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  1. 1. October2010 Protect Kids From False Beliefs Many parents worry about shielding their children from dangerous Ask God: non-Christian influences. This is especially true at Halloween, which has become a $6 billion holiday. Because of the costumes and candy, 1. To help you teach and remind most children adore Halloween. But parents face a dilemma: How children of God’s truths. much should children participate in a holiday that focuses on scary images often glamorizing death and the occult? 2. To protect your children from evil forces and activities. Avoiding Halloween entirely is one option. Another is providing Christian alternatives such as harvest events. Parents can also 3. To help your children learn to provide children with a faith-based understanding of Halloween. You resist Satan’s temptations. can use the holiday to discover the differences between God’s truth and false beliefs. Here are ways to start: Parenting Insights Explore children’s fears regarding death. Kids often ask tough Start now to safeguard children questions that make adults uncomfortable. When topics such as against being misled by the false death and the devil arise, let your home be a safe place where teachings of cults. children can express their fears. Then turn to the Bible for answers. 1. Love and accept children Share with children the history of unconditionally. Show them Halloween. The holiday first marked the eve of that church is the place to find All Hallows or All Saints’ Day, when Christians God’s love and acceptance. remember saints who’ve died. Talk about special family members or friends who are now in heaven 2. Teach children to think with Jesus. Also share that all who believe in Jesus critically. They must know are called to be saints, or holy people (see what they believe and why. Romans 1:7). 3. Expect and encourage kids Put on the “armor of God” as protection to question their faith. against evil. Read aloud Ephesians 6:10-20 and discuss how God Doubts help spur faith growth. keeps us safe. Let children dress up in this armor; for example, wear the belt of truth to recognize Satan’s lies and resist his temptations. 4. Teach kids to understand the Bible. Always look at the Trick or Truth? context of verses. • According to a recent Gallup Poll, one in 10 Americans objects 5. Talk to children about false to celebrating Halloween because of religious beliefs. In a poll religions. Otherwise, they’ll at about.com, 40% of respondents said Halloween activities are be unprepared to evaluate and harmless and fun. respond to cults when they’re out on their own. • At edutopia.org, 52% of poll respondents said public schools should celebrate Halloween and that children whose parents 6. Pray and trust the Holy object should be excused from the festivities. Another 41% said Spirit. God promises to keep an alternative seasonal festival should include everyone. his children safe in his truth.
  2. 2. “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Jesus, our Savior, is the only source of truth and the only Talk about children’s fears and beliefs by using these way to eternal life. conversation-starting questions: Teachable Moments 1. What kinds of things frighten you the most, and why? Why do you think Jesus tells us to not be afraid (see John 6:20)? 1. Bible Villains—Put a biblical spin on children’s interest in 2. What makes you feel better when you’re scared? How do you “bad guys” by learning more comfort other people when they’re facing fears? about Bible-time villains such as Pharaoh, Goliath, 3. How can you tell when other people are telling the truth? Bathsheba, Delilah, Haman, Pilate, and Judas. Discuss 4. Why does Jesus want us to live according to his truth found in these people’s actions and the Bible? How can we make sure we do that? how we can avoid being like them. Family Experience: Nothing But the Truth Use these activities to discover where we can find real truth. The first works well with younger children, and the second works well with older children. • Pumpkin Matchup—Remove the seeds and pulp from two pumpkins. Carve them together, reserving 2. Reverse Trick or Treat— large pieces from your designs. Surprise neighbors with an Place all the pieces on a tray in the unexpected act of kindness. center of the room. Place the carved Bake some goodies and pumpkins at opposite ends of the deliver them by ringing room. Then form two teams and doorbells and saying, have teams each stand by a “Reverse trick or treat!” As pumpkin. Say: “Let’s complete our pumpkins. Race to match your you walk from home to team’s pieces to your pumpkin. If a piece doesn’t fit, return it to the home, talk about biblical pile. Afterward, say: “It isn’t always easy to find the right match for truths such as the Golden things.” Read 1 John 2:5. Say: “Jesus wants us to do things that Rule—and why God tells us match up with the Bible. Following Jesus makes us complete.” to love our neighbors. • Searching for the Truth—Fill a large tub with ice cubes and 20 or 3. Let It Shine—Make some 30 clear marbles. Have family members try to pick up the marbles luminarias by decorating with their bare toes. Ask: “How easy or difficult was this task? How brown paper sacks and filling were the marbles different from or similar to the ice? How is them each with sand and a distinguishing between marbles and ice cubes with your toes like or votive candle. Line them unlike deciding what’s true and what isn’t?” Say: “What’s false often along your sidewalk to light looks or feels like truth. Just as our feet got cold and numb from the a path to faith in Christ at ice while we were looking for the marbles, sometimes false things Halloween. Read aloud can make us numb to the truth. The best way to know truth is to Isaiah 9:2 and share ways pick up and hold on to God’s Word.” Read aloud Psalm 119:105 and you can help others see the discuss ways that God’s Word lights our path and warms our hearts. light of Jesus all year long. Then enjoy a warm snack.
