Brite Monthly – October 2024

This month’s Biblical theme is:

God is mighty

Rahab witnessed the powerful collapse of Jericho’s walls, a testament to God’s power and protection. Gideon, with a small army, experienced God’s guidance leading to a miraculous victory. In Ruth’s story, Boaz’s kindness showed God’s providence amidst tragedy. David, armed with faith and stones, defeated Goliath. These narratives collectively emphasize God’s might in delivering His people, showcasing His strength and faithfulness in every circumstance. God is mighty and powerful!

Monthly Memory Verse: The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness. Zephaniah 3:17a

Rahab (Joshua 2, 6)
After the Israelites were freed from Egypt, they journeyed to the Promised Land led by Joshua. Rahab, a kind woman, helped the Israelite spies in Jericho. Following God’s guidance, the walls of Jericho fell, and Rahab and her family were saved.

Brite idea: God is mighty.

Gideon (Judges 7)
The Israelites turned away from God and faced trouble. When they repented, God chose to raise up judges as leaders. Gideon, a Judge, with a small army and God’s guidance, defeated the enemy in a miraculous victory.

Brite idea: God works in mighty and unexpected ways.

Ruth (Ruth 1-4)
Facing famine, Elimelech moved to Moab with his family, but tragedy struck. Naomi, with daughter-in-law Ruth, returned to Judah. Ruth gleaned grain in Boaz’s field. Boaz, showing kindness, married Ruth as a kinsman-redeemer.

Brite idea: God is mighty even when we are hurting.

David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
In a battle against the Philistines, Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days. Shepherd boy David, armed with only faith, a sling, and stones, confronted him, trusting in God. David’s faith prevailed, securing a miraculous victory and showcasing God’s power.

Brite idea: Nothing is mightier than God.

This month’s Unit Title is: Mighty!

 

This month, we are embracing that God is mighty! Embrace the inner superhero in you! Incorporate vibrant colors, superhero-themed banners and go big with a gotham-style city-scape. Up the ka-pow! factor with a fun photo booth with comic book work props.

Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas at https://pin.it/7KNCrU9JG

This Month’s Leader Training Topic is: Trauma-Informed Kids’ Ministry

At least 1 in 7 kids have experienced abuse or neglect in the last year. More than two-thirds of kids reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16.* These statistics show that kids in our churches are going through extremely challenging situations, and these experiences will impact their behavior. Through new strategies, we are better equipped to respond to challenging behavior in helpful and healthy ways.

Throughout the month, we’ll explore the following topics:

  • Week 1 Content—Behavior is communication.
  • Week 2 Content—Be curious.
  • Week 3 Content—Don’t take it personally.
  • Week 4 Content—Our words matter.
Teaching Kids about the Gospel:

The Gospel is the good news. God wants everyone to know this good news and not miss out on this invitation!

Here’s the Gospel in four words: God, Us, Jesus, Trust.

God

God is a loving God who is all-powerful and holy. He knows and sees everything and rules over everything. God created all people in His image, and we are valuable to Him.

Us

But we have sinned, and our sin separates us from God. What is sin? Sin is anything we think, say or do that disobeys God. The penalty for sin is death and separation from God forever.

Jesus

But because God loves us so much, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sin. Jesus died in our place. But He did not stay dead—He rose again three days later. Because of Jesus, we no longer have to be separated from God, and we are offered the free gift of eternal life!

Trust

God gives salvation—rescuing us from our sin—to everyone who places their trust in Jesus as their Savior. What is trust? It means that we rely on what Jesus did. You cannot be saved from sin by doing good things but only through what Jesus did for you.