This January in Redeemer Kids we will be finishing the book of Genesis and beginning our time in the book of Exodus. Below you will find a song that your kids will be learning during worship time, a memory verse that corresponds to Sunday’s lessons to practice at home, as well as a glimpse of what your kids are learning this month at church. If you have Marty Machowski’s family devotional, Long Story Short, you can find the corresponding story titles and reinforce Sunday’s lessons with a devotional at home during the week.
Our whole goal is to partner with you as you disciple your children and provide resources to make these teachable moments even more meaningful and intentional.
You will see that the older kids have a substantial portion of scripture to memorize this month. Your elementary-aged children are at the prime time to hide God’s word in their hearts. As they memorize the truth of God’s Word now, they will be able to recall it and let it shape their worldview for the rest of their lives. Below you will find some ideas about how to make memorizing both fun and doable.
If you have any great ideas you would like to share about how to memorize scripture and or enhance devotional time with your kids, be sure and share with us in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!
Ideas for Memorizing Scripture
- Print off the verse cards and carry them with you in the car this month, every time you drive somewhere with your kids, have them read the verse aloud to you, eventually making your way to saying them without looking at the card. (Hint: on the way to school in the mornings is a great time to read scripture and pray together! Get them in the habit of meeting with God as they begin their day!)
- You can break the verses down into smaller flash card sized portions and practice them over breakfast, or with milk and cookies after school, or whenever works for you. Just remember, aim to make these moments fun and something your child will look forward to. Create the atmosphere and the attitude that reflects the peace and joy of God, rather than sliding into a “homework” mindset.
- Another important component to memorizing is making sure your child understands the words and concepts held within the passage, the more your child can glean meaning and understanding out of the passage, the easier it is to memorize the words. Be sure and discuss the ideas in the passage and ask them questions to see how much they are understanding and where you might be able to bring greater clarity to them.
Pre-K Memory Verse:
“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Exodus 20:4
Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade Memory Verse:
“And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below” Exodus 20:1-4
Third and Forth Grade Memory Verse:
“And God spoke all these words: ‘I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses Him name. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work…” Exodus 20: 1-9
Week of 1/1
God Provides for the Israelites in Famine (pg. 50 in The Gospel Story Bible) – Genesis 42
Week of 1/8
Joseph Reveals Himself to His Brothers (pg. 52 in The Gospel Story Bible) – Genesis 43-46
Week of 1/15
God Protects Baby Moses (pg. 55 in The Gospel Story Bible) – Exodus 1:1-2:10
Week of 1/22
God Calls Moses (pg. 56 in The Gospel Story Bible) – Exodus 2:11-4:31
Week of 1/29
Review the last four lessons citing Marty Machowski’s book, The Ology.
Big Idea: God Keeps His Promises (pg. 74)
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