Coming up in Gateway Kids - September 20

Preschool
God gives Elijah a woman to help give him food to eat, and Elijah helps the woman not run out of food. (1 Kings 17:7-16) Add some plastic measuring cups, a bowl, a mixing spoon, and bubble bath to bath time. Show your child how to scoop, pour, and stir the bubbles. Encourage them to pretend to cook you a yummy meal in the tub. Talk about how God takes care of us and gives us what we need. 

Elementary
We will focus on a different part of Nehemiah’s story this week in Nehemiah 5:1-12. While everyone was building the wall, an issue arose. Some of the Israelites were severely mistreating each other. Even though Nehemiah was in charge of rebuilding the wall, even though he was the leader, and even though he was in charge, he stopped the building of the wall to confront the issue. He cared enough about the people to say to help them figure out a solution.

Bottom Line: When you see people in need, don’t wait for someone else to help them. When kids see people in need, we pray that they take initiative to help, instead of thinking it’s someone else’s problem.

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.