Week 1 – August 31/September 1
Bible Story: We start the month with Jacob. We find his story through various passages in Genesis 25, 27, and 28. Jacob might have wondered how God felt about him after swindling his brother’s birthright and blessing out from under him. But in a dream, God reminded Jacob that He loved Jacob and could be trusted. God renewed the covenant that he started with Jacob’s grandfather Abraham. God always keeps his promises.
Bottom Line: You can trust God no matter what. From being powerful enough to create the universe to being personal enough to love each one of us through Jesus, God has proved that He can be trusted in any and every circumstance. We can trust God with whatever we face in our lives.
Key Question: What makes God trustworthy? During the process of making our faith personal, we might start to to wonder why we can or should put our faith in God. How we answer this question can be foundational to that process. This month we hope to discover many of the reasons why God can be trusted no matter what.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for September 7/8) “What the Lord says is right and true. He is faithful in everything He does.” Psalm 33:4, NIrV
Week 2 – September 7/8
Bible Story: This week, we find out what happens to Jacob’s son, Joseph, in Genesis 37 and 39:1-2. Joseph learned what it meant to trust God through difficulty. Because Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, his brothers hated him. This only became worse when Joseph had a series of dreams where his brothers bowed to him. The brothers got back at Joseph when they sold him to a band of traders headed to Egypt. Joseph must have felt scared and completely alone. Thankfully, he wasn’t. God was with him the whole time.
Bottom Line: When you think you’re alone, you can trust God is with you. We will all face times when we feel like we’re alone. This lesson from Joseph’s life can encourage us to remember that God is always with us.
Key Question: What does it look like to trust God? Once we know we can trust God, we might need help understanding what it means to trust God in different situations. It’s important to learn some practical ways we can trust God at home, school, and wherever life might take us.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for September 14/15) “But I trust in you, Lord. I say, ‘You are my God.'” Psalm 31:14, NIrV
Week 3 – September 14/15
Bible Story: We continue by finding out what happens to Joseph in Egypt. In Genesis 40 we discover that while Joseph was thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit, God helped him interpret a couple of dreams that came true. He thought this was his chance to get out jail. Instead Joseph was forgotten and stayed in prison several more years. Even though God was with Joseph, he must have been confused at what was happening to him.
Bottom Line: When life doesn’t make sense, you can trust God is with you. From not being able to understand something in school to a family situation you never expected, what’s happening in our life won’t always make sense. No matter what we face, we can trust that God is in control and we can trust Him to get through it.
Key Question: When is it hard to trust God? Trusting God can be easy when everything is going your way. But what happens when life doesn’t go your way? When we can start identifying when it’s hard to trust God, we’ll be able to create a plan for how we can trust God in those situations.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for September 21/22) “The Lord is good. When people are in trouble, they can go to him for safety. He takes good care of those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7, NIrV
Week 4 – September 21/22
Bible Story: This week, we see how God is faithful to Joseph in Genesis 41. Joseph seemed to continually find himself in situations where he needed to trust God. Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret. It’s in this moment the king’s cupbearer, who was in prison with Joseph, remembered how Joseph had interpreted his dream. At once, Pharaoh sent for Joseph. He went and with God’s help interpreted the dreams and offered a plan for helping Egypt survive the famine that God said was coming. Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the entire kingdom.
Bottom Line: When the pressure is on, you can trust God is with you. We face moments all of the time when we need to trust God. Rather than getting scared, we can put our trust in God and face whatever comes our way.
Key Question: What do you need to trust God with right now? We hope that Small Group can be a place where kids start to trust their small group leader and each other. Kids will have a chance to talk through situations in their own life where trusting God is important. We pray this is a powerful week for kids.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for September 28/29) “Be strong, all you who put your hope in the Lord. Never give up.” Psalm 31:24, NIrV
Week 5 – September 28/29
Bible Story: In Genesis 42-45 we conclude Joseph’s story. Now second in command in Egypt, Joseph put his plan into action as the famine spread far and wide. Joseph’s brothers end up making the trek down to Egypt, and sure enough they ended up right in front of Joseph. After some back and forth for several weeks, Joseph can’t stand it any longer. He revealed who he was to his brothers and offered them forgiveness for everything that had happened.
Bottom Line: You can trust God has a plan. It’s often hard to see how God is working in a certain situation while you’re going through it. As we get older, we see the story that God was writing with our life. Kids are just starting this journey of faith, we pray that they’ll discover that God has a plan and will trust them as they learn what that is.
Key Question: When have you had to trust God? It’s important to look back and remember the times when God helped us through difficult situations. God has been trustworthy in the past and will continue to be trustworthy in the future.
Extra Memory Verse: (Memorize for October 5/6) “But I will bless anyone who trust in me. I will do good things for the person who depends on me.” Jeremiah 17:7, NIrV
This Month’s Memory Verse
Be sure to check out this month’s memory verse! Get started now in helping your child learn the verse and have them say it for their small group leader on the weekend.
GodTime cards are available each month and are a tool to assist parents as they help their child have “God Time” each week. Here’s how: There are four different devotions on each GodTime Pack. Each one is designed to be done on a different day. Click HERE to see this month’s GodTime Pack!
A Widget is a cool, concrete, take-home item for families to use. This item is given to elementary students each month. It will aid in reminding them what is taught in DV on the weekend and assist in the retention of the Bible lessons as kids grow in Christ. Click HERE to see September’s Widget!
This month we’re singing: At the Top of My Lungs, This Is Living and I Trust in You in DV. You can find them, plus additional DV worship songs, HERE.