Tot Camp 2015 – Week 7 – Faithfulness

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We’re working our way through the fruit of the spirit, remembering that these fruit are attributes of God that he first shows us and that he grows in us through his spirit. This week, we’re focusing on faithfulness.

**As a reminder, most of my ideas are taken from this blog, which has a great devotional thought for moms at the beginning of the post. I also love the way this blogger opens up her lessons with an intro and closes them with three main points and a prayer, so those pieces always come from this blog. I also took great activity ideas from this blog and a few others that I’ll make sure to credit with links. (And then sometimes I added my own ideas in parentheses.)**

Also, every day we practice our unit memory verse with this video.

And then we add a memory verse specific to the fruit of the spirit for that week:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Hebrews 13:8

Day 1: 

Intro and discussion from Grace for Moms:

What to share with your child: This week as we continue to study the fruit of the spirit we are going to talk about faithfulness. Do you know what it means to be faithful? Faithful means – steady, reliable, loyal, trusted. A faithful person is consistent, he or she doesn’t change. They can be trusted. Who do you think best fits this description? {See if they answer God or maybe Mom or Dad.} God is so faithful. He can be trusted. When we are friends with God and his faithful son, Jesus, we will also learn how to be loyal and trusted friends to others in our lives.

Discussion: Read Lamentations 3:22-23 together. “God’s faithful love never ends. It is made new every morning; great is his faithfulness.” {paraphrased} Discuss the faithfulness of God. Share a personal story with your child of when God was faithful to you. Talk it out until they understand the idea of faithfulness and what it means to be trusted. (And remind them of our verse for the week – how Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever!!!!)

Activity: Make a faithfulness friendship necklace. (With pony beads, string about 1/3 of a necklace cut to fit your child’s neck. Then add alphabet beads to spell “faithful.” Then finish stringing it with plain pony beads.) After the necklace is complete, talk to your child about how the necklace is a circle which never ends. God’s love and faithfulness never end! Let your child know that the necklace is to remind him/her that God is faithful and to also encourage him/her to be a faithful friend.

Day 2:

Discussion from Thriving Family/Focus on the Family:

Pick up a large and a small stone, and with your child, take turns dropping the objects. Ask your child which stone hits the ground first. (The child may expect the heavier stone to fall faster.) Explain that a force called “gravity” pulls objects to the earth. Gravity is totally dependable, or faithful, to do its job 100 percent of the time.

Ask your child to name other things in nature that are dependable. (Seasons change at the same time each year; tides rise and fall on schedule; stars are arranged in the same patterns in the night sky; the moon goes through the same phases each month.) Then remind him that, like gravity, God’s promises are for sure (Psalm 145:13).

People may not always keep their promises, but God always will. We can depend on God to do what He says He will do.

— Suzanne Hadley Gosselin, Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr.editor

Extra Discussion from Grace for Moms:

Discussion: When we know God personally, we become more like him. This is true of faithfulness. The more we grow with God, the more trustworthy we will become. It is an honor to be trusted by others. It means we are steady and loyal and faithful. This is a character trait of great value. It means people can count on us.

Activity from Wind in a Letterbox:

Faithfulness game – Print this game and have your child determine if the scenarios listed show faithfulness or not. Talk to to your child about how it is important to keep our word so that people will know we are faithful and can be trusted. (But the only person who does this 100% of the time is God!)

Day 3:

Discussion from Renew Church

This parable is one where Jesus tells about a master who puts his servant in charge of a household. When the master returns, the servant who did as his master commanded is considered blessed and the servant who did not obey his master was punished. Read the full story here: Matthew 24:45-51Luke 12:42-48.

Review Questions:

  • Who did the master put in charge of his household? (the servant who worked hard)
  • Did the faithful servant work hard, even when the master wasn’t watching? (yes)
  • What did the bad servant do? (He was mean to the other servants. He didn’t work hard.)
  • What happened to the bad servant when his master came back? (The master punished him.)
  • What should we always be ready for? We should be ready for Jesus to come back.

Continued Discussion and Activity from Kids of Integrity:

Discussion point: Faithfulness earns trust.

Relevant Scripture

1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust, must prove faithful.”

Read 1 Corinthians 4:2 and explain that Jesus trusted the apostles with the Gospel message. The disciples proved faithful in sharing it or we wouldn’t know about the Good News of knowing God as a friend and as our Saviour. Emphasize how glad we are that they were faithful to do what God asked them to do! Because the disciples were faithful to preach the Gospel message, we can know that when we confess our sins and accept God’s forgiveness, we can spend eternity with Him. (And now we, as Christians, have the task of telling others about Jesus. Will we be faithful to this task??)

Next, choose a small task you can trust each child to do. This may include putting fruit into the fridge drawer after a grocery trip, straightening couch cushions or picking up toys. Ask them to do their assigned task and get a verbal agreement from them that they will in fact do it. When they complete the task, encourage them by thanking them for being faithful to do what they have said they will do. Throughout the time of your study of faithfulness, continue to trust them with more age-appropriate responsibilities.

Wrap up from Grace for Moms:

3 TRUTHS TO SHARE WITH YOUR CHILD:

1. God is faithful and can be trusted.

2. When we grow in relationship with Jesus, he will teach us to be faithful to others.

3. When we are faithful to God and others, we will be trusted with big things in life.

Pray this Prayer:

God, thank you for your never-ending, never-changing, faithful love. Thank you that your love teaches us to be trustworthy and steady. May we show others your love by being faithful. Thank you for trusting us with little. We believe your promise that as we remain faithful in those things, we will be given more according to your will. We love you. Amen.

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