Kindergarten & Pre-K, May 2: In the Garden

Have you ever had one of those days where you knew what you should do but instead you did what you knew you should not do? Or instead of it being just for a day, was it a week, a month… longer? Just like Paul in Romans 7:15, we all have times we struggle with staying on the right path. And, unfortunately, once we get on the wrong path it can be very difficult to find our way back to the right path.

So, our focus this month is how God’s way is perfect. On the surface, that can seem like a very simple concept, but it becomes difficult when we actually try to walk it out. That is why we are going to start all the way in the beginning, all the way back to Adam and Eve in the garden. This is a great place to start in showing how God’s way is perfect. Then, all month we will build on that to show them how they can follow God’s way no matter what.

Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: God’s way is perfect. (In the Garden • Genesis 1:31, 2:8–3:24)
Memory Verse: “God’s way is perfect.” 2 Samuel 22:31, NIrV
Key Question: Whose way is perfect?
Bottom Line: God’s way is perfect.

Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.

Bible Story Video – In the Garden
Worship – Perfect
Worship – Jump Around

Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We will practice this verse all month. Be sure to use the hand motions as it helps the kids to remember. Also, think of a fun reward you can give them at the end of the month when they are able to say it all by themselves. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.

Memory Verse with Hand Motions
Bible Story Activity
Coloring Page

Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about how God made the world and everything in it. He even made a special garden where Adam and Eve lived. It was perfect, because [Bottom Line] God’s way is perfect. Today, we’ll make a list of our favorite foods that God made. Then we can use our list to thank God for making food that tastes perfectly yummy.” (Have each family member list something.)

PRAYER: “Dear God, thank You for making this amazing world and everything in it. We especially want to thank You for all of the yummy foods You made. [Child’s name] wants to thank You for making [food they named]. (Continue with each family member’s name and the food listed.) Please help us trust that Your way is perfect and to go Your way. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator

Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Proverbs 22:6