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 24 | Come into God’s kingdom

Bible Basis: Matthew 13:47–49; 17:24–27; 19:13–15; Mark 10:13–16; 12:41–44; Luke 18:15–17; 19:1 – 10; 21:1 – 4

Bible Verse: John 3:16: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.”

Bible Point: People entered God’s kingdom by believing in his Son, Jesus. I can enter God’s kingdom too.

Resource: The Beginner’s Bible

“A Fishermen’s Net”(pages351–356)

“Money in a Fish” (pages 375 – 378)

“Jesus and the Children” (pages 409 – 412)

“A Short Man”(pages413–417)

“A Poor Widow’s Gift ” (pages 433 – 436)

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

Why do you think Jesus had Peter find the coin inside a fish? (He wanted to use this miracle to show Peter that God could provide for his needs.)

What did Jesus give to the children? (A blessing. He blessed them.)

What do you think Zacchaeus and Jesus did at his house? What would you do with Jesus at your house? (They ate dinner and hung out together.)

If you could give a really great gift to God, what would it be?

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. In each story, playing the role of Jesus will require robes and a beard. You can make this and other biblical costumes by cutting holes in an old towel or pillowcase. Your child will enjoy sitting in a laundry basket or large box to simulate a boat. Zacchaeus tree can be any safely climbable object, such as a chair, bunk bed, or outdoor slide. Cut a slit in the lid of a shoebox to represent the offering box at the temple. 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.

Jesus told his disciples that they must become like little children. Show your child pictures of yourself when you were young. Tell the stories behind the pictures. How are you different now? How are you the same?

Help your child practice recognizing good choices. Pour some fish-shaped crackers into a shallow bowl. Have your child “fish” one out with a spoon. Give the fish a characteristic, such as “told a lie” or “helped a friend.” Let your child decide whether the fish should be thrown back into the bowl (to try again, because that fish made a bad choice) or be kept and eaten (because that fish made a good choice).

The story of the poor widow’s gift teaches the importance of giving generously. Make giving fun for your child by decorating a personalized offering box. Use a small box (such as the kind tea is sold in) with a slit cut in the lid. Paint the box white and allow it to dry or cover it with paper (be sure to allow for opening and closing the box). Have your child decorate the box by coloring or gluing on buttons, foam pieces, pictures, etc. Save coins in the box throughout the week and allow your child to give the money during the church offering.

In the Lima and Henrietta Grade School classroom: Survivor: Find Water!

Today we learned that in the wild, you have to find fresh water to survive. In the kingdom, you will thrive on true Living Water and never thirst again. Kids will learn to place their trust in Jesus because when we drink living water, we will never be thirsty again!

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 John 4:1-26, The Story of Jesus and Woman at the Well,

 

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

-If you are out in the wilderness, how important would water be?

– What do you think ‘living water’ is?

-In class, you heard that Jesus is the living water! What do you think that means for you today?

HANGING OUT:

As a survivor, we need to learn the importance of finding water to help us thrive in the wilderness. As a family go on a hike or create a scavenger hunt where you must look for something important. Such as place items for you family’s favorite cake recipe around the house with clues to the next item. When you have found all the ingredients you can work as a family to make the cake. When your child becomes discouraged looking for the items can direct them to remember that they can trust you. Just like the Woman at the well, she had to trust in Jesus to find true Living Water.

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 discouraged or unsure what of doing, you can empathize with them and help them talk through constructive things to do the next time things go wrong in their day. Encourage them to look to the word everyday Trust in its promises!

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 discouraged or unsure what of doing, you can empathize with them and help them talk through constructive things to do the next time things go wrong in their day. Encourage them to look to the word everyday Trust in its promises!

 

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 your story of how you found The Living Water. Your story could be what your child needs to feel encouraged and to continue their own walk with Jesus. Build time into your day and your families Schedule to get a drink of Living water, the Word, every day!

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