Family Worship for Sunday, October 18

October Memory Verse:
“God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

People of all ages experience circumstances that leave us looking for someone who can help—someone who’s got our back and can help carry the load. This month, we want to begin teaching preschoolers that God is the best Someone for the job. No matter what our situation or how uncertain our circumstances may be, we can know that God is with us wherever we go, and God’s got it. This kind of trust in God is what allows us to Sing in the Rain. There’s always a chance of rain in our lives or in the lives of our preschoolers. Many of us have already come through some pretty big rainstorms. Some of us are in them right now. That is why it is our sincere prayer that during this month we and our preschoolers will begin to trust that God’s got it. This kind of trust in God is what will give you and me and our preschoolers the power to sing in the rain—no matter what that rain might be.

Our story today comes from Genesis 21:14-20 where kids learn that God hears me and gives me what I need!

Story Video:

Family discussion and prayer:

Say: Today, we’ll pretend to look for water. Put your hand flat over your eyes like this (demonstrate), and look with me while we walk. (Look left then right with your hand over your eyes like you’re looking for water as you lead the children to your small group spot.) “I am so thirsty! Look for water. We need water!

Say: We didn’t see any water, but we made it to our spot. Let’s sit down and talk about today’s Bible story. One, two, three, sit down with me!

Say: Hagar and her son were very thirsty, but they didn’t have any water.

Ask: Who was with them, even in the big, hot desert? (Pause.) Yes! God was with them.

Ask: Who heard them? (Pause.) Yes! God heard them.

Ask: And who gave them what they needed? (Pause.) Yes! God gave them what they needed.

Say: God was with Hagar and her son. God heard them. And God gave them what they needed, because no matter what happens, God’s got it! Who’s got it? God’s got it!

Say: The Bible verse we’re learning will help us remember that God is always with us, too. It says . . . (Turn the pages of your Bible to the Memory Verse.)

Say: God is with you wherever you go, Joshua 1:9. (Close Bible and lay it down.)

“Let’s stand up and say that together with the motions.”

All Together: “God (point both hands straight up) is with you (point out to a friend) wherever (wave hands in a circle) you go (march in place), Joshua 1:9.” (Open hands like a book.)

(Repeat the verse with motions a few times.)

Say: You sound SO good!

Say: Today, we’ll make a list of things we have at home that we need. It can by anything! Water, food, family, friends, clothes, a bed . . . anything! So, tell me one thing we have at home that you need.

Say: This is a great list. We can use it when we talk to God. Would anyone like to pray before I pray?

Pray: Dear God, You know everything we need because You are always with us. You know we need (read the list). Thank You for loving us and giving us what we need. Help us trust that You know what is best and You have the power to give us what we need. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Something Fun to Do: Play Hide and Go Seek. Place a cup of water somewhere in your space and see who can be the first to find it!

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