elementary

july 2024

Jesus never promises that life will be easy or perfect, even when we follow Him. Though we may experience hurt and see pain all around us, God is still at work. Because of Jesus, we can experience a relationship with God and learn how to trust God no matter what. JOY is choosing to celebrate what God is doing.

1st – 3rd grade

July 7th

We start the month in Luke 2:8-20. While shepherds were watching over their flock, an angel suddenly appeared, bringing great news: Jesus was born! The shepherds rushed off to see Him, telling everyone about Him afterward. Everyone who heard the news was amazed and filled with joy!

Bottom Line: Jesus brings joy to the world.

 

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July 14th

In week 2, we see Jesus’ first recorded miracle found in John 2:1-11. Everyone was laughing, talking, and having a good time until…the wine ran out! Jesus knew the importance of celebrating and how it would impact that family to run out of wine when the celebrations weren’t done yet. So Jesus did something about it, which allowed the party to keep going.

Bottom Line: Jesus showed us how to have joy.

 

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July 21st

For week 3, we head to Romans 12:15. Paul wrote to the church in Rome about what true love looked like. Part of sharing the love of Jesus means showing empathy and being sad with others who were sad or joyful with others who were joyful. When we do that, we can help others to see not only our love, but the love of Jesus too.

Bottom Line: You can help others find joy.

 

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4th – 5th Grade

July 7th

Key Question: Who do you know who could use some joy?

When you think of summer, maybe you think of ice cream, pool parties, sunshine, and friendships, and it leaves you feeling joyful inside. However, not everyone may feel this way. As preteens think through this question, we hope it gives them a baseline to have meaningful conversations with one another and share the joy that they have. We start the month in Luke 2:8-20.

 

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July 14th

Key Question: Who are the people who help you find joy?

Whether you enjoy spending time with friends, family, or even your Small Group, finding people you connect with and who bring you joy can help to make the harder moments easier. Our hope is that preteens will begin to see that they aren’t alone. When they might be having a hard time finding joy, they can look to others who’ve found joy through their faith in Jesus and learn from their example. In week 2, we see Jesus’ first recorded miracle found in John 2:1-11.

 

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July 21st

Key Question: What are ways you can help others find joy?

Joy is sometimes easy to find and other times not so much. Sometimes we may need to look closer or in different ways, and other times, we may have to help someone else to do the same. We hope this question allows kids to share ideas and think about ways they can help bring joy to those around them. For week 3, we head to Romans 12:15. Paul wrote to the church in Rome about what true love looked like.

 

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