Take a look below to see what our Kids Ministry learned this past Sunday!
In the Lima Campus 34’s and 5K’s classroom and the Henrietta Campus Preschool classroom: LESSON 19 | God is our Father
Bible Basis: Matthew 2:13–23; 3:1–17; 4:18–22; 9:9; 10:1–4; Mark 1–3; Luke 2:41–52; 3:1–22; 5–6; John 1:1–34
Bible Verse: Luke 2:49: “ ‘Why were you looking for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’ ”
Resource: The Beginner’s Bible
“An Angry King”(pages291–295)
“Jesus Is Lost!”(pages 296–302)
“John Baptizes Jesus”(pages303–307)
“Jesus Chooses His Disciples” (pages 308 – 313)
TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.
- Why didn’t the Wise Men tell Herod where Jesus was? (God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. They didn’t want Herod to hurt Jesus.)
- Who took care of Jesus when he was a baby? (Mary and Joseph, his parents on earth.)
- Did Jesus obey Mary and Joseph because they were his parents too? (Yes.)
- If Jesus obeyed his parents, should you obey your parents? (Yes.)
LIVING FAITH: Living Faith activity is designed as a drama to help your child remember the Bible lesson.
Have your child select one of the Bible stories from this week and act it out for you as you read the story aloud from The Beginner’s Bible. You can help your child understand the love of a parent for a child by acting out a manger scene. Set up an area in your house to be your stable, and allow your child to play either Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, or another character who was present at the stable. When you come to the place(s) in the story where a Bible character speaks, instruct your child what to say. If possible, have your child perform the Bible drama for other family members in person, via Skype, or using a video camera.
EXTRA MILE: Extra Mile provides interactive ways for your child to connect with the story.
This week, your child read about Jesus picking his disciples. Help your child begin memorizing the names of the 12 disciples by using the simple song below. The song is sung to the tune of “Jesus Loves Me.”
Jesus called them one by one Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Then came Phillip, Thomas too, Matthew and Bartholomew.
Yes, Jesus called them. Yes, Jesus called them. Yes, Jesus called them. He called them one by one.
James, the one they called the less, Simon, also Thaddeus. The twelfth apostle Judas made, Jesus was by him betrayed.
Yes, Jesus called them. Yes, Jesus called them. Yes, Jesus called them. He called them one by one.
Today we learned that we should be kind to others because of the kindness Jesus showed us. In the Kingdom of God, we need each other and we have kindness for others will help us thrive
IN THE CAR: Ask your child what they learned about this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:
In the lesson, we talked about 1 Corinthians 12:4-7! Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:
- What do you think when you think of the word kindness?
- We used duck tape on our lean to today, why would kindness be the Duck tape keeping us together? (God designed all of us to need one another.)
- In 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 it says that we all have different gifts and our gifts are meant for good, who are they good for? (It is for the good of all).
- How can you use your gifts to help others?
Romans 12:10 Love one another deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. (some versions say to ‘prefer one another’). Spend time together studying this verse together as a family. Create a chart with your child of the names of each family member and 3-5 ways each member would like someone to be kind do them and how they can be kind to one another. They to follow your chart with your child for a week and meet together to see if there is any difference in your care for one another
God designed all of us to need one another. Create opportunities at the dinner table for your children to work together.
Assign them to clean up chores after dinner to encourage working together.
Play a board game together have each person have a partner so they play as one person.
Create a delicious dessert by giving each child an ingredient or two and have them work together with you to make your favorite dessert. Remind them of how grateful you are for their part and your own in making something everyone can enjoy!
Quiz your child on this week’s memory verse:
Psalm 29:11 ‘The Lord gives Strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace’
What you need to know:
Kids take their lead from you; share stories of how showing kindness has helped you stay connected in a relationship. Stories of being kind when it wasn’t easy are very effective. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem.
A Special article for parents from https://protectyoungminds.org/:
Xbox Parental Controls: Your Stress-Free Guide to Gaming Safety
Many parents haven’t given much thought to Xbox parental controls. Plenty of parents don’t know that gaming systems even have parental controls.
Parents often associate laptops and smartphones with online danger. It’s easy to forget that gaming systems expose kids to the same online risks. Like other internet devices, gaming consoles can be portals to pornography, cyber bullying, and even pedophiles seeking access to young victims.
Xbox parental controls exist to help parents make this “all-in-one games and entertainment system” safer for kids. But many parents find the parental controls on Xbox confusing and difficult to set up.
This post will explain what parents need to know in order to make their Xbox gaming console a safe experience for the whole family. First, I will explain the three layers of protection that should be in every home where a gaming system exists. Then, I will walk you step-by-step through the process of creating privacy and filtering settings on the Xbox.
Layer 1: Protect the environment
We aren’t referring to your home’s recycling program or air quality. But, there are certain aspects of the environment where the gaming system is played that are important for creating a safer gaming experience.
For example, as a general rule, internet-ready devices should be kept out of kid’s bedrooms. Kids tend to take more risks in their bedroom than any other room in the house. During my time as a youth ministry director, I never counseled a young man or girl who didn’t struggle with pornography primarily in his/her bedroom. It’s their kingdom – their safe haven, and as a result, they take more risks where they are more comfortable.
