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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.

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Year 1, Summer: Lesson 6


What we learned today

Big Idea: God is with me (part 2)

1 Kings 19v9–18 God called to Elijah in a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard this, he went out to meet with the Lord.


Where we're headed next time

Big Idea: Our God saves (part 1)

Jonah 1—4 God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh and deliver a special message. Instead, Jonah ran from God. He boarded a boat, but God sent a violent storm. Eventually, Jonah was thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. After three days in the belly of the fish, God rescued Jonah and he went to Nineveh to deliver the message.


Dig into God’s word

  • Read Jonah 1v17-2v10.

  • After reading, remind your child that it was God who saved Jonah from the belly of the fish.


Connect as a family

Your child may enjoy playing peek-a-boo. As you play and ask, "Where's baby?" remind your child that there's nowhere she can hide from God because He is always with her.

  • What did Jonah do when he was inside the big fish?

  • That's right, he prayed to God.



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 Galatians 3v26 over your child: "So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith."