Coming up in Gateway Kids - Nov 29

Preschool
Joseph forgives his brothers and takes care of them after being separated for many years. Looking back at Joseph’s story, we can see that God’s plan is always best. (Genesis 42-45; Psalm 16:11)

Elementary
We end the month with a passage that Jesus spoke during the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus explains that when we serve or give it shouldn’t be in a way that is showy and puts all of the attention on ourselves. In fact, He even says to give to others in secret.

Bottom Line: Lend a hand without looking for applause. This week, we want kids to walk away knowing that helping others shouldn't be about getting thanked. Often the best way to serve is to surprise someone and help them without getting any recognition at all.

Week 5 Elementary GodTime Devotional

Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Nov 22

Preschool
God places Joseph in charge over all of Egypt and helps him save food for the people. This was God’s plan all along – for Joseph to save the people. We are all a part of God’s plan too. (Genesis 41; Ephesians 2:10)

Elementary
In 1 Kings 17, we learn that Elijah asked a poor widow for water and bread, but because of the severe drought in the country, the woman had only enough for one meal for her and her son. Elijah told her that God would provide flour and oil until the next time it rained. God did just that—and none of them went hungry.

Bottom Line: Ask God for what you need to lend a hand. There will be times when you’re not sure you have what it takes to serve others. In those moments, we want kids to remember that they can ask God to help them. God is able to come through for them and give them what they need to help others.

Week 4 Elementary GodTime Devotional

Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Nov 15

Preschool
Joseph is accused of a crime he did not commit and is put in jail. Joseph trusted God even when it was hard. We can trust God’s plan even when it’s hard too. (Genesis 39-40; Proverbs 4:11-12)

Elementary
For week three, we look at a familiar story in John 6:1-13. Jesus had been talking to a crowd of over 5,000 people. Now it was late in the day, and they were starting to get restless and hungry. Jesus sent the disciples to figure out how to feed them all. A boy offered what he had for them to use: five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus used that boy’s small offering and turned it into more than enough food for everyone.

Bottom Line: Use what you have to lend a hand. Kids may not think they have much to give, but God can use what they do have to accomplish something great. We pray kids walk away from this week encouraged to use what they have to lend a hand.

Week 3 Elementary GodTime Devotional

Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Nov 8

Preschool
Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery and he is taken far from his home to a foreign land. But, it’s all part of God’s plan for Joseph. God has a plan for us too. (Genesis 37; Jeremiah 1:5)

Elementary
We’ll head to the Old Testament and discover a principle from the book of Deuteronomy. Serving others has always been part of what it means to follow God, and Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10 remind us that it’s not just the act of serving that’s important; it’s also important that we serve others with the right attitude.

Bottom Line: Have a good attitude when you lend a hand. We want kids to learn they should give to others freely. Rather than complain when we serve others, we should joyfully serve those in need.

Week 2 Elementary GodTime Devotional

Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Nov 1

Preschool
Joseph’s father gives him a colorful coat to show how special he is. God made us all special. (Genesis 37:1-4; Genesis 1:26-27)

Elementary
We kick off the month with an interaction that Jesus had with His disciples. They had been known to argue about who would be the greatest. In Mark 10:32-45, we see that even James and John ask Jesus if they can sit at the places of honor in His kingdom. Jesus reminds them that He came to serve and give His life for everyone. He taught them that if they wanted to be great, they needed be the servants of all.

Bottom Line: Serve others because of what Jesus did for us. Jesus is the ultimate example of service. We’d love for kids and families to understand that serving others is part of what it means to follow Jesus. Because He loved and served us first, we should love and serve others.

Week 1 Elementary GodTime Devotional

Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

 

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Oct 25

Preschool
We end the month with Daniel and the Lions. (Daniel 6:1-23) Daniel did the right thing even when he knew it would cause a BIG problem for him. Daniel trusted God to be with him, and he was. Daniel was strong and courageous for sure! And, because he knew God was with him, he was able to be brave.

Elementary
We’ll finish the month by digging deeper into our memory verse, 1 Timothy 4:12.After spending time with Paul traveling from city to city preaching the news of the gospel, Timothy ended up back in Ephesus, and he had some experience under his belt. Even as a young man, he was able to lead this significant church.

Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now. We want our kids to understand that they don’t have to wait to use the gifts God has given them. The next generation can do some amazing thing right now if the present generation starts helping them unpack their potential. 

Week 4 Elementary GodTime Devotional
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

 

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Oct 18

Preschool
Hezekiah is the brave man in week three. Hezekiah is able to lead his people and defend his city because he knows that God is the one true God and so very powerful. (2 Chronicles 32) God even sends an angel to defend the city!

Elementary
In 1 Corinthians 12:12-21 and 25-27, Paul explained to the church at Corinth that we are all parts of one body. Everyone has a unique story and unique talents, but we can’t live out our calling alone. We need each other. Timothy grew to realize that one of the greatest things in the box of his potential were his relationships with other Christians.

Bottom Line: When we use our gifts together, we can make a greater difference.Kids will learn that when they partner with other people, God can use those gifts to impact the world is a huge way.

Week 3 Elementary GodTime Devotional
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Oct 11

Preschool
In week two, we tell a familiar story but focus on a hero that doesn’t often get recognized, Miriam, Moses’s older sister. (Exodus 1:22-2:10) She was strong and courageous as she stood in the reeds watching over her brother and then walking up to the princess and offering the best solution of all. Talk about God putting her in the right place at the right time! Because Miriam was brave, her mother was able to care for her baby brother during his preschool years.

Elementary
We’ll look closer at Acts 16:1-5 and discover that there were also some unique abilities in Timothy’s box that people around him must have noticed. And Paul could see it too, because he decided to take Timothy on a missionary journey with him.

Bottom Line: When you discover your gifts, you can make a difference. You can help kids discover the unique ways God has gifted them. As they realize this, we can encourage them to use those gifts to make a difference.

Week 2 Elementary GodTime Devotional
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

 

Coming up in Gateway Kids - Oct 4

Preschool
We start the month with Gideon who trusted that God knew everything and followed His directions going into battle with only torches, jars and trumpets. (Judges 7:9-22)

Elementary
First, we know from Acts 16:1 that Timothy was the son of a Jewish mother and a Greek Father. That means Timothy grew up understanding the Jewish heritage and the stories of Moses alongside hearing about Greek gods and pagan rituals. This unique part of his story would position him to play a significant role in taking the story of Jesus to the Gentile world. Paul also had a unique story too, which he shares with Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:12-16.

Bottom Line: Jesus wants to use your story to make a difference. As kids hear both of these stories, we want them to begin to understand that Jesus wants to use their story to make a difference, just like He did with Paul and Timothy.

Week 1 Elementary GodTime Devotional
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.

 

Coming up in Gateway Kids - September 27

Preschool
God gives Hagar and her son water to drink when they were thirsty in the desert. (Genesis 21:14-20) Cuddle up with your child and pray. “Dear God, thank You for taking such good care of us. Everywhere we look we can see You taking care of us. Our food, water, clothes, house, family, friends—it all comes from You! Help us remember that You are always with us and will take care of us. We love You, God. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 

Elementary
To wrap up the month we’ll look at several passages through Nehemiah and that throughout the whole process of building the wall, Nehemiah demonstrated some amazing truths about initiative. He demonstrated how to see what needs to be done and did it. He demonstrated how to care for others. He even demonstrated something that’s very important to recognize when talking about initiative—Nehemiah realized that the ability or strength to do what needs to be done comes from God. We cannot accomplish the task on our own. We have to lean on God to do His part as well. The most powerful part is seeing that when they did their part, God stepped in and did something that only God could do.

Bottom Line: You can trust God to help you do what needs to be done. Often when we take initiative on something big, we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help. We want kids to know that if they do what they can do to help, God will do the rest. 

Week 4 Elementary God Time Devotional
Each day’s devotion includes:
1. a verse(s) to read
2. a devotion paragraph that teaches something about God and an explanation of today’s verse(s) 
3. an activity that makes real-life application of the day’s devotion
4. a suggested prayer.

Encourage kids to choose four different days during the week to do these devotions. Even though kids in early elementary are beginning to read things on their own, you may want to do the GodTime card with your K-3rd grade child. Most 4th and 5th graders are capable of having a “quiet time” on their own, once they’ve been taught how to do it, but they still benefit from an adult following up on it.