Since today’s gaming systems are all connected to the world-wide web, the same risk that exists with an iPhone in the room at midnight exists with the gaming system.
For portable, internet-ready devices, we recommend a nightly “turn-in” time. This might not be practical for a gaming system that is kept in the bedroom, or in a basement. At a minimum, parents might establish a “no games after [insert time]” each night, especially during the summer.
Layer 2: Protect the wireless signal
Is your wireless signal monitored and/or filtered? This can be accomplished a couple of different ways. The easiest way might be through the administrative dashboard on your router if it was purchased within the last couple of years. This might allow you to enable limited content filtering, time of day access, and create different router profiles (each with a unique password) for each family member.
Parents must not forget that gaming systems allow kids to browse the Internet just like any other internet-ready device, giving them access to anything that Google can find for them. Protection of some kind at the router level provides the additional assurance that if a friend brings a game console into your home, they will not have open access to pornographic content.
Layer 3: Protect the gaming console
Once your home environment and router are protected, you need to protect the Xbox gaming system. In the same way that we recommend enabling device-level controls on an iPhone, we recommend following Microsoft’s complicated steps to restrict user profiles and set gaming console parental controls. We break them down in the steps below. Parents, you CAN DO this! Just take one step at a time.
Xbox Parental Controls: Your Step-by-Step Guide
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 1
First, go to xbox.com and click “Sign in” in the upper right corner as shown below. If you already have a Microsoft account, you can sign in here. If you don’t have an account, go to “No account? Create one!” where you’ll click and walk through the account set-up steps.
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 2
Next, you’ll be asked to verify the e-mail address you used to create the account, so go to your e-mail account, and click “verify [with your e-mail address].” This will sign you in automatically to xbox.com and assign you a random Gamertag and profile image, which you can change in the “Customize profile” option.
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 3
If your child does not already have an Xbox account, sign out of your Xbox account and follow the exact same steps to create one for them. Once you’ve created their account, or if they already have an account, it’s time to add them to your family.
From xbox.com, click on your profile picture in the upper-right corner, and click “Xbox settings” as shown below.
Xbox Parental: Controls Step 4
In the left menu, click “Microsoft family” as shown below and then you’ll see a blue button for “add a child” (not shown). At the prompt, type in the e-mail address of the child (not shown).
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 5
Now, type the e-mail address your child used to create their account into the box, and click “sign my child in.” You’ll be prompted for a password, and click “sign in,” and then click “yes” on the “Join the family as a child” page shown below. This will take you to a page where you can see the individuals in the same “family.”
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 6
From here, click on the name and profile icon in the upper right corner. Click “sign in with another account” and sign back into your parent account. As shown below, click “Products” in the menu, “Devices & Xbox,” and then “Xbox & games.” This will take you back to the Xbox homepage you remember from before.
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 7
Click on your profile in the upper right corner, and select “Xbox settings.” This will take you back to the Settings page you remember from before. Click “Privacy & online safety.” You may be asked to enter a security code if you’ve set up 2-step authentication. If not, you’ll see the screen below.
Here you should see your own profile and the profiles of all your children. This is the place where you will be able to decide how much access your child has to the outside world and how much the outside world has access to your child. These settings can completely block the outside world, permit only approved “friends” to interact with your child or allow anybody (everybody) to make contact.
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 8
Go through the different privacy and online options carefully. With each profile, you determine the freedom that person has to accept or block friends.
Parents have the awesome opportunity to use each of these decision points on the Xbox screen to have a discussion with your son or daughter, explaining the reasons why you are leaving certain functionality on or turning things off. Remember, an open and honest conversation is so important.
At this point, you’ve set up controls for the gamer profile. The final step in protecting your family is to set up content filtering controls for the hardware/console itself.
Xbox Parental Controls: Step 9
For this stage of setting Xbox parental controls, think of the console as an internet browser. Although you have already set up one level of filtering when you added protection to your router (in layer 2 above), it is wise to also set up content control on the gaming device itself. These Xbox parental controls must be accessed directly on the Xbox console. To make this easy for you, I have broken this last step into micro steps.
- Scroll left on the Home screen to open the guide.
- Select Settings.
- Select All Settings.
- Under Account, select Family.
- Select the child account that you want to add web filters too.
- Select Web filtering from the options.
- Select the current setting to view all the available options.
- Select the desired level of web filtering. Note: Specific websites can only be added to the “Allow” list in the “Family” section of your Microsoft account.
If you followed all these steps, you have successfully set up your Xbox gaming system in a way that aligns with your family values. Congratulations!
Xbox is releasing a new console in December 2016, the Xbox One S, which will be a popular Christmas gift. With up to 2TB of memory, unbelievable image quality, and the ability to stream anything, it’s a reminder for parents that understanding these gaming devices is critical in any internet safe home.
Screen time is the other issue that parents often bring up, but there’s no magic bullet here. Just pick your standard and stick to it!
The motto of Protect Young Eyes is “parents who are observant, engaged and informed often have kids who learn to use technology well.”