Coming up in Gateway Kids - September 13

God uses Rahab and the Israelite spies to protect one another. (Joshua 2:1-22, 6:1-25) God gives us people who help us. We see a lot of these people as we drive around town. Police officers, grocery clerks, mail carriers, coaches, construction workers—it’s a long list! Talk with your child this month about the people who help you. See if you can spot them as you drive in your car. When you see one, name the person, say what they do, and thank God for them! 

Week 2 we’ll be checking out Nehemiah 2:1-9 and 11-18. Nehemiah took initiative and set out to fix the wall. When no one else would step, he went straight to King Artaxerxes and took action. And it’s that initiative that inspires the entire community to get involved.

Bottom Line: When you see what needs to be done, don’t wait for someone else to do it. We hope kids learn that when they see what needs to be done, they shouldn’t wait to take action. Of course there might be times that the task seems dangerous or too big to handle by themselves. Still, kids can still take initiative and ask someone they trust for help.

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.