From Pastor Donne’s Desk

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 23 | Jesus Rescues the Lost

Bible Basis: Matthew 8:10 – 14; Luke 10:25 – 37; 15:3 – 7, 11 – 32

Bible Verse: Luke 15:32: “But we had to celebrate and be glad. This brother of yours was dead. And now he is alive again. He was lost. And now he is found.”

Bible Point: Jesus cared for those who were lost and rescued them. He also cares about us and rescues us when we are lost.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

The Good Samaritan (pages379–384).

The Lost Sheep (pages391–396)
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The Lost Son (pages397–404).

TABLE TALK: Use the Table Talk questions below to start a discussion around the Table at dinner.

Why do sheep need a shepherd? (To protect them, guide them, and rescue them when they get lost.)

Do you think the Good Samaritan was similar to the shepherd? How? (Yes. He helped someone who was hurt and alone.)

What would have happened to the lost son if he did not go back home? (He may have lost a lot of weight or even died of hunger. He would have been lonely.)

If you ran away from God, would you be afraid to go back to him?

Why should we never be afraid to run to God when we need help?

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. For “The Good Samaritan,” help your child act out the stories by playing the supporting role of the robber, or enlist the help of another parent or sibling. The person playing the robber, with face covered, quickly snatches the man’s gold. The Samaritan can then gently and kindly revive the victim. Use a bathrobe or a loosely tied sheet to serve as garments for the travelers. Towels and stretchy hair bands make good head coverings. You can also make a beard by stretching cotton batting onto a piece of adhesive tape. Flip-flops can serve as sandals, and an umbrella can be a walking stick. Place two chairs together to make the donkey that carries the victim from the place where the robber attacked him to the inn. 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.

Explain to your child that people who don’t know Jesus feel lost and alone. You can teach children to pray for these “lost sheep.” Pray that these sheep would hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus, and come back to him, where it is safe and peaceful.

Teach this song to your children to the tune of “Baa, Baa Black Sheep”:

Baa, baa, black sheep

Does your Shepherd know You’re alone?

You’re alone? Where did you go?

Stay with the others Don’t go astray!


Your Shepherd loves you, And wants you to stay!

 

 

 

 

Play a game of “Hide the Sheep” with your child. Have them count to ten (or as high as they can) while you hide a toy sheep somewhere in the house. When your child finds the sheep, it’s your turn to count to ten and your child’s turn to hide the sheep. Tell the sheep, “We were looking all over for you because we love you!”

 

 In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Survivor: Stay Nurished!

Today we learned that In the wild, you’ll use much energy trying to find food to survive. In the kingdom, God provides for those who turn to him.

IN THE CAR: Ask your child what happened in class this week on the drive home, here is what they learned:


In the lesson we talked about 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Here are some questions to process with your child on the ride home:

-If you are out in the wilderness, what do you do if you were worried or afraid?

-Who can you turn to when you are sad or afraid?

-In class, you heard that God cares for you so much! What do you think that means for you today?

HANGING OUT:

As a survivor, we need to learn the importance of finding nourishment to help us thrive in the wilderness. Work as a family to create a list of God’s character traits and his promises to us. You can post this list in your home or allow your child to have the list up in their room. When your child becomes worried or afraid you can direct them to the list and take the opportunity to pray together to build their trust in who God is and that He cares for them.

AT DINNER:

God designed all of us to need one another. Create opportunities at the dinner table:

Ask your children about their day, encourage your children to tell you the best and the worst of their day. When they share an experience of a time of being afraid or worrying about their future you can empathize with them and help them talk through constructive things to do the next time things go wrong in their day.

-Have a memory verse for them to sing or say to themselves.

-Find a place to calm down and pray for the Holy Spirit to help them.

-Have a safe person who can give them a hug or encourage them to remember that God Cares for them.

AT BEDTIME:

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’

PARENT TIME:

What you need to know:

Kids take their lead from you; share stories of when you were their age and you dealt with fear. Use good and bad experiences to help your children see that there is a difference between the choices that you made. That level of vulnerability with your child may help them to open up to you when they are struggling with a problem and they will feel easier to tell you when they believe they need encouragement to find nourishment in God. With your support, your child will see you are the best person to open up to.

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