Preschool, June 26: Fruit of the Spirit (Patience)

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 patience. (Simeon at the Temple • Luke 2:22-39)
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 – PATIENCE (link)
Worship – Making Waves (link)
Worship – Fruit of the Spirit Song (link)

Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We have practiced this verse all month long. If you can, have a fun reward ready to give them when they are able to say it all by themselves during our “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. 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. Don’t forget to have a small reward ready for when they say their memory verse all by themselves.)

Say: “In today’s Bible story, a man named Simeon had to wait for something a very long time. What was Simeon waiting for? (Pause.) Yes! Simeon was waiting to see Jesus! What did Simeon choose that helped him wait with a happy heart? (Pause.) Right again! Simeon chose patience.

“And guess what! Jesus can help us choose patience, 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 have learned will help us remember that. 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 with your kids once and then encourage them to say it by themselves. Have your reward ready.)

“You did a great job! (Give fist bumps.)

“Today, we’ll make a list of things that are hard to wait for like your birthday or Christmas or dinner. After we make our list, we can use it when we talk to God. So tell me, what do you think is really hard to wait for, [child’s name]? (Make a list of what each family member says. Don’t forget yourself.)

Thanks for making this list with me. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give each family member who wants to pray the opportunity to do so.)

Prayer: “Dear God, waiting can be so hard sometimes. We want to choose patience and wait with a happy heart like Simeon did. Please help [child’s name] wait for [what child listed] with a happy heart. (Continue with each family member.) Waiting on Your plan will always be best. 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.

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

3 John 1:4