When I see his face I think, that is the world of a preschooler. A world filled with wonder, discovery, and first looks at the world all around them. What has become ordinary to us as adults is absolutely spectacular to them because they’ve never seen it, heard it, experienced it before! Preschoolers are making new discoveries every day. They want to know about their world. They want to name it, smell it, touch it, explore it, listen to it – which is probably why they ask so many questions and get “into” so many things.
Well, this summer we want our preschoolers to ask away! We want them to explore, make discoveries and learn about the world around them. More than anything, we want them to walk away knowing that God made the world around them by teaching this one simple bottom line: God made everything – the sun, moon, stars, planets, clouds, rain, oceans, animals, flowers, you, me…everything! It’s mind blowing really! And if we allow ourselves to imagine what it would be like for a preschooler to learn this for the first time, we just might find ourselves totally amazed like the little boy in front of the automatic doors! This summer enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of your preschoolers and recapture the wonder of knowing that God made everything.
Creation, Day 1: Light and Dark – Genesis 1:1-5
June Weeks 1 and 2– June 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th
God made light and dark on day one of creation.
Creation, Day 2: Sky and Water – Genesis 1:6-8
June Weeks 3 and 4 – June 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th
God made the sky and water on day two of creation.
Creation, Day 3: Land, Plants, and Sea – Genesis 1:9-13
July Weeks 1 and 2– June 30, July 1st, 7th, 8th
God made the land, plants, and sea on day three of creation.
Creation, Day 4: Objects in the Sky – Genesis 1:14-19
July Weeks 3 and 4– July 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd
God made the sun, moon, and stars on day four of creation.
Creation, Day 5: Fish and Birds – Genesis 1:20-23
July Week 5 and August Week 1 – July 28th, 29th August 4th, 5th
God made the fish and birds on day five of creation.
Creation, Day 6: Animals – Genesis 1:24-25
August Week 2 and 3 – August 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th
God made the land animals on day six of creation.
Creation, Day 6 continued: People – Genesis 1:26-27
August Week 4 and September Week 1– August 25th, 26th, September 1st, 2nd
Jesus loves everyone is the sweetest news we will ever share with our preschoolers. And since everyone LOVES sweets and going out for something sweet — we decided the perfect theme for our preschoolers would be SWEET SHOP!! We will hear the stories of the woman at the well, Zacchaeus, the unloved woman, and Peter. Jesus showed love to all of these people, and it’s the same kind of love He has for you and me and every preschooler that we get to teach each weekend. We want our preschoolers to grow up knowing that Jesus loves us all, no matter what, and He will never stop loving us.
WEEK 1 – The Woman at the Well – John 4:1-30
April Weeks 1 and 2 – April 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th
We’ll begin the month learning about the woman at the well. Even though she was from a different place than Jesus, He still wanted to be her friend. No matter where we’re from, Jesus loves us. No matter how different we are from each other, Jesus loves us. Everyone is different and Jesus loves us ALL no matter what!
WEEK 2 – Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10
April Weeks 3 and 4 – April 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th
The second week of the month we’ll meet Zacchaeus. He made bad choice after bad choice, but Jesus still wanted to be his friend. We can be unkind. We can not share our things. We can make bad choices. Even when we do all these things, Jesus still loves us. Zacchaeus did not make good choices but Jesus loved him anyway!
WEEK 3 – The Unloved Woman – John 8:2-11
May Weeks 1 and 2 – May 5th, 6th, 12th, 14th
During week three, preschoolers will hear about the woman that no one else loved – you know, the one that was about to be stoned to death. Yep, Jesus loved her too. Can you imagine how that woman felt when Jesus came to her rescue? Even when we feel alone, we can know that Jesus loves us. Jesus loved the woman even when on one else did. Jesus loves everyone no matter what!
WEEK 4 – Peter’s Denial and Restoration – Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75 and John 21:15-17
May Weeks 3 and 4 – May 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th
We’ll end the month with Peter. He denied Jesus three times just like Jesus said he would. But, Jesus didn’t stop loving him. No matter what Peter did, Jesus still loved him. He always loves us too! No matter what we do Jesus will ALWAYS love us.
So get your sweet tooth – and your heart – ready for a super sweet month filled with the good news that JESUS LOVES EVERYONE? It’s going to be one, huge, sugar overload, not because of candy but because Jesus’ love is just that big and sweet!
Happy Easter! It’s time to celebrate that Jesus is alive! He went away, but He came back! Yay, Jesus!
Remember, this Easter could be the very first time EVER for some of the preschoolers at our church to hear the true story of Easter. And for others, this could be their first time ever even going to church. We have the awesome opportunity to tell them for the first time about how Jesus washed His disciples’ feet (March Weeks 1 and 2); made His triumphal entry (March Weeks 3 and 4); and died and rose again (All Easter Services).
We get to tell them the true story of how much God loves them and how He gave them His only Son. We get to tell them that Jesus is alive, and He wants to be their friend forever. We have one of the best jobs in the world! We get to share with preschoolers that Jesus is the best! What an honor and a privilege.
BIBLE STORY: Washing Feet – John 13:3-17
March Weeks 1 and 2 – March 3, 4, 10, 11
In this week’s lesson, Jesus washed His friends’ dirty feet as a way of saying, ‘I love you.’ We can love our friends like Jesus did. All we have to do is look for ways to help them.
BIBLE STORY: Palm Sunday – Matthew 21:1-16
March Weeks 3 and 4 – March 17, 18, 24, 25
In this week’s lesson, the people in Jerusalem praised Jesus by waving palm leaves and shouting, ‘Hosanna, Hosanna.’ We can praise Jesus too! It doesn’t matter how old we are or where we are, we can always praise Jesus.
BIBLE STORY: Easter – Matthew 26:20-30; 27:45-50; 28:1-7
EASTER services – March 29 – April 1
In this week’s lesson, Jesus promised He would come back. And after three days, Jesus did come back. Jesus kept His promise. He’s Alive! God sent Jesus to be my friend and your friend forever.