Hi RF Friends,
This past Sunday, we headed to something Paul wrote to the church in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. God’s Spirit gives each of us different gifts and abilities. Rather than feeling jealous of others or wanting a gift or skill that someone else has, we should make the most of our own, combine them with what others have, and make a greater difference! This is how the church is meant to work.
Bottom Line: We can use our gifts together to make a greater difference.
Bible Memory: All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:27, NLT)
This is our last memory verse until after the Christmas play. We will take a break from learning memory verses as we practice for the Christmas play. This coming Sunday, we plan to introduce this year’s Christmas play and assign parts.
The RF team
You can make a difference right now
Good morning, Reign Forest Friends!
Bottom Line: You can make a difference right now.
This week we head to something Paul wrote to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12. Timothy was a gifted young leader who Paul mentored. Paul wrote to Timothy and reminded him to stay faithful to the task God gave him. Even though Timothy was young, God could use him to lead the church and point people to Jesus.
Bible Memory #6 - Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you love, your faith, and your purity (I Timothy 4:12, NLT)
The Reign Forest Team
Use your gifts to help others
Hi Reign forest friends,
In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing among the “upper crust” of Philippian society. Lydia also followed God. When Paul and his companions traveled to Philippi, they found Lydia and other women meeting and praying. Lydia became a follower of Jesus and became a leader in the church at Philippi.
We practiced retelling the Bible story using story props. Then we shared examples of some spiritual gifts and ways we can help others.
Bottom Line: Use your gifts to help others.
Bible Memory # 5: God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10, NLT).
Have a wonderful week!
The Reign Forest team
INDIVIDUALITY IS A REFLECTION OF THE CHARACTER OF GOD…Discovering who you’re meant to be so, you can make a difference.
Bottom Line: Knowing Jesus changes how you see yourself.
In week two, we turn to Matthew 9:9-13 and discover an essential moment from Matthew’s life. As a tax collector, Matthew would have been shunned by Jews and Romans alike. He was seen as a traitor to the Jews. Matthew must have been shocked when Jesus came up to him and asked him to be one of His disciples. Matthew might have seen himself as unworthy, but that would have changed once Jesus made him feel valued
Bible Memory # 4: For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners (Matthew 9:13, NLT)
You were made in God’s image
Hello Reign Forest Friends,
For the month of October, we are learning all about INDIVIDUALITY. Everything God has created is unique and one of a kind, including people created in God’s image. Every person is an original reflection of God in how they love, care for others, imagine, create, and solve problems. To see how we can do this well, we should look to Jesus. Jesus showed us what it means to be created in God’s image in the way He loved all people and helped people feel like they had value—no matter who they were or what they had done. We can reflect this as we discover who we’re meant to be and live out the individuality God gave us.
In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate what God is like in the way we create and imagine, show love and kindness, seek justice, and offer mercy. We get to fill the earth with God’s goodness, each in our own individual way. Bottom Line: You were made in God’s image.
We had fun painting with chocolate syrup and creating a reflection of our painting. Our picture reflection reminds us that we are made in God’s image and are a reflection of God. It is very important for us to reflect God in everything we do.
Bible Memory # 3- Genesis 1:27 NLT
So God created human beings in his own image. In the Image of God he created them; Male and female he created them.
The RF Team
In our final week, we head to Nehemiah 3–4, 6:15-16, and 8:1-17 and read that God helped Nehemiah and the people finish the wall in only 52 days! They celebrated what God had done for them, not only during those 52 days but throughout their history as His people. They heard God’s word and remembered how God had been faithful to them. They had a lot to be thankful for!
Bottom Line: Look for ways to celebrate what God has done. When we realize that God is doing amazing things in our lives, we can’t help but thank Him. We pray that throughout this month, looking at Nehemiah’s story, kids will see how God helps them every day. We hope they learn to celebrate God’s continued work in their lives.
Bible Memory Verse #2: “Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!” Psalm 66:5 NLT
Reign Forest Team
1st Sunday - Anita Wenrich
2nd Sunday - Kristin Wise
3rd Sunday - Christina
4th Sunday - Cheryl Marshall
5th Sunday - Angie Martin