WordServe Kids Focus for December: Wrapped Up Generosity

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“It’s official—the holidays are around the corner. How do I know? Relatives are asking for Christmas lists so they can get their shopping done. The commercials on TV are rolling out their latest toy temptations to get children drooling. Even the shopping malls and discount stores are busy stocking Christmas decorations just in case you feel like getting a jump-start on your seasonal lawn ornaments and light displays.

With all this Christmas hoopla, it’s easier than ever to lose focus on why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. That’s why we want to spend this month talking about Generosity: making someone’s day by giving something away.

We hope kids get wrapped up in others as they show them how much God has been so generous toward us. There’s a danger in getting so wrapped up in ourselves or so wrapped up in our things that we miss the essence of this season. There’s just something about giving that reflects the character of God to those around us. Every good thing we have is a gift from Him. But we also know that God’s generosity has a purpose. God gives to us and expects us to do the same for others in return.

Generosity changes us when we learn how to give the way God gives. This month, we’ll look at four great stories from the New Testament that help us understand God’s plan for generosity in our lives.

In Week 1, we start our month on generosity in Luke 12:13-21 with a parable Jesus told about a rich man who was wrapped up in the wrong thing. He worried more about storing up more stuff and ended up losing everything that really mattered. Our Bottom Line is: Don’t get wrapped up in your stuff.

In Week 2, we get to eavesdrop on a conversation that Jesus had with a rich ruler that Luke recorded in Luke 18:18-25. This man was so wrapped up in his stuff that he couldn’t let go of what didn’t really matter in favor of what mattered most, a relationship with Jesus. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in what matters most.

In Week 3, we celebrate that God sent us the greatest gift when He sent us Jesus. Through John 3:16-17 and Luke 2:1-18, we will focus on Jesus’ birth as we pause and remember that God gave us His only Son, so we could have a personal relationship with Him. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in Christmas.

In Week 4, we’ll see that the wise men knew how to be generous. In Matthew 2:1-12, we read about the men who came to visit Jesus. They went above and beyond to see Him and show generosity. Our Bottom Line is: Get wrapped up in giving.

Our memory verse is a great reminder for us. “Be rich in good deeds … be generous and willing to share,” 1 Timothy 6:18. Many times, we think that our ability to be generous is connected to our stuff. However, being rich really isn’t defined by how much we have or collect, or how many presents we get. We’re not generous because we are rich; rather, we are rich because we are generous. This month, we hope that kids will discover what it really means to be rich—to let God’s generosity show up in their lives and help them get wrapped up in others.”

Click HERE for the December Baby and Toddler Parent Cue.

Click HERE for the December Preschool Parent Cue.

By Dan Scott ©2014 The reThink Group. All rights reserved. http://www.ThinkOrange.com *Used by permission.

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Making the Grade: Where do you see God?

For four months, WordServe Church has worked to raise our awareness of God’s presence in our lives—in big ways, small ways, and everything in between. In fact, when we began this journey, the people of WordServe took a survey to measure how aware we were of God’s presence…and we averaged a C+. As we stretched ourselves to look harder, pray more, and experience God through things like fasting, serving, and giving, something happened. Our latest report card shows our overall average at a B!

Our goal when we started was to raise our average to a B+ by the end of May…and we’ve almost made it! Join us for the home stretch and experience all that God wants to do! We will take our final survey and celebrate during worship on May 29th.

For now, check out just a few of the amazing ways WordServers have seen God working in their lives:

“I felt an immense sense of peace in the midst of great sadness.”

“[God showed up] in the ladies in my Community Group.  When sharing prayers there was a real sense of honesty. With no fear of what others thought, people shared and God showed up in a way I have never seen.”

“In giving up the thing I had the least of (time), I had a profound experience & I’m trusting that the thing I didn’t get to will work out. God gave me an experience and it challenged me to trust Him.”

“Serving Burmese refugees with other WordServe folks – AMAZING!”

“I saw God at work in Nolan’s sermon.  After lying awake for hours last night thinking about opposition, these reminders from Nehemiah have given me fresh hope!  Thank you!”

“God was at work in the teenagers who got up early on Saturday morning to come out and serve their neighbors.”

“God has given me the desire to spend more time with him.”

“I felt completely content one day this week for the first time in years.”

“God reminded me of Psalm 19:14 at the very moment I needed it.”

“I felt God giving me guidance on a situation at work.”