Community-Building: Needing community.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Everybody needs a friend. In fact, we were created with a need for community. Think of Adam’s happiness when he finally found Eve and recognized her as someone like him, someone who could be his friend. Our need for community is a reflection of our creation in the image of God. God himself lives in community—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They create together (Genesis 1: 26) and work together in bringing about the Kingdom of God (Matthew 28: 19). Our need for friends, for community, is what draws us together in churches, families, Bible studies, neighbors, and other groups.
A majority of questions that we get from kids have to do with friendships. Keep tabs on your kid’s friendships. Know who their friends are. Let them talk with you about the ups and downs in their friendships. Support their friendships by having an open door policy for them and their friends. A plate of cookies and a glass of milk can go a long way to creating a bond of love and trust among friends.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Where did Julia plan on going with Lucille?
A. To the mall.
Q. Why did Lucille decide not to go with her?
A. She had to help another friend.
Q. Who did Julia meet at the mall?
Q. What did Julia do when she learned that Lucille was planning a party and didn’t tell her?
A. She changed Lucille’s order at the party shop and the bakery.
Q. Who helped Julia see that it’s better to have a group of friends instead of just one?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Jesus had many friends. Can you name some of them?
His 12 disciples; Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany; Mary Magdalene and other women who supported him (Luke 8: 1-3). In John 15: 14 Jesus tells us that we can be his friends too, when we follow him and obey his commands. Isn’t that awesome, that we have Jesus for our friend?!