26 West Church
Helping people experience life in Jesus

The Parent Weekly


The Parent Weekly

We believe parents are the primary teachers in a child's life. Because of this, we post a Parent Weekly each Sunday which includes big ideas from that week’s teaching, the memory verse, questions for family discussion, and a look at where we’re headed the following week. Our hope is for this to be a helpful tool as you continue raising your kids to love God and love people.

If you'd like The Parent Weekly delivered to your inbox, be sure to subscribe below!


Year 1, Summer: Lesson 13


What we learned today

Big Idea: Remember and celebrate

This week your children will remember and celebrate how God made them, loves them, and is with them. It’s important for children to learn these powerful, foundational truths early in life, and it’s also important for all of us to celebrate them regularly. God made each of us unique and gave each of us special talents and gifts. He loves us deeply, so much that He sent His only Son to take the penalty for our sin. As you prepare your children to celebrate these truths in their lives, take some time to remember and celebrate these simple yet profound truths in your own life. Be sure to spend time in prayer, thanking God for His presence and activity in your life and the lives of your children.


Where we’re headed next time

Big Idea: God made our world (part 2)

Genesis 1v1—2v3. In six days, God created our world. Everything from the heavens and earth to the animals and people who inhabit it—the Lord created them all. On the seventh day He rested. God has entrusted His creation to our care. 


Just for parents


Dig into God’s Word


Did you know?

God has given parents the privilege of being the primary spiritual nurturers of their children’s faith. 

The Parent Weekly is designed to reinforce that truth by allowing your family to have time in God’s Word before your child attends church each week. It will provide you with ways to introduce The Big God Story and have age-appropriate conversations with your little one as you prepare her for what she will be experiencing in church for the next four weeks. 

Research has shown that children between the ages of two and four learn best through repetition. Because of this, we will typically spend two weeks on the same part of The Big God Story and the Ponder Point. 

Each week you will receive a new Blessing. A blessing is a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance. While giving the blessing, you may desire to lay hands on your child as you speak the Scripture or pray a prayer over him. 

Hamilton the Hedgehog will play a role in your child’s experience in church each week—be sure to ask about him. He loves to Dig into God’s Word. The passage of Scripture provided will assist you as you reinforce the Ponder Point. Did You Know? has fun facts about this part of The Big God Story for you to share with your child. And Connect as a family is simply a conversation starter to assist you as you spiritually parent. 


Read Genesis 1v26–31. After reading, remind your child that God created the world and everything in it.

  •  During the first six days of creation, God created the world and everything in it.

  • On the seventh day of the creation, God rested.


Connect as a family

It may seem that your child wants to touch, smell, or taste everything he comes in contact with. Sensory experiences help him learn about the world around him and remind him that God created the world and everything in it.

  • Who made our world? God did!

  • Whose job is it to care for God’s creation? Ours!


Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.

Open a Bible and read Psalm 19v1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

3's – 4'sJamie Haley