  3. 3. This page is designed to help educate parents and isn’t meant to endorse any movie, music, or product. Our prayer is that you’ll make informed decisions about what your children watch, listen to, and wear. What’s Playing at the Movies Culture & Trends Movie: Flipped (now in theaters) What’s happening right Genre: Comedy, drama, romance now that may affect your Rating: PG (for some language and thematic material) children and family: Cast: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Anthony Edwards, Rebecca De Mornay • Some schools are Synopsis: This coming-of-age movie, based on a banning Silly Bandz, the young-adult novel about first love, takes Juli and Bryce rubber bracelets and from second grade to junior high. These neighbors and rings popular with classmates discover who they are—as individuals and as a pair. children across the Discussion Questions: At what age can someone truly fall in love? How country, because they’re can you tell whether your feelings are just a crush or something more? a distraction and kids Read aloud 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. What can our first relationships teach are flinging them at one us about true love? For you, what are the most challenging parts of love, another. as God intends for it to be? What Music Is Releasing Artist: Taylor Swift Album: Speak Now Artist Info: Country-pop sensation Swift, 20, started writing songs in school to deal with the pain of not fitting in. When other kids gave her grief, she wrote songs about them. Summary: For her third album, Swift wrote all the • To give their children an songs herself. She says the first single, “Mine,” is advantage in school, about her tendency to run from love. “Innocent” is about forgiving more parents are now rapper Kanye West for interrupting her awards-show speech last year. It “redshirting” their includes the line, “Today is never too late to be brand new.” kindergartners, holding Discussion Questions: What does it feel like to hold a grudge? How them back a year— willing are you to forgive people who hurt you? Read aloud 2 Corinthians especially if their 5:17. In what ways are you a new creation? How can you let other birthdays are near people know that God has made them brand new, too? registration cutoff dates. (livescience.com) ______________ What Games Are Out Title Content Rating & Quick Stats Platform • 69% of preteens say Young Ivy goes on a journey to find her talks with their parents Ivy the Kiwi? mom. Players maneuver Ivy via vines E; DS, Wii are very helpful for through storybook-like illustrations. dealing with pressures This release, one of the first to use the new and challenges. PlayStation Move, contains nine fast-paced (parenting.com) Start the Party! mini-games. Contains comic mischief and E; PS3 mild cartoon violence. • Of the 30 million kids who enroll in sports Players found cities, fight wars, and build each year, 70% quit by Civilization V wonders of the world in this history-based E10+; PC age 13. The number-one strategy game. Contains mild violence. reason for giving up? “It GAME RATINGS KEY: EC=Early Childhood, E=Everyone (ages 6+), E10+ (ages 10+), stopped being fun.” T=Teen (ages 13+) (Nat’l Sports Coaches Assn.)
  4. 4. Sun Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 2 Kids Quiz Meet 9:30-1:00 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 S.S. 9:30 Wacky Wed. K.C. 10:30 6:30 Quiz 6:00 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 S.S. 9:30 Wacky Wed. K.C. 10:30 6:30 Quiz 6:00 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 S.S. 9:30 Wacky Wed. K.C. 10:30 6:30 Quiz 6:00 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 S.S. 9:30 Wacky Wed. K.C. 10:30 6:30 Quiz 6:00 31 S.S. 9:30 K.C. 10:30 Trunk or Treat 6:00