|How can you use KidsXpress year themes for Grade 1-3:
Grade 1 – One day when I’m grown up
Grade 2 and 3 – Do you know Jesus?
In 2018 your Grade 3’s can do Grow, grow, grow
OR use one theme a year for everyone in a 3 year cycle.
One day when I’m grown up
Grow, grow, grow
This series will equip and inspire children to live as children of God should. They will know, choose and do what is right, thereby growing spiritually. As a result they will bear flowers and fruit that will glorify God.
During the first term children will learn in a playful, exciting way about the complicated and wonderful workings of our bodies. And then they learn about eating spiritual food that is good for them, exercising their spiritual muscles and having backbone. In the second term they visit the animal kingdom and learn many lessons about the life and choices of a child of God. After the winter holidays they look at the world around them. Stones and water, air and weather patterns will show them that the whole world tells us about God! These things will also show them what they have to do if they want their relationship with Him to be strong. As the year draws to a close, the children will take a look at the gardening: digging in compost, watering, pruning, fighting pests and sharing in the joy of flowers and fruit. And through it all, they learn to tend to their own lives so that they, too, can grow spiritually right in front of our grateful eyes!
Hettie Brittz writes about Grow, grow, grow:
Chrissie has the rare gift of being able to put deep spiritual concepts into a grubby child’s hands like polished diamonds, together with clay and crayons – visibly, tangibly, brilliantly. Her material is full of truth and reality. I believe that children and children’s workers will look forward to the lessons each week. Parents will see miracles happen in their children’s hearts and observe a fresh, exuberant spiritual growth developing.
One day when I’m grown up
“One day when I’m grown up I’m going to be an elephant!” my middle child, three at the time, declared. At that stage her sister wanted to be a mommy and a teacher, “and weekends my husband can look after the children, then I am going to be an astronaut.” “One day when I’m grown up”… Yes, children often dream about what they want to be.
Children also love stories about long ago. In these lessons children will dream about becoming a nature conservationist and meet Adam; a builder and meet Nehemiah; a lion tamer and meet Daniel. They will get to know various characters from long ago, learn from their mistakes and be inspired by their lives. That brings us to the most important of days: TODAY. In this series, children will dream about one day, and go back in time to discover Bible characters from whom they can learn. That is why we bring together the dreams and the stories and also think about things that the children can do and believe TODAY.
Do you know Jesus?
The narratives will open windows concerning who Jesus is, what He came to do, what He said, and how He touched lives while He walked on earth; and how He can do so today. Hopefully the children will also be inspired to learn more about Jesus for the rest of their lives. At a deeper level we ask ourselves: “Do you know Jesus?” By this we mean: Do you have a personal relationship with Him? Is He your Lord, your Hero your King? Is He the One that you turn to when you are afraid, happy, thankful or sad? My prayer is that every child, who will take part in this series, will develop a deeper personal relationship with Jesus, so that each of them will also be able to talk about “My Jesus” with shining eyes … The series is subdivided into four sub-themes, one for each term. During the first term we tell, in broad terms, the story of Jesus with the aid of certain “hats that He wore” or roles that He played. Then we will learn to know Him as a Miracle worker and in the following term we listen to the parables that He told. Lastly, we hear how Jesus describes Himself when He says: “I am …”
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