Stages of Life Development: Upper Elementary

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WHO IS GOD? Students know that God is the Savior of the world. He died for the sins of all; no sin is too small or too great to receive forgiveness. They also understand that He is all powerful, always present, and the ruler of all things. Kids recognize God has control over all His creation and loves them unconditionally. Faith Questions WHERE IS GOD? HOW DO I INTERACT WITH HIM? Preteens can interact with Jesus by creating a personal devotion schedule and designating time alone with God. They can pray to God anytime, anywhere, and about anything. Kids know that He is always with them, and they can see His presence in their daily lives through the gifts He gives them like friends, family, Baptism, and Holy Com- munion. WHAT HAS GOD DONE FOR US? Upper elementary students can recognize that Jesus chose to die on the cross, a painful death that He did not deserve. They know that He died for them so that they may have eternal life. Kids can comprehend that Jesus came to earth to conquer sin, death, and the devil and to save the world, including them, from sin. HOW DOES GOD WORK THROUGH THE CHURCH? Youth pastors, teachers, mentors, and parents can guide students in studying the Bible and valuing God's Word. Preteens can serve in worship by playing handbells, singing in the choir, or serving as an acolyte or a greeter. Youth leaders can show preteens how to serve in their church, school, or community so they learn how to be a good neighbor. WHO AM I? WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR? Kids find their identity in Jesus. They know that they are members of God's kingdom and that He is preparing a place for them in heaven. They find their value in Jesus and the individual gifts and tal- ents He gives them. They know Jesus died for their sins, so they may receive forgiveness and grace. Kids recognize that their neighbor is anyone God has placed in their life to love and serve. HOW DOES GOD WORK THROUGH PEOPLE? Kids see God work through parents, and they love, honor, and respect them and their authority. They see His work through teachers who show God's love and kindness and through peers who include others at recess or lunch tables. Students can recognize God's work at church when they actively participate in wor- ship through greeting, ushering, singing, or as an acolyte. They also see God's work in the world as they love and serve their neighbors. "Kids need reminders of God's unconditional love for them and their identity in Him." Upper Elementary • 3 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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