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October: Behaving as Children of God

How to use this section:The verses are divided into three parts: Preschoolers memorize the words in bold. Elementary kids memorize the words in bold and italics. Teens and parents learn the complete verse.

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October

Behaving as Children of God

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Saturday

1

Read Acts 8:26-39, where a very important man from Ethiopia, a country in Africa, understands who Jesus is. Map the man's travels.

Week 1: Children of God
1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greaterthan the one who is in the world.

2

Review Psalm 51:10.

3

Read 1 John 4:2-6. Start memorizing 1 John 4:4.

4

Find a nearby farm with a corn maze, apple picking, or fall festival. Make plans to go there on Saturday.

5

Read 1 John 3:1-2 and remember how important a clean heart is to God.

6

Go on a treasure hunt! Collect acorns, walnuts, or pebbles from outside and paint them bright colors. Hide them for the kids to find.

7

Discuss how you think a child of God looks. How does a child of God act toward others?

8

Take the family to a corn maze, apple picking, or a fun fall festival.

Week 2: Keep God's Commandments
1 John 2:3 We know that we have come to know him ifwe obey his commands.

9

Review 1 John 4:4.

10

Read 1 John 2:1-6. Start memorizing 1 John 2:3.

11

God wrote his Ten Commandments on stone (Exodus 20). Find a large rock and write/paint one of God's commandments on it.

12

Read 1 John 5:2-3. How do we love other Christians?

13

Rememer the leaves that you pressed? Use them to do the Fun Stuff activity.

14

Make colorful pins with a cool button or beads, ribbon, and large safety pins. Clip the pins to backpack zippers.

15

At mealtime, ask each child to thank God for one of his commandments.

Week 3: Don't Love the World
1 John 2:15Do not love the worldor anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16

Review 1 John 2:3.

17

Read 1 John 2:15-17. Start memorizing 1 John 2:15.

18

Plan a costume party. Have your child's friends come dressed as a favorite fairy-tale or fictional character.

19

Do we love our house, our toys, our hobbies? Discuss how 1 John reminds us that we should not feel too attached to the things of this world.

20

Make invitations for your costume party using stamps and stickers. Hand them out.

21

Attach a popsicle or craft stick to a paper plate to make a fairytale mask for your party. Then paint and enjoy.

22

Read 1 John 3:10 and talk about the difference between believers and unbelievers. Remind your children to tell their friends about Jesus.

Week 4: Love Other Christian
1 John 3:23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and tolove one another as he commanded us.

23

Review 1 John 2:15.

24

Memorize 1 John 3:23.

25

Have your kids invite some new friends over and have fun painting small pumpkins or gourds. Then, display their handiwork.

26

Read 1 John 4:18-21. Why should we love other Christians?

27

Are there kids at church whom your children don't like? Discuss how God says to love them in 1 John 4:20.

28

Invite a friend to go with you to your Awana club or to church with your family.

29

Pick a leaf from your "pile" and reach out to another Christian.

30

Review all the verses from October.

31

Pray for your kids friends.


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