard. We want our preschoolers to know that they will sometimes encounter hard circumstances—going to a new school, making new friends, not getting to do something you want to do. But, God is with us and has a plan for us even when it’s hard.
September Weeks 4 and 5 : Joseph in Jail – Genesis 39-40 – Story Focus: I can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard.
Next, we’ll learn that we are all a part of God’s plan when we hear how Joseph saved the grain, which in turn saved an entire nation from starvation. We want preschoolers to know that each and every one of them is part of God’s big plan. What they do matters to Him, and they matter to Him.
October Weeks 1 and 2: Joseph Saves the Grain – Genesis 41 – Story Focus: I am part of God’s plan.
Weeks three and four are a tough one, but oh so needed. We will hear how Joseph forgave his brothers for the hurtful things they had done long ago because he trusted that God’s plan is always best. Even when we don’t understand what is happening in our lives, we can trust that God’s plan is always best.
October Weeks 3 and 4: Joseph Forgives – Genesis 42-45; Psalm 16:11 – Story Focus: God’s plan is always best.
We want to teach our preschoolers that God has a plan for them. Imagine how much better the lives of our preschoolers and, well, all of us could be if we lived like God has a plan for us, and that God’s plan is always best. We would be the complete Works of Art that God created us to be.