PARADISE POND - First Grade Paradise Pond emphasizes equipping first graders to know “the only true God” by studying His character. We want the children to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” They will have a “toadally” fun time as they gather around Paradise Pond to learn what it means to fully rely on God (F.R.O.G.). Lily, a young girl lost and saddened by the “outside” world, wanders into this wonder-filled place where she will learn about God along with the children. Oakley, the talking tree, Fred the frog, and other characters inhabiting the pond will help to teach the children and Lily about who God is as He interacts with major characters in the Old Testament. “Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind,” Job 12: 7-10 In the end, the children discover God’s transforming Light that shines through the dark and weary world. Lily finds courage by believing in “the only true God” and trusting that He will always be with her.