Grow Pray Study

After reviewing a survey taken by our KiDSCOR families, we have revised our GPS to better meet the spiritual and family goals that were expressed by many of you. We hope this revised GPS becomes a tool that you can use to help your child grow in their faith, get in the habit of regular scripture reading and develop an amazing spiritual foundation! For this first week, we wanted to point out some of what you can expect in our new GPS! After this week, you child will come home with a “half page” sheet that gives them the story for next week, a question that they can use to share what they learned and a fun fact or activity that goes along with the lesson. And, of course, we will have the memory verse they are currently learning in each GPS. Our survey indicated that our KiDSCOR families have a strong desire for their children to grow spiritually and develop a relationship with Christ. In addition, there was an expressed interest in ways for parents to facilitate that spiritual formation in the home. But we know, schedules are packed and there are a lot of demands on everyone’s time so we have streamlined the GPS to accommodate your needs. Stump A Grown Up—The kids will be given a question (and answer) that they can ask an adult about something they learned that week. The answer to the question will be on the KiDSCOR blog in case they forget. This question will not be from the preview story on the back but rather from the lesson they learned that day.

K—2nd grade

January 10, 2010
Stump A Grown Up! What amazing thing did Moses do with God’s help that saved his people?

Memory Verse:

Be strong and courageous; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you may go. Joshua 1:9
PARENT SPOT! Yes! I’m proud to initial that my child has worked on their GPS!

There is also a tiny little spot for a parent’s initial that their child has done the GPS reading.

IN GOD’S WORD: 1 Samuel 17
King Saul’s army was in trouble. Their enemies, the Philistines, were camped on a hill across the valley. The two armies were getting ready for war. One morning, a huge man came out of the Philistine camp. His name was Goliath. He was nine feet tall. He wore a helmet and a coat of armor made of heavy bronze. He carried a sword, a spear and a dagger. Goliath stood and shouted to Kin Saul’s men: “Choose your best solider to come out and fight me. If he wins, our people will be your slaves. But if I win, your people will be our slaves.” No one in Saul’s army wanted to fight the giant that day. So Goliath came back the next day and the day after that. Day after day, Saul’s men ran away. At this time, David was tending sheep for his father, Jesse. Three of David’s brothers were in Saul’s army. Jesse asked David to take some bread to them. While David was at the camp, the giant Goliath came forward. “Choose someone to fight me!” Goliath called out again. Again, the soldiers of King Saul ran from him. David said to Saul, “We can’t let this Philistine make cowards of us. I will go and fight him.” “But you are only a boy,” King Saul said. “How can you fight such a giant?” David answered, “I have fought lions and bears when they came to take my sheep. The Lord saved me from the claws of the lions and bears, and He will keep me safe from the hands of this Philistine.” “All right, go ahead,” said Saul. “I hope the Lord will help you.” Saul dressed David in his own helmet and coat of armor. David could hardly move because he was not used to them. He took them off. Then David picked up five stones from the stream and put them in his shepherd’s bag with his sling. With his walking stick in his hand, he stood in front of Goliath. The giant jeered at David. “Do you think I’m a dog that you come after me with a stick?” he said. “You come at me with a sword, a spear and a dagger,” David said. “But I’ve come out to fight you in the lame of the Lord All-Powerful.” David reached into his bag and took out his sling and a stone. He took aim and shot the stone at Goliath. The stone sank into Goliath’s forehead , and he fell facedown on the ground, dead. When the Philistine army saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. David had saved the Israelites with a sling and a stone.

MORE GPS INFO: Each week our older kids are given a series of scripture verses to read from the Bible they were given by the church as 3rd Graders. For our kids who have not yet received their Bible, we will be putting the entire text into the GPS for you in order to have a consistent version of the story. The story will typically come from the Read and Learn Bible that our kids use in Sunday School. This Bible is available for purchase at The Well bookstore if you would like one for your family. From time to time, we may also include the actual scripture as well. This story will be a preview of what they will learn the following week. When you read the story, this will be your child’s introduction to the lesson so they can build on that knowledge the next week in Sunday school. In addition, we do encourage you to pull out your favorite Bible and read the scripture to your child each week. While the kids love to hear the children’s version, hearing the actual scripture will begin to prepare them for the reading they will come in 3rd grade. We are very excited about the new format! Give it a try– remember it takes 30 days to develop a great new habit and this is one will have eternal impact!