Preschool, June 12: Fruit of the Spirit (Joy)

Welcome. Below you will find details on what our preschoolers learned at church for this date. In case you are not able to bring your child to one of our campus locations, this is written for you to do church at home with your kids. This can also be used for those that are able to attend in person to recap what your kids learned or to just listen to their favorite songs that they hear at church. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Here is a snapshot of the week:
Bible Story Focus: Jesus can help me choose joy. (Paul and Silas in Prison • Acts 16:16-34)
Memory Verse: “I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13, NLT
Key Question: Who can help you do everything?
Bottom Line: Jesus can help me do everything.

Bible Story and 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 – JOY  (link)
Worship – Making Waves (link)
Worship – Fruit of the Spirit Song (link)

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 (link)
Bible Story Activity (link)
Coloring Page (link)

Bring Jesus To Their Level
Follow the following script to recap the story, practice the memory verse and demonstrate to your young children how to pray. (You’ll make a list with your family to pray over so have a pen a paper ready.)

Say: “Today in our Bible story, Paul and Silas chose joy, even though they were in a sad place. What did Paul and Silas do when they chose joy? (Pause.) Yes! They sang to God. Paul and Silas knew that Jesus was their friend forever and Jesus helped them choose joy. Jesus can help us choose joy, too, because Jesus can help us do everything! Who can help you do everything? (Together.) [Bottom Line] Jesus can help me do everything!

“And the Bible verse we are learning will help us remember that Jesus can help us do everything. It says . . . ‘I can (thumbs to chest) do everything (march) through Christ (point up), who gives me strength,’ (muscle arms) Philippians 4:13.” (Open hands like a book.) (Practice this verse several times with your kids.)

“Yay! That was wonderful! (Clap.)

“Today, we’ll make a list of our favorite songs. Songs, that when we hear them, give us joy. Then when we pray, we can thank God for giving us music and helping us to choose joy. (Make a list of who each family member says. Don’t forget yourself.)

This is a great list. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give each family member who wants to pray the opportunity to do so.)

Prayer: “Dear God, choosing joy when we are in a sad place is hard. Thank you for the music that gives each of us joy. Thank You for sending Jesus to help us choose joy. Jesus can help us do everything! You are the best God, and we love You. 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.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

3 John 1:4