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Family Time with God: May

Daily faith builders from Awana

One of the best ways parents can model a living, active relationship with Christ is to emphasize the importance of the Bible in your family's day-to-day life. These calendar pages from Awana will help you do just that!

How To Use These Pages:

To help make this a family project, we've divided the verses into three parts. Preschoolers memorize the words printed in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Older teens and parents learn the complete verse.

Calendar Highlights

Mothers and Fathers (May and June)

Some of the activities for these months involve making or doing something for Mom or Dad. If that's not possible, feel free to do these activities for another adult who plays an important role in your child's life.

Dish Garden (May 16)

To make a dish garden, your child will need a shallow dish filled with water and two or three of the following: carrot, pineapple, beet or potato. Help your child cut off the tops of the fruits or veggies (the potato needs to be cut in half). Place the fruit/veggie tops in the dish, cut side down. The cuttings should start to grow in just a few days.

When they grow big enough, transfer the new produce to a regular dirt-filled container or your garden. As you watch your veggies and fruit grow, talk with your family about the ways parents help their children grow—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Did You Know? (June 13)

Sonora Dodd was sitting in church on Mother's Day 1909, listening to the pastor preach a sermon on mothers. Sonora's own mother had died giving birth to her sixth child. Sonora's father, William Smart, had raised the baby and the five older children on their farm in eastern Washington.

As Sonora listened, she thought about the selflessness, love, and courage necessary to be a single father to six children, and wondered why there wasn't a Father's Day. She decided to do something about it. She petitioned the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA to set aside a day to honor dads. Because her father's birthday was in June, Sonora asked that Father's Day be in June as well.

The first Father's Day was held in Spokane, Washington, just one year later, on June 19, 1910. Fourteen years later, President Calvin Coolidge acknowledged the need for a national Father's Day. Father's Day is now celebrated on the third Sunday in June in both the United States and Canada.

Happy Face Sandwich (July 15)

  • Use a round cookie cutter to make a circle out of a slice of cheese and a piece of bread.
  • Spread some mayo on the bread, then lay the cheese on top.
  • Now make a face on the cheese using raisins for the eyes and nose, a strip of red pepper for the mouth, and shredded carrots for hair.
  • Use your imagination to create your own smiling snack!

What is Awana?

Awana is a nondenominational youth ministry committed to reaching boys and girls with the gospel of Christ and training them to serve him. Each week, more than one million kids in over 110 countries attend Awana clubs where they play games, memorize Bible verses, and learn practical truths from God's Word. From preschool through high school, Awana offers a fun environment in which children and youth hear the life-changing message of the Bible. To learn more about Awana and locate an Awana club near you, visit www.awana.org/about.asp.


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week #1 God is faithful to Hannah
1 Samuel 2:2There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
1 Review a Bible verse you have learned in CPT. 2 Read 1 Samuel 1:6-11; 20-25. 3 Memorize 1 Samuel 2:2.
Week #2 God is faithful to Samuel
Proverbs 6:20My son, keep your father's commandsand do not forsake your mother's teaching.
4 Why is God sometimes called a rock? 5 The May birthstone is the emerald. 6 Look up the word acrostic in the dictionary. 7 Make up an acrostic for the word mother. 8 Make a card with your mother acrostic printed inside. 9 Make up a loving song about your mother. 10 Practice your song. Be ready to sing it on Mother's Day.
Week #3 God is faithful to the widow
Lamentations 3:22-23 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness.
11 Happy Mother's Day! Sing your song for Mom and give her your card. 12 Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10 13 Tell your mom three great things she's taught you. 14Forsake means to turn away from. 15 Gather supplies for your dish garden. 16 Put the dish garden together and keep it in a sunny place. 17 Memorize Proverbs 6:20.
Week #4 God is faithful to Moses' mother
Hebrews 11:1-2Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
18 What Bible story did you talk about at church today? 19 Talk about what it means to be faithful. 20 Read 2 Kings 4:1-7. 21 As a family, write a skit about the story you read yesterday. 22 Put on your skit for your grandparents, friends, or neighbors. 23 How has God been faithful to your family? 24 Say your verse to a friend.
25 Read Exodus 1:22-2:10. 26 Memorize Hebrews 11:1-2. 27Commended means praised or approved. 28 Read more about Moses in Hebrews 11:23-28. 29 Why is it sometimes hard to have faith? 30 Make up a quiz about the three mothers you read about during May. 31 Give the quiz to other family members. How did they do?

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