April in Kids Connect

posted Apr 3, 2013, 5:58 PM by Linda Koetz   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 5:58 PM by Adam Olson ]

Theme:  Friendship

Two peas in a pod, stuck like glue, go together like peanut butter and jelly... how would someone describe your friendships with others?  

 At Jesus’ final meal, He spoke with His disciples about what it meant to have a lasting friendship with Him. He said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13, NIV)

Days later, Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified on a cross to take the punishment for our sins, setting the example for ultimate friendship. But Jesus demonstrated friendship throughout His life. He walked alongside His friends. He helped their hurts. He never shied away from discussing important topics. He surprised them with acts of service.

Friendship is spending time with someone you trust and enjoy. Just as Jesus spent time with His friends so they could get to know Him better, we can build trust and have fun with our friends as we spend time with them.

This month we will learn a lot about friendship from the apostle Paul through the letters he wrote and the instructions he gave to the early churches about caring for and serving one another. 

We often take friendship for granted. We have friend requests on Facebook and conversations through email that make us feel hyper-connected with anyone on the other side of the Internet connection. However, real friends are Stuck Like Glue and won’t let go when times get tough.

Our memory verse for April is: “A friend loves at all times. He is there to help when trouble comes.” (Proverbs 17:17 NIrV).