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Family Time with God: September

Daily faith builders

One of the best ways parents can model a living, active relationship with Christ is to emphasize the importance of the Bible in day-to-day family life. These calendar pages from Awana can help you do just that! The verses are divided into three parts. Preschoolers memorize the words in bold. Elementary boys and girls memorize the words in bold and italics. Older teens and parents learn the complete verse.

Calendar Highlights

Names of God (August)

Challenge older children to search the Bible for various names of God. (The list below is just a starting point.) Work together, using a concordance or other Bible study tools.

Old Testament

(August 11)

Shield—Psalm 3:3

Rock—Psalm 28:1

Fortress—Psalm 46:7

Holy One—Psalm 71:22

Most High—Psalm 92:1

King—Psalm 145:1

New Testament

(August 22)

Father—Matthew 11:25

Most High God—Mark 5:7

The Word—John 1:1

Abba—Romans 8:15

Lord Almighty—2 Corinthians 6:18

Judge of all men—Hebrews 12:23

Johnny Appleseed (September 26)

Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774. He's famous for planting apple trees throughout the East and Midwest, but he was also a missionary of sorts. Before he left home, his father gave him a Bible and said, "As long as you carry God's Word, your path will be a straight one." Johnny listened to his father's advice; while he planted apple trees, he also planted God's love, announcing, "My name is John Chapman, and I enjoy planting apple trees and bringing God's Word."

(Go online or head to your local library to learn more about Johnny Appleseed.)

Praying for Missionaries (October 4)

During your family prayers, be sure to include any missionaries you or your church support.

Ask God to:

  • give them wisdom as they minister to people from other cultures
  • keep them healthy
  • help them work in unity with other missionaries
  • bring good friends into their lives

Ask God to help you:

  • encourage them with your prayers and letters
  • remember them as they do God's work in the world
  • learn more about the people they work with
  • find ways to offer emotional, spiritual, and financial support

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

How can you help children memorize? Here's some advice from a group of kids in North Carolina:

"Sing, write, and study."

—Lisa, age 9

"My secret is saying the words over and over."

—Jesse, age 10

"I look over it and say it to myself."

—Shelby, age 8

"I say my verses 15 times over and over every night."

—Myles, age 11

"I try to make a song out of it as I memorize a little bit of it at a time."

—Holly, age 9


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week 1 King Asa
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are theywhose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord.
  1. Enjoy Labor Day with your family. 2. Family Forum: This month you'll be learning about kings who obeyed God (most of the time)! Talk about why it's important to obey God. 3. Learn Psalm 119:1. What does it mean to be blameless? 4. Read 2 Chronicles 14:1-5 5. Read 2 Chronicles 14:6-7. Draw pictures of the whole story using colored chalk on dark construction paper. 6. Find the answers to these questions in 2 Chronicles: What does "Asa" mean? What did he do with his mother's idol? How did he die?
Week 2 King Jehosaphat
Hosea 14:9 Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the Lord are right;the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.
7. It's Grandparents' Day. Tell your grandparents or an elderly friend that you love them. 8. Read about King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 17:1-10. 9. Pretend you are the wise king of an imaginary country. How would you treat the people? 10. List five rules the people in your imaginary country would have to obey (remember, you are a wise king). 11. Pray for our world leaders and ask God to guide their decisions. 12. Learn Hosea 14:9. 13. Find the answers to these questions in 2 Chronicles: What does "Jehoshaphat" mean? Who was his father? How old was he when he became king?
Week 3 King Jotham
Psalm 128:1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord,who walk in his ways.
14. Listen carefully in church today. Did you hear anything about kings? 15. Learn about King Jotham. Read 2 Chronicles 27:1-7. 16. Asa, Jehoshaphat, Jotham, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. Find Judah on an Old Testament map in your Bible. 17. Learn Psalm 128:1. What does it mean to "walk in his ways"? 18. Make crowns out of cardboard and aluminum foil. 19. Each time you obey the Lord and walk in his ways, put a sticker on your crown. 20. Do something kind for a neighbor today.
Week 4 King Hezekiah
Colossians 2:6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,continue to live in him.
21. Learn Colossians 2:6. 22. Read about King Hezekiah in 2 Chronicles 29:1-10. 23. Hezekiah lived his life the way God wanted him to live. How can you do the same? 24. Learn more about Hezekiah in chapters 30 and 31. 25. Family Forum: How can your family "live in God"? 26. Today is Johnny Appleseed's birthday. Celebrate with apple muffins, apple pancakes, or apple pie. 27. Visit an apple orchard.
Week 5 The Greatest King
28. Make apple pies or applesauce from your fresh-picked apples and hand them out to friends and neighbors. 29. Thank God for being the ultimate King. 30. What four kings did you learn about this month? Tell two facts about each of them.

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