In this four-part series, Thurman the Cat, takes a trip to the pet sitter and learns all about how God made everything. Preschoolers will learn that God made everything too.

LET'S WORSHIP!

Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!

STORY

Watch the video from Week 3: God Made the Land, Plants, and Animals, Genesis 9-13, 24-25

ASK YOUR KID

What did God make on the land? plants and animals

PARENT BIBLE STUDY

Read: Genesis 2
Throughout the Bible, it’s clear that rest is important to God. From the very beginning, God made rest holy. Genesis 2:3 says, “…God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”Years later, after God’s people had been brutally enslaved for 400 years, God commanded a Sabbath, or a holy day of rest. He mandated rest to perhaps the weariest people on the planet. (Exodus 20:8) He reminded them to trust him and to be still. In Exodus 14:14 God told his people, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.”

Then while the people were wandering in the wilderness God told their worn down and weary leader, Moses, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest,” Exodus 33:14. Jesus said nearly the same thing in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

Regular rest can remind us of something extremely important: that we are not God. When we rest, we come face to face with the fact that we cannot do it all. We have to trust that God will take care of things for us. Resting regularly reminds us that busyness is not a god to be worshipped. Busyness can come from pride, which says, “I am the center of the universe and if I stop working the world will stop spinning.” And busyness also comes from desperation. Maybe we are single moms or dads, exhausted parents, or we work two jobs to make ends meet. We book our schedule and give and give until there is nothing left. But Jesus came to rescue us from both our pride and our desperation. He came to redeem, and he came to give us rest. Rest helps us loosen our grip on things that aren’t ours in the first place. Rest reminds us that we have a real and tangible need for God. Rest is God’s gentle voice that says, “I hold all things together,” Colossians 1:17.

How does your faith in God change your view of rest?

What sort of plan can you make to be more intentional with rest?

BIBLE VERSE:

“God made everything,” Acts 17:24.

THE BIG PICTURE

Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.